Page County, Iowa obituaries

Samo, Matthew Jeffrey - Funeral services for Matthew "Matt" Samo, age 20, of Villisca, Iowa, who died Wednesday, August 19, 2009 near Shenandoah, Iowa as a result of a motorcycle accident will be held Monday, August 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Tim Maxa officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2009 at the funeral home with the family greeting friends from 3-6 p.m. Burial will be in the North Grove Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Matthew Jeffrey Samo was born December 10, 1988 at Clarinda, Iowa, to Jeffrey Lee Samo and Tammy June (England) Samo. Matt grew up on a farm south of Clarinda and in 1997 the family moved to the present residence northeast of Clarinda. He attended Clarinda Community Schools, Kindergarten through 11th grade and graduated from Lenox High School. Matt enjoyed sports and participated in football and wrestling while in High School. He excelled as a wrestler and thoroughly enjoyed the sport and being a part of the wrestling community.

Matt aspired to be an electrical lineman and was currently an apprentice lineman with the Local 55 Electrical Contractors.

Matt was a high energy kid and truly enjoyed life. He had a way of making people laugh with his quick wit and humor. Matt enjoyed the outdoors and the activities of trapping, hunting, fishing, dirt bike riding, four wheeling, girls and riding his motorcycle. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and family and felt a deep commitment to them. He could always be counted on and was there when you needed him.

Preceding Matt in death were his grandparents, Everitt and June England and step grandfather, Donald Goins.

Left to cherish his memory are his father, Jeff Samo of Villisca, Iowa; mother, Tammy Carmichael and husband Clint of Corning, Iowa; brothers, Benji Samo and wife Katy of Wayland, Iowa, Luke Samo of Villisca, Iowa; sister, Kally Carmichael of Gravity, Iowa; nephew, Gage Samo of Wayland, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Samo of Villisca, Iowa; step grandfather, Leland Carmichael of Corning, Iowa; step grandmother, Linda Carmichael of Lenox, Iowa; step grandfather, Larry Antisdel of Lenox, Iowa; aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Matt will be greatly missed for his wit, sense of humor and great smile,
but the memories will remain in our hearts forever.
May the Lord grant comfort and peace to those that mourn Matt’s passing.

Sandahl, Rodney A. - Rodney A. Sandahl, age 59, of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away Saturday, August 8, 2009 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after a sudden illness. Rodney Arvid Sandahl was born June 2, 1950 in Shenandoah, Iowa the son of Arvid and Chrystal (Esaias) Sandahl. He was raised and lived all of his life in Shenandoah graduating from Shenandoah High School with the class of 1968. Rodney served in the Iowa Army National Guard for a short time. Over the years he owned Rod’s Skelly Station, worked for Johnson Tires, owned and operated Rod’s Farm Tire Service and most recently was doing odd jobs. Rod was very talented at his work and was a hard worker. Rod enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, and bowling in his spare time. He was a member of the Congregational Church for many years.

Preceding him in death were his brother: Francis Sandahl in 1972 and his father: Arvid Sandahl in 2000. Survivors include his children: Leslie Brooks and husband Curtis of Farragut, Iowa and Adam Sandahl and wife Heidi of Shenandoah, Iowa; his mother: Chrystal Sandahl of Shenandoah, Iowa; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the Congregational United Church of Christ with Rev. Alan Bash officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Services are entrusted to the Kirsch Funeral Chapel.


Saner, Bernice Hanora Gleason - Bernice Hanora Saner, age 93, the daughter of Martin and Julia (Haeffer) Gleason was born August 19, 1912, at Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away December 3, 2005, at Shenandoah.
Growing up on a farm in page County Bernice attended and graduated from Shenandoah High School. In 1937, Bernice was united in marriage to Louis Saner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah. To this marriage Louis, Jr., Rosalynn, Sharon, Edward, and Jane were born. Bernice and Louis made their home in Imogene, Iowa for 45 years before moving to Shenandoah in 1983.
For many years Bernice was employed by the town of Imogene as a bookkeeper for the power company. She also worked seasonal for Henry Field Seed and Nursery Company. Bernice was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene for many years and for the last few years a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shenandoah.
Bernice’s children and grandchildren were her main interests in life. She enjoyed playing cards, sewing and embroidering things for her home.
Preceding Bernice in death were her parents; her husband in 1989; grandson, Michael Martin; brothers, Emmett and Harry Gleason; and sisters, Kate Connell, Mary Gee Kill, Cecelia Gleason, and Mable McGinnis.
Survivors include her son, Louis Saner, Jr. and wife, Dee, of Shenandoah; daughters, Rosalynn Martin of Shenandoah and Sharon Baldwin and husband, Jerry, of Shenandoah; son, Edward Saner and wife, Carol, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a daughter, Jane Gruber and her husband, Gary, of Farragut, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Evalyn Saner of Shenandoah; plus many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Sawyer, Lavern Herbert - Lavern Herbert Sawyer, son of Herbert and Myra (Robinson) Sawyer was born in Scott County, Iowa, June 5, 1921. He departed this life on March 29, 2009 in the Los Angeles Veterans Hospital. A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills in Northridge, Calif., on April 9, 2009. Interment of ashes was held at the Clarinda Cemetery on July 3, 2009.

