Page County, Iowa obituaries

Stackhouse, Mildred Irene Beavers - Funeral services for Irene Stackhouse, 90, of Stanton and formerly of Villisca were held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009 at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca with interment in the Arlington Cemetery following the service. Visitation was on Friday, October 2 from 2:00 p.m. to the service time.

Mildred Irene Stackhouse was born October 23, 1918 to Elvin Joseph and Mabel Clare Beavers on the family farm south of Villisca. She grew up in Villisca and graduated in the class of 1936. Irene was united in marriage to Clifford Stackhouse on October 15, 1939 in Stanton, Iowa. The couple lived in Villisca and she worked in the Villisca school system as a secretary while Clifford farmed the surrounding land.

Irene and Clifford moved to Des Moines where she continued to work in the school system. A couple years later they moved to Atlantic where she continued to be involved with the schools while Clifford worked with the Highway Commission. They then moved to Iowa City where Irene worked at the Veterans Affairs Hospital as a secretary retiring in 1983. After retirement, Clifford and Irene enjoyed wintering in Texas and Arizona.

After Clifford passed away in 1987, Irene moved to Clarinda. Irene went to Westridge Quality Care in 2003 and moved to the Stanton Care Center in December of 2008. Irene loved reading, sewing and spending time with her family.

Irene passed away September 30, 2009 at the Stanton Care Center with her family at her side. Preceding Irene in death are her parents, husband, daughters Maxine Ann Magneson and Marie Elaine Johnson, and two sisters Leta Greenfield and Marjorie McNerney.

Irene is survived by daughter Mary Stackhouse of Omaha, Nebraska; son-in-law Merlin Magneson of Clarinda; grandchildren Dan Magneson of Quilcene, Washington, Jeff Magneson and wife Tammy of Stanton, Trish Anderson and husband Kevin of Stanton, and Kelli Johnson of Sioux City; sisters Esther Roberts of Oregon and Ardith Earl of California; and 6 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Stanton Care Center or St. John's Lutheran Church. Wolfe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Stambaugh, Emma Marie Rist - Emma Marie Stambaugh, the daughter of Chester H. and Gertrude M. (King) Rist, was born April 5, 1910, in rural Glenwood, Iowa, and passed away April 28, 2003, at Gardenview Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up near Sidney, Iowa, Marie received her education in a country school and in the Sidney school system, graduating from high school in 1928. On May 30, 1931, Marie was united in marriage to Glen Stambaugh and to this union, Chester and Jerry were born. After they were married, they moved to rural Shenandoah where they farmed for a few years before moving to rural Coin, Iowa. They farmed there until retiring and moving to Shenandoah in 1973.
Marie was a member of the first 4-H club organized in Prairie Township, member of the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah, life long member of the WW Club and the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, raising chickens, gardening and was known to be a great cook. She especially enjoyed baby sitting with her grandchildren.
Proceeding Marie in death were her parents; husband, Glen, in 1989; brothers, Billy and Lewis Rist; and brother-in-law, Elvin Pierce.
Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Chester and Ellen Stambaugh of Villisca and Jerry Stambaugh of Shenandoah; sister, Doris Pierce of Loveland, Colorado; sister-in-law, Lois Rist of Las Cruces, New Mexico; plus several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Standage, Rose Ann - A Prayer service will be held Thursday night at the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. followed by visitation with the family. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, morning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson, Nebraska. Memorials are being directed to the family.

Rose, 86, passed away on Monday evening, March 2, 2009, in Omaha. She is survived by her husband Everette of Shenandoah; son; Duane Standage and wife Mila of Hesperia, CA; daughters Anita Stenglein of Omaha, NE and Charlene Wilcox of Shenandoah, IA; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Clara Wolcott; other family and friends.

Stanley, Joan Elaine Brady - Joan Elaine Brady Stanley was born on October 30, 1928 in Dorsey, Nebraska. She was the second of five children born to William Lloyd and Iva (Butterfield) Brady. Joan was raised on the Brady family farm and graduated from O’Neill High School in O’Neill, Nebraska. She continued her education at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska where she received her B.A. Degree in Education.
While attending Doane, Joan met another student named Larry Stanley from Thurman, Iowa. They married on January 16, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska. To this union three children were born; Lisa, Matthew, and Mark.
Prior to her marriage, Joan worked at Fairmont Foods in Omaha. When she married Larry, he was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and they lived on military posts in Fort Still, OK; Fort Baggs, NC; and Fort Benning, GA. Joan held several positions at these posts, including secretary to the Brigadier General. Following the military years, Joan taught school for a year, before she and Larry began their family.
The cornerstone of Joan’s life was her family. She was a devoted wife to Larry for 52 years, until his death in 2006. Her children and grandchildren will always remember a loving, supportive, Joan, who was always there for them– to listen, to counsel, to love.
After her children were grown, Joan worked part-time at First Federal Bank in Shenandoah, and at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, where she was a member. Joan’s absolute favorite thing to do in her spare time was to read. She was a member of the Book Club, P.E.O., and the informal Friday Coffee Club. She made many cherished friends through these associations.
Joan passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at the age of 81 following a period of declining health. She is survived by her children Lisa Brunk and husband Lou of Farragut, Dr. Matthew Stanley and wife Susan of Sioux Falls, and Mark Stanley and wife Angela of Glenwood; grandchildren Zachary Smiley and wife Jamie of Council Bluffs, Jordan Franks, Alexandra, Samantha, Elaina, and Brett Stanley, and Mitchell, Erin, and Trey Stanley; great-grandchildren Este, Tatum, and Gwen Smiley and Teagan Willis; sister-in-law Sharon Brady; brothers-in-law Marvin Richter and Dean Van Every; and sister Shirley Hall and husband Ted; brother William Brady and wife Judy; other family and friends.
Stanley, Larry Lee - Larry Lee Stanley, age 73 died in Shenandoah, Iowa, on April 6, 2006. Larry was born September 24, 1932 in Thurman, Iowa, the son of Glen and Blanche (Isom) Stanley, and he grew up in the Thurman area. Larry’s father passed away at an early age, and Larry enjoyed the blessings of being part of a small close-knit community and a loving extended family. He graduated from Thurman High School in 1950, where he participated in several sports, and earned All State Football and Basketball honors. He was also selected to All State Chorus and enjoyed American Legion baseball as well. He spent his summers working in the Jack Stanley Company rock quarries where his late father had worked and where his uncles continued to work.
Larry attended Doane College for one year, and then entered the United States Army and graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1954. He married Joan Elaine Brady of O’Neill, Nebraska on January 16, 1954. They had met while attending Doane College. The Army took Larry and Joan to posts in Georgia, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Following his discharge from the Army, Larry entered Iowa State University, and graduated with honors in 1958 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He took his first job as Assistant City Engineer in Fairfield, Iowa, and was appointed City Manager shortly after. After three years in Fairfield, he accepted a position with Iowa Power and Light in Des Moines. Three years later, he became Housing and Products Engineer for Portland Cement Association, and then accepted employment as Chief Engineer with Dur-O-Wal International, a company with plants throughout the United States and Canada. Wishing to stay closer to home, Larry became Sales Manager for Iowa-Illinois Concrete Products in Davenport, Iowa. During these years Larry and a small group of men invented and patented a concrete block curing machine, which they named “Cyclamatic”. The invention was patented in the United States and Canada, and was later sold. Eventually, Larry returned to the family business that had been started by the Stanley Brothers, Jack, Glen, Wayne and Phil, and moved to Shenandoah. He became Sales Manager and then President of Jack Stanley Company, Inc. Following the closing of Jack Stanley Company, Larry opened his own business, Stanley Materials and Construction, which he operated for several years. His last position prior to retirement was Executive Director of The Masonry Institute of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa.
Larry was a member of many professional organizations including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Iowa State Engineers Society, and the American Concrete Institute. He was Chairman of the Design and Construction Committee of the National Concrete Institute, and a Director of the Iowa Concrete Masonry Association. He was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Iowa. Larry was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Shenandoah, and a past member of the Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce and the Shenandoah High School Booster Club. He was a lover of sports. He enjoyed many years of participating himself, and then watching his children and grandchildren participate. In his declining years, televised sports were the highlight of his days. And as always, his family was most important.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Blanche (Isom) Stanley. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joan (Brady) Stanley whose unfailing love sustained him through these last few years and his sister Shirley and her husband, Ted Hall of Toledo, Iowa. He is also survived by his daughter Lisa Brunk and husband Lou of Farragut, Iowa; his sons, Dr. Matthew Stanley and wife Susan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Mark Stanley and wife Angela of Glenwood, Iowa; grandchildren Zachary Smiley and his wife Jamie of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jordan Franks; Alexandra, Samantha, Elaina and Brett Stanley; Mitchell, Erin, and Trey Stanley; great-grandchildren Este and Tatum Smiley; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Judy Brady; brother-in-law Marvin Richter; brother-in-law Dean VanEvery: and sister-in-law, Sharon Brady; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Rick Sleyster and Rev. Fred Bryson. Organist was Terry Stafford. Soloist was Lance Hensen, who sang, "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Attending the memory register were Mary Alice Johnson and Shirley Teachout. Ushers were Dr. E. J. Teachout and Howard Johnson. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Staples, Billy E. - Billy E. Staples passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 20, 2007, at the age of 77 years, 9 months, 29 days. The couple had planned to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary on Sunday, September 23rd.
Billy was born in Burlington Junction, Nodaway County, Missouri, November 25, 1929, the third child of Coleda Mary (Spangler) and Otis Amos Staples. He attended grade school in Elmo, Missouri and graduated from high school in Northboro, Iowa. Billy served in both the Marines and Army during the Korean conflict in the 1950’s. He was a life long member of the American Legion.
A long time resident of Shenandoah, Billy worked as a farmer, cattle and hog producer in the 50’s and 60’s. He was also an expert cattle order buyer. He and his wife, Della, have owned and managed apartment rental property for over thirty years. In addition, Billy was State Director of Iowa for the Chase National Life Insurance Company and a member of Chase’s “Millionaire’s Club,” receiving many trophies.
On September 21, 1952, Billy married Della M. Teachout. They made their home on a farm west of Blanchard, Iowa. In April 1971, the couple moved to Shenandoah. Billy and Della have two children, Gregory Bruce (Twyla) of Yukon, Oklahoma; and Kathryn Marie (John) Johnson of Shenandoah. In addition to being survived by his wife and children, Billy is survived by two sisters, Geraldine Cozad of Tonganoxie, Kansas; and Roberta Kaplan of Omaha, Nebraska; and a half sister, Sherry (Rev. A.J.) Kunde of Durand, Michigan. Billy is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher Staples of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jennifer (Scott) Shaff of Traverse City, Michigan, Heath (Cari) Johnson of Essex, Iowa, Ryan Johnson, Joseph (Hailey) Johnson, Benjamin (Amanda) Johnson and Morgan (Joshua) Gates all of Shenandoah, Iowa. Billy’s great grandchildren are Katelyn, Seth, Natalie, Isaac, Noah, Grace, Ayden, Bailey, Keagan and Christian Johnson and Korbin Gates.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; great grandson, Neil Alan Staples; great granddaughter, Justice Johnson; and by his brothers-in-law, Melvin Cozad and Al Kaplan.

