Page County, Iowa obituaries

Shafer, Thomas LeRoy - Thomas LeRoy Shafer was born January 3, 1948 in Jefferson, Iowa, the son of Loren Earl and Elizabeth Janelle (Grimstead) Shafer. He passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 6, 2008 near Calhoun, Georgia.

Tom grew up in California and graduated from Villa Park High School in 1966. He served his country in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He later attended junior college for two years. On December 27, 1996 he was united in marriage to Paula Bright.

Tom worked as a truck driver most of his life. He was most recently leased to Scott Transportation. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge and he was a long time Boy Scout leader in California. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Loren in 2005 and his brother, Douglas in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Paula of Essex, Iowa; children, Christopher Shafer and his wife Robyn of Denison, Texas, Whitney Reinjonen and her husband Geoff of Wastougal, Washington, Julie Putnam of Essex, Iowa, Ben Putnam and his wife Dawn of Omaha, Nebraska; thirteen grandchildren; his mother, Elizabeth Shafer of Shenandoah, Iowa; a sister, Ardith Gerdes and her husband Glen of Murrieta, California; along with many other relatives and friends.


Shaffer, Lillian Lucille "Cille" - Funeral services for Lillian “Lucille” Shaffer, age 95 of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Friday, April 24, 2009 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa were held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Leslie Traylor officiating. Visitation with the family was held one hour prior to the service. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery beside her parents and grandparents. Memorials can be directed to the Humane Society. 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.

Lillian Lucille Shaffer “Cille” was born January 22, 1914 at Clarinda, Iowa. She was the daughter of Charley Merl Shaffer and Anna (Fulton) Shaffer. She passed away April 24, 2009 at the Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Cille grew up in Clarinda; belonged to the United Presbyterian Church, graduated from Clarinda High School in 1932, attended the Clarinda Junior College and a Business College in Des Moines.

While working in the Auditor’s office of the Page County Courthouse, Mable Searl, Superintendent of the Rural Schools, asked her to teach the Oak Grove School, east of Clarinda, 1934-1935. In 1939, she went to Kansas City to work for the Cooperative Consumers. Cille returned in the mid 40’s to work at the Clarinda Co-op, the former Farmer’s Union Shipping Association, where her father was manager and became the first secretary as the business was growing and help was scarce during the war years. Returning to Kansas City she worked in the business offices of various other companies and spent her last working years in the offices of the Internal Revenue Service, Kansas City, Missouri. In 1947, her parents moved to Kansas City at 4315 Campbell Street where she lived for 62 years. Her many nieces and nephews enjoyed being able to visit her in Kansas City. Her mother had a stroke in 1953 and was in Cille’s care for ten years.

Cille loved her dogs, first Mac, then Sally, then Sadie. Her family appreciated the loving care and aide of her neighbors so Cille could remain in her home in Kansas City.

Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Mildred Dunn; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Fulk and Miller Dunn; niece Delores and Ron Billman and Walter Stokes.

