Taylor County, Iowa Obituaries
Davis, Bennie L. Sr. son of Ralph and Jean
(Davis) Skinner died Friday January 20, 2006. He
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rita Beasly Davis of the
home, son Bennie L. (Donna)
Davis, Gene - Funeral Services for Gene
Davis, age 66 of Villisca who died
Delles, Inez Leona Johnson Wheeler - Funeral services were held for Inez Leona Delles, 92, August 20, 1986, 2 pm at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home. Rev Carl Cummings officated. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa.
Inez L. Delles, daughter of Albert Johnson and Cora Landis Johnson Hughes, was born at Hartford City, Indiana December 20, 1893 and departed this life August 18, 1986 at Bedford Manor.
She grew to maturity in Taylor County, Iowa where she attended the public schools. Early in life she joined the Christian Church then later became a member of St Timothy Lutheran Church in Bedford.
On July 3, 1915, she was united in marriage to Wesley G. Wheeler at Bedford, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Orvis, Gwelda, Iva and Irma. They lived on farms in the Taylor County area until Wesley's death on August 19, 1928.
Inez was not only a homemaker and loving mother but enjoyed various hobbies, such as ceramics, needlecraft and her flower garden.
On August 24, 1935 she was united in marriage to Phillip J. Delles and they lived on a farm. In 1941 they moved to Bedford and lived there until Phil's death on April 25, 1970.
Inez was preceded in death by her husbands, her parents, her sisters, Jessie Denton and Bessie Reynolds, and two brothers Jay Hughes and Bill Johnson.
Left to cherish her memory are her son Orvis Wheeler and wife, Marjorie of Bedford, her daughter Gwelda Cooper and husband Darold of Clarinda, her daughter Iva Henning and husband Dick of Atlanta, Georgia and her daughter Irma Hill and husband Gordon of Bedford; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, her sister Doris Hughes O'Dell and brother Dale Hughes.
Inez will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Aug 27, 1986
Dideriksen, Chris Nels, age 89, of Gravity,
Iowa, died Saturday, August 20, 2005 at his home rural Gravity, Iowa.
Diggs, Francis Raymond, was the son of Frank
Elmer Diggs and Alta Jane Hoffman Diggs. He was born May 12, 1925
in a farm house near Hawleyville, Iowa. Francis passed away at his
residence December 21, 2005 at the age of 80. He was the ninth child
of ten children. There were seven girls and three boys. He attended
school up through the eighth grade. He took care of the farm and his
elderly parents until their death.
Donahue, Alfred DeWayne, 56, of rural
Aurelia, Iowa passed away Sunday evening, October 30, 2005 in the
Rochester Methodist Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Drake, Don Elbert, was born March 13, 1952 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Bert and Gwendolyn Kable Drake, and died June 21, 2005 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery Blockton, Iowa Saturday, June 25, 2005. He graduated from Bedford Community School in 1970. Don was united in marriage to Karen Sleep and they later divorce. While Don lived in the Blockton and Lenox areas, he was involved with farming and cattle order buying operation. Don owned and operated the Lenox Livestock Barn. He later moved to Vinita, OK. While living in Vinita, he trained and sold horses Don died suddenly of a heat attack on June 21, 2005 in Tulsa, Ok.
Drennen, Vanzo - Vanzo Francis Drennen, son of George A. and Ida M. Drennen, was born east of New Market, Iowa, Oct 10, 1889, and passed away at Clarinda, Iowa, May 27, 1954, at the age of 64 years, seven months and 17 days.
He was married to Bertha M. Ross Feb 14, 1912, to which union four children were born.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs Ida M. Drennen; his wife, Mrs Bertha M. Drennen; four children, Mrs Gladys Carpenter, Vanzo Drennen Jr, Clifford Drennen, Leta Radke; seven grandchildren, Joy Marie Drennen, Noreen Drennen, Norman Drennen, Jimmie Radke, Peggy Drennen, Phillip and Anthony, all of New Market.
His entire life was lived in the New Market vicinity. He served as Justice of the Peace and was mayor at the time of his death.
