Obituaries
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[Reed, Clarence Melvin "Mel"]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    April 5, 1894    p. 4

Died, at his home near Athelstan, on Friday, March 30, 1894, C. [larence] M.[Melvin] Reed, aged about 43 years. The disease that terminated his earthly pilgrimage was a complication of measles and pneumonia. The deceased was a son-in-law of Wm. Large, and leaves a wife [Sarah Ann Large] and two children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and an indulgent father. C. [larence] M.[elvin] Reed was a native of Pennsylvania, but with his parents, came to Taylor county 38 years ago, and has been a resident of this county ever since.

 

[Reed, Sarah Ann Large]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    May 13, 1909    [p. 1]

Pioneer Passes Away.

Mrs. [Sarah] Ann Reed died at her home in Athelstan this morning at 3 o'clock

after an illness of about two weeks. Funeral services will be held at Athelstan at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Interment will be in the Platteville [cemetery].

Sarah Ann Large was born in Ohio but came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Large, to Taylor county when only a little child. They settled in Jefferson Township near where Athelstan now is, in 1856, and the home of Mrs. Reed was in that vicinity until the day of her death.

About 1884 she was married to Mel Reed [Clarence Melvin] and two children were born to them, and both still survive. The husband died about fifteen years ago.

 

[Reed, Sarah Ann Large]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 20, 1909    p. 6

Mrs. Mel Reed [Sarah Ann Large] died this morning at her home at Athelstan after an illness of two weeks, of apoplexy. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at Athelstan and the interment will be made in Platteville cemetery. —Blockton News.

[Reed, Sarah Ann Large]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 27, 1909    p. 8

Death of Mrs. C. M. Reed

Sarah Ann Large was born in Fayette County, Ohio, September 28th, 1855, and died at her home at Athelstan, Iowa, May 13th, 1909, aged 54 years, 7 months and 15 days. She was the daughter of Wm. Large and wife [Levina Hankins] and was married to C. [larence] M. [elvin] Reed March 11th, 1885. There were born to this union three children; one died in infancy and two sons, William R.[aymond] and Clark C. [orbett], who with her mother and sister and three brothers are the immediate family left to cherish her memory and regret her death. They were all able to attend the funeral. Her husband passed away March 30th, 1894.

The deceased was among the early settlers of this vicinity. She was a true wife, a devoted mother and a kind, thoughtful neighbor, respected by all.

The funeral took place in the Baptist church at Athelstan, Friday at 1 p. m., and interment took place in Platteville cemetery. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Geo. E. Purdy, pastor of the Christian church of Blockton. The funeral was largely attended, a number of friends going from here. —Blockton News.

[Reed, William Raymond]            [Reed, Ray Melvin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 26, 1935    [p. 1]

W. R. Reed Shoots Son And Self

Double Tragedy Near Blockton Friday

"I feel that what I do is for the best of all," W. [illiam] R. [aymond] Reed, 30, well to do farmer living three and a half miles west of Blockton, wrote in a note before shooting his son, Ray Reed, 18, and then turning the gun on himself to make a double tragedy early Friday morning.

Apparently driven to the murder and suicide by worry over the decision of St. Joseph, Mo., doctors that Ray couldn't live over three months, Reed purchased

a single-barrel 121 gauge shotgun in Bedford the Tuesday before, and had kept it

hidden from his family, using it about 5 o'clock Friday morning.

Ray, the son, a sophomore in the Blockton schools, had been in ill health for about six weeks. During that time he had been in the Missouri Methodist hospital at St. Joseph for treatment, with an abscess on his brain.  He was brought home from the hospital the Sunday before.

The sick boy's bed had been set up down stairs and the father slept on a cot in the same room. Placing the gun at the back of the boyÕs head while he slept, the father shot him, then reloaded the gun and killed himself with a shot in the temple. Mrs. Reed, Pauline Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reed and Harry Proctor, were up stairs asleep at the time.

