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[Stephenson, Irene McClellan]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     February 4, 1974

Services held for Mrs John Stephenson

Funeral services for Mrs John (Irene O) [McClellan] Stephenson, 91, were being   held   this   Monday   in Shenandoah She had died Friday [February 1, 1974] at   West   Heights   Manor   in Clarinda, being [a] patient there since Dec 1, 1971.

Her early life was in Arapahoe, Neb, moving to Yakima, Wash, at age 20 with friends.

It was here that she met John S Stephenson and they were married on Jan 13, 1909. They moved to Iowa where they lived on a farm southeast of Shenandoah in Morton Township.

In 1939, the couple moved to Shenandoah, John's death being in March of 1951. In 1957, Irene moved to California to live and after several years returned to Iowa to live with her daughters.

Mrs Stephenson is survived by two sons, Joe of San Clemente, Cal, Charles of Baytown, Tex; three daughters, Mrs Merlin (Dorothy) Lovitt of New Market, Mrs Claude (Inez) Havick of Mapleton, Mrs Duane (Helen) Dahlby of Lake Mills; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and a great -great - granddaughter. Three brothers are Butler of Florala, Fla, Homer of Newton, Tom of Verdigre, Neb, and two sisters are Mae Rodgers of Hemet, Cal, and Goldie Franklin of Freewater, Ore.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by an infant son, one brother, Fred, and two sisters, Dorothy and Frances.

Rev Charles Bissinger returned to Shenandoah to conduct the funeral, burial being in Rose Hill Cemetery after the service at Hackett Funeral Home. Music was by Mrs Gary Griffin and Mrs Margaret Woods, in charge of flowers Mrs Glen Edwards and Mrs Meredith Lovitt, at memory book Mrs George Ross Jr and bearers John Dahlby, Stanley Dahlby, Claude Havick, Jr, Curtis Havick, Richard Lovitt and Eugene Nelson.

[Dowell, Laura E.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     February 4, 1974

Graveside services for Laura Dowell

Graveside services for Miss Laura E Dowell, 94, were held this Monday afternoon at the College Springs Cemetery, with Rev W D Martin officiating.

Miss Dowell, daughter of Peter and Mary Jefferies Dowell, died Friday [February 1, 1974] at the Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital in Whittier, Cal, where she had made her residence the last several years.

Local relatives are two nephews, Milton Dowell of Coin and Floyd Dowell of Shenandoah. Hackett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.    

[Ernest, Herman Berton]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    February 18, 1974

Bedford burial for Herman Ernst

Services were held Saturday in Bedford at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home for Herman [Berton] Ernst [Ernest], 88, who died Feb 12 at the Coachman Inn. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

Mr Ernst [Ernest] was originally from the Bedford area, but had lived in Clarinda for several years. He had worked in park supervision and other areas in Denver, Colo.

He was preceded in death by parents, sisters and brothers and his wife Harriett [Golding], in 1970.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lola Reese of Mt. Ayr, and a brother, Glen [Elmer] Ernst [Ernest] of Bedford

[Wyman, Mary Black]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    February 25, 1974

Mrs Mary Wyman taught school here

Local relatives have received word of the death of Mrs Mary (Black) Wyman, 74, Feb 14 at Las Cruces, N M.

She was born to Mr and Mrs Elmer Black Oct 16, 1899, near Shambaugh, and completed her high school education in Clarinda. She taught for a time in local grade schools in the early 1920's, later attended college at Greeley, Colo, then moved to Denver to teach. She was married to William F Wyman in Denver and they lived there until moving to Las Cruces in 1949, where Mr Wyman was comptroller of New Mexico State University until his death in February of 1964.

Mrs Wyman's survivors include a sister, Margaret of Des Moines; three brothers, Tom of Bedford, Ross of Braddyville and Edwin of Madison, Wis, and several other relatives who live in this area.

[Huntsman, John Ora]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    February 25, 1974

Ora Huntsman died at West Heights

GRAVITY — [John] Ora Huntsman, 82, died Friday [February 22, 1974] at West Heights Manor in Clarinda where he had been taken last November after several months illness at the farm home north of Gravity.

Services were being held this Monday at Shum Novinger Funeral Home at Bedford and burial in Old Memory Cemetery near New Market. Carl Cummings of Bedford is officiating.

