Page County, Iowa obituaries D names

Dailey, Guy Edward "Sonny" Jr - Guy Edward “Sonny” Dailey, Jr. was born on November 5, 1944 in Clarinda, Iowa the son of Guy Edward and Doris (Welch) Dailey. Sonny entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at his home in Shenandoah.

Sonny lived in the community of Clarinda where he attended school until the age of 16 when the family moved to Shenandoah. As a young man, Sonny helped his uncle train horses at Aksarben in Omaha. He later joined the National Guard where he served for a short time.

On April 26, 1968 Sonny was united in marriage to Lou Ann Gibson at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. The couple resided in Shenandoah. While living in Shenandoah Sonny worked for Mount Arbor Nursery Company and later as a hired man for Jim O’Hara until his retirement.

Some of Sonny’s passions included working with horses, watching John Wayne movies, and doing handy work. Sonny was a big hearted person and enjoyed the many friendships he made while living in Forest Park Manor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife Lou Ann who passed away at October of 2000.

Those left to honor his memory include his two sons Bob Gibson and friend Liz Marshall of Emerson, IA and Jesse Gibson and wife Shelly of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Ernie Gibson of Gravity, IA, Beth Gibson of Red Oak, IA, Andrew Bump of Lincoln, NE, Ashley Turek and L.J. Marshall both of Emerson, IA, Calle Gibson of Marysville, KS and Amber, Heather, and Chris Walters all of Shenandoah, IA; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Vest and husband Paul of Lawton, OK and Ida Strange and husband Robert of Shenandoah, IA; brothers Wendell Dailey and wife Shiela of Shenandoah, IA and Larry Dailey of Clarinda, IA; brother-in-laws George Gibson of Shenandoah, IA, Ron Gibson of Texas, Ed Gibson and Don Gibson both of Shenandoah, IA, and Harlen Gibson of Maryland Heights, MO; other relatives and friends.

Dailey, Raymond Lee - Raymond Lee Dailey was born April 28, 1935 in Malvern, Iowa to Bertie Glen and Gladys Blanche (Thrapp) Dailey. He graduated from Thayer, Iowa High School in 1953. Raymond passed away July 2, 2008 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 73.

Ray was married to Dixie Lee Hutt on August 1, 1958 at the Broadway Methodist Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They had eloped and had a double wedding with his brother Eldon Dean Dailey and Charlotte Jean Ranck.

Ray and Dixie were blessed with three children, Russell Lynn, Donna Marie and Deanna Rae.

Ray became a truck driver and worked for Richard Jaeckel in Shenandoah, Alkire Truck Lines and Hunt Livestock Trans. In Omaha, Nebraska. After moving back to Shenandoah, he drove for Morton House Kitchens in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Crouch Bros. in Shenandoah and 21 years for Yellow Freight in Shenandoah. He was a 30 year member of the Teamsters Union Local #147. After retiring from driving, he worked for Used Car Connection.

Ray enjoyed driving tractors, putting up hay for the horses and also enjoyed going to tractor pulls. He was a member of the Nishna Valley Saddle Club for 33 years and was active in the Pony Express Riders of Iowa for 10 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Eldon Dean Dailey, Melvin Thrapp Dailey and Donald Eugene Dailey; and nephew Glen Dean Dailey. He is survived by his wife, Dixie; children, Russ and Carole Dailey, Donna and Ed Robison and Deanna Lambertsen; grandchildren, Rachel Lynn, Kyle James, Coleman James and Hannah Rose Dailey, Stephanie Marie and Andrea Lynn Robison, Dustin Alen and Jessica Ann Lambertsen; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 5, 2008 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah, Iowa at 10:30 a.m. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Clark Finehout. Carole Dailey attended the memory register. Special music for the service was "Softly And Tenderly" and "In The Garden". Casket bearers were Kenny Gleason, Rick Rivers, Steve Fienup, Terrry Allely, Bill Gibson and Steve Koehler. Honorary casket bearers were "The Depot Breakfast Club": Bob Ohmacht, Terry Johnson, Bob Davis, Roger Perry, Duane Whitehill, Tom Madsen, Don Gibson, Jim O'Hara, Jim Winegardner, John "Bear" Meyer, Dennis Grummert, Randy Carlson, Chad Looper and Tom Simanek. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to the family. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at

Danforth, Elaine Ellen Clark - Elaine Ellen Danforth was born on May 20th, 1918, in Wymore, Nebraska – the first child of Chester and Rosella (Biedermann) Clark. She passed away on September 11th, 2006 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, at the age of 88, following a long and full life.

Elaine was raised in Wymore, where her father owned a jewelry business, and following her graduation from Wymore High School she worked as a telephone operator in the days before automated phone service. Elaine was united in marriage to Fred C. Danforth – also of Wymore – on December 11th, 1945, following WWII. Soon thereafter they moved to Shenandoah, where Fred had joined Central Surveys, Inc. Fred and Elaine made Shenandoah their home for the rest of their lives.

Elaine’s interests and activities were many and varied: family, church, genealogy, community, and collecting. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren, who benefited from and were encouraged by her love and attention. She was generous to family and friends, and she tirelessly transported and assisted many people in need.

She also loved and supported St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she was a longtime member. Over the years, she was also a member of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Mayflower Society, the Red Cross, and the American Legion Auxiliary. Elaine’s dedication to her community included her active involvement in the Shenandoah Cemetery Board, the Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary, the Greater Shenandoah Historical Society, and the Elm Heights Care Review Board. As a triple cancer survivor herself, she had a special bond with the “Reach for Recovery” effort of the American Cancer Society.

Elaine had a lifelong interest in family genealogy and was very proud of the fact that she had traced her lineage to the Mayflower colonists. For many years she was Iowa State Historian for the Mayflower Society. As such, she responded to many requests for genealogical information from all over the country.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Rosella Clark, her husband Fred, and her brother Russell Clark. She is survived by her children and their families: Lawrence and Sarah Danforth of Herndon, Virginia; William and Laura Danforth of Shenandoah; and Joe and Janet (Danforth) Bacon of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her sister, Florence Clark of Lincoln, Nebraska; granddaughters Betsy Danforth of Tampa, Florida and Megan Danforth of Iowa City; as well as many other family members and friends also survive her.

Although Elaine always said that she hated cooking, she was an excellent cook. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and she was an avid collector of many things. Elaine had no problem stating her frank opinion on issues, and she loved keeping track of all activities involving family, friends and community. For those who knew Elaine, we believe that you would agree that she would also want to keep a copy of this account -- if only she could. We will all miss and forever love Elaine Danforth.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 16, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Shenandoah. Celebrant was Rev. Tim Vann. Michael Carey read a special poem. Organist was Mary Beth Gowing. Attending the memory register was Millie Goodrich. Casket bearers were Michael Carey, Bob Longman, Gary Bowman, Gary Stribling, Gregg Connell and Joel Braymen. Usher was Ed Martin. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials are being directed to St. John's Episcopal Church or to the American Cancer Society. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Danielson, William Carlton "Bill" - William Carlton Danielson, was born August 6, 1924 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Leonard and Oleena (Harris) Danielson. He passed away on August 5, 2008 in Palm Desert, California at the age of 83.

Bill spent his early years in Lincoln, Nebraska graduating from high school there in 1942. On December 24, 1942, he was united in marriage to Maxine Stephens at Maryville, Missouri. After their marriage, they moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked for Coca Cola and then worked for McMichaels Implement in Shenandoah before being transferred to Red Oak, Iowa. In 1944, he entered the U.S. Army, he was a tank driver for the 2nd Calvary. After returning from the service, he worked construction with his father-in-law, Clark Stephens, in Shenandoah. He later did dry walling in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and built numerous homes in Shenandoah, Iowa before moving to California where he was a superintendent for MCD Construction.

Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion and the Elks Club. He loved to fish, golf, garden, and do wood working. He loved to interact with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also loved his dogs, other pets and all animals.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents; brothers, Jim and Smokey; two sisters-in-law; mother-in-law, Irene Stephens, and father-in-law Clark Stephens; and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Danielson.

Survivors include wife Maxine of Desert Hot Springs, California; three sons, Darrell Danielson and wife Cathy of Cathedral City, California, Steve Danielson of Omaha, Nebraska, Devin Danielson and wife Becky of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister, Marge Heinstra of Newport Richey, Florida; seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Clark Finehout. Casket bearers were Mike Danielson, Chris Danielson, Earamos Danielson, Herb Shelton, Dolan Danielson, Mike Morelock and Stephen Danielson. Military rites were accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Interment was in Shenandoah's Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials in Bill's name are being directed to the American Cancer Society. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Davey, Elizabeth Eileen Tray - Elizabeth Eileen Davey, daughter of James Francis and Elizabeth Ann (Shay) Tray, was born on March 18, 1953, in Ottumwa, Iowa. She passed away unexpectedly on July 23, 2007, in Rochester, Minnesota at the age of 54.

