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[Burns, Luther Arnold]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 28, 1985     p. 6

Luther Burns services held

Services for Luther A. [rnold] Burns, 68, were held March 22 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mr. Burns died March 19, 1985 at Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda, Ia.

Luther Arnold Burns, son of Newton O. [liver] Burns and Norma Clary Burns, was born at Sheridan, Missouri March 6, 1917 and grew to maturity in the Sheridan and Bedford area where he attended the public school and the Christian Church.

On April 10, 1954 he was united in marriage to Sarah Lucille Cole at Kansas City, Missouri where they resided before moving to Bedford, Iowa.

He engaged in farming and worked on the railroad and did construction work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sarah and a brother, Rex [Laverne] Burns.

Left to cherish his memory are his brothers and sisters: Marvel Brown and her husband, Harold of Bedford, Iowa, Max Burns and his wife Grace of O'Fallon, Illinois, Vern Burns of Marshall, Mo., Deloris Longfellow and her husband Wilson of Lenox, Donald Burns and his wife Bobbette, of Sioux Falls, So. Dak., Francis Burns of Charlotte, Mich., Verlin [Lloyd] Burns and his wife Barbara [Bates] of Loveland, Colo., Shirley Vincent of Brighton, Ill., a sister-in-law, Margaret Burns of Bartlesville, Okla. and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He served his country during World War II for more than two years.

His family and friends will remember him as one who enjoyed the out-of-doors where he engaged in gardening and raising flowers. He enjoyed little children and always had a kind word for them. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.


[Burns, Newton Oliver “Newt”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      April 30, 1970     p. 7

Newton Burns Rites Held Here April 22

Funeral services for Newton O. [liver] Burns, 80, of Bedford were held April 22 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Burns died April 19, 1970 at West Heights Manor in Clarinda. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Newton Oliver Burns, son of William and Anna Kennedy Burns, was born near Oxford, Mo., on April 7, 1890.

Mr. Burns grew to manhood at Parnell, Mo. At an early age he became a member of the Christian Church of Sheridan, Mo.

On Sept. 21, 1911 he was united in marriage to Norma [Ruth] Clary of Sheridan, moving to Iowa in 1920, where he spent his remaining years.

To this union 10 children were born.

He is survived by his wife Norma; six sons and three daughters: Max Burns of O’Fallon, Ill., Luther [Arnold] Burns of Bedford, Vern Burns of Marshall; Don Burns of Parker, So. Dakota; Francis Burns of Charlotte, Mich.; Verlin [Lloyd] Burns of Osceola, Ia.; Mrs. Harold (Marvel) Brown of Bedford; Mrs. Wilson (Deloris) Longfellow of Lenox; Mrs. Clyde (Shirley) Vincent of Howell, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Iva Gray, Burlington Junctions, Mo.; one brother, Glen Burns of Parnell, Mo.; 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his son, Rex [Laverne] Burns, father and mother and four brothers.

He was a kind and considerate husband, father and brother, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Burns, Norma Ruth Clary]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 3, 1983     p. 4

Final Rites Held In Bedford For Norma Burns, 89

Funeral services for Mrs. Newton O. (Norma Ruth) Burns, 89, of Bedford, held January 31 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Carl Cummings. Mrs. Burns died January 27, 1983 in Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Norma Ruth Burns, daughter of James Edward Clary and Amy [Ella] Allison Clary, was born at Sheridan, Missouri, August 27, 1893.

She grew to maturity in the Sheridan area where she attended the public school and the Christian Church. On September 21, 1911 she was united in marriage to Newton O. [liver] Burns and they lived on farms in the Sheridan community until they moved to Taylor County Iowa in 1920. Here they farmed until retirement in 1966 and moved to Bedford, Iowa. Her husband died April 19, 1970. She remained in her home until ill health caused her to enter Bedford Manor about four years ago.

Ten children were born to this union: Marvel, Max, Rex [Laverne], Luther [Arnold], Vern, Deloris, Don, Francis, Verlin and Shirley.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Rex [Laverne]; a sister, Gertrude Wilson; three brothers, Harvey, Luther and [Alvin] Kyle Clary.

