Page County, Iowa Obituaries
from: Jerry Hamm -

Margaret Louise Clement

Margaret Louise Clement, 87, of Richmond, Va., formerly of Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Westport Health Care Center in Richmond. Committal services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball in Waterloo, with burial at the Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery.

She was born in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Cleveland H. and Marian Louise Francis Pedersen. She married Dean Edward Clement on Oct. 7, 1950, in Waterloo; he preceded her in death on May 17, 1984. She was a homemaker and in her later years worked at Younkers Department Store. She graduated from Waterloo West High and attended Iowa State University. She was a member of the PEO, DAR, and was a Bluebird and Campfire girl leader.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda L. Clement and husband Owen M. Dewing of Austin, Texas, Jan P. Clement and husband James Bryant of Richmond, Va., and Sharon C. Spader of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister-in-law, Helen Pedersen of Waterloo; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carmen and Norma Clement of Clarinda; and beloved nieces and nephews in Iowa and other states.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Francis Hubbard and Dorothy Simonsen; and two brothers, William R. “Bud” Pedersen and Robert “Bob” Pedersen.

Memorials may be directed to a hospice of the donor’s choice.

Kearns, Huisman-Schumacher Chapel on Kimball, Waterloo, is in charge of arrangements, (319) 233-3146.

Online condolences may be left at


Henry Lee Higgins

Henry Lee Higgins, born September 29, 1886, near Clarinda, Page county, Iowa. Died November 12, 1972, at Clarinda, age eighty-six years. Henry was the son of Byron Higgins and Ella Mae (Cassidy) Higgins. Henry married March 20, 1909, to Bertha Belle (Hascall), born October 6, 1890, near Villisca, Montgomery county, Iowa. She was the daughter of Howell Safford Hascall and Mary Elizabeth (Price) Hascall. Henry attended rural schools in Page county, then he attended the Western Normal College, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He earned a degree in accounting.

Henry and Bertha met at college, she was also a student there. Henry and Bertha taught school for a while. She taught at Memory School and Henry taught in Missouri. After their marriage they resided in Clarinda. They are the parents of six children: Rae, Laurence, Lee, Florence, Irmal, and Alma. (Irmal and Alma are twins). The Higgins children all attended school in Clarinda.

Rae married C.R. "Bill" Kelley, Laurence married Alice Manson, Lee married Maxine McInerney, Florence married Robert Greenlee, Alma married Mack Conn Harrell, and Irmal married (1) J. Ren Lee, (2) Irmal Hamm.

Laurence, Rae, and Alma remained in Clarinda and raised families there. Lee Florence, and Irmal moved out of state. Laurence and Alma still reside in Clarinda, and Mrs. Higgins is now ninety-three years of age. She is residing at the Bethesda Care Center. Mrs. Higgins has twenty-four grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

Nancy Ann Love

Nancy Ann Clark, daughter of Jesse and Melinda Coy Clark was born near New Market, Iowa, December 23, 1873, and died in Estherville, Iowa, May 11, 1951, at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 18 days.

She was united in marriage to Charles Love and to this union were born two children, Ruth and Randall.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Ellsworth, Charles, and Bert I. Clark, and one sister, Mrs. Lavina Clark Hicks, all former residents of New Market.

Most of her life was spent in New Market, until a few years ago, when she moved to Clarinda, later to Estherville to be near her daughter Ruth and family, as she enjoyed the companionship of her granddaughter Barbara Shreck.  At one time she made a home for her oldest grandson Roger Paul Love.  She was a member of the New Market Baptist church.

She leave her daughter, Mrs. Brodie Shreck and husband of Estherville, her son Randall Love and wife of Reedsport, Oregon; five grandchildren, one great grandchild, one nephew, Cloy Hicks of Iowa City; one niece Mrs. I. W. Shore of New Market and other relatives and friends.




Ellis, Gladys Fern Wood

Ellis, Gladys Fern, 86, of Elmo, Mo, died at Bethesda Care Center in Tarkio, Mo, Jan 25, 1988 after a long illness.

Born May 6, 1901, she was the daughter of S.F. and Francis (Dack) Wood.

In her youth she attended White Chapel country school near Elmo.

She was married to Earl Ellis Dec 24, 1924 in Braddyville. They lived to celebrate their 60h wedding anniversary in 1984 at the home of their son in Prescott, Az.

Her husband died Aug 16, 1986. She was a member of the Elmo United Methodist Church and had been active in the U.M.W. She was a former member of the Union Grove Club and the Elmo Fortnightly Club.

She is survived by her son, Glenn Ellis; daughter-in-law Caryl of Prescott, Az; three grandsons; brother Wilbur Wood of Maryville, Mo; four sisters, Mable Spoor of San Bernadino, Ca, Pansy Hutchings of Burlington Junction, Mo, Pauline Dotts of Artesia, NM and Liva Adkins of Burlington Junction; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband Earl and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Homer Wood.