Stark, Caroline K. - Caroline K. Stark, age 98, of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away Sunday May 21, 2006, at Forest Park Manor following a lengthly illness.
Services following cremation are pending.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Helen Stark of Florecent, Colorado, Donald and Jeri Stark of California, Robert and Beverly Stark of Greeley, Colorado, and Larry and Linda Stark of Lake Cherokee, Texas. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren. Local survivors include her grandson and wife, Greg and Rosie Stark of Shenandoah.

Steckelberg, Rickey Lee - Rickey Lee Steckelberg was born on August 4, 1944 in Harlan, Iowa, the son of Robert Max and Alice (Petersen) Steckelberg. Rick entered into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Rick grew up on a farm in the Irwin and Kirkman communities. He attended school in Irwin and graduated with the Class of 1962. Following graduation he attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and graduated in June of 1966 with his Bachelors Degree in Instrumental Music. On June 26, 1966, Rick was united in marriage to his best friend, Patricia Sweney at the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple was later blessed with a son, Brian.

Rick served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1968 to 1971. He served in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Vicenza, Italy, and Fulda, Germany. He was also a member of the United States Army Band, where he played the clarinet.

During his working days, Rick taught instrumental music in both Walnut, Iowa and Essex, Iowa. He later worked for Shenandoah Nursery, Jaydon, Eatons, and Pella Corporations. At the time of his passing he was enjoying farming the family farm.

Rick and Pat had a passion for square dancing and were members of the Clarinda Circle 8 Square Dance Club. They danced for some 35 years in Shenandoah and Clarinda and enjoyed attending many state and national conventions. Rick was a member of the Essex American Legion, and was an Elder and Deacon at the Presbyterian Church were he was an active member. Rick had recently joined the Southeast Nebraska Community Band where he played clarinet. He enjoyed the fellowship of his fellow band members and performing at various functions.

Rick was preceded in death by his father Robert and his grandparents.

Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife of 43 years Pat Steckelberg of Shenandoah, Iowa; son Brian and wife Jaime of Shenandoah, Iowa; granddaughter Olivia; mother Alice Steckelberg of Avoca, Iowa; sister Rosemary Klein and husband Alan of Kirkman, Iowa; sister-in-law Beverly Dykeman and husband Marvin of Stilwell, Kansas; nieces Debra Noel and husband Bill of Overland Park, Kansas, Melissa Wilson and husband Mike of Racine, Wisconsin, and Jennifer Klein of Kirkman, Iowa; nephews Mark Klein and wife Joanna of Shoreview, Minnesota and Dan Klein and wife Dawn of Asbury, Iowa; mother-in-law Lucille Sweney of Shenandoah, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.

Steeve, Neva Mae Pinckley - Neva Mae Pinckley was born at Washington, Kansas on May 31, 1925 the daughter of Guy and Mabel Wise Pinckley. She grew up in the Washington, Kansas area where she attended Frog Hollow Elementary School and then Washington High School where she graduated in 1942.

After the death of her father she moved to the Clarinda, Iowa with her mother to be near her mother's family. She worked at the Lisle Company for one year and then at the Herald-Journal for one year. On March 31, 1945 she was married to Orie Robert Steeve at Immanuel Lutheran Church. They then farmed on his "home" place northwest of Clarinda all of their married life.

Orie preceded her in death on April 26, 2004. They raised crops and purebred Black Angus cattle on their "Mileway Farm" named for being a mile away from the Page County road, Wall Street. Neva was a homemaker and farm wife. She was an excellent artist and painter and gave lessons in painting for several years.

She was an avid collector of antiques and expert on their authenticity and history. She also enjoyed her flowers and designing clothes. Neva had been an active member of the Page County Republicans and had served as County Chairman during the Goldwater-Nixon era; a member of the Iowa Angus Auxiliary; a member of the Clarinda Garden Club; was active at Immanuel Lutheran Church; and her "Big Hobby" was antiques and she helped former Iowa Governor Robert Ray's wife with the decorating of the Iowa Governor's Mansion. Neva passed away Tuesday May 5, in the Stanton Care Center.

Neva is survived by her daughter Cynthia Bradford and husband Peter of Hackettstown, New Jersey; three grandchildren, Adam Bradford of Ames, Iowa, Rebecca Bradford of Hackettstown, New Jersey, and Leah Bradford of Hackettstown, New Jersey; and one niece Kathleen Keith and husband Bill of Newburgh, Indiana.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; and one granddaughter Sara Gooch Bradford.

Funeral services for Neva Steeve, age 83 of Clarinda, were held 10:00 a.m. Saturday May 16, 2009 at Immanuel Lutheran Church Clarinda, Iowa, with interment at the Immanuel Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Clarinda, Iowa. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home has served the family.


Steffen, Max Oliver - Max Steffen, 89, passed away at Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
Max Oliver Steffen was born September 27, 1918 near Randolph, in Riley County Kansas, to William Steffen and Emma Louise (Schrieber) Steffen. He attended country school through 8th grade and then quit school to help on the family farm. In 1940 he married Eulah Leigh Schrader, daughter of Henry and Gladys Schrader.
They farmed many years in southwest Iowa until 1965 when the couple purchased the general store in Guss, Iowa. Their services included hauling livestock and grain and selling feed and hardware. Max and Eulah raised four children, Valgene, Wesley, Zelda and Eldonna.
They sold the store and retired to Cass County in 1982 where the couple lived until 2007 when they moved to Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, Iowa.
Max is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eulah; his son Wesley Steffen (wife Mary Anna) of Wheaton, Ill., his daughters, Zelda Headley Birge of Corpus Christi, Tex., Eldonna Tyler (husband Leonard) of Katy, Tex., and daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Steffen, of Clarinda, Iowa, widow of son Valgene
He has 13 grandchildren: Janice Samford, Karen Davidshofer, Linda Poore, Marletta Helms, William Steffen, Philip Steffen, Anita McKenna, Mark Steffen, Deborah Levy, Daniel Headley, David Headley, Ryan Tyler and Stacey Tyler; 19 great-grandchildren: Devyn Samford, Eric Samford, Ashley Davidshofer, Haley Davidshofer, Levi Davidshofer, Lindsey Poore, Jacob Poore, Abigail Helms, Emily Helms, Hannah Helms, Clinton Steffen, Rhyana Steffen, Janelle Steffen, Ashley Steffen, Ryan Steffen, Drew Levy, Lydia Headley, Micah Headley, Noah Headley; and great-great-granddaughter, Andralynn Woods.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Valgene; two sisters, Berniece Jones Rodgers and Phyllis Knuckles; and an infant brother.
His funeral was held at Roland Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m., with Lynn Stamp officiating. His committal service were in the Weirich Cemetery, Lyman, Iowa. There was open visitation and his family met with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 9. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Sunnyside Bible Chapel, Atlantic, Iowa, designated for the missionary work of Warren Brown in Brazil.
Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, Iowa is caring for Max’s family and the arrangements. Condolences may be left at the Roland web site

