Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Anderson, David E. - David E. Anderson, 88, passed away at the home on Friday, June 1, 2018. Visitation will be at 10:00am, Wednesday, June 6, at the First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit, MO, with services to follow at 11:00am. Burial will be at Floral Hill East Cemetery immediately following the services. The family requests any memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit, MO. 
Mr. David E. Anderson (Dave) was born in Bedford, Iowa on April 12, 1930 to August A. Anderson and Alta M. (Cannon) Anderson where he attended school, graduating in 1948, before moving to Independence, MO. 
He met his wife of 68 years, Marjorie N. (Marge) Jaquess, after coming to Independence. They were married on February 24, 1950. He was the proud father of three children, two girls, Pamela N. (Grassley) and Debra J. (Debi) (Dickhout) Anderson; and a son, David M. Anderson. 
Dave spent his working career employed at the Honeywell (Bendix) facility located in Kansas City, for over 35 years as an Electrical Components Quality Inspector before retiring. The natures of his duties were classified as critical to National Defense, and he was faithful in his oath to maintain this classification throughout his life. 
Dave was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit. He loved the Lord and served the church in several positions. As deacon for many years, he provided spiritual encouragement and guidance to many friends and church members. His willingness to step up and serve the Lord and church wherever needed was a testament to his spiritual desire to continue God’s work here on this Earth. 

Dave is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Johnny, Alfred, and Carl; four sisters, Helga, Helma, Sygney, and Agnes; and granddaughter, Sara.
Survivors include his wife, Marge; daughters, Pam and Debi; son, David, brother, Ted; six grandchildren, Mike, Zack, Chris, Scott, Carrie, and Haley; and sixteen great-grandchildren


Baak, Paul Julius - Paul Baak, age 77, of Clarinda, Iowa entered into peace Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Westridge Care Center, in Clarinda, Iowa. Memorial Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa, where we ‘Celebrate Life’.

Paul Julius Baak was born March 21, 1941, in Ricketts, Iowa the son of Julius Baak and Alberta (Gosch) Baak. He grew up in the Charter Oak/Ricketts area attending school graduating from Charter Oak High School with the Class of 1959. After graduation Paul farmed with his family, later he became an over-the-road trucker, trucking for various farmers hauling livestock and grain. Paul enjoyed giving people a ‘hard time’, sharing jokes whenever possible. He kept up on current events, always voicing his opinion, and usually not in a quiet way! Paul’s major form of entertainment was watching WWE Wrestling on TV. In later years, he enjoyed sharing his birthday with a granddaughter, grandson and great-granddaughter, something he was very proud of.

Left to cherish Paul’s memory are his five children, Brenda Bonsall of Earling, Iowa; Yvonne Petersen and husband Matt of Red Oak, Iowa; Jodi Strasser and husband Chris of De Soto, Iowa; Jamie Wymore and wife Codi of Maryville, Missouri; and Mike De Anda and wife Cathy of Coin, Iowa; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, with one on they way; a sister, Pearl Keesling and husband Wayne of Manilla, Iowa; a brother, Dale Baak and wife Susan of Holstein, Iowa; his first wife, Sandra Culver of Dunlap, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Paul in death are his parents, Julius and Alberta Baak; a still-born daughter; two wives, Diana Baak and Joy Baak; and a grandson, Matthew Lovitt.


Barker, Michael David - Michael David Barker, 68, of Iowa City passed away peacefully Saturday, March 3, 2018 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Michael was born on November 28, 1949 in Maryville, Missouri to Alvin and Mary Lou (Norton) Barker. They told him he made them miss the end of the movie, Wake of the Red Witch. Years later, he bought them the DVD.

Mike had many jobs and hobbies. He loved baseball and softball. He started refereeing those games in 1969 and eventually added basketball and football games before retiring in 1999. He worked hard to get his EMT License and was employed by Capital City Ambulance in Des Moines and then Old Capital Ambulance in Iowa City.

Mike married Pam Frame in 1969 and they had two children, David and Andy. They divorced later in 1980.

Mike was tough. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on July 8, 1988 and went through 9 months of chemotherapy. He was in remission just long enough to marry Joyce Zdulski on August 26, 1989. By September 11, 1989, he had relapsed and was at the UIHC for a bone marrow transplant. He did the unthinkable and went back to the work in the field he loved at the UIHC.

Mike’s challenging diagnosis and treatment brought many more medical events: kidney transplants, diabetes, heart attacks, colon cancer, congestive heart failure and a stroke here and there. He continued to fight back and return to work until retiring in 2007, after 22 years of service as a Nursing Assistant and later as an EKG Technician.

The last straw for his tired body after winning the battle with Influenza A, RSV and Pneumonia was only to have the cancer return and his kidney to fail.

Survivors include his wife Joyce; his parents Alvin and Mary Lou; children: David Barker, Andy (Christina Moore) Barker, his 4 grandchildren he was so proud of: Kelsey (Jeremy) Frazier, Trent Barker, Sydney Moore and Levi Barker; a brother Randy (Bobbi) Barker, and sister Cindy (Doug) Borwig.

Mike was preceded in death by both of his grandparents Lacey and Helen (Reed) Barker and Arvil and Belle (Weller) Norton


Baxter, Dorothy Marie Collins - 07 Aug 1934 Knoxville, Tenn - 22 Mar 2018 Bettendorf, Ia, Lexington cem

Funeral Services to celebrate the life of Dorothy C. Baxter, 99, a resident of Bettendorf, will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18, 2011, at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St. downtown Davenport. Her family will receive friends one hour (10:30 a.m.) prior to the service time at the funeral home. Burial will take place at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal immediately following the service. 
Mrs. Baxter passed away Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Crest Healthcare Center, Davenport. 
Dorothy Marie Collins was born October 10, 1911, in Davenport to James B. and Nadine (Kibler) Collins. She was married to Lt Colonel George H. Baxter. With her husband, Dorothy traveled and resided in Japan, Germany, Washington DC, and New York State before returning to Rock Island Arsenal. Dorothy was active in the Rock Island Women’s Club and Kings Daughters. 
Memorials may be made to Assumption High School. 
Survivors include her daughter Phyllis “Kay” and (Samuel) Smith, Bettendorf; three grandchildren four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; one niece and two nephews, as well as grand nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband George and her brother, J. Hugh Collins.


Beck, Duane - Leo Duane Beck, age 87, of Sharpsburg, Iowa went home to be with the Lord, March 13, 2018, at the Hospice Home in Creston, Iowa. Private Graveside Funeral Services will be held at Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to HCI Hospice or The Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, Iowa. Cummings Family Funeral Home was entrusted with the services for Mr. Beck.

Duane was the youngest of three sons born to Albert and Esther (Oleson) Beck at their home northwest of Sharpsburg, Iowa on August 27, 1930. He graduated from Grove #9 and started his life long occupation of farming.

