Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Pat O'Dell - genpat@netins.net
Smith, Joseph - AN OLD SETTLER GONE - Joseph Smith, one of the pioneer settlers, and one of the best known citizens of Taylor county, died at his home near Siam last Monday [Dec 11, 1893]. The funeral took place yesterday and was attended by a large concourse of the friends of the family. The burial ceremony was conducted by the Masonic fraternity of which lodge the deceased was on honored member. We will publish an obituary next week.
Smith, Joseph - SIAM - Uncle Joseph Smith died Dec 11, 1893, and was interred Dec 13, in our cemetery. His remains were taken to the Christian church by the members of the Masonic lodge and the funeral discourse preached by Elder Helm, of Hopkins [Mo], then reparied to the place of interment, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. He was one of the first settlers in Polk township. His brother Stephen Smith, was here from Cass county, Mo; to attend the funeral.

Smith, Isaac - Isaac Smith was born in Ohio, Aug 27th, 1849 and departed this life at the home of his sister, Mary Cook of Bedford [Iowa], March 6, 1925 at the age of 75 years, 6 months, and 7 days. He was married to Flora Ellen Woolen, Nov 12, 1871, and to them were born 12 children, six boys and six girls. His wife and two sons, Edward and John, preceded him and those left to mourn their loss are Joe Smith of Hopkins [Missouri], Crystal Clayton, and Alice Henderson of Siam [Iowa], Harriet Wright of Clarinda [Iowa], Abe Smith and Lizzie Allen of Wyoming, Sim Smith of South Dakota.

He has 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mary Cook of Bedford [Iowa], Ruth Ann Carpenter of Nebraska, two brothers Edward of Bedford and Simeon of Wyoming, three half-sisters, Zorilda Oxley of Siam, Nela Fine of Elmo, Mo, Edna Duncan of Shenandoah; and a half-brother, Ira Smith of Siam. He was a member of the Christian church of Siam, and also a member of the Masonic Lodge at Siam.

Smith, Emza May - SMITH DEATH - Death, near Buchanan [Siam], Taylor County, Iowa, of lung fever Emza May Smith daughter of Joseph and Mary Smith, born July 3rd, 1870, and died March 1st, 1876. This little one who has left us so early in life has been a great sufferer, nearly three weeks. Medical skill administered by Dr Bartholomew, Brockett, and Rhodes together with careful nursing by kind friends and neighbors was unavailing, none knew this little one but to love her.
Smith Mary - Mary Malinda Wharton was born in Wayne county, Indiana, March 28, 1836 and died at the home of her daughter near Siam, Iowa, Oct 16, 1923 aged 87 years, 6 months and 18 days. She was married August 12, 1869 to Joseph Smith and to this union three children were born - Emsy who died when young, Zarilda and Ira. The husband preceded her to the great beyond 30 years ago. Besides her two children and eighteen grandchildren she leaves to mourn her going seven step-children and a host of other relatives and friends. Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 25, 1923

Smith, Ira - Funeral services for Ira W[harton] Smith, 59, who died at his home in Siam [Iowa] Tuesday, Dec 25 [1934] were held at the Church of Christ in Siam Wednesday, Dec 26, conducted by Rev W.W. Kratzer. Burial was in the Siam Cemetery with the Masonic Order in charge.

Ira W. Smith youngest child of Joseph W. and Mary Wharton Smith was born Jan 10, 1875 near Siam. He was married to Pearl Davison Aug 27, 1899. To them were born ten children, five sons and five daughters. They are: Mrs Maybelle Hardee of Shambaugh, Howard Smith of Guss, Mrs Emsy Clark of Gravity, Joe, Oscar, Lester, Lavina and Arline at home. Two children, Mrs Lucille Finley and an infant son preceded their father in death.

Surviving relatives are the wife, eight children, ten grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Siam, a member of Plumb Lodge, A.F. and A.M. No 285 and Highland Chapter No 523 OES.

Smith, Ora Edward - Died, Ora Edward Smith, in Sheridan, Wyo, March 20, 1901, at 10 o'clock pm and brought to Siam, Iowa, and buried in the Siam cemetery March 23 1901, by Plumb Lodge No 285 A.F. and A.M., of which he was an honored member. Brother Smith was born in Osborn county, Kansas, November 24, 1878 making his age 22 years, 3 months, and 26 days.
Smith, Mrs Isaac - Sunday evening at 5 o'clock, Mrs Isaac Smith passed quietly away after an illness of several months, and was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery followed by a very large circle of friends. Deceased leaves a husband and 11 children to mourn the loss of a companion and a loving mother.
Smith, Joseph Early - Joseph Early Smith was born at Siam Nov 2, 1872 and died Aug 27, 1943 aged 70 years 9 months and 25 days. He was the son of Isaac and Flora Smith. He married Adah Fine Dec 20, 1908 and they had 2 daughters, Mrs R.R. Rogers of Gallup, New Mexico and Mrs Victor Schindler of Hermann, Missouri. He leaves his wife and daughters, 6 sisters, Crystal Manley, Jesse Henderson of Siam, I.F. Allen of Bedford, Iowa, Edna Howard, Harriett Wright of Portland, Oregon, Anna Shephard of McMinnville, Oregon and 2 brothers, F.A. Smith of Sheridan, Wyo and Simeon Smith of Ruth, Nev. Preceded by 3 brothers Ed, John and Steve. Burial was in the Siam Cemetery.

Scrivner, Nancy Jane Bridgewater - Nancy Jane Bridgewater was born in Indiana, June 6, 1843 and when 4 years of age moved with her parents to Siam [Iowa] where she lived until 15 years old when they moved to New Market. Later she lived at Craig, Mo and the last 8 years of her life she lived in Clarinda, Iowa with her daughter Mrs Mertie Stipe.

She was married to Samuel Scrivner Feb 21, 1861 at Siam, Iowa and to them were born 11 children. The deceased children are: Ella, Leroy, Birchie Neal, Birten, Daisy, Eunice, Mrs Emma Welch and Mrs Mary Martin. Living children are Mrs Laura Bashor of Shambaugh, Ia, Ora B. Scrivner of Jamesport, Mo, Mrs Mertie Stipe of Clarinda, Ia, and Elias Harley Scrivner of Los Angeles, Calif. Four of the children were present at the funeral with 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Samuel Scrivner died Sept 7, 1918.