Left to cherish her memory are the children: Marvel and her husband, Harold Brown of Bedford; Max and his wife, Grace of O’Fallon, Ill.; Luther [Arnold] Burns of Bedford; Vern Burns of Marshall, Missouri; Deloris and her husband, Wilson Longfellow, of Lenox, Ia.; Don Burns and his wife, Bobbette, of Sioux Falls, So. Dak.; Francis Burns and his wife, Bobby, of Charlotte, Mich.; Verlin [Lloyd] Burns and his wife, Barbara [Bates], of Loveland, Colo.; Shirley Vincent of Brighton, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Margaret Burns of Bedford; 24 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Elsie [Marie] Dowis, and her husband, Harley, of Clarinda, Ia.; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

She will be remembered as a kind and loving mother, sister, friend and neighbor and will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

[Burns, Rex Laverne]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 5, 1956     [p. 1]

Farm Accident Is Fatal To Rex Burns

Rex Burns, Taylor county farmer, lost his life Saturday noon June 30, when a ditch caved in on his farm six miles south of Bedford.

Burns was installing a gravel and charcoal filter in a ditch from a reservoir to his farm home when the accident occurred. It is reported that a brother, Francis, using his hands, uncovered the victim, but Burns was dead.

Taylor County Sheriff, Lester Round, who was called to the scene of the accident, states that there will be no inquest. The body was taken to the Wetmore Funeral Home in Bedford.

Rex Laverne Burns, son of Newt [on Oliver] and Norma [Ruth] Clary Burns, was born at Sheridan, Worth County, Missouri, August 12, 1915.

On December 2, 1939, he married Margaret Dougherty. To them one son, Lyle Dean, was born.

He is survived by his wife and son; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Newt Burns; six brothers: Max Burns of St. Louis, Luther Burns of Liberty, Mo., Verne Burns of Marshall, Mo., Francis Burns of Corning, Donald Burns of Parker, South Dakota, Verlin [Lloyd] Burns of Lincoln, Nebr.; three sisters: Marvel Brown of Bedford, Deloris Longfellow of Lenox, Shirley Daniels of Pierre, South Dakota; and his grandmother, Mrs. Ann [a Kennedy] Burns of Parnell, Mo.

He had lived near Bedford most of his life, and for the past eight years at the present home.

The funeral, conducted by Rev. F. H. Cowles, was held at 1:30 p. m., July 3, at the Bedford Baptist church. Burial was at Fairview cemetery.

[Clary, Alvin Kyle]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 5, 1968     [p. 1]


[Alvin] Kyle Clary died in Salem, Arkansas, Sept. 3. Services will be held Fri., Sept. 6, in South Haven, Kans.

[Clary, Amy Ella Allison]

Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri)

Monday       December 30, 1940      [p. 1]

Mrs. Ed Clary Dies, Rites Held Sunday at Bedford

Funeral services were held yesterday for Mrs. Ed Clary who died Saturday at her home in Bedford. Mrs. Clary was the former Miss Amy [Ella] Allison and formerly lived four miles northeast of Parnell.

She is survived by her husband; six children, Mrs. Newt Burns [Norma], Bedford; Mrs. Harley Dowis [Elsie], Bedford; Mrs. [Virgil] Wilson [Gertrude], Rosendale, and Luther, Carl and Marlan Clary.

[Clary, Amy Ella Allison]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 2, 1941      p. 7

Mrs. J. E. Clary, 73, Dies At Home Here

Mrs. J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary died at her home in Bedford Saturday evening, Dec. 27. The funeral services were held at the Bedford Church of Christ Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick, the funeral discourse being brought by Challie Graham of Sheridan, Mo., a former pastor of the Clarys. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Amy Ella Allison, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Allison [Ann Cleave], was born near Guelph, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 3, 1867, being aged 73 years, 3 months and 24 days at the time of her death.

At the age of eleven years she moved with her parents to Nodaway County, Mo., locating on a farm near Hopkins, where she grew to womanhood. While quite young she confessed her faith in Christ and united with the New Hope Baptist church. After moving to Bedford she transferred her membership to the Church of Christ here. She was a devout Christian woman, cherished her home and always had a kind word for everyone.

On April 1, 1886 she was married to J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary of Taylor County, Iowa. To them were born six children, all of whom were present with their father for the last rites. They are Luther L. [eonidas] Clary of Maryville, Harvey E.[dgar] Clary of Holton, Kans., [Alvin] Kyle Clary of South Haven, Kans., Mrs. N.[ewton] O. [liver] Burns [Norma Ruth] of Bedford, Mrs. V.[irgil] R. Wilson [Gertrude Grace] of Rosendale, Mo., and Mrs. Harley Dowis [Elsie Marie] of Clearfield.

