Taylor County, Iowa Obituaries

Dalton, Darrell -

Darrell Dean Dalton, son of Paul Edwin Dalton, Oma Irene (Durfey) was born October 6, 1922, in Bedford, Iowa. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1939. He went on to farm with his father.

On March 14, 1942, Darrell married Frances Ellen Shafar in Maryville, Missouri. They first lived and farmed south of Bedford. Darrell served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from August 1944 to March 1946. He continued to farm south of Bedford. In the mid 1950's, they moved to Conway to farm and then in 1963, they left the farm and moved to Omaha, where they worked for the Omaha Home for Boys. In 1967, they moved to Des Moines where they were employed by the American Institute of Business as house parents. Darrell also served for 20 years as their Superintendent of Buildings and grounds, retiring in 1987. In 1989, they moved to Red Oak, and in 2001 they moved to Lenox.

Darrell was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Lenox, the Parkinson Post #250 of the Lenox American Legion, an Honorary Member of the Phi Theta Pi International Commerce Fraternity, and was a First Class Fireman for Boiler Operation.

Left to cherish Darrell's memory are his wife Frances Dalton of Lenox; two sons, Dick (wife Deb) Dalton of Lenox and Bob (wife Barb) Dalton of High Point, N.C.; a daughter, Cheryl (husband Dick) Hatfield of Knoxville; eight grandchildren, Quent (wife Sharon) Dalton, Nicky (husband Rob) Brammer, Trisha (husband Jared) Mains, Katrina (husband Bill) Miller, Jennifer (husband Josh) Faber and Ryan, Chris (wife Carrie) and Lauren Dalton; ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dale (wife Doris) Dalton of Red Oak and Don (wife Rosalie) Dalton of Bedford.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jeanie Dalton in 1960 and brothers Duane and Dwight Dalton.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Darrell's passing.


Davis, Bennie L. Sr. son of Ralph and Jean (Davis) Skinner died Friday January 20, 2006. He
was born June 1, 1935. a native of Blockton and Diagonal Iowa. Bennie came to the Brunswick area
while serving in the US Navy. He was enlisted during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War and retired
after 20 years of service to his country. Bennie was also a Glynn County Police Officer in the late 70's. He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and the Fleet Reserve association. He loved fishing and golf and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was a wonderful father and will be sadly missed. One of the highlights of his last year was being able to come back to Missouri in August for the Davis Cousins Reunion.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rita Beasly Davis of the home, son Bennie L. (Donna)
Davis Jr., Tammy (Dobie) Strickland both of Brunswick and Jean (Terry) Fleck of Weirsdale FL,
sister Mary Hughes of Grant City, MO; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service was held January 25, 2006 at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Brunswick, GA. the
Police Department of Brunswick, GA, and the US Navy took part in the services.


Davis, Gene - Funeral Services for Gene Davis, age 66 of Villisca who died
Friday, June 9, 2006 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo
were held Thursday, June 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie
Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment was held in the Athelstan
Cemetery. Memorials can be given in his name. Please leave a
message of tribute to the Davis family on our web page,
www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements
were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Emory Eugene Davis was born on February 17, 1940, in Iowa
City, Iowa the son of John Clinton Davis and Blanchie Fern
(Smith) Davis. The family lived in Athelstan until he was 2
years old, at which time they moved to Clarinda. He started his
education in Clarinda and later attended 4th & 5th grades at
Works Country School. In 1954, Blanchie remarried and
moved the family to Kansas City. Gene graduated from 9th
grade and attended Wyandotte High School. He furthered his
education by attending U.S. Trade School for auto mechanics in
Kansas City, Missouri. In 1958, Gene met and fell in love with
Jean Mulkey and on June 20, 1959, the couple was united in
marriage in Edwardsville, Kansas. They were later blessed
with one son, Harold Eugene.

During the early years of their life together, Gene worked as an
auto mechanic until he obtained his CDL license and was able
to pursue his love for trucking. In the early 1960's, Davis-
Schipper Trucking Company was established and operated until
he moved his family to Ulysses, Kansas. After several years as
a leased driver for Teeters Irrigation, he relocated his family to
Milan, New Mexico where he transported uranium from the
mines. One of his major accomplishments was logging over 2
million miles during his trucking career. Eventually, the mines
were closed and he began managing Cibola Sands R.V. Park.
In time, the RV Park was sold and they returned to Kansas City
where Gene started a janitorial service. Following a heart
attack, he retired and the couple moved back to Iowa, residing
in Villisca.

