Page County, Iowa obituaries M names

Major, Edison Junior "Ed" - Funeral services for Edison (Ed) Major, age 81 of Creston, Iowa, formerly of the Clarinda/Yorktown area who died Sunday, January 25, 2009 at the Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, Creston, Iowa were held Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Terry Don Major officiating. Visitation with the family was held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Union Grove Cemetery, Northboro, Iowa.

Edison Junior Major was born to Edison Marion Major and Lillie May (McMurthrey) Major July 29, 1927 in Payne Junction, Iowa. His parents moved to Kansas and then to the Tarkio, Missouri area where he grew up. Ed graduated from High Bank Grade School. In the summer of 1943, he went to work on the railroad. In November of 1945, he joined the United States Army and in February of 1946 was sent to Japan and served for 10 months. He was discharged February 1947.
On May 14, 1954, he married Geraldine Frances Burroughs at Yorktown, Iowa. They lived near Westboro, Missouri where they farmed until 1959 when they moved to the Clarinda area. Ed and Geraldine were blessed with a daughter, Nancy Jo and a son, Edison Eugene.

Ed farmed for himself and then worked as a farmhand. He then worked for Farm Master until his retirement when he continued to work as a handyman doing various jobs for others.

Edison was a member of Shambaugh Methodist Church and later a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Creston. He enjoyed camping, hunting; fishing and he liked to play horse shoes. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Geraldine Major of Creston; daughter, Nancy (Ernie) Morrison of Creston; son, Ed (Bobbi) Major of Bellevue, Nebraska; grandchildren, Traci (Blade) Martwick, Renee (Glen) Hoyt, Amy (Kevin) Sharp, Cody Morrison all of Creston, Michelle (James) Allen of Diagonal, Sammi Sink of Bellevue, Nebraska; great grandchildren, Kacie and Kayleann Bishop, Jake Hoyt, Sterling Sharp, Aubrey and Owen Allen, Makenzi and Gunner Martwick; brothers, Clarence (Terry) Major of Shenandoah, Iowa, Donald (Florence) Major of Burlington Junction and Vernon (Dixie) Major of Essex; sisters-in-law, Patty Baker, Rose Harms, Leona Clark, Jeanne Williams, Shirley (Vernard) Thomas; brothers-in-law, Vince (Junell) Burroughs, Marion (Carolyn) Burroughs and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

Preceding Edison in death were his parents; parents-in-law Jesse and Ethel Burroughs; brothers, James and Clem; two sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law and a grandson Cory Morrison.

Edison was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He will be greatly missed but his love and inspiration
will live on through his family.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

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

Marshall, Donna Lee Gaule - Donna Lee Marshall was born March 18, 1941 to Susie Opal McNeese and Thomas Lee Gaule. She was the youngest of six children raised in Bedford, Iowa. She passed away June 16, 2009 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 68 years, 2 months, and 29 days.

On June 14, 1957 she was united in marriage to Richard Allen Marshall Sr. in Bedford, Iowa. They were blessed with eight children: Shirley, Rebecca, Richard Allen Jr., Michael, Katheryn, Robert, John, and Sandra.

Donna attended Bedford Community Schools. She later attended Iowa Western Community College where she earned a vocational degree in practical nursing. She worked hard for many years in nursing retiring from the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda, Iowa in 1997. She enjoyed the beauty of God's creation and loved tending and caring for her flowers and garden every year.

Left to cherish Donna's memory is her husband Richard Marshall Sr. of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter Shirley (Ron) Johnson of Clarinda, Iowa and their children Corey, Rhonda and Melissa; daughter Rebecca Nielson of Clearmont, Missouri and her children Jason and Christopher; son Richard (Deb) Marshall Jr. of Clarinda, Iowa and their children Gregg, Danny, and Phillip; son, Michael Marshall of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter Katheryn (Alejandro) Merino of Portland, Oregon and her children Kimberly, Kaylee Ann; son Robert Marshall of Clarinda, Iowa and his children Emily, Jessica and Allison; son John (Wendy) Marshall of Nodaway, Iowa and their children Sheena and Zachary; daughter Sandra (Tim) Fenner of Littleton, Colorado and their children Joshua, Jennifer and Marshall; eleven great grandchildren; sister Helen Ridnour of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law Donna Dawson of Bedford, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Opal and Tommy Gaule; brother Bill Dawson; sisters Hazel Smalley, Betty Powell and Mamie Wagoner.

Visitation was held at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services were at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa, 11:00 a.m. on Thursday June 18, 2009 with Interment in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials are Family Choice. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home providing arrangements.


Marshall, Shelley Renee Wright - Shelley Renee Marshall was born December 12, 1970 in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Robert Dale and Karen Kay (Ketcham) Wright. She passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2009 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 38 years, 9 months and 15 days.

Shelley grew up in the Bettendorf, Iowa area until she was six when her family moved to the Shenandoah area. She attended school in Shenandoah and graduated with the class of 1989. She later attended Iowa Western Community College and obtained her LPN degree.

She worked as a surgical tech at the Shenandoah Medical Center for many years. She was an active member of the Norwich United Methodist Church, she enjoyed drawing sketches for the church bulletins, writing poetry and being in the outdoors. She was also very active in her nieces' and nephews' activities.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Darrel Ketcham and George and Jessie Wright.

Survivors include her parents, Robert and Karen Wright of Shenandoah, Iowa; a brother, Scott Wright and his wife Lara of Ankeny, Iowa; a sister, Kristine Stanley and her husband Chris of Shenandoah, Iowa; grandmother, Kathryn Ketcham of Shenandoah, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Lindsay, Megan and Andrew Wright of Ankeny, Iowa and Nicholas Stanley of Shenandoah, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah with Rev. Carl Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family present took place Friday evening, October 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. Memorials are suggested to the Shelley Wright Marshall Memorial Fund. To leave online remembrance or condolences, go to The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah in charge of arrangements.


Martello, Thomas Robert "Bob" - Funeral services for "Bob" Martello, age 79, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend John Clark officiating. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Thomas Robert Martello was born October 21, 1930 in Los Angeles County, Calif., to Anthony Peter Martello and Violet (Jordan) Martello. Bob grew up in South Gate, Calif., where he graduated from High School in 1948. He attended several colleges.

Bob joined his family in the restaurant business and he later owned several restaurants for many years. He moved to Palm Desert in 1979 where he sold real estate and worked at the Lawrence Welk resort selling time shares. He continued to live in Palm Desert after his retirement.