She was a member of the Church of Christ since early childhood uniting with the Siam church. The funeral service was at the Christian church of Siam, Thurs, Aug 31 [1929], at 2:30 pm with Rev B.F. Hall. Burial was in the Siam Cemetery. [this is abbreviated - don't have all of it.]

Scribner, Burton - Died, May 17, 1887 of heart disease, Burton Emmet Scribner, son of Samuel and Jane Scribner who was born at their residence Dec 31, 1870. He had been an invalid for 4 years. He leaves 2 brothers and five sisters. Burial Siam Cemetery with pastor Rev. L.D. Cook.
Savage, Wm - Died, at his residence in Mason twp [Taylor County, Iowa], on Tuesday, August 21, 1883, of malarial fever, Mr Wm Savage, aged 54 years, 11 months and 5 days. The funeral took place from the residence at one o'clock on Wednesday, conducted by Elder J.P. Lucas, of Bedford, and the remains were buried at the Memory cemetery. Deceased was a member of the Christian church and had lived in Mason twp for eight years. He leaves a wife and three children, and many friends to mourn his demise. The bereaved family have the sympathy of a host of friends. The New Market News, Aug 23, 1883 Vol 1 #16.
Slack, John William Slack, was born in Ireland, May 26, 1873 and died at his home in Tingley, Iowa Aug 27, 1945. He came to this country with his parents in 1881. He was married to Viva E. Rawlings Dec 24, 1895. She passed away Jun 14, 1925. To this union three children were born, one dying in infancy. On Dec 17, 1927 he married Nellie D. McCowen and since then has lived in Tingley, Iowa the last 15 months of his life he has been an invalid. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Nellie D. Slack, a daughter, Hallene Combs, of New Market, a son George Slack of Douglas, Wyo; two sisters, Hannah Mankle of Topeka, Kans, Georgia Patton of Centralia, Wash, and a brother Isaac Slack of Shenandoah and three grandchildren; Joan Slack of Clarinda, Pfc Estel D. Combs serving in the armed forces and Lyle E. Combs of New Market, besides a host of relatives and friends.
Slack, Isaac Lewis Slack was born March 11, 1877 in Ireland and died in Clarinda Aug 10, 1956. One of 7 children, all of whom have preceded him in death. He was married Mar 15, 1903 to Eltha Minard and they had one child, Mrs Joe Anderson of Shenandoah.

Slack, Mrs J.W. Slack passed away Sunday at her home north of New Market after a short illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev Dezell, and interment was in Dallas Center. Mrs Slack had spent her entire life in this community and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She was a good wife, loving mother and a neighbor in all that the word implies. Her death will be sincerely mourned by the entire community. Vivia was born Feb 5, 1873 near New Market, Iowa and departed this life June 14, 1925 at the age of 52 years, four months, and nine days. She was united in marriage to J.W. Slack on Dec 24, 1895. To this union three children were born, Hallene Combs and Feol Slack of New Market, and Luke who died in infancy. Besides the husband and two children she leaves three brothers and four sisters to mourn her departure. They are E.A. Rawlings, of Denton, Kans, J.A.R. of Mercer, Mo, L.P. of Orland, Calif, Mrs F.B. Lindsay of Yuma, Colo, Mrs M.C. Reeves, Neosho, Mo, Mrs P. Lathrop of Detroit, Mich, Mrs B.F. Williams, of Neosho, Mo. At the age of eighteen years she united with the M.E. church at North Grove and through out her whole life was a living example of christianity. - For further info see Slack info

   The correction I would like made is in the obituary of Viva E. Slack,
the "Foel" Slack referred to therein should be George Slack.
Correction submitted by daughter of George Slack, Muriel Jean Slack
Greenlee 1 Fenchurch Lane, Bella Vista, AR

Stoll, Mrs, Died Nov 10th. Mrs. G.P. Stoll for five years principal of the Junior High School of this city at one time, died Nov 10th at the home of her daughter, Mrs Wilson, at El Paso, Texas, from the effects of an operation. The remains were taken back to Waynesburrough, Virginia her native state and town, for burial. Mrs Stoll left here a year ago last spring. While a resident of this city she took a very active interest in the better things of the community and her many friends were shocked to learn of her death. Bedford Free-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Nov 20, 1924

Snyder, Helen Louise - At rest, Helen Louise, infant daughter of Mr and Mrs Merle Snyder passed away at her home near East Mission, November 11th, 1924, aged 2 months and 2 days. She leaves to mourn her loss her mother, father, two grandmothers and one grandfather, three aunts, four uncles, besides her cousins and a host of friends. Jesus said, Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.

The funeral was held at the home by Rev Fletcher and interment made in Fairview Cemetery. Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Nov 20, 1924


Slawson, Sarah Emily Templeton - Sarah Emily Templeton was born in New Castle, Henry Co., Indiana, March 8, 1856, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Delia Wilkins near Redfield, Iowa, Dec 7, 1924 age 68 years, 8 months and 29 days.

She was united in marriage to Henry Edwin Slawson January 27, 1874, at Woodhull, Illinois. To this union seven children were born. Her husband and five children have preceded her in death, leaving to mourn a daughter and son, Mrs Delia Wilkins of Redfield, Iowa, and Dr H.N. Slawson of Kansas City, Mo. Two sisters, Mrs Lydia Terbell of New Sharon, Iowa, and Mrs Aleinda Thompson of San Jose, Calif. One brother, D.C. Templeton of Chicago, Ill. Also four grandchildren.

Mrs Slawson has been in failing health for several months and a great sufferer. She was raised by Christian parents and later united with the First Baptist church at Bedford, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at her daughter's home in Redfield, Iowa. Interment was made at Bedford Monday, Dec 8th.

The relatives wish to express their thanks to the ladies of the Baptist church, who so kindly gave flowers for the funeral. Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Dec 11, 1924


Stearns, Mrs Albert M. - Mrs Albert M. Stearns, 40 years of age, a former resident of near Maryville, died at 9 o'clock last night at her home, four and a half miles northwest of Hopkins, where she had lived the last six months. Mrs Stearns had been ill for over a year.