Steinkamp, Dorthy "Dottie" Marie Anderson - Dorthy “Dottie” Marie Steinkamp, age 74, the daughter of Walter and Clara Bell (Freeman) Anderson was born December 24, 1930, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and passed away April 9, 2005, at the LaVerna Care Center in Savannah, Missouri.
After spending her younger years in Oklahoma City, Dottie moved with her family to the Clarinda, Iowa area, where she attended school graduating from high school in 1948. On July 13, 1952, Dottie was united in marriage to James E. Steinkamp at the United Methodist Church in Clarinda and to this union Steven, Vicki and James were born.
As a young adult, Dottie worked for the J.C. Penny’s credit department in Kansas City, Missouri, before moving to Shenandoah, Iowa, where she worked for various businesses. For 19 ½ years she was employed at Shenandoah City Hall in the City Clerks Department.
Dottie enjoyed reading and working with flowers in her yard. She was often found out on the golf course playing golf with Jim or her friends. She looked forward to spending time with her friends at coffee in the morning and afternoon. Dottie took special interest in her grandchildren and family.
She was a very active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Shenandoah and later at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, where she and Jim lived for the past three years. Dottie also enjoyed her membership in the American Legion Auxiliary while in Shenandoah.
Preceding Dottie in death were her parents; son, Steven J. Steinkamp; and brother, Charles Anderson.
Surviving is her husband, James E. Steinkamp of Savannah; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Roger Wageman of Omaha, Nebraska; son and daughter-in-law, James S. and Tammy Steinkamp of Savannah; and twin brother, Robert Anderson of Salida, Colorado. Also surviving are her three grandchildren, Cody Tjards and Taylor Wageman of Omaha and Alexandria Steinkamp of Savannah; plus other relatives and friends.

Rose Hill cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Steinkamp, James Ernest - James Ernest Steinkamp, age 73, the son of John Henry and Esther Luella (Griffey) Steinkamp was born September 8, 1931, at Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away May 4, 2005, in Savannah, Missouri.
Growing up near Farragut, Iowa, Jim graduated from Farragut High School in 1949. On January 9, 1951, he entered into the United States Navy serving his country during the Korean Conflict until November 2, 1954. On July 13, 1952, Jim was united in marriage to Dorthy Anderson at the United Methodist Church in Clarinda, Iowa, and to this union Steven, Vicki and James were born.
Through the years Jim worked as a bar tender at the American Legion Country Club, was associated with the Iowa Finance Company, farmed, owned and operated his own trucking company, hauling grain and livestock and for several years was a painting contractor.
Jim was a member of American Legion Post #88 in Shenandoah, Elks Lodge #1122, Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Shenandoah and Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Savannah. Jim took pride in caring for his yard, could often be found on the golf course with Dottie and his friends, but most of all he enjoyed when he could spend time with his children and grandchildren.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents; wife Dorthy, April 9, 2005, and son, Steven.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Roger Wageman of Omaha, Nebraska; son and daughter-in-law, James S. and Tammy Steinkamp of Savannah. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Cody Tjards and Taylor Wageman of Omaha, and Alexandria Steinkamp of Savannah; and a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Lee “Russ” Borland of The Villages, Florida, plus other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah American Legion Golf Course in Jim’s memory.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Stephens, Faye Berniece Farrens - Faye Berniece Farrens Stephens, age 91, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2009, at the Johnston, Iowa Mercy Hospice Facility. Faye was born on November 16, 1918, to her parents, Erastus and Amanda (Littleton) Farrens, on a small farm five miles north of Clarinda.

Faye is survived by her loving children and their families: Georgann (Christensen) Stephens of Hamburg, Iowa; John and Patricia (James) Stephens of Boulder, Colorado; Jerald and Laura (Higgins) Stephens of Marshalltown, Iowa; David Wilson and Judith Stephens-Wilson of Urbandale, Iowa; and, Donald and Julie (Stephens) Gebers of Lenexa, Kansas. Her surviving out of state extended family includes a brother, Glenn Farrens, of northern California, and several nieces and nephews.

As family was most important to Faye, she spent much of her time visiting, talking on the phone and thinking of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving grandchildren and their spouses all of whom she loved include: Jacque Stephens of Clarinda, Iowa; Jan (Stephens) Kraft of Hamburg, Iowa; Scott and Stephanie (Stephens) Simmonds of Loveland, Colorado; Joel and Jennifer (Stephens) Van Haaften of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; Andrew Stephens of Marion, Iowa; Josh and Emily (Stephens) Finch of Tempe, Arizona; James and Amanda (Woldruff) Goodrich of Iowa City, Iowa; Carrie Alexa Woldruff of Des Moines, Iowa; Petra Warnick of Boise, Idaho; Anton Warnick of El Paso, Texas; Dylan Warnick of Lenexa, Kansas; and, Jamie Gebers of Toms River, New Jersey. Great-grandchildren include: Brook Stephens (Clarinda, Iowa); Morgan, Zachary, and Taelyn Simmonds (Loveland, Colorado); Willem and Alice Van Haaften (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin); Stevi and Claire Finch (Tempe, Arizona); and, Ethan, Avery, and Lucas Goodrich (Iowa City, Iowa).

Faye was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Stephens Sr., her parents, Erastus and Amanda (Littleton) Farrens, her maternal grandparents, Jacob and Hannah (Moore) Littleton, her paternal Farrens grandparents, a beloved son, James Stephens, Jr., and a grandson, Craig Stephens, along with several maternal and fraternal cousins, nieces and nephews.

Faye lived on her parents’ small farm during her early years. During that time she attended not only country school, but also Clarinda High School where she matriculated in the year 1937, an accomplishment that was very satisfying to her. After working for a period of time as a tailor for Livingston’s Clothing Store of Clarinda, she married James Stephens, Sr. on March 26, 1939. She then moved to what became their farm, ten miles north of Clarinda, where she raised a family and farmed until her retirement from farming at age 90. She lived 71 years in her own home (22 years independently), a place she loved. Faye was a long-time member of the Fairview Church of Christ in Clarinda, Iowa, and an active neighbor and friend to many during her lifetime. Her many interests and hobbies included: her family, her cat, reading, gardening, sewing, cooking, and working with Neil McCoy to increase her farm crop yields.

Faye will be greatly missed by her family and friends, for she had strength of character tempered by humor, hard-work, intelligence and tenacity that served her well during her 91 years.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Stevens, Gary Wayne - Gary Wayne Stevens, 66, of Olathe, Kan., passed away March 25, 2010. Memorial services were at 1 p.m., Monday March 29, 2010 at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E Loula Street in Olathe, Kan., 66061. Inurnment will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010 in the Clarinda Cemetery.

He attended school in Clarinda, Iowa and in the 1960's moved to Olathe, Kan.. Most of Gary's life he worked with his hands in the building trade industry and for the last 17 years he worked for Mid States.

For the past years, Gary's true passion was creating beautiful master pieces of wood furniture and cabinetry for his family and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Eva Mae (Hullinger) Stevens.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patricia Stevens; sons, Gary W. Stevens, Jr. of Omaha, Neb.; step-son, Perry A. Reed of Olathe, Kan.; brothers, B. Lowell (Linda M.) Stevens of Paola, Kan., Dwayne (Linda R.) Stevens of Clarinda, Iowa and Robert E. (Jean) Stevens of Clarinda, Iowa.

Stewart, Hazel Ione Perkins - Hazel Ione (Perkins) Stewart was born August 20, 1909 at the Perkins family home, Fremont County, Iowa. She was the ninth child of George Harvey and Lulu Dell (Shurtleff) Perkins. She passed away on Sunday evening, November 4, 2007 at the Carriage Square Nursing Home in St. Joseph, Missouri.

She attended Science Hall country school, Anderson School and graduated from Tabor High School in 1926. Her country cooking skills led her to Council Bluffs, Iowa where she was the head cook for the Woodward family, owners of the Woodward’s Inner Circle Candy Co. She returned to the family farm after the death of her father in 1934.

Hazel and Van Stewart were married on her 27th birthday, August 20, 1936 at the Rockport, Missouri Court House. They made their home first in Sidney, then the Essex community and Thurman community before moving to their farm on Walnut Creek, north of Farragut where they lived until 1982.

Hazel was a homemaker and gardener. She clerked at the Ladies Apparel Shoppe in Shenandoah until her retirement. As a couple they spent many winters in Rockport, Texas and traveled throughout the United States, with Estes Park, Colorado their favorite destination.

After Van’s passing, Hazel moved to St. Joseph, Missouri to be near her family. She has resided at Carriage Square Nursing Home since December 2005.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn McLaughlin if St. Joseph, Missouri; 2 grandchildren, Steve Piper of St. Joseph, Missouri and Vicki Washut of Glendale, Arizona; 5 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; however she has joined her parents and siblings in the most lovely of places.