Surviving is her sister, Helen Fulk of Des Moines, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Sandra (Bill) Newton of Des Moines, Iowa, Jennifer (John) Desmond of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Connie (Ted) Boeson of Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbie (Chip) Grammer of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Patty (Peter) Findlay of New York City, Phyllis (Marvin) Fulk of Clarinda, Iowa, Frances (Melvin) Koenigsberg of Sheffield, Iowa, Charlene Stokes of Paragould, Arkansas, George (Emma) Dunn of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Charles (Kathleen) Dunn of Waverly, Nebraska and Jim (Janet) Dunn of Clarinda, Iowa.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.
Although Cille will be greatly missed,
Her love and inspiration will live on through her family.
Shannon, Joshua Lucas - Joshua Lucas Shannon 29 of Spokane Washington passed away Sunday October 4th, 2009 in Eloika Lake, Washington. He is the son of Joy Morningmoon of Bothell, Washington.
He was born December 24th, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska. He later lived in New Market, Iowa; Evanston, Wyoming; and finally in Spokane, Washington. He was home schooled for a few years, and then attended public school in Spokane. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1998.
While in High School he was involved in music and drama and took piano lessons. He did several musicals while in High School and loved the experience.
Shortly after High School, he joined the United States Army and did basic training at Fort Leonard, Missouri. After graduation he served the remaining time in North Carolina. He came home to Spokane in the fall of 2002. He stopped to visit his grandparents and great grandparents in Iowa on his way back to Spokane. He attended Eastern Washington University in Spokane until April of 2009. He was studying Psychology. He was nearing his Bachelors Degree. He also took a class in Russian and thought that to be a real challenge.
He loved music and was an accomplished guitar player. He had written several pieces of music and sang as well. His ambition was to become an artist in the music world.
Joshua was preceded in death by his great grandparents Ronald and Annabelle Lucas of Bedford, Iowa.
He is survived by his mother Joy Morningmoon of Bothell Washington; his sister Melissa and son Taegan, sister Zoey of Spokane, Washington; sister Caity and husband Patrick McNamee and daughter Gracie of Elk, Washington; Grandparents Judy and husband Bob Hilton of Shenandoah, Iowa.
Services were held October 9, 2009 at Rogers High School in Spokane. He left many friends who cared deeply for him and for whom he cared for as well. He will be sadly missed by his family and was dearly loved by all. Joshua was a very gifted and talented young man and had much to offer. His life was short but he touched the loves of many people. We love you Joshua. Memorials are to Rogers High School or family to Caity McNamee at PO Box 358 Elk Washington, 99009.
Shannon, Thomas - Note: Services have been postponed until 3:00 P.M. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Thomas Shannon, age 66, passed away Sunday evening, May 4, 2003, at the Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah. There will be open viewing at Selby Funeral Chapel from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Wednesday and from 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Thursday at Selby Funeral Chapel.

Shaw, Francis Jerome - Francis Jerome Shaw, the son of Howard Jewitt Shaw and Pauline Amanda (Davis) Shaw, was born at Edenberg, Missouri on January 28, 1937. Francis entered into rest on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at Omaha, Nebraska, attaining the age of 72 years, 6 months, 1 day.
Francis grew up in the Trenton, Missouri area. He later moved to Grundy County, Iowa, then to Imogene, Iowa and later to Shenandoah, Iowa. He graduated from high school in Shenandoah and had several years of military schooling in electrical and electronics for aircraft communication systems.
Francis served his country with the Iowa National Guard, 168th Infantry, Company E from 1955-1957, before entering the United States Air Force from 1957-1969.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Houston on September 20, 1960 in Shenandoah, Iowa. After their marriage they lived at Travis Air Force Base, California, Keeler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Warrensburg Air Force Base, Missouri, Rainy Air Force Base, Puerto Rico, Zanesville, Ohio, and Shenandoah, Iowa. After 14 years in the Air Force, he moved back to Shenandoah where he help construct the Eaton Manufacturing Plant in Shenandoah, later working at the plant in the maintenance department until his retirement in 1996.
Francis enjoyed working around the house and in the yard, gardening, and visiting with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harry and Paul Shaw and his daughter Janet Shaw.
Survivors include his wife Patricia Shaw of Shenandoah, Iowa; two sons, Rick Shaw of Scottsdale, Arizona and Chris Shaw of Shenandoah, Iowa; three brothers, James Shaw and wife Viola of Ames, Iowa, Jethro Shaw and wife Pat of Shenandoah, Iowa, and Ralph Shaw and wife Christine of Sedalia, Missouri; three and grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shaw, Jeannine Kay Thornton - Jeannine Kay (Thornton) Shaw was born December 18, 1954 the daughter of Dorothy Mae and Orlan Robert Thornton. She grew up and attended school in Coin and graduated from South Page High School in 1972. She then attended Iowa Western Community College. After her formal schooling married to Ernest E. Shaw, they lived in Clarinda and Farragut area before moving to Colorado in 1982. Return to the Clarinda area in 1994. She had been a homemaker and insurance secretary for many years before ill health caused her to retire 15 years ago. Really loved her plants and especially enjoyed her grandchildren. Jeannine passed away February 7, 2009 in Clarinda, Iowa.
Survivors include three sons: Steven Kyle Shaw and wife Amanda Sue of Littleton, Colorado; Zachary Eugene Shaw and wife Tara Lee of Commerce City, Colorado; and Seth Calib Shaw and fiancée Heather Autumn Council of Shenandoah, Iowa. Four Grandchildren Jenyca Joy, Ethan Eugene, Katelynn Christopher, and Kyleigh D’Laine Shaw. One Brother Dennis Thornton and Wife Karlette of Coin, Iowa; one Sister Kathy Williams and husband Franklin of Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Nieces and Nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and nephew Daniel Williams.
Funeral services for Jeannine Kay (Thornton) Shaw age 54 of Clarinda, Iowa were held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12, 2008 at the Methodist Church in Coin, Iowa. Interment was in the Elwood Cemetery, Coin, Iowa. Memorials are to be Family Choice. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa has served the family.