Services were Jan 27 at the United Methodist Church in Elmo with interment in the Center Grove cemetery in Westboro, Mo.

Memorials may be directed to the Elmo United Methodist church.

Services were under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home in Tarkio, Mo. [Jan 12, 1988]

CLYMER, Adrienne Wyvonne June 8, 1922 - Jan. 8, 2002

Adrienne Wyvonne Clymer of Boulder died of natural causes Tuesday, Jan.8, 2002, in Boulder. She was 79. The daughter of Glen Wilcox and Blanche Davison Wilcox, she was born June 8, 1922, in Clarinda, Iowa. She married Arthur R. Clymer in 1939 inVernal, Utah. She finished high school in Loveland and lived in Boulder County since 1939. Mrs. Clymer was a day-care server at the YMCA for many years. In her younger years, she was active in nature clubs. "She loved the Rocky Mountains," her family said. Survivors include two sons, Samuel R. Clymer of Wheatland, Wyo., andTerry A. Clymer of Boulder; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Crist Mortuary, 3395 Penrose Place, Boulder.

Boulder, CO - Daily Camera 11 January 2002

Ruth Viola (Hoskins) Miller

Ruth Viola (Hoskins) Miller was born the daughter of James, and Anna (Schulkie) Starkey on Friday, June 17th, 1921 in Alvin, Colorado.

Ruth attended college at Iowa Western in Clarinda, Iowa where she received her teaching degree. On September 3, 1941 Ruth was married to James Hoskins. They lived in the Midwest, California, Oregon and Canada where she taught music in elementary schools. In 1980 they moved to Newberg to enjoy their retirement.

He preceded her in death on April 25, 1983. She later married Kenneth Miller on June 25, 1989; he died August 23, 2000. She enjoyed reading, baking cookies and playing her piano. Ruth attended Newberg Church of the Nazarene for many years. Praying for her family and friends and attending prayer meetings were an important part of her life.

On Monday, September 27, 2010, Ruth Viola (Hoskins) Miller died at a local nursing home when she was Eighty-nine years, three months and ten days of age.

Surviving and left to honor her life are: her sister in law, Thelma Hoskins; many nieces and nephews; Kenneth Miller’s children and grandchildren and those who have come to know and appreciate her where she has lived and worked. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Her Funeral Service, will be Monday, October 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Newberg Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Don Fivecoat officiating. A public committal will be at Valley View Memorial Park, Newberg at 2:00 p.m. Chapel

Viewing and Visitation hours are Saturday, October 2, Noon – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday October 3, 1:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel, a Golden Rule funeral home. Online condolences may be made at


James C. Smith

James (J.C.) Smith, son of Harrison and Sarah Harris Smith, was born March 5, 1886 at Forest City, Missouri, and passed away November 1, 1982 at his home in Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 96 years, 7 months and 26 days.

He was one of the seven children of a family of eight. His childhood was spent in and around Holt County, Missouri. As a young man he moved to New Market, Iowa. On February 17, 1908, he was united in marriage to Rosa Nell Darnold at Bedford, Iowa. Following their marriage, they raised a family of ten children. Seven daughters and three sons.

He farmed near New Market, College Springs and Bedford. After his retirement in 1953, his favorite hobbies were wood working and clock making.

Surviving is his faithful companion, Rosa of 74 years and nine children. Mrs. Clifford (Audra) Davidson, Clarinda; Walter Smith, Bedford; Mrs. Beryl (Ermol) Kelso, Clarinda; Harrison Smith, Coin; Ernie Smith, Chico, CA; Mrs. George (Hilda) Lymer, Wichita, Kansas; Mrs. Henry (Norma) Hall, Clayton, Louisiana; Mrs. Lowell (Opal) Christensen, Sr., Iowa Falls, Iowa; and Mrs Robert (Eula) Warneke, Council Bluffs, Iowa; thirty two of his thirty-nine grandchildren, seventy five of his seventy-six great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren. he was preceded in death by one daughter Verna Berringer, his parents, three brothers and three sisters, William, George, Cora Vesser, Orville, Flora (Phillips) Stewart and Dora Smith. Three half brothers and three half sisters, Cecil, Ray and Leonard Simerly, Mary (Phillips), Ethel Ankeny and Lula Ryan Snipes.

