Page County, Iowa obituaries

Wieder, John H. - John H. Wieder, 85, of rural Northboro, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg, Iowa.

John is the husband of Lora Jean Wieder and father of Margaret Ann "Peggy" Blouch of Paonia, Colorado and John H, Wieder and wife, Diane, of Montrose, Colorado.

Memorials in his memory may be directed to Locust Grove United Methodist Church or to Hamburg Rescue Unit.

John Harry Wieder, the son of Harry and Vivian (Knappe) Wieder, was born September 17, 1917, in Hamburg, Iowa, and passed away July 23, 2003 in Hamburg.
Growing up on the family farm near Hamburg, John attended school there graduating from high school in 1937. After high school, he attended two years at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, and then attended flight training school in Crete, Nebraska, where he learned to be a flight instructor. While there he met Lora Jean Baker and on August 14, 1942, they were united in marriage and to this union Margaret Ann and John were born. When first married they lived in Crete, Nebraska, then Oklahoma, Georgia, Nevada and Council Bluffs, Iowa, before settling near Northboro, Iowa.
From December 31, 1944 to July 27, 1946, John served in the Army Air Corps were he flew transport planes and taught flying. He then served in the reserves for several years. John was a flight instructor for many years and also was a part time corporate pilot flying for Tidy House and Earl May Seed and Nursery Company. Through the years, he also farmed near Northboro.
John was a member of Locust Grove United Methodist Church, member of the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years, American Legion Post #88 and Experimental Aircraft Association. Besides flying John enjoyed bowling.
Preceding John in death were his parents and two sisters, Sara Clear and Laura Schultz.
Survivors include his wife, Lora Jean Wieder of Northboro; Daughter, Margaret Ann “Peggy” Blouch of Paonia, Colorado; son, John H. Wieder and wife, Diane, of Montrose, Colorado; grandchildren, Heather Maynard of Crawford, Colorado, Captain Matthew J. Wieder and wife, Becky, of Washington, D.C. and Andrea Trenda and husband Graham of Chicago, Illinois; brother, Carl Wieder of Houston, Texas; brother-in-law, Pat Clear of Irving, Texas; and three great grandchildren plus other relatives and friends.

A celebration of John’s life was held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 26, 2003, at the Selby Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah with Reverend Norman Walter officiating. Masonic services were given by the Friendship Lodge #379. Serving at the memory register was Barbara Bredensteiner and Vineta Bryte while Anna Brownlee, Cindy Manrose and Eleanor Sligar.caried for flowers. Musical selections were “In The Garden” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and ushers were Harold Gruber and Wilber Welchans. Casket bearers were Jim Bryte, Ron Manrose, Marc McQueen, Mike Michel, Graham Trenda and Matt Wieder. Honorary bearers were Reldon Bryte, Daryl Long, Bud McQueen and Don Michel. Military rites were by American Legion Post #88 of Shenandoah, Iowa. Final resting place was in Locust Grove Cemetery.

Wiesen, Delores Lucille Lincoln - Delores Lucille (Lincoln) Wiesen was born on June 5, 1938 in Council Bluffs, IA the daughter of Herbert and Mildred (Boyer) Lincoln. Delores entered into eternal rest on Friday, July 3, 2009 at the Shenandoah Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer.
Delores was raised on the Lincoln home place outside of Pacific Junction. She graduated from Glenwood High School with the Class of 1955. She continued her education at Nebraska Methodist Nursing School. During her Junior year of nursing school, she was united in marriage to Joseph R. Wiesen on October 6, 1956. Following their marriage the couple moved to Omaha, NE and then to Lincoln where they had 6 children. In 1972 the family moved to Shenandoah where they lived for the next 37 years. Delores and Joe were married for 46 years before his passing in 2002.
Delores was a dedicated homemaker and also helped Joe at the grocery store when she was needed as an accountant. She also worked part time at Henry Fields after all of the children were in school.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Guild where she served as president. She also would deliver communion to the homebound and assist with counting the offering following mass. She was also a member of the Kiwanis Club where she served as president during the 1992-1993 year. The couple loved to take their children and grandchildren on the Kiwanis’ chicken circuit during the summer months. The couple also helped organize the Share Program and served on several other committees within the community. Delores had a passion for the theater and participated in several plays with the Southwest Iowa Theater Group. Her most memorable performance was “Everybody Loves Opal” in which she won the Best Actress for the 1977-1978 season.
Delores loved playing the piano and having family “sing alongs” at Christmas time. Her favorite activity was going to her grandchildren’s sporting events, home or away games, she was always their to cheer them on.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joseph R. Wiesen, a grandson Jarrod Maher and brother Joe Lincoln.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children; Theresa Price and husband Rick of Riverton, IA; Shari Teachout and husband Mike of Shenandoah; Jodi Knight and husband Rob of Dallas, TX; Jacque Maher and husband Kevin of Imogene; Joe Wiesen, Jr. and Diana Wiesen both of Shenandoah; 17 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister Deanna Kruse and family of Silver City; brothers Kenneth Lincoln and family of Bellevue, NE and Paul Lincoln and family of Columbus, NE; sister-in-law Louise Lincoln and family of Logan, IA; other family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Vern Smith celebrating the mass. Jane Emgee and Bonnie Ward attended the memorial register while Dr. Pat Emgee and Bennett Blane served as ushers. Lector for the service was Richard Haigwood and Eucharistic Ministers were Vaughn Livingston and Mike Teachout. Special music for the service was played by Mary Beth Gowing with Sue and Tommy Hanna serving as song leaders. Gift Bearers included Nicki Blane, Jessica Greatorex, Stacy Teachout, Sheena Molsbee and Amanda Barton. Casket Bearers included Cody Wiesen, Cameron Wiesen, Tyler Maher, Nick Maher, Dan Maher, Eric Putnam, Christopher Knight, Joey Knight, and Jarrod Maher, in spirit. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Hackett-Livingston Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements.
Wilcoxson, Robert Wayne - Robert Wayne Wilcoxson, 70, of Las Vegas, Nevada, originally from Clarinda, Iowa, entered into rest on May 28 , 2008. He was born January 28, 1939 in Clarinda. He was retired from serving in the Navy for 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Irene, on January 5, 2002; parents George and Pauline Wilcoxson; and an infant brother.
He is survived by his children; Christina Southards, Diana Wellstad, Paulette Hooper, Mike Wilcoxson, Robert Wilcoxson; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers and sisters; Maybella Henry, Marion Wilcoxson, Ethel Carmichael, Paul Wilcoxson, Goldie Scroggs, Charles and Susie Wilcoxson; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial services were held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, June 3, 2008. Interment will be at a later date