On August 24, 1947, Laverne was married in Clarinda, Iowa, to Wilma Bernice Fulk. Wilma preceded him in death on January 30, 2001. Laverne and Wilma both graduated from Iowa State University in 1947, he in Agronomy. He was Extension Director at Marengo, Creston and Spencer, Iowa. He was Bank Manager in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Long Beach, Fresno and San Fernando, California. He ended his lifetime work as a Real Estate Instructor.

Laverne was a member of Kiwanis, active in Boy Scouts, church choir and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. Before college, Laverne served in WWII, U.S. Army in Iran.

He was preceded in death by parents, a sister Loretta Berneal, and brothers, Russell, Harold and Eugene. Those surviving are brothers Dale Sawyer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Lynn Sawyer of Cypress, Tex. Also a son, Dean Herbert Sawyer (Marie), Newport, Ore.; daughter Bette Berneal Sawyer of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; two grandsons, Jeffery Dean and Steven James Sawyer of Newport, Ore.; brother-in-law, Marvin (Phyllis) Fulk of Clarinda, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Crain of Clarinda, Iowa, and Helen Fulk, Des Moines, Iowa.


Saye, Lois E. - Age 74 of Blanchard and Northboro area.

Memorials may be directed to Northboro United methodist Church or medical Center Hospice.
Union Grove Cemetery


Schaaf, Susan Lynn Morrison - Susan Lynn Schaaf, age 44, the daughter of Dale and Iris (Teachout) Morrison was born May 6, 1963, in Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away August 22, 2007, at her parent’s home in rural Shenandoah.
Growing up at the same location near Shenandoah, Susie was very active in 4-H, where she often showed her excellence as a seamstress at the Fremont County Fair and where she met a young man named Grant from Randolph, Iowa. Susie began her singing career on the family farm in the corn crib and has entertained ever since. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1981, Susie went on to further her education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and then to Iowa Wesleyan College at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, graduating in 1985. While attending school there she sang with the Sweet Adelines.
On July 28, 1984, Susie and Grant were united in marriage at the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. In 1986 they moved from Mt. Pleasant to Beeville, Texas, where Susie worked for a law firm. They then moved back to Southwest Iowa to live in the country near Randolph. Susie soon became associated with Communication Data Services (CDS) in Red Oak, Iowa, as personnel director. After several years with CDS she left to stay at home to raise their children, Preston, Olivia and Clara. Susie worked part time at First State Bank in Tabor, Iowa, and has performed for audiences through out the Midwest with her professional singing and guitar playing. In 2003, Susie released her own CD called “For You”.
Susie’s family, friends and music were very important to her. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah and was known for her strong faith.
Susie was also a member of the PEO Chapter GG, the Fremont County Endowment Fund Committee and the SWINT Board. She enjoyed taking part in the bike ride across Iowa for many years.
Preceding Susie in death was her brother, Randy Morrison in 2003. Survivors include her husband, Grant Schaaf, of Randolph; children, Preston, Olivia, and Clara Schaaf of Randolph; parents, Dale and Iris Morrison of Shenandoah; brother, Bill Morrison of Baldwin City, Kansas; sister, Amy Kelley of Randolph, Iowa; and father-in-law and mother-in law, Keith and Carolyn Schaaf of Randolph; other relatives and many, many friends.
Memorial services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2007 at the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster and Elder Joyce Inman officiating. There will be private family inurnment held at a later date. Becky Hoenshel, Terry Stafford and Don Enoch provided music for the service. Darren Kelley, Marshall Morrison, Cody Morrison, Tommy Morrison, Zach Morrison, Shane Schaaf and Joel Conklin were honorary casket bearers. Guest book attendants were Doris Brodersen, Kerri Aistrope and Carlene Hall, ushers were Tom Brodersen, C.E. Hornbuckle and Don Nelson. Caring for the flowers were Denise Hammer, Roberta Aistrope, Barbara Dunsdon, Sandra Howard, Pamela Hoops and Helen Sell. Memorials are suggested to the Susie Schaaf Memorial Fund. The Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.


Scheib, Carl Eugene - Carl Eugene Scheib was born September 6, 1916 on the family farm south of Norwich in Page County, Iowa, the son of John Clyde and Edna (Gregg) Scheibenberger. He passed away on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2007 at the Elm Heights/Parkcrest Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 91 years, 1 month and 18 days.