Gene enjoyed many aspects of his life but was particularly
proud of his membership in the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks in Milan, New Mexico. Other cherished
moments of his life were the hours spent with his
grandchildren, Gloria and Dallas, and his beloved dog, Ruggles.
He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and working on his
cars. One of his prized possessions was his collection of

Left to cherish Gene's memory are his loving wife of nearly 47
years, Jean Davis of Villisca; a son, Harold Davis of Red Oak;
two grandchildren, Gloria and Dallas Davis of Red Oak; his
mother, Blanchie Schipper of Villisca; two sisters, Deloris
Stutzman and husband Scott of Mount Ayr; and Deborah
Hegarty and fiance‚ Terry Wilson of Parnell, Missouri; three
nieces, four nephews; five great-nieces and five great nephews.

Gene is preceded in death by his father, John Clinton Davis;
step-father, Don L. Schipper; and both maternal and paternal
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn
Gene's passing


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.   
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at Memory Cemetery with Rev. William E. Ballard officiating. Visitation with the family will be 9:30 a.m., until service time at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in the Memory Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Alegent Health Hospice, Corning, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Chris Nels Dideriksen was born September 8, 1915, at Neola, Iowa, to Nels Dideriksen and Christina (Hilstrum) Dideriksen. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army and was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was united in marriage November 18, 1951 to Ruth Herrold at New Market, Iowa. Chris was a lifelong farmer and loved farming. He was also a John Deer tractor enthusiast.

Preceding Chris in death were his parents; brothers, Julius, Ray, Robert and Jim and sister, Clara. Survivors include his wife Ruth of the home; brother, Harry Dideriksen of Clarinda, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Dideriksen of Shenandoah, Iowa, Rosalee Dideriksen, Grace Diderisksen, nieces and nephews.


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.

Francis was a bachelor until he was forty-three. Everyone thought that was how he would remain but God had other plans for him. Francis was married to Reta Verlee Williams of Clarinda, Iowa on September 22, 1968. They were married at Rosehill Church in Clarinda, Iowa. All the relatives and neighbors decided to shivalry the new couple, thinking they were long gone on their honeymoon. They were all shocked to be caught in the act as Francis and Reta came walking up the lane to inspect their handy work.

This gave many laughs for years to come especially since they had already had time to remove all the labels from the cans. This was the beginning of a whole new adventure and they soon added to this marriage two daughters: Deana Lynn and Alice Elaine. Francis and Reta spent their first year of marriage on the home place north of Gravity. They then moved to a farm a mile north of Gravity where they lived for twenty years, farming and raising their children.

Francis also worked nights for six years as a nurse's aide at the State Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa. Francis and Reta moved to Bedford in 1990. They lived in Bedford for 12 years. Francis worked as a custodian for Bedford Community Schools for six years. He retired due to health reasons. Francis and Reta were presently living in Clarinda, Iowa, where they had moved in November of 2002 to the Clarhaven apartments.

Francis enjoyed becoming a grandpa. He looked forward to the summers when his two granddaughters would return from Haiti and be in and out. He was a faithful secretary, keeping track of their where abouts. He enjoyed singing and leading worship services at the Gravity Christian Church where he was a faithful member for thirty-six years, serving as deacon and then elder. He was a faithful member and dedicated Sunday School teacher, never missing a Sunday until this past year when his failing health wouldn't allow it.

Francis was an encourager. Many will remember receiving a cheerful note or card from him while sick or hospitalized. He was a man of few words but when he spoke he would leave you weak with laughter. He was a faithful husband, dedicated father, loving grandfather and favorite uncle.

Francis is survived by his wife, Reta; two daughters Deana Dorce and her husband Wilckly of Cariess, Haiti, Alice Diggs and her fiance Michael Johnson of Bedford, Iowa; a brother Harley Diggs of Clarinda, Ia.,a sister Elzene Diggs of Clarinda Ia.; sisters-in-law Phyllis Diggs of Hopkins, Mo., Geraldine Klakken and husband Wally of Gravity, Mo., and Kris Wollenhaupt and husband Rodger of Red Oak, Ia. and two grandchildren, Ashley and Kelsey.

He is preceded in death by his parents, six sisters - Zella Wiley, Beulah Wiley, Lela Worth, Stella Nickell, Elma Schooling and Dorothy LaVaughn Dugan, and one brother Hildred Diggs.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 23, 2005 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford. Burial was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, IA. A memorial fund is being established. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Donahue,  Alfred DeWayne, 56, of rural Aurelia, Iowa passed away Sunday evening, October 30, 2005 in the Rochester Methodist Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Thursday, November 3rd, at 2 p.m. at the Summit Evangelical Free Church, at Alta, Iowa. Pastor Doug Corlew will officiate. Burial will be in the Afton Township Cemetery, rural Cherokee, Iowa. There will be a family prayer service at 1:45 p.m. at the church on Thursday. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee.