Shepard, Lyman Charley - Lyman Charley Shepard was born February 16, 1923 at Gerster, Mo., to Bud Frederick Shepard and Surilda Annie (Kramer) Shepard. He passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 87.

Lyman graduated country school after attending Lone Elm and Lily White, both in Missouri, and Hardy, Pleasant Valley, Frog Valley, and Ligget, all in Iowa. After graduating he farmed for Wingers, Hookhams, and Woods. On February 14, 1945 he was married to Ruth Bell. They lived in Villisca for thirty-two years.

Lyman worked for the City of Villisca, the Mental Health Institute retiring in 1988 and he drove the area transit bus for ten years retiring from that job in 1999.

Lyman and Ruth moved to Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in the spring of 2002. They have enjoyed their time visiting with people and Lyman's daily job was to care for the raising and lowering of the flag. Many, many friends and family will miss Lyman and his cheerful attitude.

Lyman was preceded in death by his parents; brother Ferman and his wife Marie; brother-in-law Jim Ryan; and brother Ralph Victor Shepard.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Clarinda; children Charles LaVerne Shepard and wife Kay of Bedford, Iowa, and Merrill Lee Shepard and wife Sharon of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren Brenda Kenagy and husband Duane of Clarinda, and their children Ashley and Amber, Roger Shepard of Bedford, Iowa, Jill People and husband Robert of Raeford, N.C., and their children Jamal and Bianca, Debra Lee and husband Randy of Hadley, Minn., and daughter Michaela Norm, Brian Shepard of New Market, Iowa; and Lyman's half-sister, Mary Ryan of Farragut, Iowa.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 1, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church, Clarinda. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Shey, Roena Kelly - Roena passed away on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at Garden View Care Center. In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated.

Roena Kelly Shey was born on October 2, 1932 in Shenandoah, Iowa; the daughter of Thomas Work and Nina Marie (Maine) Kelly. She entered eternally into rest on September 3, 2008 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

She attended school in Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1950. During high school and afterwards she worked at Spurgeon’s department store in Shenandoah until its closure. She later worked at Garden View Care Center. She served on the founding board of Nishna Productions. She was extremely active in the church, often taking communion to the shut-ins in the area. She enjoyed short trips and took them often. She was a thoughtful and caring person to all those around her. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all those who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister Anna Marie, and her beloved son, Kevin Patrick Shey.

