Taylor County, Iowa obituaries transcribed by Pat O'Dell - genpat@netins.net
004Russell Robley Cowen, 96, passed away on Saturday August 18, 2012, at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center in Bedford, Iowa. Russell, the son of Harry and Gladys Churchill Cowen, was born January 9, 1916, in Hopkins, Missouri. He attended Gaynor High School and then worked for Merriman Lumber Yard in Sheridan, Missouri.
In 1938 he married Alice Blaylock in Grant City, Missouri. The couple was married 67 years before she passed away in 2005.
During World War II Russell served in the U.S. Army with the Eleventh Armored Division of the First Army. Based in England he saw active duty as a driver in Belgium, France, and Germany.
After the war Russell and Alice resided in Sheridan for many years. He first farmed and then ran a gas station and sold automobiles. After they moved to Bedford, Iowa, Russell worked for Country Boys’ Lumber Yard until retirement.
He was a long-time member of the American Legion organization. He loved to travel and had a passion for trading cars.
In addition to his wife, Russell was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, including sisters Coryl (Howard) Wolverton and Phyllis (Eldean) Murphy and brother Harry Junior Cowen, as well as a niece, Phyllis Ann Wolverton Keever, and nephews Ralph (survived by wife Jo Ann) Wolverton, and Hal Wolverton and his wife Ivy.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Lois Cowen, of Pierre, South Dakota; nieces Barbara Cowen Wagner and husband Don of Savannah, Missouri, Coralea Cowen Samson of Maryville, Missouri, and Sharon Cowen March and husband David of Hale, Missouri. He is also survived by grand-nieces and nephews, including Rene Wolverton (Leland) Kaufman, LeAnn Wolverton (Rick) Pierce, and Dave Wolverton. Other survivors include numerous grand-nieces and nephews, as well as great-grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, with interment at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford. Military honors will be provided by John F Hardin American Legion of Bedford. Visitation is open Tuesday and again Wednesday morning. Visitation with the family present will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday with services at 2 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Bedford Meal Site. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. www.EFC.c

Graveside services for Helen Margaret Hensley, 102, of Bedford, passed away August 29, 2012 at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2012 at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, IA. Visitation will be held 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., August 31, 2012 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family at this time.

Helen Margaret (Henning) Hensley was born in Atchison County Missouri, March 10, 1910; she was the daughter of William and Hannah (Walkinshaw) Henning. She attended and graduated from Hopkins High School. Helen married Ralph "Bill" Hensley in 1928. To this blessed union six children, Bonnie, Donald, Phyllis, Eldon, James and Carl Dean, were born.

In 1931 Ralph and Helen began farming in Taylor County. Helen was always a hard worker. Together she and Ralph raised crops, milk cows, chickens and hogs. Helen also raised a garden each year and always enjoyed canning the harvest. Helen was also an excellent cook. She will always be remembered for making the "BEST" pies and fried chicken. Helen was also a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford and belonged to several other clubs and organizations through the years.

She is survived by her children; Eldon Hensley (Linda) of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jim (Mary Lou) Hensley of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Bonnie Pappageorge of Clinton, Missouri; twenty-three grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and her twenty-one great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph; her parents William and Hannah; her children Donald Hensley, Dean Hensley, and Phyllis Craddock; her siblings Don Henning, John Henning, Harold Henning, Ruth Harriett, and Martha Annan; and her grandchildren Billy, Jimmy and Steve


Funeral services for Dorothy Shoemaker, age 85, of Corning, Iowa, formerly of the Siam/New Market, Iowa area who entered into peace Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Greater Regional Hospice House, Creston, Iowa, will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Russ Clark officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Monday, September 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa.

Dorothy Eva Shoemaker was born August 16, 1927, at Yorktown, Iowa to Forest Emery Young and Pearl Arvilla (Atwood) Young. She grew up in the Yorktown area attending elementary school at Yorktown and graduating from Clarinda High School. She continued her education at Northwest Missouri State College at Maryville receiving a teaching degree. On March 7, 1946, she was united in marriage to Charles Henry Shoemaker, Jr. They were blessed with three daughters, Laura, Teresa and Myra Maureen.

