Taylor County, Iowa obituaries

Fine, Nealy Smith - Nealy, wife of A.D. Fine, was born Apr 28, 1866 and passed to her Heavenly heritage from the home of her daughter, Elma Ingram in Clarinda, Iowa, Apr 26, 1929 aged 62 years, 11 months, and 26 days. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Smith, who were pioneers of Taylor county, where she has lived most of her life. She was united in marriage at Harrisonville, Missouri, Mar 25, 1885 to A.D. Fine. To them were born three sons and three daughters, Elma Ingram, Claude of Conway, Ia, Cleve Fine of Burns, Wyoming, Mary Taylor of Stronghurst, Ill, Ralph Fine of Siam, Ia, Rose Young of Sherman, Texas.

Her greatest pleasure in life was to do good for others and her sympathetic assistance always brought comfort to those in need of help. She was a patient sufferer during her last illness, greeting those who called on her with a smile and a welcome word. She was converted about 50 years ago during the protracted meetings held by Rev Heaton and Cook, uniting with the Methodist church where she willingly gave of her time and talent in loyal service in any department of the church work. This same devoted service was given during her residence at Braddyville, Iowa, Elmo, Missouri and Conway, Iowa.

She leaves to mourn her departure a kind husband, three sons and three daughters, who watched and tenderly cared for her in her last days upon earth, 17 grandchildren, 4 sisters, Ruth Anne Carpenter of Holbrook, Nebraska, May Cook of Bedford, Iowa, Zarilda Oxley of Siam, Iowa and Adney Duncan of Shenandoah, Iowa; 4 brothers, Edward and Ira Smith of Siam, Andy Robison of Winterset, Iowa, Will Robison of Marshall, Indiana besides a wide circle of friends. She has entered that "Haven of Rest" after much sickness and suffering. She is with her Heavenly Father and has already received that glorious welcom of "well done, thou good and faithful servant: Enter thou into the joy of the Lord." Heaven is nearer because she is there.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church at Siam, by her pastor Rev Wilkins, assisted by Rev Channell of Shambaugh. Interment was made in the Shearer Cemetery on what would have been her sixty-third birthday.


Finley, Lucille - Lucille Smith, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ira W. Smith, was born near Siam, May 2, 1905, and departed this life in Shenandoah, Iowa, March 11, 1930, aged 24 years, 10 months, and 9 days. She spent her childhood days, and grew to young womanhood in the home here.

After finishing the grades in Siam school, she entered the Shenandoah high school, graduating with the class of 1924. After which she taught school south of Shenandoah. She was united in marriage to Raymond Finley of Northboro, Iowa, February 1, 1928, and to this union was born one son, Walter Keith, February 16, 1930. She united with the Methodist church in Siam when just a child and remained faithful to her conversion of right and duty. She was an honored member of Highland Chapter 523 O.E.S. at Siam.

Lucille was of a bright, sunny disposition, always honorable and dependable to all friends and especially so to her family. No sacrifice being too great for her, if some one else might be comforted or made happy. She numbered her friends by her acquaintances, and the entire community mourns and is deeply grieved that her bright useful young life has ended on earth, and pray that the Heavenly Father whom she loved and trusted may ever be near to care for, comfort, and direct the life of her darling baby boy, who will never know the love of his wonderful mother.

She leaves to mourn their loss, her devoted young husband, Raymond Finley, a baby boy, Walter Keith Finley, her parents, Mr and Mrs Ira W. Smith, 4 sisters, Mrs Mary Belle Hardee, Ezra Smith and Arlene Smith, 4 brothers Joe, Howard, Oscar and Lester, all of Siam. Her father and mother-in-law, Mr and Mrs Oscar Finley of Northboro, and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, at 2:30 pm at Locust Grove church [Fremont Co, Iowa] conducted by the Pastor. Vocal music was furnished by Mrs Floyd McPherren, Mrs Clarence Stewart, Mrs Hugh Reid and Mrs Max Kmeiding and Mrs Glen Stewart pianist, from Siam Highland Chapter No 523 O.E.S. Siam, with Mrs Hugh Reid acting W.M., and Herbert Damewood acting W.P., gave their impressive ceremony at the grave, in the beautiful cemetery beside the church.