A member of the Masonic lodge and of the Odd Fellows lodge, president of the Blockton Creamery Association, a well known and well liked resident of the community for years, the tragedy shocked the community to its foundation.

The double funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and burial was made in the Platteville cemetery.

Mrs. Reed and her daughters, Mrs. Alma Lyons and Miss Pauline Reed, and her son, Roy Reed, all of Blockton, survive.

Pallbearers at the funeral of Ray Reed were Jack Campbell, Mack Campbell, Harold Crecelius, Maurice O'Connor, Earl Overholser, and Virgil Brooks. For

Mr. Reed's funeral pallbearers were Harry Proctor, Arnold Hemshrot, E. R. Adams, Truman Straight, Jonathan Vanskyock, and W. G. Florea.

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Obituary — W. K. Reed

William Raymond Reed was born in Jefferson Township, in Taylor County, Iowa, Dec. 23, 1885. He was the eldest son of Clarence Melvin Reed and Sarah Ann Large Reed, growing to manhood in the vicinity of Athelstan.

After completing grade school he took a commercial course in Stanberry Normal College.

He was married to Maude Mabel King in August 1907. To them were born four children, Alma Reed Lyons, Roy, Pauline and Ray Melvin. The wife and three children survive.

Obituary—Ray M. Reed

Ray Melvin Reed was born at the present home near Athelstan on January 25, 1919. He was the youngest son of Wm. R. [aymond] and Maude King Reed. He attended grade school at Big Springs and at the time of his death was a sophomore in Blockton high school.

He was a very ambitious and energetic boy and he loved his schoolwork and his home. After he became ill his only thought was to get home from the hospital and back to school. He was greatly loved and admired by his schoolmates and all who knew him.

[Reed, William Raymond]

Gravity Independent

Thursday    December 26, 1935    p. 1

Father Slays Son In Mercy Killing

William [Raymond] Reed, 50, well to do farmer near Athelstan, ended a grim night of watching by the bedside of his invalid son, 16, by killing the boy with a shotgun, then ended his own life.

The boy, Ray, a sophomore in the Blockton high school until two months ago, was in the best of health, a bright, popular member of the community. The family lives 14 miles southeast of Bedford.

Two months ago the boy developed a brain abscess. He was taken to a St. Joe, Mo., hospital where doctors operated, but told Reed the boy would not live.

Sunday they brought him home. On Monday Reed, who had worried so intensely that he had lost weight and sleep, went to Bedford and bought a

shotgun. Friends tried to tell him that perhaps the boy could be saved, but he took little heart.

Reed did not explain his purchase of the shotgun. Nobody suspected what he was planning. So absorbed was he in anxiety for his son that he had spoken but little to his family, and he gave no indication of what was to come.

Reed sat up with the boy from midnight on. Dr. B. H. Miller of Blockton, who had been attending him since he came home from the hospital, found the boy

yesterday resting well, almost happy, in no pain whatever. But for his recovery the doctor held no hope.

Shortly before 5 a. m., while the rest of the family was still asleep, Reed put the muzzle of the shotgun to the head of the sleeping boy and pulled the trigger.

Then he turned the gun on himself.

His wife found the bodies, also a note. "This is the best way out for everybody concerned," the note said. After describing personal affairs, the note mentioned

the boy's incurable illness and ill health of the father himself, he had suffered from rupture, as motive for his act.

The Reeds are a prominent family of Athelstan. Reed was a prosperous farmer and stockman. Ray was the youngest son, and friends of the family thought, perhaps Reed's favorite. The other children are Mrs. Alma Lyons of Athelstan;

Pauline, a teacher in the country school nearby, and Roy, who is married and lives near his father's home.

All of the family was home that night because of Ray's illness. But the father spent the night alone with his son.

The double funeral was held Sunday and the bodies laid to rest in a double grave in the cemetery at Platteville, in sight of the home where the tragedy occurred.

[Reed, Ray Melvin]

Blockton News

Thursday    December 26, 1935    p. 8

Ray Melvin Reed

Ray Melvin Reed was born at the present home north of Athelstan on January 25, 1919, and departed this life December 20, 1935, at the age of 16 years, 10 months and 25 days.