Dorothy and Junior farmed in the Siam area. In addition to raising her family and helping with the farm, she taught in rural schools and later worked at the Super Value grocery store as a clerk. Dorothy was an active member of the Siam Church of Christ. She directed and taught Bible School and took care of the flowers at the church. She was a member of the Willing Workers and H. C. clubs. Dorothy enjoyed the hand tooled leather crafts taught through the Page County Extension office. She also enjoyed volunteering at the museum and reading to the elderly. Genealogy was a special interest and she researched and compiled her family tree. Dorothy will be remembered for her philosophy of life of an "open heart and open home'. Her home was always open to anyone with a need and they were welcomed and loved and made comfortable.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents; husband, Junior Shoemaker; daughter, Myra Maureen Shoemaker; great grandson, Hunter Cole; siblings, Violet Glassgow, Paul Young, Robert Young, Harriet Wigle, Maybel Nelsen, and Clyde Young.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Laura Albin and husband Terry of Lawrence, Kansas and Teresa Hoover and husband David of Corning, Iowa; grandchildren, Chad Albin and wife Erika of Lees Summit, Missouri, Aaron Albin of Chicago, Illinois, Amanda Dillingham and husband William of Kansas City, Missouri, Adam Cole and wife Brandi of Diagonal,Iowa, Andrew Cole and wife Peggy of Oakland, Iowa, Travis Hoover of Des Moines, Iowa and Kaleb Hoover of Des Moines, Iowa; eleven great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and many friends


Robert J. Nixon—Devoted father, passed away on August 22, 2012 at his home
in Houston.

Funeral service will be held September 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St.
Patrick's Catholic Church in Lenox, IA. Visitation will be held August 31,
2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family greeting friends during that time at
the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox, IA. Interment will be held in the West
Fairview Cemetery in Lenox with military rites accorded by the Iowa Honor Guard
and Lenox American Legion.

He is pre-deceased by Mary Jane, wife of 63 years, and survived by his two
daughters: Susan Hughes and husband Tim and Jane Herzog and husband Peter;
his one son John Nixon; his grandchildren Kelby, Myles, and Paula; his
siblings: Dale Nixon, Geneva Hagee, and Ray Nixon. Robert was born May 10,
1925 in Conway, IA; the son of William and Edith Nixon. He enlisted and
served in the USAF as a B29 navigator near the end of WWII after which he
received his BA in Accounting from Western State College, CO and his MBA
from the University of Denver. He was a licensed CPA in Texas and a
Certified Internal Auditor since 1958. He maintained his CPA license
throughout his lifetime.

Bob was a retiree of Amoco where he worked his entire professional career
of 36 years. He maintained his ties with Amoco as an active volunteer and
organizer in the Amocares retiree organization. He was also active as an
alumnus of Western State and Denver University. He always remembered his
roots in agriculture and proudly accepted a centennial award in 2008 for
family farming as a result of his maintaining the family farm in Lenox

015Evelyn Briggs was born August 27, 1931 at Hepburn, Iowa to Earl and Edith (Riggle) Murren. She graduated Clarinda High School in 1949. Evelyn was united in marriage to Edwin Briggs January 1, 1959. Beginning in 1952 until 1965 Evelyn worked in the telephone office in Clarinda. After the telephone job she sewed at O’Brien’s in Bedford from 1965 until 1974. She was an Avon representative for 20 years retiring in 1993. She was active in the New Market Church of Christ and very much enjoyed the job of sending cards and gifts to church members. She served on the election board many years and was the chairwoman of the New Market Centennial in 1981. Evelyn was a member of Women Who Care and Birthday Clubs.
She is survived by husband Edwin Briggs of New Market; step-daughter Linda Baedke of Ankeny; grandson Jeffrey Baedke and wife Stephanie and their daughter Olivia, all of Ankeny; sisters Maxine Anderson of Bellevue, NE and Charlotte Mallott and husband Sheridan of Omaha, NE.
Evelyn passed away Wednesday Sept 5, 2012 at Oakland Manor, Oakland, Iowa following an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Edith; sisters Lorraine Miller and Velma Snodgrass; and brothers Clifford, Cleo and Larry Murren.
Funeral services for Evelyn Briggs, 81 of New Market, will be 10 a.m. SaturdaySeptember 9, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Pastor Russ Clark officiating. Family visitation will be at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Interment will be at Gus Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Gus Cemetery, New Market Rescue, or New Market Church of Christ. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
016Leo Edward Davies was born September 28, 1935 in Guss, Iowa to Edward Breeze and Lucille (Johnson) Davies. He attended and graduated from Villisca High School in the Class of 1956. He took a job at Lisle’s Corporation in April of 1956 where he worked until 1971 when he quit to work full time as a farmer. Zeke married Vivian Keesey in 1957 and to this union were born four children: Kim, Kris, Kelli and Kristi. Together they moved to New Market where he purchased a farm. Zeke farmed for a majority of his life and later became a custodian for the Clarinda Middle School of which he later retired from. He was committed to helping kids learn and became a Cub Scouts leader in New Market. He also was a 4H leader and started the Teen Center in New Market. He became a member of the Church of God in Shambaugh in 1957 and was a faithful attending member.

