Page County, Iowa obituaries - R - names

Radford, Neva, age 94, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, formerly of College Springs, Iowa, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Risen Son Christian Village, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Graveside services will be held 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2006 at the Maple Hill Cemetery, College Springs, Iowa with Rev. James Crapson officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 10:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the College Springs Presbyterian Church. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Neva Jean Radford was born June 1, 1911, at College Springs, Iowa, to Lisle M. Stevenson and Anna Mary (Collins) Stevenson the youngest of seven children. She grew to adulthood in College Springs where she attended Amity High School.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, College Springs, Iowa. In 1931, she married Ralph R. Coulter. Three children were born to this union; Ralph Richard, Jr., Barbara Jean and Robert Clark. Neva married Merl J. (Jake) Radford in 1939.

During her lifetime, Neva was a grocery store owner, a postal worker and then Postmaster at College Springs, a farm wife, and a care giver. The latter including working in County Homes, Nursing Homes and State Institutions in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado, and as owner/operator of a Care Home in Colorado.

After retiring, Neva lived with her daughter and family for eighteen years and eight years ago moved to the Risen Son Christian Home.

Neva was preceded in death by her father (1955); mother (1973); husband, Jake (1973); son, Ralph Richard Jr. (Dick); grandson, Dennis Neal (1960); brothers, William N. "Newt" (1995) and Erskine C. (1978); sisters, Frances Kerbaugh, Esther Thiel, Laura Still (1983) and Venetta Wise (2001).

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara J. Anderson and husband Dean of Council Bluffs, Iowa; son, Robert Clark Radford and wife Sharon of Omaha, Nebraska; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and three great, great grandchildren.

Rankin, Ruth Allen, age 87, of North Mankato, previously from Coin-College, Spring Iowa died Saturday, January 14, 2006 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living, surrounded by her family.
Ruth was born on her parents' farm in southwestern Iowa.

She was the third child of three daughters and one son born to Anna Farquhar and Sam Allen. She loved her parents and life on the farm, though times were hard during the Depression.

Ruth enjoyed reading and learning, and did well in school in Coin, Iowa. In the fall of 1936, she enrolled in Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri. There she met William Stevenson Rankin, a handsome college student from Tarkio.

Ruth received her associate degree, then taught in a one-room school house in Mt. Pleasant, Missouri for two years. On June 3, 1939, Ruth and Will were married. They shared 66 years of devoted companionship.

Over the next few years, Ruth and Will began their family. They lived in several communities in the Midwest for Will's teaching positions. Between 1940 and 1944, Daniel Allen, Samuel Will, William Steven and Charlotte Jean were born. From 1944 to 1946 during World War II, Will served in the Navy while Ruth raised the children.

In February 1947, Ruth and Will moved their young family to a farm close to Ruth's parents in southwestern Iowa. Martha Ruth was born in 1948.

Ruth and Will managed farming and household, a big garden, and growing children. In 1953, they bought their own 160-acre farm two miles away. Susan Louise and Alice Jo were born during the years on this farm. The fall of 1956, when Will began teaching science at Shenandoah, Iowa High School, marked the beginning of a challenging eight-year transition for Ruth from rural farm wife to urban school teacher.

Ruth always valued education. In 1960, after 13 years of farm life, they moved to Arizona where Will began work on a Masters degree. These new surroundings awakened an interest in travel and new cultures that Ruth pursued for the rest of her life.

They moved in 1961 to Peru, Nebraska, where Ruth resumed college, graduating with a degree in English and Library Science in 1963, the same year her oldest son, Dan, graduated from college. These were years of long hours, hard work, and constant economic pressure.

In 1964, Ruth and Will settled in North Mankato, Minnesota, where Will taught at Mankato State College. Ruth taught school and served as librarian at Waldorf-Pemberton, Mankato West, Mankato East, and North Mankato Junior High. Ruth earned her masters degree in Library Science from Mankato State in 1974. She retired in 1982.

Ruth's dream as a girl was to have a large, close family, in which each member loved and respected the others. She lived to see that dream realized, with seven children, 18 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom attend Rankin reunions regularly. The Rankin home at 806 Garfield became the center of activity for their children, their friends and later, grandchildren.

She maintained the ties among the children for over 30 years with weekly letters to all, sharing news of each one's life.

Ruth believed God was present in all of nature. She enjoyed travel in her later years, because travel fulfilled her sense of adventure and learning, and allowed her to see more of God's creation. She was also glad to return home to see the crops and prairies of Iowa and Minnesota, and the birds at her own birdfeeders.

She was content with the small joys of life. Ruth nurtured her flower and vegetable gardens. She was a life-long birdwatcher, with bird lists going back to 1935. She also organized and attended numerous bird classes, and regularly participated in bird counts. In cold Minnesota winters, she would count birds so the state bird organizations would have an accurate bird census. In summer, she walked the bluebird house trail in Minneopa State Park.