She is survived by her brothers; Dick Kelly and wife Mary Jo of Estes Park, Colorado and Jim Kelly and wife Janet of Lincoln, Nebraska; nieces and nephews; Michael Kelly and wife Geneen, David Kelly and wife Robin, Rick Svenonius and wife Peggy, Tom Kelly and wife Debbie, Kate Belleau and husband Brian, Scott Kelly, Steve Kelly and wife Karen, Brenda Kelly, Angela Henderson and husband Rod, and Dana Kelly; other relatives and dear friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; September 6, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah, Iowa with Father Vern Smith celebrating the mass. Virgina Maine, Pat Owen, Linda Whitehill and Phyllis Sandquist attended the memory register while Merrill Whitehill served as an usher. Howard and Mary Alice Johnson, Pat Ginger and Phyllis Ketcham cared for flowers. "Amzing Grace", "Gentle Woman", "Prayer of St. Francis", "Eagle's Wings", "Song of Farewell" and "God Be With You" where played by Mary Beth Gowing with Fred Strunk serving as cantor. Eucharistic Ministers were Norma Troxel, Emily Daoust and Vaughn Livingston. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Roena's beloved nieces and nephews; Rick & Peggy Svenonius , Tom & Debbie Kelly, Brian & Kate Belleau, Brenda Kelly, Scott Kelly, Steve & Karen Kelly, Rod & Angela Henderson and Dana Kelly. Burial followed at Locust Grove Cemetery in Rural Farragut, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Catholic Church or to Garden View Care Center. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at

May God grant comfort to all those who mourn her loss.

Shipley, Earl B. - Graveside services for Earl B. Shipley were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 23, 2009 at Arlington Cemetery, rural Villisca, Iowa. Earl passed away on Saturday, Sept, 19, 2009 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center.

Earl B. Shipley was born December 3, 1928 south of Nodaway, Iowa, on the family farm to Fred and Alma (Windom) Shipley. He was the youngest of five children: Margaret, Enid, Malcolm, James and Earl.

He graduated from Nodaway High School in the class of 1946. He was married to Sylvia Marie Dumler on October 31, 1947 at the Stanton Lutheran Church. He farmed the family farm with his brother, Malcolm, following high school. Before leaving high school he took over as catcher on the Nodaway Town Team baseball team (Nodaway Cardinals) for a player that went off to war in 1945.

Earl played with the Nodaway team for many years. Baseball became a passion for him all his life. His loyalty was to the St. Louis Browns which were to become the St. Louis Cardinals. Loyalty to his family, friends, business associates and friends was important to Earl.

Earl became an independent heavy equipment contractor in 1960 and worked all over the State of Iowa. In 1975 Earl was the superintendent for Moody Construction when they built Lake Icaria in Adams County. In 1985 he and his son Marvin, ran Shipley Construction for another 15 years. One of the last jobs Earl did before health forced his retirement was in 1994 when Shipley Construction assisted with the dirt work for the Clarinda Prison complex.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Margaret Blackledge and Enid Shupe and her husband Leonard; brothers Malcolm Shipley and James Shipley.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sylvia of Villisca; children Joseph E. Shipley and wife Margaret of Red Oak, Iowa, Charles Shipley of Red Oak, Iowa, Stanley Shipley and wife Barbara of Tenville, Iowa, Janet Stoner and husband Kelly of Topeka, Kansas, and Marvin Shipley and wife Chris of Tenville, Iowa; grandchildren J. David Shipley, Andre Shipley, Courtney Penock and husband Todd and their children Whitney and Hayley, Clint Shipley, Laura Shipley, Seth Stoner, Laci Stoner, and Christine Shipley; sisters-in-law Emma Jean Shipley of Nodaway, Iowa and Lea Mae Shipley of Shenandoah, Iowa.

A memorial fund is being established in Earl's name. Wolfe Funeral Home provided arrangements.