Eileen’s early years were spent growing up in Ottumwa where she attended school through the 11th grade. Before her senior year, the family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa. She graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1971. Following graduation Eileen attended Iowa Tech Community College and received an A. A. Degree in Nursing in 1973. She returned to Shenandoah upon completion of her degree. On September 15, 1979, Eileen was united in marriage to Jim Davey in Omaha, Nebraska. Following their marriage they resided in Omaha until moving to Douglas, Wyoming in 1981. In 1984, they moved to Houston, Texas before returning back to Shenandoah in 1993. Eileen spent 34 years as an RN in various positions at hospitals in Ottumwa, Shenandoah, Omaha, Douglas, WY, Huntsville, TX, Spring, TX, and Clarinda, IA. Her last position was as Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at Clarinda Regional Health Center. She retired due to her disability in January of 2006.

Eileen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Red Cross Bloodmobile, Red Hat Society and Clarinda Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, watching Wheel of Fortune, gardening, walking and volunteering her time to worthy causes.

Preceding her in death were her father, James Francis Tray and son, Michael Damian Davey. Survivors include her husband Jim Davey of Shenandoah, IA; sons, Kevin Davey and Brian Davey, both of Broomfield, CO; daughter, Lauren Davey of Shenandoah, IA; mother, Mickey Tray of Shenandoah, IA; two sisters, Mary Frances Stransky and husband Tim of Cheyenne, WY, and their daughters Erin and Megan and Jennifer Harrington and husband Ron of Flemingsburg, KY, and their daughters, Shannon and Emily; four brothers, Tom Tray and wife Debbie of Seabrook, TX, and their children Matthew and Caitlin, Chris Tray and wife Krystal of Columbia, MO, and their children Ryan and Allison; Timothy Tray and wife Kathy of Round Rock, TX, and Patrick Tray of Columbia, MO; brother-in-law, Bob Davey and wife Patti of Naperville, IL, and their children Brad and Erin; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Celebrant for the service was Father Vern Smith. Lector was Tim Fursa. Altar servers were Coleman and Hannah Dailey. Song leader, Sue Hanna, was accompanied by Mary Beth Gowing. Eucharistic Ministers were Kathy Regan, Rachel Dailey, Tom Hanna, Vaugh Livingston and Dr. Janet Bumgarner. Gift bearers were Bob, Patti and Erin Davey. Emily Meyer and Cathy Ballain attended the memory register. Ushers were Tony Ballain and Laddie Kostel. Casket bearers were Mike Meyer, Dale Herbstritt, Brad Davey, Chris Tray, Patrick Tray, Tim Stransky, Tom Tray, Timothy Tray and Ron Harrington. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to the Eileen Davey Memorial Fund. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Davey, Genevieve LeFever - Genevieve LeFever Davey was born on February 25, 1919 in Keytesville, Missouri; the daughter of Ralph and Thelma (Hulterman) Wright. Genevieve entered peacefully into rest on Monday, November 24, 2008 at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Rock Port, Missouri surrounded by her loving family.

When Genevieve was 1 year old her family moved to Randolph, Iowa where she spent her youth. She attended school in Randolph and also in Imogene. In 1936 she was united in marriage to Lyle LeFever in Savannah, Missouri. The couple was blessed to share 50 years together before Lyle's passing on August 11, 1986. The couple lived in Coin, Sidney, and Randolph before eventually making their home in Farragut where they lived for 45 years. In 1989 Genevieve was united in marriage to John Davey. The couple enjoyed several memorable years together.

Genevieve was a very loving and friendly person. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her son, who was born after 19 years of marriage, was a true miracle to Genevieve. He was the joy of her life. She never missed any of Jerry's sporting or school activities. She was known by many for the numerous chickens and eggs that she sold. This honor even gave her recognition on KQTV. Her wonderful home cooking was enjoyed by many of the students that she served at the Farragut Schools for the 13 years that she served as Head Cook. While living in Farragut she was a member of the Non Such Club from 1960-1968. Other interests of Genevieve's included gardening, music, dancing, and laughing and telling jokes.

She had a strong faith and love for the Lord. Her faith helped to support her as she faced many adverse health conditions and the loss of her two husbands. She attended the Methodist Church in Randolph, the Randolph Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah and upon moving to Rock Port attended the Rock Port Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Lyle LeFever and John Davey, brothers Warren Wright and Glenn Wright, step daughter-in-law Eileen Davey and step-grandson Michael Davey.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved son Jerry LeFever and wife Carolyn of Rock Port, MO; grandchildren Bradley LeFever of Omaha, NE, Kari Rush and husband Eric of Omaha, NE and James Sperber of St. Joseph, MO; stepsons Jim Davey of Shenandoah, IA and Bob Davey and wife Patty of Chicago, IL; step grandchildren Kevin, Brian, Lauren, Brad, and Erin Davey; other relatives and dear friends.

Remembrance Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2008 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. Ina Rae Whitehill, a dear friend of the family attended the memorial register. Margaret Woods shared her talent at the organ while Pastor Marcia Burdent sang a beautiful version of "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". Serving as Honorary Casket Bearers were Dennis James, Bill Cullin, Jeff Shearer, Brad McQueen, John Crowell and Dave Lauman. After a lovely lunch at the Presbyterian Church, the family gathered at the Rose Hill Cemetery, where they laid their loved one to rest.


Davis, Larry Eugene - Larry Eugene Davis was born July 1, 1956 in Topeka, Kansas, the son of James Lee and Mary Ann (Jackson) Davis. He passed away suddenly on Friday, July 17, 2009 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 53 years and 16 days.

Larry grew up in the Shenandoah area and has lived here all his life. He was the owner and operator of A-1 Body Shop in Shenandoah. Larry loved riding motorcycles and was a permanent hang around with the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club (VVMC). He was also an avid poker player.

Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Jackson and his uncle, J.R. Davis.

Survivors include his son, Mike Davis (Keith) of Essex, Iowa; his parents, James and Mary Davis of Shenandoah, Iowa; three brothers, James E. Davis, Kevin Davis and Michael A. Davis all of Shenandoah, Iowa; a sister, Kathryn Davis Paez of Shenandoah, Iowa; three grandchildren, Dakota Davis, Paige Wigley and Taylor Davis; a niece, Angie Miller; a nephew, Jayson Davis; along with many other relatives and friends.


Davis, Marion Collins - Marion Collins Davis, age 71, the son of Jessa Collins and Maude Eva (Latta) Davis, was born January 10, 1933 in Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away September 29, 2004, at his home in Washington, Iowa.
Growing up in Shenandoah, Marion graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1953. He went on to study at Central State University in Missouri, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education. Marion married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Jean Blackburn, on November 6, 1955, and to this union Jeffrey, Teresa, and Kimberly were born. He served his county in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Marion taught industrial arts in Monroe, Iowa from 1960 until 1967, and then from 1967 until his retirement in 1990 at the Highland Community School District. He also was head coach for girls’ basketball (both junior high and high school), track and softball; and assistant for football and wrestling at Highland; plus he taught drivers education for 20 years in several surrounding communities such as Winfield, Columbus Junction, Lone Tree and Mid-Prairie.
Because of Marion’s strong, gentle personality and kind nature he has earned great respect from his teaching peers, students he taught, family and friends. He was often times found in his backyard playing ball with his grandkids or following their school events. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, master woodcarver (winning many blue ribbons and awards), and enjoyed playing pool at the Y in Washington with his friends. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the National Education Association, Highland Education Association, Washington Community Y and the Woodcarvers Association.
Preceding Marion in death were his parents, Jessa and Maude Davis; sisters, Doris Belle Kimmerling and Anna Lee Thompson; father-in-law, Eldred Blackburn; and brother-in-law, Robert Gates.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Marilyn, of Washington, Iowa; son, Jeffrey C. Davis and wife, Jeannette, of Le Mars, Iowa; daughters, Teresa K. Hazelett and husband, John, of Ainsworth, Iowa, and Kimberly J. Wood and husband, Mark, of Washington. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; one great grandson; one brother, J. Gerald “Buzz” Davis and wife, Gordene, of Elk Grove, California; sister, Clemma Mae Ridge and husband, Harold, of Roy, Utah; mother-in-law, Elaine Blackburn, of Shenandoah, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Joyce Gates, of Alabaster, Alabama.
A celebration of Marion’s life was held 2:00 P.M. Sunday, October 3, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Washington, Iowa with Reverend Julie Poulsen officiating and Maurine Roberts providing organ music. Honorary bearers were Demi and Drake Brezina, Gabe and Zach Davis, Bradly and Chris Helmrichs, and Lyndi Schultz.
Interment with military honors was in Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Iowa.