Ruth read the Bible every day, usually in the morning with devotions and prayer. The First Presbyterian Church in Mankato was the focus of Ruth and Will's religious life. There Ruth taught Sunday school, served on the board, led the church women, sewed projects as needed, and worked as a volunteer in the office. The church was the center of Ruth's life, second only to her family.

Retirement gave Ruth and Will the time to travel, to attend short-term courses, and to visit their family, who by this time were scattered across the country. Ruth's long-term letter writing transferred easily to e-mail as a way to stay in touch with her family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her beloved husband Will; their children Dan (and Jeanne) Rankin of South Pasadena, California, Sam (and Diana) Rankin of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Steve (and Karen) Rankin of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Charlotte Heidelberger of Coin, Iowa, Martha (and Tom) Fenger of Eagle River, Alaska, Louise Rankin (and Ben Brown) of San Mateo, California, and Alice Hess of Eagle River, Alaska; 18 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mankato. Rev. Dawn Carder and Rev. Paul Collier officiating. Visitation was 1 hour before services at the church. Internment will be in Blanchard Cemetery, near the family farm in S.W. Iowa at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made in Ruth's name to First Presbyterian Church, Mankato, Minnesota, or the charity of your choice.

Rankin, William Stevenson, a man of faith and curiosity, entered the Lord's arms on March 26, 2006. A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Mankato at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2006, for the long-time resident of North Mankato. Interment of his ashes will be at the Blanchard Cemetery, Blanchard, Iowa, on August 19, 2006.

Will was born in Tarkio, Missouri on July 19, 1918 to Charlotte Belle Stevenson Rankin and William Freeman Rankin. He had four older sisters. In the fall of 1936, Will enrolled in Tarkio College. There he met Ruth Kathleen Allen, another student. Ruth and Will were married on June 3, 1939. They shared 66 years of devoted companionship, a union blessed by seven children. Will died 71 days after his beloved Ruth.

After graduation in 1940, Will took a variety of positions teaching high school science and coaching basketball and baseball in the Midwest. Will and Ruth's first four children were born by the end of 1944. Will served as a Naval officer in the Pacific during World War II.

Upon Will's return from the service in 1946, the family began farming in southwestern Iowa. Three daughters were born during the years on the farm. In the fall of 1956, Will began teaching science at Shenandoah, Iowa High School, marking the beginning of a challenging transition from farmer to college professor. The family lived in Arizona while Will completed a Masters degree. He taught college and high school classes at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska for three years. Will then took an opportunity in the Physics Department at Mankato State College in 1964. They settled in North Mankato and Will taught physics until his retirement in 1982.

Retirement gave Ruth and Will the time to travel, to attend short-term courses and to visit their family, who by this time were scattered across the country. Will maintained his community ties by volunteering as a driver for "seniors," many of whom were younger than himself. He created crafts and woodworking projects for school children. He was recognized as the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Nicollet County in 1993.

Will's interests and talents were varied. He enthusiastically engaged in many activities. Will earned an Eagle Scout badge as a youth and throughout his life pursued his interest in the outdoors by canoeing, farming, bird watching, gardening and being a conservationist.

He was a gifted educator and loved sharing knowledge with young and old. Will was a scientist by profession and interest. He was curious about how things worked. He saw God in the wonders of the world. He built clocks, operated a ham radio, created with wood and clay. He also enjoyed the arts, including photography, music, painting and pottery-making.

He brought ingenuity and common sense to daily living. Will was a good neighbor, giving of his knowledge, his time and his resources generously. He was always a caring son, brother, husband, uncle, father and grandfather.

Will was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth.

He is survived by their children Dan (and Jeanne) Rankin of South Pasadena, California; Sam (and Diana) Rankin of Brook Park, Minnesota; Steve (and Karen) Rankin of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Charlotte Heidelberger (Gary, deceased) of Coin, Iowa; Martha (and Tom) Fenger of Eagle River, Alaska; Louise Rankin (and Ben Brown) of San Mateo, California; and Alice Hess of Eagle River, Alaska; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made in Will's name to the Heifer Project International or First Presbyterian Church, Mankato, Minnesota.


Reed, Clarence "Max," age 90 of Shenandoah, IA; formerly of Hamburg, IA passed away on November 30, 2007 at the Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, IA. He was born on April 6, 1917 in Nemaha County, NE; the son of Clarence and Essie (Bennett) Reed. Max attended school in Hamburg and graduated from the Hamburg High School in 1935. He lived most of his life in Hamburg with the exception of a year when he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II while his family remained residents of Plattsmouth, NE. After the war, he and his family returned to Hamburg where he worked for a painting contractor for five years. He then started work at the Hamburg Post Office where he worked for 29 years retiring in 1980.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Simpson in 1939 at Rock Port, MO and to this union two daughters were born: Patricia Louise and Barbara Joan. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Odd Fellows Lodge, Kiwanis Club and the American Legion. He enjoyed many hobbies, taking trips with his wife and spending time with his grandchildren.

