Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Adamson, Mary Elaine Brinker - Mass of Christian Burial Services for Elaine Adamson, age 92, of Lenox, Iowa who passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016, at Vintage Park, will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lenox. There is no visitation prior to services. Private family interment of ashes will be held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may be sent to the family to be used for a remembrance at Vintage Park in her name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, Iowa.

Elaine Adamson was born June 17, 1924 in Butte, Nebraska the daughter of Hubert Joseph Brinker and Mae (Dettermann) Brinker. Elaine married Eugene Adamson on July 3, 1947, and together they enjoyed many years of travel after Gene retired. Elaine spent her final years at Vintage Park Apartments in Lenox where she enjoyed the many activities they offered.

Elaine is survived by her children, Judy (Dave) Christensen of Ellston, Iowa; Dick (Liz) Adamson of Custer, South Dakota; Nancy (Craig) Bryan of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mike (Theresa) Adamson of Scottsdale, Arizona; and Bob (Carlene) Adamson of St Louis, Missouri; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great -grandchildren; and her sister, Corrine (Joe) Nekolizak of Greeley, Nebraska.

Preceding Elaine in death are her husband Gene; her parents, Joe and Mae Brinker and four brothers.


Akers, Vera Belle Lacox - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Vera Belle, age 102, formerly of Bedford, who passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Vera Belle Lacox was born Feb. 16, 1914, in Taylor County, Iowa. She was the second daughter of Thomas Lacox and Martha (Moore) Lacox. When she was a little girl attending McMillin Country School, a bird flew in the window one day. It was considered bad luck for a bird to fly out the same window, and unfortunately that bird did. Later that day her Aunt Ferris arrived at school to tell 9 year old Vera, and her 12 year old sister Eva that their Mother had passed away. Their Father had poor health and she remembers pulling him around the farm in their little red wagon to do chores. He also passed away a year later. Because of the early deaths of their parents, Vera and her sister Eva were raised by their paternal grandmother Amanda Lacox. Vera had many fond memories of time spent with her extended family of beloved cousins.

Vera graduated from Nodaway High School with the Class of 1931, and attended every alumni banquet, including her 79th, at which she was the last living member of her class. She earned a teaching certificate when she graduated from Creston Community College, and while a student there, she lived with a family and helped care for their baby and did housework to cover her room and board. In 1934, Vera and a friend took the train to the World's Fair in Chicago, this was during the Great Depression, and she remembers buying an 11 cent hat for the trip!

She rode her horse to Willow Street and Spread Eagle Country Schools where she taught four years. It was the teacher's job to carry in water and light the coal stove each morning to heat the school house. On May 28, 1939, she was united in marriage to Doyle Akers. Her sister Eva was married to Doyle's brother Iven. She and Doyle farmed southeast of Bedford until his death in 1970. They were blessed with three children, David Paul, Dale Lynn and Linda Gale.

Vera loved reading, growing flowers, watching birds, and drew great comfort from nature. She made beautiful quilts for each child and grandchild. She adored her grandchildren and often traveled to California, the east coast and Mount Pleasant, Iowa to spend time with them.

Vera worked at The Frosty Trete, Pearl Terrace Nursing Home and Places Dime Store for eleven years. She and Doyle were Farm Bureau members, and members of the First Baptist Church. Vera was active in Republican Women, and worked as a precinct chairperson on Election Day. She belonged to Rebekah's Lodge and enjoyed church circle, playing cards with friends and the Now or Never and other neighborhood clubs.

In 2002, she moved to The Folks Apartments in Mount Pleasant, Iowa where she lived until 2011, and most recently resided at Park Place Elder Living in Mount Pleasant.

Left to cherish Vera’s memory are two children, her son, Dale Akers of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and her daughter, Linda Keith and husband Randy of Mediapolis, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Ann (Tony) Vodacek, Chris (Jennifer) Campbell, Jonathan (Rebecca) Akers, Jessica Akers, Joshua (Julie) Akers, Erin (Keith) Musser and Alexandra (Courtney) Achen; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kayla, Mason and Gemma Vodacek; Kali Knoth, Jasmin Akers, Alexander Akers, Tyler, Haley, Riley and Roya Akers; Scarlett and Ezra Musser; and Norah Achen; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Preceding Vera in death are her parents, Thomas and Martha Lacox; husband Doyle Akers; sister Eva; son David; and daughter-in-law, Debra


Alborn, Mary Jane Trucks -

Mary Jane, Alborn, nee Trucks, age 80, of Belleville, IL, formerly of Bedford, IA, born on February 22, 1936 in Bayard, IA died on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Sycamore Village, Belleville, IL.

Mary Jane worked for 30 years as a social service case manager for the State of Iowa, in Bedford, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Alborn; her parents, Gurney and Hazel, nee Rhodes, Trucks; her son, Mark Alborn; her daughter, Raelynn Alborn; and her siblings, Richard Trucks, Shirley Gustoff, and Beth Ellen.

Surviving is her son, Michael J. (Mary) Alborn, of Belleville, IL; her grandson, Andrew J. Alborn; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private family funeral services will be held.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com of Fairview Heights, Ill.


Ambrose, Erma Darlene Smith Wahe - Celebration of Life Services for Erma Ambrose, age 91, of Lenox, who passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Lenox Care Center will be held Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Monday morning from 10:00 AM until service time. A lunch will follow the service with interment being held at the Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield at 2:00 PM. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Erma Darlene (Smith) (Wahe) Ambrose was born July 18, 1924, in Adair County, Iowa, the daughter of Sammie E. Smith and Lora Marie (Stewart) Smith. She grew up in the Bridgewater / Richland area, graduating from Richland High School. After graduation, she moved to Rock Island, Illinois with her sister, Marian, and worked as a Key Punch Operator at the Rock Island Arsenal. Through her sister Marian she met Dean Albert Wahe, and the couple were united in marriage June 16, 1944, at her parent's home in Adair County, Iowa. To this union, three children were born, Lloyd, Linda and Kathy. Erma lived with her in-laws while Dean was serving in World War II. Upon his discharge, the couple remained in the Greenfield area. After the children graduated from school, Erma worked at the Greenfield Hospital as a Cook. Dean passed away in June of 1976, and Erma continued to live in Greenfield until 1981. In August of 1981, she was united in marriage to Reldon Ambrose at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Reldon and Erma made their home in Lenox where she was a cook at Taylor Ridge until she was 70 years old. Reldon passed away February 7, 1986, and Erma stayed in Lenox where she continued to be active in the community. She was a member of the Lenox United Methodist Church, the Lenox American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, wintering in Holiday, Florida where she purchased a home. Erma's passion in life was being social and cooking for her friends and family. Crocheting and doing handy work until her eyes failed and she had to give up her projects.

Left to cherish Erma’s memory is her daughter Kathy Young and husband Duane of Creston, Iowa; three step-children, Judy Wilson of Afton, Iowa; Nancy Ambrose of Omaha, Nebraska; and Mark Ambrose and wife Mary of Mason City, Iowa; a son-in-law, Michael Brooks of Anaconda, Montana; a daughter-in-law, Linda Russell and husband Everett of Des Moines, Iowa; a sister, Marian Bardwell and husband Dick of Brandon, Mississippi; nine grandchildren, Clint, Stacy, Lori, Michelle, Lance, Wayne, Jamie, Dawn and Kali; several great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Erma in death are her parents, Sammie and Lora Smith; her first husband, Dean Wahe; her second husband, Reldon Ambrose; her daughter Linda Brooks in 2001; and her son, Lloyd Wahe in 2003


Barker, Billie Jean Brannon - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Billie Jean Barker, age 76, who passed away at her home on Sunday, July 10, 2016, will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at the Lenox Community Center on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, from 2 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Billie Jean was the youngest of Wilma (Woods) and Evan Brannon’s three children. She was born on August 24, 1939, on a farm north of Lenox. She passed away unexpectedly at her home in Lenox on July 10, 2016 at the age of 76.

Billie Jean began elementary school in Rich Hill, Mo. Her family moved to Diagonal, IA, in 1950, where she continued her schooling through her sophomore year of high school. The Brannon family eventually settled in Lenox, and Billie Jean finished her final two years of school at Lenox High School, graduating with the class of 1957. She then headed to Des Moines for her first job opportunity.

Billie Jean first caught Lonnie’s eye at a Lenox High School basketball game in the old gymnasium when he was home from college for the weekend. She was looking mighty fine in a snazzy red sweater, and he knew right then and there, he would have to get in contact with that gal in the red sweater! After an initial stumble, the romance grew, and on Flag Day, June 14th of 1958, Lonnie proposed. To his surprise, Billie accepted the proposal by saying, “Yes - and I don’t believe in long engagements…. Do you?” The couple married on October 4th - less than 4 months after Lonnie’s proposal!

The happy couple welcomed their first child, Lahni Jean (1960), followed by Todd Brannon (1962), and Lisa Ann (1966). Billie Jean was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young, and eventually began helping Lonnie by keeping the books for the family business, Barker Implement. She continued to work alongside her husband until they both retired in 2015.