Rev. Pat Neilson minister of the Church of God, Craig, MO has charge of the services at 11:00 AM on November 3rd at Walker-Merrick funeral home in Clarinda. Mrs. Betty Wennihan of Craig, MO, was organist and soloist. Flower girls were granddaughters, Carolyn Lang, Marisa Whitehall and Ilene Miller. Casket bearers were grandsons, Galen Smith, J.C. Smith, Kent Kelso, Marshall Lymer, Norman Lymer and Hobart Gant. Mr Smith was devoted to his Lord, his faith being the Church of God. Burial was in the Clarinda cemetery. "Now the circle has been broken; Now there is a vacant chair;: But through Christ we'll be united; When we go to live up there; Tis there I am going; When toiling is over; to be with Christ my savior; on that beautiful golden shore.


Harrison Geroidson “Harry” Smith

Harrison Geroidson “Harry” Smith was born near Gravity, Iowa on August 8, 1914 and passed away at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Ne, June 20, 1988 at the age of 73 years, 10 months, 12 days.

Harry was the son of James C. and Rosa N. Darnold Smith and was the fourth child of a family of 10 children. He was married on Sept. 15, 1934 to Irene Daisy Berringer. This union was blessed with five children, James I.; Marvin C. of Coin, Ia; Galen C. of Bentonville, Ar; Mrs. Thomas Miller (Ilene), Glenwood, Ia; and Mrs. Gary LaFollette (Arlene) of Joplin, Mo.

Harry accepted Jesus as his savior early in his life and endeavored to lead a Christian life to the end. He cared about people and is remembered for his good nature and sense of humor. Harry loved the land and spent most of his years farming in Taylor and Page counties. His love of the past encouraged him to collect and preserve many antiques which he truly enjoyed showing to others.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Verna Berringer, and one son, James Irvin. He is survived by his wife, Irene; children, Marvin, Galen, Ilene and Arlene; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

He also leaves behind two brothers, Walter of Bedford, Ia, Ernie of Chico, Ca; six sisters, Audra Davison and Ermol Kelso of Clarinda, Ia, Hilda Lymer of Wichita, Ks, Norma Hall of Clayton, La, Opal Christensen of Iowa Falls, Ia, and Eula lee Warneke of Council Bluffs.

Services were held at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda on June 12 by Rev. Roy Lighty of the First Church of God of Craig, Mo. Betty Wennihan and Sandra Callahan sang duets and Dalaina Smith was at the register. Casket Bearers were Galen and Darren Smith, Thomas and Jerry Miller, Gary and Ken LaFollette. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. "Life's evening sun in sinking low; A few more days and I must go: To meet the deeds that I have done; Where there will be no setting sun.


George "Jack" Ashford, Jr.
(Died April 16, 2011)

George M. Ashford, Jr., 94, of Wichita, KS, died on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
He was the son of Rose Ethel Lobaugh and George M. Ashford. (Born in College Springs, Iowa on 13 Nov 1916)
He was employed at Beech Aircraft Company in the Tooling Division, retiring in 1973 after 36 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kolene, and two granddaughters, Yvonne Marie Ashford and Lee Ann Handke.
Mr. Ashford is survived by his wife, Carroll; son and daughter-in-law Gary and JoAnn Ashford of Shell Knob, MO; daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Danny Clemmer of Wichita; stepson and wife Rick and Lee Hall of Norman, OK; stepson and wife Rob and Cindy Hall of Shell Knob, MO; stepdaughter and husband Julie and Brad Baird of Shell Knob, MO; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Entombment in Old Mission Mausoleum.

Donald Ernest Kirchner

CLINTON — The Rev. Donald Ernest Kirchner, 88, of Clinton, transferred to life eternal at 4:50 p.m. on May 17, 2011 at John Warner Hospital, Clinton.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Chestnut with Rev. Joel Dietrich officiating. Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut at 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton and at the church one hour prior to the service Saturday.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Chestnut, Christ Lutheran Church, Clinton, or Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne Indiana.

Rev. Kirchner was born on August 7, 1922 in Webster County, Nebraska, a son of John and Clara Bangert Kirchner. He was made God’s child in his baptism on August 27, 1922 and was confirmed in the Christian faith on May 17, 1936. He married Margaret Worm on September 20, 1959.

Surviving are his wife; daughter, Mary Anne Kirchner, Bloomington; two sons John (Cheri) Kirchner, Burnsville, Minn; and Philip (Dawn) Kirchner, Suamico, Wisc.; grandchildren Blake Kirchner (Burnsville), Maria and Johana Kirchner (Bloomington), and Abby and Olivia Kirchner (Suamico). He also leaves one brother Kenneth (Margaret) Kirchner, Blue Hill, Neb; sister-in-law Marilyn Kirchner (Clarinda, Iowa), and brother-in-law Karl Deines (Porter, Tex). He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Walter, Wilfred, and Robert and sisters Elanora Stork, Lydia Rogness, and Mildred Deines, and daughter-in-law Kathryn.

Rev Kirchner was raised in rural Nebraska and graduated from Lawrence High School. He served in World War II in the 63rd Combat Infantry in France and Germany. Following the war he taught school at Zion Lutheran Church at Guide Rock, Nebraska. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in Springfield, Illinois in 1954.

He served the parishes of Trinity Lutheran Church Freistatt Missouri and Grace Lutheran Church, Aurora, Missouri. He also taught 3rd and 4th grade at Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt.. He then served at Zion Lutheran Church in Chestnut, IL and Christ Lutheran Church Clinton, IL. Following his retirement he served as assisting pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL.

In the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod he served as the Circuit Counselor of the Lincoln Circuit, on the Central Illinois District Board of Directors, and the Board of Regents at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He enjoyed serving his Lord through his work and never tired of visiting God’s people.

Wilda Lindley Phares

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Wilda Evelyn Phares, 82, of Las Cruces, N.M., formerly of Lone Tree, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, surrounded by her family. Services were held in Las Cruces. Graham's Mortuary handled the arrangements.

Mrs. Phares was born Nov. 6, 1924, in Clarinda, the daughter of George and Mabel Lindley. She married Marion H. Phares April 15, 1943. She worked with her husband on their farm then as proprietors of the Phares Nursing Home in Lone Tree. Before moving to Lone Tree, she worked as a nurse's aide at Mercy Hospital and later at her mother's nursing home in Iowa City. She moved to Las Cruces in 1980 where she was active in church ministry. She enjoyed camping, square dancing, playing pinochle, cooking, candy making, gardening and her family.

She is survived by her seven children, Linda Snodgrass and husband, Don, of Muscatine, Marilee Phares of Dona Ana, N.M., Dennis Phares of Kalona, Terrence Phares and wife, Wanda, of Cedar Rapids, Jerrelyn Weaver and husband, Marc, of Tipton, Robin Phares of Muscatine and Stacy Leach and husband, Rick, of Las Cruces, N.M.; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Ludington and Lois Rist, both of Las Cruces; a brother, Harold Lindley and wife, Theo, of Coralville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a grandson, David Schmidt; two brothers, Merle and Phillip Lindley; and three sisters, Nina Jackson, Clarice Warn and Marjorie Adams.

Erma Glen Vardaman Fuller

MERCED, Merced Co. - Funeral services were held today in the Ivers & Alcorn chapel for Mrs. Erma Glenn Fuller, 81, of Atwater, Merced County, who died Sunday in the Fresno Community Hospital for injuries suffered in a Fresno automobile accident Friday. The Rev. Harry B. Transchell officiated. Entombment followed in the Evergreen Mausoleum.

Mrs. Fuller was a native of Iowa and had lived in this area since 1911. She and her husband, Ira, recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary and returned only last week from Iowa.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Fuller Benson of Atwater; a granddaughter, Norma Benson of Atwater; a brother, Emmett Vardaman and a sister, Mrs. Anna Pritchard, both of Shambaugh, Iowa.

Mrs. Fuller was a member of the Bear Creek Grange and the Methodist Church.

~ The Modesto Bee, Tues., 21 Oct 1958

Dagmar Nicholas
Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Dagmar Nicholas, 89, of Amarillo, Texas, died Sunday, April 22, 2001.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Washington Avenue Christian Church. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Walker Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery of Shenandoah, Iowa. Local arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia, St.
Mrs. Nicholas was born in Page County, Stanton, Iowa. She married Clyde P. Nicholas in Rockport, Mo. on May 18, 1929.
Mrs. Nicholas graduated from Stanton High School in Stanton, Iowa. She was a homemaker from 1929 to 1953. After the death of her husband, she worked at Union Carbide in Red Oak, Iowa, retiring in 1971.
She had resided in Amarillo since 1979. She was a member of Washington Avenue Christian Church. She was a member of Texas Bluebonnets and many other organizations.
Mrs. Nicholas was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Pearl Nicholas; a son, Richard Allen Nicholas; a grandson, Dwight Virgil Herzberg; and three sons-in-law.
Survivors include four daughters, Betty Marie Nicholas Herzberg of Clarion, Iowa, Carolyne Louise Nicholas Hanson, of Elk Point, S.D., Phyllis Elaine Foster of Stillwater, Okla., and Shirley Maxine Nicholas Clark of Amarillo; three sons-in-law, David Foster, Jack Clark and Adrian Hanson Sr.; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be to Books for the Blind; Arbor Day Foundation or the Emphysema research.
Amarillo Daily News, April 24, 2001

Elmer Dougherty

Elmer Dougherty, son of John and Nancy Dougherty, was born on a farm in East River Township, Page County, Iowa, November 16, 1882, and died  at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa November 20, 1955, at the age of 73 years and 4 days.