Carl attended school in Clarinda and Shenandoah, graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1933. He attended college for 1 ½ years when he returned home to work on the family farm. On August 14, 1940, Carl was united in marriage to Jean Gibson near Blanchard, Iowa. This union was blessed with three children, Wendell, Lynn and Anita. Carl farmed east of Shenandoah until his retirement.

Carl has been a member of the Pairs and Squares Square Dance Club. He was actively involved in the Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star for over 50 years. Carl enjoyed his years as a Rainbow Dad in the Masonic Order of Rainbow Girls. He loved to travel and drive around the country side checking on his and his neighbors crops. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah and a community bridge club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Jean in May of 2007; three brothers, Guy Scheib, Lester Scheib, John Scheib, Jr.; a sister, Vera Pikerel and a granddaughter, Andrea Jean Scheib.

Survivors include his children, Wendell Scheib and his wife Greer of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Lynn Scheib and his wife Vicki of Shenandoah, Iowa, Anita Klein of Colorado; seventeen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; a sister, Sadie Stafford of Wyoming, Missouri; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Scheib, Jean Elizabeth Gibson - Jean Elizabeth (Gibson) Scheib, age 88 of Shenandoah, Iowa was born on January 18, 1919 near Blanchard, Iowa, the daughter of Earl J. and Bessie (Cato) Gibson. She passed away on Thursday morning, May 3, 2007 at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah.

Jean graduated from Northboro High School and later attended Maryville State College and received her teaching certificate. On August 14, 1940, she was united in marriage to Carl Scheib near Blanchard, Iowa. This union was blessed with three children, Wendell, Lynn and Anita.

She taught school early in her life, then Jean became a homemaker raising her three children. She enjoyed sewing and cooking, doing ceramics and making ceramic dolls. Jean was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah and was very active in many church activities. She also enjoyed the Social Hour group and was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Andrea Scheib; a brother, Earl J. Gibson, Jr. and a sister, Louise Miller.

Survivors include her husband, Carl of Shenandoah, Iowa; children, Wendell Scheib and his wife Greer of Pennsylvania, Lynn Scheib and wife Vicki of Shenandoah, Iowa, Anita Klein of Colorado; seventeen grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Schlachter, Helen Hannah Schoenberg - Helen Hannah Schoenberg Schlachter, 95, passed away November 20, 2009, in her apartment at Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kan.

Helen was born in Chicago, Ill., on July 13, 1914 to Lillian and Adolph Schoenberg. After her father's untimely death, Helen, her mother and her brother Joe moved to Clarinda, Iowa to open Schoenberg's Ladies Shop. Helen owned Schoenberg's for 58 years. Helen married the love of her life, Maury Schlachter of New York City. They were married for 46 years. She and Maury had one son, David, who preceded her in death in 1970. Helen and Maury lived in St Joseph, Mo., and Clarinda, Iowa.

Helen moved to Overland Park, Kan., in 2005 to be with extended family. She made many new friends and received excellent care from the staff at Village Shalom.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe, son David, and husband Maury. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Helen will be remembered as a kind and generous woman. She was a loyal friend and loved by many. Memorial services were held at Village Shalom in Leawood, Kan., and in Perth Amboy, NJ. Memorial donations can be made to Village Shalom or KC Hospice. Burial was in Perth Amboy, NJ with her beloved family.


Schlater, Richard Walter - Richard Walter Schlater, son of George and Suzie(Heckman) Schlater, was born on January 17, 1922, at Exira, Iowa and passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha at age 86.
Richard attended grade school east of Exira and Exira High School graduating with the Class of 1939. Following high school he helped farm and worked at G. F. Manufacturing while living at home, south of Brayton, Iowa. On January 27, 1945, he was united in marriage to Norma L. Olsen by the Rev. H. L. Jensen at the Hamlin Lutheran Church in Hamlin, Iowa. Following their marriage they farmed together with Marvin (Toot) Schlater on the Schwab place near Viola Center. They later moved to the White Star Farm west of Hamlin. In 1947, they moved to Brayton where Dick worked at Brayton Produce before purchasing and operating a gas station in Brayton for 12 years. They joined Oak Hill Lutheran Church when Brayton Lutheran Church was formed. Dick was on the Church Council when the church was built with a lot of work put into it. He was active in the Brayton community serving as a Councilman and Mayor as well as being a member of the Brayton Fire Dept. They later moved to Denison, Iowa, where Dick was employed by Johnson Motor Co. as a bookkeeper before moving to Exira where he worked at Finnerty Oil and Larsen Ford. He then took a job with the State of Iowa as a Revenue Auditor, which required him to move to Essex, Iowa. In Essex they joined St. John’s Lutheran Church where Dick served on the Church Board and as Treasurer. Upon retiring from the State of Iowa, he drove a school bus for the Essex Community Schools for several years. He was also a regular at the ball games where he sold tickets to each event. He also enjoyed golfing in his retirement.
Preceding Dick in death were his parents; son, Douglas Schlater; two brothers, Marvin and Grover Schlater; and a great granddaughter, Megan Hanner. He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Norma L. Schlater of Essex, IA; two children, Roxanne Nance and her husband David of Wellington, KS, and Jeffrey Schlater and his fiance Jane Thalken both of Shenandoah, IA; eight grandchildren, Michele Hanner and husband Joe of Guthrie Center, IA, Melissa Wolbers and her husband Tom of Des Moines, IA, Ryan Schlater and his wife Tracy of Cambridge, IA, Justin Anglin of Roanoke, AL, Jan Kessler and her husband Allen of Wellington, KS, Amy McDaniel and her husband Cameron of Valley Center, KS and John and Jarod Nance, both of Wellington, KS; nine great grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Nelson and Lorene Vorm and her husband Leslie, all of Atlantic, IA; brother-in-law, Robert Olsen of Carroll, IA; and sister-in-law, Doris Schlater of Exira, IA; other relatives and many friends.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Essex Fire & Rescue. Burial will be in the Exira Cemetery.