He lived in Taylor County all his life with the exception of being drafted into the Army in 1951. He completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as part of the 12th Armored Division, where he was stationed for a year. He was then assigned to Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where he served as Postmaster until his discharge in September of 1953.

On July 10, 1952 Duane was united in marriage to Lula Mae Book at the home of her parents. To this blessed union three children were born; Brent in 1954, Brad in 1958 and Ann in 1966. Duane took great pleasure and comfort in his Lord, his family and introducing his family to the Lord, working draft horses and being a cattleman.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald and Melvin and sister-in-law Lorene.

Duane is survived by his wife of 65 years Lula Mae of rural Sharpsburg, Iowa; son Brent (Janice) Beck of rural Corning, Iowa; son Brad of Fort Worth, Texas; and daughter Ann (Tony) D'Attilio of Derby, Iowa; grandchildren Rachel (James) Allgood of Oakland, California; Nathan Beck of Lenox, Iowa and his fiancé Andrea Haglund of Boone, Iowa; Erica Beck of Payette, Idaho; Ashley Beck of Bozeman, Montana; Erin Beck of Brookings, South Dakota; Andrea Beck of Lakeside, Nebraska; Zy D'Attilio and Mariah D'Attilio both of Derby, Iowa; great-grandchildren Asher, Aiden and Ainsley Allgood of Oakland, California; nephew Donald (Connie) Beck of Lenox, Iowa and niece Cheryl Schroder of Eureka Springs, Arkansas along with many other family and friends


Blake, Erick - Robert "Erick" Blake, 35, of Shenandoah, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Funeral celebration of life services will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nishna Valley Christian Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Jack Langley officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening, April 16, 2018, at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Open visitation will be held Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Athelstan Cemetery at Athelstan, Iowa. A memorial is being established in Erick's name.

Robert Eric Blake, son of Robert Edward and Tammy Sue (Smith) Blake, was born on July 4, 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska. He entered into rest on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the age of 35 years, 9 months, 4 days.

After his birth, Eric joined his family in Gravity, Iowa where they lived before moving to Bedford, Iowa. He attended kindergarten through 2nd grade in the Bedford Community School District. Before the start of his 3rd grade year, the family moved to Farragut, Iowa. From 3rd grade through graduation, he attended Victory Life Christian School. He graduated from Victory Life with the Class of 2001.

Following graduation, Eric attended classes at Iowa Western Community College. He began working at Burger King and Beecher Chevrolet right out of school. He also worked at McDonalds, NSK in Clarinda, Iowa and then in later years worked at Eaton Corp and was currently working at the Pella Windows and Doors plant in Shenandoah as a molder operator.
An avid outdoorsman, Eric loved to fish and hunt deer, pheasants and turkey. He also enjoyed playing Xbox. In his younger years, he loved to write stories and songs, play baseball and act in school plays. He was a member of the Fellowship Church in Oakland, Iowa, previously known as FFCC- Fellowship of Faith Christian Center.

Preceding Eric in death were his paternal grandparents, Robert and Beatrice Blake; maternal grandparents, Cecil and Bonnie Smith; and an infant brother, James Edward Blake. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Ed and Tami Blake of Farragut; sister, Amy Blake of Farragut; two brothers, Matt Blake and fiancé Caitlyn Wiegel and daughter Morgan of Shenandoah and Michael Blake of Farragut; fiancé, Tammy Hilgerson of Shenandoah; children, Amberh Pruett and husband John of Essex, Cory Schlup of Clarinda and Libby Yost and fiancé Joey Baumli of Ravenwood, MO; five grandchildren, Hayley, Kiley, Kenzley, London, Tyson and a sixth, Mia Erica, to arrive in July; aunts, uncles, cousins, brother and sister-in-laws; other relatives; three pets, dog, Molly and two cats, Bella and Cosmo; and many friends


Boyd, Jeffrey Allen - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Jeffrey Boyd, age 38, of Red Oak, Iowa who passed away Monday, April 30, 2018 at the Montgomery County Hospital will be held Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Jeffrey Allen Boyd was born November 10, 1979, in Creston, Iowa the son of Dick Boyd and Debra (Saunders) Boyd. He grew up the Creston area attending school, graduating from the Creston High School with the Class of 1998. After graduation, Jeff moved to Red Oak where he went to work for Nishna Productions. He remained in Red Oak living and working there until his death.
Jeff enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkey's play football as well as NFL football. He enjoyed playing his Nintendo and spending time with his mother. Especially when they were able to camp together. He really enjoyed playing basketball with his Special Olympic team. 
Left to cherish Jeff's memory is his mother Debbie Midthum of Waterloo, Iowa; two aunts, Vickie Westendorf and husband Larry of Waterloo, Iowa; and Kathryn Scott and Neil Morgan of Sharpsburg, Iowa; an uncle, Gary Saunders and wife Sarah of Whidbey Island, Washington; along with many cousins and friends.

Preceding Jeff in death are his maternal grandparents, Don and June Saunders; his paternal grandparents, Dale and Leah Boyd; his cousin Donald Walter Scott, III; and his uncle, Donald Scott, Jr


Brown, Billie Dean - Billie Dean Brown, of Weeping Water, died March 17, 2018 in Omaha after a long battle with dementia. Born in Iowa City, IA, on April 13, 1939 to Henry and Dorothy (Hargis) Brown of New Market, IA. He attended school and graduated from High School in New Market. Bill served in U.S. Navy aboard the Aircraft Carriers USS Forrestal and USS Kittyhawk. Bill met and married Judith Ann White of Clarinda, IA, on July 30, 1966. He attended Peru State College in Peru, NE, a bachelor's degree in Education. He taught in Weeping Water Schools for 16 years. He was a self-employed painter until his retirement. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Joann and two brothers Clifford and Charles. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy; a son, Kevin and wife Lori Brown of Bellevue, NE; grandchildren, Kirk and Jerid Brown of Bellevue, NE; and Courtney Brown of Lincoln, NE; niece, Kritseen Brown, and nephew, Alan Brown, both of New Market, IA; good friends, Jerry and Judy Blasig of Murray, NE; many former co-workers and students. FUNERAL SERVICE: 11am Friday, March 23, 2018, at Hammons Family Funeral Chapel, Weeping Water. Casual dress is welcomed. VISITATION: 6-8pm at the mortuary. Interment: 2pm Friday at Memory Cemetery New Market, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lewy Body Dementia Association or Nature Conservancy. Condolences or tributes to: www.hammonsfs.com HAMMONS FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES 207 West H Street Weeping Water, NE 402-267-5544


Chafa, Leah Elizabeth Bixler - Leah Elizabeth Chafa, the daughter of Elmer Oren and Nellie Ann (Roberts) Bixler, was born April 10, 1917, at Carl, Iowa. Leah entered eternal rest Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa, at the age of one hundred years.