Stewart, Wilma - Wilma Stewart, daughter of William and Minnie (Howard) Stewart, was born on February 28, 1910, in Morton Township, Iowa. Wilma passed away on Monday, July 17, 2006, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 96.
She attended Centennial and Coal Valley County Schools and attended Shenandoah High School, graduating in 1928. Following her graduation she taught at La Prairie School in Washington Township for fifteen years (1928 - 1943).
During WWII (1943 - 1945) she was employed with Pratt-Whitney Aircraft and Remington Arms in Kansas City, Missouri. Wilma attended Dickenson Secretarial School and after completing the course, she taught Shorthand for five years at the school and then became a secretary at Continental Casualty Insurance Company.
Wilma went to San Francisco in 1953, working at the General Adjustment Bureau and the Di Giorgio Corporation for 20 years, retiring in 1975. Wilma returned to Shenandoah in 1984 and had lived at Autumn Park.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a sister Hazel Hurst and the brother Raymond Stewart. She is survived by niece, Kay Piburn and husband Don of Boulder, CO and their sons, Mike Piburn and wife Pat and their children Dan Piburn & Family and Doug Piburn & Family; Gregg and wife Sherrie and their children Alyse, Corlet and Bret Piburn; niece, Mary McQueen of Newton, Iowa; great nieces and nephews, Judie O’Connor and family of Newton, Brad and Cathy McQueen and family of Harlan, Roger and Julie McQueen and family of Shenandoah and Ron and Linda McQueen and family of Farragut, Iowa; cousin, Dwayne Johnson and wife Dorothy of Coin, IA as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 21, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Jim Gubser. Special music for the service was "In The Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "The Lord's Prayer". Casket bearers were Mike Piburn, Gregg Piburn, Brad McQueen, Roger McQueen, Ron McQueen, Wayland McQueen, Ben McQueen and Becci McQueen. Honorary casket bearers were Don Piburn, Don Peterson, Tim O'Connor, Patrick O'Connor, Suzy Trotter, Jill O'Connor, Amy O'Connor/Hopkey, Bre McQueen, Kelly McQueen, Bailey McQueen and Betsy McQueen. Intermant was in Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Stibbs, John Joseph - John Joseph Stibbs was born on July 11, 1945 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Wilton and Nora (Harrington) Stibbs. John entered into eternal peace on March 16, 2010 in Shenandoah, Iowa.

John was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Omaha Ryan Catholic Schools and graduated with the Class of 1963. While living in Omaha John was employed with Pepsi, the job that would bring him to Southwest Iowa.

After a long tenure with Pepsi, John owned and operated the Town and Country Tavern in Imogene and most recently the Shenandoah Can and Redemption Center. John enjoyed visiting with his customers and was blessed with many friendships that he made over the years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imogene where he served as an Eucharistic Minister. The New York Yankees baseball team, horse racing, and spending time with his family were all top priorities to John.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Buzz, Jerry, Bob, and Jim “T.C.” Stibbs; sisters Mary Ann Kritenbrink, Margaret “Sugar” Murphy and Theresa Hays; brother-in-law James Murphy; sister-in-law Roberta Stibbs and father-in-law Edward “Tex” McCoy.

Those left to honor his memory include his children Angela Stibbs of New York, NY, Matt Stibbs and wife Michelle of Alameda, CA and Bill Stibbs of Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren Marcus Stibbs of Norwalk, IA and Lincoln and Stella Stibbs of Alameda, CA; brother Tom Stibbs and wife Cherie of Omaha, NE; sister Dolores Murnane and husband Jim of Baton Rouge, LA; former wife and friend Becky Stibbs of Creston, IA; mother-in-law Regina McCoy of Norwalk, IA; brothers-in-law Ed McCoy of Norwalk, IA, Robert Kritenbrink of Knoxville, TN and Bert Hays of La Mesa, CA; sisters-in-law Michelle McCoy, Barb Stibbs, Marie Stibbs and Cathie Stibbs all of Omaha, NE: many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

May God grant comfort to those who mourn his loss.

Stickler, Jack - Funeral services for Jack Stickler, age 60, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace following a courageous battle with cancer, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at his home in rural Clarinda, Iowa will be held Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Charles Mayer officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 2-4 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa with military rites by the American Legion Sergy Post 98. Memorials may be given in Jack’s name for Pancreatic Cancer Research. 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.

Jack Stickler was born September 23, 1949 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and entered into rest November 11, 2009 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa. He was the son of Maralyn Hotze Stickler Gray and Loyd Ray. Jack was adopted by Gerald Stickler. He lived most of his life in southwest Iowa graduated class of 1968, Clarinda High School; and joined the Air Force in 1969. Jack was a veteran of the Air Force and did his tour of duty in Korea. He was honorably discharged on December 16, 1975 with the rank of Sergeant.

In his younger days, he pulled ponies, helped in Rodeo’s and was an auctioneer.

While serving his country, Jack was blessed with two children: Terri and Scott. He later, while working at the feedlot in Oakland, Iowa, met and fell in love with Sharon Wright Isaacson. The couple moved to Hepburn Iowa and united in marriage on December 31, 1982 with this union he was blessed with Sharon’s four children: Krista, Chad, Ryan and Misty Isaacson.

Jack, ever the salesman, worked for Case-IH in the 1980s. In 1991, he joined the sales force with John Deere, specializing in sale of new and used farm equipment. He worked for Southwest Iowa Equipment, Northwest Implement, Barker Implement, and A&M Green Power. John Deere honors its salespersons with sales incentives, which Jack won three times. This accomplishment allowed Jack and Sharon to visit Monte Carlo, Hawaii, and Italy. He was once awarded Outstanding Employee of the Year.

Jack had a passion for family and friends. He could be found grilling every Friday night of the Montgomery County Fair. His love of grilling was also evident in the many summer gatherings he and Sharon hosted at their home.

Preceding Jack in death were his parents; step-mother, Sylvia Ray Miller; step-father, Art Gray; step-brothers Kyle Gray, Russell Gray, and Gary Gray; step-sister Gail Thurman; granddaughter Geneah Radke.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon Stickler of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Krista Nelson and husband Jason of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Terri Radke and husband Jason of New Market, Iowa; son, Scott Stickler and wife Val, of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Chad Isaacson and wife Sara of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Ryan Isaacson and wife Erin of Parker, Colorado; daughter, Misty Mallonee and husband Eric of Fort Collins, Colorado; grandchildren: Logan Mallonee, Talon Mallonee, Paige Isaacson, Trey Stickler, Logan Stickler, Brock Isaacson, Josie Nelson, Jenna Nelson, Teya Stickler, Sawyer Mallonee, Brynn Isaacson; brother, Dave Stickler and wife Jerrie of Clarinda; nephew, Jesse Stickler; niece, Alana Stickler; step-brother, Kevin Gray, extended family and friends.

Jack's unique sense of humor and zest for life will be missed by everyone.
In Jack's immortal words: "When your vehicle leaves you at the side of the road, there is always the shoe-leather express. If you walk so far that the leather wears out and there is a blister on your toe,'s a long way from your heart."

Stille, Lee - Graveside services for Lee will be on Wednesday, August 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Military rites will be accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Memorials are being directed to the Holt County V. F. W. Post #926.

Lee Stille, son of Rueben and Pearl (McCluskey) Stille, was born on September 7, 1933, in Silver City, Iowa. He passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at Antlope Memorial Hospital in Neligh, Nebraska following a lengthy illness at the age of 72.
He attended Shenandoah High School, graduating with the Class of 1952. Lee married Phyllis Rennack on September 13, 1953, in Shenandoah. In 1954, Lee entered the United States Army, receiving his basic training at Ft. Riley, Kansas, beore being deployed to Korea in June of 1954. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in December of 1955. Lee and Phyllis farmed near Randolph until 1958. He then went to work for Western Electric in Omaha and then to Civil Service at Mead, Nebraska. They relocated to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, until 1975 when they moved back to Nebraska and were once again involved in farming in the Seward area for four years and in the Bartlett area for 21 years until 2001, when they retired and moved to O'Neill, where Phyllis has worked at KBRX since 1989. Together they enjoyed woodworking, crafts, gardening, and their church in Ewing. Lee was an avid Nebraska Husker Fan, with the nickname of Herbie Lee Husker on KBRX Radio. Lee was a member of the O'Neill American Legion and was the Holt County VFW Post #926 Commander and VFW District 11 Commander at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of O'Neill, NE; his pet cat, Midnight; two sisters, Bedah Anna Huff of Red Oak, IA and Betty Hansen of Glenwood, IA; two sister-in-laws, Alice Burns and Verna Rennack of Shenandoah, IA; one niece, Jeanne Bower and husband Leroy of Beaver Lake, NE; one nephew Bob Stille and wife, Barbara of Malvern, IA; one brother-in-law, Walter Sieck and wife Elsina of Perry, IA; along with many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention
Stille, Phyllis A. Rennack - Phyllis, 75, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at O'Neill, NE. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors include her sister, Alice Burns of Shenandoah.