Davis, Robert Eugene - Robert Eugene Davis of Shenandoah, entered into rest on August 9, 2009. He was born on June 27, 1937; at the Thousand Hills Farm, located in Adair County Missouri. Robert was the youngest son of Leonard Thomas and Myrtie Jane (Harden) Davis.

Bob’s parents were tenant farmers residing in the Iowa communities of Tabor, Malvern and Amana; and the Missouri communities of Kirksville, Brookfield, and Burlington Junction. His early education was in the country schools, and he attended high school at Amana, Iowa. He was drafted to the military in 1960, serving as an Army Medic at Fort Benning, Georgia. After receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1964 he joined his parents in Rock Port, Missouri.

On May 23, 1964, at the First Christian Church, Robert married Mary Lou Williams of Shenandoah. To this union, two sons were born, Andrew Thomas and Brian Heath.

Bob worked on road construction projects and was a salesman for Moorman Feeds. In 1974, he began his own business, R.E. (Bob) Davis Construction; building farm ponds and terraces and land clearing for farming and construction. The business continued until 1981 when he began working as a machinist for Eaton Corporation, retiring in 2001 due to poor health.

During his military service, Bob played tennis on clay courts, in a semi-professional league. He enjoyed music, played guitar, and sang to his children. He loved to cook and enjoyed meals entertaining family and friends. Some of Bob’s interests included raising and showing registered American Quarter Horses, and the Nishna Valley Saddle Club, where he served as president from 1970-1971, during the Shenandoah Centennial Celebration. He was a farrier and avid calf roper, sharing calves with special roper friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother; his sister, Betty Colleen; his parents; and his brother Leonard Max. Survivors being his faithful wife of 45 years Mary Lou of Shenandoah; sons Andrew Davis of Biltmore Forest, NC and Brian Davis of Shenandoah; sister Helen Osterholm of Plattsmouth, NE; ten nieces and nephews; and one granddaughter, Genevive Louise his much loved pride and joy.

Davis, Roy Lee - Roy Lee Davis, age 82, of rural Randolph, Iowa, passed away December 16, 2005, at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa.

There will be no viewing or services.

Preceding Roy in death were his parents; brothers, Kenneth and Clyde Davis; and sister, Emma Briley.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Davis of Randolph, Iowa; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Nancy Davis of Reading, Kansas and Rodney and Margaret Davis of Floissant, Missouri; sisters, Vivian Sell of Rogers Arkansas, and Leatha Nelson of Nebraska City, Nebraska; plus 4 grandchildren


Davis, Verna Matthews - Verna Davis, age 97, the daughter of Vernon A. and Mattie G. (Wilson) Matthews, was born March 17, 1907, near Tabor, Iowa, and passed away October 24, 2004, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in the Tabor area, Verna attended Spring Valley rural school in White Cloud Township and graduated from Randolph Consolidated High School in Randolph, Iowa. She began her teaching career in Tabor and continued in Lorimor, Sunnyside, Spring Valley and other rural schools in Southwest Iowa. During this time she attended Tabor College and graduated from Nebraska State College in Peru, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Degree. In 1952, Verna began teaching in the Farragut Consolidated School, where she taught until her retirement in 1972. She was a teacher both by profession and by nature. She was known as “Mrs. Davis” to hundreds of former students who she remembered and who remember her.
In 1930, Verna was united in marriage to Milo Dale Fellows and to this marriage, Paul and Ann were born. After Dale’s passing, she later was united in marriage to Tom Davis in 1942, and to this marriage, Barbara and Linda were born.
Over the years, Verna was involved in her community, being a member of the Shenandoah Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, having served as its Regent and in state offices. She was also a member of the Dames of Colonial Wars, the Farragut United Methodist Church, Farragut Garden Club, Antique Study Club, the Tabor Historical Society and the Fremont County Historical Society. Verna served as a board member of the Farragut Low Rent Housing Association for many years. She enjoyed gardening and all aspects of nature including bird watching, trees, and the planting to harvest cycle. She also was known for her painting (watercolor and oil), quilting and needlework talent. Extensive travel and especially seeing her children and grandchildren was something she always looked forward to doing. Verna was an avid reader and was interested in genealogy research.
Preceding Verna in death were her parents and husbands, Dale Fellows and Tom Davis.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Eve Fellows of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughters and sons-in law, Ann and Dale Moore of Lakewood, Colorado, Barbara Davis and Arthur Dewey of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Linda and Ralph Hopkins of Shenandoah. Also surviving are her sisters, Grace Matthews of Farragut, Anna Margaret Boenish of Dyersville, Iowa and Helen Barnes of Independence, Missouri; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; plus other relatives and many friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Tabor Historical Society designated for the "John Todd House" and sent to the Selby Funeral Chapel or to the family.

A celebration of Verna’s life was held at 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 28, 2004, at the Selby Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Pastor Fred Bryson and Philip Wing officiating. Son-in-law, Arthur Dewey gave reflections and memories of her life. Serving at the memory register was Susan Anderson while Sheila Rousch and Becky Shull cared for flowers. Pianist was Terry Stafford who played Going Home and Hymn of Promise. Ushers were Kip Anderson and John Barnes. Casket bearers were Arthur Burkey, Guy Fellows, Mike Fellows, Charles Hopkins, Martin Moore and Tony Vislisel. Serving as honorary bearers were Geoffery Davis Dewey, Nicholas Davis Dewey, Calvin and Bonnie Frey, Tede and Jayne Lorimor, Dale and Clara Jane Matthews, John and Margaret Thomas, Howard and Zoe Young, Brian Fellows and Randy Martin. Final resting place was in Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, Iowa.

DeSart, Newell C. - Newell C. De Sart, age 89 of Shenandoah, Iowa was born March 21, 1919 in Illinois, the son of Frank and Katie (Smith) De Sart. He passed away on Saturday evening, February 14, 2009 at the Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

As a young boy, Newell came with his family to rural Shenandoah. He attended Prairie Glen, Centennial and Fairview Country Schools and then Shenandoah High School. On March 11, 1940, he was married to Virginia Ross in Savannah, Missouri. Newell was a farmer and worked hard his entire life. He was a member of the Shenandoah Presbyterian Church, the Eagles Club and the Shenandoah Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Virginia in 2006; two sisters, Evelyn and Beulah; and a niece, Pamela Helm.

Survivors include his nieces, Barbara Bloomfield of Blair, Nebraska, Marilyn Lewis of Omaha, Nebraska, Judith Herrick of Tarkio, Missouri, Cheryl Stubbs of Red Oak, Iowa; a nephew, Donald Swanson of Kansas City, Missouri; special friends, Ruby Crane of Shenandoah, Trent and Donna Tiemeyer and daughters Jessica and Ashley of Farragut, Iowa; along with other relatives and friends


DeSart, Virginia Katherine Ross - Virginia Katherine DeSart, age 88, the daughter of John, Jr. and Ione (Chantry) Ross was born May 17, 1918, in Fremont County, Iowa, and passed away August 8, 2006, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Growing up on a farm northwest of Shenandoah, Virginia received part of her education in country schools, being taught most of those years by Cecelia Gleason. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1935.
On March 11, 1940, Virginia was united in marriage to Newell DeSart in Savannah, Missouri. They lived and farmed in Fremont and Page counties until 1948, when they moved to the Bute Estate in Morton Township, Page County, which they purchased in 1968. They lived there until 2005 when they moved to Shenandoah.
Virginia was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Lone Rock D.S. Club (local neighborhood club). She enjoyed crocheting afghans plus other items and working crossword puzzles. They had no children but loved and enjoyed her sister and sisters’-in-law children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preceding Virginia in death were her parents; infant brother, James Alan Ross; and grandparents, John D., Sr. and Mary Alice (Jenkins) Ross, and Alfred E. and Kate (Cline) Chantry.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Newell DeSart from Shenandoah; sister, Eleanor Knapp of Camas, Washington; nieces, Claudia, Mary Cay, and Libby; plus other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church.



Devine, Rosemary - Rosemary Devine, age 62 of Shenandoah, Iowa and formerly of Batesville, Arkansas and Council Bluffs, Iowa are pending at the Cutler O'Neil Funeral Home in Council Bluffs.
Sister of Rosemary is Evelyn Schuelzky of Shenandoah.
Local arrangements are at the Selby Funeral Chapel.