Alfred was born on August 12, 1949 at Conway, Iowa to Charles and Ruby (Pittsenbarger) Donahue. He graduated from Farragut High School in 1967, receiving the outstanding boy athlete award, Iowa State Bar Association Citizenship Award for outstanding character and leadership ability. He was married to Glenda Sue Phipps on September 15, 1967 and to this union, four children were born.

He was later married to Sandra Melton Klaschen on March 30, 1996 in Cherokee, Iowa. He had worked for Hygrade Foods in Clarinda from 1968 and then for Wilson Foods until the plant closed in 1991 and he relocated to Cherokee where he worked for Wilson Foods, Doskocil, Continental Deli, and was currently working for Tyson Foods.

He had lived in rural Aurelia the past 5 years, prior to this in Cherokee for 9 years, Clarinda for 24 years, in Farragut for a few years and was originally from Conway. He attended the Summit Evangelical Free Church in Alta, where he was in the 1:10 Bible Study Group and was on the Welcome Team. He was a former member of F.F.A. and he ushered at the Iowa State Fair.

He enjoyed golfing, traveling and camping, going to Church and reading his Bible, taking walks, driving his antique tractor, playing solitaire, cribbage, watching television especially NASCAR and the Kansas City Chiefs, and time spent with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Charles Alfred Donahue, his grandparents his mother-in-law Frances Melton, and several aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, four children: Brian Donahue and wife Debbie of Hartley, Iowa; Craig Donahue of Erie, Colorado; Donni Donahue of Omaha, Nebraska; Kimberly (Quentin) Yost of Eaton, Colorado; 2 step-children Christopher Klaschen and Marie Klaschen both of Aurelia, Iowa; many grandchildren and he loved them all; his mother Ruby Irene Donahue of Tabor, Iowa; 3 brothers and 6 sisters: Ed (Linda) Donahue of Highland, Kansas; Carolyn (Rex) Travis of Thurman, Iowa; Gene Donahue of Tabor, Iowa; Marilyn Reed of Tabor, Iowa; Mary Alice Donahue of Tabor, Iowa; Cecilia (Gene) Foral of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Ray (Mary) Donahue of Ellensburg, Washington; Judy (Leon) Schwartz of Greenfield, Iowa; Rita (Dave) Bristol of Fremont, Nebraska; father-in-law Alvin "Bill" Melton of Cherokee, Iowa; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Danny (Donna) Melton of Connecticut; Rodney Melton of Cherokee, Iowa; Roger ( Lisa Dawn) Melton of Ponder, Texas; Cindy (Alan) Phipps of Cherokee, Iowa; Linda (Barry) Hanson of Milford, Iowa; Kevin (Patty) Melton of Cherokee, Iowa; Michele (Brian) Schnoes of Meriden, Iowa; also aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces and many friends.


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.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his son Todd and wife Kristi Drake of Nodaway, IA: daughter Brenda Ferris and husband Rob of Omaha, NE: grandsons Colten and Trenton and granddaughter Paige; brother Earl and wife Connie Drake of Blockton; step-mother Kathleen Drake of Blockton; Aunt Leah Clayton of the Bedford Nursing Home and husband Louis of Blockton; and
nephews Nathan Drake and fiance Crystal Hiscocks of Britt, Iowa and Clint Drake of Blockton.

A memorial fund has been established in his name c/o Todd Drake Nodaway, Iowa.


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.

Clarinda Herald-Journal


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.

J.W. Brown

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.


 Drennen, Frances – Funeral services for Mrs Frances L. Drennen, 80 of New Market will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with Rev William Van Dam officiating.

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 Lonnie,
Jake Tornholm and Friend Erin and Colton Townsend; great grandchildren, Echo and Milo Blake, Jared and Chelsea Davis and Sierra and Calyn Matheny.

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.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 26, 2005 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held 4-6 p.m., Sunday, September 25, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie J. Duley was born July 19, 1940, at Sabetha, Kansas, to John and Helen (McDonald) Dearden. She was united in marriage May 23, 1960 at Seneca, Kansas to Robert Wesley Duley. They lived in the Kansas City and Liberty, Missouri area for five years, Stanberry, Missouri for a year and LaVista, Nebraska for thirty years before retiring to Clarinda. Marjorie enjoyed cats and she also enjoyed knitting, crafts and flower and vegetable gardening.