Fansler, Vivian F. - Vivian F. Fansler was born near Siam, Iowa, December 29, 1913, and died where he was born, February 4, 1922, aged 8 years, 1 month and 6 days. He was a bright boy for his years and was liked by every one. He took sick January 11 with scarlet fever and diptheria and all was done for him that loving hands could of but God thought best to take him where there would be no more suffering or pain. He was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.


Sarah Margaret Freeman, daughter of David and Nancy (Combs) Davis, was born near Woodhull, Ill, July 19, 1867, and died at the Municipal Hospital [Clarinda, Iowa] Sunday morning, March 4, at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 17 days.

Athe age of six she moved with her parents to a farm northwest of Gravity. Sarah was one of four children and the last of her family.

On September 1, 1886, she united in marriage with Benjamin C. Freeman and to this union eight children were born, Elizabeth, Vida, Orth, Hobart, Eva, Norris, Gilbert and Christel. Vida preceded her in death in 1898, her husband in 1914.

For several years she and her husband lived in Taylor County near Gravity. In 1898 they moved to Clarinda where they resided the rest of their lives, most of that time being at the home place, 212 W Grant. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Ladies Aid Society and past secretary and treasurer of the Woodman Arch for a number of years.

She is survived by three daughters and four sons, Elizabeth and Norros Freeman of the home address, Orth of Burlington, Hobart of San Jose, Calif, Eva Ashbaugh of Coin, Ia, Gilbert of Omaha, Ne and Christel Sabin of Rockford, Ill; twelve grandchidren, 10 great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the Walker Funeral Home March 6, 1956, with the Rev Lester Greenwood in charge. Vocal soloist was Mary Brummett, organist Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers were Jesse L. Hughes, Ivan Benedict, D.L. Roberts, Floyd Hurdle, Les McCalla and Dana Taylor. Burial was in the Gravity, Ia cemetery.

Clarinda Herald Journal, Clarinda, Iowa Mar 1956


Fitch, Lyman, son of J.H. Fitch of northwest of Bedford, died last Thursday, November 29th, at Lincoln [Nebraska], where he had been taken several weeks before to the hospital for treatment. Deceased had a son living in Lincoln.

Lyman Fitch was born September 6, 1858 in the state of Vermont, and was 65 years, 2 months and 23 days old at the time of his death. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1869 and suffered with them the hardships endured by the early pioneers of the state. He united with the Methodist church early in life and ever remained a follower of the teachings.

He was married in 1883 and three years later moved to Nebraska where most of the balance of his life was spent. About four years ago he came to Iowa and made his home with his aged father on the farm west of Bedford that he might help care for him. Several weeks ago his health became so poorly that his son in Lincoln had him taken there for treatment in the Lincoln hospital and it was there he died.

The body was returned to the home of J.H. Fitch and funeral services held Saturday, conducted by Rev Bailey of the Methodist church. [Graceland Cemetery]


Fine, Claude - SIAM - Funeral service for Claude Fine, 80, was held Sunday at the Siam Methodist Church following his death Friday at a nursing home in Bedford after several years of retirement and ill health.

He was born on Jun 10, 1887, the son of Douglas and Mealy [sic, Nealy] Smith Fine, on a farm near Siam. He was married to Mary Moffitt, a near neighbor, and they moved to a place south of Siam. Later, they moved to north of Hopkins which has contined to be the family home.

He is survived by his wife and four sons, Orrie, Lyle, Fred and John, all of whom live in the Siam vicinity. They have 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three sisters are Mrs Elma Ingram and Mrs Rose Retzer of Canyon City, Colo., who have joined Mrs Fine for the services and Mrs Mary Taylor of Stronghurst, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Cleve of Wyoming and Ralph of Siam and an infant child.

Burial was in the Shearer Cemetery in Buchanan Township. Carl Cummings of Bedford officiated. Grandsons and grandsons-in-law were casketbearers including Ed Connet, Kenneth, Dwight, Ronald, Steve and Larry Fine.

Clarinda Herald-Journal, Clarinda, Iowa, April 15, 1968


Fine, Claude - Funeral services for Claude Fine, 80, were held at the Siam Methodist Church April 14, conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr Fine died April 12, 1968 at a nursing home here. Interment was at Shearer Cemetery.

Claude Fine, son of Douglas and Nealy Smith Fine was born June 10, 1887.