Williams, Charles Elwin - Charles Elwin Williams, age 80, the son of Charles Earl and Alice E. (Thompson) Williams was born June 18, 1925, at Yankton, South Dakota, and passed away March 22, 2006, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Until he was 12 years old Charlie lived with his family in Yankton. Because his father "worked in radio" the family moved around also living in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Charlie graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943. He later attended Mexico City College and then the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
On October 7, 1943, Charlie entered the United States Army serving his country during World War II with the 21st Infantry. While in the army he was in charge of the Hispanic squad. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars plus other medals of citation. He returned to civilian life January 8, 1946.
Charlie was united in marriage to Mary Romdall on July 21, 1951, in Norfolk, Nebraska. To this marriage a daughter, Lory and son, Loche, were born. They eventually moved to southwest Iowa, where Charlie worked for KFNF Radio as branch manager in Red Oak, Iowa. He then continued with KFNF Radio in Shenandoah as a radio announcer until 1958. At that time he became associated with Central Surveys, continuing for 37 years as a data analyst and report writer, retiring in 1995 as Executive Vice President. Over the years Charlie reported findings on many research projects but, one well known project took him to the courts to report on the findings of Brown versus Board of Education in Kansas.
He was a "well read" person who continued learning his entire life. Charlie was always ready to help others and was often called on to be an interpreter to assist the Hispanic community and taught English to Hispanic people. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Rotary International, in which he was a Paul Harris Fellow and received several outstanding service awards. He was a founding member of the Southwest Iowa Theater Group and was active in all aspects of the theater. Charlie served on the Shenandoah Board of Education, Everly Brothers Foundation Board, Shenandoah Public Library Board and Foundation, plus board of the Shenandoah Hispanic Center. He loved to read and often reported on his world travels with Mary.
Preceding Charlie in death were his parents; brother, Harold Williams; and infant sister.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary of Shenandoah; daughter and son-in-law, Rev. Lory and Gary Fahle of Lawton, Oklahoma; and a son, Loche Williams of Shenandoah. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Rebekkah Jones, Jeanette Dills and Samantha Fahle all from Lawton and Charles L. Williams of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; plus 2 great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, Iowa.

Williams, Charles W. - Charles W. Williams was born November 27, 1928 in Hepburn, IA to Walter and Zoa Williams. Better known as "Charlie" to all his friends and family, he was the seventh of ten children. Charlie completed 8th grade at the Davis School in 1943 before becoming a full-time farmer, a passion that would define him for the rest of his life. "I'm a farmer, plain and simple," he was proud to say, and he was missing half his right index finger, from a farming accident, to prove it. He worked his family's farm, and then his own, in the countryside near Clarinda, IA.

He first met his future wife, Gloria Jean Burroughs, on an early June day in 1962 outside the JCPenney store where she worked with his sister-in-law Lota Williams. Charlie wed his sweetheart Jeanne on Sunday, April 5, 1964 at the Yorktown Methodist Church and they welcomed their oldest son, John Lee, to their home in Braddyville, Iowa in 1965. Severe allergies and health problems forced him to leave farming in 1966, then he worked construction and nursery jobs until permanent disability led to his early retirement in 1973. Middle son Michael Aaron, born 1969, and youngest son James Edgar, born 1971, completed their family, which moved to Shenandoah, IA in 1975, where Charlie and Jeanne remained to his final days.

Friends and family remember him for his kind, easy going nature and his spontaneous outbursts of salty jokes, singing and playing his beloved harmonica -- "The Old Gray Mare" and "My Darling Clementine" being among his favorite tunes. Charlie also loved to reminisce and tell stories from his youth growing up on the farm. A member of the United Methodist Church of Shenandoah, he nurtured his Christian beliefs by reading the Bible and watching faith-based television programs.

Like his Lord Jesus, Charlie was also an accomplished carpenter -- building wren houses for the birds he loved to watch and giving away his handmade what-nots to friends, family, and strangers alike. He loved planting his garden every spring, and relished feasting on fresh onion and butter sandwiches, new peas and creamed potatoes, and his favorite - rhubarb pie. He enjoyed fishing and shared this love with his sons and, more recently, his grandchildren Lexi and Jake, children of John and wife Heidi (Albright), who live nearby in Omaha, NE.

Charlie, who would have been 80 this November, is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeanne, and three sons, John and wife Heidi and grandchildren Lexi and Jake of Omaha, NE; Michael, of New York City; Jamie of Champaign, IL; sister Izola Williams of Utah; brother Kenneth Williams of Clarinda; sisters-in-law Joan Williams, Juanita Williams and Lota Beery, of Clarinda, IA; and on his wife's side, Patty Baker of Council Bluffs, Geraldine and Ed Major of Creston, IA; Rose Harms of Shenandoah; Shirley and Vernard Thomas of Coin, IA; Leona Clark of Richland; and brothers-in-law Marion and Carolyn Burroughs of Corning; Vince and Junell Burroughs of Wellman, IA, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Walter and Zoa Williams and parents-in-law Jesse and Ethel Burroughs; brothers Richard and his wife Doris, Ernest, Harold, Lyle and his wife Edith, and Stanley; sisters Gladys and husband Ed May, and Dona Mae and husband Paul Gene Gray; brothers-in-law Alvin Baker, Jesse Burroughs, Winfred Harms, and Bob Clark; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Jim Gubser and Rev. Clark Finehout. Soloist, Dawn Millikan, was accompanied by Becky Hoenshel. Special music was "In The Garden", "I Can Only Imagine" and "In The Sweet Bye And Bye". Ushers were Gary Milstead and Heath Albright. Debbie Davenport and Shelly Turner attended the memory register. Caring for flowers were Heidi Williams, Debbie Milstead and Donna Wright. Casket bearers were Craig Williams, Danny Williams, David Williams, Chris Harms, Marty Burroughs, Eddie Eugene Major, Clark Burroughs, Terry Clark and Doug Harms. Honorary casket bearers were all his family and friends because he loved them all. Interment was in Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro, Iowa. A memorial is being established in Charles' name. Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared on the web at
Williams, Donald Lee - Donald Lee Williams was born on July 14, 1936 to Leslie Murray “Bus” Williams and Ina Fern Larison Williams in Ross Township, Taylor County, IA. He spent his life as a resident of Taylor, Adams and Page Counties. Don accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on December 29, 1943 and was later baptized in the Baptist church. He attended many country schools in Adams and Taylor Counties and graduated from Bedford High School in 1954. He went to business school in Omaha, graduating with a certificate in accounting.

On July 31, 1959, Don married Brenda Joyce Miller, who survives him of the home. To this loving union was born Brenda Joan Williams. Don and Brenda lived in or near Clarinda all their married lives. Don was inducted into the United States Army in 1959 and was in the army for a short time. Don had a varied work history, from starting as an accountant in small businesses around Clarinda, to school bus driving, and various production roles at NSK until retirement in 1999. After retirement, Don and Brenda worked and played together on projects around their acreage, played with grandkids, played with the computer(s) and got the most out of retirement years. On July 31 of this year, Don and Brenda would have celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Don enjoyed his toy tractor collection, which he started in childhood. He has many tractors and other toy implements that he got as a boy; he has added many to his collection through the years. Then he has his rebuilt John Deere B tractor that he restored several years ago and used in projects around the acreage. Don always took great care of his cars – particularly the 1957 Ford that he bought new in 1957. Don rarely missed the Bedford and New Market 4th of July parades, where he drove the Ford – with “Do not Touch” signs attached.

Don was preceded in death by both parents, Bus and Fern Williams; parents-in-law, Irvin and Wyleen Miller; and one brother-in-law, John Thornton.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; daughter Brenda Joan Williams and husband Oscar Velazquez, and grandchildren Oscar Jr., Ligia, Cara, Alex, and Jacob Velazquez, St Joseph, MO; sister Beverly Kemery and husband Charles, Bedford, IA; brother-in-law Jim Miller and wife Connie, Truro, IA; five nephews, two nieces, and many cousins and friends. Don will be missed by his family and friends.