He was united in marriage to Grace Burnham, October 16, 1907. To this union were born three children, Mrs. Harry Winell, Burlington Junction, Missouri, Mrs. Donald Morton, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and one son, Theodore Elmer Dougherty of Sacramento, California who survive their father.  He is also survived by his wife, Grace, a sister, Mrs. Charley Pace of Wichita, Kansas; one granddaughter, Sharon Elaine Morton and a number of nieces and nephews.

All his life was spent in Page County, with the exception of ten years spent at Maryville, Missouri.  He united with the Christian Church at Maryville, Missouri thirty years ago, later transferring his membership to the Church of Christ at New Market.  Although he had been in ill health for years he bore his suffering patiently.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2:30 pm Thursday, November 24, 1955 with Rev I I Stickelman in charge.  Vocal music was be Althea Hutchings and Doris Forbes, organist.  Floral committee was Mrs. J A. Depew, Mrs. Floyd Ellison, Mrs. Oren Armstrong, Mrs. Merrit Foster and Mrs. Flora Love.  Casket bearers were Fred Handorf, Floyd Handorf, J. A. Depew, Clarence Woods, Floyd Ellison and Carl Winell.

Clarinda HJ Nov 1955

Clifford Luellen

Clifford E. Luellen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Lullen, was born at New Market, Iowa, July 29, 1891, and passed away at his home in Troy, Kansas, September 25, 1942 at the age of 51 years, 1 month, and 26 days.

Mr. Luellen had been in poor health for sume time but was able to be about his work.  He was employed at the time of his death at the Rosecrans Field, St. Joseph, Missouri.  Death came as a shock to many friends.

He lived in southern Iowa during his early manhood.  He was married to Lola Jones on Feb 12, 1912.  To them two sons were born, Keith and Arlyn, but serving in the US Army in Alaska.  Mr. and Mrs. Luellen made their home in Troy, Kansas for the past 21 years.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, an aged father and step mother living in Bristow, Oklahoma, three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Leighton, Nodaway, Iowa, Mrs. Sylvia Combs, Gravity, Iowa, and Mrs. Cleo Edwards, Crescent, Oklahoma, and four  brothers Charles and George of Seminole, Oklahoma, Meredith, Laramie, Wyoming, and Wayne of Bruston, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Myrtle.

Clff, as he ws familiarly know by his friend was industrious and friendly, a devoted father and a good husband.

Funeral services were conducted by Ellsworth L. Woods, pastor of the Christian Chruch of Clarinda, at the New Market Christian church at ten o'clock Monday morning, September 28.  music was provided by Opal Wallace and Bessie Godfrey, accompanied by Opal Brown.  The pall bearers were Dennis Crawford, George Crawford, Clarence Woods, Chester Pratt, Orie Cade, and Ralph Pratt, Interment was in Memory Cemetery.





Jacob Elmo Peterman was born Feb 8, 1897 in Page County, Iowa to John and Mary Peterman and departed this life Jan 15, 1959, at the age of 61 years, 11 months and seven days in the Municipal Hospital at Clarinda, Iowa. His death was caused by a stroke.

He professed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized and taken into the Methodist Church at New Market at the age of 24.

He was united in marriage to Jessie Thompson Oct 23, 1918, at Clarinda IA. To this union four children were born: Wyleen Miller of New Market, IA, Violet Smith of Denver, Colo., Elmo Peterman Jr. of Clarinda, IA, and infant Marjorie Elaine, who preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn, besides his family, eight grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters, Merrill of Conway, Harley of Tolure, SD, Corda Lamb of Denver, Colo., and Tammar Thomas of Shambaugh; also a host of relatives, friends and neighbors.

Two brothers Bert and Eddie, and one sister Myrtle Yearous preceded him in death.

He was a kind and loving husband, father, and a neighbor to everyone. Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home at 2pm Sunday, Jan 18, 1959, with Rev. Lacy Thompson in charge, assisted by Preacher Clarence Potter. Music was a quartet composed of Irma Bonham, Dorothy Doyle, Darrell Fulk, and Dale Messinger. Organist was Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers who carried him to his final resting place in Old Memory Cemetery were Paul Peterman, Ivan Peterman, Ray Peterman, John Peterman, Albun Yearous, and Jack Woldruff.


Ethel Wise

Ethel Elzira Wineinger Wise, daughter of Samuel Lafayette and Anna Branson Wineinger, was born at Stockton, Kansas August 12, 1884, and passed to her reward on March 28, 1961 at Sand Diego, California, at the age of 76 years, seven moths and 16 days.

She was united in marriage to Hubert Harrison Wise October 16, 1903, at Bedford, Iowa which resulted in a companionship lasting almost 57 years. There was born to this union one son, Wyman Wineinger Wise, who with his wife Helen cared for his mother until hospitalization became necessary during the last months of her illness. All through their married life, Ethel worked at the side of her husband. They began their early married life on a farm near New Market. On disposing of the farm they conducted a jewelry store in New Market and later in Diagonal, Iowa. On selling the store they again engaged in farming.