Schneekloth, Freyda - Freyda Schneekloth, age 90, of Shenandoah,Iowa, died early Thursday morning April 17, 2003 at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Shenandoah.

Memorials to donor's choice.

Schrader, Kendall Dwaine - Kendall Dwaine Schrader was born November 5, 1924 in Cass County, Iowa near Lyman, the son of Henry and Gladys (Mullen) Schrader. He passed away on Tuesday morning, February 10, 2009 at the Shenandoah Medical Center at the age of 84 years, 3 months and 5 days.

Kendall grew up in the Lyman area and attended country school in Cass County. On June 11, 1945, he was united in marriage to Maxine Walters at the church parsonage in Lyman. This union was blessed with two children, Mike and Janet.

He served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946 and was stationed in Japan. Kendall farmed for several years in the Guss area. Then he ran a cream route for five years before going to work at the lumber yard. He worked for Warren Construction in Clarinda for a time before starting his own carpentry business.

Kendall enjoyed hunting, fishing and just being outdoors. He also loved playing his harmonica, Polka dancing, his dog Eddie and most of all, his family. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, American Legion Post #88 of Shenandoah, the Guss Saddle Club and had been a member of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Posse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Cecil Schrader; infant sister Avis Schrader and a brother-in-law Max Steffen.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Maxine Schrader of Shenandoah, Iowa; his children, Mike Schrader and his wife Nancy of Des Moines, Iowa, Janet Dukes and her husband Mike of Essex, Iowa; grandchildren, Angie (Schrader) Clark and her husband Robert of Garden City, KS, Bryan Schrader and his wife Joanne of Tulia, TX, Angel (Dukes) Dawson and her husband Bill of Essex, IA, Kristi (Dukes) Clark and her husband Jeff of Clarinda, IA, Shane Dukes and friend Megan Smith of Essex, IA, Leslee and Christian Dukes of Essex, IA, Pete Trost and friend Annie of Des Moines, IA, Adam Trost and friend Leah of Des Moines, IA; 10 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Eulah Steffen of Clarinda, IA, Reba Maxwell and her husband Gerald of Villisca, IA; a brother, Darrell Schrader and his wife Delores of Nodaway, IA; sister-in-law, Marge Schrader of Sidney, IA; brother-in-law, Ronnie Walters and his wife Connie of Nodaway, IA; along with many other relatives and friends.

Schwartz, Bonnie Imogene Holden - Bonnie Imogene Schwartz, age 85, the daughter of Marion D. and Florence E. (Bay) Holden, was born October 27, 1920, at Mountain View, Missouri, and passed away September 11, 2006, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up at Mountain View, Bonnie received her education in the Mountain View school system. She was united in marriage to Clarence Hickman and to this union seven children were born: Joan, Richard, Ronald, Joyce, Faye, Samuel, and Jan.
Bonnie provided a great home environment for her children while they were growing up. They can remember the smell of home baked rolls, cakes and other goodies all made from scratch. She was a talented lady, even being able to make all of her children’s clothes and without a pattern. She was known for her crafts and the “crazy quilts” she made for many of her family and friends. When her daughters were trying to stay fashionable by raising their skirts hemlines above the knees, she would, when no one was around or without saying a word, lower them to the “appropriate” length. For several years Bonnie worked in the kitchen at the Delmonico Hotel in Shenandoah. She later was united in marriage to Robert Schwartz and they lived and farmed for many years near Essex, Iowa. Bonnie enjoyed driving through the countryside sight seeing and taking photographs of old barns, which she has saved in albums. Bonnie also enjoyed her membership in the Red Hat Society.
Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents; husbands, Clarence Hickman and Robert Schwartz; and a granddaughter, Debra Kay Christianson.
Survivors include all of her children and their spouses, Joan and Robert Christianson of Shenandoah, Richard and Marcy Hickman of Sacramento, California, Ronald and Sue Hickman of Grandview, Missouri, Joyce and Roland Meyers of Camarillo, California, Faye and David Hankins of Farragut, Iowa, Sam and Mary Hickman of Salem, Oregon and Jan Holden of Kansas City; Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; plus several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.