Leah was united in marriage to Lloyd Ernest Chafa on May 14, 1935 at Greenfield, Iowa. She was a farmwife and homemaker. Four children were born to bless this union: Donald, Leta, Delmar, and Dennis. Leah enjoyed gardening and always raised a large garden including a huge strawberry bed.

Leah had many interests. She was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. She attended Lincoln Center United Methodist Church and later the Corning United Methodist Church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was an avid quilter and was a member of the Church Quilting Club. Leah volunteered for the Rose Ann Auxiliary and was a member of a neighborhood Club called the “Get Acquainted Club”. She was a contributor to the National Arthritis Foundation, as she suffered from Arthritis herself.

Left to cherish Leah’s memory are her children: Donald (Lacy) Chafa, Des Moines, Iowa; Delmar (Bonnie) Chafa, Corning, Iowa; Dennis (Sandy) Chafa, Mt. Home, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and host of friends.

Preceding Leah in death were her parents; husband: Lloyd in 1999; daughter: Leta Norcross; former daughter-in-law: Shirley Chafa; grandson; Kurt Chafa (at birth); five sisters: twin sister Lois Kingery; Mildred Cordle; Elsie Anderson; Eslie Wilson; Alice Bixler; two brothers: Hank and Earl Bixler


Clark, Eva May - Eva May Clark, daughter of Mr and Mrs Rome Clark, was born Jun 15th, 1928, and departed this life at the hospital at Nebraska city, January 24, 1929 at 8:15 pm, being aged seven months and nine days. She is survived by her parents, 2 half sisters, Edith and Arbaletta, 3 half brothers, Ernest, Raymond and Roy, the grandparents and other distant relatives. Short funeral services were held at the Stithem Funeral parlors Saturday, Jan 26th, at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev J.C. Harris. Interment was given in the Bedford cemetery. BEDFORD TIMES-REPUBLICAN, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 31, 1929


Clark, Thelma Bubb - Thelma Bubb, daughter of Mr and Mrs Frank Bubb, was born at Parsons, Kans., Feb 27, 1903, and died at the home of her grandmother, Mrs Martha Kinney in Bedford, Feb 9, 1930, at the age of 26 years, 11 months and 12 days. She was married to Rome Clark in September, 1924. She was the mother of four children. Three of them have preceded the mother in death, Georgianna dying Dec 13, 1928; Eva May, Jan 23, 1929, and an infant daughter Sept 15, 1929. Her father, Frank Bubb, passed away in 1915. She leaves one child, Ernest Edward Bycroft, her mother, Mrs Green, her stepfather, Mr Green, and two half sisters, Etta and Lucile Green, one half brother, Ernest Green, and her grandmother, Mrs Kinney, besides other relatives and friends. When a girl 11 years of age she united with the Chiristian church in Bedford.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm Tuesday, Feb 11, at the Christian church, conducted by Rev J.C. Harris. Burial was made in the Bedford cemetery. BEDFORD TIMES-REPUBLICAN, Bedford, Iowa, Feb 13, 1930


Crecelius, Doris Maye Keller - Funeral Services for Doris Maye Crecelius, who passed away February 26, 2018, at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab center in Bedford, were held Friday, March 2, 2018, 11 AM, at the Cummings Family Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment was held at the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton, Iowa.

Doris Maye (Keller) Crecelius was born January 5, 1925, near Lamoni, Iowa, the second of eight children, to Glenn and Opal (Waddell) Keller. Doris grew up near Tingley and Diagonal until moving to Kellerton in 1937 where she attended school and graduated in 1942.

Upon her graduation Doris taught at Cornstalk School, a one-room schoolhouse in Ringgold County. On July 22, 1943 Doris was united in marriage to Harold Cecil Crecelius in Redding, Iowa. Two children, Gene and Gary were born to this blessed union. Harold and Doris purchased their farm in the fall of 1945 near Platteville, Iowa. Life on the farm was much different from today. Their Model A Ford was essential for transportation since most of the roads weren't graveled. A wood stove was used for heating as well. Doris raised a large garden for summer use as well as canning and preserving for the winter. Doris also raised chickens for eggs and fryers. She and Harold also had milk cows to provide milk, cream, and butter. The extra cream and eggs were sold on Saturday night for their weekly grocery shopping.

Through the years Harold and Doris were busy raising livestock and row crops until Harold's death in 1969. Doris continued to live on the farm until 1992, when she moved to Bedford. Doris worked many places including the Blockton Locker, Skylark Cafe, Gamble's and Shehan's. Doris also enjoyed volunteering at the Bedford Nursing Home where she would later reside. Doris was also a member of the United Methodist Church.

Doris' greatest enjoyment was attending the many family reunions they would have. She had a great memory and could always recite birthdates and names of each family member of all of her siblings and their families.

Left to cherish Doris' memory are son Gary Lee and wife Lorraine Crecelius; daughter-in-law, Gwen Crecelius; brother-in-laws, Dale Campbell and Jack Greene; sister-in-law, Leora Keller; grandchildren, Jennifer (Aric) Attrill, Kim Crecelius, Amy (Mike) Ciccotti, Lee (Aimee) Crecelius, David (Chrissy) Crecelius, and Chad (Kayla) Crecelius; step-grandchildren, Ronee Wagener (Paul Andersen), Cassie Russell (Barry Rolow); 12 great grandchildren, Caitlyn, Derrick, Abby, Emily, Garett, Jayden, Ruby, Haley, Olive, Claire, Eleanor, and Evan;2 step-great-grandchilden, Brandal and Daylan along with many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Doris is preceded in death by her husband, Harold; son, Gene; her parents; siblings Donald (Alice) Keller, Darlene (Willard) White, Derma Jean Campbell, Maxine (Dick) Franklin; Marvin Keller, Lila Dell Greene, and Glenn Keller in infancy


Dougherty, Maxon Gene - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Maxon Gene Dougherty, age 82, of Bedford, who passed away February 24, 2018, will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2 PM at The First Baptist Church of Bedford. Visitation will be held at Cummings Family Funeral Home, Monday from 3 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery.

Maxon Gene Dougherty was born March 30, 1935, west of Bedford, to Marion Dougherty and Ruth (Hatfield) Dougherty. He was raised in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School in 1953. Max married his high school sweetheart, Donna Lou Busby on June 1, 1954. To this blessed union four children, Terry, Debbie, Jacki, and Sandy were born.

During high school Max participated in baseball, track, basketball and football. He lettered 16 times in his High School career. He received honors as 1st Team All-State his Junior and Senior years in both football and basketball along with many other honors. Perhaps his most prestigious honor during his High School career was being selected as one of the "Top Ten All Around Athletes" in all classes in the state of Iowa in 1953.

After High School he attended and graduated from Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri. While there he excelled in Football, Basketball and Track, receiving Little All American honors in Football. Max later obtained his Masters Degree from Northwest Missouri State College.