Stimson, Ruth Nona Bicknese - Ruth Nona Bicknese was born December 19, 1920 near Wheatland, Iowa at the home of her parents, John and Louise Bicknese. She was the first of four children.
She graduated Wheatland High School followed by two years at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. Ruth taught a year of country school near her family farm. While teaching she met Jake Stimson, the Clinton County 4-H Club Agent, at a rural youth meeting. Jake and Ruth were married June 27, 1941 in Wheatland.
After Jake’s two years in the Navy they brought their two little girls, Joyce Ann and Carolyn to Stimson Home Base in East River Township, Page County, Iowa in 1946. Two more girls, Marilyn and Janalyn joined their family with two boys following, Jonathan H. and David Jacob.
Ruth loved the outdoors, especially her flowers. Her passions were her faith, family, nutrition, photography, and conservative politics. Through the years she shared these with all she met. She spent countless hours studying Scripture and authoring and teaching many Bible studies. She was also a published poet and a family historian, documenting her family’s story through family trees, annual newsletters and countless photo albums as she passed through her earthly pilgrimage. She had an open heart and ear to those that sought her counsel.
She was a member of Harvest Fellowship Missionary Church, and an active member for a number of years in Farm Bureau, and founder of “We the People Study Group”. One of her missions in life was “Rootin’ for the Truth”. In later years her companions at home were the TBN family and Fox News.
Ruth passed away Friday evening, November 27, 2009 at Olathe, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jake; sister, Blanche Swift; granddaughter Gina Brianna Sacks; great granddaughter Emily Grace Ford; and son-in-law Charles Morrow.
She is survived by six children: Joyce Ann Morrow of Olathe, KS, Carolyn and husband Mort Sacks of Santa Barbara, CA, Marilyn and husband Tom Baker of Paso Robles, CA, Janalyn and husband Bob Simpson of Paso Robles, CA, Jonathan and wife Jane Stimson of Clarinda, and David and wife Naomi Stimson of Shambaugh, IA; twenty-seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; brothers Wayne and wife Marlene Bicknese of West Union, IA, and Benjamin Ray Bicknese of Davenport, IA; nieces, nephews, and a host of surrogate family.
Funeral Service for Ruth were held Friday, December 4, 2009 Harvest Fellowship Missionary Church, Shambaugh, Iowa with Pastor Scott Denham, officiating. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to Gideon International or Good News Jail & Prison Ministries (cards may be sent in care of the family). Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda in charge of arrangements.

Stinnett, Wilburn Lawrence "Bill" - Wilburn Lawrence “Bill” Stinnett was born June 4, 1920 in Limestone County, Alabama, the son of William Preston and Maggie Anna (Fox) Stinnett. He passed away on Sunday evening, October 5, 2008 in Palm Bay, Florida at the age of 88 years, 4 months and 1 day.

Bill served six years in the U.S. Navy. He was a gunners mate first class and a deep sea diver. On June 9, 1946 he was united in marriage to Georgene Beth Teachout. Bill and Georgene had three children, David Lawrence, Linda Jean and Kenneth Wayne. While living in Shenandoah, Iowa, Bill owned and operated Bill Stinnett Plumbing and Heating. The family moved to Omaha in 1961.

Bill had resided in Palm Bay, Florida since retiring from Pan American Airlines. He worked as an air conditioning technician in the NORAD (North American Defense) Early Warning System on various islands in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

At the time of his death he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and had been a member of the First United Methodist Church when he lived in Shenandoah and Omaha.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Linda Jean Stinnett; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his sons, David Stinnett and his wife Sheri and Kenneth Stinnett; grandchildren, Rebecca Soppe and her husband Allyn, Sara Maxon and her husband Chris, Jarrod Stinnett; great grandchildren, Jessica, Elliot and Charles Soppe and Oscar Maxon.

Stockstill, Roy Fain - Roy Fain Stockstill, age 94, the son of Lewis and Emma (Fain) Stockstill, was born February 24, 1910, at Montevallo, Missouri, and passed away October 25, 2004, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Growing up in Pacetown, Missouri, Roy received his education at the Sand Ridge Country School. He then attended automotive school in Kansas City, Missouri. On March 19, 1950, Roy was united in marriage to Beverly June Weaver and to this union, Dennis, Mark and Jill were born. Through the years, Roy operated gas stations in Randolph, Iowa, Red Oak, Iowa and Shenandoah, where he owned and operated the Stockstill 66 Service Station. Roy was associated with Phillips 66 for over 30 years before retiring in 1972.
Roy was a member of Saint Johns Episcopal Church in Shenandoah and the International Order of Odd Fellows. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, spending time boating at the Lake of the Ozarks and Big Lake. Every Sunday after church he would take his family skiing. He so enjoyed being with his grandchildren especially at birthday parties.
Preceding Roy in death were his parents; wife, June, January 18, 2002; sisters, Jewell Curry and Velma Lewellen; and grandsons, Clinton Johnson and Sebastian Stockstill.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Denise Stockstill of Lebanon, Missouri, and Mark and Frances Stockstill of Westboro, Missouri; daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Jeff Johnson of Sidney, Iowa; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jamie and John Stockstill, Andrew Lowthorp, Mallory and Nicholas Johnson.
A celebration of Roy’s life was held 1:30 P.M., Friday, October 29, 2004, at the Selby Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Father Tim Vann of St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. Serving at the memory register was Marge Beckett and JoAnne Johnson. Musical selections were I Can Only Imagine, Old Rugged Cross and On Eagle’s Wings. Honorary bearers were Earl Stockstill, Jim Androy, Richard Beckett, Melburn Johnson, Everett LaBore, Robert May, Larry Stockstill, Eugene Weaver, Paul Weaver and William Weaver. Ushers were Mike Weaver and Randy Weaver. Final resting place was in Monroe Township Cemetery, Imogene, Iowa.
Stoddard, William "Bill" - William W. “Bill” Stoddard, son of William A. and Bernice Stoddard, was born on February 11, 1923. He passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 9, 2008, in his home in Maryville, MO.

A former life-long resident of the Shenandoah, Iowa, area, Bill attended Shenandoah High School and was an athletic standout in track, swimming and especially football. After graduation in 1940, he continued farming with his Dad and had a successful hog operation. He entered into military service in 1944 and served with the United States Army, primarily in the Philippines during World War II and served until the conclusion of the war. Upon returning from the War, Bill again worked on the family farm until he joined Meadow Gold Dairies around 1948. In September of 1949, Bill was united in marriage to Wanda Younger of Shenandoah and lovingly accepted her two young children, Lyle and Judy (Farquhar), to become a family. Two years later, to this union, was born Vickie.

They made their home in Shenandoah where Bill became a Supervisor for Meadow Gold, retiring from the dairy business nearly 35 years later. After retirement, Bill worked part-time for George Jay Drug Company delivering medicines, cheer and often a helping hand to many, many residents of the Shenandoah area. He also took time to drive patients to Doctor and hospital appointments in the Omaha area. It was widely known that if you needed a little help, Bill and Wanda were there for you.