In 1935 they moved to Braddyville, Iowa and engaged in business for a number of years until failing health compelled them to retire. They then move back to their home town of New Market, where they resided until Dec 6, 1959 when they moved at that tom to California to be with their son and wife.

She was preceded in death by her husband September 17, 1960. Those surviving besides her son and wife are two sisters, Mrs. Les Fulk and Mars. Nellie Ferrel, both of Glenwood, Iowa, a number of nieces and nephews, and many friends and brethren in Christ.

Ethel united with the Church of Christ at an early age and remained faithful to that faith until the day of her death. Only sickness could keep her from the services of the church.

Funeral services were conducted for the New Market Church of Christ at 2 pm Saturday, April 1, 1961 with Preacher Clarence Potter in charge, assisted by Rev I. E Stickelman. Music was by Harry Stout, I E Stickelman, Verla Malcom and Inez Jo Depew who sang “The Land Where We’ll Never Grow Old” and “Shall We Gather at the River.” Pianist was Janice Hardee.

Casket bearers who carried her to her final resting place in the Old Memory Cemetery were Les Fulk, Jess Brown, Robert Malcolm, Charles Depew, Merle Harland and Dell Damewood.

Isaac R. Searl
Isaac R. Searl, 86, of Silvis, passed away March 23, 2011 at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be noon , Saturday, March 26th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38 Avenue, Moline with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Garden, East Moline with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #246 in Moline. Memorials may be made to the Genesis Hospice Program or a favorite charity.
Ike was born on August 28, 1924 in Clarinda, Iowa the son of Harry and Wilma Mulkins Searl. He married Martha Francis Thompson on December 31, 1947 in Moline. She preceded him in death on March 17, 1999. 
He later married VeBina Sands Knupp on May 19, 2001.
Ike was employed as an inspector at International Harvester in East Moline for 22 years, retiring in 1985. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Ike was an active member of Sacred Heart Church where he was a member of the RCIA team and sang in the choir. He was also the treasurer of the Legion of Mary. He was also a Secular Franciscan and a former active member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anne’s in East Moline. He was a member of the Moline American Legion #246, the Rock Island VFW Post #1303 and 
UAW 1304 of East Moline. Ike was an avid bowler, enjoyed the outdoors especially archery and fishing and did beautiful cross stitch.



Arlo Hamm passed away on Friday, April 13, 2007 at the Hospice Kavanagh on 56th following a short illness. Arlo was born on March 25, 1919 in Shambaugh, Iowa, the son of Jim and Lydia (Huddle) Hamm. He graduated form Braddyville High School in 1938. He married Helen Duran in 1939 and lived and worked in Bedford, Iowa and Clearmont, Missouri for Darrell Davidson before moving to Clarinda in 1952 where he continued to work for the Davidson Oil Co. until his retirement.

Surviving to cherish his memory are daughters, Connie (Gary) Clark of Des Moines, Beverly (Paul) Swanson of Clarinda; his brother, Clifford (Dorothy) Hamm; sister, Beulah "Bea" Gates of Shenandoah; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews as well as his cousins, Bob (Maxine) Hamm of Clarinda and Gloria Pullen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; daughter, Jolene; grandson, Don Swanson; sister, Alice Snodderly and nephew, Bob Gates.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Clarinda Cemetery.

Memorials can be given to the family in his name. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Gertrude Damewood Mace Jorgensen

Trudy (GG, Grandma Gertrude or Grandma Goose) passed away Tuesday morning, March 1, 2005, at the age of 97, as the result of injury sustained in a fall. She had been a resident at the Autumn Care Facility for the Aged for the past couple years at the time of her death.

She was born Sept. 7, 1907, on a farm in East River Township near present day Clarinda, Iowa, as the daughter of Ebb Damewood and Emma Wesch, one of their six children.

Her early education was in the rural schools of the area. In 1925, she met and married Roath Anson "Bill" Mace. Their early years were spent on the family farms in the Clarinda area until they moved to Lincoln, Neb., to seek other employment, where they lived for several years. She then returned to Shenandoah, Iowa, with her son and became employed in the order department of a mail-order seed and nursery business, where she worked for several years. She became a departmental manager there.

She left Shenandoah for Rapid City, S.D., to manage a floral shop there.
A few years later she went to Rochester, Minn., as the manager of a newly opened fabric store and returned to Rapid City as the new store opened there. Subsequent to that period, she became a home economics school program demonstrator for the local power company, illustrating cooking methods to the students. She met and married O. T. Jorgensen during that period.

They enjoyed a period of travel together and built a retirement home in Fort Pierce, Fla. On "Jergie's" death, she moved to Billings to be near her remaining family and manage a local dress shop.

She had widely varied hobby interests. In her later years, quilting occupied much of her time and she was an accomplished seamstress with both the quilts and clothing. She had exercised an earlier interest in ceramics and spent a great deal of time casting and firing pottery, some of which is still in use by the family. She found great pleasure in the company of her family and friends and looked forward with excitement to any event in which they were included.

She is survived by one son, Bob (Helen-Louise) Mace of Billings and his descendants: eldest granddaughter, Nickie (John) Langeliers, with great-granddaughter, Erin Halstvedt, and her daughter, Natasha Halstvedt and grandson, Eric (Malia) Halstvedt, all currently of Billings.Grandson Russell "Rusty" (Ceylon) Mace of Woodbury, Minn., great-granddaughter Jennifer (Phil Andrew) Mace of Apple Valley, Minn., great-granddaughter Jessica (Aaron Radke) Mace of Hudson, Wis., and great-granddaughter Jillian of Woodbury.Youngest granddaughter, Laurie Mace of Murray, Utah.

Michelotti-Sawyers are in charge of final arrangements and a memorial service is planned at 1001 Alderson in Billings at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 7.
The family have requested donations to Big Sky Hospice of Billings, Montana Rescue Mission or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

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Orie R. Fulk
ROCKFORD - Orie R. Fulk, 82, a resident of the Nora Springs Care Center since July of 2003 and formerly of 208 Seventh St. N.E. in Rockford, died Saturday afternoon (Feb. 9, 2008) at the Nora Springs Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church, 205 First Ave. N.W. in Rockford, with the Rev. Kenneth Kent officiating. Interment will be in the Sunnyside Memory Gardens, Charles City.
 The family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the First United Methodist Church in Rockford. The visitation will continue at the church on Thursday one hour prior to Orie's service.

 Those wishing to extend a memorial may direct them to the Orie R. Fulk Memorial Fund. 

On Saturday, the world said goodbye to one of the greatest stewards of God's creation and His children!
Orie Ralph Fulk was born April 25, 1925, in Shambaugh, Iowa, the son of John I. and Eva (Mulkins) Fulk. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1942.

 On Aug. 28, 1948, Orie was united in marriage to Betty Jean Shannon at the Methodist Church in Waverly. Orie and Betty moved to Rockford from Walnut in 1959.
Orie loved children. He drove a school bus for RRMR Schools, where children were always glad to see him. Orie, known fondly as Nick by many of his family and friends, had a habit of being quiet and often you never knew he was even in the same room until a trick was played on you. He was known to be playful and kid-like when teasing his grandchildren Orie, "the Can Man of Rockford," believed in recycling. He was unable to pass a pop can on his bicycle without stopping to pick it up. He wore out three bicycles while picking up cans to recycle. 

Going for walks and his passion for eating ice cream cones were a few of Orie's favorites! He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and RSVP. 

Orie will also be well-remembered as a volunteer in Mason City at Food Share of Iowa, as the "Apple Man" and Elderbridge Agency. He delivered numerous Meals on Wheels in Rockford and was always willing to give of himself to the needs of the community and his church.

For many years, Nick worked for various farmers as a hired hand, frequently moving, changing addresses and schools for his kids. 

For the last 20 years, Orie drove semi-trucks with his wife, Betty. They traveled in all of the lower 48 states and Canada. The last truck driven by Orie was for his son, Carl. It was his trucking career that left Orie with lasting memories. Often, before his death, he talked of getting another truck and going back on the road.

Orie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty J. Fulk, of Rockford; his children, Carl (Diane) Fulk, of Slater, Lynn (Kyong Cha) Fulk, of Aiea, Hawaii, and Marlys (Gene) Rentz, of Stewartville, Minn.; his sisters, Ruth Morelock and Grace (Rick) Phair, all of Redwood City, Calif.; his brothers, Earl (Elizabeth) Fulk, of Menlo Park, Calif., and Jack (Emogene) Fulk of Anita, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death are his parents, John and Eva Fulk; his granddaughter, Rebecca Fulk; his two sisters, Ruby Parker and Thelma Fulk; and his three brothers, Bob, Sterling and Eldon Fulk.

Thoughts, condolences and stories may be e-mailed to the family on the Web site.

Arrangements are with the Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 302 W. Main Ave. in Rockford. 641-756-3311.

Published in the Globe Gazette on 2/12/2008.


Samuel Alpheus Thompson

Samuel Alpheus Thompson, oldest son of Alex and Nancy Ann Thompson, was born in Greene County, Tennessee September 19, 1961 and departed this life May 3, 1940, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Luie Slaight, near New Market, Iowa.

He was united in Marriage to Sarah Jane Bales on January 20, 1881.  To this union were born nine children, one who preceded him in death in early infancy.  In 1902 he, with his family moved to Page County, Iowa, settling near Clarinda.