At his 55th class reunion, Bob became reacquainted with his high school sweetheart Ann (Healy) Delffs. The couple married four months later, in September 2003 in Clarinda, Iowa. Bob and Ann made their home in Clarinda and California, and in 2007 they completed their home in Clarinda, living there full time.

Bob was a member of the Elks Lodge for over fifty years and also a member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda. Bob was artistic, painting and doing other creative things. He enjoyed dancing to big band music. He was a soft hearted, gentle man who had a lot of friends and enjoyed being around people. Even though he spent most of his life in southern California, he enjoyed his time in Clarinda.

Bob is survived by his wife Ann of Clarinda, Iowa; two sons, Mark and wife Marilena Martello, Matthew and wife Chris Martello and a daughter, Christy Martello all of Palm Desert, Calif.; step-daughter, Paula Wahlberg and her daughter Amanda of Minneapolis, Minn.; five grandchildren, Madeline, Luke, Michael, Cole, Devon Martello.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob will be missed for his gentle and fun loving spirit by his family and many friends. May God grant comfort and strength to those that mourn his passing.

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


Mays, Robert "Bob" Eugene - Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Mays, age 69, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of College Springs, Iowa, who entered into peace Friday, February 19, 2010 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa were held day, February 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor James Buckhahn officiating. Burial with military rites by American Legion Sergy Post 98 was in the Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa.

Robert Eugene Mays was born November 25, 1940 at the home of his grandparents in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Bob was the son of Dwight and Mary (Norvell) Mays. He attended schools at Hebron, Ohio and graduated from Hebron High School in 1958. Bob was drafted into the Army in 1963 and served in Korea during the Vietnam War. While stationed in Kansas in 1964, he met his future wife, Rosetta Nelson and they were united in marriage in October of 1965. They made their home in Newark, Ohio until 1971 and then moved to College Springs, Iowa. In May of 2009, they moved to Clarinda, due to health reasons.

Bob was a member of the Shambaugh United Methodist Church. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, often had coffee or pop bets among friends between the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes when they were playing a football game. Bob was a machinist at NSK Corporation and retired in 2005 after twenty six years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rosetta Mays of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Connie Spring and husband Jeff of New Market, Iowa; sons, Troy Mays and wife Amy of Polk City, Iowa and Trevor Mays and wife Brandi of Clarksville, Tennessee; granddaughters, Chelsey Barlow, Brittani Mays and Mackensie Mays; grandson, Austin Mays; brother-in-law, Jack Dixon of Lake Placid, Florida; uncle, Bob Hommon of Hebron, Ohio; aunt, Helen Mays of Williams Port, Ohio; several brothers and sisters-in-laws; nephews; nieces and a host of friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; Dwight and Mary Mays and his sister, Mary Lee Dixon and a great nephew.

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


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McClelland, Mildred Marie Bryson - Mildred Marie (Bryson) McClelland was born February 28, 1921, on their family farm in rural Villisca, Iowa, to Roy and Marie (Shepherd) Bryson. She passed away Sunday afternoon April 11, 2010, at her residence with family by her side. Graveside services for Mildred will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at Wolfe Funeral Home.
Mildred attended school in Villisca and was the valedictorian of her graduating class of 1938. She received her teaching certificate and taught at Gridley School, East Township #8. Prior to marriage Mildred worked several years in California and at Dunn’s 5 & 10 in Villisca. She married Howard Austin McClelland on October 13, 1948 at the Methodist Parsonage in Villisca. Mildred devoted her life to being a homemaker; raising their family of three daughters and one son. She enjoyed gardening, genealogy, sewing, bird watching, and the beautiful Iowa countryside.
Mildred is preceded in death by her parents.
Surviving Mildred are Austin, her loving husband of 61 years; children Joni McClelland and husband John McKean of Mulvane, KS, Sandi Kennedy of Clarksville, TN, Judy Duncan of Edmond, OK and Larry McClelland and wife Rhonda of Glenwood, IA; grandchildren Shaughn Kennedy and wife Angela of Olathe, KS, Ryan Kennedy and wife Tish of Clarksville, TN, Christopher Duncan of Mulvane, KS and Jonathan Duncan of Edmond, OK; great grandchildren Ella Kennedy, Christian Kennedy, Daylin Kennedy and Elijah Kennedy; brother Richard Bryson and wife Jessie of Tulsa, OK; sister Maxine Lewis of Villisca, Iowa; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

McCurdy, Betty Louise Lawson - Memorial services for Betty McCurdy, age 86 of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Braddyville, Iowa, who died Sunday, July 27, 2008 at Golden Living Care Center, Maryville, Missouri will be held Friday, August 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend John Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa.

Betty Louise McCurdy, 86, of Braddyville passed away July 27, 2008 at the Golden Living Center in Maryville, MO. Betty was the daughter of Sammie and Myrtle (Varley) Lawson. They lived on a farm SE of Shenandoah, IA, where Betty started her education at a rural country school.
When her mother’s health failed, they moved to Castle Rock, CO where her mother entered a TB sanitarium in Denver. After her passing the family moved in with her grandparents, Sam and Kate Lawson in Norwich, IA. She then entered Norwich school and continued on until graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1938. Betty went on to receive her teaching certificate. She worked at the Earl May Seed & Nursery Co in the accounting dept, later transferring into Mr. May’s office.
She married Orie Truman McCurdy in 1947. They were blessed with the birth of one son, John E. McCurdy. The family lived on a farm near Braddyville, IA.
Betty loved rural life. She raised chickens, gardened, canned, sewed, and was a wonderful cook. Her greatest joy was rearing her son and watching him grow into a fine young man. She loved when her son, John, and his family came to visit. She enjoyed the time spent with granddaughters Kelly and Tamara. They thought their Grandma made the best hot chocolate in the whole world! She always made enough for the girls to take some back home with them.
Betty joined 4H in her early years winning two blue ribbons at the Page County Fair. She was a member of Eastern Star, Highland Chapter, for over 50 yrs. During part of her time in Eastern Star she served as the Grand Ruth for the state of Iowa. She enjoyed traveling to many chapters, some out of state. She made many lifelong friends. Betty worked as an assistant Postmaster in Braddyville for 15 yrs.
Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and mentor to her siblings. She helped care for her brothers and sister and was their best friend.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Orie Truman McCurdy; her parents, Sammie and Myrtle Lawson; grandparents, Sam and Kate Lawson and Charles and Mae Varley; two brothers, Vard and Kenneth Lawson; an infant sister, and a special uncle, William (Bill) Lawson.
Left to mourn her passing is son, John and wife Nancy McCurdy, granddaughters, Kelly and Tamara, and great granddaughter, Brooklynn Paige, all of Lee’s Summit, MO; a sister, Lucille Lawson, Shenandoah, Iowa; sisters in law, Dorothy Lawson, Lincoln, Neb, Arlene Lusk, Clearmont, MO, Annabelle Fuller, Clarinda, IA, Mary Lou Murphy, Braddyville, IA, Bonnie Miller, Clarinda; and many cousins, nieces and a nephew; special friends, Ralph and Barb Fishell, Ed and Darla Burch, and Martin and Vicki Barnes.