Born June 10, 1900, in Taylor County, Ia., Mrs Stearns was married at Bedford on June 29, 1920. She and her husband lived for nine years on a farm four and a half miles northwest of Maryville prior to moving to the Hopkins vicinity.

Survivors include the husband; her parents, Mr and Mrs C.A. Garner, Bedford; four sisters, Mrs James Hamilton, Bedford; Mrs Robert Hamilton, Clarinda; Mrs Jess Briggs, Villisca, Ia., and Mrs Clyde Cavender, Lincoln, Neb., and a brother, Ray Garner, Prescott, Ia.

The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home, conducted by Rev Paul Barton of Hopkins. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery, four miles west of Bedford. Maryville Daily Forum, Sept 26, 1940

Steppe, Alma, born 20 Aug 1885 Atchison co, Mo; died 22 Mar 1923 West Clark twp; buried English Grove cem, Atchison co, Mo; father Wm J. Hankins born Taylor Co, Ia; mother Racheal Williams born Page Co, Ia. [Atchison co, Mo death record]

Smith, Mamie Louise Curtis, 94, of Lenox [Iowa], died Sunday, Feb 4, 1990 at the Lenox Care Center.

Mrs Smith was born April 14, 1895 in Virginia, Neb to Paul B. and Aleda C. (Yarpe) Neilson. She married David C. Curtis Oct 20, 1917 in Beatrice, Neb., and moved to Lenox in 1936. Dave died in 1948. She married Gordon Smith October 14, 1957, in Lincoln, Neb and they lived in Nebraska. He died on April 11, 1967 and Mamie moved back to Lenox. She had resided at the Lenox Care Center for the last five years.

She was a 60-year member of Golden Rule No 134 of the Rebekah Lodge at Bedford, long-time member of the Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary Parkinson Unit 250, Eastern Star in Nebraska, UMW Women's Society of the Methodist Church, former member of the Sunnyside Club and member of Nifty-Ninety Club at the Care Center.

Mamie was a hard worker and worked many years at the former Copeland-Wells Locker plant and for Fred and Vera Strunce when they took over the locker plant. She worked in restaurants in the area and hung wallpaper for many. The job was sure to get done when Mamie was in charge. She always had a helping hand for anyone in need. She enjoyed giving - much more than receiving. She was a strong and faithful service in her church and community.

One of Mamie's specialities was baking pies and bread puddings for her neighbors and friends.

She enjoyed the weekly trips to Clearfield for Congregate Meals with her many friends.

The great legacy she left behind to all that had the privilege to know her was her genuine love for all, her sunny personality, her sense of humor and her love for children.

Services were held Wednesday at 11 am at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. The Rev Paul Grandon officiated the service. The Rebekah Lodge had services at the church.

Survivors include two sisters, Elva Dunkle of Pottsboro, Tx and Esther Sullivan of North Platte, Neb; several nieces and nephews; and her many friends who have shared their lives with her.

Besides her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister, three step-sons. Bedford Times-Press, Feb 14, 1990

Slack, George R. -        

        Here is the obituary of my father George R. Slack. Published in
Clarinda Herald Journal February 13, 1956

          G.R. Slack Had Died Friday

          At place North of New Market

        George R. Slack, 54 was found dead in his home near New Market
Saturday morning, his death believed to have been late on Friday.  He was a
life-long resident of near New Market and Hawleyville, his farm home being
five miles north of New Market in recent years.

        Services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda this
Monday afternoon with Rev. Lester Greenwood of the First Methodist Church
officiating.  Burial was in the Dallas Center Cemetery.

        He was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Jack Slack, both of whom
preceded him in death.  His daughter, Murial Jean Greenlee, lives at Avoca,
Ia.  A sister, Mrs. Hallene Combs, preceded him in death.

 Above newspaper article submitted by his daughter Muriel Jean Slack
Greenlee, 1 Fenchurch Lane, Bella Vista, AR.

Sullenberger, Naomi Sherrl Morehouse – Naomi Morehouse was born in Villisca, Iowa October 2, 1940 to Robert Truman and Coral Lorene Jackson Morehouse. It was noted at birth that Naomi had two broken legs and two broken arms. Later, her condition was found to be Ostegenesis Imperfection or OI. The Doctor told the family that she could not survive, and fed her only water the first week. Naomi showed her unquenchable spirit even then and surprised them all by surviving. The family was told that she wouldn’t live past the age of six or seven.

She was home tutored by a teacher from the Kendrick School and graduated from eighth grade and was the Taylor Co Valedictorian in 1955. Attended Villisca High School via telephone line to her home and graduated in 1959. She  attended other trade schools and worked at many different trades until she became a data processor for the State of Iowa in the license plate department. She graduated from Computer School in Des Moines with high honors in 1990.

She was indeed a survivor and in describing Naomi, family and friends use adjectives like “determined,” “amazingly independent” and feisty. Her tiny size of slightly over 3 feet was not in proportion to her giant spirit. Learning to drive her own car which was specially devised for her with hand controls and a special seat.

She married Jim Sullenberger August 18th, 1990 and they made their home in Des Moines till her death. Her funeral was in Des Moines and burial was in a Bedford Cemetery, Friday afternoon.

She was baptized in the Advent Christian church, August 29, 1960 with Rev Boswell officiating. She went to heaven to be with the Lord, whom she loved, July 10, 2001. Survivors include her husband Jim of Des Moines, one sister Neva Lucille Morehouse of Stanton, one brother Dean Morehouse of St Joe, Mo., many nieces, nephews, friends and one special friend Nelda Rohem. Three aunts Ruby Gross, Adaline Campbell and Sue Morehouse.

Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, July 25, 2001

Sharp, Maria Christine Nelson

Maria Christine Nelson Sharp
March 29, 1855-July 06, 1928


Maria Christine Nelson was born in Mercer county,
Ill., March 29, 1855 and died at her home in Blockton
July 6, 1928, aged 73 years, 3 months and 7 days.