Max had been a Kidney Dialysis patient for 13 years at the dialysis unit in Shenandoah, IA. He thought of the dialysis nurses as his second family. In 2006, he moved into Garden View Care Center at Shenandoah, IA.

Max is survived by daughter Patricia L. Bright of Omaha, NE; Barbara Armstrong and husband Jim of Hamburg, IA; grandsons: Pat Carlock and wife Michelle of Hamburg, Steve Carlock and wife Cindy of Granger, IA and Greg Armstrong of Hamburg. Granddaughter Mindy Raymond and husband Rusty of Hamburg; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters: Marjorie Aistrope and husband Stanley of Hamburg, Jean McMullen and husband Paul of Riverton, IA, Ruth Harrell and husband Robert of Lorimor, IA; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy M., brothers: Leighton B. Reed and wife Dorothy A., "Shorty" Lyall Reed and wife Marcene and Keith Reed and wife Anna Jean; son-in-law Carl C. Bright and grandson-in-law Tom Mayberry.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning (Dec. 4) at 11:00 am. at the Rash-Gude Funeral Home in Hamburg, IA with Rev. Blaine Pritchett officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery near Hamburg. Folding and presentation of the U.S. Flag by the Hamburg American Legion. Visitation is open Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation or the Pat Mayberry Tree of Dreams.

Rash-Gude Funeral Home, Hamburg, IA in charge of the arrangements.


Reed, Suan Marilyn (Shields) 77, College Springs, IA, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at Westridge Care Center, in Clarinda, IA. Suan was born April 17, 1928, in Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Clifford Milton and Beulah Gem (Giltner) Shields.
Suan married Allen E. Reed in 1945, he preceded her in death April 24, 1992. She had worked at the Clarinda Regional Health Center as a secretary. Suan enjoyed cooking, raising flowers, the Shields Reunions and traveling with friends. She was also a champion speller.
Suan is survived by her daughter: Sally of Lincoln, NE, sons: Mike and wife Vivian of Clarinda, IA and Pat and wife Joyce of Silver City, IA. Thirteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Allen.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, at the College Springs Presbyterian Church, College Springs, IA. Memorials may be directed to the College Springs Presbyterian Church or the College Springs Fire and Rescue.Walker-Merrick Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.


Reith,  Henry John was born Sept 26, 1924 at Concordia, MO, to John F. and Sophia (Bekemeyer) Reith. He passed away Monday, Mar 6, 2006 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, IA, following a brief illness.

Henry was born on a farm 1 mile north of Concordia, MO. He was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Concordia, and attended Christian day school at St. Paul's until age 11. He was 12 when his father died of tuberculosis and Henry spent two years in bed taking the "rest" cure for TB. The Reith family, which was Henry and his mother and sister, moved to Linn, KS. He attended Christian day school at Immanuel Lutheran School west of Linn.

He was confirmed, in German, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He then attended "Dubrey School" (public school) to complete the 8th grade. He worked on the farm for his mother during World War II then farmed for himself after he became 21.

Henry married Lorna Praeuner, a former pastor's daughter, at age 26. They were blessed with four children: Suzette, Roland, Annette, and Michael.

Henry left the farm to work for the Washington County Creamery in Linn, KS, for the next five years. He continued his education by independent study and acquired his high school diploma. Henry and his family moved to Watertown, WI, and he worked at Bethesda Lutheran Home for two years.

He attended the Lutheran Lay Training Institute at Concordia College at Milwaukee, WI. He graduated in 1968. Henry accepted a "call" to St. John Lutheran Church in Salem, OR, as Director of Christian Education and Youth Work serving there for five years. He accepted a position as a Health Care Administrator with the Ev. Lutheran Good Samaritan Society of Sioux Falls, SD.

He served at the Golden Acres Good Samaritan Center in Leota, KS, for one and one-half years. Henry was transferred to the Arthur Good Samaritan Center in Arthur, ND, which is the birthplace of the Ev. Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. He helped organize the North Dakota Health Care Association. Henry served on the National Board of Directors of the Ev. Lutheran Good Samaritan Society for six years.

His wife, Lorna, passed away in 1984. He then married Ruby Helm in 1986. He was transferred to Atwood, KS, after having spent 13 ® years at Arthur. He served at the Atwood Good Samaritan Center for two years.

Henry retired in March of 1990 after working the Ev. Lutheran Good Samaritan Society for 17 years.

Henry is preceded in death by his parents and both wives.