Ora and his wife, Ruth [Hopkins], had moved from California to this vicinity 22 years ago, their farm being north of town. Mrs Huntsman survives him at the home place. Their three children are Lloyd [Darrel] of New Market, Leonard [Lee] of the home and Richard [Floyd] of California. Richard and family arrived here Saturday.

[Merriett, John David]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    February 25, 1974

John Merriett former Clarindian 

John David Merriett, 47, who moved west from Clarinda to Norwalk, Cal, 18 years ago, died Sunday [February 24, 1974] at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Long Beach, Cal, after eight months of terminal illness.

He was the son-in-law of Mrs Fannie Harper of Clarinda, who received the information. Arrangements for the local services are being made by Walker Funeral Home, the burial to be at High Prairie cemetery at Elmo, Mo.

John David was born Jan 8, 1927, at Burlington Junction, Mo, the son of Edward and Ruth Arnold Merriett. His boyhood and schooling were in that area. He was married June 28, 1947, to Donna Fay Harper at Quitman. Moving to Clarinda, he was employed at Berry Seed Co until they moved to California.

Their son, Johnny, is at Norwalk, and his mother, Mrs Ruth Merriett, lives at Quitman, Mo. Three brothers are Bill of Bell, Cal, Pronto of Quitman, and Jimmy of Moline, Ill. He has two half-brothers and two half-sisters in the Quitman area.

[Merriett, John David]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    February 28, 1974

Services held for John D Merriett

Services for John D [avid] Merriett were held this Thursday afternoon at Walker Funeral Home with Rev Gary Carr officiating. Mr Merriett died Sunday at Long Beach, Cal, following an extended illness.

H E Richardson was soloist and Mrs William Kramer organist. Casket bearers were Gerald Browning, Gene Compton, Verlin Berringer, Gene Mulkins, Lloyd Taylor, and Roy Graham. Burial was in the High Prairie Cemetery west of Elmo [Missouri].

[Charter, Mary Jane Cusick]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     March 14, 1974

Services held for Mrs Charter

GUSS — Funeral services for Mrs Mary J [ane Cusick] Charter, 95, were held Tuesday [March 12, 1974] at the Maple Grove Church. The Rev Charles Bissinger officiated, music being by Mrs Willard Andrew and pianist Mrs Frederick A Berggren.

Mrs Charter lived in this vicinity about 50 years ago and in recent times has been in a nursing home at Burlington. Daughters are Mrs John (Dorothy) Smith, Mrs Clinton Burrell, Mrs Sammy (Ruth) Welcher and Mrs Berniece Smith of the southeast Iowa area. Mrs Burl Hutchinson of Corning is a niece.

[Note: The Social Security Death Index gives her death date as April 1974 but it has not been verified by a family member.]

[Rogers, Susie Esther Adkins]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     March 11, 1974

Services held for Mrs Rogers

Funeral services for Mrs Benjamin (Susie Esther) Rogers, 82, were held Saturday [March 9, 1974] at Maryville with burial in the Clearmont, Mo, cemetery. She died Thursday [March 7, 1974] at a hospital in Columbia, Mo, following a long illness.

Born at Elmo, Mo, she was the daughter of the late John and Nettie Adkins. She was married at Clarinda, Ia, her husband preceding her in death on March 7, 1955.

She is survived by five children, Henry of Maryville; Roy of Elmo, Ed of Clearmont, Mrs Delbert (Betty) Simpson, Albert Lea, Minn, and Mrs Paul (Lena) Pruitt, Clearmont; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one brother, Dwight Adkins of Kansas City, Mo, two sisters, Mrs Joe (Mary) McCord, Longmont, Colo, and Mrs Paul (Charlene) Youngmark, Coin. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter and sisters.

[Weetman, Erma Stevens Carpenter]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     March 11, 1974

Monroe burial for Mrs Weetman

Services for Mrs Erma Weetman, 90, of Clarinda were held this Monday morning at the Lavelle Funeral Home, with Rev John Clark officiating. Burial was this afternoon at Monroe, Iowa. Mrs Ronald Perry was the organist.

Mrs Weetman died Saturday morning [March 9, 1974] at West Heights Manor, where she had been a resident since November of 1970.