Billie Jean was an incredible cook, and was famous for her ability to put together “awesome” meals at the spur of the moment for friends and sometimes “extra guests” brought to the house by Lonnie, her kids, and even her grandkids. One of the favorite traditions she shared with her grandkids and their friends when they reached high school age was the “Friday Morning Breakfast Club”. BJ and Lonnie were like a second set of grandparents to their grandkids’ friends, always making them feel right at home. They would all meet at Grandma’s house at 7:30 a.m. and be treated to a special breakfast before heading off to school. Holiday gatherings were always looked forward to as she always prepared the traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and scalloped corn.

Grandma BJ’s homemade pizza became everyone’s family favorite, especially the Saturday night before Easter. Everyone will tell you that she made the best homemade pizza crust in the world –which she learned from her brother, Donn. She never told us exactly how she made it or let any of us to help her prepare it! We suspect that she didn’t use a set recipe, but somehow her crust turned out perfect every single time. And we can’t forget Grandma’s best ever Chili!

Book, Duane Leroy - Duane Leroy Book passed away on May 29, 2016 in Savannah, MO. He was born September 26, 1934 in Athelstan, Iowa the son of Carl Leroy Book and Margaret (Cavner) Book. He grew up in the Bedford and Conway area graduating from Bedford High School in 1953. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, returning home to farm.
On June 23, 1956 he was united in marriage to Janet Marley at the Berea Church of Christ south of Bedford. Duane and Janet lived east of Bedford where they raised their family, JoEllen and Doyle.
In addition to farming, Duane owned and operated a blacksmith and welding repair shop, D&D Repair for several years. This welding shop often became a place where the neighbors would catch up on the news while repairs were in process.
In 1992 Duane moved to Savannah, Missouri and lived on the David Swartz farm. Years before, Duane’s parents had been friends and next door neighbors to David’s grandparents, so it was a multigenerational friendship. Janet and Duane truly enjoyed their time there. Not only were they now closer to their grandchildren, Lindsay and Jared, but they also regarded David, LeeAnn, and Tristan as part of their family.
He spent the next several years doing custom leather work, building and repairing saddles and tack. He also enjoyed trips to Arkansas with Janet to visit Doyle and Micki and especially enjoyed watching the grandchildren grow up. He always liked to visit with his friends over a cup of coffee.
He had a lifetime love of horses and western culture. Even as a small boy on the farm he enjoyed his ponies and later horses that he rode to country school. He admitted that he was always happiest when he owned a horse and until the last few years he had always owned at least one. He passed this knowledge and love for horses on to both his children and grandchildren. Almost every weekend of JoEllen and Doyle’s childhood involved some kind of horse related event, often under the lights of his own home arena. Lindsay and Jared spent countless hours at Grandpa and Grandma’s riding and brushing ponies. For several years he was the wrangler for the horse program at Camp Geiger Boy Scout Camp in St. Joseph, Mo where he enjoyed introducing a whole new generation to the “cowboy way”.
Years of Duane’s participation in the Taylor County Sheriff’s Posse, trail rides, horse shows, rodeos, jackpot ropings, and saddle making forged many enduring friendships. These adventures also generated, shall we say, “more than a few crazy stories” that have been told over the years and now are ours to cherish. And we all know how Duane loved to tell a good story!
In 2013 Duane moved to town where he and his little terrier, Scootie were often seen zipping around Savannah together.
He is survived by a son, Doyle Book and wife Micki of Harrison, AR; a daughter, JoEllen Sommer and husband John of Oregon, Mo; a sister, LulaMae Beck and husband Duane of Sharpsburg, IA; 3 grandchildren Lindsay Breadon and husband Michael of Kaufman, TX; Jared Sommer of Cosby, Mo, and Marc Edens and wife Paula of Lawton, OK; 8 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jordan, Austin, Hudson, Cole, Sean, Braden, and Brea, along with many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He is also survived by his beloved dog Scootie. Duane was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Janet.

Buried Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa


Bradley, Coletta, 92, from Kent, Iowa passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Clearview Home in Clearfield, Iowa. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 am Saturday July 16 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Creston, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Council of Catholic Women, Holy Spirit Parish, Creston, Iowa and/or St Malachy School, Creston, Iowa. On-line condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.


Carey, John Richard -

(Obituary as written in part by him before his death)
"I, John Richard Carey, son of Charles E and Ann Cary, was born in Cass eo, Mo, June 5th, 1885.1 grew to manhood on a farm near Strasburg, Pleasant Hill and Lone Jack, Mo. "The 3d day of February, 1910, at Pleasant Hill, Mo, I was united in marriage to Nettie Jane Watson, who departed this life, June 26, 1942, near Villisca. We moved to Fedora, S D in June 1910. Two children were born to this union, Mabel Irene and George Wayne. Mabel departed this earth at Mitchell, S D, Oct 23, 1939 and Wayne now lives southwest of Villisca. I joined the Baptist church at Lone Jack, Mo, in the winter of 1906 and later had my membership transferred to New Market.
"With the exception of three years spent in Wisconsin, I lived in South Dakota from June 1910 to 1934, then I, with my family, moved to New Market. In the spring of 1942 moved with my wife, son Wayne and wife, to a farm southeast of Villisca. I lived there until the spring of 1948 when my health forced me to move to Gravity. "On March 17, 1947 I was married to Mrs Lucy Crowe, and on October 15, 1950, on account of her health, moved back to Villisca. After suffering for over one year, she too departed this earth. My loved ones can finish from here".
John Carey died April 15, 1952 at the age of 66 years, 10 months and 10 days. Those who survive are: his son, Wayne and wife of southwest of Villisca, four grandchildren; three brothers, George of Lone Jack, Mo; Henry of Olivet, S D and Robert of Menno, S D, and one sister, Mrs Ida Brown of Lone Jack, Mo; three stepsons and four stepdaughters. Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral home at Clarinda, April 18, 1952. Pallbearers were George Lindberg, Elmer Lindberg, Edwin Burt, Art Warnaca, Albert Lee and Malcolm Posten. Mildred Greenfield and Genevieve cared for the flowers. Those attending from a distance were: Mr and Mrs Arnet Brown and Merville James of Artesian, S D; Mr and Mrs Robert Cary Menno, S D; Henry Cary and Mrs Elgin Eggleston of Olivet, S D; Mrs William Rohusek Scotland, S D; Mrs Gene Brown, of Madison, S D; Mr and Mrs George Cary, Miss Hazel Cary and friend Joe, Mrs Georgia Goodwin and Mr and Mrs Robert Brown all of Lone Jack, Mo; Robert Phillips, daughter and husband of Blue Springs, Mo; Mr and Mrs Athel Arrington of Buckner, Mo; Vernon Winfrey and sister of Kansas City. (Clarinda HERALD-JOURNAL, Monday, May 26, 1952)

submitted by: Don Parsons


Carlson, Stanley "Stan" Arnold -

Stanley Arnold Carlson, son of Arnold & Orril (Gallup) Carlson, was born October 4, 1939 at Red Oak, Iowa.

Stan married Marlene Sandstrom and to this marriage, two children were born: Kristina Kay and Kelly Kyle. Stan and Marlene later divorced.

Stan was a lifelong farmer in the Lenox area. He married Karen Kay Vorhies on December 13, 1993 in Corning, Iowa.

Stan passed away June 22, 2016 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Leonard and Don Carlson; granddaughter Candi McBrayer; father and mother-in-law Howard & Edna Vorhies.

Survivors include his wife Karen Carlson of Lenox; daughter Kris Huber of Lenox and son Kelly Carlson of Prescott; grandchildren Brandi Carlson, Kelli (Eric) Strough, Rhonda Carlson, Kasper Carlson; great grandchildren Hunter Carlson and Triniti Strough; other relatives and friends.

Memorials are for the Lenox Rodeo to help purchase new bleachers.


Clark, Linda Kay Daniels - Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Linda Clark, age 69, of Gravity, who passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at her home in Gravity will be held Friday, September 2, 2016, at 3:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services with the family greeting friends. Memorials can be given in Linda’s name.

Linda Kay (Daniels) Clark was born December 27, 1946, in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Lawrence Daniels and Leota (McDaniels) Daniels. Linda grew up attending school in the Des Moines area. Following high school, she obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Degree and worked for Westview Acres for fifteen years and the Clark County Hospital for ten years. It was a blessing to Linda to care for others as a CNA and as a Surgical Assistant. Linda never met a stranger, she had a hug for everyone and a big heart!

Linda was united in marriage to Leonard Clark on October 22, 1972. The couple lived in the Des Moines area until July 1977 when they moved south of Highpoint, IA. In the early 80s, they then moved to LeRoy, IA. When Linda wasn't working she enjoyed fishing, camping, reading and watching The Big Bang Theory and Cops on television. She cherished the time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Linda especially loved her birds, Bonnie, Cherokee and Dicky Bird and her dog Daisy. She also enjoyed music, often she could be found cleaning her home to ZZ Top, Queen or Fleetwood Mac. With so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, there were often pranks pulled on each other . .. especially Amy, who occasionally would lock her grandmother Linda in the outhouse!

Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her two daughters, Kathy Leach and husband Mark of Bedford, Iowa; and Kris Kernen and husband Danny of Gravity, Iowa; four step-sons, Leonard Clark of Mount Ayr, Iowa; Dwayne Clark of Mount Ayr, Iowa; Doug Clark and wife Jennifer of Clarinda, Iowa; and Billy Clark of New Jersey; a brother, Gene Daniels of Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Lorraine Korlaske of Hoquiem, Washington; and Dorothy Freeman of St, Helens, Oregon; seven grandchildren; Melissa Stephenson (Jesse) of Hampton, IA; Jason Means (Angie) of Jacksonville, NC; Amy Maeder (Joe) of Orient, IA; Ashley Mitchell (Casey) of Afton, IA; Aaron Bethards (Chelsea) of Creston, IA; Chris Kirkman of Des Moines, IA; and Susan Kirkman Clausi of Des Moines, IA; eight great-grandchildren; Alex, Alivia, Charlie, Natalie, Eivin, Emmett, Hunter, and Jarod and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Linda in death are her parents, Lawrence and Leota Daniels; her husband Leonard Clark in 1992; two brothers, George Daniels and Carl Daniels; a sister, Mary Munson; and a step-son, Ray Kirkman


Cooper, Mona G. Larison - Mona G. Larison Cooper, born September 2, 1933, in Nodaway County, Sheridan, Mo, died at the age of 82 on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Evergreen Health hospice in Kirkland, Wa.

Mona was the daughter of Ames and Beulah (Wilson) Larison, Brother Darrell and Sister Lynda. Mona accepted Christ as her personal savior when she was 16 and at that time she became a member of the Blockton Christian Church. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1951 then attended AIB in Des Moines and worked for the Des Moines Register Better Home and Gardens magazine as Dear Betty at the age of 17 before moving to Clarinda, IA, to work at the Clarinda Mental Institute, where she met and later married Jack W. Cooper on May 1, 1954.

To this union Kelley Jo Cooper was born, and later Bryan Ames Cooper was added to the family. She and Jack moved to Denver, Co, in 1956. While there, she worked at the Interstate National Bank. In 1968, the family moved permanently to Seattle, Wa, where she and Jack became members of the Overlake Christian Church, where they were members for over 40 years. Mona volunteered her time every Monday as an accountant there - faith was very important to her and was exemplified throughout her life. Mona loved live. She was fun-loving, played practical jokes, told stores, and made life for everyone mor enjoyable.

She and her family enjoyed many camping expeditions in Wa and all around the US. She liked to bowl with her team, read, play games, and put puzzles together with her granddaughter Kennedy Cooper. She belonged to a local Bible study group and had many friends from the local community and abound. She was the type of person that kept in touch with high school friends and enjoyed traveling to Iowa to visit family. Her sparkling eyes and big smile made everone's day more beautiful and exciting.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Darrell, husband Jack, and stepfather Harlan Freeman.

She is survived by her daughter, Kelley Jo Cooper, her son Bryan Ames Cooper, four grandchildren and one on the way, her sister Lynda and John Menefee, brother-in-law Rex and Ruth Cooper, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She will be remembered and missed by those who loved her. She loved much and was much loved. She is at peace from suffering and is now home with the Lord and her loved ones.


Drake, (Lucille) Kathleen Faubion Henson -

Lucille) Kathleen Drake, 93, of Blockton, Iowa, passed away June 8, 2016 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Kathleen, the daughter of Jesse and Roxie (Roudebush) Faubion, was born at her grandparents' home near Blockton on November 28, 1922.

Kathleen was united in marriage to Lester Paul Henson on November 28, 1947 in Blockton. To this marriage were born two sons, Robert and Terry. Lester passed away on July 5, 1976. Kathleen married Burt Elmer Drake on August 28, 1978 in Princeton, Misssouri. Burt passed away in January 1998.

Kathleen graduated from Blockton High School and Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri. She thought it was important to give children a good start by focusing especially on teaching reading skills. She taught at area rural grade schools, including Timberlake School and Brush College, and at Blockton and Bedford Elementary Schools. She was so respected by students that one high school graduating class dedicated their yearbook to her as being their most influential teacher. She retired from teaching in 1976.

In addition to being a patient and caring teacher, she was known in the community as a gifted storyteller whose colorful stories contained smart and witty comments. In retirement, she enjoyed new hobbies, including painting ceramics and quilt making. She made over 70 quilts and continued this hobby up to the last two weeks of her life.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Bob Henson and wife Linda of Clive, Iowa. Terry Henson and wife Donna of Blockton; and step-son Earl Drake and wife Connie of Blockton; grandchildren, Jason Henson, Carolyn Gunkel, Anne Henson, Laura Roberts, Tyler Henson, Levi Henson, Marshall Henson; step-grandchildren, Todd Drake, Brenda Ferris, Clint Drake, Nate Drake, Bradley Melvin, Brent Melvin, Craig Melvin and 31 great-grandchildren.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; brother Robert Faubion who was killed in World War II; sister Maurine Shearer; and step-son Don Drake


Hullinger, Nancy Karen Needham - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Nancy Hullinger, age 76, Bedford, who passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in Corning, Iowa, will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 1:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 11 AM until service time at 1 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Nancy Karen Needham was born on October 4, 1939 at the family home west of Bedford in rural Taylor County, Iowa. Dennis and Violet (Johnson) Needham had four children: Lilian, Glen, Nadine and Nancy. Nancy attended elementary school at Timberlake Country School and then attended High School in Bedford and Ames, Iowa.

Life was not easy for the Needham’s. When Nancy was just a month old her brother Glen died at the age of 15 from a burst appendix. The death of their only son was very difficult on both Dennis and Violet. Dennis died just a few years later when Nancy was just five years old, with his death Violet moved the family to town – Bedford. Violet baked pies for restaurants to bring in some income. Lilian took care of the household and the younger children.

By the time Nancy was a young teenager all of the losses and difficulties in their life took a toll on her mother and Violet entered a psychiatric hospital. Over the next several years Violet would move in and out of the hospital.

When Violet went into the hospital Nancy lived with Bob and Lilian for a while. She then moved to Ames to live with Nadine and Jim. She attended high school and worked for HyVee. Nadine and Jim were planning on moving so they brought Nancy back home to Bedford to live with her mother.

It was in Bedford, at a dance, that she met Bill Hullinger, a college man. He was attracted to her because “she was a good looking little gal and a great dancer!” On June 1, 1957 about a year after they started dating they were married in Corning, Iowa at the Baptist parsonage. For the first few years of marriage they lived with Bill’s folks Lloyd and Clara Hullinger. Clara and Nancy would have their battles over the years but Lloyd was the dad she never had.

Bill and Nancy had four children: Dennis, Bill, Deborah and Jennifer. As Bill went to school and then started teaching and moving through different positions each one trying to make a little more money, Nancy raised the children and made a home. There was even a period of time when Violet lived with them. Over the years they would live in: Winston, MO; Highland, KS; Griswold, IA; Glenwood, IA; Hopkins, MO; Bedford, IA; Kellerton, IA; and Albert City, IA finally at retirement moving back to Bedford to the Hullinger family land.

When you have to list an occupation it says homemaker, but Nancy was so much more than that. In each of those places when the houses were less than liveable, Nancy would work to make them homes. She would fill them with her handiwork, the smell of wonderful meals and would make sure there was always plenty for the wayward guest. Holidays were special times with every nook and cranny decorated.

Her family and her children were the core of her life. For someone whose mother was not fully present – Nancy became the mom her mom never was. She believed her children should have experiences and learn from them. She had a deep belief in what was right. She knew what it was like to go hungry and would not allow anyone in her house to go hungry. She did things like play catch with Dennis to warm up before ball games or bake pies or fix home economics assignments for Debbie and Jennifer. Nancy thought of others before herself and would have given up her own food, medication, and shirt of her back if her children, grandchildren or anyone else needed it.

Nancy taught herself how to sew, embroider, crochet, and paint. She was gifted. There is just no two ways about it – she was an artist and so creative. You couldn’t beat her cooking! Homemade pizza, Spanish Rice, Dinner Rolls, Vegetable Beef Soup, Fried Chicken, and Mashed potatoes to just name a few.

She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and there isn’t one that didn’t get one of her handmade blankets. The grandchildren have always been able to get away with a whole lot more than her children. She has been an important part of each of their lives from a young age by allowing them a chance to learn and be loved by her generosity, her faithfulness, strong will and determination.

Nancy went to the Corning hospital on Tuesday, August 30 and on Wednesday morning August 31, after a bath, a massage, a walk in the hall and her hair looking spiffy she peacefully died almost attaining the age of 77. She was preceded in death by her brother Glen Needham; her parents Dennis and Violet Needham; her in-laws Lloyd and Clara Hullinger; and sister Lilian Barnes.

