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[Canaday, Rachel Wells]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     May 27, 1897     p. 3


Died on Sunday, May 23, 1897, at 10:30 a. m., Mrs. Rachel Canida [Canaday], after an illness of some 10 weeks. She passed quietly away to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no travelers return. The funeral services were held at the family residence on Monday at ten a. m., conducted by Elder Simmons of Hopkins, Mo., of the regular Baptist faith, after which the remains were conveyed to the Shearer cemetery and there deposited in the silent grave to await the call of her Savior, whom she had served for many years. She leaves an aged companion and one son to mourn her loss, also two sisters, Miss [Sarah] Jane Wells of Siam, and Mrs. Nancy Ball, of Nodaway county, Mo., and many other relatives and friends. Blessed are they who die in the Lord.

[Cavner, William Henry “Bill”]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    November 14, 1985

Services held for William Cavner

Funeral services were held Nov. 9, 1985 at Wayne, Ne, for William Henry Cavner, brother of Mrs. Ada Pool of Clarinda.

Cavner was born June 21, 1909 at Conway, Ia, the son of James A. [lexander] and Cora Stogsdill Cavner. He graduated from Conway High School and lived in the area until entering the U.S. Army in January 1942.

He served as a sergeant with Battery A 412th AFA Battalion in France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded the bronze star for the Central Europe Campaign and discharged in September 1945.

He married Jewell Robinson May 23, 1948 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wayne, Ne. In 1946 he had begun employment for Henningson, Durham and Richardson Inc, as a field engineer, continuing until retiring in 1975. He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the American Legion and VFW in Wayne.

Survivors include his wife Jewell; one daughter, Linda Bauermeister of Wayne; one son, Stanley Cavner of Lakeside, Ia; two grandchildren; one sister, Ada Pool of Clarinda; nieces and nephews, including Jim Pool and his wife, Karan, of Clarinda.

Cavner was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Wayne, Ne, following the service at the St. Paul church.

[Fordyce, Leona]

Waynesburg Republican (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania)

Tuesday     May 12, 1885


Died - Near Hawleyville, Page Co., Iowa, April 20, 1885, Leona Fordyce, daughter of Corbley G. and Lydia Fordyce. She was born December 3d, 1871, in Greene Co., Pa., where her parents lived until January last year when they came to Iowa, locating near Hawleyville. It will be sad news to her many friends in Greene Co., where she spent her childhood years, her sweet and lovely temper making friends with all whom she came into contact. Her sickness was somewhat protracted, and retaining her mental powers to the last she gave the brightest evidence of an unwavering faith and trust in Christ her Savior. In talking with her parents about death as calmly as though it were only a visit she said, "I am not afraid to die but only wish to live for your sake. I often think of death as a cruel monster coming into our homes and with his long bony fingers taking from us our dearest ones, bringing sorrow and darkness to our lives and homes, but Jesus says 'I am the life, the truth and the way. I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me though he was dead yet shall he live again, therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh.'"

In the death of this Christian girl, we have the unmistakable evidence of God's power to save his children from the fear of death. Born of Christian parents, her home training was of a character to develop the highest Christian graces, and though of feeble physical developments she was morally wonderfully strong.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Munford from this saying of Christ, "The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth." - Mark iv-39

[Claybaker, Darlene Rose Sleep Neville]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Wednesday     January 29, 1997

Darlene Claybaker

Darlene [Rose] Claybaker, 69, of Clarinda, died early Wednesday morning at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, after being admitted Tuesday afternoon.

Darlene was born April 29, 1927, near Bedford, to Dale [Henry] and Vera Murray Sleep. She attended country school near Bedford. She had worked all her life in occupations which were people oriented. Her career involved many activities including being a cook, business owner, home care provider, and direct sales of Sasco products.

She is survived by her eight children, Howard Neville and wife, Joan, Sterling, CO, Raymond Neville and wife, Debbie, Sterling, Connie Smith and husband, Delbert, Clarinda, Bonnie Lydick, Clarinda, Harold Neville and wife, Margaret, Clarinda, Henry Neville and wife, Michelle, Ogden, UT, Becky Wright and husband, John, Ogden, and Keith Claybaker, Ogden, mother, Vera Sleep, Bedford, brothers and sisters, Eldon Sleep and wife, Barb, Bedford, Wilbur Sleep and wife, Joyce, Bedford, Bob Sleep and wife, Mary Jo, Bedford, Marvin Sleep and wife, Dorothy, Bedford, Betty Miller and husband, John, New Market, John Sleep and wife, Sandra, Gravity, Ronnie Sleep, Lenox, and Karen Drake, Lenox.

She was preceded in death by her father, brother, Gerald, and sister, Marvis Ballard.

Funeral services were held Sat, Jan. 25, at the Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, with burial at the Siam Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Clarinda. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

[Claybaker, Lee L.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday      January 4, 1990

Lee L. Claybaker

Lee L. Claybaker, 55, formerly of this area, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 1989, at Veteran's Hospital in Oklahoma City, Ok.

He was born Oct. 20, 1934, in Page County, the son of Andrew and Rosa Claybaker. Mr. Claybaker was a veteran of the Korean War, and had lived and worked in this area before going to Oklahoma.

He is survived by a son, Keith Claybaker of Creston, brother Ray Claybaker and wife Geneva of Afton, Ia, and a sister-in-law Kay Claybaker of Clarinda.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 4, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Lampe officiating.