Schwartz, Jeanne - Jeanne, 86, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Scott, Lyle Spencer - Lyle Spencer Scott, age 57, of Shenandoah, IA passed away on Friday, October 24, 2008 at his home.

Lyle was born on May 29, 1951 in San Mateo, CA; the son of William Scott and Marynell Ruth (Bishop) Fitch. He served his country as a soldier in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, where he was stationed in Germany.

Lyle was the owner and operator of Drywall Plus. He had a love for camping, fishing, enjoyed singing and playing the guitar. He adored spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marynell Ruth (Bishop) Fitch in 1991.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Linda (Sanders) Scott of Shenandoah, IA, father William Scott and wife Sandra of Scotts Valley, CA, children; Charity Guerrero and husband Miguel of Hollister, CA, Olivia Scott of St. Joseph, MO, Shera Scott Thomas and husband Kenneth of Bronx, NY, Melody Scott of San Jose, CA and Ben Scott and wife Tiffany of Maryville, MO; step-children Angela Kelmel and husband Kevin of Barnard, MO, Josh Shackelford and wife Jennifer of Filmore, MO, Tim Shackelford and wife Christy of Tarkio, MO, Justin Shackelford and expecting special friend Megan Colt of Kansas City, MO and Jameson Shackelford and special friend Brittanie of Prescott, IA; 25 grandchildren; sisters Ilene Gutierrez of Lompoc, CA and Ellen Waddell and husband Gary of San Juan Bautista, CA; brother Walter Scott of Bakersfield, CA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday; November 1, 2008 at the First Christian Church in Tarkio, Missouri. The family will greet friends at the church from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. There will also be family visitation on Thursday; October 30, 2008 at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Platteville Cemetery near Bedford, Iowa. Military rites will be accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post #164 in Bedford. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

Scott, Paul Gibson - Paul Gibson Scott, the son of Harvey and Cora (Ross) Scott, was born August 12, 1909, on a farm north of Farragut, Iowa, and passed away on December 8, 2003, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
As a young boy, Paul attended country school, which he accidentally burnt down. His grandfather had an empty house, so school continued there. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1927 and then began his life long career of farming. On December 26, 1928, Paul was united in marriage to Ruth Sheirbon, and to this union, Evelyn and Kay were born. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary as they moved into Gardenview Care Center.
After their marriage, Paul and Ruth lived and farmed north of Farragut for many years. Paul also took over farming his grandfather’s farm, which later was recognized as a Century Farm. They raised grain crops, fed cattle and hogs and raised seed corn for Earl May and DeKalb. After retiring in 1974, they purchased an acreage four miles south of Shenandoah on highway 59. In 1979, a tornado hit their place and they had to rebuild and start over again.
Paul enjoyed woodcarving, fishing in Minnesota, moose hunting in Canada, and flying his single engine plane. For 18 years, he and Ruth spent winters in McAllen, Texas, traveled throughout the United States, went on a cruise, traveled to Hawaii, to the Marti Gras in New Orleans, and at the age of 80, went white water rafting in Colorado.
Paul attended the Dale Carnegie course, was a member of the Lions Club and the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. He’s remembered for his great since of humor, how he enjoyed people and their visits, and particularly, all who cared for him at Gardenview Care Center.
Preceding Paul in death were his parents; wife, Ruth, on February 5, 2001; and his two brothers, Ward and Dale Scott.
Survivors include Paul’s daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Glendon Lindburg of Shenandoah and Kay and Ed Neil of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren and their spouses, Teena and Tom Hohl of Aurora, Colorado, and Jay and Shari Lindburg of Shenandoah. Also surviving are great grandsons, Lucas and Joshua Hohl of Aurora, Colorado and Evan Lindburg of Shenandoah; sisters-in-laws, Nelva Scott of Farragut, Iowa and Harriette Scott of Huxley, Iowa; plus other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Paul Scott Memorial Fund (To be determined later) A luncheon and fellowship with the family followed committal service in Rose Hill, at the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.
Memorials are to be directed to the Paul Scott Memorial Fund (to be directed later.

Scotton, Gerald - Gerald was born on September 11, 1912 in Page County, Iowa, the son of Mark E. and Mabel (Hullman) Scotton. Gerald entered into eternal peace on Sunday, June 28, 2009 in Columbus Junction, Iowa.

Gerald graduated from LaPraire Rural School, Northboro High School and Clarinda Junior College. He later married Jean McQueen in 1936. The couple made their home in Northboro where Gerald farmed all of his working days.