She was born June 10, 1883, at Dunreath, Iowa the daughter of Joseph and Lucinda Mullins Stevens. She was reared in the Dunreath and Monroe areas and was married to Charles Carpenter in 1902. They lived in Des Moines for many years, where Mrs Weetman worked as a nurses aide. Mr Carpenter died in 1938. She was married to Maurice Weetman Nov 12, 1952, at Des Moines. They moved to Clarinda in 1953. Mr Weetman died in August of 1971.

She was a member of the Christian Church in Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, two sons and one daughter.

Mrs Weetman is survived by one sister, Mrs Mable Shields of Des Moines, two step-sons, Leslie Weetman of Clewiston, Fla, and Rev Bernard Weetman of Paso Robles, Cal, one step-daughter, Mrs Stoffel (Varda) Vander Hart of Pella, three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

[Fulk, Jennie Elizabeth Duncan]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     March 28, 1974

Mrs. Ed Fulk died this Thursday

Mrs Ed (Jennie E [lizabeth]) Fulk died this Thursday morning [March 28, 1974] about an hour after being stricken at her home on North 16th Street. . She was born Aug 6, 1891 to Robert [Alexander] and Rachel Pinkerton Duncan at Shambaugh and spent her entire life in this area.

She attended elementary school at the Butler country school near Shambaugh and Amity College at College Springs. She was married to Ed [ward William] Fulk Nov 22, 1911 at Shambaugh. They farmed all of their married life northwest of Shambaugh until moving to the Country Club Apartments in 1965.

She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church here.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs LaVern (Wilma) Sawyer of Sepulveda, Calif, and Mrs James G (Marilyn) Crain of Clarinda; three sons, Kenneth of Des Moines, Lyle of Hamburg and Marvin of Violet Hill, Ark; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Vander Linden of Iowa City and Mrs Vera Wilson of Clarinda; one brother, Johnie Duncan of Los Angeles, Calif, 22 grandchildren, and one great - grandson.

Memorials are being established with the Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

Services are pending at the Lavelle Funeral Home with burial at the Clarinda Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be grandsons: J D and Jac Crain, Dean Sawyer, Roger and Jed Fulk and Bill Newton.

[LaFaver, Donald "Red"]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    February 25, 1974

Donald LaFaver long time resident

Donald (Red) LaFaver, 54, longtime Clarinda resident, died Saturday night [February 23, 1974] at Municipal Hospital following a long illness.

He was born Aug 29, 1919, at Clarinda, the son of Ellis and Jessie Anna Damon LaFaver. He was married to Agnes Dixon Baker who survives at the home of 523 N 9th St. Mr LaFaver was a veteran of World War II.

Funeral services for Mr LaFaver will be at 2 pm Tuesday at Walker Funeral Home with Mrs Bettie Hull officiating. Mrs Ronald Perry will be organist. Casket bearers will be Bob Mays, Frank Ellis, Charles Orme, Clarence Geer, Pete Hookham, and Russell Malone. Burial will be in the Clarinda cemetery.

Survivors beside his wife Agnes, of the home, are seven step-children, Mrs Paul (Mae) Wagaman, Glenwood, Mike Baker of Bedford, Mrs Lowell (Betty) Lawger, Mrs Ronald (Ruth) Hoyt, Mrs Larry (Grace) Hiatt, Jack and Roger Baker of Clarinda.

Mr LaFaver is survived by four stepchildren by a previous marriage. Two brothers are Damon LaFaver of Yorktown and Bud LaFaver of Fremont, Neb, and three sisters, Florence Adams of Yorktown, Edna Morris and Ruby Morrow of Clarinda. He was preceded in death by a brother, John.

[Mitts, Inice May Keeler]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     February 28, 1974

Mrs. Inice Mitts died at hospital

Mrs Inice M [ay] Mitts, 78, of York-town died Tuesday night [February 26, 1974] at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Mrs Mitts had been a patient both here and in Omaha in recent months.

She was born July 19, 1895, in Page County, the daughter of Charles and Emma [Josephine] Smith Keeler. She was married to [Byron] Fred [rick] Mitts who died in 1954. Mr and Mrs Mitts operated the store in Yorktown, now being operated as McElhiney's Store and Locker. Mr Mitts also served as postmaster in Yorktown.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday at the Yorktown United Methodist Church with Rev L P Fitzpatrick officiating. Mrs Laura Grother will be at the register. Mr and Mrs Bill Mannasmith will be in charge of music.