Shum, Harry Joseph - Harry Joseph Shum, was born July 1, 1922 on a farm in Page County, north of Clarinda, Iowa. He was the 4th child of Glen and Dona (Martindale) Shum. He attended grade school in a one room country school house which was the Sullivan School. Harry was in the Army Air Force from Oct. 1942 to Oct. 1945. During his military career he was stationed in England. He returned to Clarinda and on Feb. 3, 1948 he was united in marriage to Clarice Desch. To this union they had six children: Larry (Randy), Barbara, David, Russell, Patricia, and Pamela. He was a member of the St. Clare Catholic Church since 1947. Harry worked for Page County driving a truck for 39 years. During his life he enjoyed hunting and fishing, putting puzzles together and playing cards with his card party friends. Many times as you drive down 16th Street you would see Harry using his metal detector at the old Jr. High, now the Lied Library, looking for buried treasures. In his spare time he enjoyed building a replica of the old homestead. Soon after he retired he started a hobby of selling black walnut meats. Many hours were spent getting the walnuts hulled, cracked and sold, or as Mom would say when the kids would ask, “What is Dad doing?” she would reply “He’s out cracking his nuts.” His hobby soon became a family activity as children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren would pitch in to help when visiting. He also shared some of his walnuts with his friend, Charlie, the squirrel.
Harry passed away Oct. 30, 2008 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Dona Shum; his sisters, Catherine Kent, Bertha Hoogendam and Hazel Shum.
Surviving him is his loving wife Clarice of 60 years and 8 months, Clarice; and his six children: Larry (Randy) Shum of Shenandoah, IA, Barbara Friend and husband Ivan of Universal City, TX; David Shum and wife Donna of Villisca, IA; Russell Shum and wife Yanyan of Clarinda, IA; Patricia Shum of Omaha, NE; and Pamela Woodruff of Shambaugh, IA and her fiancé Roger Barr of Clarinda, IA; eight grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Shum and wife Billie and Lloyd Shum and wife Cheryl, all of Clarinda, IA; Dale Shum and wife Idel of Portland, OR; and four sisters, Ruth Aikman of Portland, OR, Thelma Minor and husband Dwight of Rathbun, IA, Alice Woodard of Clarinda, IA and Rae Johnson and husband Bob of Gillette, WY; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Family meant a lot to Harry and he enjoyed the time he spent with them. No one was a stranger to Harry as he would always share a laugh and a smile with everyone he met.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 6, 2008 at St. Clare Catholic Church, Clarinda, with Father David Muenchrath officiating. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery. Family visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with Prayer Vigil at 8 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Family Choice. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home served the family.
Siedenburg, Harold - Funeral services for Harold Siedenburg, age 88 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Saturday, December 8, 2007, following a lengthy illness, at Clarinda Regional Health Center were held Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at 1:30 P.M. at the Hillside Missionary Church with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family was held 6-7 P.M. Monday, December 10, 2007, at the church. Interment was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa, with military rites by American Legion Post 98 and V.F.W. Post 9230. Memorials can be directed to the Clarinda Fire Department or to the Rotary Club Scholarship Fund. Memories and condolences may be shared with family on our web page, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service of Clarinda, Iowa.

Harold Siedenburg was born June 5, 1919, in rural Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Charles Siedenburg and Laura (Mascher) Siedenburg. He grew up in the Clarinda area and was a member of the Clarinda High School class of 1937. Harold was united in marriage November 2, 1941, at Maryville, Missouri, to Grace Harris. They were blessed with three daughters, Linda, Diana, and Pamela.

Harold worked for Standard Oil prior to entering the service in 1942. He served his country from 1942-1945 during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and in the European Theatre, participating in the Battle of the Bulge. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service. Upon his return from the service, he was a salesman for Swift and Company. In 1946 he bought Modern Rug and Dry Cleaners and was owner/operator for 37½ years. He also sold Singer sewing machines, which he continued to service after his retirement.

Harold was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church and later became a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clarinda. He was a charter member of the Clarinda Rotary Club, had perfect attendance for 40 years and was president of the club twice, 1956- 1957 and 1984-1985. He was also a member of the Shenandoah Elks Club.

Harold’s main interests were his family, and he especially enjoyed their summer vacations to Colorado.