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


McElroy Kaleb - Kaleb McElroy was born into heaven, Friday, December 11, 2009, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was the son of Josh McElroy and Brandi Comer McElroy.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Josh and Brandi McElroy of Clarinda, Iowa; sisters, Jesi Osthoff and Jena Osthoff of Clarinda, Iowa; grandparents, Cindy and Glenn Searl of Clarinda, Iowa, Kim and Larry Wells of Indianola, Iowa, Bob McElroy of Clarinda, Iowa, Terry and Lory Comer of Dallas Center, Iowa; great grandparents, Larry and Lynne Nothwehr of Clarinda, Iowa, Jim and RoseAnn McAlexander of Sidney, Iowa, Ron and Art Bower of Lampe, Missouri, Loren Hoskins of Kansas City, Missouri, Betty Comer of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Gene Wells, Arkansas; great, great grandparents, Theda Nothwehr of Clarinda, Iowa, Bernell and Minnie Bower of Newton, Iowa.

Preceding Kaleb in death were his uncle, Chase Comer; great uncle, Christopher Bower; great grandparents, Lee Comer, Bob and Janice McElroy, Sharon Wells, Sam Shuttlesworth, Susan Hoskins; great, great grandparents, Lester Nothwehr, Estella and John Corona, Goldie Huddle

Funeral services were held Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Daryl Tompkins officiating. Visitation with the family was 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, December 14 at the funeral home. Private burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.




McGee, Gerald Dean - Gerald Dean McGee, seven month old son of Dustin Perry and Courtney McGee, died Monday, March 15, 2010. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the First Christian Church Powerhouse, 302 N. Georgie, in Derby, Kan.

Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Scot and Terri Perry, Travis McGee, Sr., Diana and Christopher Cluck, all of Wichita; great-grandparents, Dwight Perry and Dao Ngo, of Wichita, Barbara Runyan, of College Springs, Iowa, Jeanette Norris, of Austin, Tex., Beverly and Douglas Richardson, of Wichita, Jo and Grant Helmer, of Derby; great-great-grandmother, Doris Perry, of Clarinda, Iowa; numerous aunts and uncles, great-uncles and great-aunts and cousins.

Memorials have been established with Kansas Childrens Service League and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Send condolences to


McKay, Kathryn "Kay" Elizabeth Coons - Funeral services for Kathryn (Kay) McKay, age 92, of Raymore, Mo., who entered into peace Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010 at Belton Research Hospital, Belton, Mo., were held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Randy Allman officiating. Burial was in the Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kathryn (Kay) Elizabeth McKay was born in Moulton, Iowa on August 20, 1917 to Estella B. and Myron O. Coons. She graduated from Moulton High School in 1935. She graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa in 1939 with a BA degree. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Kappa Delta, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Kay was married to Rev. Donald McKay on Jane 8, 1939 and they had two children: David, a minister, who preceded her in death on April 25, 2004 and wife Margy of Springfield, Mo., and Judy and husband John Clark.
Kay and her husband served the Chariton and Albia, Iowa Christian Churches (1938-1947); First Christian Church, Independence, Mo. (1947-1960); Central Christian Church, Denver, Colo. (1960-1969); and Leavenworth of Christian Church from 1969 until illness forced don’s retirement in January 1972. He preceded her in death in April of 1972.
Kay was always active in Christian Women’s Fellowship, both on the local, state and national levels, having served on the Missouri State CWF board and the Colorado board, as well as the International Commission of CWF of the Christian Church. She also served on the Colorado State General Board of the Christian Church and was the Moderator of the Colorado Assembly in the 1960’s. She was the vice President of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives.
Upon her husband’s death in 1972, Kay moved to Woodhaven Learning Center, a home for mentally challenged and physically handicapped in Columbia, Mo., as receptionist, tour guide. She later became Director of Volunteer Services and worked with the Woodhaven Handbell Choir, corresponding with groups, setting up trips and traveling with the Choir to all 50 states over more than 15 years. She spoke on behalf of Woodhaven in churches, groups, retreats for many years.
Kay retired from Woodhaven in December, 1989, and moved to Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Mo., in January, 1990. She was a member of the Raymore Christian Church and Chapter HK PEO. She continued to be very active in the volunteer services at Foxwood Springs. During her twenty years at Foxwood, she knitted over 20,000 “scrubbers” which were sold for the benefit of the Fellowship of John at Foxwood Springs.
She is survived by daughter Judy Clark and husband John, daughter-in-law Margy McKay, six grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, her son David, her parents, and grandson, Stephen Brent McKay.

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


McKnight, Ray - Ray McKnight, 74, of Clarinda, Iowa passed away in the comfort of his own home June 26, 2009. He was born October 30, 1934 in Salem, Indiana to Walter and Dora Lee (Hoskins) McKnight.

Ray entered the United States Air Force after high school and was released on a medical discharge. He married Patricia L. Trompke in Maryville, Missouri on December 22, 1987 and was employed as a truck driver.

Ray is survived by his sister Daisy Malone of Lexington, Mississippi, niece Judy Smith of Lexington, Mississippi, aunt and uncle Gary and Sue Burkhardt or St. Paul, Nebraska, and good friend Mary Elliot of Clarinda, Iowa.

Preceding him in death are his parents and wife of 22 years.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Central City Cemetery, Central City, Nebraska. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.