He spent the remainder of his life in Page and Taylor Counties near towns of Clarinda and New Market.

At an early age he became a Christian and joined the united Brethren Church at Otterbein, Green County, Tennessee and later moved to Union Temple later transferring his membership to Clarinda, Iowa, where he remained until his death, always happy in the service of the King.

After the death of his wife on November 7, 1936, he made his home with his children until God said, “It is enough, come up higher, enjoy the things prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

He was a good neighbor, a kind and loving husband, a tender sympathetic father, always ready to lead a helping hand in time of trouble.

Yes, Brother Thompson will be missed.  A voice is hushed, a chair is vacant, and sorrow’s veil  hangs heavily over us, but what is our loss is heaven’s gain.

He leaves to mourn is going eight children; Mae Beery of Clarinda; Frank Thompson of Clarinda; Mollie McNutt of Redding, Charlie Thompson and Luie Slaight of New Market, Thelma Miller of Braddyville, Iowa; and Bertie Thorne of Bedford; three brothers John and Jackson of Page County, Iowa, and Will of Hawkins County, Tennessee; two sisters Mary Jane Stroupe and Tennie Ward of Tennessee; also 33 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the United Brethren Church with the Rev Mr. Hulse in charge, assisted by the Rev T. J. Holt of New Market, Iowa, and Miss Mahaney of Clarinda.  Burial was in Old Memory Cemetery near New Market.



BRIGHAM CITY   Robert Leland Bennett, 72, was reunited with his wife on May 23, 2003.  He was born on August 31, 1930 in Clarinda, Iowa to Robert and Opal Manley Bennett. He married the love of his life, Jean Dalton, in Elko, Nevada on July 2, 1956.

Robert proudly served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and was awarded the Silver Star for saving lives.

He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband and friend.

He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Moody, Ogden, UT; sons Robert L. (Nancy) Bennett, Brigham City, UT; Kevin R. Bennett, Olympia, Washington; Kelly Bennett, Salt Lake City, UT; brother, Gene (Eula) Bennett, Clarinda, Iowa and sister Joan (Jerry) Miers, Omaha, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal, his brother, Donald and loving wife, Jean.

Services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services.
Interment will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park.

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John W Dougherty

John Dougherty, one of the early pioneers of southwestern Iowa, passed to the Great Beyond Saturday evening at eight o’clock at his old home, where his son, Elmer, now resides.

John Washington Dougherty, son of Gideon and Elizabeth Dougherty, was born July 27, 1855 and passed away Feb 6, 1937.  Age 81 years, 6 months, and 10 days.

He was united in marriage to Nancy Adeline Thompson September 17, 1874.  To this union four children were born.  Mrs. Carrie Thomas and Elmer Dougherty of Clarinda, Mrs. Chas. Pace of New Market and Cora who died in infancy.  The greater part of his life was spent in Page and Taylor Counties making his home in New Market since 1908.

He was a kind father, a good neighbor, and leaves a large circle of friends by whom he will be greatly missed.

Besides his children, he leaves to mourn is death one sister, Mrs. Caroline Slaight of Clarinda; six grandchildren:  Mrs. Ansel Depew of Clarinda, Mrs. Shelby Atkinson of Dexter, Missouri, Mrs. Harry Winnell of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Helen Dougherty of Maryville, Missouri, Florence Thomas of Chicago, Illinois, Theodore Dougherty of Clarinda and one great grandson, Reo Depew of Clarinda, and many other relatives.

Father, Mother, five brothers and two sisters preceded him.

New Market burial for Mrs. Dougherty

Mrs. Grace May Burnham Dougherty, 81, died Sunday at Maryville and services will be held Wednesday at the Clearmont Christian Church.

Burial will be at Memory Cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

A native of New Market, she was born December 17, 1889, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C Burnham and she attended school there.

She married Elmer Dougherty October 17, 1907 in New Market and he died November 20, 1955.  She moved to Clearmont in 1958 and was a member of the Clearmont Christian Church having been baptized at Siam.

She is preceded in death by two sisters, in addition to her husband.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Pearl) Winnell of Burlington Junction and Mrs. Donald (Helen) Morton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and a son Theodore of Sacramento, California.

One granddaughter, two step grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive as does a sister Mrs. Roy Moore of New Market.

At the funeral minister Alvin Reed will officiate.

Music will be by Doris Koger, organist, and Mary Inze Reed singing.  Casket bearers are Lowell , Darrell Beery, Elmer Dawson, Forest Stark, David Cruth, and Charles Cruth.

At the register stand will be Mrs. Lowell Calfee and Mrs. Darrell Beery and flower bearers will be Mrs. Forest Stark, Mrs. Lester Anderson, Mrs. Charles Cruth and Mrs. David Crush.

The body will lie in state at the church from 10 am until the service.