After college he taught and coached at Blockton, Iowa; Griswold, Iowa and Greene, Iowa before returning home to Bedford in 1967. Max started the Bedford wrestling program that same year and coached tennis, baseball, football, basketball and golf during his tenure. Through the years in Bedford, Max was a teacher, coach, athletic director and guidance counselor. Max impacted many young men and women, on and off the field, with his passion and zeal for education, hard work and self improvement. He always stressed having "moxy", to "bull your neck" and being "agile, mobile, and hostile" when times got tough in life not just in sports.

Max coached a number of All State Football Players in Griswold and Bedford. He also coached two state champion wrestlers during his tenure at Greene. Max led both Griswold and Bedford to State Championships in Football in 1961 and 1992 respectively. Max finished his football coaching career with 225 career victories and was inducted into the Iowa High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995. Max was also inducted into the Tarkio College Hall of Fame.

Most importantly, Max received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at a church camp while in high school. Max's care and concern for people came from the strength and faith he had in Jesus. Max also served as a Deacon at The First Baptist Church in Bedford for over 30 years.

Although Max had been ill the last many years he continued to have a positive attitude and never lost faith. In 2004, Max's son-in-law, Todd Schrader, donated a kidney that prolonged his life. Max didn't waste his precious time he was given as he continued to share his faith and love with all that knew him. Max loved his children and grandchildren and was proud of everything they did.

Max is survived by his loving wife, of almost 64 years, Donna Dougherty; children Terry (JoEllen) Dougherty of Bedford, Debbie (Steve) Smith of Bedford, Jacki (Charlie) Thrasher of Clarinda and Sandy (Todd) Schrader of Bolivar, Missouri; Grandchildren Dani (Nick) Gray of Bedford, Danelle (Lucas) Briggs of Lenox, Travis (Bethany) Cavin of Bedford, Terry (Holly) Cavin of Bedford, Jayme (Megan) Green of Topeka, Kansas, Benjamin Green of Bedford, Toby (Sasha) Grundman of Bedford, Matthew (April) Thrasher of Fort Worth, Texas, Maxon Thrasher of Fort Worth, Texas, Nathaniel Thrasher of Clarinda, Jenni (Daniel) Bayless, Bolivar, Missouri, Shanna (Jon) Potter of Bolivar, Missouri, Rachel (Dawson) Urrutia of St. Louis, Missouri; Siblings, Bob (Suzanne) Dougherty of Bedford, Jerry (Ellen) Dougherty of Forsythe, Missouri, Karen (Bill) Brown of Blair, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Sandy (Pete) Goudie of Bedford; brother-in-law, Bill (Sandee) Busby of Las Vegas, Nevada; 25 great-grandchildren along with many other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Max is preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Ruth; brother,
Donald Dougherty; grand-daughter Andrea Hargin Dougherty, brother-in-law, Edward Busby, and nephew, Jeff Dougherty


Houk, Eugene E. - Memorial services for Dr. Eugene E. Houk, 84, of Jefferson, will be held at 11:00am Monday, May 21, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Interment will be in the Jefferson Cemetery.

The family will visit with friends prior to the memorial service, beginning at 9:30am Monday, May 21st at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Dr. Eugene E. Houk passed away May 16, 2018 in Jefferson, Iowa. Gene, as he was fondly known, was born April 23, 1934 to L. Rex Houk and Vera Rowe Houk in a small wooden frame farm house on the south side of a dirt road that marked the boundary between Iowa and Missouri. In due time, he was joined by seven sisters and two brothers. As the family grew, they relocated to Taylor County, Iowa where Gene attended grade school and graduated from Bedford High School in 1952. 

In the fall of 1952 Gene started college at the University of Iowa. He enrolled in the Naval ROTC program and by the third year of college he had developed a career path but had an important decision to make. In one hand he had his acceptance in the US Navy for pilot training in Florida and in the other was acceptance into dental school. Because he preferred an independent life style he chose dentistry. Gene worked his way through college by working various campus jobs as well as farm work during the summer. It was while he was working at the University of Iowa Hospital that he met a young nurse, Carolyn Rigler. They married in 1958. After graduation from dental school in 1959 the couple moved to the Great Lakes Naval Station where Gene served as a second Lieutenant in the dental corp. After his honorable discharge in 1961 they moved to Jefferson where he opened an office and practiced dentistry for 33 years.

Gene volunteered countless hours over the years to many groups in the community and to his profession. He was proud to serve as president of the Jefferson Lions Club, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Historical Society, Greenewood Homes, Inc. (provided low cost housing for the elderly) and Greenewood Homes (built the community center). He served on the board of trustees of Brenton Bank, Greene County Medical Center, and Greene County Medical Center Foundation. Because of his interest in flying, he served on the Jefferson Airport Commission. 

A short list of his service to his professional organizations are as follows: Board member of Delta Dental Plans of Iowa (chairman of board for eight years), and State Board of Dental Examiners (chairman for eight years). During that time he was responsible for giving examinations for licensure for graduating dental students in various schools in the Midwest.
Because of his untiring efforts and leadership skills, he was recognized and awarded not only by his peers but also in his community. In 1966 he was given the Iowa Jaycees State distinguished service award. He received the ABC award for his volunteer efforts locally. Professionally he was honored to have received the Citizen of the Year award from the American Association of Dental Examiners as well as the President’s award of the American Dental Association.

Gene had interests that were wide and varied. His favorite was in the field of aviation. He was an instrument rated pilot and flew his Bonanza for over 40 years. 
In 1961, shortly after their move to Jefferson, Gene and Carolyn joined the First United Methodist Church where they were faithful members. Gene was a Mason and a Shriner. 
Gene was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease that ultimately took his life. Even though his physical activities were limited, he retained his kind, loving, witty demeanor. He was known for his level-headed intelligence, honesty and being a tireless worker. 

Preceding him in death are his parents. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Carolyn; his siblings: Nadine (Ray) Stanley, Sarah Hamilton, Helen (Norman) Gilleland, Joan Butler, Betty (Charles) Bailey, Rex (JoAnna) Houk, Mary (Lance) Steinbock, Patricia (Stuart) White, and Ellis (Gayle) Houk; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many loyal friends. 
Gene would be honored to be remembered with memorials designated to the building project for the future Greene County Animal Facility. 

Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson


Karg, Henry Sawnville - Henry Karg, age 104, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, March 23, 2018 at Clarinda Regional Health Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda with Pastor Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Interment will be in the Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa.