McNeese, Phyllis Jean Carmichael - Funeral services for Phyllis J. McNeese, age 76 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Friday, October 10, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Brian Bontrager officiating. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Phyllis Jean McNeese was born March 25, 1932 in New Market, Iowa, the daughter of Ben Carmichael and Goldie Richie Carmichael. Phyllis grew up in the New Market-Clarinda area, attending school in New Market. She met Leonard McNeese through a friend of Leonards. The couple was united in marriage June 1, 1948 in Clarinda. They were blessed with four children, Bill, Linda, Beverly and Leonard. They lived in Clarinda where Phyllis worked as a nurses’ aide and medical aide at West Heights Manor. Phyllis and Leonard also spent some time in New Mexico and Arkansas. Phyllis retired in 1985 and Leonard passed away July, 1988.

The most important part of Phyllis’s life was her family. After her retirement her life was centered around her grandkids. She was always willing to play a prank or joke and was known to speak her mind. She enjoyed camping and the outdoors, something she and Leonard did often when they were younger. They also loved to dance.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Bill McNeese and wife Judy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Linda Hudson of Kennesaw, Georgia, Beverly Hale of Clarinda, Iowa; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; brothers, Jerry Carmichael and wife Cleora of Springdale, Arkansas, Kelly Carmichael and wife Mary of Bella Vista, Arkansas; sister, Sherri Hicks and husband Jim of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents; husband, Leonard in 1988; son, Leonard in infancy; brother, Richard Carmichael.

Although Phyllis 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.

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


Means, Patricia Ann Dunn - Memorial service for Pat Means will be Monday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Burial of cremains will be at Arlington Cemetery following the service. There will be a luncheon at the V.F.W. after the burial. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, at Wolfe Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m.

Patricia Ann Means, 82, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away February 18, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Center in Villisca. Pat was born October 4, 1927, in Page County, Iowa, the daughter of R. Quincy Dunn and H. Mabel (Warne) Dunn. She attended country school and graduated from Villisca High School in the class of 1944. Pat was united in marriage to Max H. Means on January 19, 1945, in Des Moines, Iowa. They farmed for seven years and then went into trucking which they continued for over thirty years. Pat also worked part-time in the Dietary Department at the Good Samaritan Center. Max and Pat moved into Villisca in 1992.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, husband Max in 2005, a son Kenneth in 1982 and a granddaughter Stephanie Means in 1988.

Pat is survived by two daughters; Barb Franson and husband Kirk of Villisca and Lois Michel of South Lake Tahoe, California; son John Means and fiancé Sharon Lebach of Lost Latos, California; seven grandchildren Brad Franson and wife Angi of Red Oak, Iowa, Julie Cooper and husband David of Greenfield, Iowa, Angela Tice and husband Brad of Franklin, Tennessee, Amy Villanueva and husband Jesus of Orangevale, California, Stacy James and husband Justin of Orangevale, California, Laura Davidrat and husband Christophe of Paris, France and David Means of Lincoln, Nebraska; eight great grandchildren Evan Bruce-Franson, Brad and Jared Cooper, Mikayla Tice, Collin Tice, Ethan Tice, Brayden Tice and Devin James; brother Bill and wife Daisy Dunn of Villisca; sisters-in-law Florence Martin of Frederick, Maryland, and Jean Means of Fresno, California; many other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in providing arrangements.

Mellencamp, Maribeth Annan - Maribeth (Annan) Mellencamp was born January 3, 1946 in Shenandoah, Iowa, the daughter of Mick and Peg (Harrison) Annan. She passed away at her home in rural Clarinda, IA Thursday, November 29, 2007.

She grew up in the Coin area and graduated from South Page High School in 1964. She attended Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, graduating in January of 1968 with a degree in Home Economics. On February 10, 1968, she was united in marriage to Merle Mellencamp in Coin, Iowa. They were blessed with two children, Steven and Ashley. Maribeth and Merle lived and farmed in the Clarinda area where she was a substitute teacher. She taught students in the G.E.D program and was the Food and Nutrition instructor at the Clarinda Academy.

As a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Maribeth’s family was important to her. She enjoyed the outdoors working in her garden and tending to her flowers. Maribeth was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was passionate about 4-H and the opportunities it provided for young people and was committed to providing an environment for kids to learn and excel. Maribeth was active in 4-H as a judge at the County and State levels and was the secretary of the Page County 4-H Endowment Board. Memorials can be directed to the St. John Lutheran Church Elevator Fund or to the Page County 4-H Endowment Fund.

Maribeth will be laid to rest at Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. She is survived by her husband Merle Mellencamp of Clarinda; son, Steven Mellencamp, daughter-in-law Julie and granddaughter Victoria Beth of Chicago, IL; daughter, Ashley Mellencamp of St. Petersburg, FL; parents, Mick and Peg Annan of Coin; sister, Nancy Wagoner, nieces, Anne and Elizabeth of Clarinda; brothers, Bill and Sara Annan of Shenandoah, and George Annan of Coin; sisters-in-law, Elaine Mellencamp of Clarinda, Lorene and Ron Huddle of Treynor; brothers-in-law, Paul and Diane Mellencamp, Marion and Sheila Mellencamp, David and Debbie Mellencamp of Clarinda in addition to many nieces, nephews family and friends. Preceding Maribeth in death were her grandparents, sister-in-law, Vicki Annan , brother-in-law, Joel Wagoner.

Her enthusiasm and humor will be missed by many.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.


Meyer, Roger Alan - Roger Alan Meyer was born August 1, 1947 at Clarinda, Iowa to Roman A. Meyer and Ruth Virginia (McGaugh) Meyer. He attended school at New Market, Iowa. Following school he moved to Wyoming to work in the oil fields. He returned to Clarinda after working in Wyoming and worked for the City of Clarinda and also for the Clarinda Drive-In and Clarinda Theater until the theater burned.

Roger went to Commerce City, Colo. and worked for lumber yards as a forklift operator. He had two children while in Colorado, Alan and Heather. He retired about ten years ago. Roger returned to Clarinda October 2009. He passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 at Westridge Quality Care and Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 62.

Roger is survived by his mother, Ruth Walker of Clarinda, Iowa; brothers Dennis R. Meyer and Kenneth (Spud) Walker of New Market, Iowa; sisters, Janeen Trujillo of Clarinda, Carol Ward and husband Donnie of Winterset, Iowa, and Virginia (Ginger) Salway and husband Jeff of Villisca, Iowa; nieces and nephews Kyle Walker, Clarinda, Kevin Sprague Bentonville, Ark., Lacey Foehring, Neligh, Neb., and great-niece Hannah Brady of Neligh, Neb.; and companion and caregiver Pat Wilson of Commerce City, Colo. He was preceded in death by his father and son.