Dickerson, David Charles - David Charles Dickerson, son of Carl and Lois (Gruber) Dickerson, was born on February 18, 1945 in Shenandoah, Iowa and passed away at his home Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at the age of 62. Dave grew up playing football, baseball, and competing on the swim team. He began his working career at the Hy-Vee Food Store in Shenandoah while still in high school. It was here that he first met Lynda Howard and the two were married on January 23, 1965. Three children; Brett, Shelly, and Jason, were born to this union.

Dave began working for the Eaton Corporation in 1972 and retired in 2001 after 29 years of service. During this time he was a member of the Eaton Bowling team and golf league. Dave was an avid fisherman and spent as much time as he could on the water in his fishing boat. Dave was an active member of the community, having served on the United Way Board, the Booster Club Board, and two terms on the Park Board. He also served two years as a coach for the Shenandoah Swim Team.

After retirement, Dave went to work part-time for Wal-Mart before he and Lynda decided to move to Tennessee where Dave worked at his sister and brother-in-law’s campground near Townsend. Dave and Lynda missed their children and grandchildren and, after 18 months, moved back to their hometown. Once back in Shenandoah, Dave worked at the Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits store before his illness forced him into permanent retirement.

Dave is survived by his wife, Lynda; son, Brett and wife Lorene of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Shelly (Anderson) and husband Bruce of Shenandoah; son, Jason and wife Nikki of Shenandoah; and grandchildren, Nicholas, Ashley, Aubrey, Logan, and Jayden. Dave is also survived by his brothers, Dean and wife Sherry of Anita, IA, Jack and wife Elaine of Shenandoah, Paul and wife Gerry of Lone Tree, IA, Allan and wife Amy of Jacksonville, FL, Bill and wife Teri of Essex, IA; sisters, Mary (Chipperfield) and husband Norm of Townsend, TN, Terry (Voth) and husband Paul of Independence, KS, and Becky (Duke) and husband Jim also of Independence, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Lois; sister, Carol Ann; and grandson, Landon Dickerson.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Monday, November 26, 2007 from Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Words of Comfort were given by Rev. Allan Bash. In charge of the Memory Register were Eleanor Sligar, Enie Martin, Patti Johnson, Phyllis Scott, and Marge Wright. Memorials may be directed to the SMC Home Heatlh Care and Hospice for a hospital bed, or the Shenandoah Park and Recreation Department to help with children's sports activity registrations for the needy.

Dickerson, Jack G. - Jack G. Dickerson, son of Carl G. and Lois I. (Gruber) Dickerson was born on May 14, 1942 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He entered into eternal peace on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at his home surrounded by his loving and supportive family following a courageous bout with cancer at the age of 66.
Growing up in Shenandoah, Jack attended the Shenandoah Community Schools. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Navy. On July 19, 1959, Jack was united in marriage to Elaine D. Gass. To this union were born two children, Daniel and Danette.
Jack retired as a 20 year veteran from the United States Navy in 1979. His last command was with the White House Communications Agency serving President Ford and President Carter. After retiring from the Navy, he attended Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska graduating in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He was the Business Teacher at Shenandoah High School for 15 years. While at Shenandoah High School he coached girls volleyball and golf. He took great pride in being able to coach his State Champion granddaughter, Alex, in golf.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife of over 49 years, Elaine (Gass) Dickerson; their two children, Daniel Dickerson and his wife Patti, and Danette Curry and her husband Douglas and their daughter, Alexandra Curry, all of Shenandoah; step-grandchildren, Matt Anderson of Grand Junction, CO and Ryan Anderson of Missouri; four brothers, Dean Dickerson and wife Sherry of Anita, IA, Paul Dickerson and wife Geraldine of West Liberty, IA, Allen Dickerson and wife Amy of Jacksonville, FL and Bill Dickerson and wife Tery of Essex, IA; three sisters, Mary Chipperfield and husband Norman of Townsend TN, Rebecca Duke and husband James and Terry Voth and husband Paul, all of Independence, KS; sister-in-law, Lynda Dickerson of Shenandoah; AFS children, Fernando D’A Villa, Antje Beckmann and Chinnapat Wirachakul; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother David and a sister Carol Ann.
Memorial Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah with Rev. Gary Fuller officiating. Attending to the memorial register were Marilyn Millikan and Barb Taylor. Serving as ushers for the service were Bob Bowman, Junior Taylor, Tom Lavely and Tim Taylor. Sandy Hilding shared her gift of music at the organ, while Terry Voth shared a special reading. Special music for the service were two of Bill Gaither's classics, "Old Friends" and "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary". Serving as honorary casket bearers were Ronnie Slauter, Jack Millikan, Lewis Adamson, Terry Scheibler, Keith Meyer and Keith Craig. Military Rites were presented by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Golf Course or to the First Baptist Church.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dideriksen, Rosalee May Nivens - Rosalee May (Nivens) Dideriksen was born February 14, 1927 at Pleasanton, Iowa to David Alva Nivens and Delma Viletha (LaFollette) Nivens. She passed May 29, 2008 at Bethany Life Communities in Story City, Iowa at the age of 81.
She grew up in the Shenandoah, Iowa area graduating from Shenandoah High School.
On November 11, 1945 she was married to Raymond Ivan Dideriksen. They had two sons, Richard and David. She worked as a census taker for U.S. Census in Essex, Iowa, an accountant for Tipton’s Drug Store in Nevada, Iowa, an office manager at Johnson Control in Indianapolis, Indiana, an office manager for a medical supply company in Fairfax, Virginia, and as the President of the Widowed Persons Association in Maryville, Missouri. She had a great love for travel and the outdoors. She had a fascination for all that nature offered, however she found the most joy in being a homemaker and mother to her two sons.
She was preceded by her parents; husband Raymond Ivan Dideriksen; and step-brother Maurice LaFollette.
Rosalee is survived by her son Richard and wife Teme Levbarg of Durham, North Carolina, his children: Michelle and her husband Lexton Raleigh of Dayton, Ohio, Christina Dideriksen of New York City, Katrina Dideriksen of New York City and Rebecca Reice of Los Angeles, California: son David and wife Malerie Dideriksen of Ames, Iowa, their children Allison Holm of Ames, Iowa, Culley and wife Traci Holm of Humboldt, Iowa, and great-grandchildren Carter, Hayden, and Lillian Holm of Humboldt, Iowa.
She will be missed greatly by her family and friends.
Services were held 2:00 p.m. June 1, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, with Reverend Robert Keefer officiating. Interment at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.
The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa in charge of arrangements


Diggs, Harley Ellsworth - Harley Ellsworth Diggs was born November 28, 1912, in rural Taylor County, Nodaway Township near Gus, Iowa, to Frank and Alta Jane (Hoffman) Diggs. Harley passed away Wednesday evening, December 24, 2008, at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa.
Harley grew up in the Hawleyville, New Market and Clarinda areas, where he attended school. After his formal schooling, he started farming, which was a lifelong passion. He participated in the Hawleyville Rodeo and was a member of the N.F.O. He also enjoyed pitching horseshoes. Harley married Grace Worth in Troy, Kansas on February 4, 1932 and they lived on the farm near Gravity, Iowa for over 40 years. They moved to Clarinda in 1982. Harley and Grace attended the Gravity Christian Church.
Harley is survived by his son, Duane and wife of Eufaula, Alabama; four grandchildren, David and wife Connie Diggs of Maryville, Missouri, Roger and wife Michele Diggs of Wellston, Michigan, Karen Motley of Sacramento, California, and Dale and wife Vickie Diggs of Eustis, Florida; 10 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren; sister Elzene Diggs of Clarinda. Harley is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents, wife Grace in 1995, six sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Rev. Loren Daly officiating. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to family choice. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home served the family.


Dilley, Elizabeth "Betty" Maxine Toliver - Betty Dilley, 80, of Shenandoah,Iowa, passed away Friday evening, April 4, 2003, at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Shenandoah.