Henry Sawnville Karg was born October 29, 1913, in Pleasant Hill, Cass County, Missouri. He was the fourth of ten children belonging to Robert J. Karg and Blanche Belle (Chappell) Karg. Henry grew up attending country school, and when he was only 13, his father passed away from cancer. In 1931, Henry moved to Fedora, South Dakota when his mother was united in marriage to Clyde Watson. All of the children, except Thelma, moved with them. Clyde lost his farm in the Great Depression. Growing up during the Great Depression caused his family and himself to move around the country where work was available. In the fall of 1933, the family moved to the New Market, Iowa area near the Pratt family home. Henry helped the Pratt family shuck corn, and during the fall harvest of 1933, he met their daughter, Bonnie Pratt. In 1934, he returned to the Pleasant Hill, Missouri area working for a farmer pulling hedge row stumps. In 1935, he returned to the New Market area helping area farmers. He was reunited with Bonnie Pratt and the couple started dating. Henry, his brother Alvin and Bonnie’s cousin Keith Pratt all worked doing various farming in Colorado, Idaho and Washington. They returned to the New Market area and Henry took his mother back to Missouri and while there he went to work in a rock quarry. He wanted to make enough money to purchase an engagement and wedding ring for Bonnie. On January 28, 1939, Henry and Bonnie were united in marriage in Independence, Missouri. They had to keep their marriage a secret so Bonnie could continue to teach school. Bonnie lived with one of the student’s family during the week and Henry lived with his folks. In May of 1939, when school was out for the summer, they finally were able to move into their home near New Market. To this loving union, four children were born, Larry, Linda, Diane and Marilyn.

Henry was a farmer his entire life and together he and Bonnie were able to purchase farm ground to add to their operation. In 1975, they purchased a new home in New Market where they retired. In Henry’s free time he enjoyed horse shoe pitching, fishing and attending the New Market Civic Club. He was a member of the New Market United Methodist Church.

Left to cherish the memory of Henry are three of his children, Larry Karg of Clarinda, Iowa; Linda Reeve and husband Gary of New Market, Iowa; and Marilyn Foy and husband Alan of Red Oak, Iowa; a sister, Edith DeBord of Creston, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Reeve, Annette Clark, Lisa Steeve, Scott Reeve, Shane Selders, Mark Karg, Daryn Selders and Laura Selders; sixteen great-grandchildren, Danielle, Derek, Jessica, Jake, Kayla, Brandon, Sarah, Cody, Colton, Ricky, Logan, Kaylee, Konner, Matthew, Nathan and Alexa; one great-great-grandson, Haydon Meuler; a son-in-law, Daryl Selders; a sister-in-law, Eva Fine of Grimes, Iowa; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Henry in death are his parents, Robert and Blanche Karg; two step-fathers, Clyde Watson and John Handford; wife, Bonnie Karg (1998); a daughter, Diane Selders in 1984; a daughter-in-law, Myrna Karg; three sisters Juanita Weaver, Thelma Weaver and Lola Belle Hughes; five brothers, Clifford, Alvin, Homer, Robert and Harvey Karg; and three great-grandchildren, David Clark, Chris Clark and Abby Reeve


Kendrick, Jackie - 16 Jan 1952 - 18 Mar 2018 - A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2018 at the New Market United Methodist Church. A time of fellowship and lunch will follow the service at the church. A graveside interment will be 1 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss, Iowa. Memorials are to the family.

Jackie Douglas Kendrick was born January 16, 1952 in Clarinda, Iowa to Thelbert and Melba (Chrisman) Kendrick. He attended school in New Market and graduated class of 1970. Jackie served in the Army from 1972 to 1974. Jackie was living in Council Bluffs when he became ill and passed away at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha Nebraska on March 18, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his daughter Megan Sunderman of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Jersey, MacKenzie and Maximus; brothers Randy Kendrick of New Market, Iowa and Dennis Kendrick (Wanda) of Oklahoma.

Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss, Iowa


Lucas, Margaret Eva Damewood - Margaret E. Lucas, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on the morning of March 23, 2018 at the age of 102. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Bedford United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. The Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home of Humboldt is in charge of arrangements. 
Margaret is survived by her daughter, Margaret Elaine (Norman Zimmerman) Mason of Urbandale; grandchildren, Mary Margaret (Robert) Schrader of Rochester Hills, MI, Lincoln (Dawn) Mason of Humboldt, IA, Christine Lucas of Bryn Mawr, PA, and Vane (Ginger) Lucas of Tulsa, OK; great grandchildren, Adam Schrader of Madison Heights, MI, Maggie Marzloff of Shelby Township, MI, Alexander Mason of Humboldt, Max Mason of Humboldt, Fin Mason of Humboldt, and David Lucas of Tulsa, OK; great-great grandson, Toby Marzloff of Shelby Township, MI; along with many blessed nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vane in 2004; son and daughter-in-law, Vane and Judy Lucas; grandsons, Mitchell Shawn Lucas and Miles Mason; son-in-law, Scott Mason; sisters and brothers-in-law, Coryl and Bing Miller, Blythe and Kenneth Lucas, and Doris and Mark Anderson.
Margaret Eva Damewood, the daughter of Clyde and Blanche (Humphrey) Damewood was born May 30, 1915 on a farm near Conway, Iowa. She attended country schools (walking three miles every day after milking four cows) and graduated from Sharpsburg High School. Following her education she worked as a nanny for a brief time in Des Moines. She was then employed at the Taylor County Farm near Bedford, Iowa where she met Vane Basil Lucas. The couple was united in marriage in 1934 and made their home in the Bedford area where they had two children, Vane and Margaret Elaine. During World War II, the family moved to Cedar Rapids where Margaret worked for Collins Radio building radios for the war effort and the family enjoyed the company of Margaret’s sisters and sisters-in-law as their husbands served in the war. In 1946, the family returned to Bedford where Margaret was busy raising her family and supporting Vane in his business, Lucas Products Company and volunteering in her community. 
Margaret was a woman of great faith and vigorously served her church through women’s work, as a Sunday School teacher, State Vice President of Missions, served on the National Board of Christian Service, helped organize and was a charter member of Church Women United, served as past United Methodist Church President, and hosted bi-monthly ecumenical bible studies in her home for 28 years. She was a charter member of the Bedford Lioness’, enjoyed her membership in the 20th Century Club and Friendship Club, and served as Queen Mum of the Bedford Belles Red Hatters. The Young Mother groups that she organized over three decades were a source of great pride for her. Margaret was an avid seamstress and loved to quilt making many special quilts for family special occasions that will always be cherished.


Moss, Hank Leroy - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Hank Moss, age 41, of Lenox, Iowa, who passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Bergen Mercy Medical Center in Omaha were held Friday, March 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Country Roads Baptist Church in Lenox Memorials be given in Hank's name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Hank Leroy Moss was born May 6, 1976, in Mount Ayr, Iowa the son of Eugene Robert Moss and Lavon Katherine (Allen) Moss. He grew up attending school in Lenox. After school Hank worked a variety jobs including Precision Pulley & Idler in Corning, Iowa, Omaha Steel and Casting, in Omaha, Nebraska, and various jobs in Oklahoma. Over the years Hank did carpentry work with his father, eventually owning his own carpentry business. Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Hank went to work tiling in Lenox for Steve Sweeney, during which time he developed a great respect and friendship with Steve.