Memorial service for Donald Lee Williams age 72 of Clarinda formerly of Bedford, Iowa will be 11:00 a.m. Friday July 10, 2009 at the calvary Baptist Church in Clarinda, with private burial. Memorials are to the Calvary Baptist Church in Clarinda.
The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa provided the arrangements.
Williams, Esther Elizabeth Miller - Esther Elizabeth (Miller) Williams was born July 21, 1910 at home near Norwich, Iowa, the daughter of Alva Dwight and Louella (Andrews) Miller. She passed away on Friday morning, April 3, 2009 at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 98 years, 8 months and 18 days.
Esther grew up on a farm near Norwich. She attended Tarkio #9 School in Norwich through the eighth grade. She then attended Shenandoah High School graduating in 1928. She later attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa for two years. On December 27, 1934 she was united in marriage to Earl C. Fishbaugh, Jr. at her parent’s home near Norwich. Earl passed away in 1968. On February 8, 1974, Esther married Clinton M. Williams at the Methodist Church in Norwich. Clinton passed away on July 3, 1996.
Esther taught country school at Tarkio #8 in Page County for three years. She enjoyed her home, traveling, playing bridge and entertaining her many friends. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah, UPW, Chapters DN and JA of PEO of Shenandoah, Kappa Delta Sorority of Iowa State University, two bridge clubs, book Club, the Shenandoah Historical Club (Charter Member), Shenandoah Music Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Republican Women, the Antique Study Club, American Legion Auxiliary and the Shenandoah Hospital Auxiliary. She served as Chairman of the Board of the First Security Bank and managed a number of farms in the Shenandoah area. She was also Queen of the first 4-H Pageant held in 1928 in Ames, President of the Iowa Legislator’s Wives Club and at one time redecorated the headquarters of the DAR in Des Moines.
Esther was a dignified, gracious and witty person who enjoyed a good time at social or family gatherings. She was a thoughtful hostess always exhibiting exceptional manners, impeccable dress, and strict attention to important details when entertaining. Through active involvement in numerous service and educational organizations she demonstrated her faith, charity and love of her community, church and family. With a twinkle in her eye and a wonderful ability to converse, she conducted all her personal business and farm matters. Her delightful personality and sense of humor will be missed by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents Alva and Louella Miller; her husbands, Earl C. Fishbaugh, Jr. and Clinton M. Williams, and her brother, Kenneth a. Miller. She is survived by a sister, Frances Stevens and husband Wayne of Shenandoah, Iowa. Survivors also include seven nieces, Connie Welch (John Ziebarth), Marilyn Miller (Allen Crouch), Beverly Groth (David), Diane Armstrong (Bill), Janet Witt (Dr. Jon) Carolyn Beckett, Judy Bargmann (Dale), a nephew John Fishbaugh; Clinton’s daughter, Carolyn Reade and husband Bob; their three sons, Christopher Reade (Debra), Cory Reade (Angela), and Chad Reade (Jessica) and five great-grandchildren: Sarah, Allison, Emily, Caitlin and Madeline; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 10: a.m. on Friday, April 10, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church in Shenandoah with Rev. Rick Sleyster officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Shenandoah. Visitation with the family present took place Thursday evening, April 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah. Memorials were suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, the Shenandoah Public Library, or the Greater Shenandoah Historical Society. To leave online remembrances or condolences with the family, go to The Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah is in charge of arrangements.



Williams, Inez M. - Inez, 96, (Mrs. Ivan Charles "Brownie" Williams) passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, in Vista, California. Memorial services following cremation will be held at a later date. She and Brownie were from the Coin/College Springs area.


Inez, 96, passed away on January 22, 2008, at Rancho Vista Care Center in Vista, CA. Graveside Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, Ia. Memorials are being directed to the Coin Public Library.

Inez was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Charles "Brownie" Williams. Survivors include her nieces, Sharon Wantuck and Ann Williams; nephew Fred N. Hackett, Jr.; sister-in-law, Marian Hackett; and longtime friend, Raymond Hug.

Williams, Mary - Rose Hill Cemetery Shen died Mar 1, 2010 at Shen - Kirsch
Williams, Roger A. - Roger A. Williams, born November 9, 1940 in Clarinda, Iowa, passed away September 13, 2008 in Omaha Nebraska. Services were held at Faith-Westwood United Methodist Church in Omaha on September 17 with honors provided by the Omaha Police Honor Guard. Ronald Williams of Clarinda is a cousin
Williams, Virgil Kenneth - Virgil passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2007, at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 88. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Virgil Kenneth Williams, son of John Andrew Williams, Sr. and Effie G. (Hagey) Williams, was born on August 2, 1918, in Burlington Junction, Missouri. He passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2007, at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, at the age of 88.

His early life was spent in the rural Burlington Junction, Missouri area. The family moved to Shenandoah in 1923. Virgil attended school in Shenandoah, graduating with the Class of 1937.
On June 25, 1941, Virgil was united in marriage to Emma Schoening at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mineola, Iowa. They made their home in Shenandoah and became the parents of one daughter, Nancy.

As a student in Jr. High, Virgil worked at Al Lund’s Barber Shop on Saturdays and after school as a shoeshine boy and janitor. In high school he was employed at Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. in the Shoe Repair Dept. After graduation he worked at A. L. (Jim) Ahlgren’s Chevrolet Garage and Sam Parrott’s Garage. In 1942 Virgil and his brother, Russell, entered a business partnership forming “Williams Brothers Garage.” Virgil assumed full ownership of the business in 1957, serving as an auto mechanic and car dealer for DeSoto, Plymouth and Chrysler. He remained in the repair business until recent years, when health problems began to slow him down.