Zeke met Alice Jean Beattie through country dancing and were together for 27 years. He helped raise Alice’s kids: Becky, Tina, Kim and Jeff, and cared for them as his own. Zeke and Alice were married on October 24, 2010 in Corning, Iowa.

Zeke enjoyed his grandchildren and family and spending time with all of them. He loved the Iowa State Fair, attending rodeos; especially the Sidney Iowa Rodeo. Zeke enjoyed working with his honey bees and in his garden; giving the produce away to friends.

He passed away September 3, 2012 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa with his family by his side. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Hue and Lewies Davies; and sister Violet Hill.

Surviving Zeke are his wife Alice of Corning; children: Kim (Michael) Milliken of Kansas City, Kansas, Kris (Lexy) Davies of New Market, Kelli (Curt) Hagey of Burlington Junction, Kristi (Kevin) Behrhorst of Clarinda, Becky Davis of Jefferson, Iowa, Tina Wardlow and Kim Wardlow both of Corning and Jeff (Karina) Wardlow of Lenox; 20 grandchildren; sister Bonnie Nosekabel of Nodaway; brother Teddy Davies of Omaha, Nebraska; brother-in-law Lewis Hill of California; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Leo 'Zeke' Davies, 76 of Villisca formery of Guss, will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 7, 2012 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with burial following the service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Guss. Visitation with the family present will be Thursday, September 6 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Zeke Davies Memorial Fund for later designation.

Zeke passed away Monday, September 3 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning. He is survived by his wife Alice of Corning.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

030Darrell Lyle Behrens, age 76, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Darrell Lyle Behrens was born September 29, 1936 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa the son of Julius and Della (Croghan) Behrens. He was raised in the Walnut and Carson areas before moving to the Wales, Iowa area in 1943. He graduated from Wales Lincoln High School in 1954 and started a long career in farming. Darrell also served in the Iowa Army National Guard from 1956 until 1963. He was united in marriage to Lila Roberts on February 11, 1962 in Mt. Etna, Iowa. They lived near Wales, Emerson, Griswold, and Corning before moving to their farm near Guss, Iowa in 1974. Darrell and Lila moved to Red Oak in 2011. Over the years Darrell farmed, raised livestock, built modular homes, did electrical and plumbing work, and was known for his ability to fix just about anything. Darrell was a member of the Red Oak Presbyterian Church, enjoyed square dancing, and enjoyed spending time with his family. His family describes him as very loving and as honest as the day is long.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his in-laws: Howard and Evelyn Roberts; brother: Sherwood Behrens; and brothers-in-law: Larry Roberts and Bob Gray. Survivors include his wife: Lila Behrens of Red Oak, IA; children: Gene Behrens and wife Kim of Villisca, IA; Rick Behrens and wife Nancy of Red Oak, IA; and Valerie Behrens of Creston, IA; grandchildren: Amanda Ward and husband Zach of Shenandoah, IA; Jordan Behrens of Villisca, IA; Allison Behrens and Sarah Behrens of Red Oak, IA; great granddaughter: Natalie Ward of Shenandoah, IA; brothers William and Delvin Behrens of Wales, IA; sisters: Julia Williams and husband Darwin of Villisca, IA and Darlene Proctor and husband Dale of Emerson, IA; sisters-in-law: Ann Behrens of Atlantic, IA; Glenna Day and husband Patrick of Stuart, IA; Janet Gray of Des Moines, IA; Mary Lou Oswald and husband Danny of Urbandale, IA; and Ruth Roberts of Corning, IA; brother-in-law: Glen Roberts and wife Mary Lou of Mt. Etna, IA; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.