Casket bearers will be Marvin McElhiney, Melvin Annan, George Annan, Kenneth Snodgrass, Charles Drennen and Leon Larsen. Burial will be in Polsley cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the cancer fund. Walker Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Mrs Mitts is survived by three children: Mrs Hobert (Marlene) Gant of Coin, Chester Mitts of Inglewood, Cal and Melvin Mitts of Buena Park, Cal. There are five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A twin sister is Mrs Eunice McHenry of Anaheim, Cal.

[Runyan, Carl Saxe]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    May 23, 1974

Carl Runyan native of Coin

Funeral services for Carl [Saxe] Runyan, 81, were held this Thursday [May 23, 1974], following his death Monday [May 20,1974] en route to the Red Oak hospital from the Good Samaritan nursing home.

He was a former resident of the Coin vicinity until 1934, when he moved to Villisca then moved to Red Oak in 1941. Born Sept 8, 1892, at Coin, he was married to Mildred Fae Hitchcock of Coin and graduated from Coin High School.

Casket bearers at the funeral services were his grandsons, Steve Funkhouser, Dennis Funkhouser, Charles Funkhouser, James Docker, David Docker, Curtis Runyan, Marvin Runyan and Robert Runyan. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery in Coin.

Survivors include three children, Mrs Max (Frances) Funkhouser of Longmont, Colo, Mrs Joe (Jeanette) Docker of Red Oak and Clinton Runyan of New Market, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mr Runyan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters, two brothers, one infant daughter and one granddaughter.

[Potts, Edwin Chester]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday     February 28, 1974

Edwin C Potts former Clarindian

Edwin C [hester] Potts, 73, graduate of Clarinda schools in 1919, died Feb 14 at a Wichita Falls, Tex, hospital. He had been a veteran of 40 years in the oil industry in Texas, associated early with Noros Martin and later with Martin properties.

Born at Prescott [August 13, 1900], he was in Clarinda with parents, Mr and Mrs W [illiam S.] Potts. He was brother of Mrs Noros (Nellie) Martin, and went to Texas to work for Texoma and later Continental Oil.

Services were held at Wichita Falls from the First Christian Church   and entombment   in Crestview Mausoleum.

[Note: Texas Death Index 1903-2000 gives his death date as February 7, 1974.   Source of birth date: Social Security Death Index and World War I Draft Registration Card]

[Dalbey, Fletcher Jones, Jr.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Thursday    May 23, 1974

Fletcher Dalbey killed in mishap

Fletcher J [ones] Dalbey, 59, a prominent Burlington Jct Angus cattle breeder, was killed Monday [May 20, 1974] in an accident near his farm home. Working on a grain truck between the raised bed and the truck frame, the hydraulic mechanism apparently failed. The bed pinned Dalbey between the bed and frame.

Services were Thursday at the Burlington Jct Christian Church, burial in the Ohio Cemetery. Barr-Merrick Chapel made arrangements.

Dalbey was born May 11, 1915, near Maryville, the son of the late Fletcher J [ones] and Laura [Alice Staples] Dalbey Sr. On Oct 9,1935, he was married at Maryville, to Evaline Logan, who survives.

He worked with 4-H, a leader of 25 years. He had registered Angus cattle and Quarter Horses, and was a member of the Hoof and Horn Saddle Club, Burlington Jct.

Besides his wife, he is survived by daughter, Mrs Doris Hagey of Burlington Jct, a brother, George Dalbey of Burlington Jct, a sister, Mrs John Dickerson [Dorothy] of Salisbury, and three grandchildren.

[Christensen, Boyd M.]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday    November 25, 1974

Boyd Christensen retired farmer

Former Coin resident, Boyd M Christensen, 65, died Nov 18 at Anamosa.

Services were held from the Center Junction Presbyterian Church Nov 21.

He was born at Coin March 26, 1909, the son of Madison and Sadie Wilson Christensen. He graduated from Coin High School. Sept 8, 1941, he married Thelma Husmann and the couple moved to Center Junction, where they farmed their entire married life.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Center Junction. He had been active in community projects, serving on the city council and the school board.

He is survived by one son, Keith of Center Junction, a grandson, and a granddaughter, a brother, Ray and a sister, Mrs Grace Brownlee of Coin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and one brother.