He is survived by his children: Suzette Eaves and husband Jim of Clarinda, IA, Roland Reith of Defiance, OH, Annette Reith, Lincoln, NE, and Michael Reith and wife MeLinda Morton of Denver, CO; stepdaughters, Clarice Mosolf and husband Marvin of Drayton, ND, Arlene Schuster and husband Carl of Drayton, ND, Pearl Schwarz and husband Ron of Hutchinson, MN, and Carol Markel and husband Jim of Albuquerque, NM; sister Anna Herrs of Linn, KS; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other friends and relatives.            

Visitation was held Friday, March 10, at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. A memorial service was held at Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda Saturday, March 11, 2006 with Rev. Gary Jaeckle officiating. Burial will be at Good Samaritan Center Cemetery, Arthur, North Dakota. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.

Remington, Mrs, mother of Mrs Geo Martin, who recently came from Seward, Neb., to make her home with her daughter Mrs Robert Colson, near Shambaugh, is reported very sick. She is an old lady and an early settler of this county. Mrs Kryselmier of this city is waiting on her during her illness. Page County Democrat, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 25, 1901

Renander,  Barbara D., 59, of Webster, Texas, former resident of Orange, Texas and Maysville, Kentucky, died Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2006, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Orange, Texas. Officiating was Reverend John Stern and Reverend Jim Fowler. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Barbara was born on November 5, 1946, in Galion, Ohio. She was the daughter of Robert and Martha (Bauer) Johnson. She worked as Purchasing Clerk for Eaton Corp. in Shenandoah, Iowa for 10 years, worked as Sr. Secretary at Betz Laboratories in Orange, Texas for 15 years, was a Hospice Volunteer in Maysville, Kentucky Extended Care Unit for several years.

She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Maysville, Kentucky and also Trinity Lutheran Church in Orange, where she served as church secretary and youth leader. At the time of her death she was a member of Lakeside Lutheran Church in League City, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, John Johnson.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Warren J. Renander of Webster, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Kendall Henry, son Jim Renander all of Orange; grandchildren, Victoria Henry, Brandi Henry, Rachel Henry; brother, David Johnson of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Serving as pallbearers were Bob Appel, Pat Key, Keith Miller, Frank Gilbert, Ralph Eikenhorst, Jeremy Kaufman, Ryan Kaufman and Jim Brown.

Honorary pallbearers were Reverend Ron Richeson, Chaplain Gorman Parrish, Jerry Laurie, Albert Thiel, Ken Pawsat and Richard Steward.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Hope in Maysville, Kentucky, Trinity Lutheran Church in Orange or Clearlake Leukemia, Lymphoma Support Group, Webster, TX.

Reser, George M. – George M. Reser, son of Peter and Elizabeth Reser was born in Buchanan township, Page county, Iowa, Oct 2, 1860. He died at his home in Kansas City, Kans., January 14, 1917, at the age of fifty-six years, three months and eleven days.

He was married to Miss Mary Woods March 1, 1894, and to this union was born four boys. One died in infancy, the three living are Clifton A., Byron J., and George Marion, Jr. He is also survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs E.E. Weaver living east of Shambaugh.

The Rev J.A. Nayle conducted the funeral services. Interment was in the Sherer graveyard.

Mr Reser has been a member of I.O.O.F. for nine years. He united with the Methodist church in 1914 and died a true and faithful christian. In the last hour of his life he spoke of being ready and willing to meet his savior. His only regret was in leaving his beloved wife and youngest boy.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 18, 1917

Reyna, Ricky Hill, 52, died Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at his home in Pascagoula.

He was born December 8, 1952 in Castorville, Texas. Mr. Reyna moved from Texas to Clarinda, Iowa where he spent his school years before moving to Pascagoula. He was a veteran of the United States Marie Corps.

Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Arcenio Reyna, his sister Lucy Reyna, who was a twin, his step-father, Mr. Harmon Sleep.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cornelia L. Reyna, of Pascagoula, daughter, Tina Reyna of Gautier, granddaughter, Aubrianna Reyna of Gautier, his mother, Mrs. Joyce Sleep of Clarinda, Iowa, one sister, Linda Jay of Emerson, Iowa, two brothers, Terry Sleep of Northboro, Iowa and Ellis Sleep of Clarinda, Iowa, three nieces, Linda Reyna of Clarinda, Iowa, Jennifer Reyna of Winterset, Iowa, Tera Sleep of Newton, Iowa, nephew, Phillip Sleep of Newton, Iowa and a lifelong friend, Christine Reyna of Gautier.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 2 p.m. from Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi with Rev. Ken Hembree officiating. Arrangements by Holder-Wells Funeral Home, Moss Point, Mississippi.

Reynolds, Dorothy Elaine Squier, 95, of Villisca, Iowa died April 12, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. Dorothy was born January 20, 1911, in Page County, Iowa, the daughter of Ellsworth and Avis (Hamm) Squier.