He attended the Fine school and was married to Mary Jane Moffit. After their marriage he farmed between Siam and Hopkins.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, Orris, Lyle, Fred and John who with their families live near Hopkins; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs Elma Ingram and Mrs Rose Retzer of Canon City, Colo., and Mrs Mary Taylor of Stronghurst, Ill.

His parents, two brothers Cleve of Wyoming and Ralph of Siam and an infant child preceded him in death.

Mr and Mrs G.B. Ingram and Mr and Mrs A.E. Petzer of Canon City attended the funeral.

Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, April, 1968


Fine, Mary Jane Moffit - Funeral services for Mrs Oliver Claude (Mary Jane) Fine, 82, of Bedford, were held August 10 at the Siam United Methodist Church with Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs Fine died at St Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo, August 7. Interment was at Shearer Cemetery.

Mary Jane Moffit, daughter of LeRoy and Frances Allie Strawbridge Moffit, was born November 28, 1888, in Nodaway County, Missouri.

She moved with her parents to Page County Iowa when she was a young girl. Here she grew to adulthood and was active in the church and community affairs in the Siam area. Early in her youth she became a member of the Siam Methoidst Church and continued in this membership.

On December 24, 1911, she was united in marriage to Oliver Claude Fine at the home of the bride's parents in Page County. They lived on a farm in the Siam area until moving to Elmo, Mo where they operated a hardware store for about five years. Then they lived on a farm near Conway, until 1935 when they moved to the home place in Ross township, Taylor County where she has continued to reside. Mr Fine died April 12, 1968.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and an infant son, and a brother Byron Moffit.

Left to cherish memories of her good life are four sons: Orris and his wife, Ardith; John and his wife, Eva; Lyle and his wife, Marion; Fred and his wife, Youvaun, all of the Hopkins community; 14 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, Vennie Huddle of bellevue, Nebraska; other relatives and friends.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother, sister and neighbor and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Aug 19, 1971

Fine, Albiness Lytle Booze - Albiness Lytle Booze Fine was born in Washington County, Penn, July 7, 1854 and died at Hopkins, Missouri, Nov 13, 1920. She came with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa about age 12 and after a number of years the family moved to Nodaway County, Missouri. She was married Mar 21, 1883 to America Fine. To them were born two sons Curtis and Harvey. She is also survived by two brothers and 3 sisters. Burial in Shearer Cemetery.
Fine, John M. - John M. Fine was born in Fountain County, Indiana May 13, 1842 and died Mar 13, 1922. He was a resident of this vicinity for 60 years. He was a member of the Methodist church. He married Jan 10, 1864 to Rachael Emerick. They braved a storm to go from their home in Page County, Iowa to Plum Grove west of Hopkins to be married; the trip being made to save paying the marriage license required in Iowa. No license was needed in Missouri, Squire Riley Johnson married them. The groom's wedding suit spun by his mother from wool of sheep on their farm since then lived in or near Hopkins. His first vote was for Abe Lincoln then a staunch Democrat. To them were born six children, William T., Peter Dale, and Ira E. of Hopkins, Missouri, A.A. and Glenn C. of Loveland, Colorado, and Mrs Ada A. Smith of Newberg, Oregon; three sisters, Martha Wilder, Harriett Davidson, Shambaugh, Iowa, America Booze of Clearmont, Mo., brothers, Alonzo Fine of Pickering, Missouri and Douglas Fine of Elmo, Missouri. Burial in Shearer Cemetery.
Fine, Ephraim Jasper, son of Peter and Eliza Fine was born Feb 20, 1855 in Fountain county, Indiana and died June 23, 1936 at the Fine home near Braddyville, Iowa. On the 7th of March 1878 he married to Josie Booze of this community. They had four children, three dying in childhood, Alice, Clyde died 1905, Elmer died 1923, and Clem Fine of Braddyville, Iowa. Grandchildren are: Thelma Owens, Lucille Hall, Harold Fine, Roy Fine, Doris Fine, Glenn Fine, Irene Fine, one sister and one brother, America Booze of Clearmont, Mo, and Douglas Fine of Conway, Iowa. Mr Fine was brought to this community from Indiana county [sic] as a babe in arms. Burial in the Shearer cemetery.
Fine, Naomi Lee, youngest daughter of Clem and Della McMillin Fine was born April 18, 1927 near Siam, and died Sep 10, 1930. She is survived by her parents, 2 brothers, Harold and Roy, and 2 sisters, Doris and Irene. Burial in Shearer Cemetery.
Fine, Ruth Aurelia, daughter of Del and Pearl Fine was born at Siam, Iowa Nov 6, 1915 and died Dec 28, 1923 at a hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She has two sisters Lola and Mary and one brother Ellis. She was baptized with Mary, Dec 19, 1921. Burial in the Shearer Cemetery.
Fine, Delbert son of Aaron and Armina Fine was born at Siam, Taylor county Sep 17, 1876 and died Siam, Jul 1, 1937. For 2 years he resided at Loveland, Colo. He married Pearl Shields Dec 25, 1902 near Braddyville. To them were born 3 daughters and one son - Lola Stewart of Siam, Mary Arnold of New Market, Ruth Fine who preceded him in death Dec 28, 1923 and Ellis. One granddaughter Virginia May Stewart and step-mother Hattie Fine of Hopkins, Missouri. Two brothers Perry of Hopkins, Missouri and Roy of Raymond, SD., one sister Cora Bradley of Bedford, Iowa. One half-sister Flova Cavner of Hopkins, Missouri, one brother Benton and three sisters Ella Maxwell, Amanda Waldroff and Laura Shearer preceded. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Fine, Clyde - Clyde Fine was born in Page county, Iowa Nov 20, 1881 and died Dec 8, 1904 aged 23y 18d. He followed the vocation of farming all his life. On Dec 7 he met with an accident while operating a clover huller on the farm of Ed Miller that cost him his life. He was buried beside an infant sister in the Shearer cemetery.
Fine, Peter Wayne - Peter Wayne Fine was born Feb 20, 1874 in Page county, Iowa. He married Maud Colvin May 23, 1898 and died Aug 25, 1900 about 1 o'clock in the morning. He went to Colorado last year for his health and improved very much for a while, but took a relapse which ended in his death. He was home but 2 weeks and 2 days. Funeral services at the Union Church and burial in Shearer cemetery, where many relatives are buried, his mother not being dead 2 years. He leaves a wife and child, father, brother, and 2 sisters and numerous relatives.