Elizabeth “Betty” Maxine Dilley, the daughter of George W. and Wilma (Richard) Toliver was born November 10, 1922, in Clio, Iowa, and passed away April 4, 2003, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in the Clio area, Betty attended grade school in area country schools and high school in Humeson, Iowa, where she graduated in 1940. Betty was working at the Henry Field’s Beauty Shop in Shenandoah where she met entertainer, Buck Dilley, who was performing on KFNF Radio. They were married and to this union, one son, Matt was born. After working for several beauty shops around Shenandoah, she opened her own Betty’s Beauty Shoppe, which she operated for over 50 years. She also enjoyed her part time job of delivering the rural Sunday newspaper, which she did for several years because she enjoyed meeting the people in the country.
Betty enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, watching soap operas, reading magazines and newspapers and growing flowers, especially African violets. She enjoyed being around young people and would often times assist them with their challenges.
Being active in various organizations and holding offices in many, was Betty’s way of helping her community. She belonged to the First United Methodist Church, BPW (Business Professional Women), Amvets, board member of West Page Improvement Center, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Charter member of Shenandoah Eagles Club, Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce, NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) and the Over 60 Bridge Club.
Betty was known to be an independent person leading her own life but caring for others, often times placing the needs of others over her own. She was known for her famous “one liners” and was a strong willed person confidant of her convictions. When she became a friend, she was a friend for life.
Preceding Betty in death were her parents; husband Buck Dilley in 1983; and brother, Richard Toliver.
Survivors include her son, Matt Dilley and Simone of Salinas, California; grandson, Jacob Benedict and wife, Julie, of Iowa City, Iowa; granddaughter, Amy McGargill of Shenandoah; great grandson, Nick McGargill, of Shenandoah. Also surviving is her sister, Helen Osborne, and nephew, Gary Osborne and wife, Marilyn, all of Clio; plus other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Betty’s life was held 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at the Selby Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Reverend Roger Madden officiating. Dorothy Burch and Pat Larson served at the memory register while Andrea Cowles and Margo Taylor cared for flowers. Musical selections played were “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings”. Ushers were Gill Gee and Ron Johnson and casket bearers were Ben Green, Gary Jones, Greg Jones, Tim Osborne, Jake Polsley and Jeff Slater. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery. A luncheon and reception, hosted by the Women’s Circle of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, was held at the church following services. The Selby Funeral Chapel coordinated the service.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to West Page Improvement Center.

A luncheon and reception followed at the United Methodist Church, 200 Church Street in Shenandoah.

Dillon, Lillie Marie Sisk Funeral services for Lillie Dillon, age 100 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa were held Monday, February 11, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2008 at the church. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa, Eiler House or donor’s choice. 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.

Lillie Marie Dillon was born November 14, 1907 in Holden, Missouri, the daughter of William Sisk and Bessie McKay Sisk. Lillie was raised in Holden in a loving foster home by John and Annie Dean and she had two foster brothers, Russell Dean and Glenn Dean. She was united in marriage on September 18, 1926 at Holden, Missouri to Paul Dillon. He preceded her in death June 27, 1974. They were blessed with three children, Vivian, Maxine and Paul Jr. (Bud). Lillie has lived in Clarinda for more than 50 years coming when her husband served as manager of the Clarinda Hy-Vee Food Store. She has resided at the Eiler House for the past nine years.

Lillie was a very active person; she had said that staying busy was the secret to a long and happy life. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, gardening, flowers, playing pinochle, crocheting, knitting, baking, cooking and sewing. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clarinda. Lillie’s main interest was her entire family and she loved them all very much and was exactly what a mother/grandmother should be.

Lillie is survived by her children, Vivian Bell and husband Joe of Des Moines, Iowa, Maxine Lockin and husband Ted of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Paul Jr. (Bud) Dillon of Missoula, Montana; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild and her extended family of the staff and residents at the Eiler House.

Preceding Lillie in death were her parents; foster parents, John and Annie Dean; husband, Paul Dillon, foster brothers, Russell Dean and Glenn Dean; one grandchild.

Lillie’s smile and sense of humor will be missed by many.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

Dinville, Janice Eileen Thomas - Janice Eileen Dinville, daughter of Averil Z. Thomas and Mae (Bogard) Thomas, was born on September 23, 1923, at Avoca, Nebraska. She passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2007, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 83.
Eileen’s early life was spent in Kansas and Lincoln, Nebraska, before the family moved to Shenandoah, Iowa. Eileen received her education in the Shenandoah Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1941. On April 7, 1948, Eileen was united in marriage to Joseph Dinville at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Following their marriage they made their home in Shenandoah until moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1961. They resided in Minneapolis until moving back to Shenandoah in 1983. Eileen worked at Tidy House in Shenandoah, Pillsbury and the Carlson Co. in Minneapolis and was secretary for Jay Trust until 2001. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Guild, Shenandoah American Legion Auxiliary and helped with the reading program at Iowa Western Community College. Eileen enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, dancing and her loyal friend Ruth.

Preceding Eileen in death were her parents; sister, Nadine Kelsey; and infant daughter, Katey Jo Dinville. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Joseph Dinville of Shenandoah, IA; 22 nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tony and Elaine Dinville of Shenandoah, IA, Irma Dinville of Randolph, IA, and Mary Dinville of Red Oak, IA; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2007, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Celebrant was the Rev. Vern Smith. Lector was Susan Dinville. Organist was Mary Beth Gowing and song leader was Sue Hanna. Attending the memory register were Geraldine Laughlin and Helen Lewis. Ushers were Greg Dinville and Pat Dinville. Honorary casket bearers were Marty Dinville, Marvin Dinville, Jerry Dinville, James Dinville, Tony Dinville, Andrew Dinville and Duane Dinville. Casket bearers were Kent Kelsey, Steve Dinville, Joe Dinville, Mike Dinville, Tom Dinville and Rod Dinville. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements.

Dinville, Thomas A. "Tony" - Thomas A. (Tony) Dinville, son of James Emile and Agnes Agatha (Slater) Dinville was born on July 24, 1917 near Strahan, Iowa in Mills County. He passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 89.

At the early age of two weeks, Tony went to live with his aunt and uncle, Julius and Alice (Slater) Christailles. Following the death of his aunt, they moved to a farm in Mills County. Tony attended school at Strahan, graduating from Strahan High School with the Class of 1935.

In 1942, Tony was inducted into the U. S. Army. He served in the Northwest Pacific during World War II, from 1943 until his discharge in 1945. Following the war, he worked in a filling station in Shenandoah and later for B. F. Goodrich in Red Oak, Iowa. He was Assistant County Engineer in Fremont County, Iowa for several years. He later took a similar position with Mills County before joining the Shenandoah Post Office as a letter carrier for 16 years until his retirement.

In July of 1966, Tony was united in marriage to Elaine S. Martin. They made their home in Shenandoah. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Tony loved the outdoors. Fishing, baseball and golf were his favorite past times. He played baseball for several years on different teams throughout southwest Iowa. He was an avid bowler on different teams at Tebbe’s Bowling Center, winning state and national tournaments. He loved to golf with his brothers and nephews.

Preceding Tony in death were his parents; father and mother-in-law, Ed and Mary C. Martin; aunt and uncle, Alice and Julius Christailles; brothers, Julius, George and Leo Dinville; sister, Rose Stoneking; and brothers-in-law, Vincent and Edward Martin. He is survived by his wife, Elaine S. Dinville of Shenandoah, IA; brother, Joe Dinville of Shenandoah, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, May 31, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Celebrant was Rev. Vern Smith. Lector was Jake McGargill. Vocalist was Jane Emge and organist was Mary Beth Gowing. Altar servers were Hanna and Amy Fursa. Eucharistc ministers were Diane Dinville, Kathy Regan and Pam McGargill. Attending the memory register were Kris Weber and Denise Dinville. Caring for the flowers were Julie Dinville and Lesa Dinville. Ushers were Jerry Regan and Mike Dinville. Casket bearers were Tom Dinville, Andrew Dinville, Duane Dinville, John McGargill, Zachary McGargill and Terry Regan. Military rites were accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88 Honor Guard. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials are being directed to St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennesee.

Ditmars, Douglas Dean - Douglas Dean Ditmars was born on January 10, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Leslie Dean and Elsie Marie (Keeton) Ditmars. Doug entered into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday evening, June 9, 2009 following a brave battle with cancer.

Doug grew up in the Shenandoah community and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1979. He later joined the Navy and was honorable discharged. In 1990, Doug was united in marriage to Karen Peirson. The couple made their home in Idaho and later in Oklahoma. He worked as a mechanic and a truck driver.

He was a caring, loving and kind-hearted son, brother, father and friend. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing and spending time with his children. Although Doug’s time on earth was brief, his memory will live on in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters; Christina and Sierra of Tahlequah, OK; special friend Karen Peirson of Tahlequah, OK; step-son Brandon; sister Debbie Limrick and husband George of Mulberry, IN; 2 nephews; a niece; a great-niece; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ditmars, Leslie Dean - Leslie Dean Ditmars was born October 17, 1931 in Randolph, Iowa, the son of Guy Leslie and Lucy Irene (Powers) Ditmars. He passed away on Sunday morning, September 16, 2007 at the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Leslie attended school in Randolph. He later joined the United States Navy where he served from 1950-1954. He worked as a machinist at Eaton Corporation until his retirement in 1989. Les was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing and playing pool.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Duane and a sister, Barbara. Survivors include his wife, Carol of Shenandoah; step-son, Jason Keltner and his wife Tracie of Shenandoah; adopted son, Doug Ditmars of Chickasaw, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, Brittny, Blake, Brandon and Brody Keltner and Kristy and Sierra Ditmars; brother, Carl Ditmars and his wife Connie of California, two sisters, Nancy Villarred and Sharon Kelley and her husband Jim of California, along with many other relatives and friends.