Bill had a passion for bowling and golf. Bill was an active member of American Legion Post 88 of Shenandoah where he was a Life Member and past commander of the post, along with being active with the color guard. More recently, Bill delighted in “farming” a garden of tomatoes and cucumbers, striving to grow the “biggest and the best” of both. But he seldom ate them himself, preferring to give them away to the dozens of appreciative friends and relatives that had come to expect his heart-felt generosity. And Wanda would make the BEST sweet pickles, which were also given away. Nothing made them happier than to make OTHERS happy.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Wanda; brother, Jerry Stoddard; sister, Virginia (Lagerquist) and his parents, William and Bernice. Survivors include his children, Lyle Farquhar and wife, Pat, of Platte City, MO.; Judy Reitz and husband, Larry, of Independence, MO.; Vickie Geist and husband, Rob, of Maryville, MO.; six grandchildren, Lea Ann Pasquale (Farquhar) of Olathe, KS.; Scott Farquhar and wife, Kati, of Folsom, CA.; Roland Reitz and wife, Pattie, of Grand Forks, ND.; Crystal Carter and husband, David, of Independence, MO.; Angie Gaebler and husband, Brad, of Kansas City, MO.; Rob Geist III and wife, Johna, of Lee’s Summit, MO.; seven great grandchildren; nieces Karen Imm and husband, Paul, of Minnesota and Pat Lagerquist of Minnesota. There are also several great-nieces and nephews and many other relatives and countless friends who honor his memory.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 13, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Roland Reitz. Vickie Geist shared memories of her Dad. Organist was Margaret Woods. Vocalist was Rebecca Kline, who sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art". The congregation sang "Amazing Grace" and special music was the "Missouri Waltz". Attending the memory register was Cleta Fuhr. Caring for the flowers were Lucille Mathis and Mary Alice Johnson. Casket bearers were Rob Geist, III, Scott Farquhar, Brad Gaebler, Adam Lagerquist, Kyle Younger and Chris Younger. Honorary casket bearers were Joe Dinville, Gerald Hickey, Jimmy John Scott, Jack Smith, Harry Pontious, Howard Johnson and Don Peterson. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Military rites were accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Memorials in Bill's name are being directed to the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Strange, Harold Sr - Funeral services for Harold Strange, Sr. (80) of Villisca, Iowa will take place at 2:00 PM at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca on Monday, March 1, 2010 with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Interment in the Arlington Cemetery immediately after the service.
Visitation with the family will be at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca on Sunday, February 28th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Harold Lewis Strange, Sr. was born November 15, 1929, in Rockport, Missouri, the son of William Flower Strange and Bessie Lavonia (Huff) Strange. He had nine brothers and sisters. He passed away on February 24, 2010 at the VA Hospital in Omaha.
Harold served in the Army during the Korean War (1951-1953). On November 15, 1956, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Ilene Frazier at the Baptist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. He worked at the Snow White Laundry and Lake’s Nursery in Shenandoah. He enjoyed dancing, fishing, hunting, and the Minnesota Vikings.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife Phyllis; son Harold Strange, Jr.; brothers Oscar, Allen, Frank, and Bus; sisters Mary, Bessie, Eva, and Margaret; and great grandson Matthew Kimbro. He is survived by his daughters Mary (Kent) Gage of Villisca, Vicki (Larry) Gardner of Salem, Virginia, Ilene Kovar of Roanoke, Virginia, and Patty (Sam) Kier of Shenandoah; grandchildren Patrick Ryan, Jeff Ryan, Kira Gage, Kathy Gage, Dixie (Shannon) Williams, Christopher Gardner, Cody Gardner, Brandy (Dean) Johnson, Brandon Gardner, Melissa (Luke) Dragoo, Kristan Kovar, Steven Nelson, Justin (April) Nelson, Curtis (Felcia) Nelson, Heather Nelson, Victoria Kimbro, Shawna Strange (William Cox), Tessa (Steve)Foster, and Joshua Strange; 24 great –grandchildren; sister Jane Evans of Clarinda; good friend Joe Philpott; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in charge of arrangements.

Strickland, Charlotte Lenore Caroline Lantz, the daughter of Arnoth and Nora (Oakleaf) Lantz, was born January 5, 1927, on the family farm south of Stanton, Iowa, and passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa, the age of 82 years, 5 months and 25 days.

Charlotte attended Scott Center Country School through the eighth grade. She then attended Stanton High School, where she was a starting forward on the basketball team all four years of high school. She was the salutatorian of her graduating class of 1944. She then worked at Houghton State Bank in Red Oak until her marriage to Harry Strickland, Jr. on April 6, 1945, at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, where she had been baptized and was a lifelong member.

Charlotte was a homemaker and farmwife, but also was well-known for her wall papering and catering abilities. She and Junior loved spending time with their grandchildren. Charlotte like to take them for walks on the "rock road", bake and cook with them, and made Pound Puppies and quilts for them. She was very active in church activities, was a 4-H leader, and a member of neighborhood clubs.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband Junior on September 17, 2004, parents, step-father Ernest Swanson, sister and husband Octavia and Allan Levine, sister Korine Finley, brother and wife Levi and Dorothy Lantz, brother-in-law and wife Lloyd and Helen Strickland, sister-in-law and husband Florence and Malcolm Victor, and brother-in-law Ivan Nelson.

Charlotte is survived by her children: Julie Newman and husband John of Stanton, Iowa; Joel Strickland of Stanton, Iowa; Janean Hart and husband Rodney of Stanton, Iowa; and Joan Staples and husband Richard of Corning, Iowa. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Ingrid Newman Perkins and husband Matthew of Emerson, Iowa; Andrew Newman and wife Allison of Des Moines, Iowa; Kyle Newman of Des Moines, Iowa; Ashley Strickland McDonald and husband John of Stanton, Iowa; Aubrey Strickland Dreyer and husband Mike of Farragut, Iowa; Austin Strickland of Stanton, Iowa; Jason Hart and wife Katie of Stanton, Iowa; Ryan Hart of Stanton, Iowa; Brianne Hart of Mission Kansas; Jamie Fast Noakes of Las Vegas, Nevada; Erica Fast Borja and husband Dennis of Guam; and a step-grandson Mike Staples of Corning, Iowa. Charlotte has seven great-grandchildren: Isabelle, Mason and Johnathan Perkins; Ellyanna and Jameson McDonald; Kyla Hart and Charlotte Borja; two future great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law Marjorie Nelson of Stanton, Iowa, other relatives and many friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn. Funeral services were held Monday, July 6, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Stanton, Iowa, with burial in North Page Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, officiating. Visitation with the family was held on Sunday, July 5 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Mamrelund Lutheran Church or to the Stanton Rescue Unit. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at Services entrusted to Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home.


Strickland, Dickie Lloyd - Funeral services for Dick Strickland, age 69, of Villisca, Iowa, who entered into rest Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa will be held Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa with Reverend Gordon Scott officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 29 at the Methodist Church, Villisca. Burial with military rites by the American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251 will be in the Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca Fire Department or to the American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251. 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.

Dickie Lloyd Strickland was born November 20, 1939, in Page County, Iowa, the son of Lloyd Everett Strickland and Helen Celealia (Lundstedt) Strickland. He was born at the family farm and lived there four years and then the family moved to Montgomery County where he began school. He attended eight years of country school and graduated from Stanton High School in 1957. Dick played football and baseball in high school. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in 1956 and received an honorable discharge in 1964. In 1963, he was married to Dorothy Johnson and they later divorced. In 1985, he was united in marriage to Joann Pritchard.

Dick worked at Eveready Battery Company, Red Oak, Iowa for thirty five years. Following his retirement, he drove a school bus for Villisca Schools for thirteen years. Dick was a member of the Villisca Fire Department for thirty four years and chief for one year and a member of the American Legion Post 251 for thirty five years and commander five of those years. He enjoyed going to Nodaway on Saturday night and attending the stock car races in Corning. Dick was a huge Chicago Bears fan. He followed the girl’s volleyball, boys and girls basketball and the Villisca High School football. Dick and Joann enjoyed vacations in the black hills of South Dakota.

Preceding Dick in death were his parents, Lloyd and Helen Strickland; wife, Joann Strickland; brother, Fred Strickland.

Survivors include daughter, Debbie Strickland Schenck of Villisca, Iowa; stepdaughters, Jeanne Pritchard and special friend Calvin Davis of Omaha, Nebraska, Pam Tucker and husband Adam of Hurst, Texas and Nancy Bond and husband Donnie of Red Oak, Iowa; grandson, Cody Clement of Villisca, Iowa; step grandchildren, Adam Smith and wife Abbey of Red Oak, Iowa, Caleb Smith of Atlantic, Iowa, Lucas and Sean Tucker of Hurst, Texas and great grandchildren Aiden and Aspen Smith of Red Oak, Iowa; brother, Lee Strickland and wife LaVern of Stanton, Iowa; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Dick will be missed by his family and friends
but his love and inspiration will live on through his family.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

Strom, Martin Erik - Martin Erik Strom, son of Oliver August and Margery Ann (Driftmier) Strom, was born on July 8, 1947, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away following a bout with cancer on Wednesday, January 9, 2008, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 60.

He grew up in Shenandoah and attended the Shenandoah Community Schools, graduating from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1965. Following high school he attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and received his degree in Art History in 1969. He received his calling to the ministry and studied at the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota. He graduated with a Masters degree in Divinity in 1972. In 1973, Martin completed a year of study in Clinical Pastoral Education at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. He later took calls as a United Church of Christ (Congregational) minister in churches in Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming before moving back to Shenandoah four years ago to make his home with his mother.

Celebration of Life Services were held on Monday, January 14, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Rick Sleyster. Organist was Terry Stafford. The congregation sang “Precious Lord Take My Hand”, “This Is My Father’s World” and “O’ Jesus I Have Promised”. Attending the memory register were Doris Brodersen and Bonnie Ward. Ushers were C. E. Hornbuckle and Don Nelson. Inurnment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah


Strom, Merle T. - Dr. Merle T. Strom, 86, resident of Westminister Village, died Saturday morning at Ball Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born in Shenandoah, Iowa, the son of Nellie M. Barnes Strom and Emil O. Strom. Merle graduated from high school in Shenandoah in 1933. He received his Bachelor degree from Tarkio College in Missouri; his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Strom was a U.S. Army scout in an intelligence and reconnaissance platoon in WW II in the European Theater. His decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star. He was discharged as a Master Sergeant. His memberships include the College Avenue United Methodist Church; the Kiwanis; the Masonic Lodge of Shenandoah, Iowa. He was an avid Ball State University Cardinals sports fan and he was a sponsor for the Ball State University women's basketball program. Dr. Strom served as a teacher, principal, coach, and superintendent of schools in Nebraska and taught at the University of Nebraska, Baylor University, and the University of Oklahoma before joining the faculty of Ball State Teachers College, (now Ball State Universiity), in 1955. He was retired as Emeritus Professor in May of 1982. During his 27 year tenure, Dr. Strom was responsible for the development of graduate programs and field services offered through the Department of Educational Administration of Ball State University. He also served as section head and Department Chairman through 1973. Over the years he has provided extensive consultant services for many Indiana school corporations on problems related to school district reorganization, educational plans and specifications for new school buildings. Dr. Strom served as Executive Secretary of the Indiana Public School Study Council from 1961 through May of 1982. He was an active participant in the programs and activities of numerous local, state and national organizations including the American Association of School Administrators, National Organization for Legal Problems in Education, Council of Educational Facilities Planners, Indiana School Boards Association, and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. He was recipient of an Outstanding Educator Award from the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents in 1975 and was made a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Robert Orr in 1982.