She was united in marriage to William G. Sharp
Nov. 10. 1872.  To this union 11 children were born,
3 dying in infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Nellie
Ledgerwood, dying June 23, 1925.  She was also
preceded by her husband Dec. 30, 1910 and by two
brothers, August and Albert Nelson, and one sister,
Clara Nelson.

They moved to Iowa in the fall of 1877, located in
Taylor county, one mile south of Platteville.  In the
spring of 1881 they bought a farm in Gay township,
and there resided until the spring of 1909 when they
moved to Blockton.

Mother Sharp was blessed with Christian parents and
was dedicated in baptism unto the Lord while an infant,
and after moving in the Gay Center community she
united with the Methodist church and was an active
worker in the church and Sunday school.  The Sharp
home was always open to the preacher and his family.
In the earlier days when the charge was under a circuit,
the preacher would preach at Gay Center in the morning
and frequently go to the Sharp home for dinner,
preaching at Platteville in the afternnon and Blockton
at night.

Mrs. Sharp had been in failing health for about eight years
and after suffering with pneumonia last winter left her
in a weakened condition and the relapse was more than
she could stand.

She leaves to mourn seven children -- Warren F., John
Clinton, Claud, Arthur and Mrs. Cora Livingston, of
Blockton; Mrs. Ada Brown, of Ideal, S.D., and Mrs. Zelda
Thompson, of Moline, Ill., 14 grandchildren, one brother,
S. L. Nelson of Joy, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. Amanda
Adams, of Rolla, Mo., and Mrs. L. H. Kerch of Doran, Minn.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Monday
afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. J. H. Bennett,
assisted by Rev. C. Max Buck, and interment was made in
Rose Hill cemetary.
Submitted by:
Tracy St Claire


[121] Salen, Albert Marvin

Albert Marvin Salen was born November 17, 1917 to Albert
Marion and Grace Roberts Salen, near Bedford, IA (present sight
of Bedford Airport and Bedford Gun Club). He attended school
in Bedford (1st-12th) and graduated high school in 1935. He
entered Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College for a short
time (left because of pneumonia) and worked at Fuller Taylor
Clothing Store from 1937 to 1942, He married Elizabeth (Betty)
Vogt on June 17, 1942. Marvin enlisted kin the U.S. Army on
Sept. 25th, 1942, at Camp Dodge, IA. He served in China Burma
India Theater for 2« years; Discharged Dec. 22, 1945 at Camp
Grant, IL as a TSgt, after 3 years 2 months and 27 days of
service. In January 1946 he began work for L.R. Vogt Seed Co.
in Bedford. The business was incorporated in 1952. In 1962
Betty and Marvin became owners of the company until it was
sold in 1980. During this time, along with the seed business, they
bred and raised registered angus cattle. Marvin and Betty retired
to Mesa, AZ in 1980. Marvin was preceded in death by his
parents, sister-in-law June Vogt Borrusch (Paul), niece, Martha
Borrusch Samera. He is survived by his wife of 65 years,
Elizabeth (Betty) Vogt Salen, brother Robert "Clem" (Alice)
Salen, SD; son, James (Marjie), Baltimore, MD; daughter,
JoAnne (John), Phoenix, AZ; grandsons, Bradford Salen, NY;
Aaron Salen, MN; Loran Glaser, AZ; and granddaughter Jamie
Glaser, AZ; Jeff Salen (Chris) C0; nieces Katie Salen, NY; Jenny
Aspin (Jason), IL. A memorial service was held on Friday,
September 7, 2007 at Bunker's University chapel, 3529 E.
University Dr., Mesa, AZ. 480-830-4105. Inurnment was at the
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

[122] Sanders, Virginia Mae (Scherick), was born September 13, 1944 at the Clarinda hospital. And passed away March 22, 2007 at her home, at the age of 62.

[123] Sawyer, Vivian S. Scott - Vivian S. Sawyer, 100, died on November 7, 2005 at Bedford, Iowa, after having resided in the Bedford Community for more than 70 years.  Memorial services were held on November 10, 2005 at The Ritchie Funeral Home with the Reverends Ted DeHass and Tim Maxa officiating.  Arrangements were made by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford. 

Burial took place at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Vivian, born July 3, 1905, was the youngest of five children of William Edward and Eva Barrett Scott of rural Decatur County, Iowa.  She attended country
school as a young girl and then moved on to graduate from Lamoni High School in 1922 at the age of sixteen.  Her civic-mindedness was already apparent in high school; she served on the student council,
served as class president, and, along with some of her fellow classmates and under the direction of the
school librarian, helped establish in 1921-1922 the first public library in Lamoni.  Also, she found time
during those busy years to take private oil-painting and elocution lessons.

It was her wish to study at the Chicago Art Institute, but her parents decided that Vivian would not be safe in the Chicago.  Instead, she enrolled at Iowa State College in Ames, where she majored in home economics, art, and psychology.  She worked part-time in the office of the psychology department to help with her expenses.  She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and served as an officer in the Home
Economics Club.  Also, she was active in the woman's governing board, the YMCA, and various art
groups.  She was inducted in 1924 into the national honorary psychology fraternity, Psi Chi. 

While at Ames, she met fellow student Maurees K. Sawyer whom she married a month after they both received their degrees in 1925 from Iowa State College.  As part of her graduate work in child development, she received the Laura Spellman Rockefeller Fellowship for leadership training in child study.  During the four years she lived in Boone following her marriage, she organized child study groups and represented those groups on the Boone PTA Executive Council.  She was also active in the Boone's Women's Club. As her family grew, and the Great Depression worsened, hers was not an easy life, but none of her eight children heard complaints.  She maintained a huge vegetable garden, canned hundreds of quarts of fruits, vegetables and her much admired sweet gherkins.  She raised chickens and sewed and
mended endlessly.  Her daughters recall that she did not need a pattern for a prom dress, a wedding gown
or any other sort of clothing; all she needed was a description or a sketch. 

While her eight children were in school, she was active and supportive of their school-related and
extra-curricular activities.  In 1943, she helped organize and was elected first president of the Bedford PTA; she was a leader or assistant leader in 4-H during the ten years 1944-1954; she was president of Band Mothers; she was active in Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, Rainbow Girls and Demolay. 