Some of Gerald’s interests included history, reading, working on the farm, and tending to his rose gardens which were spectacular year after year. He was a life-long member of the Northboro M.E. Church, later the United Methodist Church.

He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Jean; grandson-in-law Ben Morin; and his sister Gladys Woodhull.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters Bonnie Vaage and husband Birger of Heggedal, Norway and Connie Plank and husband Charles of Columbus Junction, Iowa; three grandchildren; Jodie Morin and daughters Emma and Kate; Shawn Plank and wife Susan and their sons Sam and Tom; Andy Plank and wife Susan and their sons Zachary and Brennan; other family and friends.

Scotton, Ruby Maxine Irvin - Ruby Maxine Scotton, daughter of Samuel M. and Cora Inez (Vawter) Irvin, was born on December 4, 1916, in rural Page County, Iowa near Blanchard. Ruby entered into eternal peace on Sunday morning, January 17, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 93.

Her early years were spent growing up in the Blanchard and Coin, Iowa areas. Ruby graduated from Northboro High School with the Class of 1935.

On February 28, 1938, Ruby was united in marriage to the “love of her life” Byron Ward Scotton at Rock Port, Missouri. Following their marriage they farmed Walter Haynie’s farm, 160 acres on “Goldenrod” south of Northboro. Roughly 10 1/2 years later the couple moved to the farm 1/2 mile east of Northboro.

Ruby was a dedicated wife and mother. She was a member of the Live Wire Club, the Northboro United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, served as a 4-H Leader, and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed family events, cooking, and gardening. She was loved dearly and will be truly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Ermal and Dale and a sister Florence.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Byron of Red Oak, IA; daughter Karon Stanley and husband Jerry of Red Oak, IA, Ed Scotton and wife Diane of Bedford, IA, and Colleen Gilpin and husband Jeff of Omaha, NE; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; other family and dear friends.

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

Seddon, Marian Louise Herzberg - Marian Louise Seddon, daughter of Paul and Edna (Grebert) Herzberg, was born on September 18, 1936, in rural Clarinda, Iowa. She passed away on Monday, October 9, 2006, at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 70.

Her early life was spent in the Clarinda area where she attended school at Fulton Country School and later Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School before graduating from Clarinda High School with the Class of 1955. On April 19, 1959, Marian was united in marriage to James W. Seddon at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clarinda. Following their marriage they made their home in Shenandoah. Marian worked for Hy-Vee for over 15 years and worked seasonally for Henry Field’s Nursery. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. Marian had a great love and appreciation for the outdoors. She enjoyed playing cards and most of all liked spending time with her family.

Preceding Marian in death were her parents; husband, James in 1994; brother, Dean Herzberg; and grandson, Brandon McIntosh. Survivors include her daughters, Doreen Hodges and Lori McIntosh and her husband Mike, all of Shenandoah, IA; sons, Paul Seddon and wife Theresa of Farragut, IA and Chuck Iburg of Williamsburg, IA; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Lorene Rossander and husband Leonard of Stanton, IA and sister-in-law, Cathy Herzberg of Omaha, NE; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, October 12, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Pastor Larry Boye. Casket bearers were Rodger Rossander, Gene Herzberg, David Helms, Alfred "Sonny" Grebert, Jeff Laabs, Dennis Sunderman and Kevin Wichman. Memorials are being directed to the family. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Sederburg, Alma -Oct 2003 buried Essex cemetery


Sell, Doris Darlene Palmer - Doris Darlene (Palmer) Sell was born November 28, 1920 in Woodbine, Iowa, the daughter of Myron Eugene and Iona Mae (Brown) Palmer. She passed away on Thursday morning, October 9, 2008 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 11 days.

Doris attended school and graduated from Irwin, Iowa High School in 1939. On July 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Homer Sell in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This union was blessed with three daughters, Marsha, Beth and LuAnn.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Betty Hansen and Gladys Williamson.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Sell of Shenandoah, Iowa, her daughters, Marsha Stribling and her husband Gary of Shenandoah, Iowa, Beth Hawes and her husband Jon of Shenandoah, Iowa, Lu Ann LaPorte and her husband Jim of Essex, Iowa; four grandchildren, Lindsay Stribling of Braddyville, Iowa, Zach Stribling of Omaha, Nebraska, Ryan LaPorts of Essex, Iowa, Reggie LaPorte of Tabor, Iowa; three great grandchildren, Dallas, Danae and Leanna LaPorte; along with other relatives and friends.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Sell, Lawrence Homer - Lawrence Homer Sell was born October 31, 1922 in Glenwood, Iowa, the son of Leonard and Grace LaBlanche (Williams) Sell. He passed away early on Thursday morning, November 26, 2009 at his home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 87 years and 27 days.

Lawrence grew up in Glenwood and graduated from Glenwood High School with the class of 1940. He then served in the United States Navy during World War II as a radioman third class. On July 22, 1946, he was united in marriage to Doris Darlene Palmer in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This union was blessed with three daughters, Marsha, Beth and LuAnn.

He worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service for many years. He enjoyed gardening, traveling and playing cards with his family, especially the grandchildren. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Doris and two brothers, Don and Glen.

Survivors include his children, Marsha Stribling and her husband Gary of Shenandoah, Iowa, Beth Hawes and her husband Jon of Shenandoah, Iowa, LuAnn LePorte and her husband Jim of Essex, Iowa; four grandchildren, Ryan LePorte of Essex, Iowa, Reggie LePorte of Tabor, Iowa, Lindsay Stribling and Shawn Williams of Braddyville, Iowa, Zach Stribling of Bellevue, Nebraska; three great grandchildren, Dallas, Danae and Leanna LePorte; siblings, Wilma Jens and her husband Ervin of Glenwood, Iowa, Clifford Sell and his wife LaVonne of Lake Stephens, Washington, Lyle Sell and his wife Jodi of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Betty Goos and her husband Clint of Treynor, Iowa, Dorothy Kennedy and her husband Gene of Melrose, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.


Sellergren, John Donovan - John Donovan Sellergren, the son of Arvid and Emma (Swanson) Sellergren was born on May 25, 1915 in Stanton, Iowa. He died on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 93 years and 14 days.
Donovan was a lifetime resident of Stanton growing up on a farm just south of town. He graduated from Stanton High School in 1933. Donovan then graduated from Red Oak Junior College and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in mathematics at the University of Iowa in 1939. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1941. Donovan played the sousaphone in the Army's 30th Infantry Division marching band, stationed in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida. He also played string bass in the dance band during his years in the Army. Donovan was released from service in 1945. On June 20, 1943 Donovan was united in marriage to Marjorie Isaacson at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton. Following his release from the service, Donovan and Marjorie made their home near Stanton. He farmed south of Stanton beginning in 1947 until his retirement. At different times in his life he also worked as a Farm Bureau Insurance salesman, Montgomery County field assessor, bookkeeper at the Stanton Cooperative, mathematics teacher at Stanton High School, and was bookkeeper at Posten Sales of Villisca for 27 years. Donovan was a lifelong member of Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton. He served on the church council, as church treasurer, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the church choir for many years. Donovan was a 60-year member of Ernie Johnson Post 406 of the American Legion. He served on the board of the Montgomery County Historical Society and the Care Review Board of the Stanton Care Center. Donovan was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Clifford Isaacson.
Survivors include his wife: Marjorie of Stanton, IA; son: John Sellergren of Stanton, IA; daughters: Ruth and husband Dale Vander Schaaf of Ames, IA; and Martha and husband David Cole of Meeker, CO; grandchildren: Kristen Vander Schaaf and husband Scott Samet of Ames, IA; Diana and husband Todd Givens of Des Moines, IA; Nathan Vander Schaaf of Ames, IA; Emily McCoy of Fort Collins, CO; Susan McCoy of Homer, AK; Marie and husband Aaron Zimenoff of Fort Collins, CO; great-grandchildren: Savannah Givens of Des Moines, IA and Emily Samet of Ames, IA; brother and sister-in-law: Leland and Marian Sellergren of Stanton, IA and sister-in-law: Phyllis Isaacson of Dassel, MN; other relatives and many friends.
May God bless his memory and give strength to those who mourn.
Memorials in lieu of flowers to Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home of Red Oak in charge of arrangements.

Semmons, Bonnie Loretta Dailey - Bonnie Loretta Semmons, age 86 of Farragut, Iowa was born July 24, 1920 in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of John and Clara E. (Sleeth) Dailey. She passed away on Sunday evening, April 29, 2007 at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Bonnie attended Clarinda Schools through the eighth grade. She later received her LPN training through the State Hospital in Clarinda. She worked as an LPN for many years at the State Hospital and was one of the first nurses at Gardenview Care Center when it opened in Shenandoah. On April 17, 1936 she was united in marriage to Floyd Semmons in Clarinda, Iowa. This union was blessed with eight children.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter in infancy, Marqurita Semmons; a son, Don Mayo; grandson, Curtis Semmons; four brothers, Benny, Bill, Guy and Basil Dailey, two sisters, Beatrice Dailey and Beulah Ridnour and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Semmons.
Survivors include her husband Floyd O. Semmons of Farragut, Iowa; children, Norma Orme of Northboro, Iowa, Orville Semmons and his wife Beverly of Stanton, Iowa, Elizabeth Sue Stanley and her husband Jerry of Lakewood, Colorado, Billy Semmons and wife Candi of Aurora, Colorado, Deloris Petty and her husband Larry of Arvada, Colorado, Elma Semmons of Carter Lake, Iowa, John Semmons and his wife Rita of Imogene, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren and one sister, Irene Hankins of Omaha, Nebraska.