Left to remember Nancy: her husband of almost sixty years Bill Hullinger of Bedford, IA; Children: Dennis (Nancy) Hullinger of Walnut, IA; Bill Hullinger of Bedford, IA; Deborah (Andre) Porter of Navarre, FL; Jennifer (Douglas) Mattson of Kansas City, MO; Grandchildren: Brandon Hullinger of Kansas City, MO; Mallory Wakefield of Navarre, FL; Ross (Carey Beth) Hullinger of Charlotte, NC; Trey Wakefield of San Antonio, TX; Nate (Maria) Hullinger of College Springs, IA; Brock (Brandi) Hullinger of Charlotte, NC; Kelsey(Cody) Benson of Highlandville, MO; Mara, Lara, Alivia Porter of Navarre, FL; Ciara, Carson, Creed Mattson of Kansas City, MO; Great Grandchildren: Emma, Jack, Luke Hullinger of Kansas City, MO; Nolan Hullinger of College Springs, IA; Audrey Benson of Highlandville, MO; Kepler Hullinger of Charlotte, NC; Avery Hullinger of Charlotte, NC; sister Nadine Gamet; sister-in-law Mary Dowis of Bedford, IA; brother-in-law Bus (Dorla) Hullinger of Germanville, PA; along with many nephews, nieces and friends


Johnson, Gail Lee - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Gail Johnson, age 67, of the Corning/ Bedford area, who died Saturday, July 9, 2016 at his home will be held Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Private family interment will be held at the Guss Cemetery. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be given in Gail’s name.

Gail Lee Johnson was born November 8, 1948, in Clarinda, Iowa the son of Lloyd Albert Johnson and Mary Elizabeth (Thomas) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm in the Guss area attending country school through the fourth grade, graduating from Corning High School with the Class of 1967. On February 24, 1967, he was united in marriage to Laura Arlene Hiatt. Four children were born to bless their union, Sherri, Jodie, Tina and Shamus.

Gail had the true heart of a farmer. Over the years he worked for various companies along with farming, and spent 15 years working for Feeders Grain in Corning and 25 years for CPS in Corning. He enjoyed playing croquet and cards, especially pinochle, with his family. He and Laura loved square dancing and singing together. In later years he enjoyed watching his grandkids in their various activities, in fact he loved everything from ballgames to fishing, anything to share time with them. Gail enjoyed family reunions and picnics, passing along family knowledge to his kids and grandkids. Gail was a member of the Maple Grove Church in Guss.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, and friend is his loving wife of 49 years, Laura Johnson of Corning; his children, Sherri Hoaglund and husband Gregg of Carroll, Iowa; Jodie Johnson of Des Moines, Iowa; Tina Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa; and Shamus Johnson and wife Jennifer of Lees Summit, Missouri; ten grandchildren; a brother Earl Johnson of Stanton, Iowa; two sisters, Doris Stamm and Inez Gray, both of Clarinda, Iowa; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Gail in death are his parents, Lloyd and Mary Johnson and one brother, Calvin Johnson


Kinyon, Suzanne Wurster - A Celebration of Life Memorial Visitation for Suzanne Kinyon, age 65, formerly of Lenox, who died Friday, July 1, 2016 at Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola, Iowa will be held Tuesday, July 5, 2016, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Private family interment of ashes will be held at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Suzanne’s name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Suzanne Rae (Wurster) Kinyon was born June 12, 1951, in Creston, Iowa the daughter of Russell Wurster and Irene (Hewitt) Wurster. She grew up attending school in Lenox and then went onto Indian Hills Community College to become a Key Punch Operator.

On September 2, 1978, Suzanne was united in marriage to Robert "Bobby" Moore, who was later killed in a car accident on November 4, 1979. Bobby was preceded in death by their stillborn son, Robert Moore, Jr. on March 24, 1980. Suzanne moved to Texas where she married Paul Kinyon on June 29, 1984. Together they had one daughter, Wendy Kinyon on December 14, 1984. The family moved back to Creston in 1987, and the couple later divorced. Over the years, Suzanne worked in Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Florida and Creston, Iowa as a Key Punch Operator. She was a Title Clerk in Alamo, Texas and at M & M Motors in Creston. She was fortunate to be a 'stay at home mom' while she was married to Paul. She was a member of the Lenox United Presbyterian Church.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Wendy Kinyon of Creston, Iowa; a step-daughter, Tonya Glenn and husband Tony of Osceola, Iowa; a step-son, Jamie Kinyon and wife Lori of Hebron, Iowa; two grandchildren, Damon Hayes and Grace Keeler, both of Creston, Iowa; two sisters, Sandra Faust and husband Jim of Rising Sun, Indiana; and Kathy Buck and husband Gary of Gardner, Kansas; three nieces, Debbie Anderson and husband Ron of Aurora, Indiana; Amy Marino and husband Phil of Lexington, Kentucky; and Holly Thompson and friend Daren Kirkpatrick of Des Moines, Iowa; a nephew, Phil Thompson and wife Melissa of Indianola, Iowa; five great-nieces; one great-nephew; one great-great-niece; an Aunt, Helen Blazek of Osceola, Iowa; along with many cousins and a host of friends.

Suzanne is preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Irene Wurster, her husband Bobby Moore, her son, Bobby Moore Jr., and her ex-husband Paul Kinyon.


Lucas, James Franklin - All of God’s Creatures Great and Small welcomed into Heaven one of its most revered friends and veterinarians on Friday, June 3, 2016, when Dr. James Franklin Lucas, known as “Jim” or “Doc,” passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease

Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Kay Lucas, and their four children, Jamie, Matt, Shelly, and Joe, their spouses and friend, along with nine grandchildren. Jim and Kay’s first born, Baby Daniel, passed away at three days old.

The son of Max and Dorothy Lucas, Jim was born April 14, 1939, in a farmhouse near the family farm, three years after older brother, Donovan. Jim and Don grew up driving tractors, plowing fields, raking hay, and choring for cattle and pigs (in addition to fishing, hunting, and getting into a lot of mischief).

Following graduation from Bedford High School in 1957, Jim’s love for farm life and animals landed him in vet school at Iowa State University. Kay joined Jim at ISU in 1958, and they were married on December 18, 1960. Upon earning their degrees from ISU, Jim and Kay returned to Bedford in 1964 to start a family and begin a long-time career in doctoring animals across southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. But, caring for animals wasn’t enough for Jim. The country boy at heart continued to farm the family land, growing his Angus herd and harvesting crops. Everyone who knew Jim knows that he would still be practicing veterinary medicine, farming the land, and befriending everyone he came into contact with if the slight tremor in his left hand had never started in 1986. Parkinson’s symptoms took many things away from Jim, but it could never rob him of his smiles, laughs, jokes and passions he shared with everyone.

Family and friends celebrated Jim’s life at a Visitation on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 and at a Celebration of Life Funeral Service on June 8, 2016, at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Iowa. Dr. Jim Cummings led services. Doc was laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.


Poore, Richard A. - Richard A. Poore, 74, of Story City, passed to his heavenly home on September 4, 2016, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. He was born in Blockton, Iowa, on July 4, 1942, to Guy and Nina Campbell Poore. He married Evelyn Carolyn Jipsen on July 10, 1966. To this union three children were born: Jeanna Lynne Schwendinger (Michael) of Eagan, Minnesota; Deanna Lou Jacobs (Erik) of Golden, Colorado, and Richard A. Poore II (Samantha) of Waterloo, Iowa. Evelyn passed away in 1992.

Richard subsequently married Linda Winship Olson in 1993. He was a loving and caring stepfather to Rebekah Mitchell of Winterset; Mike Olson (Julie) of Brainerd, Minnesota, and Brenda Henderson (Jason) of Story City. He was delighted to be known as Grandpa Rich or Grandpa Poore or Papa Iowa or Papa Rich by ten grandchildren (Lucy, Rachel, Ryan, Oliver, Maxwell, Bradley, Moriah, Torran, Saydie and Kayden) and three great-grandchildren (Karsyn, Jaxson, and Everly).

During his career Rich worked in the insurance industry; as a supervisor in custodial care at Iowa State University; and recently as a driver for NAPA in Ames. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ames and traveled several times with the Appalachia crew to repair homes in the Appalachian Mountains. He loved hunting, fishing, and reading.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, and half-sisters Kathryn Lane and Norma Poore. Rich is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, children-by-marriage, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary (John) Howell from Glenwood; half-sisters Anna Barker of Colby, Kansas, Neva (Robert) James of Council Bluffs, and half-brother Ernest Poore as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Richard asks that gifts may be directed to the charity of your choosing.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Ames on Saturday, September 10, with visitation at 9:30 am, and the service at 11:00 am, followed by lunch at the church. On September 11, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Bedford United Methodist Church in Bedford with visitation at 1:00 pm and the service at 2:00pm. There will be no burial. Blessed was the life of Richard Poore


Martin, Derik James - Derik James Martin was born March 20, 1990 in Corning, Iowa the son of James Francis Martin and Anna Lea Glass. He passed away at his home in Sharpsburg, Iowa on Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2016 at the age of 26 years, 1 month and 21 days.
Derik grew up in the Bedford and Gravity area and graduated from Bedford High School in 2008. During his high school career he wrestled and played football. He was a very talented artist. He could draw about anything. He was a funny person who loved his family and many friends. The biggest joy Derik had was being a father figure to Antonio and Greysen.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Larry Martin. Survivors include his mother, Anna Walker and her husband David of New Market, Iowa; his father, James Martin and his wife Brenda of Gravity, Iowa; two sisters, Ciera Martin of Clarinda, Iowa, Kelsea Walker of New Market, Iowa; step brother, Chad McCuen of Council Bluffs, Iowa; grandparents, Ron and Paula Glass of Bedford, Iowa, Justene Martin of Clarinda, Iowa; great grandparents, Blanche Downing of Bedford, Iowa and Mary Sollars of Richmond, Missouri; along with other relatives and many, many friends.