Vivian headed a group of concerned citizens to have driver's education added to the school curriculum and
was active in a citizen's committee that campaigned successfully for a bond issue that would permit repair
of the old school building and for reorganization of the school district.  During 1948-1950, she served as
president of the City Federation of Women's Clubs. 

She was chairman of a number of junior/senior banquets; it became almost clich' that if a responsible, efficient, easy-to-work-with person was needed to be in charge of a project, "Let's get Vivian Sawyer to do it."  She usually did.

But she was also able to delegate responsibility, especially to her children.  It was assumed that the older children would look after the younger ones, that the boys did the outdoor chores, that the girls worked inside and that nobody escaped a regular turn at doing the dishes-no small task for a family of ten.

Vivian was an active member of two study clubs, Travel Club, and Fortnightly Club, the latter for more than 50 years.  Shortly after moving to Bedford, she transferred her church membership from the Disciples of Christ Church in Kellerton to the First Baptist Church in Bedford, where she became active in the Women's Society.

As her children grew older and became more self-sufficient, she had more time for two of her hobbies, hunting for antiques and oil painting.  She had a special room in the basement of the farmhouse for refinishing and restoring old, mistreated pieces into something beautiful.  She also joined a group taking oil-painting lessons, which used the farm kitchen as one of their temporary studios.  After she moved from the farm to Central Avenue in Bedford, she and some of her friends continued to paint in her home.

As the demands of children subsided, however, her care-giving and nurturing skills were still needed as she tended to her own mother and to her husband's parents during their final years.  In 1962, her husband was injured in an accident and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.  During the first several years after his injury, the demands on Vivian's time, energy and resolution were enormous.  This challenge to her physical and emotional strength was met with her usual quiet efficiency; it was during those years that she began rereading the Bible and seemed to find not only comfort and solace there, but also the energy to carry on.

In 1967, the Bedford Business and Professional Women's Club chose Mrs. Sawyer as their nominee for State Mother of the Year.  The spokeswoman for that club wrote, ". . . It's as though the community were nominating her by unanimous vote. . . Mrs. Sawyer is that rare woman who goes unostentatiously but conscientiously about making the world a better place in which to live."  She received special commendation as being one of the finalists for that state honor.

Vivian's husband, Maurees, died in 1975, six weeks before they were to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  Her three brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.  Other family members who predeceased her were one son, Charles, of Onawa; one daughter, Elise Tranbarger, of Sumner; one son-in-law, James A. Dinsmoor of Bloomington, IN; and one great grandson, Brad Sawyer of Charles City.

She is survived by six children and their spouses: John G. and Georgalee Sawyer of Bartlesville, OK; William E. and Ann Sawyer of Lenox, IA; Kay Dinsmoor of Bloomington, IN; Sondra and W. Lowell Parman of Marion, IA; Robert and Katherine Sawyer of Maryville, MO; and Tom W. and Claire Sawyer of Littlefield, TX.  Also surviving are one son-in-law, James R. Tranbarger and his wife, Janice and one daughter-in-law, Marjorie Harris of Onawa. 

Other survivors include the following grandchildren: Tracy and Steve Sturgeon and their three daughters; Robert and Jenny Tranbarger and their two sons; Leslie and Tim Leppla  and their three sons; Steve and Connie Sawyer and their three children; Jill Sawyer; Scott Sawyer and his daughter; Mara Dinsmoor; Robert Dinsmoor; Tom Parman, his two children and his fianc', Linda Sojka and her daughter; Kimberly and Benjamin Stephens; Todd and Sheri Parman and their two children; Elizabeth and Steven Webber and their two daughters; Paul and Susan Sawyer and their son; Greg and Christy Sawyer and their three daughters; and one stepgrandson, Dan Dinsmoor and his wife Jeanne and their four children.

Vivian Sawyer will be missed by all whose lives she touched and enriched.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Cemetery Paving Project or to a charity of one's choice.

[124] Schafer, Derrick Adam

Derrick Adam Schafer was born Dec. 12, 1978 at St. Joseph, MO, to Leonard
L. and Carole L (Zapf) Schafer. He died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 from injuries he
received in a fire at his apartment.
Derrick attended first through eight grades at New Market, Iowa and
graduated from Bedford High school. Following school he served in the United
States Army in 1999. For a brief period of time he worked at Precision Pulley in
Corning. IA, and for the past six years at Kawasaki in Maryville most recently as
Line Leader in the crank shaft department. He is currently a member of the
National Guard. Derrick enjoyed hunting, fishing riding horses, and his dog
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Margaret Schafer
and Bill and Betty Zapf; uncles and aunts Robert, Herman, and Ernest Schafer,
Don and Vern Estes, Jim Danner, and Thelma and Walter Kissinger.
Derrick is survived by his parents, Leonard and Carole Schafer of New
Market, IA: sister Angela Boner and husband Tony of Bedford, IA: uncles and
aunts Robert and Jean Schafer, Sharon and Dan Scurlock, Clifford and Mary Lou
Zapf, Dorothy and John Mullinax, John and Pat Schafer, Bill and Dorothy
Schafer, Martin and Marilyn Schafer, Jim and Karen Schafer, Don and Mary
Hernandez, Edna Schafer, Kathleen Schafer, Patricia Wright, Clara and Duane
Johnson, Loretta Estes, Bonnie Danner, Hazel Estes; and many cousins, other
relatives and friends.

[125] Schrodt, Trula, age 75, of the Siam, Iowa area, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at Beverly Healthcare, Maryville, Missouri.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Trula Schrodt Memorial family choice. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.walker-merrick-wolfe-barr.com. 

Trula Ilene Harris Schrodt (75) was born November 4, 1930 to Edgar and Neva Harris and entered into rest June 12, 2006. She lived in Taylor County growing up, mostly on farms. Trula was always wanting to be outside, soaking up the sunshine. She met her husband, James Henry Schrodt and was married on September 30, 1950.