Brief services were held at the home before the body was taken to the Walker Funeral home in Clarinda for final rites. His niece, Helen Louise Derry, conducted the prayer service at the home and Rev C.W. Severn was in charge at the funeral home Saturday, May 29, 1954. Bearers were Henry Brown, George Slaight, Ferd Radke, Alvin Pershing, L.G. Fuller, Francis Potter. Burial was in Old memory cemtery, near New Market.
Drennen, George A. - A few days before his death George A. Drennen requested me to write his obituary and the story of his conversion. I promised him to the best of my ability to comply with his request. I feel myself incompetent to do the subject justice as I have not experience in such matter, nor have I the Christian experience that seems to me necessary to convey to the world the story of his salvation as he gave it to me. I never heard a better experience than came from that poor suffering man. He was converted over 25 years ago but had drifted back to the world by neglect of duty, as is the experience of so many in the same way, and he says he remained in that condition until he was reclaimed on what proved to be his death bed.
I went to see him on June 17. I had been with him a short time and he spoke to and talked to me, but he seemed weary and I went in the next room and was talking with his wife, who is my niece. He sent a messenger in to tell me to come to him. I was then he made the request as stated above. He said he would be willing to die right then if the world could know of his glorious reclamation and his wonderful happiness. I told him that I would do my best to let the world know of it. He reached out his thin hands and clasped both of mine. His face was luminous with the joy he felt at that moment. He seemed completely transformed. To appreciate all one would have to see and hear him. I was much impressed to hear him, knowing full well of his great physical suffering. There was a power there that was not of earth. I have seen the same thing on different death beds. Something takes away the sting of death. If we had spiritual eyes we might know what it was. I read when John Huss was burned at the stake by the catholic inquisition, he went with joy on his face and embraced the flames that did not seem to torture him, and many others in these times did the same. One I read of put out his hands in the flames and held them there before they pushed his body in.
In conclusion I will say that I hope we may all be benefited by the happy experience of George A. Drennen.
Geo. Drennen was born in Stark, Co, Ill., September 12th, 1864, and died at his home in New Market, Iowa, June 23, 1917, aged 52 years, 9 months and 11 days. He came to Taylor county with his parents at the age of three years, which has been his home to the time of his death. He was married to Ida May Brown September 15, 1887. To this union was born three children, two of whom died in infancy, unnamed. He was the son of W.H. and Lucy Drennen and one of eleven children. His father, mother, five sisters, and two brothers, Mary Elliott, Alice Devoe, Mira Luellen, Emma Cooper, Myrtle, Harvey and Clifford Drennen have preceded him to that unknown country from whose bourne no traveler returns.
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, one child, Vanzo Drennen of Gravity, Ia., two brothers, Jarve and Charley Drennen, one sister, Mrs D.A. Pace and one grandchild Gladys Drennen.
While a young man he was converted and united with the Christian church, but for many years lived away from the Lord. Before his death he made his peace with God and died in the faith and looked forward with joy to the day when he should meet his Savior.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Christian church conducted by Rev Roy Snodgrass of Clarinda, and was attended by a large number of friends. Interment was in Memory cemetery.
Mrs Drennen died Sunday morning at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs [Iowa].
She was born Jan 16, 1900, in Taylor County, the daughter of James and Nellie Marsh Monahan. Survivors include a sister Pauline McNutt, Spokane, Wa, a daughter-in-law, AnnaBell Drennen, Kansas City, Mo, one great grandchild and two great grandchildren. Also several nieces and nephews survive.
She was preceded in death by parents, her husband, Claude in 1968, one sister and two sons, Max and Harold.
Burial will be in Memory Cemetery at New Market. [Clarinda Herald-Journal]
Davidson, Ceciel, age 69 of rural Clarinda, Iowa, died at her home on Friday morning after a brief illness. Ceciel was born April 5, 1931 at Athelstan, Iowa. Her parents were Charles Thomas Fluke and Azelda Hazel Kemery Fluke, She graduated from high school at Blockton, Ia. Ceciel worked as a sales representative for House of Lloyds, selling gifts & toys, also she worked part time in the Clarinda office of Alcohol & Drug Assistance Agency Inc.
Ceciel had made her home with Wendell Williams for many years. He preceded her in death in May of 1999.