Preceding Marjorie in death were her parents; brother, Richard Sorrell; sisters, Marilyn Noble and Carmen Bjorn.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Clarinda, Iowa; nephew, Richard Dietrich and wife Doris of Lake Isabella, California; nieces, Mary Byrd and husband Jerry of Dudley, North Carolina, Cynthia Noble and Richard Baldozier of Omaha, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Clara Mae Holonya and husband Ed of Riverside, California; sister-in-law, Hazel Reece of Kansas City, Missouri; brother-in-law, Marvin Duley and wife Phylliss of Oak Hill, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

Dunn, Roland R., 78, Tarkio, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at a Shenandoah, Iowa, hospital.

Survivors: three children, one brother, one sister.

Services: 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Visitation: 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Westboro, Mo. Memorials: First Baptist Church, Tarkio, or the Allen-Schiffern American Legion Post No. 199, Tarkio.

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.
Mildred Merl Dunn was born June 8, 1909, on the family farm three miles west of Clarinda, Iowa, to Charley Merl Shaffer and Anna (Fulton) Shaffer. Mildred was raised in the Clarinda and College Springs area of Page County. She graduated from Clarinda High School. Mildred and Francis "Miller" Dunn were united in marriage June 12, 1928 in Clarinda, Iowa. They farmed south of Clarinda and Mildred raised and dressed chickens to sell during the war. Mildred was employed at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute where she worked as a ward attendant and later was a supervisor. She retired after 22 years in 1974. Following her retirement she moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas where she lived for 24 years. She returned to Clarinda in 1998. Each summer from 1961-1988, she worked at the Iowa State Fair in the 4-H building where she ran a restaurant. Mildred was raised as a United Presbyterian and after her marriage became a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. She helped organize the Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and was currently a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Mildred was an active member of the church; she sang in the choir, served as an elder and was a member of the Presbyterian Women. She enjoyed square dancing and her flower gardens. Mildred especially enjoyed her children and grandchildren and she had a host of friends through the years.
Preceding Mildred in death were her parents; husband, Francis Miller Dunn (02/08/1957); grandson, Eddie Fulk; son-in-law, Walter Stokes; brother-in-law, Kenneth Fulk. Survivors include her children: Phyllis Fulk and husband Marvin of Clarinda, Iowa, Frances Koenigsberg and husband Melvin of Sheffield, Iowa, Delores Billman and husband Ron of State Center, Iowa, Charlene Stokes Paragould, Arkansas, George Dunn and wife Emma of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Charles Dunn and wife Kathleen of Waverly, Nebraska, Jim Dunn and wife Janet of Clarinda, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 4 great, great grandchildren; sisters, Lucille Shaffer of Kansas City, Missouri and Helen Fulk of Des Moines, Iowa.

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.
She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
On November 4, 1959, she married Henry A. Dwinger at Hamburg, Iowa. He died February 1, 1979.
Other survivors include one son, Robert Banes, Hammon, Oklahoma, three daughters, Cynthia Owen, Hamburg, Iowa, Grace Clawson, Larned and Gail Dwinger, Elk City, Oklahoma, a step son, Delaine Dwinger, Coos Bay, Oregon, and a step daughter, Charlene Bowden, Redlands, California, one sister, Nancy Smith, Hutchinson, 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Banes and two sisters, Viola Nogle and Ruth Cox.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with Pastor Leroy Lyon presiding. Visitation was from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:00 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, Iowa. Memorials may be sent to the Welcome Inn Seniors or the family in care of Morell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS 67550-0124.

Dyer, Helen Trumbo, was born December 24, 1911 in Page
County, Iowa to Delbert and Nellie Clayton Miller and died
Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the age of 95 years.

Duncan, O.E.'s SON -


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

Dunning, Barton and Laura Stiles Dunning -

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.
On October 2, 1901, she was united in marriage to Levi Daniels at the home of the bride's parents with Rev. N. J. Moats officiating.
They lived on a farm near Pickering and a few years on a farm near Sheridan before moving to the Valley neighborhood in Polk Township, Iowa, where they lived until she moved to Bedford where she has since :ontinued to reside.
Born to them were two children: Francis E. Daniels and Chloe Stewart.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Levi, who died January 19,1955; four sisters: Emma, who died in infancy, Lula Wallace, Ethel Weingarth and Ruth Huey; one brother, Charles Huey; and two great grandsons.
Left to cherish her memory are: Francis E. Daniels and his wife, Hazel, of Bedford and Chloe and her husband, Cleo Stewart, of Bedford; eight grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; one great, great granddaughter; one brother, Henry Huey, of California and three sisters: Chloe H. Wisdom of Long Beach, Calif., Alta Manes of Oakfield, N.Y., and Mary Hall of Hopkins, Mo.; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
She and her husband were baptized and became members of the Hazel Dell Baptist Church.
She was a kind and loving wife, mother, sister, friend and neighbor and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 1975