She was the oldest of three children. She attended school in Villisca for eight years, High School in Carthage and graduated from Newton, Iowa. After graduation she attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and Lenox College in Hopkinton, Iowa, studying for her teaching degree.

Dorothy was married to Edward E. Reynolds on September 14, 1936, in Atlantic, Iowa. Edward preceded her in death on November 22, 1990. She had worked for the Villisca Telephone Company as a telephone operator, Meadowgold (Beatrice Foods) and at Sierp Oil Company as a bookkeeper from 1948 to 1964.

Dorothy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca and a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and served as a warder. She had been a resident of the Villisca Good Samaritan Center for over four years.

Dorothy loved animals and always had Chihuahua dogs to love over the years. She was a ham and enjoyed acting in theater productions in the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward, two brothers; Don and Herb Squier.

Dorothy is survived by her sister-in-law Bette Squier of Montgomery, Illinois and two nephews Dale Squier and wife Cynthia of Oswego, Illinois and Steve Squier and wife Renee of Rockford, Illinois plus four grand nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Villisca Cemetery with visitation held from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, with Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca. Wolfe Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.
Richardson, Dixie Ann, 69, entered her eternal life on May 2, 2005 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center from complications from sepsis. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Ave. Burial will be in the Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.
Dixie was born January 11, 1936 in rural Guthrie County, Iowa and was a longtime resident of West Des Moines. She was a graduate of Drake University where she was involved with Delta Gamma sorority. Dixie was a dedicated educator, teacher and reading specialist for the West Des Moines Public School District.
Dixie was a member of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, Valley Junction Order of the Eastern Star #305, Iowa State Education Association, MITS-WITS and West Des Moines Women's Club. She enjoyed entertaining, golfing and always putting others before herself.
Dixie will be missed by her husband of 28 years, Charles A. Richardson; sons, Robert (Mary Jo) Brooks of West Des Moines, John Scott (Dacia) Brooks of West Des Moines, Randall Brooks of Panora; step son Chris (Cynthia) Richardson of Columbus, OH; step daughter, Jill Richardson of Shakopee, MN; grandchildren, Jamie (Eric) Woods, Brandi Brooks, Mary Leanne Brooks, Ashlee Brooks, Heather Brooks, Bobby Brooks, Ryan Brooks and Jake Richardson; great grandsons, Eric Scott Woods and Nolan Brooks; and "special daughters" Beth Zavala and Julie Lavacca. She was preceded in death by her parents, Deane and Maxine (Morrison) Davis and her brother Bill.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church with an Eastern Star Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her church, West Des Moines United Methodist Church, 720 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50265 or Western Hills Elementary School, 600 39th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265. Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Care University Chapel, West Des Moines, IA.
Richardson, Glola, was born in Page County on April 2, 1913, and passed away on Nov. 12, 2006, in Chanute, Kan.
Services were held Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at Neosho County Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute, with The Rev. Shelly Holle officiating
Richardson, Wava Lavaun, age 76, the daughter of Clark and Gladys (Foster) Wright, was born October 29, 1929, at Bartlett, Iowa, and passed away December 30, 2005, in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Growing up in the Thurman, Iowa area Wava attended and graduated from the Thurman Consolidated School. On July 30, 1949, Wava was united in marriage to Ivan Richardson in the First Christian Church parsonage. To this marriage Gene, Charlie and Rick were born.

Wava first worked at the Union Carbide Plant in Red Oak, Iowa, and later part time at Henry Fields Seed and Nursery Company. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. She enjoyed being with her family, especially her grandchildren and also her friends. She and Ivan enjoyed having their family and friends join them for picnics in the timber at their farm. Wava was known to be a very kind and gentle person.

Preceding Wava in death were her parents; husband, Ivan in 1987; and son, Rick in 2004.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Rose Richardson of Adel, Iowa and Charlie and Connie Richardson of Clarinda, Iowa. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Michelle Richardson, Molly Benson, Matt Richardson, and Emilee Richardson; and two great grandchildren, Macy and Victoria Benson; plus other relatives and friends.

Services Entrusted to Selby Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa. www.selbyfuneralchapel

Ridnour, Elta Ann McCutchen - Elta Ann Ridnour was born in Montgomery County, Iowa, February 29, 1862, and departed this life at Clarinda, Iowa, December 29, 1946, at the age of 84 years and 10 months. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs John McCutchen.

She was united in marriage to Alexander Ridnour January 22, 1890, and to this union were born five children, three of whom preceded her in death. Mr Rdnour also preceded her in death in 1928.