Many people knew Hank as a “Jack of all trades”, who was willing to help with various carpentry duties around town, and he was always a part of carpentry projects within the family. Hank was always the “rescuer”, whether your car broke down along side the road, your furnace quit in the middle of night, your sewer was plugged up, or you needed a hole dug, gravel smoothed out, whatever the case may be, you knew he’d be coming along to help. Hank enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle when time allowed. Hank was close with his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He’ll be remembered for the way he would tease and joke around with his nieces and nephews and especially for all the stories he’d tell and the way in which he told them was always the most entertaining to family.

In November 2017 Hank was diagnosed with cancer, losing his battle just three months later on February 28, 2018.

Left to cherish Hank's memory is the love of his life, Elizabeth Buckler, of Albany, Missouri, and her children, Patience and Amanda; his father, Eugene Moss of Lenox, Iowa; a brother, Roger Moss and wife Chae Yon of Lenox, Iowa, and their children Stephanie Moss (boyfriend Andrew Bedwell), Jennifer Moss and husband Mike, and their baby daughter, Kensley, Lisa Moss (boyfriend Joshua Phillips); a sister, Wanda Browning and husband Jerry of Prescott, Iowa, and their children, Jeremy Browning and wife Becky, and their children, Elizabeth, Troy and Bryan; Angela Long and husband Allen, and their children Allie, Alex and Vanessa; Corey Browning and wife Kari, and their children Lillian, Silas and Otto; Amanda Moody and husband Vinny; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Hank in death is his mother, Lavon Moss; an infant brother, Billy Ray and his paternal and maternal grandparents


Mullen, Kenneth I.

Kenneth I. Mullen passed away peacefully in his home in San Clemente on May 8th surrounded by family and friends at the age of 94
Ken was born in Bedford, Iowa on July 27, 1923. He graduated from Bedford High in June 1940 and moved to California soon after. He worked for the newspaper, The Los Angeles News, until he joined the Navy in August 1942. He became a Yeoman first class and served in the Pacific during World War II receiving medals for victory and good conduct and also a purple heart.
After his honorable discharge in 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Safley, in 1947. They remained married for 71 years and had four children - Kenneth David, Barry, Teri and Christopher.
He attended the University of Southern California and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in Civil Engineering from there. He was a true Trojan and enjoyed many years of football season tickets. He loved working in his profession. He established his own company, operating it for 35 years and specialized in water works and reservoirs.
Ken was active for many years in his church, had a great deal of faith and was a very generous person. He supported several people (who became lifelong friends) in furthering their education. He had many friends and many admired him. As they say - he walked the walk and talked the talk.
Ken is survived by his son, Barry, and daughter, Teri, grandchildren, Dustin Mullen, Cody Mullen, Luke Mullen and Briana (and Joel) Jackson, Laura Turpin, Lisa (and Doug) Bilski; also great grandchildren Hannah and Mitchell Turpin, Emma Bilski, and Maize and Cruz Jackson. He was preceded in death by his sons, David and Christopher. Many of his friend's children also called him "grandpa".

His greatest love (after God) was his family.


Pruitt, Edna Ruth - Edna Ruth Pruitt's story began on January 2, 1930, as the youngest child to John and Lola Cox. With six older brothers and one sister, she was simultaneously adored and subjected to brotherly pranks which only served to bloom her great sense of humor, love of family and headstrong determination in life. Edna met the love of her life, Jerry Dean Pruitt, at Bedford, Iowa, High School and they were married on June 14, 1953, sharing 39 years together until his passing in 1992. Graduating from Clarinda Jr. College in Iowa, Edna took her devotion to babies and children throughout her elementary teaching career, and later raising children and spoiling grandchildren. Early in her teaching career, Edna taught full time for grades K-8 for a rural school in Taylor County, Iowa, as well as various elementary school grades in Bedford, Shenandoah, and Villisca, Iowa. Together, she and Jerry enjoyed a life filled with heaps of laughter, raising a son, Joel, and a daughter, Joyce. In addition to devoting her life and love to her family, she was an avid gardener, growing tasty tomatoes and beautiful flowers, and quilted and sewed many original creations for babies born to family and friends. Although Edna stopped formal instruction in the classroom when she raised her children, she wasn't done teaching. On February 12, 2007, Edna suffered a debilitating stroke leaving her with partial paralysis and the inability to speak, but despite her circumstances, she modeled how to persevere. Through her headstrong determination, she set a shining example of how to find joy and smile, despite a life changing illness. To her youngest grandchild, Kennan, she was "Yam-Yam" (the sweetest sweet potato) who ensured his younger years were filled with love, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and all good things. Her adoration, and genuine love for all three of her grandchildren: John, Jenna, and Kennan, was evident through all her kind and special moments with them- making sure through her loving actions and words they knew how special they were to her. Edna passed away on June 3, 2018 at the age of 88 years. Loved ones that cleared the path for Edna included her husband, Jerry, in 1992, her parents, her siblings: J. Ralph, Mildred, Wayne, Willis, J. Howard, Gordon, and other extended family and dear friends. She will be dearly missed by her son, Joel Pruitt, daughter, Joyce Hottinger (Dan), as well as the lights of her life, her grandchildren: John and his daughter, Jenna Amundson (Kevin), and Kennan, as well as many nieces and nephews. Those who so desire, may make memorial donations in Edna's memory to a charity supporting children in honor of Edna's love of babies and children. Special thanks to the Benedictine Health Center Innsbruck of New Brighton and Allina Hospice for their care and comfort for Edna. Private family service to be held. Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000


Refer, Jack Rodney - Jack Rodney Refer was born June 19, 1925, in Victor, Iowa the son of John Refer and Camilla (Conner) Refer. He grew up in Victor attending school. The family moved to Lenox in 1942 and he graduated with the Class of 1944 from Lenox Community High School. After graduation Jack joined the United States Army serving from October 23, 1944 to November 26, 1946. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After he was honorably discharged, he returned to the Lenox area where he began working at Reeder's Filling Station. During this time he had a desire to learn about refrigeration and he attended schooling in the Chicago area for his license. Jack returned to Lenox where he took a position at the Lenox Light Plant working nights. During the day he started to get Jack's Refrigeration Sales and Service up and going. Eventually he ran this business full-time. On September 21, 1951, Jack was united in marriage to Betty Ann Eigenheer. The couple made their home in Lenox and were blessed with the birth of two daughters, Shanita and Lori.

Jack was an avid Hawkeye fan, holding season tickets years before they had winning seasons. The entire family enjoyed vacationing at Lake of the Ozarks for many years. Boating, jet skiing and water skiing were enjoyed by all thanks to Grandpa's toys. Jack and Betty were able to spend more time in The Ozarks after Betty retired. In 2001, Jack retired because he wanted to care for Betty when she became ill. On April 11, 2001, Betty passed away. Jack remained in the family home for many years, eventually moving into Vintage Park for about three years. In August of 2017, Jack moved to Hansen House in Council Bluffs due to his declining health and to be near his daughters. 