Surviving with the husband and children are three brothers, Milo Allison and George Allison of Hopkins, Mo. and Orlando Allison of Palisade, Colo.; also twenty-five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Attend Clary Funeral

Among those from out of town at the last rites for Mrs. J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary in Bedford Sunday afternoon were Lon Clary, Ralph Edwards and family and Mrs. Richard Gaule of Petersburg, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hornbuckle and son and Mrs. Grace Dunham of Springfield, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Burns of Parnell, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Gray and daughter of Pickering, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. A. [lvin] K. [yle] Clary and family of South Haven, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Clary of Holton, Kansas; Mrs. George Cornish of Wichita, Kansas.

Victor Clary, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Burns of Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Rex Burns of Gravity; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Clary, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Houghton and son of Maryville, Mo.; Mrs. V. [irgil] R. Wilson of Rosendale, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Dowell and daughter of Diagonal; Mr. and Mrs. Harley Dowis, Bob and Jimmie of Clearfield.

Mrs. Etta Allison, Mrs. Cliff Allison, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Allison, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mankle of New Market; Mr. and Mrs. Milo Allison, Mr. and Mrs. George Allison, Mr. and Mrs., Ed Allison and daughter, Mrs. Belle Burch, Mr. and Mrs. Faye Whitney of Hopkins; W. P. Clary, Albert Allison, Mr. and Mrs. George Allison, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hibbs, Mrs. Mildred Henigen, Mr. and Mrs. Dall Churchill of Sheridan, Mo.

[Clary, Celia Payne]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 16, 1964     p. 4

Celia Clary, 89, Rites Jan. 8

Mrs. Celia Clary, 89, of Sheridan, died Sunday at the Nodaway Nursing Home west of Maryville, Mo. Funeral services were held at the Prugh-Dunfee funeral home in Grant City, Mo., January 8. Burial was in the Sheridan cemetery. Rev. L. B. Day officiated.

She was born November 9, 1874, in Worth County, Mo., the daughter of John Payne and Eve McReynolds Payne. Her husband, Warren Preston Clary, died in 1946.

Survivors are two sons, Dr. Hugh Clary of Kansas City, Mo., and Vier P. Clary, of Cookeville, Tenn.; a brother, Oscar Payne of Riverside, Calif., 2 grandchildren and one great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

[Clary, Harriet Girton]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     October 7, 1897      p. 2

A Sad Death

A sad death occurred in Jackson Township last Thursday. Mrs. Harriett [Girton] Clarey [Clary], aged 45 years, 2 months and 13 days, crossed the silent river on that day. She had been an invalid for some time and her death was not unexpected. Besides her husband, seven children, four girls and three boys, are left to mourn the departure of a loving wife and mother. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ware, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hoover cemetery. The sympathy of all goes out to the surviving members of the family.

[Note: Hoover cemetery is now known as Forest Grove cemetery.]     

[Clary, James Edward “Ed”]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday      July 3, 1941    [p. 1]

j. e. clary dead

At the Harley Dowis home in North Clearfield, on Sunday evening, occurred the death of Mrs. Dowis' father, J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary, of Bedford. Mr. Clary was 88 yrs. and 6 months of age, and was only temporarily at the home of his daughter.

Funeral services were held in Bedford Christian church, Tuesday at 2 p. m., and burial was in Fairview Cemetery. Sympathy of many friends is expressed for the bereaved family.

[Clary, James Edward “Ed”]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday      July 3, 1941    p. 2

Mrs. Bert Huffman, Mrs. Ned Stamper and Mrs. Frank Bye attended the funeral of J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary at Bedford on Tuesday. Mr. Clary is the father of Mrs. H. [arley] Dowis [Elsie Marie].

[Clary, James Edward “Ed”]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday      July 3, 1941       [p. 1]

Ed Clary Rites Are Held Here

Funeral services for 83-year-old Ed Clary, well-known Bedford resident were held Tuesday afternoon from the Bedford Church of Christ.  Clary died June 29 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elsie [Marie] Dowis In Clearfield after an illness of several weeks.

Surviving are three sons, [Alvin] Kyle of South Haven, Kansas, Harvey [Edgar] of Holton Kansas, and Luther [Leonidas] of Maryville, Mo.; and three daughters, Mrs. Dowis of Clearfield, Mrs. Gertrude [Grace] Wilson of Rosendale, Mo. and Mrs. Norma [Ruth] Burns of Bedford.

Rites were conducted by the Rev. Ben W. Sinderson. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

[Note: His gravestone gives his name as Edward J.]

[Clary, James Edward “Ed”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 3, 1941     [p. 1]

J. E. Clary, 83, Dies Sunday Eve

J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary, 83, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harley Dowis in Clearfield, Sunday evening, June 29 following a six months' illness.