Survivors include her children: sons Karl Ray Davidson and wife (Nancy) of Peabody, Kansas., Harley W. Davidson of Clarinda, Iowa, daughters Jean Marie Tobiasson and husband (David) of North Platte, Nebraska, Edythe Laree Davidson of Kansas City, Kansas, Lala P. Davidson of Indianola, Iowa. She has eight grandchildren, sister Rita K. Miller of Cle Elum, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, mate of many years Wendell Williams, and a sister Hazel Lawrence.
Funeral services were held on Monday March 19, 2001 at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation was held on Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A memorial is to be established.
Walker-Merrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 21, 2001
Davidson, Karl Marks, was born October 15, 1917 in Sturttgart, Ark to William Lloyd Davidson and Hattie Olive Winemiller Davidson. Within a few years the family moved to Sheridan, Mo where they made their home with Karl's grandparents.
In his early teens, Karl made his home with Ray Childers in Isadora, Mo. During the next few years he worked with Ira Kemery in the Blockton Blacksmith Shop until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 24.
He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II and was stationed at At Tu in the Aleutian Islands. During his service, he was an aircraft engineer technician and a rifle marksman. For his services he was awarded two bronze stars and a Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged on October 25, 1945 as a Master Sergeant.
In the latter part of 1945 Karl was married to Ethel Spafford of San Antonio, Texas. They made their home in Blockton with her daughter, Carolyn, where a daughter Nancy was born in 1947. This marriage dissolved in divorce and Ethel and the children returned to San Antonio.
In 1954 Karl was married to Ceciel Nelle Fluke. To this union five children were born: Karl Ray, Jean Marie, Harlan Wayne, Edythe Laree, and Lala Phayne. This marriage dissolved in divorce in 1966.
Karl later shared a home in Blockton with Lois Constant from Denver, Mo until her death in the mid-1970's.
Karl was a partner in the International Harvester Store with Clyde Kemery in the early 1950's. He worked with four generations of Kemerys in the Blockton Blacksmith Shop over the past 50 years. Karl also drove a transport for Northern Propane for more than 15 years. He was involved in several business ventures with Ray Childers of Grant City, Mo and for a short time farmed with his son, Karl, west of Blockton.
In the late 1940's and early 1950's Karl enjoyed racing stock cars. His passion and special interest was the Blockton Fire Department where he was a member. This devotion continued until his death. He was also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the Blockton and Mt Ayr Legion Posts.
He was preceded in death by his father while Karl was still quite young. His mother and step-father, Earnest Goff, returned to Blockton in their later years where Karl cared for them until their deaths.
Karl is survived by his close friend and companion in later years, Imojean King. Also surviving are his younger brother, Jesse Verne, known as Sammy; his children and their eight children, Kemery Joe Bartlett, Joshua and Terry Tobiasson, Misty Dawn and Joshua Harley Davidson, Lola Beth and Tyrel Dix, Ashley Jewell; and numerous step-grandchildren; two nephews; and many friends.
Graveside services and burial was Saturday, August 17 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton under the direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, Mo. The Rev Scott Marcum officiated. The Blockton Fire Department served as pallbearers and military services were under the auspices of the American Legion Post of Blockton and Mt Ayr.
Memorials have been established to the Blockton Fire Department. Bedford Times Press, Bedford, Iowa, Aug 28, 1991
Dugan, Lowell Milo, was born March 11, 1923 on the family farm near Gravity, IA, the son of Milo Thomas Elisha Dugan and Theo Leota (Masker) Dugan. Lowell had one sister Leta Maxine. He passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 6, 2005 at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center in Bedford at the age of 82 years and 26 days.
Lowell attended Wesley and Cottage Grove Country Schools and the Gravity High School. He farmed with his father until he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps. He served in the 1st Division. 1st Regiment as a machine gunner from 1944-46.
On June 15, 1948 he was united in marriage to Dorothy LaVaughn Diggs in Shenandoah, IA. To this union three daughters were born: Judy Carole, Betty Jane and Connie Ilene.
Lowell lived most of his life on the family farm where he was born, leaving only for his duty in the Marine's and one year when he and Dorothy moved into Gravity. He left the farm in the fall of 2001 when he moved to the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center. This farm has been in family for over 100 years and was very special to him. Besides farming, Lowell was a mechanic operating Dugan's Repair Shop at his home. Lowell loved the country life and his family. In later years he enjoyed numerous card games at the Gravity Coffee Shop, which on occasion lasted way into the night. He was a member of the Gravity United Methodist Church and the Gravity American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Dorothy LaVaughn in
2003 and sister Maxine Pershin Burgmaier. Lowell is survived by his
daughters, Judy Blake and her husband Richard of Gravity, IA; Betty
Hughes and her husband Jim of Gravity, IA; Connie Townsend and her
husband Ed of Bedford, IA: grandchildren, Jeffrey Blake and wife Shannon,
Jim Blake, Joshua Blake, Jason Blake, Lana (Hughes) Davis and her
husband Keith, Chad Huhges, Jennifer (Tornholm) Matheny and her husband
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford with Rev. Bill Farrens officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery at Gravity. Memorials were suggested to the Gravity American Legion Post #578. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.
Duley, Marjorie, age 65, of Clarinda, Iowa, died Wednesday,
September 21, 2005 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Roland R., 78, Tarkio, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at a Shenandoah, Iowa,
Dunn, Mildred, age 96, of Clarinda, Iowa, passed away Monday, June 13,
2005, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral
services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2005, at Trinity
Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Mark Wright officiating.
Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Thursday, June 16,
2005, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will
be in the Covenanter Cemetery, rural Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may
be directed to the Trinity Presbyterian Church or to the Nodaway Valley
Historical Museum. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dwinger, Frances I. She was born March 31, 1923, at Littleton, Colorado,
the daughter of George H. and Grace Williams Banes. A Larned resident
since 1980, she was a homemaker.
Dyer, Helen Trumbo, was born December 24, 1911 in Page
|Duncan, O.E.'s SON -
BEDFORD BOY DROWNED
A drowning mystery happened lately at Crete, Nebr., where the body of an 18 year old boy was found in the river below town, his clothing being on the opposite bank, cause of drowning unknown. From papers in his pocket it was known that he had worked for a farmer near there, who said the description given by the authorities did not tally with the young man who worked for him. So the body was given burial in the cemetery. Later the farmer told the Crete authorities that the young man had said his address was Bedford, la. The Secretary of the Bedford Commercial Club was written to, also one of the banks, and it was found that Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Duncan of west Bedford had missed their son, whom they thought had gone to the Dakotas for work. The father went to Crete, and upon examination of the clothing found the man was indeed his son that had drowned. The boy had been sending his money home, and the parents think he was drowned accidentally when leaving for the Dakotas. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Aug 31, 1916
Mrs, Laura L. Dunning died at her home at Mt. Ayr Sunday, after a long illness. She was one of the pioneers of Ringgold county, having come there fitty-one years ago with her husband and three sons, Walter, Frank and Day, and it was at the home of the last that she passed away. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Mar 23, 1906
Frank Dunning, of Bedford, having erected in Rose Hill cemetery a large granite monument for his father and mother. The inscription, "Barton B. Dunning 1809-1877. Laura Stiles, his wife, 1815-1906. The first settlers (April 1855) on the located town site of Mt. Ayr, which was surveyed in August 1855." The carving is of Louis XIV renaissance.—Mt. Ayr Record-News. CLARINDA HERALD, Clarinda, Iowa, Jan 27, 1910
|Duncan, J.R. -
One Man Dies As Result Of Sleet
Last Thursday morning, J. R. Duncan, who lives with his sons Ralph and Frank, on the William Wildman farm in Gay township, slipped and fell, fracturing one of his thighs. Mr. Duncan was past 85 years old and the shock was too great for him to withstand and he died about six o'clock Sunday evening.—Bedford Free Press
PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Feb 8, 1916
Daniels, Myrtle Huey - Myrtle Daniels, 90 Final Rites Held January 5. Funeral services for Mrs Levi (Myrtle) Daniels, 90, long time Bedford resident, were held January 5 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs Daniels died January 1, 1975 at St Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo. Interment was at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Mo.
Myrtle Alice Huey, daughter of Cyrus and Elizabeth Ann Dunkelberger Hugy, was born near Hopkins, Missouri, March 8, 1884. She grew to maturity in the Hopkins and Pickering area where she was active in the school, church and comnunity affairs.