Virgil was a member of the Shenandoah Trinity Lutheran Church and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. For many years, Virgil was an active member of the Izaak Walton League, enjoying trapshooting and hunting. He was an amateur radio operator with the call letters KOEJO. A life-long interest in flying led him to earn a private pilot’s license and purchase his own plane. His ability as a mechanic enabled him to do much of his plane’s maintenance himself.

Preceding Virgil in death were his parents; brothers, Floyd, Alvin, Leo, John and Nelson; and sisters, Edna and Jane. Survivors include his wife, Emma, and daughter, Nancy, both of Shenandoah, IA; brothers, Russell and Jesse and his wife Lucille; and sister, Alice, all of Shenandoah, IA. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Pauline Plautz of Shenandoah, IA, and Leona Schoening of Glenwood, IA; other relatives and many friends.

Williamson, Stephen Allen - Stephen Allen Williamson , the son of Richard and Virginia Goodspeed Williamson , was born in Black Hawk County, Indiana on May 27, 1943 and passed away in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday, August 13, 2007 at the age of 64.

Steve spent his early childhood in Essex, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa moving to Shenandoah in 1952, living there until his graduation from high school in 1961. His early education was in Essex, Iowa and Fort Dodge, Iowa. Steve spent one year at the Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri. After graduation from Shenandoah High School, he attended Iowa State University for one year, then attended and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1967. On March 15, 1964 he was united in marriage to Barbara Hess at the United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. After their marriage they lived in Iowa City. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Steve worked in the packaging sales business, working for American Can Company in Wisconsin, New York City, and in Minneapolis, MN, then moved back to Shenandoah in 1972. Steve worked for Milprint Company; Browne Packaging and became part owner in Sunrise Packaging, starting his own company PacTech in Council Bluffs in 1981 which he owned at his death.

Steve was a member of the United Methodist Church, Shenandoah Elks Lodge 1122, and the Railway Card Club. He enjoyed golf and cards with his family and friends, boating with his grandchildren and traveling.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Dr. R. L. Williamson and Virginia Williamson; his sister Karen Bayless and nephews, Todd and Tim Bayless.

Survivors include his wife Barbara; three children, Bradley A. Williamson and wife Paula of Omaha, NE., Julie L. Edwards and husband David of Platte City, MO., Dr. Jill Williamson of San Anselmo, CA.; seven grandchildren, Colten and Cameron Williamson, Ryan and Kyle Gish, Kaly, Makenzie and Evan Edwards; sister, Sandra Gell and husband Gerald Gell of Stockton, MO.; brother Dennis Williamson and wife Jackie of Bayfield, CO; nieces and nephews.

Celebration of life funeral services were held on Friday, August 17, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by the Rev. Carl Phillips. Soloist was Lance Hensen. Organist was Becky Hoenshel. Attending the memory register were Barbara Funk and Helen Brownlee. Caring for the flowers were Mary Coleman, Linda Gardner, Sherry Grebert and Evee Myrberg. Casket bearers were Mark Andrews, Glenn Brownlee, Gregg Buntz, Henry Ciszewski, Alan Coleman, Nick Eby, Tom Gardner and Robert Williamson. Honorary casket bearers were Stephan Ciszewski, Gregg Christianson, Kelly Dennessen, Ronell (Choppy) Doughman, Tom Dworak, Bob Esqueda, Mike Foley, Joe Koski and Tom Murray. Ushers were Rex Funk, Tim Maher and Randy Pickard. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah was in charge of the arrangements.

Wills, Arnold James - Arnold James Wills, age 84, of Helendale, California, died December 5, 2008 at his home. Arnold was born near Villisca, Iowa on December 17, 1923 to Oscar Raymond Wills and Alma (Gray) Wills. He was a 1941 graduate of Amity High School, College Springs, Iowa.
He joined the Army and served during WWII. Arnold married Dorothy Churchill in 1947. They relocated to the west coast in the early 1950’s, where he spent most of his life in the construction industry. He married Marilyn (Green) Bailey in 1989. Arnold is survived by his children Darlene Shelton and husband Dave of Crescent City, Calif., Ray Wills and wife Nancy of Clarinda, Iowa, and step-son Richard Bailey and wife Grace of Canyon County, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; brother Orville Wills of Escondido, Calif.; and sister Pauline Newberry of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Arnold was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Dorothy; daughter Donna (Wills) DeScuillo; wife Marilyn; brothers Robert, Kenneth, Darwin Wills; sisters Joanne (Wills) Lundgren and Marie (Wills) (Bryson) Lundgren.
Arnold was an important man to many and will be missed by all.
Services were held on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Canoga Park, California.



Wilson, Buelah Irene Campton - Buelah Irene (Campton) Wilson was born on March 17, 1920 in Newell, Iowa, the daughter of Elvin James and Rosa Bell (Anderson) Campton. Buelah entered into the arms of her Lord on her 90th birthday, March 17, 2010 at the Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Buelah was raised in Storm Lake, Iowa where she attended school and graduated from Storm Lake High School with the Class of 1937. She later attended Buena Vista College and graduated in 1939. On June 15, 1941 she was united in marriage to Eugene Lamar Wilson at the First Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake, Iowa.