They were married nearly 45 years. They moved to a farm east of Clarinda where they began their life together, working side-by-side. Unto this union four children were born. They are Vicki Lee Fitzwater, Omaha, NE; James Wendell Schrodt and wife Kathy, Bedford, IA; Nancy Ilene Adams and husband Vic, Maryville, MO; and Betty Joan Albanez and husband Rick of Papillion, NE, all of whom survive her.

Trula and Jim continued to farm, purchasing their own farm in 1976 just outside of Siam and a second one a few years later where they resided until death. Over the years, Trula worked at different locations, helping to make ends meet. She worked as a waitress, cook, and nurse. Many remember the last ten years of her career when she cooked for the Sale Barn Café and offered Trula’s Lunch at the sale auctions. During that time, Trula regularly got up at 3:00 in the morning to bake fresh pies and prepare tenderloin meat for sandwiches, both of which were loved.

Trula and Jim were blessed with nine grandchildren: Lori Ilene Hatcher and husband Carl and Roger Mathew Fitzwater; James Alan Schrodt and wife Beth, Kandy Lynn Giggar and husband Tim, and Kerri Deanna Schrodt; Christina Jane McMichael and husband Jim; and Tiffany Ann, Jake Edward and Savannah Elizabeth Albanez. In addition, ten great-grandchildren complete their family.

Trula was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Evelyn and Lewis Schrodt and Dorothy and Paul Whitfield, brother, Robert Harris and brother-in-law, Willis Newby. Sisters Anna Mae McMillin and husband Mic and Lois Newby survive her. She also is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved her very much.

Trula was very proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved being with family and friends. She was light hearted and fun, with a wonderful, beautiful smile and laugh. She was always there for us. We will miss our Mommy forever and ever.

Memorial services for Ronald Haxby, Seattle, Washington, formerly of Clarinda, will be held in July. Ron passed away following a brief illness. A complete obituary will follow.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda is in charge of arrangements.

[126] Schurr, Letha May Stephens, age 97 of Bedford passed away Thursday morning, December 30, 2004 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center in Bedford. She was born September 18, 1907 in Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Vennie and Pearl (Patch) Stephens. She attended country schools and graduated from Bedford High School.
On June 1, 1927 she was married to Silas Edward Brown in Bedford. Silas passed away July 16, 1951. She was later married to George Schurr who preceded in her in death in 1975. Letha was a teacher at various country schools and later worked for several years at the Place's Store in Bedford. She also owned and operated her own gift shop and music store in Bedford. She was a member of the Bedford Baptist Church, the 20th Century Club and the D.O.C. Club. She enjoyed gardening and most of all she loved her family.
Letha was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; infant daughter, Betty Lou; son-in-law Wilbur Pace; sister, Elva Akers; brother, Orville Stephens; brothers-in-law, L.D. Akers and Howard Coon and step-son Sterling Schurr.
Letha is survived by her children, Leland Brown and his wife Bonnie of Clarinda and Elaine Pace of Bedford; grandchildren, Sue Pace Cooney and her husband Dennis of Bedford, Tammy Vinzant and her husband Lonnie of Bedford, Joe Pace and his wife Debbie of Bedford, Scott Brown of Clarinda, Sheryl Brown of Seattle, WA, Steven Brown of Sidney, IA; five great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; sister, Doris Coon of Bedford; sister-in-law Verneil Stephens of Bedford; step-sons, Darwin Schurr and his wife Glenda of Nokesville, VA and Ronald Schurr of of Hot Springs, AK along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 3 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford with Pastor Randy Allman officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery at Bedford. A memorial fund is being established. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford was in charge of arrangements.

[127] Scofield, George E. - Funeral services for George E. Scofield, age 86 of Gravity, who died Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at the Story County Medical Center in Nevada, Iowa, were held Sunday, November 26, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment with military rites
accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 and the Moore Rutledge American Legion Post of  Gravity No. 578 were held in the Washington Cemetery in Gravity. Memorials can be directed to the Gravity Fire Department. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie
Funeral Home of Bedford.

George Edward Scofield was born on the family farm west of Gravity in Washington Township, Taylor County, Iowa on October 30, 1920. He was the second oldest of four children born to Glen D. Scofield and Vinnie E. (Johnson) Scofield. He attended school in Washington Township and south of Bedford, graduating from Gravity High School in 1940.He answered his country’s call during World War II
serving as an MP and later with the Army Engineers attached to the 3rd Army during the years of 1942 thru
1946. In 1946, he was united in marriage to Elsie Amelia Lorenzen at Manilla, Iowa.

After George’s discharge in March 1946, he farmed near the towns of Brooks, Nodaway, and Gravity. He retired from farming in 1976, but was “Jack of All Trades” to all people until his death.George was a 60 year continuous member of the Gravity American Legion Post 578 / Finance Officer for 46 years.
He was a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11443. He served on the Gravity Volunteer Fire Department for 47 years and was Fire Chief for 12 years.

He was a member of the Civil Defense and a member of the Board of Trustees for Washington Township.Left to cherish George’s memory are his sons Gaylan Scofield and wife Marsha of Story City, Iowa and Elton Scofield of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Aaron Scofield, Heather Scofield, Bret Scofield, and Christopher Etherington; two sisters, Rose Hardisty of Gravity, Iowa and Myrtle Squire of Tarkio, Missouri; and nieces, nephews, and many other special relatives and friends.Preceding George in death were his parents, Glen D. and Vinnie E. Scofield; an infant daughter Elizabeth Anna; his wife Elise A; and a brother Ellis H. Scofield.May God grant comfort and peace to those who mourn George’s passing.

[128] Secor, Mary Margaret Gray

Mary Margaret Secor was born July 13, 1937, on her grandfather's
farm outside of Duquoin, Kansas, to Charles and Ruth (Wilson) Gray,
the youngest of three children and went to be with Jesus on Thursday,
February 7, 2008, at their home in Lincoln at the age of 70 years, 6
months and 25 days. As a young girl she received Jesus as her Savior
and followed the Lord in baptism. She moved often with her father's
ministry as a Pastor and graduated with the Class of 1955 from Milford
High School. She furthered her education by attending Bethel College
in Mishawka, IN. Mary was untied in marriage to Larry Secor on July
5, 1957 at the Missionary Church in Milford, NE, and to this union
three children, Cherryl, Kristine and Mark, were born.