Those attending from this area were Mr and Mrs Ray Christensen, Mr and Mrs Kennard Christensen, Mr and Mrs Ray Brownlee, Neal Snyder, Herbert Goodman of Coin; Mrs Elizabeth Christensen and Jan Christensen of Northboro; Mrs Jim Castle of Ankeny; Kenneth Spira   of   Winterset; Bruce Brownlee of St Charles.

[Harris, John Eldon]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     November 25, 1974

Services Sunday for Eldon Harris

[John] Eldon Harris, 89, longtime rural resident of New Market, died Friday afternoon  [November 22, 1974] at Parkdale Manor Nursing Home in Maryville, Mo, where he had resided for three years.

Funeral services for Mr Harris were held Sunday afternoon [November 24, 1974] at Walker Funeral Home with the Rev Lester Greenwood officiating. Grace Perry was organist. Honorary bearers were Pat Yearous, Ralph Snodgrass, John Combs, Roy Beavers, Clifford Davison and Vern Melvin.

Casket bearers were: Carroll McKay, Dale Hartstack, Wayne White, Roy Donald Thompson, George Neumeyer and Erville Allison. Burial was in Memory cemetery at New Market.

Mr Harris was born Oct 31, 1885, in Page County near New Market, the son of John and Emma Louisa Kelso Harris.

He was married to Bessie Mayme Clayton on March 10, 1908. Mrs Harris died July 1 1967, after 59 years of marriage. They lived on the same farm near New Market for over 50 years.

Before going to the nursing home Mr Harris was with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs Edward Mutti at Hopkins, for 12 years.

Mr Harris is survived by his daughter, Mrs Edward (Lucille) Mutti of North Kansas City, and two grandsons, one sister, Mrs Lenna Martin of Carroll, and a brother, Herschel Harris of Zephyrhills, Fla.

[Nelson, Hattie Marie Gustafson]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     April 29, 1974

Mrs Hattie Nelson native of county

Funeral   services   for   Mrs Hattie [Marie] Nelson, 92, of Clarinda will be at 3 pm Tuesday [April 30, 1974] at Trinity United Presbyterian Church.

Mrs Nelson died Saturday afternoon [April 27, 1974] at Municipal Hospital where she had been admitted on Friday. She had made her home at West Heights Manor and before that with her son Clifford Nelson since giving up the home at 123 W Lincoln.

Dr J D Almes and Rev Wayne Fisher will officiate at the services. Mrs Helen Hall Hoskinson will be organist. Ushers will be Lyle Eden and Ed Ratashak. Casket bearers will be George Gerberding, Chet Olenius, Angus McIntosh, Cecil Smith, Ed Winter and Bob Hamm.

Burial will be in the Clarinda cemetery with Walker Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mrs Nelson was born Feb 2, 1882, in Page County, the daughter of Andrew and Hanna Anderson Gustafson. She was married to John A Nelson May 30, 1906. Mr Nelson died in 1964.

Mrs Nelson is survived by two children, Clifford Nelson of Clarinda and Mrs Laurine Bowen of Mobile, Ala. There are six grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Four sisters surviving are Mrs Laura Swanson of Clarinda, Mrs Mabel Swanson of Shenandoah, Mrs Lillie Anderson of Clarinda and Mrs Jess (Veda) Steeve of Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gladys, two sisters, Mrs Elin Westenburg, and Mrs Anna Warn and one brother, Luther Gustafson.

[Murdock, Maud Elzy Hobson]

Clarinda Herald Journal

Monday     September 30, 1974

Mrs Maud Murdock died Thursday

Mrs Maud E [lzy] Murdock, 87, of Clarinda died Thursday afternoon [September 26, 1974] following a heart attack suffered at her home at Clarhaven Apt where she had made her home for three and one half months.

Mrs Murdock is survived by a daughter, Mrs Charles (Ruth) Nelson of Clarinda and two grandchildren.

Mrs Murdock was born Nov 28, 1886, at Warwick, Kan, the daughter of Chastein [Snyder] and Alianda [Allinda] McCutcheon Hobson. She was married to C [lyde] W [illiam] Murdock who preceded her in death. Her home was at Lincoln, Neb, before moving to Clarinda about 14 years ago.

Funeral services for Mrs Murdock were held Sunday [September 29, 1974] at Walker Funeral Home with Dr J D Almes officiating. Graveside services were held this Monday afternoon [September 30, 1974] at Rosemound cemetery near Hardy, Ks.