She began her teaching career with Manning Schools from 1938-1940. In 1968 the family moved to Newell, Iowa. She would later serve as a substitute teacher for the Newell and Fonda School System for some 15 years.

Buelah was very active in her community. She was a Worthy Advisor of Rainbow Girls, a lifetime member of The Order of Eastern Star, a Deaconess of the Congregational Church in Newell, where she also taught Sunday School for many years, President of Resident Council of Elm Heights Care Center, a member of DAR, a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and also belonged to the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches. Some of her passions included golfing, gardening, playing cards, cooking, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene. Those left to cherish her memory include her children Darryl Wilson and wife Joyce of Lenexa, KS, Robert Wilson and wife Sharon of Shenandoah, IA, Sherry Wilson-King of Santa Rosa, FL, Barbara Muldoon and husband Timothy of Omaha, NE and Carol Moore and husband Gordon of Silverthorne, CO; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; niece Jenny Smith and husband Jerry of Chino, CA; other family and friends.


Windhorst, Marsha Robbins - Marsha Windhorst (Robbins) was born on October 25, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska. She is one of four children. She is the daughter of Phyllis and the late Roy Robbins. Marsha graduated from St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Nebraska. On February 2, 1981 she was married to Fred Windhorst of Clarinda, Iowa. Up until 2000 they lived in Clarinda, Iowa. Currently they were residing in Omaha, Nebraska.
Marsha is survived by her husband, Fred Windhorst and children, Lindsay Windhorst of Omaha, Nebraska, Temple Netten and husband Chad of Waukee, Iowa, and B.J. Windhorst and wife Missy of West Des Moines. Grandchildren Creighton, Aydn, and Finley Netten all of Waukee. She is also survived by her mother Phyllis Robbins and siblings, sister Kathy Decker and husband Richard of Pierre, South Dakota, brother Steven Arthur Robbins of Danville, Indiana, and brother Roy Robbins Jr. and wife Marlene of Wahoo, Nebraska. Mother-in-law Genny Windhorst and sister-in-laws Cindy Godfrey and husband David of Omaha, Nebraska and Brenda Daley and husband David of Glenwood, Iowa. As well as, many nieces and nephews.
Proceeding her into death is her father Roy Robbins Sr., father-in-law Lloyd Windhorst, and grandmother Edith Marsh. As well as, many other loved ones.
Marsha’s love of laughter and kindness was unparalleled to family, friends, and even strangers. Her strength was drawn from making people smile and her positive energy was contagious to anyone she encountered.
Her greatest legacy was her unconditional love for her family which was shown through her dedication and love.
Funeral services for Marsha L. Windhorst, 55 of Omaha, Nebraska was held 10:30 a.m. Saturday May 23, 2009 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. With interment in Summit Cemetery, Yorktown, Iowa. Memorials are to the Make –A-Wish Foundation. The tradition Walker- Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa was provided arrangements.



Winters, Blanche, Aug 2003 Age 98, of Shenandoah/Farragut area


Wise, Lester - Lester Wise, age 82 of Clarinda, Iowa was born November 24, 1925 in Washington, Kansas to Leslie Martin and Inez (Hubbard) Wise. He passed away Friday morning, June 13, 2008 at Westridge Care and Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa.
The family moved from Kansas to Iowa in 1943 to a farm on U.S. Highway 71 and it’s been occupied and known as the “Wise Farm” for 65 years.
On August 4, 1946 Lester was married to Marian Carmichael of Clarinda, Iowa. They farmed and in 1954 they moved to the family farm. They had two children, Michael and Trudi. The Wises were a closely knit family. Marian passed away August 7, 1985.
Lester was a hard worker and also had some fun. He really enjoyed playing cards and cribbage with friends, was a member of the Braddyville Lions Club, member of the Masonic Lodge of Clarinda, and a member of Circle 8 Square Dance Club of Clarinda.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marian; sisters Doris Mason and Betty Jean Wise, nieces Candi Fida and Kathryn Carmichael; brother-in-laws Warren Mason and Edward Carmichael.
Those surviving Lester are his children, Michael Wise of Orlando, Florida and Trudi Wise of the home; sister, Shirley Hopper of Shenandoah, Iowa; and sister in-law Mary “Mac” Carmichael of Toledo, Iowa; nieces and nephews Marcie Hudson of Clarinda, Iowa, Shari Hopper of Shenandoah, Iowa, Tracy Mason of Omaha, Nebraska, Stacy Mason of Waco, Texas, Vicki True of Sanford, Florida, Van Mason of California, James Carmichael of St. Louis, Missouri, Karen Carmichael of Loveland, Colorado, and Terri Fisher of Toledo, Iowa.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Jan Phillips officiating. A memorial fund is established in Lester's name. Interment will be at Clarinda Cemetery. The Tradition of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home provided arrangements.