Roger was an organ and tissue donor and gave the gift of life to others. There are no services scheduled. Interment will be in Clarinda Cemetery. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.


Mier, Paul Frederick - Paul Frederick Mier was born September 9, 1921 in Page County, Iowa, the son of Karl Charlie and Clara Elizabeth (Claybaker) Mier. He passed away on Monday afternoon, January 25, 2010 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 16 days.
Paul grew up near Yorktown and graduated from Clarinda High School. He later attended college for one year. On December 30, 1941, he was untied in marriage to Lorriane Wilhelmina Miller in Tarkio, Mo. This union was blessed with two daughters, Charlette and Kay.
Paul farmed in the Yorktown area his entire life. He was proud of his century farm. He was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian church in Clarinda. He was also a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He loved to be in the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Mike Costello; brother, Martin Mier; sisters-in-law, Doris Mier and Joanne Mier.
Survivors include his wife, Lorriane Mier of Stanton, Iowa; his daughters, Charlette Webber and her husband Joseph of Hampton, Iowa, Kay Costello of Clarinda, Iowa; three grandchildren, Brian Webber and his wife Tonya of Omaha, Neb., Jody Bedford and her husband Joe of West Des Moines, Iowa, Michael Costello of Omaha, Neb.; a great-granddaughter, Hannah Jean Webber; two brothers, Charles Mier of Clarinda, Iowa, William Mier and his wife Geraldine of St. Joseph, Mo.; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda with Rev. Leslie Traylor officiating. Masonic Rites were conducted by the Nodaway Lodge. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. There was open visitation at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah.
Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda. To leave online remembrances or condolences with the family, go to
The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.

Miers, Harold Ray - Funeral services for Harold R. Miers, age 92 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Harold Ray Miers was born December 3, 1915 in Clarinda, Iowa at his Grandpa Courtney Williams’ home in Page County, Iowa. He was the son of Manuel Miers and Urcella Jane (Williams) Miers. Harold spent most of his life in Page County, 20 years in Taylor County and 2 years in Wyoming as a child.

Harold and Tyla “Hazel” Glass were united in marriage May 23, 1936 in the ministers’ parsonage at Ladoga, Iowa. They were blessed with six children, Marvin, Robert, Donna, Marilyn, Diane and Darrell.

Harold loved farming even as a child growing up on the farm. Farming was not just an occupation for Harold it was his life. He also did custom work for other farmers. When not farming, Harold also enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and watching boxing. He had been a boxer and had the opportunity to be a Golden Gloves boxer. He was a member of the New Market Methodist Church. Harold loved his family and they were his main interest and enjoyment.

Harold is survived by his children, Marvin A. Miers and fiancé Kay of Clarinda, Iowa, Donna Kelso Ketchum and husband Ike of Blue Springs, Missouri, Marilyn Cabbage and husband Don of Bradenton, Florida, Diane Peterson and husband Dr. Charles Peterson of Shenandoah, Iowa; Darrell Miers and wife Linda of Clarinda, Iowa; 19 grandchildren, (Marvin’s children) Debbie, Steve, Melissa, Richard, (Donna’s children) Kirk, Kent, Kendall, Keaton, Nana Kate, (Marilyn’s children) Terri, Robin, Vicki, Traci, Beth, (Diane’s children) Cara, Caydee, Cayla, (Darrell’s children) Julie and Sherry; great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Betty Glass, Dorothy Glass, Mary Glass Miers nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Preceding Harold in death were his parents; wife, Hazel; infant son, Robert Ray Miers; grandson, (Darrell’s son) Brent Miers; brothers, Jim Miers and Lawrence Miers.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

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

Miles, Louise Pearl - Funeral services for Louise Miles, age 58 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa will be held at 10:30 AM on May 24, 2008, at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Andy Rubenking, officiating.

Louise Pearl Miles was born January 25, 1950, in Callaway, Nebraska, the only daughter of Kermit Lester Miles and Pearl Merna (Johnson) Miles. Louise was raised in rural Callaway and graduated from Callaway High School in 1968. She graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Louise lived several places in the Omaha area and from the mid ‘80’s to 1999 owned her own mobile home in Omaha. Louise worked as an R.N. at Bergen Mercy Hospital, Omaha, in the “neo-natal” intensive care unit, later working in the Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Following hospitalization from diabetes, Louise moved to the Eiler House in Clarinda in February of 1999 to be near her brother Lynn and his family. In November of 2003 after open heart surgery she moved to Westridge Care and Rehab Center. She had been on dialysis for nearly 6 years.

Louise was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda. She enjoyed reading, especially mysteries and history. Louise loved all animals, especially cats. Her family was very important to her and she enjoyed being with her family.

Louise is survived by her brothers, Roger Miles and wife Carolyn of Lincoln, Nebraska, Don Miles and wife Vicki of Jackson, Missouri, Lynn Miles and wife Phyllis of Clarinda, Iowa, Darrell Miles and wife Lin of Miami, Florida; nieces and nephews Keith (Roger’s son) and Becky Miles, daughters Tiffany and Jessica, Lincoln, NE, Julie (Roger’s daughter) and Todd Kechely, son Steve Miles, Lincoln, NE, Angie (Roger’s daughter) and Jeff Alexander, Lincoln, NE, Jennifer (Don’s Daughter) Miles of Cape Girardeau, MO, Cameron (Lynn’s son) and Patty Miles, daughters Ashley and Emily of Marengo, IA, Michelle (Lynn’s daughter) Miles of Columbus, OH, Jonathan (Darrell’s son) Miles, Miami FL.

Preceding Louise in death were her parents.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

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


Miller, Angelene Magdalene Cooley - Funeral services for Angelene “Angie” Miller, age 91 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa were held Friday, October 5, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend John Clark officiating and Pastor Dean Delzell giving a meditation. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Angelene Magdalene (Cooley) Miller was born July 31, 1916 in Kansas City, Kansas, the daughter of William Cooley and Clara (Teuksbre) Cooley. Angie grew up in the Kansas City area, attending Kansas City schools and was a high school graduate. She attended Kansas State Dental College graduating as a dental hygienist. Angie and Merrill Miller were united in marriage on June 2, 1941 in Kansas City, Kansas. They were blessed with two children; Lois and Mick.

Angie was a dental hygienist for Dr. Harlan Bradrick for several years. She then worked as an EEG and X-Ray Technician at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute. She retired from that position in 1981. Angie and Merrill enjoyed being ham radio operators. They also enjoyed going on motorcycle trips together and camping especially at Branson, Missouri. Angie’s main interest was her family, they were very important to her and she especially enjoyed the grandchildren and great grandchildren. After church, the family always enjoyed Grandma’s Sunday dinners. Angie was a member of the First Christian Church.

Left to cherish Angie’s memory are her children, Lois Glick and husband Lowell of Clarinda, Iowa and Mick Miller and wife Carolyn of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Brad Miller and wife Nikki of Earlham, Iowa, Tiffany Delzell and husband Dean of Jefferson, Iowa, Doug Glick of Clarinda, Iowa, Greg Glick and wife Angie of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jay Glick and fiancé Michelle of Carroll, Iowa, great grandchildren, Mikayla, Caleb and Maddie Jo Delzell, Becca, Joshua and Josiah Miller, Aaron, Amber and Ethan Glick; Justin and Brianna Mau; sister-in-law, Marjorie Creveling of Clarinda, Iowa; nephew, Rusty Creveling and wife Janis of Manchester, Iowa.

Preceding Angie in death were her parents; husband, Merrill Miller (04/27/2007); sister, Wilma Ryburn.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

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


Miller, Joedd - The Rev. Joedd Miller of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away April 5, 2009 at the age of 74. A local memorial service for Joedd, a native of Clarinda, will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained a minister.

Joedd was born on March 25, 1935, in Clarinda, Iowa, to Floyd (Fiddle) and Clara Jeffers.

In the 1950's, Joedd spent a year as an exchange student in India. As a Presbyterian minister, he worked through the church Foreign Missions Service in Nairobi, Kenya, for four years.

Upon his return to the United States, Joedd became minister for the Gila River Indian community in Sacaton, Ariz. It was there that he met and married Cecelia, the life of his life and mother of their seven children.

Joedd later became pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, where he served 27 years.

Joedd loved life. His laugh was contagious, and hs work for peace and justice was endless. His energy was unlimited and his interests many. His primary passion was fighting for civil rights, through the Sanctuary movement, farm workers movement, the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Committee, work to help the homeless and at the Phoenix Indian Center.

Joedd worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Native Americans. He served on the board of directors for Wasatch Academy and on the Arizona Foster Care Review Board. In retirement, he particularly enjoyed his monthly meetings with the prestigious "Geezers" group, of which he was a founding member.

His interests were many, but his devotion to his family was paramount. It was rooted in his deep love for Cecilia, his wife of 39 years, daughters Jennifer and Sandra Miller, and sons Richard, Roger, Nathan and Michael Perry, and the late Dennis Perry, killed in a traffic accident in 1975.

Joedd adored his grandchildren, Zeke and Feather Perry and Isabella Martinez; his nieces Rhonda (Jorgensen) Haugland and husband Kenny, Violet (Jorgensen) Cimock and husband Larry, and Vivian (Jorgensen) Gibson, as well as great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister Vivian (Miller) Jorgenson, parents Fiddle and Clara Miller and son Dennis.

Joedd had a profound positive influence on inestimable numbers of people, from Kenya and India to Iowa and Arizona. He will always be loved immensely and deeply missed by all. In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the Westminster Presbyterian Church.


Miller, Leo Russell - Funeral Services for Leo Miller, age 74 of New Market who died Thursday, January 18, 2007 in Lincoln, Nebraska were held Monday, January 22, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda. Interment was held in the Covenanter Cemetery in rural Page County, Iowa.

Leo Russell Miller was born September 24, 1932, on the family farm, three miles south of Clarinda, Page County, Iowa the sixth of seven children born to Ross Edward Miller and Cassie Felicia (Lawson) Miller. As a child, he attended the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Clarinda. He attended the Olive Branch Country School to the eighth grade, and graduated from the Clarinda High School with the Class of 1951. He then attended the Clarinda Community College for two years where he received his Associates Degree. It was during this time, while out at the skating rink in Clarinda, he met Normalee Webb. Leo answered the call to serve his country by entering the United States Army in 1953, and was honorably discharged in 1955. Leo and Normalee were united in marriage on August 17, 1955, in New Market, Iowa. The couple farmed southwest of Clarinda for a few years and in 1958, they moved to a farm north of New Market where he farmed with Normalee’s grandfather. In 1974, they moved to Normalee’s grandfather’s farm where they have continued to live. Leo was a member of the New Market United Methodist Church, having served on various church offices and boards. He had been a member of the New Market School Board for many years; a member of the Clarinda Co-Op Board; the Taylor County Veteran’s Affairs; a current member of the Farmer’s Mutual Telephone Company in Stanton; the New Market Foundation and the Taylor County Cattleman’s Association.

Leo enjoyed farming, but his cow herds and calving were his passion. He likened himself as ‘The Good Shepherd’ of his herd. He liked photography and had an extensive collection of old home movies, pictures and camcorder videos of family and community events. He enjoyed sports, not only as a spectator, but had participated in basketball and football in his younger years. Leo was a ‘people person’ and he has always been very close to his family, enjoying family get-togethers whenever possible. He was a good neighbor and could be counted on by others to always lend a hand. He possessed a tremendous sense of humor and could appreciate a good joke, and sometimes a bad one!

Left to cherish Leo’s memory are his loving wife of 52 years, Normalee Miller of New Market; two daughters, Brenda Herzberg and husband Brian of Villisca; Margaret Brown and husband Mark of Clarinda; a brother, Dale Miller of Clarinda; three sisters, Marilyn Ives and husband Myron of Clarinda; Norma Jean Hall and husband Bob of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Joyce Warder and husband Jerry of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren, Nathan and Anna Marlay; Kelli and Matthew Herzberg; Lexie and Gracie Brown; three step-grandchildren, Laura Brown; Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Marlay and children; and Mr. and Mrs. John Marlay, Jr.; a son-in-law, John Marlay of Selma, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Bill Stephan of Dallas, Texas; a sister-in-law, Audrey Miller Bridie of Clarinda; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and a community of friends.

Preceding Leo in death are his parents; a daughter Lora Marlay; a brother Lawson Miller; a sister, Elaine Stephan; and a sister-in-law, Gerry Miller.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Miller, Merrill Russell - Funeral Services for Merrill R. Miller, age 86, of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Friday, April 27, 2007, at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, were held Monday, April 30, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa, with Rev. John Clark and Pastor Dean Delzell officiating. Visitation with the family was held 6-8 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2007 at the church. Interment was held in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Merrill Russell Miller was born July 25, 1920, in Page Center, Iowa, the son of Ralph A. Miller and Ida Mae (Holt) Miller. Merrill attended Braddyville and Clarinda Schools. On June 2, 1941, he was united in marriage with Angelene (Angie) Magdalene Cooley at Kansas City, Kansas. They were blessed with two children, Lois and Mick.

Merrill worked for several years for Loren and Mildred Davison at Walker Funeral Home assisting with ambulance and funeral services and often was the soloist for the funeral services. When the Davisons and Merrill and Angie retired they took many motorcycle trips together.

For many years, Merrill was storeroom manager at the Mental Health Institute and retired from that position. Merrill also enjoyed doing mechanical repairs as well as small engine repairs.

Merrill enjoyed being a Ham Radio operator for several years and was a weather observer for KMTV. Many people listened to Merrill and his Ham Radio friends discussing the weather, especially during the periods of severe weather. Merrill enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. His family was most important to him and he enjoyed being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish Merrill’s memory are his wife Angie Miller of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Lois Glick and husband Lowell of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Mick Miller and wife Carolyn of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Doug Glick of Clarinda, Iowa, Greg Glick and fiancé Angie of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jay Glick of Carroll, Iowa, Tiffany Delzell and husband Dean of Jefferson, Iowa, Brad Miller and wife Nikki of Earlham, Iowa; nine great grandchildren; and sister, Marjorie Creveling of Clarinda, Iowa.

Preceding Merrill in death were his parents and brother-in-law, Sid Creveling.

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

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

Miller, Michael Anthony, Sr - Michael Anthony Miller Sr. was born June 24, 1947 in Clarinda, Iowa to Leo and Glenna Miller. He grew up in Clarinda and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1965. That same year, he married his high school sweet heart, Patricia Ann Pfeiffer, on September 18. Their family lived in several cities throughout the Midwest and currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas. Mike attended Clarinda Junior College for two years and completed his undergrad and masters program from Southern Nazarene University in 1992.

Mike was a successful businessman with a strong work ethic and throughout his career he excelled in the field of finance and accounting. He retired from the University of North Texas in 2007 due to illness. Mike enjoyed reading about history and took pride in his Native American heritage.

Throughout his life he enjoyed numerous hobbies including photography, canoeing, cycling, fishing, hunting and cooking. He loved his two cats Misty and Lucy and granddog Ellie Mae. Mike was a very strong, energetic and passionate man who always put family first. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He was kind hearted, polite and respectful to others.

While Mike leaves behind his wife Patricia, his legacy continues to live on through her and their three children, Gina Renee (Jerry) Tauber of Griffith, Indiana, Michael Anthony (Angela) Miller, Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas and Stephen Douglas Miller of Flower Mound, Texas; six grandchildren, Anna Leigh Tauber, Alyssa Michele Tauber, Brett Spencer Tauber, Meghan Patricia Miller, Michael Anthony Miller, III and Matthew Cameron Miller; mother Glenna (Carver) Miller of Montrose, Colorado; sisters Cynthia Webb of Montrose, Colorado and Delores Hughes of Mustang, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mike is reunited in heaven with his father Leo Miller; his grandparents; father and mother-in-law, John and Kathleen Pfeiffer; and brother-in-law, Charles Hughes.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 20, 2009 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Salem Cemetery, rural Red Oak. Memorials are suggested to the Amyloidosis Foundation, 7151 North Main Street, Clarkston, Mich. 48346. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements.


Monson, Susan Margaret - Memorial services for Susan Monson, age 54, of Corning, Iowa, formerly of Essex, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Corning Nursing and Rehab Center will be held Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Faith Covenant Church, Essex, Iowa with Reverend Jim Ressigieu officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Nyman, Iowa at later date.

Susan Margaret Monson passed away Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the Corning Nursing and Rehab Center, Corning, Iowa after a courageous year long battle with Leukemia.

Susan was born June 24, 1955, in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Ted and Marjorie (Morton) Monson. She was the third of four children. The family moved to Essex, Iowa when Susan was a small child. She graduated from Essex High School in 1973 where she enjoyed participating in all sports activities, the high school band, chorus, and performing in the school plays. She took confirmation classes at the Fremont Covenant Church in rural Essex.

Susan was employed in Red Oak at the Thomas D. Murphy Company and the Holiday Inn and later worked at Nishna Productions in Shenandoah, Iowa before becoming physically disabled.

Susan enjoyed shopping, listening to music, watching television and attending volleyball and basketball games.

Susan was preceded in death by her father, Ted and brother, Daryl.

Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Marjorie; daughter, Molly; granddaughter, Felicia; grandson, Ethan; sister, Lori all of Essex, Iowa; brother, Richard of Lafayette, Colorado; numerous nieces and great nieces, great nephews and many friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning, Iowa.

Moore, Roy "Eddie" Edward - Roy “Eddie” Moore, age 64, of Clarinda, Iowa died Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Walden Paige officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa.

Roy Edward Moore was born April 18, 1942, at Pickering, Missouri, the son of Alexander Porterfield Moore and Pauline Rose (Mobley) Moore. He had been employed at RoMech, Red Oak, Iowa and most recently had worked for Paul and Dora Prather’s cleaning business. Eddie enjoyed helping his son-in-law Mike with his salvage business. His interests included old cars and cooking and he was a very good cook. His greatest joy was being with his grandkids and great grandkids.

Left to cherish Eddie’s memory is his daughter, Milly McNeese and husband Mike of Clarinda, Iowa; granddaughters, Megan Sullivan and husband Dan, Mandy McNeese and fiancé Dave Woods, Mica McNeese and fiancé Tyler Gray, Mattea McNeese and boyfriend Ben Fritz all of Clarinda, Iowa; great grandchildren, Destini Sullivan, Myariah Sullivan, Brooklyn Woods, Quintyn Gray; step children, Terrlyn Ribbey of Clarinda, Iowa, Becky Kent of Elmo, Missouri, David Adams of Corning, Iowa, Homer Adams of Wichita, Kansas, Ted Edwards and Lindia Edwards of Clarinda, Iowa; many step grandchildren; brothers, Chuck Moore of Chillicothe, Missouri, Richard Moore of Missouri, Darrel Moore of Missouri; sister, Judy Moore of Missouri.

Preceding Eddie in death were his parents and a brother, John Moore.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa.


Moore, Wanda Irene Majors - Funeral services for Wanda Moore, age 85 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Friday, August 15, 2008 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking and Reverend John Clark officiating. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Wanda Irene Moore was born July 14, 1923 in the rural Page County, Iowa area, the daughter of Frank D. Majors and Anna Marie (Jepson) Majors. She grew up in the New Market area and graduated in 1943 from New Market High School. On October 28, 1945, she was united in marriage to Raymond Allen “George” Moore. They were blessed with children, Marta, Chris, Joe and Anne.

In her early working career, Wanda worked at Lisle Corporation. She then worked at Graham’s Department Store and the Page County Clerk’s office. She is best remembered for her thirty six plus years of caring for children in her home. She loved them all and kept in touch as they grew and matured. Wanda remembered them with graduation and wedding gifts and handmade baby quilts.

Wanda was an active person and had many enjoyments and interests. She and George belonged to the Circle 8 Square Dance Club and they enjoyed square dancing. Her main interest and enjoyment was her grandchildren and she was their biggest fan at all of their activities. She was a big sports fan and supporter of the Clarinda A’s and loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals. Wanda also enjoyed basketball and going to garage sales, visiting on the phone, eating out with friends, sewing pillows and baby quilts and flower gardening.

Wanda was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a fifty year member of the United Methodist Women; a member of the Suzanna Circle and a part of the prayer chain. Wanda was very good at remembering people with cards, calls, prayers and homemade pies.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Marta Brockman and husband Ken of Clarinda, Iowa, Chris Moore and wife Cindy of Clarinda, Iowa, Joe Moore and wife Colleen of Clarinda, Iowa, Anne Thomson and husband Paul of Arizona; eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Wilma Morris of Arkansas, Gladys Slama of Arkansas, Erma Dinchak of Arizona; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Preceding Wanda in death were her parents; husband Raymond “George” Moore; stillborn infant son, Mark Arlen Moore; brothers, Lloyd Majors and Lyle Majors and sister, Charlene Coe.

Although Wanda will be greatly missed, her love and inspiration will live on through her family.
Her enthusiasm, humor, insight and gentle kindness will be sorely missed by everyone.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa.


Muller, Wilma Marie Margaret Sump - Funeral services for Wilma Muller, age 92 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa were held Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Nathan Dudley officiating. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Wilma Marie Margaret (Sump) Muller was born August 1, 1915 on the family farm rural Yorktown, Iowa. She was the daughter of William Sump and Dora (Nothwehr) Sump. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown, Iowa and remained a faithful member there her entire life. Wilma received her education at St. Paul Lutheran School, Yorktown, Iowa.

On February 6, 1935, she was united in marriage to Arthur Alfred Muller at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Yorktown, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, Duane, Donna, Robert and John. They farmed in the Yorktown area until 1961 when they moved into Clarinda. Wilma enjoyed taking care of her family and cooking for the farm help and the many family dinners.

A special interest of Wilma’s was china painting and each of her children and grandchildren have a hand painted remembrance of her. She also enjoyed growing her roses, playing cards, traveling, knitting and crocheting. Wilma’s greatest enjoyment was her children and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved having them around and they all loved going to Grandma Muller’s where they were sure to get some of her homemade goodies.

Wilma is survived by her children, Duane Muller and wife Lorenne of Clarinda, Iowa, Donna Barr of Clarinda, Iowa, Robert Muller and wife Soni of Lincoln, Nebraska, John Muller and wife Linnea of Marshall, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren, Beth Mincer and husband Dave, Hamburg, Iowa, Diane Muller, Littleton, Colorado, Kathleen Blouch and husband Randy, Platte City, Missouri, Mike Barr and wife Shari, Villisca, Iowa, Douglas Muller, Malaga, Washington, Pam Lampe and husband Paul, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Jay Muller and wife Beth, Kansas City, Missouri, Carol Pace and husband Mark, Lincoln, Nebraska, Jason Muller and wife Desiree’, Versailles, Missouri, Jodi Nagle and husband Robert Castle Rock, Colorado, Marsha Lampe and husband Joel, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Merlin Barr and wife Brooke, Clarinda, Iowa, Marissa Wanamaker and husband Hans, Lincoln, Nebraska, Jarad Muller and wife Suzi, Marshall, Missouri, Jill Muller, Boulder, Colorado; nineteen great grandchildren; sister, Vera Wellhausen of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Ruth Sump of Clarinda, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Martha Carlson and Dorothy Sump of Clarinda, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Wilma in death were her parents; husband, Arthur Muller (4/19/1973); infant brother, Alvin Sump; brother, Marrel Sump; son-in-law, Lowell Barr.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa.


Murphy, Dorothy Melvina Jackson - Dorothy Melvina Murphy, the daughter of Pleas and Margaret (Gibson) Jackson, was born near Northboro, Iowa on April 6, 1920 and entered into rest on September 24, 2009 at Shenandoah, Iowa.

Dorothy graduated from Northboro High School in 1937 and then attended Northwest Missouri State College. She married Wilbur Murphy in January of 1939. The two of them farmed in Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri for 46 years until Wilbur passed away in 1985. After her husband's death she moved to Shenandoah where she lived the rest of her life.

Her life was centered around her work as a homemaker and raising and caring for her children. Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress and won several awards for design and her work. She also drove a school bus for the South Page Community Schools for several years before retiring.

After retiring from the farm and moving to Shenandoah she spent many years volunteering at Garden View Care Center. She was active and enjoyed many times at the Shenandoah Senior Citizens Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Pleas and Margaret Jackson; husband Wilbur; and three brothers, Wayne, Paul and Lloyd Jackson. She is survived by a sister Mildred Leek of Clarinda, Iowa; a daughter Catherine Pollock of Malvern, Iowa; three sons, Ronald Murphy of Kalama, Washington, Jim Murphy of Canon City, Colorado, and Garold Murphy of Montara, California; fourteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great- great grandchild; along with other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Jackson attended to the memorial register. Special music for the service was provided by Garold Murphy who sang "Amazing Grace". Other special music included "Good Night Down Here, Good Morning Up There" and "God Be With You Til We Meet Again".

Serving as casket bearers were Kent Murphy, Kyle Murphy, E. J. Murphy, Sean Murphy, Dustin Alexander, Neal Murphy, and Jared Murphy. Honorary casket bearers included Dean Jones and Scott Clarke. Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Senior Center in Dorothy's name. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.