The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Bedford at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Challie E. Graham of Sheridan, Mo., and assisted by Rev. Ben W. Sinderson of the Bedford church. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

James Edward Clary was born near Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, December 29, 1857 and grew to manhood there. He was the son of Hugh [Armstrong] and Louisa [Marian Traylor] Clary and a grandson of John A. [llen] Clary, the first, white settler in that part of Illinois.

On February 22, 1881 he was married to Louie E. Dowell of Petersburg, and they lived on the old homestead of her father until February 1884, when they moved to a farm near Hopkins, Missouri. To them was born one daughter, Bertha E. [lzina] on November 21, 1884 and Mrs. Clary died shortly after.

On April 1, 1886 Mr. Clary was married to Amy Ella Allison of Nodaway County, Mo. To them were born six children: Luther L. [eonidas] Clary of Maryville, Mo.; Harvey E. [dgar] Clary of Holton, Kans.; [Alvin] Kyle Clary of South Haven, Kans.; Mrs. Norma [Ruth] Burns of Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. Gertrude [Grace] Wilson of Rosendale, Mo.; Mrs. Elsie [Marie] Dowis of Clearfield, Iowa. Mrs. Clary died in December 1940.

Surviving with the children are 25 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Also 5 brothers: Lon [Leonidas Abraham] Clary of Petersburg, Ill.; O. Clary of Broadwell, Ill.; W. [arren] P. [reston] Clary of Sheridan, Mo.; M. [arion] B.[raham] Clary and Frank Clary of Petersburg, Ill. One brother and one sister, J. [ohn] H.[enry] Clary and Mrs. Roe [George Monroe] Hudspeth [Mary Samantha], are deceased.

Mr. Clary united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church when twenty-one years of age, changing his membership to the Christian church when he moved to Sheridan and transferring his membership to the Bedford Christian Church in 1918, when the family moved here.

Mr. Clary was always interested in the welfare of his fellow man, and ranked high among his fellow citizens for purity of motive and integrity of conduct.

[Note: His gravestone gives his name as Edward J.]

[Clary, John Henry]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     June 23, 1921     [p. 1]

J. [ohn] H. [enry] Clary of Petersburg, oldest brother of J. [ames] E. [dward] Clary of this place, died at his home June 11 . At one time deceased lived on a farm east of Bedford, but nearly all his life he has lived in Illinois near the spot where he was born. This is near New Salem, a spot famous for the associations with the early life of Abe Lincoln, and was the oldest of the "Clary Grove Boys" mentioned in the story, "The Man For The Ages" that is running at the present time in this paper. His wife is a cousin of the Ann Rutledge, famous in history as the sweetheart, of Abe Lincoln, and the mother of these Clary boys was a Traylor, a name also prominent in the story that is running.

[Clary, Luther Leonidas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 3, 1970     p. 3

Luther L. Clary, 83, Rites In Maryville

Funeral services for Luther Leon [idas] Clary, 83, of Maryville, Mo., were held August 28 at Price mortuary in Maryville, Mo., conducted by Rev. Howard Judah. Mr. Luther [Clary] died August 26 at a Maryville hospital. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville.

Mr. Clary was born in Taylor County and was a farmer.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. F. B. Houghton, Sr., Maryville, a grandson, a great grandson; three sisters, Mrs. Harley Dowis [Elsie Marie] and Mrs. Norma [Ruth] Burns of Bedford and Mrs. V. [irgil] R. Wilson [Gertrude Grace], Rosendale, Mo.

[Clary, Selma Madge Straight]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 22, 1960     p. 7

Former Resident Died In Kansas

Mrs. Kyle Clary, a native of the Bedford community, died at South Haven, Kans., Saturday, September 10. Funeral services and burial were there on Monday.

Selma Madge Straight, daughter of Howard Seymour and Effa Lena Straight, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, Oct. 18, 1893, and died at the age of 66 years, 10 months, 23 days.

She was married to Alvin Kyle Clary of Sheridan, Mo., on August 13, 1913. God blessed this union with five children, Oren Kyle Clary of South Haven, Kans., Leola Cornist of Conway Springs, Kans., Marvin D. Clary of Derby, Kans., Arlyn L. Clary of Nickerson, Kans., and Eldena Darlene Clary, who preceded her in death.

She expressed her faith in Jesus at an early age by joining the Forest Grove Baptist church near Bedford and has since been an active member of the church, for the past several years her membership being with the First Christian church at Douglass, Kans.

It was a real joy to her that one of her sons decided on the ministry for his life's work.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, four of her children, six brothers, Sanford Straight of Sharpsburg, Leonard Straight of Conway, Clio Straight of Arlington, Va., Howard Straight of Bedford, Harlan Straight of Puyallup, Wash., Vern Straight of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Mrs. Sola Stroburg of Blockton, Mrs. Iness Raffety of Grinnell; 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren.