Wolfe, Evelyn Wiley - Evelyn Wiley Wolfe was born to William Alfred and Ida McLaughlin Wiley on March 12, 1911, in Diagonal, Iowa. In 1921, Evelyn moved with her family to Clarinda, Iowa, where her father was a barber for many years. She graduated from Clarinda High School in 1928 and received her bachelor's degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, in 1932.
After college, Evelyn taught high school typing and business courses in Westboro, Missouri, and in Bedford and Pella, Iowa. While she was working in Pella during the Depression, teachers' pay was reduced to $84 a month, making it very difficult to repay her college debt to her father. A coach at the school suggested that with her skills Evelyn could probably pass the civil service exam and get a job in the federal government. "Then you could make $120 a month year-round!" he said. Two years after taking the exam, Evelyn was surprised to be offered a job working in the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. Despite her father's reluctance to let his daughter move to the big city, Evelyn accepted the job and subsequently worked in personnel for the U.S. Department of Interior in Chicago and several locations throughout the western United States.
On January 16, 1943, Evelyn Wiley was married in Memphis, Tennessee, to James Marvin ("Marve") Wolfe, originally of Tarkio, Missouri. He was in the U.S. Air Force at the time and served as a pilot in the China-Burma Theater during World War II. After the war, the couple lived in Casper and Cody, Wyoming. Marve was killed in a plane crash in Wyoming on May 25, 1967.
In 1973, after retirement from the Yellowstone National Park Service, Evelyn moved to Denver, Colorado. She was a member of the Washington Park United Methodist Church in Denver.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband J. Marvin Wolfe and her parents, W.A. and Ida Wiley.
Survivors include her sister, Gwen Klepinger, formerly of Shenandoah, now of Omaha, Nebraska; her nephew Brian W. Klepinger and his wife Cyndy of Denver, Colorado; niece Linda K. Keenan and her husband John of Newport, Vermont, and several great-nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at the Home Cemetery at Tarkio, Missouri with Rev. John P. Keenan officiating. There was no scheduled visitation and a memorial fund was established in Evelyn’s name. The Selby-Kirsch Funeral Chapel of Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.

Wolford, Max Alfred - Max Alfred Wolford, the son of Ernest W. and Louise (Reed) Wolford, was born November 6, 1914, at Shenandoah, Iowa, and passed away January 27, 2004, in Shenandoah.
Growing up on the farm south of Shenandoah, Max received his education in area country schools. As a young man Max worked for farmers and while doing so met Monta Thomas. They were married on December 24, 1935 in Papillion, Nebraska, and to this union, Derry was born.
As a young man, Max enjoyed riding Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles. He learned to fly in a Piper Cub airplane, but after receiving his license, never flew again.
Max worked for Monta’s dad for two years before they started farming on their own east and south of Westboro, Missouri. In 1942 they moved to a farm north of Shenandoah and in 1943 moved to their present home south of Shenandoah, where they farmed for many years. Max also custom farmed, baling hay and combined wheat for other farmers. For a number of years, Max and Monta operated a ceramic shop in Shenandoah. After retirement, Max also helped Derry on the farm.
His grandchildren would often drive Max’s pickup, with his assistance, out in the field. At Easter, he would be the “Easter Bunny”, hiding colored eggs around the farm for the kids to find. At Christmas he enjoyed playing new Christmas games with the grandchildren.
He belonged to Izaak Walton League, Taylor Lake Hunting Club, and Southwest Iowa Coop.
Traveling south to Texas, spending time visiting points of interest along the way, and fishing with other “winter Texans” was an enjoyment for Max and Monta. Gardening, raising and selling tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans and other vegetables gave Max alot of enjoyment and pride. Many times extra vegetables would find their way to his friends.
Preceding Max in death were his parents and wife Monta on January 6, 2003.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Derry and Phyllis Wolford of Shenandoah; granddaughters, Karla McKinney of Chicago, Illinois and Karen Wolford of Omaha, Nebraska; one great grandson, Steven McKinney; plus other relatives and friends.

Union Grove Cemetery, Northboro, Iowa.

Wolford, Monta Edith Thomas - Monta Edith Wolford, the daughter of Benjamin and Carrie (Troglin) Thomas, was born November 20, 1913, at Crossville, Tennessee, and passed away January 6, 2003, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
When Monta was three years of age, she moved to Northboro, Iowa with her family, living there until she graduated from high school. She then continued her education receiving her teaching certificate. She then taught in various country schools throughout the area. On December 24, 1935, Monta was united in marriage to Max Wolford and to this union, one son, Derry, was born.
Monta assisted Max with their farming operation and helped provide for her family by raising chickens and gardened. In 1950, she started her own ceramic business in their basement. It grew to a large business using up to three train carloads (about 100 ton) of clay per year. She became very talented at making various ceramic dolls and figures. Due to health reasons; she retired to the farm where she lived out her life.
Monta enjoyed flowers and gardening and started the first African Violet Club in the area, where she served as president.
Preceding Monta in death were her parents and brother, Wayne Thomas.
Survivors include her husband, Max Wolford, of Shenandoah; son and daughter-in-law, Derry and Phyllis Wolford, of Shenandoah, granddaughters, Karla McKinney of Chicago, Illinois and Karen Wolford of Omaha, Nebraska; great grandson, Steven McKinney of Chicago plus other relatives and friends.