Left to cherish Jack's memory are his two daughters, Shanita Broich of Omaha, Nebraska; Lori Cook and husband Craig of Gretna, Nebraska; four grandchildren, Ken Broich of Omaha, Nebraska; Heather Cook of Omaha, Nebraska; Adam Broich and fiance Kendra Little of Lincoln, Nebraska; Michelle Cook and Chase Wilson of Omaha, Nebraska; one great-grandson, Noah Wilson of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, Gary Refer and wife Sharon of Villisca, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Ila Lincoln of Osage, Iowa; and Bonnie Kirk of Adel, Iowa; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Jack in death are his parents John and Camilla Refer; a sister, Betty Refer, at infancy; two brothers, Robert Refer, as a teenager; and Lary Refer; his loving wife Betty Refer in 2001; three brothers-in-law, Tom Lincoln, George Bothell and Nick Nicholson; two sisters-in-law, Lois Bothell and June Nicholson.


Reynolds, Robert Raymond - Robert Raymond Reynolds (Bob) was born in Lenox, Iowa on December 10, 1926 to Sidney Pearl and Annis (Trost) Reynolds. He grew up in Lenox and graduated from Lenox High School with the Class of 1944. After high school Bob worked a few different jobs before enlisting in the armed forces. He was a veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He has been an active member of the American Legion ever since.

Bob and Dortha (Dot Fleener) were united in marriage on June 25, 1950. Three children were born to bless their lives, Bob, Debbie and Nancy. After Bob finished his military service, Bob and Dot raised their family in Lenox. Bob was an avid sports lover and spent many years following his children’s activities and later his grandchildren’s activities. Bob also recorded football games for Lenox High for over twenty years. Throughout his lifetime he was a very proud and strong supporter of all activities at Lenox schools. He loved all children - no matter their age and was happiest when he was with his children or grandchildren.

Bob was very active in the Lenox community and took great pride in the town. The Bob Reynolds Agency was home to his independent insurance agency, his real estate agency as well as his income tax services for many years. Bob was loved by clients from all over and was a former President of the IA Accountants Association.

He was a member of the Lenox volunteer fire department for over fifty years, a volunteer EMT, member of Rotary, and the Masonic Lodge. Bob was also very involved with the United Methodist Church. For many years, He was in charge of getting the Memorial Day flags at their proper places in the Lenox cemeteries to honor the military men and women who have gone before us. Bob will be missed by all.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Dot, his children Robert (Kim) Reynolds of Elkhorn, NE; Deb (Tom) Nevins of Leawood, KS; and Nancy (Jeff) McCarville of Carroll, IA; 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren as well as 4 sisters, Betty Holben of Lenox, Virginia Bennett of Creston, Evelyn Ver Steeg of Altoona and Adelyn Cox of Hornick as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Sidney Pearl and Annis (Trost) Reynolds and brothers Harold Reynolds and Gerald Reynolds


Stephens, Carl Elmer - Carl Elmer Stephens was born March 5, 1924, in rural Taylor County; the second child of Martha S. (Haidsiak) and Cecil G. Stephens. Carl passed away on April 14, 2018 in Red Oak, IA. 

Carl attended country school southwest of Gravity, IA, and graduated from Gravity High School in 1941 at the age of 17. That summer he went to live with his Uncle Jim Stephens, rural Hepburn, to help him farm. During this time he met Lois Beavers. He served in the Merchant Marines as a fireman and oiler in the engine room of a steam supply ship from 1945-1947.

Carl was united in marriage to Lois E. Beavers in rural Bedford, IA, on June 6, 1948. To this union six children were born. Carl and Lois farmed south of Villisca their entire lives. Carl enjoyed his children, but loved having his grandchildren and great-grandchildren around. Carl was a lifelong farmer, retiring from actively farming at the age of 90.

Carl enjoyed playing cards, roller skating, water skiing, snow skiing, hunting, fishing, boating and camping with family. He was a member of the Valley Booster 4-H Club, Farm Bureau, a SWI Mutual Insurance board member, Villisca Lion’s Club Charter Member, a member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda, IA, Page County Cattleman Association, receiving the Page County Cattlemen’s Association Longevity Award in 2012. Carl especially loved raising cattle, and calving season was his favorite.

Carl is survived by his children: Marie (Doug) Weddle of Villisca, IA; Howard (Janelle) Stephens of Clarinda, IA; Marc (Carrie) Stephens of Kingwood, TX; Martha (Craig) Herzberg of Villisca, IA; Mary (Brian) Carlson of Red Oak, IA; seventeen Grandchildren, twenty-two+ Great-Grandchildren; three Step-Grandchildren and eight Step-Great-Grandchildren; Sister Ruby Turner of Hopkins, MO; Brother-in-law Tom (Pat) Beavers of Shenandoah, IA; many cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Preceding Carl in death were his parents; wife Lois (Beavers) Stephens; sister, Frances Stephens Herzberg; son, Cecil Lee Stephens; brothers-in-law, Roland Slater, Don Slater, Ed Herzberg, William (Rube) Turner; and sisters-in-law, Virginia (Beavers) Slater, Arlene (Beavers) Slater

Ritchie Funeral Home


Swartz, Estella Cooper - 23 Oct 1921 - 26 May 2018

Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Estella Swartz, age 96, of Lenox, who passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at her home will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Memorials be given in Estella's name.