[Clary, Warren Preston]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 17, 1946    p. 6


W. P. Clary Dies

W. [arren] P. [reston] Clary, 75, died at Landfather Hospital in Maryville Thursday [January 10th] where he was taken four days before.

The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Sheridan Christian church, Rev. Ted Masters, Grant City Methodist minister, officiating. Burial was in the Sheridan cemetery.

He leaves his wife, two sons and their wives, and two grandsons. One of the sons lives in Huntington, West Virginia, and the other, in Billings, Montana. The brothers live in Petersburg, Illinois.

attend clary rites

Among those from out of town who attended the last rites for W. [arren] P.[reston] Clary Saturday were Mr. and Mrs. Thos. F. Payne and son, Virgil, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Dowis [Elsie Marie Clary], Mrs. Newt Burns [Norma Ruth Clary], Mrs. Harold Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Colburn Payne and daughter Wilma of Bedford; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Wainwright, Jr., of Clarinda; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Dye of St. Joseph; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Clary of Maryville.

[Dowis, Elsie Marie Clary]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     February 25, 1998    p. 5

Elsie Clary Dowis

Elsie [Marie] Clary Dowis was born on September 9, 1899 to [James] Edward and Amy [Ella Allison] Clary. Elsie married [William] Harley Dowis on November 12, 1918 and they lived in Sheridan, Missouri and then moved to Bedford in 1935. They had three children: Robert [Ellis], Bonnie and James [Lee].

Harley and Elsie were well known in Bedford for their refinished antiques. With Harley being blind, Elsie was the eyes of the operation, but Harley was the hands; he was able to feel the wood he refinished just by touch if there was a scar, or rough spot. Elsie was an active member in the Christian Church. She was a hard worker, providing her family with clean clothes, and plenty to eat; each meal seemed to be at least 5-6 courses, as well as helping in the refinishing work. She took care of her garden, and loved her flowers both inside and out. She was a good woman, but she also had a temper. You knew where you stood with her, when she was happy with you as well as when she was angry.

She outlived her husband Harley who died on February 4, 1986, two of her children – Robert [Ellis] who died in June of 1967 and Bonnie who died November 19,1992. She lived in Clarinda until her daughter Bonnie died and then she moved into the Bedford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

This is where I met Elsie. I will never forget her shiny, big eyes that had a twinkle about them. She was always chipper and every time I was there she would ask me what church I was from, and I would say "the Christian Presbyterian Church" and she would say, "Oh, how nice I am a member of the Christian Church". She was always so sweet and I enjoyed visiting with her.

In 98 years she saw a lot happen in the world - cars, planes, televisions, transcontinental phone communication, radio, satellites, the atomic bomb, nuclear submarines, space travel and computers. She lived through several Wars, prohibition, women receiving the right to vote, Amelia Earhart taking off to fly across the world, Jackie Robinson breaking into professional baseball, the Civil Rights movement and many more world changing events. She also lived through about 17 presidents holding office.

Elsie experienced the span of years with grace and hope and faith; she will be missed by her family and friends.

Elsie died at the Bedford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Monday, February 16, 1998. Services were held Friday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Novinger Taylor Funeral Home with interment at Fairview Cemetery.


[Dowis, William Harley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 13, 1986    p. 6

Services held for Harley Dowis Feb. 6

Last rites for Harley Dowis, 87, were held February 6 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mr. Dowis died February 4, 1986.

William Harley Dowis, son of Eugene Dowis and Abby Jane Surplus Dowis, was born in Nodaway County, Sheridan, Missouri, November 6, 1898. He grew to maturity in the community where he was born west of Sheridan, Missouri. He attended the public school and the Christian Church.

On November 12, 1918 he was united in marriage to Elsie M. [arie] Clary at St. Joseph, Missouri and they farmed in the Sheridan community, moving to a farm near Bedford, Iowa in 1920. They moved to Bedford in 1935 and to Clarinda, Iowa in 1983, where they have continued to reside.

To this union three children were born: Bonnie, Robert and James.

He was engaged in farming and carpentry work until retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and a son, Robert, who passed away in April 1968.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elsie of the home; daughter Bonnie and her husband Neil Kline of Clarinda, Iowa and James L. [ee] Dowis of Perris, Calif.; one grandson; three granddaughters; one grand stepson; eight great grandchildren and three great step grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He will be remembered by family and friends as a kind and considerate loved one and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.