Dixon, Mary Katherine Huseman - Mary Katherine Dixon, age 83, was called into the Lord’s loving arms on October 5, 2009.

Mary K. was born November 17, 1925, in Yorktown, IA, to Otto & Florence Huseman. She was married to the love of her life John S. Dixon on February 11, 1968.

She was preceded in death by her husband John. Also preceding her in death were both parents, a sister Louise Gilbert and brothers Wayne (Ora) and Kenneth Huseman—all of Shenandoah, IA.

Mary K. is survived by her brother Eugene (Blythe) Huseman of Menasha, WI; four step-children: a daughter, Debbie Williams of Iowa City, IA, and sons Mark (Amy) of Tulsa, OK, Jeffrey of Readfield, IA, Gary of San Diego, CA; and six step-grandchildren. She is also survived by two special nieces, Cynthia Lynn of Fort Wayne, IN, and Sheila (Rick) Erck of Greenville, WI, among other relatives and friends.

Mary was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Shenandoah, Audubon, Ames, Iowa City, and Des Moines, IA, where she retired.

Her selfless, graceful, elegant manner touched everyone she met. Mary always made you feel you were the most important and special person. Mary loved dogs (especially Duchess and Lily) and golf. Her kind and generous spirit will always be remembered.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary Katherine’s name to your local animal shelter or to Heartland Hospice, 1145 W. Main Ave., Ste 205, De Pere, WI 54115.


Dodd, Richard Joel "Rick" - Richard Joel "Rick" Dodd, 55, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Shenandoah on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Rick was born on March 24, 1953, in Red Oak, Iowa, the son of William H. and Elsie (Nelson) Dodd. He attended the Coburg Consolidated School and Red Oak Community Schools, graduating in 1971. He also attended the University of Iowa. Rick was united in marriage to Claudia Pulley on March 12, 1976 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

The young couple made their home south of Randolph, Iowa, where he farmed with his father. Being a gifted singer, guitar player and song writer, they pulled up stakes and moved to Nashville, Tennesee, to pursue his music interests. He also worked as an inspector for the Metropolitan Housing Authority of the City of Nashville. After his wife Claudia passed away, he returned to Iowa to live near family and friends. He made his home in Shenandoah where he was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Some highlights of his time in Shenandoah were volunteering at the Sidney Rodeo, participating in the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group, working on the Wabash Trace and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his parents, William H. (W.H.) and Elsie Dodd of Red Oak, IA; two brothers, Steve Dodd and his wife Cindi of Fremont, NE, and Daniel Dodd of Red Oak, IA; sister, Susan Dodd Heuer of Overland Park, KS; four nieces, Stephanie Dodd of New York City, NY, Shelby Dodd of Omaha, NE, and Stacy Heuer and Megan Heuer, both of Kansas City, MO; other relatives and many friends.

Celebration of life memorial services were held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Rick Sleyster. Memories of Rick were shared by Cindi Dodd and Julius Schaaf. Organist was Becky Hoenshel. Special music was performed by Bobette Fife, John Rogers and Rev. Rick Sleyster. Musical selections were "On Eagles Wings", "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", "Thinkin' About You", "Life Is For The Living" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand". Attending the memory register was Janell McIntyre. Ushers were Bill Hillman and Joe Nebel. Honorary bearers were Roger Carlson, Joe Erickson, Gary Gee, Bill Hillman, Art McGinnis, Joe Nebel, Dan Peterson, John Rogers, Julius Schaaf and Mack Teachout. Inurnment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials in Rick's name are being directed to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Doiel, Curtus Everett - Curtus Everett Doiel, age 28, the son of John L. and Beverly F. (Paben) Doiel was born August 12, 1977, in Hamburg, Iowa, and passed away December 10, 2005, near Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in Sidney, Iowa, Curtus received his education in the Sidney school system. He enjoyed being a cook and bartender at various establishments.
Survivors include his parents, John and Beverly Doiel of Shenandoah; brother and sister-in-law, Clinton and Amy Doiel of Shenandoah; sister, Danielle Doiel and friend Jason Youngblood of Shenandoah; 2 nieces, Tasha Doiel and Morgan Smith; 3 nephews, Michael Doiel, Jacob Doiel, and Alex Oberlander; aunts and uncles, Raymond “Uncle Butch” Paben of Shenandoah, Robert and Lola White of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Corky Doiel of Hamburg, Irene White of Nebraska City, Jim Doiel of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Ronald Paben of Aurora, Colorado.

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

Doty, Linda M. Leslie - Linda M. Doty, age 53, the daughter of Harold and Lydia (Nier) Leslie was born September 15, 1951 in Long Beach, California and passed away July 28, 2005, at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in California Linda received her education in public schools. She worked all of her life in the child care and in home health care professions. In 1989 Linda moved to Oregon for a short time and then to Coin, Iowa in 1990. She was united in marriage to Rex Doty on April 22, 1994, in Clarinda, Iowa. They moved to Shenandoah in 1997, where they made their home. Linda enjoyed taking care of children and being around her family.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Rex Doty of Shenandoah, Iowa; son, Jason Boatman of Mesquite, Nevada; daughters, Sherry Baez of Shenandoah, Iowa; Jamie Banderas and husband Juan of Essex, Iowa; Rosa Perez and husband Jesus of Shenandoah, Iowa; and Amanda Doty of Shenandoah, Iowa; 8 grandchildren, Jenny, Carlos, Elizabeth, Miguel, Marisol, Adrianna, Joseph, and Chris; sister, Faye Doty of Bend, Oregon; brothers: Robert Leslie and wife Kim of Oklahoma; and Jim Leslie of Denver, Colorado; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 PM Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at the Selby Funeral Chapel with Pastor Brent Girouex officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 PM Tuesday, August 2, 2005 at the Selby Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be directed to the Linda Doty memorial fund.

Services are entrusted to the Selby Funeral Chapel.


Douthit, Marjorie Huddle - Marjorie Douthit was born in Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa on April 28, 1935 to RW and Florence Huddle of Clarinda, Iowa. She died on March 10, 2010.
Marjorie graduated from Clarinda High School in 1953. In 1954 she was married to Jack Douthit. They had 2 daughters and a son. Jack died in 1961. Marjorie took her children and went to college in Clarinda and in Emporia, Kansas. She received a BS in Education and an MA in English.
She taught English in the North Kansas City School District at both Oak Park and Winnetonka High Schools and later at Iowa Western College for a total of 35 years. After retirement, she also tutored.
Music was always part of her life. She sang in church and in local choruses. She also played in a hand bell choir. She loved to work with children. She served in many capacities as a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, which included serving as elder and in Presbyterian Women. Within Presbyterian Women she answered the call for leadership and served locally and on the Presbytery for 14 years as enabler, vice moderator, and moderator. As Moderator for 5 years she was active in going to all the churches in Southwest Iowa and the Omaha area. She did many writings for their publications.
She was an avid collector and developed some of her interests into speaking engagements. Some of her favored presentations highlighted her large jewelry collection and antique kitchenware and foodstuff from the last century. Bridge and games were her joys. She also enjoyed baking, especially decorating cakes and cookies and making cinnamon rolls that she gave to friends. Her cookie cutter collection numbered in the hundreds.
Marjorie is survived by children Debbie (Warren) Peterson of Kansas City, Donna (Jim VanSickle) of Kansas City, and Stephen (Nadine) Douthit of Dallas, TX, grandchildren Jessica (David) Obenauf, Michael Peterson, and Kaitlyn Douthit, sister Helen Kearney of Salinas, CA, brother-in-law Garold Rutherford of Tyler, TX and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including Merrill Cagley of Clarinda, IA.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack, and sisters Frances Brown and Marian Rutherford.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1441 NE Englewood Road, Kansas City, MO and Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 202 W. Washington, Clarinda, IA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Trinity Presbyterian Women.
A time for visiting and refreshments will follow the service in Clarinda. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements.

Dowling, Barbara E. "Barb" Morelock - Barbara E. “Barb” Dowling 65, of Maryville, MO., passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at the St. Francis Hospital, Maryville after a lengthy illness.