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McKinley, Clifton Merl - Clifton Merl McKinley was born August 10, 1923 in New Market, Iowa, the son of James Henry and Eva Amanda (Lawson) McKinley. He passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 93 years and 29 days.
Merl grew up and attended school in the Villisca area. He later served his country in the Army Air Corps during WW II. Following his service, he worked as a coal miner for a short time before starting a 29 ½ year career with Lisle Corporation in Clarinda. Merl enjoyed working on old cars and vans. He also loved the outdoors whether it was camping, fishing, hunting coons or pheasants, or visiting the Black Hills. He was also an avid stock car racing fan. His true love was spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Floris; brothers, Melvin Clark, George Wayne, Dale Franklin and Forrest Bernell; a half-sister, Minnie Briggs; a half-brother, Ivan Briggs and a niece, Eva Ellis.
Survivors include his step-son, Glen Bales and his wife Gloria of Altoona, Iowa; grandchildren, Chris, Kathy, Lori, Kim and Robin; nieces and nephews, Greta, Theresa, Joyce, Lou, Frances, Bernell, Wayne, Carolyn, Coral and Merl; along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Villisca Cemetery. There will be open visitation held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Wolfe Funeral Home. Visitation with the family present will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 12 at Wolfe Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established. Online remembrances or condolences can be shared at www.swimemorial.com. The Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca.


McMillen, Dennis Wayne - Dennis Wayne McMillen of Conway, Iowa passed away peacefully Monday August 8, 2016 at the Greater Regional Hospice House, in Creston, Iowa.

Dennis was born on June 28, 1944 the son of Andy McMillen and June (Bayless) McMillen. Dennis grew up in the Blanchard, Iowa area and as a teen participated in Jr. Rodeo events. He graduated from South Page High School in 1962. While in school Dennis participated in Cross Country and his senior season his team won the state title.

In 1962 Dennis married Judy Maness, the couple later divorced following the birth of four children, Joe, Jeff, Jerry and John. Dennis worked many jobs through the years following his graduation from high school including, attending barber college and barbering, loan officer, undercover packing agent, deputy sheriff for Taylor County, Union Pacific Railroad and United Airlines. Each occupation gave him something new and brought him closer to people which was always his primary focus.

In 1977 Dennis married Jackie Norton and they made their home in Conway, making their family complete with the birth of their daughter Ann a few years later. Dennis also started working for The Taylor County Secondary Roads Department in 1977 as a maintainer operator. Dennis was a loyal worker and maintained his Conway route for almost 32 years before retiring.

Through the years Dennis had many hobbies and areas of interest. He never stopped learning about new things. Dennis loved animals and especially his hunting dogs. Whether he was running coyotes or raccoons he felt a draw to nature and his childhood where he hunted raccoons on mules. Dennis also enjoyed the changing seasons of the mid-west and at his house there were two seasons, 1. Football season and 2. Western season. Dennis especially enjoyed watching the 5 time National Championship, Nebraska Cornhuskers and enjoyed watching his son John play for "The Big Red." Dennis equally enjoyed watching his daughter Ann run Cross Country and always cheered on all the kids.

Dennis truly loved his family though and enjoyed camping and just sharing the country life with them. He also loved a good card game with his family, at which he thought he was the best, but when the tables turned he always pulled out the "Ol Conway Rule" to help his cause. His love of those around him though was his passion. He believed in hard work, respect for everyone and accountability for one's actions. His personality would not have been complete without his sense of humor, which he enjoyed sharing with everyone he met. Dennis certainly never met a stranger.

Dennis is survived by his wife of almost 40 years Jackie; sons Joe (Terri) McMillen, Jeff (Jane) McMillen, Jerry (Nancy) McMillen, John (Rebecca) McMillen; daughter Ann (Mikel) Brandhorst; sister Ronell Adams; grandchildren Myles and Elisha Kay McMillen, Stephanie and Spencer Lipe, Nicolas and Alexander McMillen, Allison and Milana McMillen and Katelyn, Hannah, Jacob and Levi Brandhorst, along with many other relatives and many, many, many friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Andy and June and his step-father Rusty Mullins.


Noble, Opal Lewis -

Opal Noble, 96, of New Market Iowa, died Thursday, December 9, 1999, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center. Opal was born February 28, 1903, at New Market, Iowa to James and Addie Weaver Lewis. She attended New Market School. January 7,1924, she was united in marriage to Guy Noble, who survives. They had celebrated 75 years of marriage. She was a life long resident of the New Market area.
Survivors include her husband, Guy a resident of I.H.S. care center of Clarinda, towa, daughter, Gloria Jeanne Treese and husband George of Lincoln, Nebraska, son John Stanton Noble and wife Wanda of Urbandale, Iowa, seven grandchil­dren, twelve great-grandchildren, brother, Verlin Lewis of Puyallup, Washington. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 13, 1999, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, with Rev. Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Burial will be in Memory cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the New Market Methodist Church or to I.H.S. Care Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Redenbaugh, Nettie M. -

Nettie M. Redenbaugh, 92, of Bedford died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1988 at the Bedford Manor where she had been a resident the past six months.
She was born Jan. 16, 1895 near New Market. Parents were Frank and Mary Isabelle Johnston Redenbaugh. She graduated from the 8th grade in June 1911, and received a business certificate from Bedford High School in 1925.
She was employed for Farm Mutual Insurance for 31 years, starting in 1929 and retired Feb. 16, 1961. She had been living at the North Side Apartments before moving to the Bedford Manor.
Survivors include a sister, Clara Lewellen of Slaten, Tx, and two nephews and one niece from New Market.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Shum -Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford


Robinson, Gerald Lewis (Jerry) was born January 19, 1946. At an early age he was adopted by his loving parents, Marguerite Gertrude Thomas Williams Robinson and Lewis Woodson Robinson. Jerry died June 11, 2016 in Santa Clara County, Ca.

Jerry grew up in Bedford, starting kindergarten there, then later graduated form BCHS with the class of 1964. He participated in track and played football while in high school and was a friend to many. He attended Junior College in Clarinda before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He served in Vietnam and held the rank of Corporal. After serving in Vietnam, Jerry suffered with several health problems caused by the exposure to Agent Orange. He worked for many years at an oil station in the San Francisco area. At the time of his death, he had been living in San Jose, Ca.

One of Jerry's favorite things was to watch sports on TV. If he didn't have TV service and every sports station available, he was not happy. He enjoyed calling people he knew while growing up and he collected military memorabilia.

His father, Lewis, died in 1963 and his mother, Marguerite, in 1989, which was the last time he was in Bedford. His sister, Connie, died in 1993. Jerry had always talked about coming back to Bedford. He wanted to see for himself how everything had changed. He still thought the football field should be down at the east end of town where it could flood. He vividly remembered everyone on his paper route, and where everyone in school lived. He remembered every car all the guys drove, which was something he never had; he rode his bicycle or walked most places.

Jerry's ashes were interred at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Ca. He will be missed by many but his memories will remain forever.


Rundlett, Hilda Bernadine - Nov 25, 1917 - May 26, 2016

Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Hilda Rundlett, age 98, of Lenox, who passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Lenox Care Center will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be held at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Hilda’s name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Hilda Bernadine (Barker) Rundlett was born November 25, 1917, near Gravity, Iowa to Mr. and Mrs. Alford Boye. Her mother married Bud Barker, and Hilda was legally given the Barker name.

Her parents moved from Clearfield to a farm northwest of Lenox where she grew up and attended rural school at Grant No. 4 and Mercer No. 6, graduating from Lenox High School with the Class of 1935.

Hilda lived on the farm her entire life. On October 18, 1956, she was united in marriage to Harold L. Rundlett in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the home of Homer Caskey, a former neighbor of the families. Together, Harold and Hilda began housekeeping on a farm near Mercer No. 6. They lived there for 27 years, moving west of Lenox in Taylor County for 23 years. During the 53 years of their married life, Hilda and Harold enjoyed vacationing at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri where they often attended the annual reunion of Harold's Army buddies and their families.

In March of 2001, they moved into Lenox. Hilda was a devoted wife and friend to everyone. She enjoyed life to the fullest and found great joy in helping others. Hilda dearly loved her flowers, gardening and baking. After moving into town, Hilda continued gardening and tending flowers which she lovingly shared with her friends. She was a member of the Lenox United Methodist Church, Lenox American Legion Auxiliary, Sunshine Sisters Club and the Mercer Center U.M.W. Ladies Group. Hilda also loved to sew and quilt, having made many baby quilts she sent far and wide.

Left to cherish Hilda’s memory is her only surviving relatives and cousin, Robert DeHappart of Colorado; a sister-in-law, Donna Rundlett and her family; Mrs. Sarah Falconer of Afton, Iowa and her family; and the families of Lester Rundlett.