He was the youngest son of William R. [aymond] Reed and Maude King

Reed, and is survived by his mother, two sisters and one brother, Alma Reed Lyons, Pauline and Roy, all of the immediate community. Also his aged grandfather, three aunts and an uncle.

Ray attended grade school at Big Springs and at the time of his death was a sophomore in the Blockton high school.

He was a very ambitious and energetic boy; he loved his school work and his home and after he became ill his only thought was to get home from the hospital and to school again. He was greatly loved and admired by his schoolmates as well as all who knew him.

[Reed, William Raymond]

Blockton News

Thursday    December 26, 1935    p. 8

William Raymond Reed

William Raymond Reed was born in Jefferson Township, Taylor County, Iowa, December 23, 1885. He was the eldest son of Clarence Melvin Reed and Sarah Ann Large Reed, growing to manhood in and around Athelstan.

After completing grade school he took a commercial course in the Stanberry Normal College.

He was united in marriage to Maude Mabel King in August, 1907, and to this union was born four children—Alma Reed Lyons, Roy, Pauline and Ray Melvin.

He departed this life on December 20, 1935, at the age of 49 years, 11 months and 27 days.

He is survived by his wife and three children, his son, Ray, having preceded him in death. Besides his immediate family he leaves a daughter-in-law, Iola Reed, and a son-in-law, Ansel Lyons, also two aunts and two uncles, Icie Jenkins, George Reed, Alma Ramsay and John Large, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Will was a member of the Blockton Masonic lodge, and the Odd Fellows. He was president of the Blockton Creamery Co. and was interested in all progressive affairs of the county. He will be greatly missed, not only by his immediate family, but by the entire community.

Funeral services for father and son were held at the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and burial in the Platteville cemetery.

[Reed, William Raymond]                                    [Reed, Ray Melvin]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday    December 26, 1935    [p. 1]

Tragedy Victims Buried Sunday

Father, Invalid Son Placed In Double Grave At Platteville

A father and his invalid son, whom he shot early Friday morning because physicians had said he could never recover from a brain tumor, were buried Sunday afternoon in the little snow-blanketed Platteville cemetery within sight of

the home where the tragedy occurred.

Will Reed, 50 and his 16-year-old, son, Ray, were placed side by side in a double grave. Services had been held from the home.

Surviving are the widow; two daughters, Mrs. Ansel Lyons of Athelstan and Pauline, who teaches a rural school nearby; and a son, Roy, who resides at home.

 

[Reed, Roy Raymond]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 14, 1980    p. 8

Roy R. Reed, 69, Last Rites Were Held August 9

Funeral services for Roy Raymond Reed, 69, of Bedford, were held August 9 in

Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings and Rev. Marcia Smith. Mr. Reed died August 6, 1980 in Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Roy R. [aymond] Reed, son of W. [illiam] R. [aymond] Reed and Maude King Reed, was born west of Blockton, Iowa August 18, 1910.

He grew to maturity on the farm in the Blockton area where he attended the public school and was graduated from the Blockton High School in 1931.

On March 8, 1935 he was united in marriage to Iola Devault at Saint Joseph,

Missouri. They lived in Blockton until they moved to Bedford in 1941. He was

employed by the Iowa State Highway Commission for 42 years.

He served his country during World War II with the Army Air Corps over seas in Guam.

He was transferred and lived in Adair, Iowa, for six years and then to Leon, Iowa, for four years where he was stationed as Rest Area Attendant, returning to Bedford, Iowa following his retirement six years ago.

They had spent the past six winters in Arizona and Texas and he enjoyed traveling and becoming acquainted with new friends. He enjoyed craftwork and was very creative in this work; and enjoyed teaching others this art.

Three children were born to bless their home and to share their love: Agatha, Billy and Ronnie.