She leaves to mourn her departure two daughters, Mrs Harley Mace of Clarinda and Mrs Clyde Crable of Fairfield, two sisters, Mrs Elizabeth Figgins of Villisca and Mrs Ruth Extrand of Windsor, Mo, one brother, Henry McCutchen of Los Angeles, Calif, 12 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Her life for the most part was spent in Page County, Iowa. She became a member of the Christian church of Braddyville, Iowa, in 1911.

Funeral services were held December 31, 1946, at the Walker Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery. Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 20, 1947

Rine, Arley and Orley – Arley Obid and Orley Arthur, twin sons of Mr and Mrs Wesley Rine, born Jan 13, 1919, at New Market, have both died, Orley Arthur having passed away April 14, and his brother some weeks previous. The remains of the twins rest in Memory cemetery. Clarinda Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 24, 1919

Robinson, Rachel McMullen - Mrs Rachel Robinson passed to the great beyond on February 18th [1923], at her late residence in Clarinda, the funeral services being held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev A.B. Marshall, D.D. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Walter Cramer, Roscoe Applegate, Miss Carrie Loranz and Mrs A.B. Marshall.

The following excellent obituary was read at the funeral, prepared by Miss Mabel Kenea at the request of the deceased:

Rachel McMullen was born July 1, 1843, in Preble County, Ohio, died February 18, 1923, at her home in Clarinda, Iowa. When a small girl she came in 1854 with her grandparents, Mr and Mrs Jacob Loy to Page County, Iowa. Her father, Stephen McMullen, and mother, Phoebe Loy McMullen, both died in the year 1850. Jacob Loy entered the land where the Page County Home is now located. This was the home of the little girl until she grew to womanhood and married in 1865, George W. Robinson, and came to live in Clarinda. In 1871, Mr and Mrs Robinson and family went to live in Douglas township, remaining there until 1892 when they again came to Clarinda to make their home. Mr Robinson died in 1901. Mrs Robinson has lived here at the family home at the corner of 15th and Chestnut streets ever since. Six children were born to Mr and Mrs Robinson. The eldest is Mrs J.C. Falconer, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., Frank Robinson, who died in Villisca in 1918. The other children are Jesse Robinson, Tina, Mo., Guy Robinson, Villisca; and George and Mark Robinson whose home is in Clarinda. Mrs L. Carter, a step daughter, lives in Denver, Colo. There are also eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two sisters and one brother survive. The sisters are Mrs James Morledge, of Hastings, Nebr., and Mrs Sarah Davis of California and the brother, Eli McMullen of Villisca. One brother is deceased.

Mrs Robinson was generally beloved by all who knew her for her gentle ways and sweetness of disposition.

She was a member of the Sorosis Bible Class and the Woman's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian church. Her church membership was in the Universalist church, Webster City, Iowa, her membership having been transferred there after the church of that denomination was disbanded here.

She was a member of the Clarinda chapter No 214 O.E.S. and when able to attend was rarely absent.

Mrs Robinson was of Revolutionary ancestry, having been a descendant of Tobias Tillman, a Revolutionary soldier of North Carolina. She became a member of Waubonsie chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in 1916 and rarely missed a meeting until failing health about two years ago caused her to be absent. She was a granddaughter of Phoebe Tillman Loy at whose grave in the Clarinda Cemetery was placed last Memorial Day a bronze marker, signifying she was a real daughter of the Revolution. Mrs Robinson was the first member of the chapter to pass away since its organization in 1914.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, February 22, 1923

Rock, Bill, 67, of Clarinda, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with The Rev. Walden Paige officiating. Visitation with the family was held 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at the funeral home. Burial was in Memory Cemetery, New Market.

A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

Bill J. Rock was born Aug. 20, 1939, at Villisca, to Wayne Rock and Violet (Groff) Rock. He was a graduate of Clarinda High School and the Mechanical Technology program at Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years. Bill was united in marriage December 20, 1968, at Clarinda, to Kay Whitehead.

He was employed for 40 years at Lisle Corporation, Clarinda. The majority of those years he worked in the Tool and Die Department. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clarinda, and a member of the Plainsmen choral group. Bill was an avid racer, both as an earlier driver and then as a pit crew member.

He was a recipient of the NASCAR Golden Wrench Award in 1994 at Adams County Speedway. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and working on his antique John Deere tractor.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents and infant son.

Survivors include his wife, Kay, of the home; son, Billy T. Rock and fiancée Megan, Clarinda; sister, Lola Jean Golden and husband Cody D., Surprise, Ariz.; nieces, Diane Artrip and husband Craig and family, Linda Burns and husband Kevin and family; brother-in-law, Dusty Whitehead and wife Sue of Clarinda; nephew, Mike Whitehead and Dawn Derry; sister-in-law, Faye Masters of Omaha, Neb.; niece, Kathy Cabbage and family; nephews, Kris Anderson and wife Katie, Kurt Cabbage.