Union Grove Cemetery near Northboro, Iowa.

Woolery, Sarah Margaret Sanders - Sarah Margaret Sanders, the daughter of Claude Nelson Sanders, II and Sheryl Kay Gawart, was born November 20, 1975, in Hamburg, Iowa, and passed away March 12, 2003, at the Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Growing up on the family farm near Farragut, Iowa, Sarah received her education in the Farragut School system. She then attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa and was recently attending Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where she was to graduate in May as a Registered Nurse.
On November 22, 1995, Sarah was united in marriage to James Woolery in Burlington, Iowa and they were blessed with three children, Isaac, age 7, Jasmine, age 6 and Madeline, age 4. They lived for awhile in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and Temple, Texas and later moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, where they made their home.
Sarah spent part of her time working at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital while going to school. She received her LPN degree in May, 2002, at IWCC in Clarinda, Iowa and graduated with honors. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Sorority (honor sorority). She was often seen gardening or planting and attending her flowers. Sarah was a devoted wife and mother.
Preceding Sarah in death was her father, Claude Nelson Sanders, II in 1991. Survivors include her husband, James Woolery of Shenandoah; her children, Isaac, Jasmine and Madeline Woolery of the home in Shenandoah; mother, Sheryl Sanders and David Welchans of Farragut; brother, Jed Sanders of Farragut; mother-in-law, Lori Woolery of Des Moines, Iowa; grandparents, Claude and Alice Sanders of Sidney, Iowa and John and Elfrieda Gawart of Nebraska City, Nebraska; plus other relatives and many, many friends.
A celebration of Sarah’s life was held Saturday, March 15, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with Reverend Roger Madden officiating. Organist was Becky Hoenshel and soloist was Deirdre Twyman who sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “I Hope You Dance.” Serving at the Memory Register was Deb Hall, Julie James and Katy James Marvel while ushers were Dennis James, Carolyn Larson and Richard Larson. Casket Bearers were Ben Herrington, Tim Saner, Bill , Ken and Tom Welchans and Tom Woolery while Honorary Bearers were the Nursing Class of 2003 from Iowa Western Community College. Interment was in Sidney Cemetery at Sidney, Iowa. The Selby Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah was in charge of arrangements.

Wright, Andrew Taylor - It was Andy's wishes to be cremated. Burial of the cremains will take place prior to the memorial service Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. There is no visitation.

Memorials are being directed to the American Legion Country Club Men's Golf Committee, The Greater Shenandoah Historical Society or to the First United Methodist Church of Shenandoah.

Andrew Taylor Wright, son of Joseph and Opal (Hammond) Wright, was born on February 19, 1925, in Kirksville, Missouri. He passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at Elm Heights Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa, following a bout with cancer at the age of 81.

At a very young age, Andy was adopted from Stille’s Osteopathy School. His early life was spent in Macon and Kirksville, Missouri before moving to Shenandoah as a sophomore in high school. Andy graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1943. Following high school he served in the U. S. Navy and traveled the world three times. He went through all the different canals and sea ports of the world. He lacked two weeks from being in the service a full three years. Following his discharge from the Navy, Andy was united in marriage to Marjorie Claire Groothuis on May 18, 1946, in Shenandoah, Iowa. Their first home in Shenandoah was located at 104 Willow Street. They later moved to their current residence at 1200 Sunset Blvd in 1953. Andy worked at Bloom’s Hatchery in Shenandoah after his time in the Navy until attending Barber School in Des Moines, Iowa. He began barbering in Shenandoah in 1949, working for Hershel Boldra and Toby Carson. He opened his own barber shop in 1953, appropriately called “Andy’s Barber Shop”. Andy was a member of American Legion Post #88 for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. #1122 in Shenandoah and the Shenandoah American Legion Country Club and a Life Member of the Greater Shenandoah Historical Museum. Andy enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He also enjoyed using his sense of humor to make people laugh with telling jokes as a favorite pass time of his. He loved reading bits of interest to his family and relating all the news of the town he learned from working in the barber shop.

Preceding Andy in death were his parents, Joseph and Opal; step-mother, Genevieve Wright; brothers, William Gross and Norman Wright; aunt, Clella Colville; sister-in-law Elfrieda Groothuis; and a nephew Jim Castle. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Wright of Shenandoah, IA; son, Gary Andrew Wright and wife Nancy of Payson, AZ; daughter, Janet Anton and husband Kenny of Arvada, CO; four grandchildren, Brad Wright of Flagstaff, AZ, Karolina Wright of Austin, TX, Andrew Wright of Olathe, KS and Cori Anton of Arvada, CO; four great grandchildren, Blake, Molly, Eve and Mark; brother and sister-in-laws, Jo Wright of Beaufort, SC, Gwen Gross of Independence, MO, Albert Groothuis of Battle Creek, MI, and Don and Maxine Lewis of Arizona City, AZ; nieces and nephews, Carole, Linda, Julie, Tom, Randy and Helen, Christine, Meredith, William, John and Peter; other relatives and many friends.