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

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Iola, of the home; the three children, Agatha Norton, Billy, Ronnie and their families; six grandchildren: Mark and Jason Norton, Kris and Kerri Reed; and Robin and Todd Reed; two sisters, Alma Lyons and Pauline Orth; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

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

 

 [Beaver, Beatrice Dowell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 4, 1973

Mrs. Dale Beaver

Funeral services for Mrs. Dale (Beatrice) Beaver, 64, of Bedford, held September 26 at the First Baptist Church in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle. Mrs. Beaver died at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda September 24, 1973. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Beatrice Beaver, daughter of Joseph T. [homas] and Viola Jane [Allison] Dowell, was born at Hopkins, Missouri, March 8, 1909.

Beatrice grew to adulthood in Taylor County where she attended the public school and graduated from the Bedford High School where she was in the National Honor Society. She was a legal secretary for 13 years for Attorneys Wisdom and Kirketeg and seven years for the H & S End Section Company of Bedford.

On September 23, 1935 she was married to Dale Beaver at Rockport, Missouri and to this union   three   sons were   born.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Dale, of the home; three sons, Dale Jr., College Springs, Iowa; Ronald Dean, Atlantic, Iowa; and Richard Lee, Ridgeway, Missouri; five grandchildren; one brother, Irvin Dowell, Diagonal, Iowa; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Beatrice has been a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, Bedford, for 52 years and she has supported her church in many ways. She served as secretary for the pastor and church for eight years until her health forced her to give up those duties. At the time of her death she was a member of Circle IV of the Baptist WomenÕs Society.

Beatrice was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother, a devoted wife, a kind neighbor and a friend of many, and she will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

 

 [Beaver, Irvin "Erve"]

New Market Herald

Thursday    December 12, 1918    p. 3

Word was received here Tuesday morning of the death of Erve Beaver, brother of Harve and Tom Beaver of this city. He was struck by a train in Milwaukee, Wis. No particulars came with the word.

[Beaver, Irvin "Erve"]

New Market Herald

Thursday December 19, 1918    p. 3

Obituary

Irvin Beaver, son of Adam and Mary Ann [Gregg] Beaver, was born near Hepburn, Page County, Iowa, January 6, 1857, and died at Milwaukee, Wis., December 9, 1918, aged 01 years, 11 months, and 3 days.

He was married to [Laura] Alice Wasson February 14, 1887, and to this union were born four children, Chester Adam, George Washington, Veda Mae and Nellie Fern.

He is survived by three children, Capt. C. [hester] A. [dam] Beaver, Lake Hurst, N. J., Mrs. T. [homas] P. [ark] Zum Brunnen [Veda Mae], Charleston, S. C., and Mrs. Geo. H. Allured [Nellie Fern], Detroit, Mich., his wife having died July 31, 1893, and George Washington in infancy.

He is also survived by three brothers, Harvey T. [heodore], Thos. W. [allace], and Albert, all of Taylor County, Iowa, and four sisters, Mrs. Louisa Busey and Mrs. Clayton Peck of Webber, Kans., Mrs. Belle Arnold, Superior, Nebr., and Mrs. W. W. Kirbaugh of Hill City, Kans; also seven grand children. He was a member of the Methodist church and also a member of the Yeoman Lodge of Hepburn, and also a member of the Red Men.

He lived the greater part of his life in Taylor and Page Counties Iowa, going to Milwaukee in November 1918, where he met his death by being struck by a train in the performance of his duties. His remains were laid to rest, after short services, in North Grove Cemetery by the side of his wife and son on December 17, 1918.

 

[Beaver, Irvin "Erve"]

New Market Herald

Thursday    December 19, 1918    p. 3

Grandfather Bradshaw, who accompanied the body of Irvin Beaver to New Market from Milwaukee, will remain for a visit at the home of Harve Beaver. Mrs. Bradshaw is expected to arrive next Monday.

 

[Beaver, Irvin "Erve"]

New Market Herald

Thursday    December 12, 1918    p. 3

Mrs. Belle Arnold of Superior, Nebr., came Wednesday to attend the funeral of her brother, Erve Beaver.