Born on January 11, 1944 in Clarinda, Iowa, Barb was a former resident of the Shenandoah, Iowa area. She had been a resident of the Maryville area since 1968. Her parents were Wayne and Maxine Morelock.

Barb had been employed in the sales department by the LMP Steel and Wire Company for many years, and retired six years ago. She was of the Protestant faith, and was preceded in death by her parents.

On February 19, 1977 she married Stephen G. Dowling in Clarinda, Iowa, he survives of the home in Maryville.

Other survivors include two daughters, Brenda M. Dowling and husband, Roger Young, of Colony, KS. and Bonnie D. and husband Randy Patterson, Graham, MO. A brother, Benny L. and wife Cheryl Johnson, Colorado Springs, CO., six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Barb has been cremated. Memorial Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, December 4, 2009 at the Bram Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Connie Ury will be the officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date. No visitation is planned. The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the funeral home with the destination to be determined later.

The Bram Funeral Home of Maryville, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online obituary and condolences visit,


Downing, Mildred W. Bowen - Mildred W. Downing, age 92, the daughter of Harry and Martha (Schmidt) Bowen was born September 14, 1913, in rural Adair, Iowa, and passed away April 4, 2006, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in the Adair area, Mildred graduated from the Adair High School. She furthered her education at Drake University, where she received a B.S. Degree in Education. On June 18, 1932 Mildred was united in marriage to Harold Fox. She spent all of her early years living on farms and involved in farming as well as teaching school until Harold’s death in 1975. In 1978 she was united in marriage to Loren Downing. Mildred first taught school in Adair country schools then in the Adair Public School system until she retired. She enjoyed her students and many have praised her for being an excellent teacher.
Mildred was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she served as treasurer and on the centennial committee, the Lutheran Womens Missionary League (LWML), and the Lutheran Laymen’s League. She had a great knowledge and love of antiques. She enjoyed quilting and was known for her excellent needle work abilities. She loved to travel and was well informed about world affairs.
Preceding Mildred in death were her parents; husbands, Harold Fox and Loren Downing; and an infant son.
Survivors include her stepchildren and their spouses, James and Rosalie Downing of Shenandoah, Mary and Norman Frederickson of Omaha, Nebraska, and Robert and Ginger Downing of Ogallala, Nebraska; 9 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Hazel Fox of Casey, Iowa; niece, Sandra Garside of Adair; Nephew, Roger Fox of Casey; plus other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the "Lutheran Hour"



Driftmier, Doris Jean Brownlee Funeral services for Doris Driftmier, age 76 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska were held Friday, July 11, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Charles Bulger officiating. Visitation with the family was held Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the Trinity Presbyterian Church; the Clarinda Lied Library or the UNMC – Dr. Grem’s Research. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service of Clarinda, Iowa.

Doris Jean (Brownlee) Driftmier was born July 6, 1932, in Hepburn, Iowa the daughter of Glenn Brownlee and Mary Lucille (Miller) Brownlee. While Doris was growing up the family moved around Page County for a number of years, until finally settling in Roanoke, Virginia where they lived until 1941, when they moved for a brief time to Charleston, South Carolina, returning to the Villisca area where they began farming on the family farm. Doris attended North Page Country Schools. She then boarded in Clarinda so she could attend the Clarinda High School where she graduated with the Class of 1950. On March 16, 1951, Doris was united in marriage to Darrel Dean Driftmier at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda, Iowa. Doris and Darrel settled on his family farm where together they enjoyed the lifestyle farming provided, raising their children and eventually moving into Clarinda in 1983. She then began working as a Dispatcher for the Police Department, a position she held for over ten years.

Doris was a tremendous cook, with her specialty being chicken and noodles, peach pie and unbelievable cinnamon rolls. Of course, all of her cooking was done without a recipe! She dedicated the last four years of her life, driving to Omaha to be a part of a Pancreatic Research Study to help develop a test for early identification of Pancreatic Cancer. Doris lived four years with her cancer, with most people only living for nine months. She was goal oriented and a people person. Always putting her family and other people’s needs ahead of her own, even if she wasn’t feeling well. Doris was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed traveling. When the kids were young, the family would take the camper throughout the Midwest and Canada.

Left to cherish Doris’ memory are her loving husband of fifty-seven years, Darrel Driftmier of Clarinda; four children, Steven Duane Driftmier and wife Tammie of Clarinda; Diane Lynn Kort and husband Tom of St. Petersburg, Florida; Keith Darrel Driftmier and wife Pam of State College, Pennsylvania; and Julie Dawn Driftmier of Omaha, Nebraska; seven grandchildren, Amy, Molly, Clint, Ryan, Aaron, Christie and Kelly; two great-grandchildren, Micah and Zoey; a sister, Lois Helen Brownlee of Clarinda; a brother, Stanley Glenn Brownlee of Villisca; a aunt, Thelma Miller Manning of Roanoke, Virginia; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents, Glenn and Mary Brownlee; and a sister, Patricia Ann Dickmeyer.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Her enthusiasm, insight and devotion will be missed by her family.

Driftmier, Dorothy - Dorothy Driftmier was born January 27, 1924 in Page County, Iowa. After the death of her mother, Dorothy was raised by her grandmother. Dorothy graduated from Clarinda High School. On July 17, 1944, she was united in marriage to Kenneth Driftmier in Shenandoah, Iowa. They moved to an I.S.U. Experimental farm near Beaconsfield, Iowa were Kenneth was the manager. Dorothy was a homemaker and farm wife. Over the years, the visitors to the farm enjoyed her home cooking. She was a member of the United Methodist church and the U.M.W. Kenneth & Dorothy moved into Mount Ayr in 1991.
Dorothy passed away at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr on September 29, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.
Survivors include her husband Kenneth of Mount Ayr; two daughters Kim Driftmier of Nevada, Iowa, and Joyce Colajezzi of Anchorage, Alaska.
Dorothy was cremated and services were held at a later date. Cards of condolence maybe sent to Kenneth Driftmier, 1002 E. Monroe St. Mount Ayr, Iowa, 50854.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements for Dorothy.

Driskell, Hugh W. - Hugh W. Driskell, age 73, of Shenanodah, Iowa, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2005, at the Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah. A life celebration service will be held at the Franklin Grove Cemetery located 3 miles north of Essex on M 41.
Survivors include Wayne's wife, Rose, of Shenanodaoah; daughters, Mary Buchta of Emmett, Idaho, June Carnes and husband, Carl, of Shenandoah and Ellen Houser and husband, Jim, of Coburg, Iowa. 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, plus other relatives and friends.


Dukeshier, Clarence Charles - Clarence Charles Dukeshier, age 85 of Shenandoah passed away on Monday afternoon, July 23, 2007 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born February 16, 1922 in Essex, Iowa, the son of Charles Wesley and Blanche Oral (Swalley) Dukeshier.

Clarence attended school in Essex and graduated from Essex High School in 1939. On July 5, 1941 Clarence was united in marriage to Lydia Thomason in Rockport, Missouri. This union was blessed with three children, Mike, Steve and Sheila. He served in the United States Army 804th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron from 1942- 1945.

Following his military service, Clarence worked for Mt. Arbor Nurseries. He then worked for the United States Postal Service from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Shenandoah Elks Club and the Shenandoah First Baptist Church. He enjoyed sports, especially softball, gardening, yard work and most of all his family.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Mike Dukeshier; two brothers, Cecil and Ernest Dukeshier and three sisters, Flossie Purcell, Merna Hankins and Gertrude Shum.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lydia of Shenandoah, Iowa; children, Steve Dukeshier of Shenandoah, Iowa, Sheila Filipiak and her husband James of Omaha, Nebraska; nine grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 27, 2007 at Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Pastor Gary Fuller officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. There will be open visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Shenandoah First Baptist Church. The Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements.


Dukeshier, Michael Clarence - Michael Clarence Dukeshier, 60, the son of Clarence C. and Lydia P. (Thomason) Dukeshier, was born January 11, 1943, in Omaha, Nebraska, and passed away December 10, 2003, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Growing up in Shenandoah, Iowa, Michael attended school in the Shenandoah school system graduating from high school in 1961. He was involved in most sport activities and received a football scholarship to Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Michael was married to Rita Hadacek, and to this marriage, Dawn, Van, and Ross were born. Later, he was united in marriage to Judith Murray, and to this union, Erin was born. For many years, Michael was a corrections officer for the State of Florida and in Kansas City. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, serving as State President in Florida. He enjoyed researching his family tree, raising dogs and coaching little league.
Survivors include his mother and father, Clarence and Lydia P. Dukeshier of Shenandoah; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Larry Armstrong of Chapmansboro, Tennessee and Erin and Jason Keim of Kidder, Missouri; sons, Van Dukeshier of Palm Coast, Florida, and Ross Dukeshier of Omaha. Also surviving is a brother, Steve Dukeshier of Shenandoah; sister, Sheila Filipiak and husband, Jim, of Omaha; a close friend, Debbie Ochoa of Kansas City; five grandchildren; plus several nieces and nephews.