Preceding Hilda in death are her parents, her husband Harold Rundlett in 2004; and Lester and Lucille Rundlett; along with several cousins


Sandburn, James "Earl" - James 'Earl' Sanburn was called home to rope his final calf on Friday, May 27, 2016 surrounded by his wife, Jane and children. Earl was born on August 7, 1942 to H. Lee and Mable (Franklin) Sanburn in Lenox, Iowa. He was welcomed home by his sister, Jean. As a child, he enjoyed playing farmer with his sister, making fences and corner posts from twigs. Later, Earl made a harness and reins with the help of his Dad, so Nancy, his goat could pull him in his red wagon. He never passed up the opportunity to go horseback riding when given a chance, especially his father’s team. Raised in the rural areas around Lenox, Bedford, Conway and Nodaway, Iowa. Earls early school years started in Conway, then Jr. High and High School were completed in Nodaway. Earl married Carolyn Dunn of Nodaway August 10, 1957 and to this union, 3 children were born, Terri, Tracy and Cody. In 1959, Earl moved his family to Corning when he started working at Conoco Oil. Along with breezing race horses in the early hours at the Race Horse Track, where later he learned to shoe the trotter and race horses from Herbert Sitz, known as 'Ole Man Sitz'. In 1960, he hired out as a lineman, trouble shooter and later a technician with Western Telephone Company, now known as Frontier. He worked there for 25 years. Earl became disabled from an automobile accident in 1985 which was the beginning of the end for Earl’s career in many different ways. Early on, Earl always had a talent with his hands when it came to fixing broken horse tack with a fancy knot or braid. He prized himself to perfection with his braiding. This brought him to teach himself to braid rawhide knots on the leather headstalls. Earl was by all means a master at braiding rawhide, along with an expert on bits as well. His love for horses developed at a very young age and grew to be a very big part of his life for many years. Earl was very fortunate to have owned several very nice roping horses. One that took him to a championship in Calf Roping at Grand River, Iowa in 1971. Earl was a URA-IRCA card holder. Earl enjoyed showing his horses as well as trading a few along the way. Hunting was another of Earl’s hobbies. He always liked to watch a good dog work. German Short Hairs and Black Labrador Retrievers were his favorite. On June 15, 1985, Earl married Jenalee Jane (Beckett) Curphey of Lenox. They resided north of Lenox for a short time, then to Sidney, Iowa. Later they found themselves moving to Wickenburg, Arizona for 18 years, moving to North Platte, NE 2014. After Earls failing health put an end to his roping and riding horses, he found much enjoyment doing more of his rawhide braiding. The two of them went to many horse events in S.W. Iowa and Eastern Nebraska, displaying his tack with his craftsmanship of braiding on it. One of Earl and Jane's highlights was setting up their line of tack at the USTRC Roping at Sidney, Iowa every year, even after their move to Arizona they continued to come back for it until 2006. They always combined this trip with visiting their friends and family as well. While in Arizona, the two of them traveled around to more horse events, enjoying the new friends they made in conversations about horses and tack. Earl and Jane enjoyed several years in Arizona riding their horses, Rebel and Lucky, in the desert, along with Bodie, their black lab, a constant companion to Earl. All enjoying the beauty of the desert. The horses soon became therapy pets with Earls health failing. He was very strong and determined to beat all of his health issues. Never giving up to the very end! Earl was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be missed and loved, but we know he is no longer in pain and is now in heaven at peace with our maker. He is survived by his wife, Jane; daughters, Terri Sanburn (Gary Warner) of Stapleton and Tracy (Sean) Jackson of North Platte; son, Cody (Triana) Sanburn of Lincoln; grandsons, Aidan and Kade; 10 step grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; sister, Jean Moore of Clarinda; neice, Marilyn (Kim) Shore of Clarinda; nephew, Jeff (Lisa) Moore of California; stepsons, Richard (Kathy) Curphey of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mike (Bobbie) Curphey of Texas and Gary Curphey of Sharpsburg, IA; sisters-in-law, Leola Adams and Lois Lamb both of Mt. Ayr, IA, Imogene Mains and Janice (Mike) Miller both of Creston, IA; brother-in-law, David Beckett of Lenox, IA; cousin, Robert Miller of Sand Springs, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Joe Neuhardt; brothers-in-law, Marty Moore and Earl Beckett; and a step grandson

Pearson Funeral Home, Corning, Iowa

James "Earl" Sanburn, 73, of North Platte, Nebraska, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016, at his home in North Platte, Nebraska. Funeral services were 2:00 pm Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Pearson Family Funeral Service in Corning, Iowa, with Rev Gordon Scott officiating. Burial was at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa.


Scroggs, Dicie Lena Mathews -

Dicie Lena Scroggs, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, was born October 11, 1904 in Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Hannah' Elizabeth (Williams) Mathews. She died Friday, April 27, 2001, at Goldenrod Manor in Clarinda, where she had resided for several years. CBJ5-2-OI
Dicie married Forest Franklin (Jack) Scroggs, Sr., on April 13, 1921 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He
preceded her in death on January 27, 1981.
She worked at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute for five years. She then worked at the Glenwood State Hospital School for several years as a supervisor.
Dicie is survived by her children: daughter Peggy Erickson of Glenwood, IA; son Bob Scroggs of Clarinda, IA; daughter Leona Davison and husband Arnold of Braddyviile, IA; son Jack Scroggs Jr. and wife Carmen of Pacific Junction, IA; daughter Grace Derry and husband Max of New Market, IA; and son Gene Scroggs and wife Phyllis of Clarinda, IA; 25 grand­children; 52 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jack Sr., in 1981; two sons: Harold and Leonard Scroggs; brothers: Fred, Ray, William, Tom and John Mathews; sisters: Delia Mathews, Dorothy Bloom, Daisy Mathews, Emma Dunn, and Maude Jensen; grandchildren: Sherry Ann Scroggs, Jeremiah Davison, Brenda Scroggs and Jackie Scroggs; and a great-grandson Scotty Sederburg.
Funeral services were held 1:30 P.M., Monday, April 30,2001, at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda with Rev. John Clark officiating. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa. The family received friends from 7-8 P.M. Sunday, April 29 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. A -Memorial has been established in her name.


Shreck, C.J.

"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.
McLaren's Chapel at Resthaven Cemetery

Des Moines Register, April 16, 2005


Souder, Geraldine Ambrose -

Funeral services were held Friday, December 24 for Geraldine Souder at the United Methodist Church in Rockwell City with Rev. Douglas Harding officiating. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery near Rockwell City.
Geraldine Souder, daughter of Frank and Lena Shields Ambrose, was born April 25, 1926 in Dalton, Nebraska. She passed away Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City, Iowa, at the age of 73 years.
At the age of two, she moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri. In July of 1930, her family moved to her parents' hometown of Gravity, Iowa. She graduated from Gravity High School with the Class of 1944. She attended Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri, where she earned a teaching certificate. She later received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She taught school for nine years. On October 3, 1954, she was united in marriage to Frank C. Souder at Gravity, Iowa. They made their home in Elm Grove Township, Calhoun County, which had been Frank's home since birth. They became the parents of one son and two daughters. Mrs. Souder was a member of the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City, and the Calhoun County Historical Society. She enjoyed crocheting, stamp collecting and scrap-booking for her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Frank in 1985; and two brothers, Gail and Jack Ambrose. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law David and Michelle Souder of Rockwell City; two daughters and sons-in law Sharon and Robert Bode of Woodridge, Illinois, and Donna and Kevin Deppe of Prole, Iowa; one granddaughter; six grandsons; a sister Iola Miller of Iowa City; two brothers Wade and Lloyd Ambrose; two sisters-in-law Delores and Maxine Ambrose, all of Gravity, Iowa; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was an honest and loving person who will be missed by those who love her.
Casket bearers were Steven Deppe, LaVerne Ambrose, Jim Ambrose, DeWayne Hinton, Ray Powers, and Randy Souder.


Spoonemore, Lela Faye Miller - Lela Faye Spoonemore was born on a farm north of Lenox, Iowa on January 12, 1916, and passed away peacefully at Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston, Iowa on May 29, 2016, at the age of 100. Lela attended rural school to the 8th grade. After attending school Lela worked odd jobs helping in peoples homes. Lela's father died when she was young, leaving her mother to raise Lela and her twelve brothers and sisters during the heart of "The Great Depression."

Lela married Harvey “Bud” Spoonemore on January 17, 1934 in Corning, Iowa. Bud and Lela then moved to Lenox where she worked as a waitress in Stringtown and at the Café uptown. Lela was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed trying to feed anyone that stopped by. Usually asking, "Are you hungry?" Eventually Lela started working at Tyler Pharmacy where she would work for over 50 years. She enjoyed seeing the people each day and helping the customers in any way she could.

Lela and Bud also enjoyed traveling to Branson, Missouri, Colorado, and the Iowa State Fair. She could always be found enjoying life. Through the years Lela participated in a variety of activities during her adult years. She was a member of the UAC Club and as a member of the United Methodist Church she participated in the Circle, and helped with many group activities. Lela also enjoyed working with her flowers and tending to her garden, even tilling it herself well into her 90's.

Lela is survived by her loving sister Alberta Calvin of Lenox; three granddaughters Terry Swanson and husband Paul of Pace, FL, Kayla Bassett and Ken Mudd, of Leeds, AL, and Toni Will of Clearfield, IA; seven great grandchildren Jayme Williams and Erin Spriggs of Spring Hill, KS, Brett Swanson of New York, NY, Tierra McKee and Adam Sterrett of Oskaloosa, IA, Arielle Swanson of Chicago, IL, Mitchell McKee of Oskaloosa, IA, Tyler Swanson of New York, NY, Ely Will of Clearfield, IA, son-in-law Dean Bassett and close family friend Kent Parkhurst of Lenox.

Preceding Lela in death are her loving husband Harvey “Bud” Spoonemore; her children Patricia Bassett and Karen McKee; a grandson Stoney McKee; her parents Frank and Kate Miller; her brothers and sisters Edna Starks, Margaret Curts, Harry Miller, Raymond Miller, Clyde Miller, Albert Miller, Homer Miller, Frank Miller, Hazel Stoaks, Lyle Miller, Wilma Gray and son-in-law Gary McKee


Streebin, Lyndell Vern - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Lyndell Streebin, age 79, of Bedford who went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 15, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa will be held Friday, August 19, 2016, at 10:30 AM at the New Life Missionary Church in Bedford. Visitation will be held at the Church from 3 to 7 PM on Thursday with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Lyndell Vern Streebin was born June 13, 1937, in Taylor County, Iowa the son of Cecil Streebin and Helen Ione (East) Streebin. He grew up on the family farm the 'baby' of four children. He attended country school in Platteville for a few years, graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1955. It was there he met his sweetheart for life, Carol Jean Livingston. The couple dated throughout high school and they were united in marriage on June 3, 1956, at the Christian Church in Bedford. They just celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary! Lyndell and Carol made their home on the family farm southeast of Bedford. They were blessed with the birth of three children, Mike, David and Joni.

Lyndell was a true farmer at heart. He tended the fields the Lord had provided, raising row crop and livestock, mainly cattle and hogs. The children have fond memories of their lives growing up on the farm . . . every now and then, Lyndell or Carol would meet them at the door . . . after a long evening out . . . . and send them right out to do the chores! As a young man, Lyndell had dedicated his life to the Lord, and throughout his life his faith and dedication to his family, church and community was present. Carol and Lyndell shared a relationship that provided a great testimony to their children and everyone they met.

Lyndell had his private pilot's license and enjoyed flying around southwest Iowa, “buzzing” the neighbors for many years. After his heart problems started and he was grounded, he enjoyed flying radio controlled planes and helicopters. Lyndell was a member of the New Life Missionary Church, and served as Deacon for many years. He belonged to both the Taylor County Pork Producers and the Taylor County Cattlemen Association. However, his greatest pride and joy was his family. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in all their sporting and school events. Family events and hanging with his grandchildren brought Lyndell so much joy.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, leader and friend is his loving wife of 60 years, Carol Streebin of Bedford; son Mike Streebin and wife Vicki of Bedford; David Streebin and wife Angel of Omaha, Nebraska; and Joni Bessent and husband Tony of Bryant, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, Levi Streebin and fiancé Stephanie New; Brit Streebin and wife Sarah; Seth Streebin and Kara Jo Streebin; Brandon Streebin and wife Dee; Shane Streebin and wife Rochelle; Preston Streebin and Kim Talmon; Tyler Bessent and fiancé Wes Akers; Jaci Bessent; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorla Hullinger and husband Buss of Germansville, Pennsylvania; three sisters-in-law, Joan Streebin of Norman, Oklahoma; Mary Burley and husband Art of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Helen Dukes of Bedford; along with many other relatives and a community of friends.

Preceding Lyndell in death are his parents, Cecil and Helen Streebin; his in-laws, Virgil and Irene Livingston; a brother, Leale Streebin; a sister, Karen Larison; and a brother-in-law, Darrell Larison.

Swenson, Marian "MiMi" Rudine - Marian “MiMi” Swenson, age 89, of rural New Market, Iowa, entered into peace on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at a future date to be announced. Memorials may be directed Westridge Care and Rehab Center or Lied Public Library Foundation, both of Clarinda, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Marian “MiMi” Swenson was born April 13, 1927, the only child of Clarence Leroy Rudine and Marian Ruth (Armistead) Rudine in San Francisco, California. She attended grade school through high school in Sacramento, California. Her passion for the outdoors led to get her BA degree in Natural Science from the San Jose State University. MiMi went on to get her Masters degree in Special Education in 1973 from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

She met Lloyd Swenson at the end of World War II and they married in August 1946. Together they raised four children, Charles, Zetta, Elizabeth and Deborah. During that time MiMi volunteered at several schools, taught special education children reading and coping skills, she also volunteered her time to several churches. After 37 years of marriage MiMi and Lloyd divorced. Following the divorce she traveled in Europe and Japan.

In 1990, MiMi moved to the Seattle area to be closer to her son and his family. In 1991 she met Gregory Leighton at a singles square dance club. They shared three years together in Maple Valley, Washington. In 1995 Greg and MiMi moved to Clarinda, Iowa to help Greg’s parents with their cattle farming. A year later, they bought their own farm at Ladoga in Taylor County, Iowa where they raised Angus cattle for 15 years. MiMi loved the farm and farm life. She enjoyed checking the cattle and driving through the pastures. One of her favorite pastimes was watching the birds at her many bird feeders. She also enjoyed the many cats that roamed the property and out buildings. MiMi’s indoor activities included reading, (she preferred mysteries and current events), crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and Rummy Cube (with friends on the computer).

Health issues lead to the decision of retirement and the building of a new home on the north edge of New Market, Iowa where she lived out the rest of her life.

Left to love and cherish her memory are her longtime partner Greg Leighton of New Market, Iowa; her children, Charles Swenson and wife Nancy of Poulsbo, Washington, Zetta Newell and husband Ken of Lincoln, California, Elizabeth Creencia and husband Jesse of Fort Collins, Colorado and Deborah Watkins and husband Tim of Leland, North Carolina. Also left to cherish her memory are 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and many friends.


Teeters, Kathleen Yvonne Sprague - Kathleen Teeters, age 89, of New Market and Siam, Iowa area entered into peace Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Golden Living Care Center, Maryville, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Russ Clark. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Siam Church of Christ.

Kathleen Yvonne Sprague Teeters 89, of New Market and Siam area passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016. Kathleen was born on May 2, 1927 near Siam, Iowa to Floyd Sprague and Edna (Dailey) Sprague. Kathleen attended the New Market School. On January 24, 1945 she was united in marriage to Dean Teeters. To this union was born seven children, sixteen grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and six great, great grandchildren. One of her greatest joys were her family. She looked forward to family coming for Sunday dinners.

Kathleen worked for the Clarinda Company for thirty years; upon retiring she worked at the Goldenrod Manor Care Center. After reaching the age of eighty five, she decided to hang up her apron and retire.

Kathleen was an excellent cook. She especially loved to bake. She would bake treats for nephews, grandchildren and others on their birthdays. Kathleen would bake about every other day. She also liked to read, walk, and especially enjoyed cleaning. Dean and Kathleen enjoyed square dancing for many years. Kathleen was a life long member of the Siam Church of Christ.

Preceding Kathleen in death were her parents; husband of 65 years, Dean Teeters; daughter, Connie Kay; grandson, Bradley Teeters; and two brothers, Floyd (Bud) Sprague and Larry Sprague.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bob Teeters and wife Judy of Siam, Iowa, Cheryl Strough of New Market, Iowa, Carolea Oxley and husband Steve of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Randy Teeters of New Market, Iowa, Roger Teeters and wife Jody of Lexington, Nebraska and Corinna King and husband Denver of Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Tina, Cindy, Robyn, Rhonda, Jason, Lori, Nicole, Nathan, Melissa, Anthony, Justin, Sarah, Brandon, Katelynn, Alysa; great grandchildren; great, great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and many friends


Thomas, Naomi Lucille Thompson - Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Naomi Thomas, age 94 of Bedford, who passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 1:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be prior to the service. Interment of ashes will be held a the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Naomi Lucille (Thompson) Thomas, was born south of Bedford, Iowa on September 13, 1921, the daughter of Elmer Clarence Thompson and May Belle (Wells) Thompson. Naomi grew up in the Bedford area, attending school and graduating from Bedford High School. She lived in Bedford the majority of her adult life.

On March 24, 1941, she was united in marriage to Cleo David Thomas. Naomi and Cleo lived in the Bedford area, with the exception of three years in Santa Rosa, Calififornia. Together they farmed near Conway and owned the Junction Café in Bedford for many years. She was a wonderful cook, specializing in fabulous pies.

Naomi was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1936, and spent the rest of her life as an active teacher of the Bible.

Naomi is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers: Ronald, Paul, Claude and Doyle Thompson and her sisters: Opal Thompson, Aileen Rosenthal and Wilma Thomas.

Naomi and Cleo had no children of their own, but she was a very special aunt to her many nieces and nephews.