Military graveside services were held at Summitt Cemetery near Yorktown.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Claybaker, Leo C.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     August 23, 1984   

Leo Claybaker funeral Saturday

Funeral services for Leo C. Claybaker, 48, of rural Yorktown will be at 1:30 pm, Saturday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Pastor Carl Lueker officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7-8 pm Friday.

Mr. Claybaker died early Wednesday morning at Veterans Hospital in Omaha where he had been for the past month.

He was born May 6, 1936, near Yorktown, the son of Andrew and Rosa Claybaker. On Aug. 1, 1964 he was married to Kathlean Williams who survives.

Mr. Claybaker was a farmer and operated heavy equipment.

Besides his wife of the home he is survived by two daughters, Dorene and Danell Claybaker of Clarinda. His mother, Rosa Claybaker, is of Clarinda. Brothers are Lee of Clarinda and Ray of Afton.

Burial will be in Summitt [Summit]  cemetery near Yorktown.

[Harris, Arthur Paul]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     March 4, 1992 p.5

A. Paul Harris

A. [rthur] Paul Harris, son of Clyde [Arthur] Harris and Mary [Catherine] Schmidt Harris, was born near Conway in Taylor County Iowa July 20, 1917, and departed this life in Kimberling City, Mo.

He grew to maturity in the Conway area where he attended the public school and the Methodist Church.

In June of 1940 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Gebhardt. They lived on the home farm and owned and operated a grocery store, and later on an auto parts business until retirement in 1980. They moved to Reeds Spring, Mo., then to Clarinda where they resided at the time of Mrs. Harris' death. Mr. Harris then moved to Kimberling City, Mo. where he had continued to reside until his death. They had one son Max who preceded his parents in death in 1980.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Max, and his wife, Dorothy who died in January 1991.

Survivors include a grandson, John Harris of Lincoln, Ne., a sister, Grace Siedenburg and her husband, Harold of Clarinda, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 2, 1992 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial was at Conway cemetery.

[Ingram, Jacob Preston]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     September 4, 1913     p. 8


Uncle Jake [Jacob Preston] Ingram, who had been very ill for some time, died last Wednesday at the home of his son James Ingram. He was ninety-four years of age. His wife died about five years ago. Mr. Ingram is survived by a large family of grown sons and daughters. The funeral took place Friday at Shearer and burial took place in Shearer cemetery.

[Weaver, Bessie May Coleman]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 13, 1969      p. 3

Bessie M. Weaver Rites Held Feb. 9

Funeral services for Mrs. Cester (Bessie) Weaver, 80, of Siam were held February 9 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Mr. Carl Cummings in charge. Mrs. Weaver died February 6, 1969, at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Shearer Cemetery, Page County, Iowa.

Bessie May Coleman, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Coleman, was born May 19, 1888 at Hopkins, Mo.

She was united in marriage to Cester Weaver in 1918 and they lived on the farm near Siam during their married life. Mr. Weaver passed away in 1947.

After her husband’s death she made her home near Bedford, the last two years in Bedford at Pearl Terrace Manor.

She was the last member of her family of five sisters, Jennie, Clara, Margaret, Ellen, and Mable.

Left to cherish memories of her good life are nephews and nieces, Henry Holker, Elvin Holker, Orville Holker, Margaret Moran, Gertrude Holker, and Joe Holker; brothers-in-law, Irvin Weaver, Frank Weaver, Jerome Weaver, all of Clarinda; sisters-in-law, Hollie Jerguson of Wakefield, Nebr., and Ida Weaver of Clarinda.

Mrs. Weaver was a kind and considerate wife, sister, friend and neighbor, and she will be missed by her family and her many friends.

[Weaver, Cester]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      September 18, 1947     p. 8


Cester Weaver Dies

A few families from here attended funeral services for Cester Weaver Wednesday afternoon in Clarinda. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Weaver were residents of Siam a few years ago.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, September 15, 1947, p. 6

Services Held For C. Weaver; Succumbed to Heart Attack

Funeral services for Cester Weaver, 62, lifelong resident of the Page-Taylor county area, were held Wednesday at the Walker chapel, with the Rev. C M Woollard in charge. Burial was made in Shearer cemetery.

Mr. Weaver died Sunday of a heart attack he head suffered six weeks ago.

He is survived by his wife, the former Bessie Coleman; his mother, Mrs. Elmer Weaver, five brothers and two sisters.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, September 18, 1947, p. 11

Cester Weaver

Cester, the oldest son of Elmer E and Delilah S Weaver, was born at Shambaugh, Iowa, June 21, 1885 and died Sept 7, 1947, at the age of 62 years, two months and 16 days.

He was united in marriage to Bessie Coleman, Aug 26, 1918, at Clarinda, Iowa.

He leaves his wife, aged mother, five brothers, Edward of Victorville, Calif, Frank, Jerome, Oren and Irvin, all of Clarinda; two sisters, Hattie of Omaha and Ida of Clarinda, besides other relatives and friends.

His father preceded him in death in 1924.

In early manhood Cester accepted Christ as his Saviour and lived in that faith till the end.

His entire life had been spent in Page and Taylor counties, his last few years in failing health. Six weeks ago he suffered a heart attack from which he never fully recovered.

Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral home in Clarinda, Wednesday, Sept 10, with Rev Woollard in charge. Music was furnished by Mrs Allen Hazelton, and Horace Richardson, accompanied by Mrs Lola Reid. Pallbearers were Charles Laythup, Dale Combs, Orie Cade, Arthur Radke, Clarence Fine, Ben Wiley and Ted Clymens. Flower girls were Gwyneth Weaver, Etta Belle Johnson and Ethel Hartman. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery.