Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Beekman, Jeannette Elaine King - Jeannette Elaine Beekman, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. After a life filled with love, she died peacefully with her husband Dennis, by her side. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Grace United Methodist Church, Sioux City, Iowa with Pastor Jim Shirbroun officiating. Interment will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, February 10 at Memorial Park Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2020 at Christy-Smith Funeral Home, at Morningside Chapel located at 1801 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa, 51106.

Jeannette was born on April 28, 1936 in Blockton, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur P. and Clara Lavelle King. She graduated from high school in 1954. She married Jack Huff and had three children, Walter, Debbie and Diane Huff, while living in Ida Grove from 1962 to 1979. She then moved to Storm Lake, Iowa in 1979 where she owned and operated the Sail Inn Motel. In August 1985, she married Dennis Beekman and gained two additional step-children, Maria and Jennifer. Jeannette started her next business, Antiques and Treasures in 1988 in the home attached to the Sail Inn Motel Office. Jeannette made her final move to Dakota City, Nebraska in 1997 where she and her husband lived together until her death.

Jeannette was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister and friend. There were no strangers to Jeannette as she was very out-going and always had a smile and positive attitude about everything in life. Beyond being a female entrepreneur, she loved to golf, travel, play cards (Bridge was her favorite), garden with Denny, participate in church activities and spend time with family.

Jeannette leaves her family, who will cherish her loving memory, her husband Dennis, children, Walter (Lora Lee) Huff of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Debbie Huff of Landenberg, PA, Diane Mangold of Alta, IA; Son-in-law, Greg Mangold of Ely, MN; Maria (Don) Harder of Lincoln, NE, Jennifer (Chris) Gump of Mendon, MI; grandchildren, Ashley (Jake) Oser, Melissa (Ryan) Ryser, Kelsey Mangold, Alexandrea Harder, Preston Gump, Ainsley Gump, and great-grandchildren, Addison Oser, Mason Oser, Greyson Oser, Judah Ryser, Shiloh Ryser, brother, Jerry (Judy) King, sister-in-law, Lynn King, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur P. and Clara Lavelle King; brother, Charles A. King.


Bix, Richard LeRoy, 18 Jun 1939 - 19 Apr 2019, 79, of Forest Hills, California, formerly of Siam, Iowa passed away April 19, 2019 in Forest Hills, California. A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, May 25, 2019. Confirmed details will be shared at a later date. Inurnment will be held at Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.

Richard Bix, 79, of Forest Hills, California, formerly of Siam, Iowa passed away April 19, 2019 in Forest Hills, California. A luncheon will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 11:00 a.m. at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with a graveside memorial service at 1:00 p.m. to follow at the Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa with Rev. Bob Thompson officiating. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'. 

Richard LeRoy Bix was born June 18, 1939 in Siam, Iowa to James Theodore (Ted) Bix and Muriel Maye (Parks) Bix on Father’s day. He graduated from New Market High School with the class of 1957. Richard was united in marriage October 9, 1982 in Shambaugh, Iowa to Melva Bell. 

Preceding Richard in death were his parents, Ted and Maye Bix; daughter, Kolleen Bix; twin brothers in infancy and brothers, Larry Bix and Elvis Bix.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Melva Bix of Maryville, Missouri; daughters, Kriss Swalla of Dubuque, Iowa, Jamie (Travis) Sprague of Forest Hills, California; sons, Kenyon (Corrina) Bix of Clarinda, Iowa, Richard II (Kayla) Bix of Platte City, Missouri, Randall Bix of Maryville, Missouri, Daniel (fiancé Jamiee) Bix of Maryville, Missouri; two grandsons, Dalton Bix and Cody Grimes; one granddaughter, Samantha Grimes; one great granddaughter, Gracie; one great grandson, Sylas; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends.

Richard was mayor of Shambaugh, Iowa and did water treatment at the water plant in Shambaugh. He worked at Whipp Sales and Service in Clarinda. Richard worked over twenty years in Siam in his own repair business. He loved playing the guitar and singing in the Bix Brothers Band for over twenty five years


Breach, Dean Willis - Dean Willis Breach was born April 29, 1927, the eldest son of Ray and Anna (Alff) Breach on a farm near Walnut, IA. Their family of seven lived in the new chicken house while a new house was built on the farm they rented. Like many young boys, he liked fishing and went as often as possible with his friend Marion Edy.

Elementary schooling for Dean started in Henderson, IA, but then moved to Emerson, IA, for his 9th and 10th and a half grades when the family moved to a farm two miles south of Sharpsburg in 1942. He would continue high school at Conway, IA, where he enjoyed playing basketball, graduating in 1944.

Being no different than any other teenager growing up on a farm, he had responsibilities and work to be done to help his parents on the farm while also wanting to earn money and mobility of his own. So he fixed up a 1929 four door Chevy car that had wooden doors for his transportation. He even hand painted the body green and the tires red using only a paint brush. He picked up odd jobs where he could, one of which was working construction to earn money. In 1944-45 he worked road construction creating Highway 148.

Uncle Sam came calling and on June 16, 1945, Dean was inducted into Active Service in the Army of the United States at the Bedford, IA, Court House and sent to the Reception Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he was assessed with his Military Occupation Skill (MOS) of Surgical Technician. From June 1945 – December 1946 he received the following training; Basic Training – Fort Lewis, Washington, MOS Specialty Training – Fitzsimons General Hospital, Denver, Colorado, Follow-on Internship – General Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. His last duty station was Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Dean attained the rank of Surgical Technician Fifth Grade during his time on Active Duty, receiving an Honorable Discharge from The Army of The United States. He earned the World War II Victory Medal.

After military service Dean returned to SW Iowa and began a family, marrying Phyllis Ann Hargin from Conway, IA, July 1947. They had four children, Linda, Carol, Roger and Susan. They lived west of Bedford, IA, west of Clearfield, IA, south of and in Sharpsburg, IA. They farmed, milked cows and gardened together and each child became involved in the farm/milking as they became old enough to do so safely. Dean and Phyllis milked cows by hand when they began but Dean dreamed of having an automated Grade A milking system. Due to their hard work and planning that dream came true in 1958 on the farm south of Sharpsburg, IA, when they built a modern milking barn with a top rate electric milking operation that could milk four cows at once.

Live old time country/bluegrass music was popular in Dean’s family. His brother Kenny along with several of their uncles played instruments at family gatherings, so it’s no surprise Dean would instantly get hooked on calling square dances, singing and dancing. Dean started square dancing in 1960 and in 1961 he started calling dances. He taught thousands of people how to square dance and has proudly said he didn’t have a student he couldn’t teach to dance.

Dean dealt with health challenges during his life. Farming was hard on his health and contributed to him making occupational and residential changes. During 1967/1968 he stopped large scale farming, gave up milking and began working full time as Postmaster at the Sharpsburg Post Office and moved his family into Sharpsburg, IA. Family history of heart problems would deal him not one but two blows of heart disease requiring him to undergo a multiple bypass surgery in 1981 and again in 2002.

Dean loved traveling so he purchased a pickup mounted camper and began taking the family on camping vacations to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Colorado, Iowa State Fair and Lake Of Three Fires. Later in Life he’d let someone else do the driving and take bus tours often to Branson, MO.

Dean and Phyllis divorced in 1986 after which Dean married Flossie Belle Strough of Gravity, IA, and began a new chapter in life together. Step children joining this union are James, Robert, David and Donald.

He retired from the Sharpsburg Post Office in 1988 which gave him more time for hobby farming, gardening, and restoring antique tractors. Dean would spend hours tinkering with the old tractors breathing life back into them, alongside his son teaching the grandchildren and some great grandchildren the right way to do it. He eventually acquired and restored nine antique tractors. He loved taking as many of his tractors as possible to parades and tractor rides with all of them driven by his children or grandchildren.

Music, dancing and traveling played a big role in Dean and Flossie’s life together. They met through square dancing and continued to enjoy it for years. Dean formed a singing/entertaining group named “Highway 49 plus 2”. They were a small volunteer group of family members who performed/entertained around the area care centers, hospitals, churches, etc.

In his golden years Dean took great pleasure in gardening and spending time with his young great grandchildren. Caring for the little ones and watching them grow so fast.
Left to cherish Dean’s memory are his wife, Flossie Breach, sister, Norma Culver, sister, Eleanor (William) Witt, sisters-in-law Ruthie Breach and Janice Nook, children, Linda (Harold) Spring, Carol (Dennis) Brown, Roger (Jill) Breach, Susan Breach (Curtis Bolinger), step-children, James (Judy) Strough, David (Susan) Strough, Donald (Christine) Strough, Cheryl Strough. Plus a blessed bounty of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and close friends.

Preceding Dean in death are his parents, Ray and Anna Breach, brothers Delmar Breach and Kenneth Breach, brother-in-law, William Culver, stepson, Robert Strough and infant nephew


Campbell, Jerry R. - Jerry R. Campbell, 83, passed away unexpectedly May 5, 2019 of complications from a fall at home. Visitation will be held from 4-7pm, Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Iles Westover Chapel Des Moines, Iowa. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 11am, Friday, May 10 at Meredith Drive Reformed Church. Private interment will be held at McDivitt Grove Cemetery. 

Jerry was born on May 3, 1936 in Lenox, Iowa. He graduated from Lenox High School in 1953. In 1962 he was united in marriage to Virginia Olmsted and they made their home in Urbandale. 

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Virginia; daughter, Amy (Gino) Fleming; son, Joel (Kris) Campbell and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orpha and Chester Campbell and brother, Gary Campbell. 

Jerry was passionate about Urbandale Football and his beloved Chicago Cubs. He was very involved in the Urbandale Community. He never met a stranger and could talk to anyone. You never forgot his infectious smile and laugh. Jerry was a 50-year barber and former owner of Urbandale Barber and Beauty Shop. Following retirement, he was a valued employee at Iles Funeral Homes for 15 years. 

Jerry was a 50 plus year member of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and Acanthus Masonic Lodge. He was an active member of the Shrine Bowl Unit and loved spending time with his family and his lifelong friends “The Group”.

Carlson, Robert Allan - Private family memorial services for Robert Carlson, age 82, of Bedford, Iowa, formerly of Kansas City, Missouri, will be held at a later date. 

Robert Allan Carlson was born July 10, 1936, in Salem, Nebraska to Allen Carl Carlson and Ellen (Barnes) Carlson.

Robert grew up in the Salem area where as a teenager he worked on various farms. Robert excelled at football in high school which led to his recruitment by the United States Naval Academy to play football. Following his playing days at Navy Robert continued to serve in the Navy for another 3 years. Robert married Betty Lou McCellean in 1958, and to this union, a daughter Darcy was born. 

Robert spent his entire working life as a truck driver for Budweiser where he had a delivery route in the Northtown area of Kansas City, Missouri. Through the years Robert enjoyed watching football, riding his motorcyle, fishing, visiting casinos, and watching westerns. 

Left to cherish his memory include daughter, Darcy (Terry) Couch of Bedford, Iowa; grandchildren, Sunshine Genevicz, Robert Wade Carlson, Tyler (Katie) Couch; great-grandchildren Lily Genevicz, Alex Genevicz, Lauren Couch, Maddox Couch and sisters, Joanne Babbs of Colorado and Gretchen Cooper of Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Preceding Robert in death were his parents


Cordell, Henry LaVern "Butch" - Henry LaVern 'Butch' Cordell was born May 9, 1934, in rural Bedford, Iowa the son of Carl Cordell and Nettie (Evans) Cordell. Hew grew up attending country school through the 8th grade, graduating from the Sharpsburg High School with the Class of 1952. He was united in marriage to Joan Fitzgerald in February of 1955, three daughters were born to this union, Kathy, Pat and Sharon. On October 25, 1965, he was united in marriage to Faith L. Weinbrandt, adding two step-daughters, Lynn & Jean; and a step-son, Bob to his family. Butch served in the United States Army from August 1955 to May 1957, when he was honorably discharged. His first wife Joan and daughter Kathy accompanied him in Germany for 13 months.

Butch farmed and custom farmed and hauled livestock and grain to different markets in surrounding areas. He also had a tree moring business. Later he started hauling heavy equipment for International Transport which merged to Schneider Special Carriers and worked for 17 1/2 years, traveling all 48 states and Canada before retiring in September 1999. He received two Million Mile Safe Driving Awards during his tenure. Butch was also a long-time member of the Clearfield Lions Club.

Butch and Faith enjoyed their winters s[pent in Phoenix, Arizona where Butch drove a tow truck for Knowlton Towing for four winters. They moved to a small town of Surprise, Arizona and then took a job as cashier/parts sales with a large camper sales, Orangewood R.V. Both Butch and Faith helped several food programs. Butch drove a D-8 Caterpillar for Jerry Stevens of Diagonal and he also hauled hogs to area farmers in surrounding states which he truly enjoyed. 

Butch was a gentle loving man, always ready to help someone and will be missed by all. 
His grandchildren often told him how much they loved and looked up to him for advice. 
Love you Grandpa!!!


Coston, Maxine Henderson -

Funeral Services for Maxine Coston, age 97, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of New Market, Iowa, who passed away June 15, 2019, will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11 AM at Cummings Family Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa.

Elma Maxine (Henderson) Coston was born August 13, 1921 to parents, Hazel and Clifford Henderson, in Creston, Iowa. She attended grade school in Creston, moving to New Market where she graduated from high school with the class of 1941. 

On March 14, 1942 she married Glen "Pete" Coston. They lived in Nebraska for 2 years before returning to New Market and purchasing a home where she lived until 2014. Maxine attended the New Market Christian Church, was a 50 plus year member of The Order Of Eastern Star, and was also a member of The Women Who Care. 

Maxine worked at Parris-Dunn, was a cook at the New Market school, chaperoned girls sporting events, sewed at Lorraine Wear in Bedford, was an activity director at Golden Rod Manor and volunteered for numerous other activities. Maxine and Pete loved to travel in their camper and going on "mystery tours." Maxine also made several trips through the years to Branson, Missouri with her good friend Lorraine Eighmy. 

Maxine is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Hazel; husband, "Pete"; siblings, Charlotte Henderson, Opal Cowger, Roslyn Meier, Marjorie Obraza, Radene Tubrick, Cliff Henderson and Bill Henderson. Maxine will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Coulter, Lois Fern Marley - Lois Fern Coulter, 86, Independence, MO, formerly of Lexington, died on July 25, 2019. Lois was born on Mar. 21, 1933 in rural Taylor County, near Bedford, Iowa. She married Bill Coulter on Aug. 8, 1954, and they were married for nearly 55 years. She attended Frog Valley School, a one-room school for grades 1-8, and then graduated from Bedford High School in 1951. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and later finished her bachelor's degree in education at the University of Central Missouri. She taught Kindergarten in Sidney, Iowa for one year and then was a first grade and special education teacher at Leslie Bell Elementary in Lexington for many years. She continued to serve as a substitute teacher in the Lexington School District for several years after retirement. She was a member of the Presbyterian Disciples Church. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents, Carl and Hazel Marley, and her brother, Robert Marley. She is survived by two sons, Mike and wife Leasa, Grain Valley, MO; Tim and wife Brenda, Independence, MO; and four grandsons, Matt Coulter and Turiya Goetz, Kansas City, MO; John Coulter and Angela McCormick, Los Angeles, CA; Chris Coulter and wife Peyton, Independence, MO; and Mark Coulter, Oak Grove, MO. A graveside service for family members was held at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Donations may be made to the Presbyterian Disciples Church, 914 Franklin Ave., Lexington, MO 64067 or a school or charity of choice. Arrangements by Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, Lexington


Davies, Karolyn Kaye Olson , - Mrs Ted (Karolyn Kaye) Davies, 54 of rural Nodaway, died Monday morning, Aug 7, 1995 at Carondelet Manor, Kansas City, Mo., after a long illness.

She was born Dec 8, 1940 at Rulo, Ne., the daughter of George and Leona Oldfield Olson. She was dental assistant in Omaha, Ne., at Prairie Clinic before she married Ted Davies, Oct 22, 1961.

They lived on their farm east of Guss and she was a CNA of Good Samaritan Care Center, Villisca.

Davies is survived by two children: Diana and John Spear, Lee's Summit, Mo.; Steven and Krista Davies, Nevada. There is one granddaughter.

Also surviving are brothers, Gary Olson, Texas; Norman Olson, Tuscon, Az; sisters, Gayle Coble, Overland Park, Ks; Janelle Bartlett, Falls City, Ne; Jeannie Keller, White Cloud, Ks. Her father, George Olson, lives in Seattle, Wa., and her mother, Leona Olson, in Rulo, Ne.

She was preceded in death by three infant children, Duane, Lisa and Michael, and a son, David, who died in 1986.

Funeral servces were Wednesday, Aug 9 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, with Rev Joyce Smith officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss.


Deardorff, Phillip Joe -

Phillip was born in Blockton, IA, on August 23, 1941 to the late Virgil and Pearl (Bower) Deardorff.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Leslie Kay in 2008; his siblings, Virgil Jr., Barbara and Keith Deardorff, and Verna Fletchall.

He was a lifelong resident of the area and was of the Methodist faith.

Phillip worked construction all his life and was a former employee of the Loch Sand and Construction Co., Maryville, MO.  He enjoyed gardening.

On November 4, 1961, in Grant City, MO, Phillip was united in marriage to Leslie Kay Akers.  They spent 46 years together before her death in 2008.

His survivors include his children, Sharon Deardorff, and Kevin Deardorff, both of Bethany, MO, Tom (Stormy) Deardorff, Parnell, MO, and Stacey Deardorff, Parnell, MO; his 2 sisters, Connie Asher, and Bonnie Fletchall, both of Clearfield, IA; 11 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM, Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.  The burial will follow in the Althestan Cemetery, Althestan, IA


Dunning, Larry Edward -

Larry E. Dunning, 67, of Creston, entered eternal rest on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at the EveryStep Hospice House in Creston.  Services will be Monday, July 29, 2019 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery Street, Creston, IA, Rev. Mary O’Riley will officiate.  Interment will be in the Green Lawn Cemetery, Afton, IA.  Military Honors provided by the Theodore J. Martens VFW Post #1797 and the Iowa National Honor Guard. 

Larry Edward Dunning was born November 25, 1951 in Maryville, MO, the son of Charles Arthur and Bertha Daphne (Shell) Dunning. Larry graduated High school from Bedford High School with the class of 1970. Following graduation, Larry enlisted in the United States Army, serving from 1970-1972 during the Vietnam War. After receiving his honorable discharge, Larry attended auto mechanics school at SWCC and held multiple positions working for Wellman’s, Burlington Northern Railroad and various auto shops. In 1978 Larry became an Auto Dismantler at Hulett & Son Auto Salvage until 2000. In 2000, Larry decided to explore the trucking industry and went to work for G&H Motor Freight where he was still currently employed.

Larry was an avid race fan at the Adams County Speedway , driving the pro-street #7 and sponsoring various others and building motors for several others. Larry was still an active fan of the races in Corning and NASCAR Series.

Larry was a member of the American Legion post #70 and Eagles #1398 of Creston and a former meber of the Elks Lodge in Creston. Larry enjoyed bowling, playing cards, racing, riding his harley, playing pool, golf, traveling, salvage yards, casinos and spending time with friends and family.

Larry met Roxanne Lilly on December 31st, 2013 and was united in marriage on June 23, 2018. They enjoyed life to the fullest; traveling, riding the motorcycle, hitting the casinos, bowling on Sundays and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.  Larry knew no stranger.

Left to cherish Larry’s memory is his wife Roxanne, of Creston; Son, Troy (Lacey) Dunning of Creston; Daughter, Michelle Higgins of Gravity, IA; and sister-in-law, Mable Dunning of Keota, IA; 4 step sons:  Jeremy Giles of St. Ansgar, IA, Joshua (Sarah) Winebrenner of Creston, Skylar Lilly of Afton and Dion Giles of Creston; 2 step daughters:  Shyanne (Chris) Bird of Creston and Elsie Giles of Des Moines, IA; 3 grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren; 2 nephews: Charles and Terry Dunning  and 1 great nephew; and many, many friends.

Preceding Larry in death were his parents; grandparents; Brother, Gene Dunning; and step son, Dustin Giles


Eischeid, Anna Michelle Baxter - Funeral services for Anna Eischeid, age 40, who passed away July 26, 2019, will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 11 AM at the Bedford United Christian Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held at the Bedford United Christian Presbyterian Church Friday, August 2, 2019 from 3 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial/s to be established. Cummings Family Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Eischeid.Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.cummingsfamilyfuneralhome.com under Obituaries. 

Anna Michelle (Baxter) Eischeid, daughter of John Baxter and Ellynan (Greedy) Finnell, was born January 17th, 1979 at Hamburg Hospital, Hamburg, IA. She grew up in Shenandoah, IA and graduated from Shenandoah High School with the Class of 1997.

Growing up, Anna loved dancing, baking, and her cats. Anna was united in marriage with Scott Eischeid on April 9th, 2016 in an outdoor ceremony, surrounded by family and friends at the Sugar Clay Winery in Thurman, Iowa. Together they made a home south of Bedford on the family farm. They enjoyed the rural setting with their two children, Ella and Thomas. Anna loved to go check the cows and crops together with Scott and the kids. She even enjoyed spraying and cutting thistles in the pasture and CRP. It gave her an excuse to pick wildflowers.

Whenever there was field work, she would pack an all day lunch/snack bag for Scott and the kids when they were in the tractor. This Spring, she was adamant that Scott use the notebooks she bought instead of his typical planting books. She loved the fact that her and the kids were farming like her Grandfather Greedy had.

In addition to being a dedicated farm wife and mother, she enjoyed gardening, flowers, taking pictures, baking, crafts, and Pinterest; to get ideas to make the kids Halloween costumes and homemade Valentine’s cards. Anna enjoyed golfing with her new, left handed golf clubs that Scott bought her for Christmas. On their first date, Scott took Anna bowling, and they went bowling a lot on their date nights after that. She especially enjoyed karaoke. She had a beautiful voice whenever she got the chance to sing.

Anna was a wonderful mother and wife. Her husband and children meant the world to her. She loved deeply and was deeply loved. She loved reading books to the kids and snuggling. She saw to it that Ella’s hair was always fixed ‘just right’ before school and special events. She loved shopping for clothes and dressing Ella and Thomas in the mornings; which sometimes made her and the kids late, because they had to look perfect! She was spontaneous and loved to be surprised by Scott taking her on vacations, which included trips on the AMTRAK, hockey games and Weston, Missouri.

Anna worked in Shenandoah as a CNA at Gardenview Care Center and Hansen Jewelry before being married. She had a kind and generous heart and always greeted you with a bright, genuine smile and hug. She never knew a stranger. Later she worked at Dessert First in Bedford. She loved waiting on customers and making them feel special, because they were special to her. 

Anna is preceded in death by her grandfather Donald Lee Baxter and grandmother Romona June Baxter, whom she shared a loving and unique bond with. She is also preceded in death by her grandparents Robert and Mary Ellyn Greedy of Sidney, IA. 

She is survived by her husband, Scott, children Ella Elizabeth, 9 years and Thomas Xavier, 5 years; her parents, John Baxter of Shenandoah, IA and Ellynan and Brian Finnell of Riverton, IA; brothers Robert (Allie, Fiancé) Baxter of Grimes, IA and Lucas Finnell of Osage Beach, MO; her parents-in-law Loren and Donna Eischeid of Bedford, IA and sister-in-laws Michelle (Anvar) of London, UK and Alexandra of Granger, IA. Anna is also survived by step-mother Julie (Baxter) Boswell of Pawnee City, NE; step-brother Scott (Sena) Gilbert of Fairbanks, AK, step-sister Dr. Madison Gilbert of Kansas City, MO, and step-sister Camron (Brandon) Roloff of Atchison, KS; along with many more 
family members and friends. 

England, Mary Lou Votava -

Mary Lou England, daughter of Louis Frank & Louise H. (Matus) Votava, was born October 24, 1928 in Omaha,Nebraska.

The family moved to Clearfield, Iowa in May of 1942. Mary Lou attended and graduated from Clearfield High School. On August 30, 1947, she was united in marriage to Paul Martin “Buck” England in Bedford, Iowa. Mary Lou and Buck lived on farms in the Clearfield area until 1960 when they moved onto a farm southwest of Clearfield that would become their home. After Buck passed away Mary Lou moved to a house in town that they had renovated and were moving to for retirement.

Mary Lou was a farm wife and homemaker. She would plant big gardens in the spring and would can the produce to be used throughout the year. Mary Lou was the “Queen of catalogs” as she loved to get catalogs and would purchase random, and humorous, items for her family. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing while working around the house. She enjoyed watching "Keeping Up Appearances" and Mrs. Bucket.  When telephones had party lines she would talk to relatives in Czech to keep others from eavesdropping on their conversations. She was a dedicated and faithful member of the Clearfield United Methodist Church and U.M.W.; she belonged to the 17 Club; and she enjoyed playing bridge. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy and she doted on them all. She spent many hours in her breakfast nook playing Playdoh with grandkids and great grandkids.

Buck and Mary Lou enjoyed traveling to various places around Iowa, the United States, and even to Hawaii.

Mary Lou passed away on May 17, 2019 at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Paul “Buck” England on November 7, 1998; siblings Blanche (Jerry) Fillipi, Louis Votava, James Votava, Henrietta Rood, Alice Sedlak, and a brother in infancy, Frank Votava.

Survivors include her three children Dave and wife, Pam, and Doug and wife, Priscilla, all of Clearfield, daughter Lori Christensen and husband, Dan of Leon; grandchildren Heather Lillie and husband Bob, Craig England and wife Jennifer, Steve England and wife Megan, Charlie England and wife Kati, Wade England and friend Barb Brokaw, Thad England and wife Rachel, Cole Christensen and wife Jeana, Garrett Christensen and wife Kelsie, Connor Christensen and wife Chelsie; great grandchildren Taylor, Merik and Aiden Gaule, Eva and Bohdin England, Jordan and Chase England, Devon, Cael, Trey England and Makailey Turnbull, Jordan, LaraLynn, Laretta, and Graeson England, Ruby and Cora England, Everett and Gable Christensen, Nolan and Aria Christensen and Caidence Christensen; sisters-in-law Ann Votava of Lenox, IA, Jean Votava of Diagonal, IA, Maxine Round of Mount Ayr, Fern Pettingill of Vacaville, CA and Irene Pankau of Grant City, MO; brother-in-law Jim (Rose Mary) Rood of Fairfield, IA; several nieces and nephews including special nieces Colleen Haglan-Lynch and Sheila Brown; other relatives and friends.

Services:  2:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Clearfield United Methodist Church

Burial: Clearfield Cemetery - Clearfield


Gilmore, Frances Maurine - A private family memorial service for Frances Gilmore, 95, of Bedford, Iowa, will be held at a later date.

Frances Maurine (Miller, Hastings) Gilmore was born May 23, 1924 in Texarkana, Texas to Florance and Laura Fern (Hoffman) Miller. Her father was a mail carrier for the Union Pacific Railroad in Texas, which led them to Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in the Kansas City and Raytown school districts with her sister Edith and brother Herman. She married Ralph E. Hastings in 1946 and lived in Independence, Missouri for 30 years. They had 4 children: Charlotte L. Moore; Dr. Kenneth W. Hastings, (Lynda Cauveren); Helen M. Gross, (husband Randy) and Wanda S. Brokaw, (husband Erik). She later married Lysle Gilmore of Hagerman, Idaho in 1980, whom she met on a church trip to Israel. She resided in Hagerman, Idaho until 2004 when they moved to The Groves in Independence, Missouri.

Frances’s life was based around serving God through her family, The Community of Christ Church and community. She enjoyed playing in the Independence Symphony Orchestra as 1st cellist for 20 years then, 23 years with the Twin Falls, Idaho Symphony. Her hobbies included traveling, gardening, canning, fishing, elk and deer hunting. She was a dedicated director/leader for many girls and church programs. She played the organ and piano for church, weddings, and funerals and enjoyed wintering in Arizona with friends.

In 2015, Frances and Lysle moved back to Hagerman. After Lysle’s death in January, 2018, Frances was moved to a Specialty Care Center Facility in Bedford, Iowa, close to her daughter, Charlotte. Even with her advanced Dementia, the Specialty Care Center staff kept her involved in many skillful activities and events. They remembered Frances as being funny and witty and above all else, thankful and appreciative of everything that everyone did for her.

She had seven Grandchildren: Matthew Moore, (wife Tracy); Benjamin Moore, (wife Pam); John L. Whipple III, RN, (wife Kristen); Dr. Laura M. (Whipple) Mosley, (husband Logan); James Leach, Timothy Leach, William Gross, Liz Zoeller, (husband Jamie) and Jason Couveren. Six Great Grandchildren- Cory Zoeller, Kaylynn Moore, Christopher Moore, Cord Moore, Maddox Whipple, and Charlee Whipple. Two step daughter’s: Cathi Mince, and Marieta McAhren of Idaho. Several step grandchildren including Crystal Arnold of Idaho, Lorene Kelly, Leslie Lynch and Charity Young.

Preceding in Frances death was her husband, Lysle L. Gilmore; Mother and Father, Florance and Laura Fern Miller; brother Herman Miller, Idaho; Grandson James Leach, Independence; Ralph E. Hastings (known to many as Uncle Mickey).

Frances passed away peacefully on September 17, 2019 to be with the Lord. A special thanks to every team member of the Care Center and especially to the nurses and aides at the Facility for their compassion to exceptional care, and for going above and beyond to provide a loving environment during the last 18 months of Frances’s life. She will be missed by her family, extended family and friends


Griffith, Floyd "Festus" - Funeral Services for Floyd "Festus" Griffith, who passed away September 4, 2019, will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11 AM at the Cummings Family Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Lexington Cemetery.

Floyd "Festus" Wilbur Griffith was born January 15, 1943, in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Fern and Neta (Phelps) Griffith.

Floyd grew up attending country school while living and working on the family farm in Clayton township in Taylor County. On January 23, 1978 Floyd was united in marriage to Julie Jo Lininger and two children were born of the union, Lori Jo and James Earl. The couple later divorced.

Floyd was always on the go and always willing to help with any work that needed done. He enjoyed working on the farm and helping many neighbors, doing dozer work, through the years. Floyd also enjoyed working at the Bedford Sale Barn. Floyd could always be found listening to Paul Harvey or the grain markets on the radio and when his children were little he enjoyed taking his family to various state fairs to look at the newest farm machinery. In later years he enjoyed keeping up on the kids and grandkids latest adventures.

Left to cherish his memory are daughter, Lori Bolinger and husband Gary of Bedford, Iowa; son, Earl Griffith and wife Megan of Gravity, Iowa; six grandchildren, Brodie and Krista Bolinger, Jaycee, Jaydon, and Jaxy Knight and Brooks Wyatt Griffith; sister Evelyn Holle and husband John; niece, Brenda Thatcher; cousins, David and Larry Cox; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Floyd in death were his parents, Fern and Neta Griffith


Hawhee, Loah John Rucker - Private family memorial services for Loah A. Hawhee, age 87, of Bedford, Iowa, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca Good Samaritan Center, 202 Central Ave. Villisca, Iowa 50864. Arrangements for Mrs. Hawhee were entrusted to Cummings Family Funeral Home. Loah (John) Rucker Hawhee was born February 2, 1932 to Charley John and Cornelia (Dickson) John in Bedford, Iowa and entered into rest March 25, 2019 at Villisca Good Samaritan Center, Villisca, Iowa.

She was raised on the family farm at Bedford, Iowa and was member of the Berea Church of Christ, near her family farm.

On February 14, 1949 she married her sweetheart, Robert Allie Rucker. To this union four children were born. Together Loah and Robert farmed in the Bedford, New Market and Villisca areas until Robert's death in 1982. Following his death she moved to her home in Bedford and worked various places in the Bedford and Clarinda area. 

Loah was the best cookie and noodle maker any grandchild could ask for. Loah had a deep love for fishing which she passed on to her son, Denny and several of her grandchildren. She always had time to take a child fishing. 

Loah was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, parents, son-in-law, Larry Neal and 9 siblings. 

Loah is survived by her children; Connie Neal, Clarinda, Iowa, Dennis (Melissa) Rucker, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jill (Don) Case, Villisca, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Rex John, Wichita Falls, Texas; sister-in-laws, Jan (Lowell) Sunderman, Bedford, Iowa, Mary (Oliver) Mothershead, Leon, Iowa and Dorothy Rucker, Bedford, Iowa along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Dean Hensley (Dow City, Iowa), born in Bedford, Iowa, who passed away on June 26, 2019, at the age of 88, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Dean Hensley o the funeral service.

He was predeceased by : his parents, George Hensley and Bernice Hensley; his siblings, Albert, Hubert and Coryl. He is survived by : his wife Gretchen Timberlake; his son Tom; his granddaughter Amanda; his friends, Richard and Maryann. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 28th 2019 at the Fairview Cemetery.


Hensley, James Lewis - James Lewis Hensley, 81, of Council Bluffs, IA, passed away June 19, 2019. Born December 29, 1937, to Ralph and Helen Hensley in Bedford, IA. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, children; David Hensley, Vicky (Jeff) Smith, Ricki Hensley and Darrell Hensley, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, brother; Eldon Hensley and other family & friends. 

James is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Donald and Dean and sisters; Bonnie and Phyllis

Private Services were held


Hawn, Rhonda "Ronnie" - Rhonda "Ronnie" Hawn was born July 24, 1961 in Maryville, Missouri to Merlyn Hawn and Gloria (Thebeau) Hawn. Her father was in the Navy and her childhood was spent traveling across many states. Eventually, her family settled in Bedford, Iowa where she graduated from Bedford High School in 1979. Following graduation she moved to Rockport, Missouri and worked with her sister at a meat packing plant for two years. 

Rhonda then moved to Kansas City where she worked as a legal assistant at a law firm. During this time her "pride and joy" was born, Calyn Jo "Caly" Wilcoxson. Following Caly's birth, Rhonda moved to Clarinda, Iowa to be closer to her family. There Rhonda enjoyed gardening, canning and helping her dad on his farm. After her father passed away, Rhonda moved to the Red Oak, Iowa area until Caly graduated from High School. Rhonda lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the time of her death. 

Rhonda enjoyed gardening, camping and cooking for everyone, especially during family gatherings and holidays. Rhonda deeply loved her family and enjoyed giving. Rhonda's love for her daughter Caly was the deepest and truest of loves. Even into Caly's thirty's Rhonda would call and wish her "Sweet Angel" goodnight. Rhonda was loved so very much by her daughter, mother, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Preceding Rhonda in death were her father, Merlyn Hawn; paternal grandparents, Orham and Helene Hawn; and maternal grandparents, Darlene Derry and Nickolas Thebeau. 

Left to cherish Rhonda's memory are her daughter, Calyn Jo Wilcoxson (Tony Comstock); mother, Gloria Hawn; sisters, Robin Hawn, Ramona Schmidt (Joe) and Raquel Hawn; nieces and nephews, Nola Bond, Alexis Krzycki, Chance Coburn, Chloe Coburn, Sterling Bullington, Celeste Coburn, Beige Hawn, Krete Bullington, and Nikki Wilcoxson Stevens along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Jackson, Mary Lou Putnam -

Mary Lou (Putnam) Jackson, 88, peacefully departed this life on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Shady Lawn Living Center in Savannah, Missouri.

Mary Lou was born on a farm near Bedford, Iowa on December 18, 1930, to Virgil and Mary (Livingston) Putnam. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1949, and attended Northwest Missouri University in Maryville. Afterwards, Mary Lou worked in Shenandoah, Iowa where she met Duane Jackson in 1951, and they were married on September 20, 1953 in Bedford, Iowa, following his discharge from the Army.

Mary Lou and Duane enjoyed nearly 60 years together as husband and wife, starting in Iowa, then Kansas, and finally in St. Joseph, Mo for more than 50 years at their home on King Hill Avenue, where Duane preceded her in death in 2013. After moving to St. Joseph in 1961, Mary Lou worked at the Stockyards Bank followed by 21 years in the St. Joseph school district at Bode, Central and Benton, retiring in 1993.

While working full-time in the 60’s and 70’s, Mary Lou also gave piano lessons in her home to more than 30 students on weekends and evenings, including her own children, Mark and Janet. She was an accomplished musician, deeply loved the Lord and her church, and devoted much of her time and talents to playing the piano and organ at church services and special occasions.

Growing up on the farm in Iowa, Mary Lou, along with her older sister Margaret Mae and younger brother Howard, spent many an evening singing and playing instruments, while their parents, Virgil and Mary, encouraged and applauded their efforts. These sessions carried over to the trio’s later years, where they still enjoyed getting together to make music and sing hymns, led by Mary Lou on piano. One of her best memories was receiving a “1” at Iowa state music contest, where she performed Chopin’s “Polonaise”, and was surprised by her father, Virgil, who flew in on his plane from the farm to witness her performance.

Mary Lou never worried about herself and always put her family, friends and faith first. She always went the extra mile to work hard and serve others from her days on that Iowa farm until her later years, aiding her husband Duane in every way as his health declined. Helping and giving to someone else made her happy and more fulfilled than anything. Her only grandchild, Lance, was so special and meant the world to her. Mary Lou was a wonderful mother, sister, wife and daughter. She will be missed by everyone who knew her and had the good fortune to experience her generosity and kindness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Mary Putnam; sister, Margaret Mae Trout; nephew, James Trout; and husband, Duane Jackson.

Survivors: son, Mark Jackson (Margit), Austria/Kurdistan; daughter, Janet Olson (Daniel), Oklahoma; grandson, Lance Olson, Oklahoma; brother, Howard Putnam (Kris), Nevada/North Carolina; nephews, Mike Putnam (Robin), N. Carolina, Robert Trout (Marie), Missouri, Keith Jackson (Lori), N. Carolina, Kurt Jackson (Lynn), Missouri; nieces, Sue Putnam, Nevada, Jennifer Jackson and Belinda Jackson, Montana

Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Rupp Funeral Home with interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore, Mo.


King, Merna Elico Padilla
Merna was born on March 25, 1952 in San Narciso, Philippines to Rufino and Filipina (Elico) Padilla. She passed away in a car accident on February 10, 2019 at the age of 66.

She graduated from Northern Zambales Academy in 1969. She moved to the United States in 1980, and lived in California and Washington. She was an entrepreneur at heart and for many years she owned/managed a clothing store in her hometown of Hampton then later Bedford, Iowa. More recently, she was employed at Michael’s Foods.

She attended St. Clare Catholic Church and was steadfast in her faith. She was an avid bowler. She also enjoyed volunteering in church, bike riding, chatting on the phone with her sister, playing traffic cop at work, wearing and decorating all things blue, shopping, and cooking for family and friends. But most of all, she relished her role as grandma. She took extreme pride in her grandkids and loved spending time with them. To them she was “Nanay”.

Preceding her in death were two sets of parents Rufino and Filipina, Annette and Paul, great-grandparents Ireneo Sr and Canota, and half-siblings Violetta and Vicky.

She is survived by her husband, Phillip; her daughter, Cynthia (Talu); her son Charles (Cara); her sister Virginia (Jim); her half-brother Jun; her niece Vira; her step-daughters Heather and Elicia; and her precious grandkids Jeremiah, Anthony, Gracie, Noah, Symon, Isaac, Benjamin, and Catherine.    
Merna was truly loved by many. She will be fondly remembered for her lively character, kindness, generosity, devotion, infectious laughter, and her love of celebrating holidays especially Christmas. 
Cremation has been held. A celebration of her life is being planned for Saturday, May 18, 2019 with a mass at 11 a.m. (reception to follow) at St. Clare Catholic Church in Clarinda, Iowa. 

A Merna King Memorial Fund (c/o Great Western Bank) has been established for those wishing to contribute. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri


Knox, Edwin Lyle "Bud" -

Edwin Lyle “Bud” Knox “passed from a temporal to spiritual life” on March 29, 2019.

These same words were inscribed on the tombstone of James Knox, Lyle’s 5th great grandfather, who lived in County Tyrone, Ireland when James Knox, born 1723, passed away in 1790. We are using these words in Lyle’s obituary as an honor to both he and his 5th great grandfather.

            Edwin Lyle Knox was born 93 years ago, on January 11, 1926, to John Cleveland Knox and Alberta Lavisa Norwista (Owens) in their home three miles west of Clearfield and ½ mile north. Lyle was baptized and affirmed his belief in God when he attained membership in the United Presbyterian Church in Clearfield where his parents and family attended church regularly.

            Lyle attended Cornbread College, the country school ½ mile south of his home on the corner until he attended the Clearfield Community School, where he later graduated from high school. He grew up as a farm boy helping his father raise crops, cattle, and hogs.

            In 1948, he and friend went skating at the Clarinda Skating Rink. There, he met the love of his life, Gladys Jackson, of rural Villisca. Marrying on February 26, 1949, in the Methodist Church at Villisca, they made their home in his grandfather, Ed Owens’ home, 4 miles west of Clearfield and 2 ½ miles south. Here he and Gladys raised their two children: Connie Kaye Knox (Beck), and Stanley John Knox. Lyle’s family attended the Clearfield United Presbyterian Church until it closed, and then they attended the United Methodist Church in Clearfield. The family farmed and Bud worked with his father on his farm, raising crops of hay, beans, corn and livestock. Lyle had a skill for fixing farm equipment, and he constructed his own round baler carrier when round balers were first invented. Lyle’s life centered around God, his wife and children, and farming. He loved his family dearly and they loved him back. He taught his family to live according to religious virtues. For entertainment, the family went fishing and took trips, often camping in a tent in national and state parks.

            Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, John C. and Alberta Knox, and two sisters and brothers in law: Hazel Knox Lundberg and husband, Frank, and Maxine Stevenson and husband, Raymond. On his wife’s side, he was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Byron Jackson and Ralph Jackson, and wife, Marilyn and Gladys’ parents, John and Edith Jackson of rural Villisca.

            Surviving him are his wife of 70 years, Gladys, his children, Connie Beck (Don) of Lenox and Stanley Knox (Dorothy) of Clearfield. Also surviving him are his grandchildren and their families: Natasha Lynne (Beck) Jodoin (husband Jason) of Altoona and their children Gage Alexander and McKenna Marie; Michael John Knox (Bethany) of Redding and their children Tucker John, Mackenzie Nadine, Emily Anne, and Callie Lynn; Travis James Knox (Allison) and their children Courtney Eva, Carson James, and Cora Rene of Winterset; Christopher Joel Knox (Carrie) and their son Kohen Christopher of Clearfield. Also surviving him are his nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends.

            He had a special bond with his niece, Mary Collins of Kelso, Washington and Gladys’ cousin, Shirley Ainsworth of Tempe, Arizona and they kept in touch often.

            In later years, Bud and Gladys welcomed hunters into their home. Alzheimer’s attacked Bud’s nervous system at age 85, and Gladys cared diligently for him in their home until his passing. “Lyle, we will always remember you with love in our hearts, remembering your love, kind words and deeds, role-modeling, work ethic, helpfulness, and teachings. You have lived a good life, and you will never be forgotten.”


Lawson, Joan Bowers - Joan (Bowers) Lawson was born May 17, 1928, on her family farm near Conway, Iowa the daughter of William Bowers and Ruth (Rankin) Bowers. Her father died when she was a baby and her mother, an RN, went to work to support Joan and her two sisters. Joan grew up attending school in Clarinda and began working at the Clarinda Hospital her junior year of high school. Following her graduation Joan began working at the State Hospital in Clarinda. On February 20, 1949, she was united in marriage to Harold Albert Lawson at the United Methodist Church in Clarinda. To this loving union two sons were born, Stuart and Vance.

Joan and Harold made their home in the Bedford / Gravity area. Together they enjoyed farming and the lifestyle it provided. Joan loved raising huge vegetable gardens as well as many flower gardens around the farmstead. Joan always enjoyed visiting with her family and neighbors when they came to visit. Joan and Harold enjoyed traveling. Joan became an avid quilter in her later years. Joan had a true spirit to help others and once again began a career in caring for people in need, when she began working at the Bedford Nursing Home. A position she loved before retiring after 26 years. Joan was a member of the Gravity United Methodist Church and when it combined with the Bedford United Methodist Church, she transferred her membership.

Left to cherish Joan's memory are two sons, Stuart Lawson and wife Sandi of Hopkins, Missouri; and Vance Lawson and wife Betty of Creston; a grandson Shawn Lawson and wife Jacque; a granddaughter Stephanie De Leon; six great-grandchildren Jordan De Leon, Cadyn Lawson, Jasmyn Lawson, Matthew Lawson, Jayneigh Lawson, and Harold Lawson; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Joan in death were her husband Harold; her parents William and Ruth Bowers; sisters Mary Lou Harkins and Sarah Jane Huggins and a half-brother Floyd Bowers


Leighton, Doris Mae Westfall - Doris Mae (Westfall) Leighton was born May 15, 1924 in McCook, Nebraska to Roy and Flora (Hahn) Westfall. She was the youngest of four children and the only girl, hence the family always referred to her as “Babe”. She passed away, June 2, 2019, at the age of 95 years and 18 days.

The family moved to Omaha when Doris was very young. She spent all of her school years living in the Benson area. She graduated from Benson High School with the class of 1942. 

A lifelong, school girl friend of Doris’ introduced her to Robert Leighton, when they went on a blind double date together. She and Bob were married on April 5, 1947. Three children were born to this union, Rodney, Gregory and Susan.

Doris worked outside of the home for some years when the children got older. She then followed her passion, and started a ceramics class for herself and a few close friends. This little, home class turned into a full time occupation, with classes four to five times a week and hundreds of students and friends. Doris won many awards for her creations.

Ceramics wasn’t her only love. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, crocheting, china painting, gardening and especially cooking. She was always looking through magazines for new recipes to try. She looked forward to cooking for family gatherings.

In 1988, she and Bob retired, and bought a farm in New Market, and moved to the “country”. Being a city girl, Doris took to country life easily. She spent many hours in her flower beds, and vegetable garden. She continued to teach ceramics in New Market and made more new friends.

Doris was a survivor, she battled through two cancer surgeries and radiation and a broken hip. She was a devoted caretaker of her husband Bob for several years prior to his death.

Her love of beautiful things and flowers lasted until the day she died. 

Preceding Doris in death are parents; husband, Bob Leighton; brothers, Wilbur Westfall and Jim Westfall.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Rodney (Connie) Leighton of Woodbine, Iowa; Gregory Leighton of New Market, Iowa; and Susan (Patrick) Larson of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Aaron) Bailey of Omaha, Nebraska; Amy (Brad) Hamilton of Omaha, Nebraska; Kristy (Shane) Smith of Kennewick, Washington; Ruby (Austin) Alsept of the United States Air Force, San Antonio, Texas; Scott Leighton of Beaufort, South Carolina; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Paul Westfall of Kansas City, Missouri; along with other relatives and many friends.


McNees, Russell "Skip" Edward - Russell “Skip” McNees, 83, of Atlantic, Iowa, died Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Atlantic Specialty Care.

Russell Edward McNees was born on December 17, 1935, on the farm belonging to his grandparents, William and Cora Keim, near Dow City, Iowa. He was the third child born to George Eldon and Ethel Mae (Keim) McNees. His family moved to a farm east of Bedford in 1936, and later to the family farm near Gravity, in 1940. He grew up with two sisters and a brother, and didn’t have access to electricity at the home until he was a teenager. He was given the opportunity to learn to fly from the family’s farm hand and picked up on it quickly; not without a few close calls, though. Russ attended Washington Township Country School and graduated from Gravity High School in 1954. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army in January of 1955. He served with the 16th Ordinance Company stationed in Taequ, Korea. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Colorado, joined the Colorado National Guard, and started working in the wheat business harvesting all over the United States. He later attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville and majored in accounting; numbers being something that always came easy to him. A job opening at the United States Postal Service Terminal in Council Bluffs, Iowa, led to the start of a 38 year career.

On July 4, 1960, he reunited with former classmate, Julia Brown, at the Bedford 4th of July celebration and the couple later married on June 25, 1961, in Gravity, Iowa. The couple lived and started their family in Council Bluffs and later made Atlantic home in January of 1966, after being transferred to the Atlantic Post Office. Russ’ duties at the post office ranged from sorting mail on trains, being a clerk and carrier, and he also was officer in charge at the Bridgewater Post Office for a short time. He retired in 1998, and continued working part-time for Roland Funeral Service, Brink Flower Shop, and his son’s roofing business.

Russ and Julia looked forward to taking trips to Colorado, attending the Iowa State Fair and nights out at the Redwood Restaurant. The couple was always up for taking a spin on the dance floor whether it be lessons or dances at the Elk’s. Trips to the casino with Julia were always memorable; most of the time he was limited to the buffet area only as it seemed when he stepped on the casino floor, he was a jinx. Gathering with friends and family for games and cards, especially Pinochle, was always something he enjoyed.

He was an avid coin collector and reader; reading anything he could get his hands on, and enjoyed a good crossword puzzle. Russ loved the change of seasons that Iowa offered and was outdoors any chance he could get feeding the birds and squirrels and keeping his lawn looking top notch. He was a lifelong fan of baseball and instilled this passion into his children and grandchildren. He would catch a St. Louis Cardinals game anyway he could, whether it be in person, listening to the radio, or on TV.

Russ was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge #445, the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, and a 61-year member and former treasurer of Pymosa Masonic Lodge #271. His service to his country was always something he took great pride in and was active with the Atlantic Color Guard, Gravity American Legion Post #578, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3415 in Atlantic.

Russ was one to be giving of himself always looking out for others and volunteering for various community events, delivering Meals on Wheels, or donating 28 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He became a friend to all he met, and you maybe even got to hear one of his jokes; referred to by his children as “corny dad jokes.” His smile, only outdone by his hair, was radiant and something most remember. His smile was even bigger when his children and grandchildren were around. The love and pride he had for his family poured out in his actions of always being a part of family get-together’s or grandchildren’s various activities. Russ was a family man and exceptional Grandpa.

He loved his God, his family and his country!

Russ is survived by his wife of 54 years, Julia of Atlantic; sons, Mark (Bobbi) McNees of Atlantic and Dale (Rachel) McNees of Land O' Lakes, Florida; daughter, Lisa (Matthew) Richards of Berkeley, California; grandchildren, Ian McNees, Maren (Travis) Kinney, Lauren McNees, Colin McNees, twins Olivia & Jacob McNees; sisters, Sandra Ujlaky, Barb (Bob) Chepak; sister-in-law, Martha McNees; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Ethel McNees; sister in infancy, Lois Marie McNees; brother, George McNees; and parents-in-law, Glenn and Hazel Brown.

Open visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., Sunday at Roland Funeral Home. A Masonic service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Roland Funeral Home followed by visitation with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 30, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic. Burial, with military honors by the Atlantic Color Guard, will be held in the Atlantic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for later designation to the Atlantic First United Methodist Church, Pymosa Masonic Lodge #271, Shriners Hospital for Children, Atlantic Elks Lodge #445, and the Atlantic Fire Department.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Russ’ family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.


Mellott, Marjorie Ila McKinney - Funeral Services for Marjorie Mellott, age 91, of Bedford, who passed away August 21, 2019, will be held Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10 AM at the Cummings Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the funeral home from 2-4 PM. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be directed to the Bedford United Methodist Church or PEO Chapter CU. Cummings Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements of Mrs. Mellott. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.cummingsfamilyfuneralhome.com under Obituaries.

Marjorie Ila McKinney Mellott was born January 16, 1928 on the family homestead, rural Mills County, Iowa, to Willard Floyd McKinney and Veva Gladys (Skank) McKinney.

In 1946 she was united in marriage to Francis Boyd Mellott. They shared 71 happy years together. To this union was born four children.

Marjorie was a home maker until the early 70’s. She received her LPN license and worked as a nurse at Bedford Nursing Home. Marjorie then went on to get her RN degree and worked for the Bedford Community School District until 1984. Receiving her Nurse Practitioner Degree, Marge worked for Planned Parenthood until 2001 when she retired. Marjorie was a member of the Bedford United Methodist Church, PEO Chapter CU, Bedford Lioness, leader of 4-H clubs and held secretarial positions with the winter park and church board. Boyd and Marjorie enjoyed wintering in Texas for 24 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd, her parents, her brother, Robert, her sister, Dorothy.

Marjorie is survived by her children Catherine (Russ) Bohm of Pleasant Valley, MO, Kevin (Susan) Mellott of Hillsboro, OR, Chris (Jim) Lawson of Krum, TX, and Stephanie (Don) Shields of Maryville, MO; grandchildren Tammy (Roger) Weeks, Nick Moffet, Nichole Tufte, Michael (Andrea) Mellott, Jeremy DeVoe, Beth DeVoe, Dakota Shields, and Derrick Shields; great-grandchildren Kyle (Brielle) Barton, Cory Barton, Justin Mellott, Hayden DeVoe, Patrick Mellott, Briley Samples, Myles DeVoe, Legend Vaughn, and Leila Vaughn.


Merkle, Louise Jean Novinger -

Louise Jean Merkle, the daughter of Wilbur and Neva (O’Dell) Novinger, was born at home in Taylor County, on October 25, 1932.  She died August 6, 2019, at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, NE, at the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 12 days.

Louise attended country school near Bedford, and then graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1951.  She went on to receive her baccalaureate of science in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University in 1955.  On May 24, 1955, Louise was united in marriage to Richard Merkle at the Bedford Methodist Church.  They moved to Albuquerque, NM, for several years while Richard served in the Army.  They then moved to Missouri for one year before settling in Oakland.  Louise began teaching at Oakland Elementary School in 1974.  She retired from teaching in 1998. 

Louise was an active member of the Oakland United Methodist Church and P.E.O.  Louise enjoyed creating original opera’s while teaching at Oakland.  She liked singing in the UMC choir and the Merkle Family Circle.  She enjoyed working in the garden, sewing, and traveling.   Louise especially loved spending time with her family.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents; her brother John Novinger and wife Phyllis; and her sister Helen Clayton.

She is survived by her husband Richard of Oakland, IA; her children:  Cindy Freemyer and husband Wes of Oakland, IA, Rick Merkle and wife Susan of Indianola, IA, Steve Merkle and wife Victoria of Coralville, IA, and Susan Parman and husband Mark of Hayward, WI; her grandchildren:  Lane, Judith, Evan, Glenna, Laurel, Sarah, Marci, Frank, Sam, Abisha, Ellie, Sasha, and Lyova; thirteen great grandchildren; and her brother-in-law Orie Clayton of Clarinda, IA.  She is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Oakland United Methodist Church.  Interment will be in the Oaklawn Cemetery.  Visitation with the family will be on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at the Oakland United Methodist Church.  Memorial are suggested to the United Methodist Church Mission Fund for clean water.  Rieken Vieth Funeral Home in Oakland is in charge of arrangements


Nicholson, Robert "Bob" Wendell - Robert (Bob) Wendell Nicholson, 91, passed away at his home surrounded by family on May 19, 2019. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. 

Robert was born January 12, 1928 to Kirk and Pauline (Coleman) Nicholson in Royal, Iowa. At age 12 he moved with his family to Bedford, Iowa where he would live most of his life and graduate from Hopkins High School in 1947. 

Robert married the love of his life, Lilly Joan Ginn on February 26, 1950. Together they had five children, Terry, Allen, Debbra, Randy and Jeffry. Robert was known for his ornery personality and sense of humor. He was a kind, simple man that loved life. Robert enjoyed playing cards, looking for rocks or arrowheads, visiting with friends and family under the shade tree, riding his bicycle and taking his children and grandchildren on countless vacations. 

Robert was known to say he "loved farming, but hated work." Likely why he retired from the family farm at age 50 when he and his wife Joan began going "South" for the winters. Something they both looked forward to each year. 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, sons, Terry, Allen and Randy, grandson, Jack Neve, siblings, Hobert and Roger Nicholson and Rhoda Huntsman. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Joan of Bedford, Iowa, daughter, Debbra (Steve) Neve of Creston, Iowa, Jeffry (Julie) Nicholson of Hopkins, Missouri, 13 grand children, 20 great-grandchildren, brother Rick (Linda) Nicholson of Corning, Iowa along with several nieces, nephews and friends



Perdew, Robert Eugene - 06 Aug 1935 - 09 Mar 2019 -

On August 6, 1935, in a farmhouse half mile north of Gravity, Iowa, Charles Edgar and Nettie Zoe (Brown) Perdew welcomed their 4th son, Robert Eugene, completing their family.

As a young man he worked many jobs, such as farming, driving a dump truck and road oiling. He was a lead man at Mt Arbor nursery, Swift packing house then Union Carbide. The job he valued the most of was riding his Harley up and down the high boot legging liquor.

He met Dorothy Joanne French in 1954, although her father was not too fond of the way Bob looked, he told him, "If you want to date my daughter you have to shave, get a haircut, get a car and take that earring out of your ear!" So, he got a haircut, took the earring out and bought his first car, a 1935 Chevrolet. After a short year of dating they were married November 5th, 1944 in Bedford, Iowa. They made their home in Essex, Iowa and raised their children, Charles Dean, Michael Robert, Randy Allen and Teresa Louise, there until 1972 when they moved the family to Boulder, Colorado.

He worked for Coors Brewery, Aspen Travel Trailers, and did construction/maintenance for Magic Maids, Joanne's cleaning company. His weekends were spent in the Rock Mountinas mining for gold and dreaming of htting the mother lode.

In 1993 Bob and Joanne returned to Gravity, Iowa to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and to open Spinning Wheel Treasures Antique Mall in Bedford, where they reconnected with family and friends over a cup of coffee or two. After retiring he enjoyed sitting in his recliner, eating jellybeans, petting his beloved car, Sugar, while watching Judge Judy and The Price is Right!

Bob was known for "not holding back his opinion and telling you like it is." Even if it wasn't what you wanted to hear. He had a colorful vocabulary and was highly proficient in knowing more cuss words (and using them) than most people learn in a lifetime!

On March 9th, 2019, Bob drifted away at home, in his sleep to paradise. Not being a religious man, his heaven is paradise, "where there is always room for everyone to fish and you always hook the big one." He was 83 years old.

He leaves behind his children, Charles, Randy and Teresa; grandchildren, Daven, Angela, Michael, Mary Paige, Bailey and Emery; great grandchildren, Autumn, Emril, Paris, Mahren and Cree.

He will be laid to rest on the same land that he was born on, in the Washington Township Cemetery, a half mile north of Gravity, completing his circle of life.

There will be no services per his request, saying "All that shit is just a waste of money." Wishing you a Happy Birthday in Paradise Dad.



Porter, Donna Kay Morlan -

Donna Kay Porter, the daughter of Donal Eugene and Edith Lucille (Dawson) Morlan was born December 5, 1943 in Chanute, Kansas. Donna entered eternal rest on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, Iowa at the age of seventy-five.

Donna graduated from Altoona High School, Altoona, Iowa with the Class of 1961, and later received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Southwestern Community College in Creston. Donna married Steve Porter on September 16, 1961 in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Three children were born to bless this union: Laura; Wendy; and Matthew.

Steve and Donna originally lived in Nevada, Iowa for ten years, prior to moving to their current farm, south of Corning, in 1974. Donna worked as a Supervisor/Quality Manager for Wirecraft until the business relocated to Mexico in 1995. She then worked at Innovative Industries as an accountant for 12 years until her retirement at age 66.

Donna had many interests. She was an avid reader of Romance & Science Fiction Novels. She loved gardening and tending to her flower beds. Donna was a motorcycle enthusiast, who loved to travel with Steve on their bike. She made many embroidered pillow cases and did all kinds of needlework. Donna will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish Donna’s memory is her husband of 57 years: Steve, Corning, Iowa; children: Laura (Joel) Fritz, Fontanelle, Iowa; Wendy (John) Marshall, Nodaway, Iowa; Matthew Porter (Fiancée – Sarah Ewing), Exira, Iowa; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Mitch (Jan) Morlan, Denver, North Carolina; Bill (Mary) Morlan, Ankeny, Iowa; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Preceding Donna in death were her parents; infant sister; infant grandson: Aiden; father-in-law & mother-in-law: Bernard & Elizabeth Porter

Grove Cemetery. Pearson Funeral, Corning, Iowa


Raw, Ronald Keith, 16 Mar 1948 - 10 Apr 2019 - Ronald Raw of Lawson, Mo, passed away April 10, 2019. He was the husband of Lisa Wilson-Raw, a graduate of Bedford High School in 1983.

Condolences may be sent to Lisa Wilson-Raw, 16716 Salem Road, Lawson, Mo 64062.


Reeve, Gary Alan - Gary Alan Reeve, age 77 of New Market, Iowa entered into peace Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:00 AM Monday, June 3, 2019 at Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday at Ritchie Funeral Home from 2 to 4 PM with the family greeting friends. Interment with military rites will be held at the Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa.

Gary Alan Reeve was born December 22, 1941, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of William Leland Reeve and Alma (Beery) Reeve. He grew up in the East River area of Page County and attended country schools through 8th grade. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1960 and he went to Mechanics School in Kansas City, Missouri. He served his country during the Vietnam War era for eight years; August 1961 to August 1969 in the United States Air Force. During that time he was stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, Ankara, Turkey and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Gary graduated from Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda with an Associate’s Degree following his discharge. 

November 2, 1963, Gary was united in marriage to Linda Karg at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. They were blessed with two children, Kimberly Sue and Scott Alan. Gary and Linda graciously and lovingly opened up their arms and homes to many children through the years and gained another daughter (Laura) at eight months when Linda’s sister Diane passed away.

Gary worked for several years for farm implement dealers in the parts department with the most recent at Whipp Sales and Service in Clarinda where he retired. While living in Exira, Iowa, Gary also was manager of the Golf course and pro shop and the disco. 

Gary was currently an active member of the New Market Methodist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher for many years. He was also a member of John F. Hardin American Legion, Bedford, Iowa and the Civic Club of New Market. Gary served on the New Market City Council for three terms. He put in many hours helping restore the New Market Pavilion.

Gary was a people person and enjoyed sharing his home and time with many. He had many interests and enjoyed learning about old cars, trains and war planes. He had a vast knowledge of trains and air planes and the history of the Civil War to World War II. He enjoyed sports, traveling, golf, fishing, gardening and his greatest enjoyment was being with his grandkids and following all of their activities.

Preceding Gary in death are his parents and granddaughter, Abby Reeve. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Reeve of New Market, Iowa; daughters, Kimberly Reeve of Red Oak, Iowa and Laura Selders of New Market, Iowa; son, Scott Reeve and wife Dee Anna of Jensen Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Jacob Reeve of Olathe, Kansas, Kayla Reeve Meuler and husband Jacob of Norwalk, Iowa, Brandon Reeve of Des Moines, Iowa and Ricky Reeve of Des Moines, Iowa; great grandchildren, Haydon Scot Meuler and Stella Rose Meuler; brothers, Dallas Reeve and wife Linda of Kansas City, Missouri and Milton Reeve of Denver, Colorado; sister, Diane Laub of Huntley, Illinois; many nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends


Reynolds, John R. -

John R. Reynolds, 84, passed away on May 14, 2019. He was born on March 20, 1935 to Myron and Bessie (Cox) Reynolds in Bedford, Iowa. John was a retired railroad division superintendent with BNSF Railroad. He enjoyed trap shooting with the Isaac Walton League. John proudly served in the US Army.

John is survived by his wife Grace (Campbell); daughters Vickie Bahl (Roch), Sherry Lannin (Ron) and Terri Sutten (John); grandchildren Elizabeth Bahl, Ashly Eickmeier (Adam), Matthew Lannin (Marie Van Parijs), Donald Thomas Gentrup, Joshua Gentrup, and Michelle Baker (Shane); great-grandchildren Willa Jade Eickmeier, Nathan Mark Lannin, Alice Daniel Sutten-Griffin, one great-great-grandson Oliver Baker; and two sisters Marilyn Newkirk and Jane Davison. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Celebration of life at a later date. No visitation, cremation.

Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebr


Robinson, Bill -William Floyd Robinson - Funeral Services for Bill Robinson, age 86, will be held Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2 PM at the Cummings Family Funeral Home. Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery with Military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post #164.

William "Bill" Floyd Robinson was born April 4, 1933 on a farm south of Bedford, to Floyd Sylvester Robinson and Ethel Pauline (Dalton) Robinson. Bill grew up on a farm south of Bedford and attended Bedford Community Schools, graduating high school in 1951. Bill entered the United States Army in 1953 and honorably served his country for two years as a paratrooper. 

Following his discharge from the service he began working in Clarinda at a local dairy. While working in Clarinda he met Janice Huseman. Bill and Janice were married on February 16, 1958. To this blessed union four children, Robert, Linda, Paul and Jennifer, were born. Bill and Janice moved to a farm east of Bedford and began a milking operation which they operated for over 40 years. 

Bill enjoyed killing thistles in his free time after the milking was finished. Bill loved the peace and quiet the farm life provided. Upon retirement Bill became interested in antique shopping and visiting with friends at coffee. Bill was also a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church. Bill's greatest joy was his family. He always enjoyed visiting with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Left to cherish his memory include his wife of over 61 years, Janice Robinson of Bedford, Iowa; sons, Robert (Julie) Robinson of Bedford, Iowa; Paul (Michella) Robinson of Lee's Summit, Missouri; daughters Linda (Steve) Campbell of Lee's Summit, Missouri; Jennifer (Shamus) Johnson of Lee's Summit, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Emily, Tracy, Sarah, Rebecca, Madelyn, Kya, Sena and Milo; three great-grandchildren, Allison, Haley, and Nathan, along with many other family and friends.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents, Floyd and Ethel Robinson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Ralph and Louise Husemen; son-in-law Mike Rejnin; and a granddaughter Nancy Robinson


Rogers, Helen Louise Buzzard - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Helen Louise Rogers, age 90, of Bedford, will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Cummings Family Funeral Home, at 10:30 AM. Visitation will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at the funeral home from 3-7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Helen Louise (Buzzard) Rogers, was born June 23, 1928, and entered into rest May 21, 2019. Helen was born in Hopkins, Missouri to Loren Johnson Buzzard and Garland (Bird) Buzzard. She grew up attending various country schools as a child, and graduated Bedford High School in 1946. After graduation she completed her Normal Training and then taught country school in Taylor County for the next four years. On May 8, 1949 Helen married Delbert Richard (Dick) Rogers. To this blessed union two daughters, Mary Lou and Jeanne, were born.

As Helen and Dick raised their family on the farm Helen wore many hats. She was an excellent quilter, seamstress, cook, and gardener but was equally adept at driving a tractor and chasing unruly livestock. Together they enjoyed the farm life and all that it had to offer. Helen was very involved with her children's activities through the years including teaching Sunday School and being a 4-H leader. In her later years Helen enjoyed working at various businesses in town including The Style Shop, Shehan's Shoe Store, The Flower Shop and Lucas Dad and Lad.

Helen enjoyed quilting in several different local clubs, tending to her flower gardens, making thousands of pieces of Christmas candy through the years and discussing "politics." However, her greatest love was her family.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; parents, Loren and Garland; father and mother in-laws, Reid and Garland Rogers; son-in law, Jack Bowman; son-in law Gary Klassen and great-grandson, TJ Castillo. Helen is survived by her children, Mary Lou Klassen, Jeanne (Dennis) Crawford; two grandchildren, Nathan (Alicia) Crawford, Keri (Josh) Castillo; five great-grandchildren, Tyson Crawford, Betsy Crawford, Crosby Crawford, Hallie Castillo, Brynn Castillo; sister, Lois (Glenn) Clark; nephew Marty (Stephanie) Ohm; great-niece, Allie Ohm; great nephew, Max Ohm along with many other family and friends


Rybolt, Lora Ann Griffey - Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Lora Rybolt, age 60, of Bedford, who passed away June 7, 2019 at Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center will be held Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Hopkins Christian Church at 11 AM. Visitation will held at the Hopkins Christian Church Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 6-8 PM. Cummings Funeral Home.

Lora Ann (Griffey) Rybolt was born April 21, 1959 to Drexel Leroy and Nancy (Jody) Josephine (Mooney) Griffey in Maryville, MO. She was the first born of three daughters. She was, what she called, a "military brat". Although she began school in Hopkins, MO, she and her family traveled many places throughout her fathers military career. Some of those included Coppers Cove, TX, Corpus Christie, TX and Germany. She graduated high school from Hopkins, MO in 1977.

She later married Mark Frederick Rybolt on January 21, 1978. Mark and Lora began their life in Bedford IA. During the years before they had children they spent time in Tucson AZ, and Pickering, MO. Their marriage brought four children; Amanda Michelle (1981) Jacob Lee (1982), Kevin Dean (1991), and Joanna Noelle (1993). Lora spent many years as a stay at home mom to her children. She and Mark , along with their children lived many places over the years. Lora and the children went where ever Marks work took them; Muskogee and Okay, OK, Corona and Riverside, CA, Burlington Junction, MO eventually making their permanent home back in Bedford IA in the early 2000's. Lora worked for Wal-Mart for several years, and NSK as a machine operator for 10 years, until she fell ill. 

Lora was the grandmother of six. Being a grandmother brought her great joy. She bragged about all of them with friends and co-workers. They had very a special relationship together. She did everything she could to be present for anything they may have going on; school programs, softball, baseball, birthdays, and so on.

She enjoyed reading, rock & roll music, going to the movies with her kids, spending time outside at her home in the country, going for breakfast at a cafe with Mark on the weekends, and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved and was loved by her family.

Lora is survived by her husband Mark Rybolt (Bedford IA) , four children; Amanda Rybolt (Clarinda IA), Jacob Rybolt (Whitney, TX) Kevin Rybolt (Bedford, IA), Joanna Rybolt (Clarinda, IA). Six grandchildren; Bradley Everhart (Maryville, MO) Drexel Richardson, Lauren Richardson, Mark Rybolt, Ashlyn Rybolt, and Layla Parks. Her mother Nancy (Jody) Griffey ( Hopkins, MO), and sister Kathy Gladman (Hopkins, MO)

She is preceded in death by her father Drexel Griffey, and sister Joy Hansen


Sanburn, Jenalee "Jane" Beckett Curphy - Jenalee 'Jane' Sanburn was born October 2, 1943, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of Lester Beckett and Geneva (Price) Beckett. She grew up attending Grove No. 6 Country School until the family moved to Lenox when she was 12. She attended school in Lenox. On September 1, 1959, she was united in marriage to Alan Curphey. The couple made their home in Sharpsburg. Born to bless this union were three sons, Richard, Micheal and Gary.

Jane earned her Associates Degree in 1975 from Southwest Community College in Creston. After graduation she went to work for Taylor County Public Health as an Income Maintenance Worker. She also held this position in Union, Fremont and Adams County over the years. The couple later divorced and she was united in marriage to Earl Sanburn on June 15, 1985. They lived in Sidney, Iowa; Wickenburg, Arizona. Due to Earl's declining health the couple moved to North Platte, Nebraska where they lived until Earl's death on May 27, 2016. In March of 2017, Jane moved to Lenox, Iowa where she could be closer to family and friends.

Throughout the years, Jane was known for her loving, nurturing and generous ways. She enjoyed listening to country music and visiting with family and friends. Her ability to 'listen to those she was with' was truly a gift, making her a very treasured friend to many. Her smile could light up a room!

Left to cherish Jane’s memory are her three sons, Richard Curphey and wife Kathy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Micheal Curphey and wife Bobbi of Arlington, Texas; Gary Curphey of Sharpsburg, Iowa; special friend, David Bell of Lenox, Iowa; three step-children, Terri Sanburn of North Platte, Nebraska; Tracy Jackson and husband Sean of North Platte, Nebraska; and Cody Sanburn of Lincoln, Nebraska; ten grandchildren, Mike Curphey; Tim Curphey; Dustin Curphey; Kaitlinn Mather and husband Dave; Sean Curphey; Bryan Curphey; Daniel Curphey; Kevin Curphey; Aidan Sanburn and Kade Sanburn; nine great-grandchildren, Avery, Aerial, Connor, Carson, Corbin, Lilly, Garrett, Graham and Carly; five siblings, Leola Adams of Mont Ayr, Iowa (who passed away the day after Jane); Imogene mains of Creston, Iowa; Lois Lamb of Mount Ayr, Iowa; David Beckett of Lenox, Iowa; and Janice Miller and husband Mike of Creston, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Judy; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Jane in death are her parents, Lester and Geneva Beckett; a brother, Earl Beckett; her husband Earl Sanburn; three grandchildren, Mercedes Rose, Candice Rose and Alan Lee.


Sharp, Glen Ernest - Funeral Services for Glen Sharp, age 78, who passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, will be held Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 11 AM at the Cummings Family Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Glen Ernest Sharp was born July 11, 1941 in Clayton Township to Ernest and Chloris (Matheny) Sharp. He grew up attending Hess country school and graduated from Bedford High School. After High School Glen worked on the family farm with his father Ernest and uncle, Roy Sharp. Glen also worked with his neighbor Wilbur Simmons. As a young man Glen enjoyed trapping and hunting. His dream was going to Alaska to hunt and fish. 

Glen met his future wife, Mary Lee Golay, at a dance in Gravity, Iowa and the couple was married June 1, 1963. To this blessed union 3 daughters were born, Debra Lynn, Brenda Lee and Diana Marie, and two sons, Danny Ernest and David Allen. Glen and Mary settled on the farm and made it their home for the next 56 years. Glen was active in the Bedford Gun Club, the JC Club, and the Bedford Bowling League. He was also honored by being awarded the Young Farmers Award. 

Glen enjoyed many things throughout his life. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, artifact hunting and trapshooting. Glen enjoyed playing cards with his friends and family. Glen's family, children and grandchildren were his greatest love of all. 

Glen is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Chloris; daughter, Brenda; grandchildren Ashey and Brooke Maley. Left to cherish Glen's memory are his wife 56 years Mary, children, Debra Maher and spouse Doug, Diana Foote and spouse Jerimiah, Danny and partner Alice and David; 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren along with many other family and friends. 


Shatava, Gabriel "Gabe" Theodore - Gabriel “Gabe” Theodore Shatava was born September 10, 1972, the son of Harry Theodore and Janette Lynn (Giles) Shatava in Creston. Gabe entered eternal rest Monday, June 17, 2019, at the age of forty-six years.

Gabe attended school in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1991. Gabe worked various construction jobs throughout his life. He married Stephanie Townsend in 1995 in Clarinda, the two later divorced. On September 9, 2017 he was united in marriage to Melissa Thompson in Corning.

He enjoyed camping and liked to bar-b-que. Gabe had a good sense of humor and a big heart and would do anything for anyone. He was a loving father and stepped up to care for Melissa’s children and took them in as his own.

Left to cherish Gabe’s memory is his wife, Melissa of Corning; children: Gage Shatava of Glenwood, Samantha Shatava of Lincoln, Nebraska and Gaven Shatava of Corning; step-children: James Cox of Osceola, Aaron Michael Cox of Creston and Brittney Cox of Smithland; mother, Jan Archer of Corning; sister, Tara (Teddy) Ross of Des Moines; brothers: Josh (Collette) Shatava and Caleb (Ryanne) Shatava both of Clarinda; grandmother, Joan Thompson of Greenfield; mother and father-in-law, Alicia and Wayne Feldhacker of Creston; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Preceding Gabe in death were his father, Harry; step-father, Glenn Archer; grandfathers: Don Thompson and Lester Giles; and grandmother, Elizabeth Giles


Sleep, Ellis James was born April 23, 1957 in Maryville, MO. to Harmon and Joyce (Hill) Sleep.  After high school he joined the Army and served for two years.  Upon returning home he served in the Army National Guard. 

Ellis enjoyed the outdoor life, he also enjoyed spending time and visiting his friend.  He had various jobs but liked working the most at Kawasaki in Maryville.

Ellis passed away at Garden View Care Center May 4, 2019.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Rick Reyna and sister Lucy Reyna

Ellis is survived by his sister Linda Jay, brother Terry Sleep, Nieces and Nephew Jennifer Shilhanek, Linda Reyna-Willms, Tina Reyna, Phillip Sleep and Tera Sleep.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Walker Merrick Wolfe Funeral Home


Spoonemore, Lula Mae Eller - Lula Mae (Eller) Spoonemore, or 'Cookie' as she was known to many, was born June 17, 1928, in Lenox Iowa the daughter of James and Eunice (Key) Eller. She was her father's birthday present that year, having been born on his birthday. She attended elementary school in Lenox and high school in both Lenox and Omaha, where her family moved for a short time. Upon her return to Lenox, she met and married Harry Paul Spoonemore in 1946. They were blessed with one daughter, Janice, born in 1947. They made their home in Lenox, where they owned and operated the Spoonemore Hatchery for many years. Lula Mae worked alongside her husband in all aspects of the hatchery business from candling eggs and monitoring the incubators to debeaking young chickens and doing the bookkeeping. In addition to baby chicks, they hatched ducks, quail and occasionally geese. Her favorite part was meeting and interacting with all the folks who did business with them, whether at the hatchery or on their farms. When they closed the hatchery, she continued to use her people skills working first at C & M Tavern, then at other taverns in Lenox. She established many friendships over those years. When Harry was diagnosed with cancer in 1976, she quit work and gave excellent care to him until his death in 1979.

After Harry's passing, Lula Mae would visit her daughter and her family in California for several weeks each year. She celebrated her 60th birthday at Disneyland and enjoyed many trips to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Monterey, Yosemite, and many other areas in California. That twinkle in her eye told you that she enjoyed herself immensely! She especially loved the ocean. She delighted in her grandchildren, Leslie and Dave, and baked many batches of her wonderful cookies for them. They adored her and her 'applesauce cheeks' and she adored them. Later, her love of family grew to include her five great-grandchildren. She met and held and loved them all!

Lula Mae loved reading and was a whiz at jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She also loved to garden and grow flowers. A favorite pastime was watching and feeding the birds while at Sunrise Apartments. She moved to the Lenox Care Center in October of 2015. Lula Mae was generous with her warmth, kindness and sense of humor.

Left to cherish Lula Mae’s memory are her daughter, Jan Horton and husband Gary of Modesto, California; her granddaughter, Leslie Mendes and husband Matt of Modesto; her grandson, Dave Horton and wife Stacie of Atascadero, California; great-grandchildren, Bode, Bryant, and Evelyn Mendes of Modesto; and Tessa and Leah Horton of Atascadero; her brother, Francis (Curly) Eller of Mound City, Missouri; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Preceding Lula Mae in death are her parents, James and Eunice Eller; her husband Harry Spoonemore; a sister, Helen Smith; a brother, James (Jiggs) Eller; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Stevens, Dwayne - Charles Dwayne Stevens was born August 15, 1949, in Clarinda, Iowa the son of Byron Stevens and Eva (Hullinger) Stevens. Dwayne passed away April 12, 2019, at the age of 69 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. 

Dwayne grew up in Clarinda, Iowa, graduating from Clarinda High School with the Class of 1968. After graduation, Dwayne was united in marriage to Linda Whitehead on October 5, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Clarinda. The couple moved to the New Market area where they were blessed with two daughters, Julie and Susan.

Over the years, Dwayne worked for Morton Buildings, United Supplies, Keane Thummel and Schmitt Farms Trucking. They enjoyed traveling to watch their grandchildren in sporting events. Dwayne loved working outside in his workshop and mowing with his Ford tractor. 

Left to cherish Dwayne’s memory is his loving wife Linda Stevens of 50 years; daughters Julie Jennings and husband Brent of Osage, Iowa; and Susan Naylor and husband Mark of Groveland, Florida; grandchildren, Brittany Williamson; Brooke Clark and husband Tanner; Brady Jennings; Brock Jennings; Wyatt Naylor; Hanna Naylor; a great-grandson, Reed Clark; a brother, Robert Stevens of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Linda Stevens of Paola, Kansas; a niece, Stacie Stevens; nephews, Danny Stevens and wife Jen; and Gary Stevens, Jr.; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Dwayne in death are his parents Byron and Eva Stevens; brothers Gary and Lowell Stevens; sisters-in-law, Pat Stevens; in-laws, Milo (Mike) and Helen Whitehead; a grandson, Trevor Williamson; a niece, Sandra Stevens; and a nephew, Robbie Stevens


Swartz, Marsha Wall - In honor of Marsha's favorite color the family asks those attending the visitation and memorial service to wear red.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Marsha Swartz will be held Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Bedford United Methodist Church at 11 AM. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Cummings Family Funeral Home from 3-7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM.

Marsha Lynn (Wall) Swartz was born May 6, 1948, in Maryville, Missouri the daughter of Laverne Wall and Christina (Stewart) Wall. Marsha grew up in Gravity, Iowa and attended school there through elementary. She attended and graduated from Bedford High School in 1966. Growing up she enjoyed playing basketball and taking dance classes. Marsha was also active in 4-H. On October 9, 1965 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Gary Swartz. Three children were born to this blessed union, Lori, Lisa and Jeremy.

After graduation, Marsha and Gary moved to Creston, Iowa and then to Des Moines, Iowa where Marsha worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company. In 1974 Marsha and Gary moved the family back to Bedford to help Gary's folks with the farming operation. Marsha enjoyed living in the country and helping in any way possible on the farm. Through the years Marsha worked at The Bedford National Bank, The Bedford Country Store and was a dispatcher for the Taylor County Sheriff's Office. Marsha also helped Gary by doing book work for their business, Swartz Plumbing and Electric. Marsha enjoyed many hobbies through the years including gardening, cooking, crafting, playing any card or board game, coyote hunting, mushroom hunting and camping. She especially loved camping at the Iowa State Fair with the Clearfield Lions Club which she and Gary did for over 40 plus years!

Marsha cherished her family and was highly involved in their lives. She really enjoyed her grandchildren who affectionately referred to her as "Grammy!" She loved keeping them whenever she could and attending their school events. In recent years, as Marsha battled health problems, Gary bought an RV so he and Marsha could travel together. She could often be heard saying, "I love my RV and everything about it!" Marsha truly loved seeing all four corners of the United States and everywhere in between along with parts of Canada as well.

Left to cherish Marsha's memory are her husband of over 54 years, Gary Swartz, daughters, Lori Riley and husband John, Lisa Jobe and husband Joe; son, Jeremy Swartz and wife Susan, six grandchildren Kristin and Jenna Riley; Delaney and Levi Jobe; Kyla and Dalton Swartz; brother, Mark Wall and wife Becky, sister-in-law Zelda Swartz along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Marsha in death are her parents, Laverne and Christina Wall; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne and Madeline Swartz; an infant brother, Stephen, and brother-in-law Ron Swartz


VanScoy, Mary Elizabeth Ridge -

Mary Elizabeth VanScoy, age 83, of Glidden passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Accura Healthcare in Carroll surrounded by her family.

     A visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden from 5 – 7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.   A private graveside service will be held at the Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery in Glidden.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Glidden Public Library to be used for books and educational materials and may be left with the funeral home.

     Born on March 4, 1936 in Rockwell City, IA, she was the daughter of Roy and Ruth (Hayler) Ridge.  She graduated with the class of 1953 from Rockwell City High School.  On July 8, 1954 she was united in marriage to Earl J. VanScoy.  To this union were born four children: Jolene Kay, Richard Earl, Ronald Alan, and Robert Paul.  She had worked in the Food Service Department at the Glidden-Ralston Community School, as a librarian for the City of Glidden, and as a receptionist for Snook Law Office.  She loved flower gardening, spending time with her family and friends, traveling and doing all kinds of craft and handiwork.

     Mary is survived by her children: daughter Jolene (Greg) Irvin of Belle Plaine, IA, son Richard (Mary Ellen) of Martensdale, IA, son Ronald of Glidden, IA, and son Robert (Susan) of Grimes, IA; her grandchildren: Jeremy (Traci) Fisher, Brandy (Stacy) Feldman, Christopher (Abigail) VanScoy, Caroline (Reese Reimers) VanScoy, Courtney Wiederin, Trevor VanScoy, Whitney (Justin) Cue, Heather (T.J.) Schouten, Cody (Jessica) Irvin, and Lyndsay (Tim Bockman) Irvin; her great-grandchildren: Jayden, Sadie, Clayton, Ali, Elliot, Gwendolyn, Taelyn, Maycie, Owen, Liam, Brooklyn, Ryder, Devin, Addison, Easton, Lexi, and Logan.  Mary is also survived by a brother George (Pauline) Ridge of Topeka, KS; a sister Margaret (LaVerne) Pelz of Manson, IA; and several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

     Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Earl in 1992; a grandson Bradley, and a brother Roy Ridge Jr.


Vondracek, Donald R. was born December 26, 1962 in Omaha, Ne to Raymond P. Vondracek and Donna Wilson Vondracek Jennings. One year later sister Rhonda arrived.

Don grew up in Blockton, Ia. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1981. Don was active in choir, drama club and journalism while in high school.

In 1983 Don graduated from Southwestern Community College in Creston, Ia with a degree in Media Design and Technology. Don began his internship in the public relatives department at Iowa Methodist Hospital, the day after the 1982 Younkers Rehabilitation Center fire.

Don worked as an advertising consultant with the Creston News Advertiser. While in Creston he served as the President of the Optimist Club and was a member of the Community Threatre where he appeared in several productions.

In 1989 he moved to Valley Junction in West Des Moines, Iowa.

A brief marriage blessed Don with two sons; Colin Jennings born June 10, 1990; Caleb Joseph born September 20, 1991.

Don worked as a printing adminstrative specialist in the graphic service department of Principal Financial Group. In 1995 Don became a print estimator of Acme Printing. In 2000 he began working for Mercer in Urbandale and served as a senior associate print production manager. Over the years he also had various part-time jobs where he was able to use his artistic, creative ability, such as creating in-store displays for Nobbies.

Don's bright smile, kind heart, creativity and helping personality will be missed by his family, friends and many co-workers.

Don was creamted and his service will be held at a later date.


Walston, Barbara Ann Jones - Celebration of Life Memorial Gathering for Barbara Walston, age 74, of Bedford, Iowa will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019, 5 PM to 7 PM, at Cummings Family Funeral Home.

Barbara Ann (Jones) Walston, was born August 10, 1944, and entered into rest March 23, 2019. Barbara was born in Conway, Iowa to Leland and Beulah Rose (Phillips) Jones. She attended grade school in Conway, and graduated Bedford High School in 1962. She married John Donald Walston of Bedford in 1962. To this union was born Sonya Kay (Ron Courtney) of Louisville, Kentucky, Michael John Walston of Camano Island Washington and Paul Edward Walston (Molly) of Bedford.

A graduate of IBM Business School, Barbara was well known around Bedford for her tax preparation work. She also worked for attorneys, Jones and Jones of Bedford, and Jerry Wieslander, of Des Moines, Iowa. Barbara enjoyed working and also had a small bookkeeping company, and was a secretary of the Taylor County Fair Board at one time. She and her former husband, John, owned and operated Walston Real Estate and Insurance Company. Barbara was a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent with this company. 

Barbara enjoyed reading, watching old movies, listening to music, visiting with her children and grandchildren and doing crossword puzzles. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Robert, Richard and Gary Jones and sister-in-law Janet Jones. Barbara is survived by her children; 7 grandchildren, Amber Matthews, Joshua Matthews, Nichole Golembieski, Jackie Walston, Shane Walston, Maddy Walston and Silas Walston; 7 great-grandchildren, Tessa Gilbert, Holdyn Gilbert, Jaxxsyn Gilbert, Christian Matthews, Maleigha Matthews, Joshua Matthews Jr., and Emersyn Golembieski; special friends Phyllis Jones and Carol Russell along with many other family members and close friends. Barbara will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her


Weaver, Jacob Clay - Funeral Services for Jacob Weaver, 22, who passed away unexpectedly, June 23, 2019 will be held Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7 PM at Cummings Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday from 4 PM until service time. Private interment will be held at a later date.

Jacob Clay Weaver was born November 23, 1996, in Maryville, Missouri to Curtis Weaver and Deb (Burgmaier) Weaver.

Jacob grew up in the Bedford area and attended school there. Growing up Jacob had a very inquisitive mind, including having a great knowledge of vacuum cleaners and cell phones. He could fix almost anything that was wrong with either. 

Jacob was a caring young man that was willing to help anyone in need. He was a great listener to anyone who was having troubles. Jacob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory include his parents, Curt and Deb Weaver of Bedford; sister, Amanda Rybolt of Bedford; brother, Jed Weaver of Bedford; maternal grandparents, Gordon and Sharon Burgmaier of Bedford; significant other, Gabriel Sanches of Brazil; along with many other family and friends. 

Preceding Jacob in death were his paternal grandparents, Harold and Deloris Steeve and an uncle, Kraig Weaver.