Roll, Geo Phillip, was born August 4th, 1823, and died June 25th, 1907, at the home of his daughter, Mrs Warren Vincent [Coin]. The remains will be taken to Lawn Ridge, Ill for interment. The Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jun 28, 1907

Rosebrock, Dr. Steven T., of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and formerly of Clarinda, passed away on September 4 from complications of diabetes. [01 Aug 1948 - 04 Sep 2005]
A native of Indianapolis, Dr. Rosebrock graduated as a National Merit Scholar from suburban Speedway High School in 1966 and from Chicago's Northwestern University Medical School in 1972. He enjoyed a 30-year career in medicine, specializing in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, including serving as a family practitioner in Clarinda in the 1970's. In addition to his time in Clarinda, Dr. Rosebrock practiced in the U.S. Air Force in Rapids City, South Dakota, as well as in Omaha, Nebraska, Appleton, Wisconsin as a staff member at Lawrence University, Burlington, Iowa; and his native Indianapolis. When time allowed in his busy medical practice, he fed his passion as an avid outdoorsman who loved all aspects of nature from fishing to kayaking to spelunking.
Dr. Rosebrock is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Rachel (Rosebrock) and Eddy Rapacz of Minneapolis, son Seth, an attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, mother Evelyn Rosebrock of Perry, Georgia, brother Doug of Valencia, California, sisters Jere Smith of Bloomington, Indiana, and Jana O'Brien of Chicago, two grandchildren, Sophie and Sasha Rapacz of Minneapolis, and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father, Theodore Rosebrock.
Services will be held at Speedway Christian Church in Speedway, Indiana, on Saturday, September 10, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Nature Conservancy ( or the Sierra Club (

Rouse, Rhoda - Mrs Rhoda Rouse was born in Harrison County, Penn., Oct 4, 1818, died at the home of her son, William Rouse near New Market, Iowa, on July 17, 1903, after a lingering illness of nearly four years duration. In the year 1838, she with her parents Daniel and Lucy Loper, moved to Iowa, settled near Burlington, Des Moines County, where she was married to, Wm. B. Rouse in the year 1842. To this union were born ten children. Her husband and two children preceded her. Those who remain to mourn the departed mother are Daniel M. Rouse, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lucy A. Hill, New Market, Iowa, Sarah C. Gookin, New Market, Iowa, Sarah C. Gookin, Russell, Iowa, Mary E. Gookin, Clearmont, Mo., Charlotte M. Wilson, Coin, Iowa, Lewis F. Lamberton [sic, Rouse], Alberta, Canada, Rhoda E. Teator, New City, Kan., William A. Rouse, New Market, Iowa. The subject of this brief sketch is one of the early pioneer settlers, coming to Lucas County in 1862. She was converted and united with the M.E. church early in life, and ever since has been an earnest, consistent and faithful member. The funeral was conducted by Rev J.L. Johnson, pastor of the M.E. church of Russell. Interment in the Bethel [marked out and Ragtown written in] Cemetery. -- Russell Union, Russell, Iowa [submitted by Ron Rouse at]

Russell, Herman – Herman Russell, a former resident of this city, and well known here, who has been west for some time from his home in New York City, died last week at a hospital in Lincoln, Nebr., following an operation for appendicitis, with which he was suddenly attacked while on the road. The body was brought to this city and burial was had Tuesday afternoon from the residence of Mrs Russell’s father, D.C. Chamberlain, conducted by Rev Wm Stevenson. The following acted as pall bearers: H.E. Parslow, Ed F. Rose, H.H. Scott, Geo Gillespie, Dr T.E. Powers, Dr E.T. Farrens, W.W. Welch and E.B. Westcott. The obituary will be given in full next week.

Clarinda Herald, Clarinda, Iowa, Jul 4, 1912

Rea, John Ronald - John Rea, 85, of Red Oak [Iowa] passed away on Thursday, Dec 22, 1922 [sic] , at his residence at Acorn Acres. John Ronald Rea was born on May 15, 1909, in Soldier, Iowa, the son of George and Minnie Rea. He was married to Gladys Foster on Aug 6, 1932, and she preceeded him in death on Dec 3, 1988. John was a retired plasterer coming to Red Oak in 1956 from Riverton, Iowa. He is survived by his son, John R. "Jack" Rea of Omaha, Neb; two grandchildren and his brother and sister, George Rea Jr and Winnifred Buckman, both of Martinez, Calif.

The body has been cremated and there will be no funeral services. Nelson-Boyland Funeral Chapel, Red Oak, is in charge of arrangements.