Vanosdall, Mildred - Mildred Rich Vanosdall, 78, of Cottageville, South Carolina a long time resident of Bedford and Conway community, died November 20, 2003. She was born August 17, 1925 and was a daughter of the late Henry and Julia Rich.

Surviving are her husband, Eugene; a son, Dennis; daughters, Linda Kay Howell and Marla Jo Weise; 3 sisters, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were private, according to Brice W. Herndon & Sons Funeral Home. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Dec 10, 2003


Walston, Thelma Loris Tamerius - Thelma Loris Tamerius Walston was born January 28, 1917 in Benton Township, Ringgold County Iowa to Frank and Ruth Scott Tamerius. She went to heaven from a peaceful sleep on July 26, 2016 in her rural Bedford home at the age of 99 years and 6 months.

Her family moved to Blockton, Iowa when she was a young girl. There she had to help support them by getting various jobs. Her first was a paper route for the Des Moines Register, which she picked up from the train that ran close to their home. She also would do laundry for passengers. At the age of 12 her job as a cook and house girl for a farm family began early in the morning, as she would walk over 4 miles to be there in time to start breakfast which always included fresh biscuits.

Thelma accepted Christ as her savior and was baptized at the Christian church in Blockton. She attended Blockton School. She participated in basketball while in high school.

On September 24, 1934 she was united in marriage to Vane Edward Walston at the Christian Church parsonage in Bedford, Iowa. They started their married life in Ringgold County Iowa moving to Taylor County in 1936. After moving several times they bought their first farm in 1949, the place we kids still call “Down Home”.

They raised a family of nine children: Eddie, Ann, Janice, John, Bob, Karen, Glen, Teresa and David. She was “Mother of the Year” every year to her children.

She assumed the responsibility of her home and family with quiet contentment, using what she had available to provide for her family. She was a seamstress, gardener, raised chickens and of course from years of experience already an excellent cook. The term homemaker did not do her justice.

She was a gentle caregiver, not only to her children and grandchildren, but also two nieces and in later years her husband.

She enjoyed her neighborhood women’s clubs throughout the years, the last being the Union Country Club.

Thelma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and was active in Circle.
As her children grew she continued her love of reading, even to others, quilting, crocheting, and weaving rugs on her floor loom. Her natural artistic talent was evident through her many creations.

Thelma was a lover of nature; she enjoyed feeding and watching birds, planting flowers and trees; planting for the next generation.
Her strength and ability to cope, with grace and dignity the trials of life will continue to be an inspiration to us all.

Thelma was preceded in death by her oldest son, Edward Alan in 1966. Her husband of 62 years, Vane, and her three brothers, J.D., Ralph, and Terence all passed away within a few months and later, her sister, Francel Barton.

Left to cherish her memory are: Sons, John (Cheryl), Bob (Donna), Glen, and David. Daughters: Ann Goudie (Dean), Janice Walston, Karen Hensley, and Teresa Murphy (Jerry). 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren Sisters-in-law, Mary Tamerius, Elsie Preston, and Martha Walston, Brother-in-law, Marvin Walston. Other loved ones: Barbara Walston, Eleanor Boyle, and Janet Brown Walston


Walter, Josephine B. Beach - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Josephine (Beach) Walter, age 93, of Pella, Iowa, formerly of Lenox, Iowa, who entered into God's Kingdom August 29, 2016, will be held Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10:00 AM at the Lenox United Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be Thursday at the Lenox United Methodist Church from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Private family interment will be held at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Friends are invited to partake of lunch and a time of fellowship at the church. The family will join you after the private interment. Memorial contributions may be designated to the Lenox ambulance service % Jan Beach Sickels 302 W. Temple Street, Lenox, IA 50851 or to your favorite charity in memory of Jo Walter. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, Iowa.

Josephine Beach was born October 30, 1922 in the family home six miles southwest of Lenox, Iowa to parents Clifford and Eula Page Beach. She left this world and entered into God’s Kingdom August 29, 2016.

She was the seventh child of ten born to the family and was raised on a farm just down the hill from the home of her Uncle George and Aunt Luella Cowan Beach and their seven children. Thus Jo grew up surrounded by siblings and cousins. She attended Beachdale School in the country through grade school and then continued her education at Lenox High School.

As a freshman, she met Julian Walter, the young man who was to become her husband and life-long companion. They graduated in May 1939 and Julian left for California where he attended a junior college. By the summer of 1940 he was pulled back to Iowa by Jo, the love of his life, and by the farm. When Julian was put in charge of the farm by his father he asked Jo, “Would you help me?” She said she would and she did in so many ways!

They were married in the big Beach family farm house on top of the hill on December 29, 1940. They began their life together living in the house on the Walter family farm five miles northwest of Lenox, Iowa. Three children were born to them: Marvin and Jean and Joan. They lived and farmed there for 57 years, raising their children, getting them through high school and helping them go off to college, get married and start their own families.

Jo and Julian knew how to work hard and how to have fun together – square dancing, playing cards, and socializing with friends. They went on family vacations to California, Minnesota and Colorado and also took the kids fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. In later years they wintered on Padre Island, Texas and made many lasting friendships.

When the old farm house started deteriorating they designed and built a new house just west of it. The house was finished in 1977 and provided years of spacious and comfortable country living for them, their kids and their grandkids when they came to visit. Those visits were highlights of their lives.

Jo was a long time member of the Lenox United Methodist Church and served in many capacities. She thoroughly enjoyed her country neighborhood club, the Friendly Neighbors and belonged to the Daughters of the Revolution. She also helped organize the Lenox Assembly of Rainbow for girls. Jo belonged to the Order of Eastern Star, was a District Instructor, held an appointed office in Grand Chapter, and then served as Worthy Grand Matron of Iowa in 1967.

Jo was a “good cooker” as her kids used to say, and was famous for her cinnamon rolls, home made doughnuts, sour cream chocolate cakes, and ham balls. She did everything and anything needed of a farmer’s wife and mother of three children.

In her later years she became skilled at counted cross stitching, quilting, and china painting. When computers first became available Jo purchased an Apple E and taught herself how to use it. Her first big project was printing the programs for their 50th anniversary. She also put her computer skills to very good use when she realized her passion for genealogy, resulting in thoroughly researched and printed books of the Walter and the Beach family genealogies. She played a part in the publication of two Beach Family cookbooks and has been the official Beach family historian for many years.

In 1990 Jo and Julian celebrated their Golden Anniversary with family and friends. Julian retired from farming in 1997 and again the couple designed a new home, this one built in Lenox. In 2007 they quietly celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Josephine was a loving wife, a wonderful mother, and a great role model for her grandchildren. She set the bar very high! Jo was well loved by her immediate family, her extended family, and her many friends, and will be profoundly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julian, her parents Eula and Cliff Beach, and her siblings Bob, Hal, Luella, Walter, Don, Dale, Bill, Marjorie, and Elizabeth. Also preceding Jo in death were her grandson Jeff Lucas, daughter-in-law Marsha Jadrnicek Walter, and her son-in-law Larry Smith.

She is survived by son Marvin Walter and wife Rosemary; daughter Jean Miller and husband Jeff; and daughter Joan Lucas and husband Tim. Also surviving are grandsons Kipp Walter, Ted Lucas and wife Jennifer; and Dan Smith, granddaughters Kristi Jones and husband Tim; Lisa Fenske, and Julie Smith; great-grand sons Walter Fenske, Wyatt Lucas, and Cole Lucas; and great-granddaughters Josephine “Josie” Fenske, Paige Smith and Alma Rodriguez.

Josephine was a woman of many talents, but most of all she was the ultimate care giver of her immediate family and of her extended family. In her later years, in keeping with her role as Matriarch of the Beach family, she was the glue that held this rambunctious, ever expanding family together


Wood, Erma Kathleen Handorf Radke - Erma Wood, age 95, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home with Russ Clark officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2016 at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Erma Kathleen Handorf Wood was born March 25, 1921, the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Ellison) Handorf and passed away August 2, 2016. She grew up in East River Township on the family farm. Erma attended eight years in Fruits Rural School and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1938. She was married to Leland Radke several years. June 2, 1962, Erma was united in marriage to Orville Wood.

Erma had several jobs and lived in Omaha six years working at Oliver Corporation as secretary. She was an outdoor person. She loved horses and helping on the farm doing her share of the farm work. Erma loved to travel and had visited all fifty states. She was a member of the New Market Church of Christ for sixty plus years. Erma was also a fifty seven year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and several local clubs and a member of the Rural Carrier Auxiliary. She loved playing cards with friends.

Preceding Erma in death were her parents, Fred and Nellie Handorf; husband, Orville Wood (March 8, 1996); brother, Frederic Handorf and wife Lucille; sister, Audrey Johnson and husband Henry; brother Floyd Handorf and wife Eileen; sister, Valera Drinkhouse and husband Carl; step daughter, Carolyn Parsons.

Left to cherish her memory are step son Wayne Wood and wife Melva; step grandchildren, Casey Wood and wife Janelle, Andrea Green and husband Fahren and Richard Parsons; two nephews, Gary Olinger and wife Shyrl and Don Handorf; great niece Laura Olinger and great nephew Andrew Handorf and several step great grandchildren; and many friends.