[129] Shada, Hazel L.

Memorial graveside services for Hazel L. Shada, age 94 of Waterloo, formerly of Bedford, who died Sunday, November 25, 2007, will be held in the spring of 2008 along with her sister Jean Grove. Interment of ashes for both sisters will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Local arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

[130] Shafer, Arlene

Funeral services for Arlene Shafer, age 82 of Bedford, who died
Monday, June 18, 2007, at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center
were held Friday, June 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie
Funeral Home. Visitation was held from 9:00 a.m. until service
time. Cremation followed the services with the burial of ashes
on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dayton
Cemetery in Dayton, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to the
"Bridge to Care" the Bedford Public Library or Hospice.
Memories can be shared with the family on our website at
www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements
were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

[131] Sharp, Helen Marie

Funeral Services for Helen Marie Sharp, age 94 of Bedford
who died Friday, March 16, 2007 at the Bedford Nursing &
Rehab Center were held Monday, March 19, 2007 at 10:30
a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Interment was
held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can
be directed to the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center.
Memories can be shared with the family on our web site at
www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home
of Bedford.

[132] Shehan, Steve Roy - Funeral services for Steve Shehan, age 57 of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, formerly of Bedford, who died Wednesday, December 7, 2005, were held Monday, December 12, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at
the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford with Reverend Randy Allman officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 were held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Chattanooga. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Stephen Roy Shehan was born September 21, 1948, in Maryville, Missouri the son of Robert Martin Shehan and Ethel Mae Newkirk Shehan. He grew up in Bedford, graduating from the Bedford High School with the Class of 1967. He answered the call to serve his country by entering the United States Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. Steve met Helen Motsinger in 1968 and on January 3, 1969 the couple was united in marriage in Papillion, Nebraska. After his discharge in 1970, the couple lived in Glenwood and ran Shehan's Department Store until 1979, when the family moved to Albany, Missouri where Steve and his brother John ran the family department store. Steve did other jobs as well. In 1983, they moved to Texas. In 1989, Steve went to work for Walmart's Automotive Department. He helped open many Walmart Stores for over sixteen years.

Steve had previously been a member of the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, Rotary and Jaycees. He enjoyed playing country music on his guitar. Steve had an adventuresome spirit and was always up to the challenge of something new. He was a handy mechanic and could build most anything, always being
persistent and dedicated to the task at hand. Steve always put his family first, and enjoyed being involved in their activities. Together he and Helen enjoyed RV'ing and car races. Steve enjoyed working on and driving his 1960 Triumph, TR3, a car he has owned for over 40 years.

Left to cherish Steve's memory are his loving wife Helen of Tunnell Hill, Georgia; his mother, Ethel May Hanshaw of Bedford; a son, Robert Martin II of Chattanooga, Tennessee; a daughter, Jennifer Johnson and husband Chris of Dunlap, Tennessee; a brother, David Shehan and wife Vicki of Sandersville, Mississippi; two sisters, Pat Shehan and husband Jon Ryan of Conroe, Texas; and Joyce Shehan of Clarinda; a step-sister, Kay Ware and husband Lynn of Florida; two grandchildren, Blair Johnson of Dunlap, Tennessee and Robert Martin III of Hixson, Tennessee; two step-grandchildren, Sammy and Chasi Johnson of Dunlap, Tennessee and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Steve in death were his father Robert Shehan; step- father Clif Hanshaw; a brother John Shehan; two sisters, Susan and Janice Shehan and a step-brother Jim Hanshaw.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Steve's passing.

[133] Shepard, Michelle Marie "Mickey," was born Sept. 28, 1964 at Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was the youngest child born to Robert LaVerne Shepard and Barbara Mae (Nenno) Shepard. Mickey, as she was better known, attended school in Waterloo, Iowa. She moved to Blockton in 1991. Mickey worked at Pamida Stores in Mount Ayr and in Lamoni. She most recently has worked at Michael's Foods in Lenox. Mickey was currently a Blockton City Council member and was a member of the Blockton First Responders.

Mickey passed away on April 6, 2005 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Mickey was preceded in death by her father and her maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Shepard of Waterloo; siblings Mark Shepard of Waterloo, Denise Tate of Houston, TX; Robin Shepard and Cynthia Shepard, both of Waterloo; her fianc'e John Cavin of Blockton and his family; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial fund has been established in her name for various organizations.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 9, 2005 11:30 a.m. at the Christian Church in Blockton, Iowa.
Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery Blockton, Iowa. Arrangements by Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral

[134] Shimer, Alvin Leo
Alvin Leo Shimer 76, of Aurora, CO, passed away
September 23, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Dwyla;
children, Richard; Lea; Donald; 4 grandchildren: 2 great
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Shimmer, sister: Ardella Britnell and Brother
Gus Shimer. Memorial services were held September 27 at
Newcomer Family Funeral Home. Aurora.
Donations may be given to the Denver Hospice, 501 S.
Cherry St., Ste. 700. Denver Co. 80246.

[135] Shipley, Darlyne Cree

Funeral services for Darlyne Shipley, age 92, of
Creston, formerly of Lenox, who died Thursday,
January 17, 2008 at her home in Creston will be
held Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Visitation will be
from 12:00 noon until service time. Memorials
can be directed to the Creston Hospice House.
Memories can be shared with the family on our
website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under
Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the
Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

[136] Shreck, CLARK JESSE "C.J." SHRECK


 The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA
published on April 17, 2005

"C.J." Shreck, 86, died of pneumonia Thursday, April 14, 2005 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Visitation with the family present will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at McLaren's Chapel at Resthaven Cemetery, 19th and Ashworth, West Des Moines. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. There will be a private burial service Monday at Resthaven Cemetery.