Harold is survived by his wife Grace of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters, Linda Williams and husband Mike of Clarinda, Iowa, Diana Montgomery and husband James of Green Valley, Arizona, and Pamela Nold and husband Ernest of Savannah, Missouri; grandchildren, Jaimee Wachtel and husband Mike of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Adam Buck and wife Trisha of Indianola, Iowa; sister, Beatrice Rector of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding Harold in death were his parents.

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

Siefering, Evelyn Caroline Murken Haskell - Evelyn Caroline (Murken) Siefering was born September 14, 1915 in Boone County, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Amelia (Leininger) Murken. Evelyn had nine brothers and sisters. She grew up in the Boone area. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Boone. Evelyn attended elementary school at St. Paul’s Parochial School and graduated from Story City High School, Story City, Iowa. She received her teaching certificate and taught country school in Boone County.

During World War II, Evelyn served in the Women’s Army Corps and was stationed in Texas, Montana and Georgia. Following her discharge she worked in Des Moines at Younkers and at Iowa Des Moines National Bank.

In 1962, she was united in marriage to Channing Haskell and resided in Granger, Iowa. He passed away in 1971. In 1976, she married Wilbur Siefering and resided in Clarinda, Iowa. They enjoyed many happy years of travel and happy time spent with family.

Evelyn was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Clarinda and the LWML. She loved all things of nature, especially birds and flowers. Her church and its activities were of primary importance in her life of great faith.

Preceding Evelyn in death were her parents; her first husband, Channing Haskell; sisters, Theresa, Frieda, Flora, infant Caroline; brothers, Emanuel, Raymond, Herman, Edward and Byron; step son in law, Ken Runlee and three nephews.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband Wilbur Siefering of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Ruth Scott of Augusta, Georgia; step son, Lyle Siefering and wife Becky of Oskaloosa, Iowa; step daughter, Joyce Siefering of Madison, Wisconsin; step daughters, Marge Juday and husband James of Elwood, Indiana and Margaret Brown and husband Donald of Okeechobee, Florida; six step grand children; ten step great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Evelyn was dearly loved by all who knew her
and will be greatly missed by her family, church family and friends.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

Siefering, Loren Wayne - Loren Siefering, 70, of Hereford, Ariz., passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009 at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. Loren Wayne Siefering was born in Page County, Iowa, to Lawrence and Mildred (Johnston) Siefering on September 19, 1939.

After graduating from Amity High School in College Springs, Iowa in 1958, he attended Commercial Extension Business College at Omaha, Neb. He worked in Omaha where he met Karen Rasmussen and they were married on April 28, 1963. They moved to Clarinda, Iowa in 1968 where he farmed and did carpenter work. In 1976, they moved to the farm in Villisca, Iowa. Loren and Karen retired in 2004, packed up the farm, and moved to Arizona. Upon arrival in Hereford, Loren and Karen built their own house with views of the mountains and desert.

Three children were born from their union, Sonya Sue, Brian Wayne and Kirsten Karen. Loren was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clarinda, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Villisca, Iowa, and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Herford, Ariz.

There was nothing Loren enjoyed more than spending time with family and friends talking and sharing stories. He loved to garden, restore antique furniture, watch Iowa State football (or any football when with his son), carpentry, helping his kids out with anything, and spending time with his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Delores; and his brother, Darrell.

Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Hereford, Ariz., daughter Sonya Siefering and her husband Jerreau Beaudoin of Waukegan, Ill.; son Brian Siefering and his wife, Kelly of Buffalo, N.Y.; and daughter Kirsten Siefering and her husband, Randal Stern of Gretna, Neb.; grandchildren Bronte and Rafael Beaudoin; brother-in-law Martin Pedersen and wife Sharon; sister-in-law Janet Tribolet and husband Everett; mother-in-law Veola Rasmussen of St. Paul, Neb.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Gary and Ana Rasmussen, Paul and Gay Lee Rasmussen, Lyle and Carol Rasmussen, Jean and Gordon Brown, and Alan Rasmussen; as well as 12 nieces and nephews and 25 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held on December 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, Ariz. Memorials may be sent to the Building Fund at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2145 South Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, Ariz., 85635; Boys Town at P.O. Box 6000, Boys Town, Neb., 68010,; or a charity of your choice.