Estella Elizabeth (Cooper) Swartz was born October 23, 1921 in Adams County Iowa. She was the daughter of Elmer E. Cooper and Florence (Wilmarth) Cooper. Estella had 1 older sister, Wanda and two older brothers, Wayne and Willis who are all deceased. Estella grew up north of Corning on the family farm. She attended school at Dog Hollow where she later became the teacher. Estella graduated from Corning High School in 1939 and completed the required Normal Training classwork so that she could become a teacher by the age of 17. She began her career in 1939 at a monthly of $40 and continued to teach in the rural schools of Adams County until 1944.
Estella was married on October 19, 1943, to Eugene T. Swartz from Lenox. They were wed at the Corning United Methodist Parsonage. For the remainder of the school year she continued teaching although married teachers were not allowed to teach by law. The community made her to promise she would finish the year. Estella continued to live with her parents while Eugene served in World War II. The couple’s son, Edward was born in 1945 while his dad was in Japan. Their daughter Florence was born in 1948.
The couple made their home in a small house built for them on the Swartz land north of Lenox. That home is now a one-car garage on the farm! Estella took on farm responsibilities while raising the two children. She felt the urge to return to teaching when Florence was five. From 1953 through 1959 Estella taught in the rural schools near the farm. By 1960 most of the rural schools were closed and Estella found herself teaching in elementary schools in the Creston School District. She was so proud of her many students and their accomplishments. They were doctors, farmers, teachers, nurses only to name a few and many of them kept in contact with her all the way through their own retirements. She believed that a good education was important and lived by her words. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri University in 1979 – the same year her daughter Florence graduated from college.
When Estella and Eugene retired they traveled the U.S. They hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Grand Canyon several times as well as many other less known trails. For nearly 15 years their Fifth-Wheel camper was their home and the U.S. was their campsite. They enjoyed their years of volunteer work at National Parks, BLM and other parks as camp hosts. Estella enjoyed the outdoors as you would notice if you visited the Swartz farm and saw her beautiful gardens. She was a 4-H leader, active member of the United Methodist church and together the couple enjoyed driving their two Edsel’s in parades and across Iowa with the International Edsel Club. 
When Eugene passed away in 2006, Stella continued to live in the couple’s A-frame house and saw the land become a Century Farm in 2017. She managed the farm with the help of a really wonderful renter, Arnold Maynes. She continued to drive and enjoyed a full and active life to the very end. Her many flowerbeds and plants will continue to bloom with memories of those who took the “Flower Walk” with her. She also really loved all of the trips she took with friends who shared a variety of entertainment events with her over the years.
Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother, grandmother, teacher and friend are daughter Florence Jackson and husband Les of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; a grandson, Todd Jackson and wife Liz and two great-granddaughters, Cassady and Teegan of North Liberty, Iowa; and granddaughter Becky Sonmore husband Scott and two great-grandsons Derek and Dylan of Blaine, Minnesota. Preceding Estella in death are her parents, loving husband Eugene in 2006, her son Edward in 1967 and sister and brothers as well as a sister-in-law Ila Ramsey


Turner, Judy Carole Dugan Blake - Judy Carole Dugan Blake Turner was born March 14, 1949 to Lowell and Dorothy (Diggs) Dugan in Clarinda, Iowa. She passed away peacefully at her home April 30, 2018.
She grew up on the family farm and attended country schools at Gravity, Iowa. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1967 and married Richard Blake in July 1967. To that union four sons were born: Jeff, Jim, Josh and Jason. Judy followed Richard to Georgia and Turkey in 1967 and visited England. Judy was an avid farmer milking 40 Holsteins. She loved all animals raising goats, sheep, chickens and horses. Trigger was the horse she rode to school in the country. Her favorite horse was Rabbit. Judy graduated IWCC in 1994 with an LPN in nursing. She worked seventeen years at Goldenrod Care Center in Clarinda. She was a 4-H leader and an American Legion Auxiliary President for many years. Judy retired n November 2011 and lost Richard January 2012. On March 20, 2014 she married Ray Turner and continued living on the family farm raising garden, goats, chickens and milking her Jersey cow.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lowell and Dorothy and first husband Richard. Judy was a loving mother, wife and Christian. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Judy is survived by her husband Ray; sisters Betty (Jim) Hughes of Gravity, Connie (Ed) Townsend of Bedford; sons Jeff (Fran) Blake, Kansas City, Jim Blake, Bedford, Josh (Ashley Steeve) Blake, Gravity and Jason (Sam) Blake, Winterset; step kids Kyle and Kelli; grandkids Echo, Milo, Brayton and Kenleigh; step grandkids Jenessa and Bentley; great grandkids Jasper, Soren and Sonara along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Judy Turner, 69 of Gravity, will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford. Memorials are suggested to Family Choice.
Interment will be at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.


Wintermute, Dean Edward - Dr. Dean Edward Wintermute, 86, of Cooper, Texas passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home.  Dr. Wintermute requested a private family burial that was conducted on February 17, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. with the assistance of Delta Funeral Home.  There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Cooper.  Visitation will take place at 1:00 just prior to the service. http://deltafuneralhome.com

Dean was born to Charles and Ruby (Jones) Wintermute on July 28, 1931 in Taylor County, Iowa.  He attended school at Gay Center School in Taylor County and graduated from Bedford High School in Bedford, Iowa.  Dean then attended Northwest Missouri State University graduating with a BS in Chemistry.  He graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathy from Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kansas City, Missouri in May of 1957. 

Dr. Wintermute began his medical practice in Amarillo, Texas doing general office practice.  He moved to Ladonia when Dr. Gordon Marcum needed a doctor to cover his practice while he recovered from a heart attack.  Following Dr. Marcum’s recovery, Dean moved his family to Cooper, Texas and purchased and opened Reed Memorial Hospital at the age of 28 in 1959.  He then purchased the West Delta School and renovated it into a 34 bed hospital in 1962.  Wintermute Memorial Hospital served over 6000 patients in a 150 mile area with half of all patients exceeding 65 years old.  He performed over 1500 major surgical procedures with only one surgical death and delivered over 450 babies.  He also founded, directed and instructed a state licensed school of Vocational Nurses from 1962-1964.

In 1968, Dr. Wintermute converted the hospital into the 52 bed Klondike Nursing Home.   He sold this business and continued in general practice in Ladonia, Cooper and Greenville.  Other careers following his general practice were working many emergency rooms in Texas and Missouri, physician with the Texas Department of Corrections, and Rusk State Hospital.  In retirement he saw patients on an as needed basis and maintained his medical license in Texas and Missouri until his death receiving his CME hours by attending medical conventions throughout Texas with the last one being last fall. 

Other hobbies and interests included woodworking, farming, gardening, reading, traveling, and he was a licensed pilot.  He was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge, 50+ member of the Kansas City College of Medicine, a member of the 500 club with Scottish Rite Hospital, and a member of the American Medical Association.  He practiced philanthropy by donating to over 30 charitable organizations.

Survivors include his sister, Jennifer Knotts of Gilbert, Arizona, brothers, Don (Mary) Wintermute of Punta Gorda, Florida and Jesse (Joann) Wintermute of Paris.  Children include Diane (Scotty) Stegall of Cooper, Delaine (Tom) Fast of Garland, Doug (Pam) Wintermute of Jacksonville, Dalen (Lisa) Wintermute of Trophy Club, Delinda Leatherwood of Cooper, and Dohrman (Francie) Wintermute of North Richland Hills.  Grandchildren include Shawn (Amy) Stegall, Shelly (Jay) Faulkner, Corwin (Lindsey) Olson, Shey (Regan) Stegall, Cambri Olson, Sarah Wintermute, Kasey Leatherwood, Kolton Leatherwood, Preston Wintermute, Emily Wintermute, Ryan Wintermute, and Lauren Wintermute,.  Dean had eight great-grandchildren.

If you desire in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Scottish Rite Hospital https://community.tsrhc.org, American Heart Association https://donatenow.heart.org, Delta County Public Library 300 W Dallas Ave, Cooper, TX 75432, or Maroon and Gray Foundation http://www.maroonandgray.org/donate