Valley News, Shenandoah, Iowa, Dec 24, 1994


Radke, Geneah JenNae, infant daughter of Jason Edward Radke and Teresa Dianne (Stickler) Radke was born and died Thursday, March 3, 2005 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri. Survivors include her parents, Jason and Terri Radke of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Logan Ray Stickler; grandparents, Jim and Joyce Radke of New Market, Iowa, Jeanne and Eric Showers of Hawarden, Iowa, Jack and Sharon Stickler of Clarinda, Iowa; great grandparents, Weldon and Cleta Jones of New Market, Iowa and Marilyn Gray of Clarinda, Iowa.
Graveside services were held 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 07, 2005, at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa with Loren Daly officiating. Visitation with the family was held 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 07, 2005, at the funeral home. Burial was at Memory Cemetery. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa was in charge of arrangements.

Radford, Laura Bell Marley - Laura Bell Radford, daughter of Jacob and Melissa Marley, was born July 8, 1882, in Page county, near Page Center, Iowa. She died at the home of her son, Galen, at Griswold, Feb 9, 1955 at the age of 72 years. All of her life was spent in Page county, except for a few years in Pawnee City, Neb, and Elmo, Mo.

On Jan 29, 1901 she was married to Joseph Rice Radford of College Springs. To this union were born four children: Merle J. of Red Oak, Flossie Maxine Lloyd of Stockton, Ca; Galen G. of Griswold, Donald G., of Modesto, Cal. Besides them she is survived by 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one sister, Lulu McKinley of Kansas City, Missouri, one brother N.J. Marley of Boulder, Colo. Early in life she joined the College Springs United Presbyterian Church. She remained a member of that church all her life.

Funeral service was held Feb 13 at 2:30 pm at the church, conducted by Dr Ray M. Davis. The following nephews of Mrs Radford were bearers: Dean Cox, Cleo and Wm Graves, George and Wilbur Bloomfield, and Frank Lee.

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 7, 1955

Rydel, John E. - John E. Rydel, 61, of Grinnell [Iowa], died Monday, October 26, 1992, at Grinnell General Hospital.

Funeral services were conducted Monday at the Grinnell United Methodist church, with the Rev Lon Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Hazelwood Cemetery.

The son of John and Esther Wach Ryden, he was born January 3, 1931, in Rogers, Ne. He grew up in southern Iowa where his parents farmed near Weldon and, later, LeRoy. He was a 1951 graduate of Iowa State University and later received an M.A. in agronomy from Northwest Missouri State University.

Mr Rydel was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

He was married to Georgia Mae Boyd July 20, 1952, in Las Animas, Colo. They lived in Onawa, Clarinda and Clear Lake before moving to Grinnell in 1973.

Mr Rydel was a regional sales manager for Farm Service and Page County Extension Director.

Surviving are his wife; his parents; two sons, J. Boyd of Omaha, Ne, and Russell of San Francisco, Ca; a daughter, Robin Hall of Greeley, Co; two sisters, Lillian Reed of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; and Evelyn Harvey of Westmont, Il; and two grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to Hospice of Grinnell or to the Grinnell United Methodist church.

Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 5, 1992

Rydel, Georgia Boyd - Mrs Georgia Rydel, 66, of Grinnell, died Mon, Feb 3, 1997, at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center, Long Hospital in San Francisco, Ca, of cancer.

She was born on July 8, 1930, at Sioux City, Ia, to Leroy James and Dorothy Eunice Warner Boyd. The family moved to Las Animas, Co, where she was raised and graduated from Las Animas High School. Later, she graduated from Simpson College at Indianola.

On July 20, 1952, she was married to John E. Rydel at Las Animas. The family lived in Onawa, Clarinda, and Clear Lake, before moving to Grinnell in 1973. There, she was the nutrition director for the Grinnell Senior Citizens Center, and retired in 1984.

Mrs Rydel was a member of the United Methodist Church of Grinnell and the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include two sons, J.Boyd Rydel, Omaha, and Russell Rydel, San Francisco, Ca, daughter, Robin Hall, Greeley, Co, mother Dorothy Boyd, Pueblo, Co and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father and husband.

Funeral services were held on Feb 10, at the Grinnell United Methoidst Church, with the Rev Lon Lewis, officiating. The Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the church or the Grinnell Senior Citizens Center.

Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 12, 1997


Ritnour, Bonnie E. McNeal - Bonnie E. Ritnour, 87 of Villisca, died Saturday, Dec 17, 1995 at University Hospital, Omaha, Ne., where she had been a patient since Thursday.

She was born Jan 26, 1908 at Red Oak, the daughter of George and Rose Randal McNeal.

On Nov 5, 1930 she married Homer J. Ritnour, who preceded her in death Aug 28, 1988. She was a homemaker. She had lived with her daughter, Helen, Omaha, for the past six years.

Ritnour raised two nieces and one nephew from infancy. Survivors include her daughter, Helen Strong, Omaha; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, son, Russell; daughters Alura Ritnour and Doris Clark.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec 19 at Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, with Pastor Edward Helmick officiating. Burial was in Villisca Cemetery.

Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Dec 20, 1995