C.J. grew up in New Market, IA, the youngest of five children born to Frank and Jennie Shreck. He was the batting star of the baseball team and an avid clarinetist. He was a good student and as a teenager in the depression, spent three winters living alone in an apartment in Des Moines while working as a page in the state legislature. He attended the University of Iowa and graduated from it's College of Commerce in 1941. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, enlisting after Pearl Harbor and served as a bomber flight instructor. After the war he returned to Des Moines to work successively at Wolf & Co., Weitz Construction Co. Western Tool and Stamping Co. and finally Dental-Eze, Inc. He was a long-time investor in Iowa farmland and this enabled him to retire early with a vacation home in Clear Lake, IA, and wintering in Naples, FL.

C.J. married his New Market sweetheart, Ruth Shields, on February 1, 1941 in Clarinda, IA. Two children, Bobby and Becky, grew up in the family home on Colonial Circle in West Des Moines.

C.J. was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthie; two brothers, Benjamin "Brodie" and Lyle; and two sisters, Susan Johnston and Marie Fesenmeyer. He is survived by his son, Robert (Cherie Vinz) of Des Moines and their children, Benjamin (Mara Krongard) of Washington, D.C., Heidi of Salt Lake City, UT, and John of Houston; and his daughter, Rebecca and her children Sothavy, Sothea, Choey and Nani all of Fairfield and Sheyla of Iowa City.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the University of Iowa Foundation, attn: Olga Sassine, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244.

[137] Shuler, Olin, of Corning, Iowa, 84, passed away March 29, 2005 at Alegent Health-Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa; son of H. Myron Shuler and Gladys Leora Brown Shuler was born March 20, 1921, at
his parent's farm south of Corning, and graduated from Corning High School, (salutatorian).

Olin and Barbara Ann Amdor were married January 31, 1941 at Maryville, Missouri; and to this union four children were born. Olin was a 4-H leader, honored during Iowa state Fair for 25 + years of being a club leader, Taylor County Trustee, school board member, member and deacon of Fairview United Church, Taylor ASCS township committeeman, district supervisor for Federal Crop.

Olin was preceded in death by his parents: H. Myron and Gladys Shuler. Survivors include: Barbara Shuler, Corning, Iowa; Daughter: Carolyn (Gene) Edmonds, Huxley, IA; Son: Richard (Sharon) Shuler, Atlanta, GA, Daughters: Barbara D'Ann Shuler, Clear Lake, Iowa; Marilyn Shuler, Benton, Arkansas. One brother Bill (Carol) Shuler, of Corning, Iowa and seven grandchildren and one great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 2nd, at Coen-Beaty-Pearson family Funeral Service, in Corning. Internment was at Prairie Rose Cemetery, Adams County Iowa. Memorials have
been established in his name.

[138] Sickels, Joe, 75, died Tuesday, March 28 at CLC Granger after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Des Moines. Burial will follow the service in the Memory Garden of St. Andrew's.

Joe was born August 29, 1930 in Taylor County, Iowa, near the town of Blockton. He was the son of John E. and Grace Fluke Sickels. Joe graduated from Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College in Maryville, Missouri. He taught English in Colombia and Nicaragua, and was a therapeutic hypnotist for many years in Des Moines. He married Hilda Audeh in Des Moines in 1966.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Paul, Gene, and Lyle; his sisters Helen Miller and Lois Bauman; and his beloved dogs Shep, Sniffy, and Clancy.

Joe is survived by his wife Hilda of Des Moines; his son John (Jeri) of Lawrence, Kansas; his daughter Lisa
Patterson of Roland, Iowa; and three grandsons: Nicholas Aaron Sickels, Joshua Patrick Patterson, and Jackson Alexander Sickels.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Joe's name to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, and the American Heart Association.
[139] Siverly, Alice Bennett - Funeral services for Alice Siverly, age 81, of Lenox, who died Monday, February 6, 2006 at Greater Community Hospital in Creston were held Thursday, February 9, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at the Clearfield United Methodist Church. Interment was held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Memorials can be given in her name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Alice Bennett Siverly was welcomed into the arms of her Savior on February 6, 2006. Daughter of David and Bessie Bennett, Alice was born on February 20, 1924, on the Bennett Family farm near Lenox, Iowa. She attended country school and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1941. After high school, she taught country school near Lenox.

She married her lifelong love, Lawrence Lewellyn Siverly (L.L.) on November 25, 1943. During 62 years together, they enjoyed life on the farm and raised five children. Alice enjoyed sewing for her family, cooking, gardening, flowers and just being outdoors on the farm. She shared her many talents and gifts with
her family and friends. Alice's greatest joys were her husband and her family. She enjoyed being involved in
the lives of her children and grandchildren. She was a loving, positive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Alice was a woman of great faith and was very active in the Clearfield United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and her Bible Study. She was a generous spirit who gave to many Methodist charities, always thinking of others.

Celebrating her love and life are her husband, L.L. Siverly; her daughter Sharon McClintock (husband Robert) of Carlisle, Iowa; son Lawrence Siverly (wife Norma) of Bedford, Iowa; daughter Sheryl O'Riley (husband Steve) of Minonk, Illinois; daughter Laura Bentley (husband Jim) of Diagonal, Iowa, and a
niece Bonnie Halligan (husband Mike) of Lenox, Iowa. She was adored and loved by her twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a wealth of friends.

Preceding Alice in death were her parents David and Bessie Bennett, her brothers Roy and Arthur, and her
beloved grandson Mitchell Siverly.

She will be a light forever in the hearts of her family and friends. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

[140] Slaight, David George, age 54, of New Market, Iowa, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Dan Wiebesiek officiating. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
David George Slaight was born October 5, 1950, to George Slaight and Bertha Elizabeth (Couch) Slaight. David was a graduate of New Market High School. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam war and continued to make the Navy his career. He retired from active duty in 1989 and returned to New Market. David was custodian at the New Market School and also drove the school bus. His interests included guns and hunting.
Preceding David in death was his father. Survivors include his daughters: Katherine (Katie) Hummell and husband Phil of New Orleans, Louisiana, Kristina (Kristy) Brust and husband Johnathon of San Diego, California, Karen Slaight of Norfolk, Virginia; grandchildren, David Brust and Matthew Slaight; mother, Elizabeth Slaight of New Market, Iowa; sister, Joyce Van Ness and husband Roger of New Market, Iowa; nieces and nephews.