Survivors include his son, Merle T. Strom, Jr., New Castle; one daughter, Karen M. Strom-Kuhlmann, (husband-Bill), Lewistown, Montana; one grandson, Jason Strom, Bloomington.
He was preceded in death on August 12, 2000, by his wife of 61 years, Maxine Strom; and one brother, Elmer Strom.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday in the College Avenue United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Elm Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Meeks Mortuary from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday or one-half hour prior to the services at church on Friday. There will be a luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service at the cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Cancer Service of Delaware County-Little Red Door, 401 W. Jackson, Muncie, IN 47305. Online condolences to the family may be sent to

Strong, Beverly A. Weaver - Beverly A. Strong, age 68, of Omaha, Nebraska passed away June 10, 2008 at Clarkson Hospital, Omaha. Beverly was born on August 2, 1939 in Clarinda, Iowa to John and Nadine (Parker) Weaver.
Beverly was united in marriage to Dale Strong February 13, 1958 in Clarinda, Iowa. Beverly was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to everyone she met. Beverly was a blessing to all those that her life touched and will be missed deeply.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Strong, Omaha, and three children: Rodney Strong and wife Kim of Omaha, Pamela Anderson and husband Mark of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kenny Strong and wife Sabine of Omaha; three grandchildren and one great grandchild; brothers and sisters: Jack Weaver, Marilyn Sunderman, Marian Cabeen all of Clarinda, Betty Wilson of Braddyville, Iowa, Robert Weaver of Blair, Nebraska, and Gerry Weaver of Omaha.
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 14, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Simmons officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. A memorial fund is established in Beverly’s name. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
Sump, Wayne William - Wayne William Sump was born September 11, 1926 at his parents’ farm northwest of Clarinda, Iowa, and was baptized at his parents’ home soon after. He attended Center Nodaway country school until it was time for his confirmation instruction. He then attended Immanuel Lutheran School and was confirmed April 6, 1941 by Rev. William Mueller. Wayne attended Clarinda High School until his help was needed on the family farm. On August 29, 1948 at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, he was married to Elnora Marie Salomon. They were blessed with four children: Melody Dianne, Michael Dennis, Merrilee Anne and Mitchel Andrew.
Wayne was active in church and civic affairs. Wayne managed his and his wife’s farms for twenty-five years raising hogs, cattle and row crops. He became interested in assessing, working as a field assessor in Page County. He became the deputy assessor of Page County in 1970 and the assessor of Adair County in 1977. He retired in 1990 and returned to Page County for the end of his days.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, John Herman George Sump and Mary Carolina Rurode Sump; parents-in-law Walter K. and Frieda K. Salomon; siblings Ethel Wichman and husband William, Herbert Sump and wife Clara, Eldor Sump and wife Anna, and Mabel Sunderman and husband Mervil; and brother-in-law, Walter John Salomon.
He is survived by his wife, Elnora of Clarinda; children, Melody Bonar and husband Ronald of Versailles, MO, Michael Sump and wife Suzanne Shelton of Carrollton, TX, Merrilee Sump of Clarinda, IA, and Mitchel Sump and wife Kathleen of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Megan (Bonar)Welch and husband Douglas, Daniel Bonar and wife Amy, Robin Bonar and fiancé Pastor Micah Wildauer, Anna Sump and John Sump; great grandchildren, Thomas Welch, Lily Grace Bonar, Connor Welch, and Aubrey Rose Bonar; sister-in-law Linda Salomon of Waukee, IA; nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, with interment at Clarinda Cemetery. Family visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorials are suggested to Clarinda Lutheran School or Nodaway Valley Historical Museum in Clarinda. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sunderman, Maxine Elizabeth Warner - Maxine Elizabeth Warner Sunderman was born January 5, 1925 in rural Bethesda, Iowa to Anselm Lawrence and Maude Vinessa Warner. Maxine passed away August 5, 2006 at the Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah at the age of 81.

In her early childhood, Maxine lived on the family farm between Bethesda and Hepburn, Iowa. She attended rural country school in Douglas Township and graduated high school in 1943 from Clarinda High School. On March 17, 1946 Maxine was united in marriage to Clifford Harry Sunderman in Bethesda, Iowa. The couple made their new home in rural Coin, Iowa.

Maxine worked for the FBI in 1943 in Washington, D.C., the Southern Pacific Railroad in Pleasanton, CA from 1944-1945 and at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah from 1983 - 1992. She was a member of 4-H, Ladies Aid and she was a Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and reading.

Preceding her in death were her parents; sister, Mary Brownlee; mother & father-in-law, Minnie and Emil Sunderman; sister-in-laws, Lyde Sunderman and Florence Sunderman and brother-in-laws, Mervil and Roger Sunderman.

She is survived by her husband Clifford of Shenandoah; daughter, Karlette Thornton and husband Dennis of Coin, Iowa; daughter Charmaine Sunderman of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jake Thornton and wife Jillinda of Coin, Iowa;, Aaron Sunderman of Omaha, Nebraska, Jamie Hutt and husband Paul of Sidney, Iowa, Josh Thornton and friend Karen of Northboro, Iowa and Nathaniel Thornton of Coin, Iowa and Ashley Thornton of Essex, Iowa; great grandchildren, Samantha Thornton, Kayleigh Hutt, Braidy Hutt, Emily Hutt and Cole Thornton; other relatives friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 8, 2006, at the Coin United Methodist Church in Coin, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Carl Phillips. Organist was Phyllis Reece. Soloist was Mike Bix, who sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". Caring for the flowers were Patty Sunderman and Helen Reed. Attending the memory register was Connie Sollars. Ushers were Tim Sollars and Jim Berry. Casket bearers were Jacob Thornton, Joshua Thornton, Nathaniel Thornton, Aaron Sunderman, Paul Hutt and Richard Sunderman. Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery at Coin. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at on the web.

Sunderman, Russell Kenneth - Funeral services for Russell Sunderman, age 80 of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Friday, May 8, 2009 at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa were held Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Russ Clark and Loren Daly officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2009 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Family requests that memorials be given in Russell’s 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.

Russell Kenneth Sunderman was born February 27, 1929 in Clarinda, Iowa and he passed away May 8, 2009 at the Eiler House, Clarinda, Iowa. He was the third of four children of Harlie J. and Beulah (Newman) Sunderman. Russell grew up in the rural Clarinda area and was a 1947 graduate of Clarinda High School.

On August 6, 1949, Russell was united in marriage Phyllis Baker. This union was blessed with three children, Kathy K, Jennie V. and Jay D. Russell and Phyllis raised their family on farms in the Siam and New Market area until retiring in 1990. Farming was something Russell enjoyed his entire life. If it wasn’t a John Deere tractor or a Ford pickup it wasn’t worth having according to Russell. In his retirement years he continued to help son, Jay, on the farm. Also during retirement Russell and Phyllis enjoyed spending the winter months in Yuma, Arizona, with friends from all over the United States and Canada.

Russell has been a member of the Siam Church or Christ since 1951, serving in the capacity of deacon for many years. Russell also served fourteen years on the Board of Directors for the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, with two of those years as President of the New Market Town and Country Store. Russell was a member of the New Market Civic Club for many years and served as its president during the 1976 bi-centennial celebration. For many years Russell has enjoyed volunteering at the pick-up and tractor pulls and working the bingo stand at the New Market 4th of July celebration.

Left to cherish his memory (celebrate his life) are his wife, Phyllis of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters, Kathy and husband Mike Freeman of Villisca, Iowa, Jennie and husband Randy Horton of Clarinda, Iowa, son, Jay and wife Mary Ellen Sunderman of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Angela (Freeman) and husband Shaun Wubben of Moravia, Iowa, Lee Freeman and wife Sara of Brooks, Iowa, Michelle (Horton) and husband Darrell Neelans of Waterloo, Iowa, Matthew Horton and wife Michelle of Chicago, Illinois and Fletcher Sunderman of New Market, Iowa; great grandkids, Tyler and Dylan Neelans, Ivy Wubben; sister, Dora Steeve of Clarinda, Iowa; brothers, Duane Sunderman and wife Margaret of Clarinda, Iowa, Lowell Sunderman and wife Jan of Bedford, Iowa; brother-in-law, Bill Baker and wife Shirley of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceeding Russell in death were his parents; Harlie J. and Beulah Sunderman; parents-in-law, Warren S. and Pearl Baker; brother-in-law, Ron Steeve.