Burial in Franklin Grove Cemetery near Essex, Iowa. Selby Funeral Chapel.

Duncan, Donna Bess Lindamood - Donna Bess Duncan, age 70, the daughter of Leo and Naomi (Johnson) Lindamood was born October 24, 1934, at Falls River, Kansas, and passed away July 7, 2005, in Omaha, Nebraska.
As a young person Donna traveled extensively with her family, do to her father’s employment with Tidy House. In 1950 she graduated from Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. On June 9, 1956 Donna was united in marriage to Harold Duncan in Shenandoah, Iowa, and while Harold was stationed in the Army until 1958 they lived in Fort Leonard Wood, Kansas. They then moved to Indianapolis until 1959 at which time they moved back to Shenandoah, where they resided ever since. To this marriage Linda and Mike were born.
In 1965 they bought Olsen’s Drug Store which they owned and operated until 1981. Donna then enjoyed being at home taking care of her family and home. She was a member of the First Christian Church and BPW in Shenandoah. She enjoyed crafts, following Chicago Cubs baseball, cooking, playing golf in her younger years, but most of all she enjoyed keeping track of her grandchildren and their activities.
Preceding Donna in death were her parents and twin sister Vonna Gilbert. Survivors include her husband, Harold, of Shenandoah; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Rodney Oto, of Northfield, Minnesota; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Lisa Duncan, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and brother and sister-in-law, Laverne and Joyce Lindamood, of Springfield, Vermont. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Ryan and Carly Oto, of Northfield and Zack and Cody Duncan, of Sioux Falls; plus other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Shenandoah.

Burial in Rose Hill cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa. Selby Funeral Chapel.

Duncan, Harold Eugene - Harold Eugene Duncan was born February 13, 1934 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Charles Franklin and Ruby Ellen (Crawley) Duncan. He passed away on Wednesday morning, June 24, 2009 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 11 days.

Harold grew up in the Indianapolis area and graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis with the class of 1951. He then attended Butler University and received his degree in pharmacy. He was drafted into the United States Army and served from 1956 to 1958. On June 9, 1956 he was united in marriage to Donna Bess Lindamood in Shenandoah, Iowa. This union was blessed with two children, Linda and Mike.

Harold and Donna lived at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri while he served in the Army. Then they moved to Indianapolis until 1959. At that time they moved to Shenandoah where he has resided since. In 1965 Harold and Donna purchased Olsen’s Drug Store. They owned and operated the business until 1981. Harold was an active member of the Shenandoah Lions Club serving as president from 1974 to 1975. He was also a member of the American Legion along with various other civic clubs. Harold was very proud to have received his 50 year pharmacist pin this past year. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and gardening.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Donna in 2005; a sister, Wilma Pellum; a brother, Charles Duncan and a sister-in-law, Vonna Gilbert.

Survivors include his children, Linda Oto and her husband Rodney of Northfield, Minnesota, Michael Duncan and his wife Lisa of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four grandchildren, Ryan and Carly Oto of Northfield, Minnesota and Cody and Zachary (Zac) Duncan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; a brother, Bernard Duncan of Indianapolis, Indiana; a brother-in-law, Murl (Gil) Gilbert of Shenandoah, Iowa; two nieces, Marsha Pellum of Indianapolis, Indiana and Donna Pellum of Gaithersburg, Maryland; three nephews, Larry Pellum of Indianapolis, Indiana; Doug Gilbert of Shenandoah, Iowa, Steve Gilbert and his wife Rhonda of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Durben, Holly Rae - Holly Rae Durben was born May 30, 1980 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Daniel Ray and Ruby Claire (Cornelius) Durben. She passed away on Saturday morning, July 18, 2009 at her home near Shenandoah at the age of 29 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Holly graduated from Bellevue East High School in 1998. She then attended college working towards a degree in communications. She currently worked for Chat Mobility/Radio Shack in Shenandoah. Holly was a volunteer for the humane society and had a special love for animals. She also enjoyed listening to music, roller blading and scuba diving. She also had a passion for caring for people with special needs.

Survivors include her mother, Ruby Durben of Bedford, Iowa; her father, Daniel R. Durben of Port Washington, Ohio; two sisters, Dana N. Kinney of Bellevue, Nebraska, Heather Richardson and her husband Charles of Niota, Tennessee; a brother, Daniel S. Durben of Virginia Beach, Virginia; along with many other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bellevue, Nebraska Humane Society or to DOVES.


Durfey, Wilbur Dean Funeral services for Wilbur (Tobe) Durfey, age 76 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hillside Missionary Church, Clarinda, Iowa, with Reverend Ed Fidler officiating. Visitation with the family was held 7-8 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2007 at the church. Burial was in Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Iowa with military rites by John F. Hardin American Legion Post 164. A memorial will be established. Memories may be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa.

Wilbur Dean Durfey was born March 31, 1931, in Clayton Township, Taylor County, Iowa, the son of Harold Durfey and Cordys Estel Cordell. Wilbur “Tobe” was raised by his grandfather, Ike Cordell. He attended school at Athelstan.

Tobe served his country in the United States Army from 1948-1952. He was stationed in Japan with the 7th cavalry and the 21st infantry for three years. Following his return to the states he was stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin where he helped build the obstacle course. He was a member of the American Legion of Villisca and Maryville.

Tobe was a farmer, and also raised horses, in addition he was a truck driver and his radio handle was “Charlie Brown”. He also was a school bus driver for the Clarinda School district. Tobe enjoyed life and had many interests. He loved to dance, enjoyed going to stock car races at Corning especially when his son-in-law, Larry was driving. He was a Kansas City Royals baseball fan. Watching truck pulls was another fun time for Tobe.

Tobe was married to Doris Virginia Hakes and to Dorothy McCall Pratt. Their families included children, Janice and Denise (Denny), Randy, Mary, Deanna, Denise, Debbie and Michael. Tobe was also Dad to several of his children’s friends. Family was very important to Tobe; he loved being with his grandchildren and attended all of their sports activities. Friday night was their family night at the Junction Café in Bedford.

Tobe is survived by children, Janice Barr and husband Larry of Clarinda, Iowa, Denny Neville and friend Mike Brown of Wilcox, Missouri, Randy Durfey and wife Lisa of Clarinda, Iowa, Mary Collier of Clarinda, Iowa, Deanna Harris and husband Lanny of Clarinda, Iowa, Denise Pierce and husband Chuck of Jefferson City, Missouri, Debbie Farmer of Clarinda, Iowa, Michael Durfey and wife Jennie of Clarinda, Iowa; sixteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; half sisters, Rosemary Kirchner of Trenton, Missouri, Janet Shelton of Des Moines and special friend, Marie Sickels of Villisca, Iowa.

Preceding Tobe in death were his parents; brother, Harold “Tuff” Durfey; half brothers, Billy Newby, Marvin Newby, Willis Newby; half sister, Wilma Newby.

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


Dyke, Betty Skinner - Betty was born February 6, 1922 in Arcadia, Nebraska, the daughter of Guy and Ruth (Jenkins) Skinner. She passed away on Tuesday evening, October 27, 2009 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 87 years, 8 months and 21 days.

Betty grew up in the Arcadia, Nebraska area. In 1946, she was united in marriage to Owen Dyke in Missouri. This union was blessed with two sons, James and Gary. After their marriage, Owen and Betty lived in Mills County, Iowa, moved to the Tabor area then settled into Shenandoah/

Betty enjoyed craftwork and especially liked crosses. She had a strong faith and attended the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah. She loved children and before Owens death, the couple enjoyed traveling and spending winters in the south.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Tolly and Don Skinner; and a sister, Helen Reafling.

Survivors include her children, James Owen Dyke of Shenandoah, Iowa, Gary Owen Dyke of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Jeff Dyke and his wife Margaret of Gretna, Nebraska; Sean Dyke and his wife Tracy of Omaha, Nebraska, Missy Fabian and her husband Paul of Bennington, Nebraska; eight great grandchildren, Lisa, Britney, Justin, Ali, Sydney, Ryan, Dylan, and Logan; two sisters, Dixie Deitcher of Glenwood, Iowa, Dodie Olsen and her husband Frank of Burlington, Iowa; a brother, Gerald Skinner and his wife Eileen of Nashville, Tennessee; along with many other relatives and friends.