Union Grove Cemetery near Northboro, Iowa.

Semmons, Curtis Michael - Curtis Michael Semmons, the son of John and Rita (Styskal) Semmons of rural Imogene, Iowa, was born September 6, 1989, in Fairfax, Missouri, and passed away August 15, 2004, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital at the age of 14.
Growing up in rural Imogene, Iowa, Curt attended school in Shenandoah where he had finished the eighth grade and was preparing to enter high school August 25, 2004. Curt was an honor roll student and participated in track, football and his favorite, wrestling. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, skate boarding and BMX biking. He was very outgoing and was his own person, being very independent. He was known to be ornery and yet very caring as he would be very gentle and loving when handling his pets. He always knew when his mother needed a hug. Curt was mechanically mined and could build about anything with his legos or from various parts he had saved from bicycles. He was a member of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Imogene where he was baptized.
Preceding Curt in death was his grandfather, Leonard Styskal.
Survivors include his parents, John and Rita Semmons of Imogene; brother, Floyd Semmons of Imogene; grandparents, Floyd and Bonnie Semmons of Farragut, Iowa, and Deloris Styskal of Villisca, Iowa; plus other relatives and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Boosters Club Wrestling Program.

Mt Calvary Cemetery, Imogene, Iowa

Settell, Dale Eugene - Dale Eugene Settell was born December 14, 1920 in Thurman, Iowa, the son of Nelson Reuben and Mabel Marie (Greenlee) Settell. He passed away on Thursday evening, October 9, 2008 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 87 years, 9 months and 25 days.

Dale grew up on a farm in rural Tabor and graduated from Tabor High School in 1938. Following high school he took a job as a hired hand near Henderson, Iowa and later went to work at a garage in Thurman, Iowa. Dale tried to enlist in the Army at this time but was told that they had no openings. The next day he was drafted. He served from 1944 until 1946 and was at Krinklet during the Battle of the Bulge.

On September 15, 1946 Dale was united in marriage to Wilma Ruth Bicknell in Marysville, Kansas. This union was blessed with two children, Rogene and Jeffrey. Dale worked at numerous auto garages in Shenandoah after his marriage and in 1960 he opened his own garage in Farragut. He retired in 1997 after 37 years of business.

Dale was a member of the Sidney American Legion Post and was a very active member of the Congregational United Church of Christ. He had also been a member of the Farragut Fire & Rescue and the Farragut City Council.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Wilma; and three brothers, Merrill, Donald and Kenneth Settell.

Survivors include his daughter, Rogene Clements and her husband John of Portland, Oregon; his son, Jeffrey Settell of Ankeny, Iowa; special friend, Ruth Kempton of Farragut, Iowa; a brother, Carroll Settell and his wife Loie of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a sister, Elsie Wistrom and her husband L.O. of Tucson, Arizona; along with other relatives and friends.

Settell, Wilma Ruth Bicknell - Wilma Ruth Settell, the daughter of Thomas E. and Ida Belle (Siebel) Bicknell, was born November 10, 1913, on a farm southwest of Tabor, Iowa, in a house partially built as a log cabin. She passed away Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 90.
Growing up near Tabor, Iowa, Wilma graduated from Tabor High School in 1932. After high school Wilma worked at the Glenwood State School where she supervised employees in one of the dining rooms. She then worked at Herndon’s Café until their closing, caused by rationing during World War II. Wilma was then employed by Bradley’s Variety Store in Glenwood, where she supervised various departments and assisted in setting up additional stores in Malvern and Sidney, Iowa. The stores later became part of the Ben Franklin chain.
On September 15, 1946, Wilma was united in marriage to Dale Settell in Marysville, Kansas, and to this union, Rogene and Jeffery were born. They resided in Thurman, Iowa, but later moved to Shenandoah and in 1955 moved to Farragut, where they resided. Wilma assisted Dale in their business, the West Side Service, later to be known as Farragut Motor Company. She was bookkeeper and often would make a “run for parts.”
Wilma was an active member of the Farragut Congregational Church where she had served as a Deaconess, on the nominating committee for many years, in Circle and Women’s Fellowship. She looked forward to organizing and working at the turkey dinners the church ladies served every November. Wilma and Dale also were custodians of the church for several years. She was a member of the Southwest Women’s Association and Women’s Auxiliary. Wilma enjoyed playing cards with her friends, traveling to all parts of the country, gardening and canning. She is remembered for being a great cook, especially baking pies, but most of all, she loved her family and enjoyed when she could spend time with them.
Preceding Wilma in death were her parents, Tom and Ida Bicknell. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Dale, of Farragut; daughter and son-in-law, Rogene and John Clements, of Portland, Oregon; son, Jeff Settell, of Ankeny, Iowa; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elsie and Owen Wistrom of Tucson, Arizona, Carroll Settell and his wife of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Jewel Settell of Red Oak, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

Farragut Cemetery