Russell was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by his entire family and many friends but the memories will remain in our hearts forever. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

Swaink, Gary Lee - Funeral services for Gary Swaink, age 67, of Clarinda, Iowa, who passed away Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Gary Lee Swaink was born February 17, 1942, at Carson, Iowa to Ottis Jesse Swaink and Dolly Regina (Strong) Swaink. He was one of eight children. Gary was united in marriage on March 27, 1969 to Katherine J. Wykoff at Lincoln, Nebraska. They had two daughters, Lourie and Jaime.

Gary was a truck driver for several furniture moving truck lines, including North American Moving Company, Dudley's Moving Company of Lincoln, Heartland Express of Shenandoah and most recently for Mayflower Company. He drove for thirty years and retired in 2003. Gary also worked as a farmhand.

Gary enjoyed bowling with his friends in Shenandoah and he also enjoyed fishing. Family was very important to Gary and he especially enjoyed playing cards with his family. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his grandkids. He had a great sense of humor and loved telling jokes.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ervin Swaink; sister-in-law, Glenda Swaink.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Katherine Swaink of Clarinda, Iowa; daughters, Lourie Burmania and husband David of Aurora, Illinois and Jaime Gaunt and husband Bryan of Clarinda, Iowa; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brothers, Robert Swaink of Silver City, Iowa, Keith Swaink and wife Kate of Riverton, Iowa; sisters, Ethel Ward and George Cook of Riverton, Iowa, Virma Ward and husband Lonnie of Anderson, Iowa, Carolyn Lee and husband Dee of Goodman, Missouri, Sharon Hendrickson and husband Charlie of Essex, Iowa; sister-in-law, Roxy McCormick and husband Mike of Lincoln, Nebraska; special niece Lindsay Lundgren; nieces; nephews and many friends.

Gary will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but his love and inspiration will live on through his family. May the Lord grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

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


Swanson, Inez Marie Fisher - Inez Marie Swanson, the daughter of Robert E. and (Naemoi Wilhelma Anderson) Fisher, was born August 31, 1917, at Stanhope, Iowa, and passed away December 26, 2003, in Omaha, Nebraska. She was 86.
Growing up in the Stanton and Red Oak, Iowa areas, Inez received her education in the Red Oak school system. On July 29, 1933, Inez was united in marriage to Alf Swanson, and to this union, five children, Myrna, Naomi, Darwin, Robert and Glen were born. Inez and her family lived on a farm near Red Oak until 1960. They then moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she worked as a bookkeeper, 17 years for Central States Oil Company and 5 years for Phillips Department Store. After retiring in 1977, they moved to Sidney, Iowa, then to Shenandoah, Iowa, in 1983. Inez was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah.
Inez enjoyed working crafts, crocheting, playing cards, and reading. She was a wonderful cook and at Christmas time would bake many kinds of cookies, fruitcakes, nut bread, candies, and bread pudding. Once while camping with the family she even roasted a turkey and made dressing over an open fire.
Preceding Inez in death were her parents; husband Alf in 1991; sisters, Mildred Dietrick and Ann Goodchild; and a brother, William Fisher.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Myrna and Delbert Headley of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Naomi and Raymond Headley of Shenandoah, Darwin and Sharon Swanson of Glenwood, Iowa, Robert and Joyce Swanson of Omaha, Nebraska, and Glen and Alice Swanson of Charleston, New Hampshire. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Kim Ring, Tracy Headley, Tammy Hiser, Kerri, Jeff, Danny and Christine Swanson, Theresa Cloyd, Pam Housh, Cindy Swanson, Karen Gould, Allison Powell, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. A sister-in-law, Lucille Swanson of Missouri, Valley, Iowa, plus nieces, nephews, and friends, also survives Inez.
A celebration of Inez's life was held 1:30 P.M. Monday, December 29, 2003, at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah with Reverend Tracy Headley officiating. Serving at the memory register was Gwen Whitehill while Lois keep and Faye Rolf cared for flowers. Organist was Margaret Woods and soloist was Lorna Wood who sang The Family of God and Just a Closer Walk With Thee. Ushers were Don and Terry Rolf. Serving as casket bearers were Delbert, Lucas, and Raymond Headley, Jared and Jeff Hiser, Austin Ring, and Danny and Jeff Swanson. Interment was in Nyman Cemetery, Nyman, Iowa. Memorials are directed to the First Baptist Church. The Selby Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. For funeral notices, obituaries, and to send condolences to the family, go to web page


Swanson, Kevin Dean - Kevin Dean Swanson was born June 26, 1957 in Shenandoah, Iowa to Merrill and Etta (Swift) Swanson. He died June 17, 2007 at his home in Shenandoah at the age of 49.

Kevin loved sports and music. He sang with the NPI singers. He especially enjoyed playing the drums. He was very good, although he never took lessons. The Special Olympics were very important to him also. Over the years, he won many medals and ribbons. Kevin loved people and enjoyed sitting outside and waving at everyone as they went by.

Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Inez Swanson and John and Susie Swift. He is survived by his parents, Merrill and Etta Swanson of Shenandoah, IA; sister Nancy Wilson and her husband Darrell of Quincy, IL; nephews, Blake and Logan Wilson of Quincy, IL; Aunt, Mavis Herzberg and husband Darrel of Villisca, IA; Uncle, John Swift and wife Gloria of Wheatland, WY; other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Jack Langley. Vocalist was Kathy Langley and organist was Judy Lundgren. Musical selections were "You Raise Me Up", "Victory In Jesus" and "God Be With You Til We Meet Again".

Attending the memory register were Mavis Herzberg and Gloria Swift. Caring for the flowers were Shirley Hart, Nadine Lundgren and Susie Tillman. Memories from the family were given by Chris Herzberg. The scripture reading was given by Amy Fick. Casket bearers were Tim Tillman, Steve Falk, Jr., Darrel Herzberg, Darrell Wilson, Johns Swift and Kris Kirby.

Honorary casket bearers were all of Kevin's friends at NPI, Keith McCall, Steve Herzberg, Leland and Pat Tillman, Jim and Joyce Long, John and Rose Walter, Blake and Logan Wilson, Dwight and Judy Lundgren, Bill and Diane Shipley, Chris, Jami and Landon Herzberg, Betty Rowe, Jim and Bonnie Wilson, Pat Sorenson, Jeff and Diane Anderson, Wally and Barbara Johnson, Howard and Mary Alice Johnson, the Dwight Swift family, Paula Swift and family, and Darwin Swift and family.

Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials in Kevin's name are being directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Nishna Productions Inc. in Shenandoah, or to the I Will Not Worry Foundation. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Swanson, Mary Ann Elise Steeve - Funeral services for Mary Ann Swanson, age 82, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Monday, March 29, 2010 at Bryan East LGH Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska were held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Daryl Tompkins officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Friday April 2 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa.

Mary Ann Elise Swanson was born January 26, 1928, at the family home six mile northwest of Clarinda, Iowa. She was the daughter of Paul Louis Steeve and Edna Elizabeth Julia (Bethaur) Steeve. Mary Ann was one of eight children. She attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1946. On April 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to Omar Swanson at St. John Lutheran Church, Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, Pamela Kay, Gaylen Roger, Lynnette Sue and Merlin Dee.

Mary Ann worked as a telephone operator prior to her marriage. Following her marriage, she was a farm wife helping with the farm operation and caring for her family. She was a very hard worker that enjoyed the outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, mowing the yard and helping with the haying and field work. Mary Ann loved cooking, especially making desserts and sharing them with friends. She enjoyed playing pitch and winning! Omar and Mary Ann enjoyed several winters in Mesa, Arizona. Her family was very important to her; she enjoyed going fishing with them and following the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with their activities. The family was named channel six “Farm Family of the Week” September 1973.

Mary Ann was an active long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Clarinda; she served on the Altar Guild for many years. Mary Ann served on the Page County Extension council and the 4-H Women’s Committee. She was a member of the neighborhood Long Branch Club for many years and also belonged to the Page County Cowbelles.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Omar Swanson; siblings, James Steeve, Ronald Steeve, Larry Steeve, Marjorie Huseman, Arlene Woldruff, Evelyn Knight, Harriett Steeve in infancy.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Pamela Kelley and husband Ron of Braddyville, Iowa, Gaylen Swanson and wife Debbie of Coin, Iowa, Lynnette Vardaman and husband Mike of Clarinda, Iowa, Merlin Swanson and wife Brenda of Coin, Iowa; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren; brother, Lyle Steeve and wife Pat of Creston, Iowa, sisters-in-law, Dora Steeve of Clarinda, Iowa and Lorene Swanson of Stanton, Iowa; brother-in-law, Jim Woldruff of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many friends.

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