 

 

[Redenbaugh, James Glen]

New Market Herald

Thursday    December 12, 1918    p. 3

Obituary Glen Redenbaugh

James Glen Redenbaugh was born in Hawleyville, Iowa, Feb. 27, 1891 and died overseas of Bronchial pneumonia Oct. 7, 1918, aged 27 years, 7 months and 10 days.

He spent the greater part of his life in Page and Taylor counties, the last fifteen years near New Market, and was making his home with his brother in law, Francis Cade, and was assisting him on the farm at the time he was called into the service, of his country August 7, 1918.

He went with a contingent from Bedford to Jefferson Barracks at St Louis, Mo. He, remained there but a few days being transferred to Camp McArthur, Texas, where he was in training about six weeks with the American Replacement Division when they was again transferred to Camp Merritt, New Jersey, from which place he sailed September 25th.

His mother received word of his ship's arrival overseas. No other word was received by his anxious relatives except a short letter received by his father saying he was feeling all right considering the long trip. His mother received an official telegram Nov. 26 announcing his death, which occurred just two months from the day he left home and only twelve days after he sailed.

Glen was a loving, obedient boy, and won many friends where ever he went by his kind, loving disposition, who with his parents, three brothers, Ralph, of Omaha, Nebr., Carl and Hobart in and near Bedford and four sisters, Mrs. Chester Pratt, Mrs. Francis Cade and Mrs. Charlie Luellen of New Market and

Nettie Redenbaugh at home are left to mourn his loss.

Somewhere in France where duty led

He fills a patriotic grave,

The lark sings high above his

     head

Only the lark know the hallowed

     bed,

Where lies our soldier brave.

Sacred the ground where a soldier

sleeps,

Who came at his country's call;

Onward the tide of the battle sweeps

Only the lark o'er his bosom weeps.

Yet he gave to the world his all .

 

[Cade, Mary Blanche "Maymie" Redenbaugh]

New Market Herald

Thursday    December 12, 1918    p. 3

Obituary

Mary Blanche Redenbaugh was born near Wellsville, Kansas, Dec. 23, 1886, and passed away at her home near New Market, Iowa, Dec. 8, 1918, aged 31 years, 11 months and 15 days.

When 3 years of age she moved with her parents to Hawleyville, Iowa, and has spent the most of her life in Page and Taylor counties.

On May 17, 1905, she was united in marriage to Francis M. [arion] Cade, who with one daughter, Mildred, aged 11, survive her. Besides her husband and little daughter she leaves a father, mother, three brothers and three sisters and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Maymie was a kind and loving mother, a good wife, and helpful neighbor, and because of her bright and cheerful disposition was a favorite among her wide circle of friends.

On Nov. 28 she was stricken with the flu which soon developed into pneumonia and in spite of all that medical aid and loving hands could do she peacefully passed away on Sunday evening December 8 at 10 o'clock.

Short funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Douglass and her remains were laid in Memory cemetery.

We commend the sorrowing ones to the all wise One who never errs, and grant, dear Lord, that they may realize that their sad loss is HeavenÕs gain.

[Cade, Mary Blanche "Maymie" Redenbaugh]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday    December 11, 1918    [p. 1]

Mrs. Francis [Marion] Cade, living near New Market died at her home Sunday evening after a lingering illness. She was the daughter of Mrs. Redenbaugh of Bedford.

One sorrow after another is the old saying and this seems to be true in the case of Mrs. Redenbaugh. But a short while ago she received word from the government that her son, Glen, died overseas, October 7, of bronchial pneumonia. He left Taylor county and was sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. He also made his home with his sister, Mrs. Cade, who died Sunday.

 

[Cade, Mary Blanche "Maymie" Redenbaugh]

New Market Herald

Thursday    December 12, 1918    p. 3

Ralph Redenbaugh returned to his home in Omaha, Nebr., Wednesday being called here by the death of his sister, Mrs. Francis Cade [Mary Blanche].