Siefering, Wilbur Gerhard - Funeral services for Wilbur Siefering, age 102, of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Monday, March 30, 2009 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Nathan Dudley officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Ritchie Funeral Home. Burial was in the Polsley Cemetery, rural Yorktown, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Lutheran School or Nodaway Valley Historical Museum. 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.

Wilbur Gerhard Siefering was born June 5, 1906 southwest of Clarinda on the family farm. He was the son of. Herman and Anna (Schmeiding) Siefering. His father had immigrated to Page County from Germany in 1870 at the age of 16. Wilbur grew up in Page County attending rural Long Branch School and Coin High School. He and his sister Lydia rode their pony to and from school. He was united in marriage to Alma Hilke on February 14, 1934 at Wakefield, Nebraska. They were blessed with two children, Lyle Alfred and Joyce Ann. Alma passed away June 7, 1961. On June 1, 1965, Wilbur was united in marriage to Bernean Droste. Bernean passed away August 11, 1965. On November 3, 1969, Wilbur was married to Minnie B. Kissinger Shockey and she passed away April 15, 1972. Wilbur was united in marriage to Evelyn Murken Haskell on June 18, 1976. Evelyn preceded him in death October 8, 2008.

Wilbur was a farmer in Page County. While farming, he was a member of the Page County Farm Bureau, serving as its President and was a voting delegate to the state. Wilbur retired to Clarinda in 1970 and became involved in community clubs and activities. Wilbur was a member of the Iowa Development Commission’s tourism division. An active advocate of Iowa, he distributed thousands of tourism folders in his county. Wilbur was also a member of the Rotary Club.

Wilbur always liked to tinker and rebuild and used his talents to benefit the community. Among his many contributions is the refurbishing of the historic clock of the Page County Courthouse, formerly the Clarinda school tower clock which is now at the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum. He also refurbished the popcorn popper that is used by the Clarinda school district and the Clarinda Rotary Club. Wilbur was a charter member of the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum and remained active with the museum having served on its Board of Directors, building items needed and repairing problem spots in the building. Wilbur was proud of his family heritage in Page County that has resulted in a long family heritage of community service, faith and hard work.

He was baptized and confirmed and a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Wilbur could recount with much detail and feeling the church’s survival of the tornado and the devastating fire that destroyed the church building.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Lyle Siefering and wife Becky of Oskaloosa, Iowa; daughter, Joyce Siefering of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Marty Siefering and Becky of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Myra Hart and husband John of Chicago, Illinois, Kevin Siefering and wife Sonia of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paula Harpham and husband Kevin of Raleigh, North Carolina, six great grandchildren; step grandchildren, Todd Roach and wife Nannette of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Christopher Roach and wife Mollie of Oskaloosa, Iowa; and six step great grandchildren.

Preceding Wilbur in death were his parents; wives, Alma, Bernean, Minnie and Evelyn; sisters, Henrietta Siefering and Lydia Siefering Smith; son-in-law, Ken Runlee.

Although Wilbur will be greatly missed,
His love and inspiration will live on through his family.

Siegfried, Charles Melvin - Charles Melvin Siegfried, the son of Arnold F. and Dorothy I. (McAfoos) was born July 16, 1942, in Peoria, Illinois, and passed away May 7, 2003 at the Shenandoah Memorial hospital.
Growing up and receiving his education in Peoria, Dr. Siegfried graduated from the Dunlap Township High School. He continued his education graduating in 1964 from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, with an A.B. degree in Chemistry and in 1972 from St. Louis University, School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, with a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry.
Dr. Siegfried continued his teaching experiences and professional career as: Research Associate at the Department of Biochemistry, St. Louis University, School of Medicine, Research Associate at the Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and then Senior Research Assistant. He also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Chemistry, College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Since 1984, Dr. Siegfried has been associated with Lloyd, Inc. as Pharmaceutical Research Manager, Vice President of Pharmaceutical Sciences and recently as Vice President of Research Development .
Not only was Dr. Siegfried a teacher and professional bio-chemist, but was an author, lecturer and recipient of several academic awards and honors. He also was a member of several professional societies such as the Society of Sigma Xi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
On July 27, 2002, Dr. Siegfried was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Dahl in Jamaica. They lived in Malvern, Iowa for a short time before moving to Shenandoah in March of 2002. Dr. Siegfried enjoyed spending time with his family, taking his children camping, fishing or doing whatever they wanted to do. He also enjoyed photography and had a large collection of photographs.
Preceding Dr. Siegfried in death was his mother, Dorothy Siegfried. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Siegfried, of Shenandoah; sons, Daniel J. Siegfried of Ames, Iowa and Eric S. Siegfried of Bozeman, Montana; stepchildren, Julianne FitzPatrick and husband, Robert, and Jacqueline Delts all of Omaha, Nebraska, Jonathan Dahl of Redondo Beach, California. Also surviving is his father, Arnold Siegfried of Peoria; brothers, Joe and Jerry Seigfried of Peoria and Robert Siegfried and wife, Kay, of Apple Valley, Minnesota; sister, Barbara Senn and husband, Gene, of Trenton, Illinois; 3 grandchildren, Brandon, Samantha and Elijah; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Dr. Charles M. Siegfried Memorial. Project to be announced at a later date.

Silver, Laura - Laura Silver was born May 8, 1910, at Jefferson, Iowa and passed away January 3, 2009, at Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 98 years 7 months and 25 days.
She graduated from high school at Cooper, Iowa. She then went to Cedar Falls, Iowa to college but decided that teaching was not her cup of tea. She decided to go to Thompsons Beauty School in Des Moines, Iowa to become a beauty operator. She met and married Earl Silver from Perry, Iowa Sept 6, 1935. They lived in Perry, Iowa until World War II and then left for Brady, Texas where Earl was a flight instructor. After the war she and Earl left for Los Angeles, California where Earl was with American Airlines. They did not like the three work shifts so they came to Clarinda, Iowa where Earl was with the Lisle Corporation and also taught flying. Laura had a sister living here, Bessie Haxby, whose husband was Dr. Robert Haxby. Laura was a volunteer Gray Lady at the Mental Health Institute for several years. She enjoyed working at the Methodist Church helping with the altar flowers and serving communion. She was on the Red Cross Board and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Home and Garden Club, and the Hospital Auxiliary. Laura helped with the Bloodmobile for several years. She and Earl loved to travel. They enjoyed Europe and liked traveling in their travel trailer in the United States. After Earl retired they purchased a condo in Palm Harbor, Florida and went there for twenty-six winters. Laura enjoyed going to the art shows. Oil painting was a hobby and she painted many pictures, some she sold and some she gave away.
She and Earl loved to play golf and she remembered the day he made a hole in one. He was so thrilled and Laura was happy for him. She liked all of the many activities at the Highland Lakes retirement community in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; her parents Christopher and Hulda (Heintz) Battles; sister, Bessie and husband Dr. Robert J. Haxby and brother, Frank Battles.
She is survived by nieces Diane Haxby Fisk and husband Dan of Bel Air, California, and Caroline Haxby (Lindberg) King of Springfield, Missouri; five great nephews, one great niece; three great great nephews and three great great nieces; and many dear friends.

Memorial services for Laura will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 13th 2009 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with burial in the Clarinda Cemetery. A luncheon and time for visiting will follow the services at the First United Methodist Church in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church in Clarinda. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements.

Sims, Marla Joy - Memorials for Marla Joy Sims, 65, of Farragut, Iowa may be directed to the Farragut Community School Athletic Dept. or to the Albany
School Athletic Department

Oak Grove Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.