Fine, Ralph - Ralph Fine died June 11, 1966 at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment in the Shearer cemetery. Ralph Douglas Fine, son of Douglas and Nealy Smith Fine was born in Taylor County, Ia on June 30, 1893. Most of his lifetime was spent in Taylor county, Ia where he was reared, educated and engaged in farming.

On March 7, 1917 he married at Clarinda, Iowa to Viva Shields. Four daughter were born to this union.

[] Fehrman, Iris Denton - Iris Fehrman of Omaha, NE, died October24, 2006. She was the daughter of Wayne and Jessie Denton and was born and raised in the Clearfield and Lenox areas. Her mother died when she was in high school and she lived with her aunt and uncle, Al and Doris O'Dell in Bedford for her senior year. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1936.
[118] Fine, Ardith Claire Lister, 89, resident of Hopkins, Missouri since 1941 passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2005. During the last six weeks of her life, Ardith resided at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility, Jefferson City, Missouri so she could be near her son, Dwight Fine and his family.

Ardith was born April 12, 1916 in Page County, Iowa. She spent her childhood years in the Clarinda, Iowa and Braddyville, Iowa area. She was raised by her grandparents, David A. and Arrie (Meads) Lister.

During her working career, Ardith was the bookkeeper for Bedford Motor Company, Bedford, Iowa.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hopkins and the Order of the Eastern Star in Hopkins.

Ardith was preceded in death by her grandparents; her husband; Orris L Fine; her mother: Clarice Damewood; step- father; LN Damewood and son: Kenneth Leon Fine.

Ardith is survived by her son: Dwight and his wife; Eva; Kenneth's wife: Helen; two brothers: LN Damewood, Jr. and Donald L Damewood; 2 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Hopkins on Saturday, December 10, 2005. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Mrs. Fine's name. Price Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
[119] Faubion, Russell Vegene Sr

Russell Vegene Faubion, Sr. was born October 25, 1924 in
Taylor County, Iowa to Myron Clark and Chloris Eldora
Fulwider Faubion. He departed this life September 14, 2007 at
Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa at the age of 82.
[120] Fehring, Jack - Funeral services for Jack Fehring, age 56, of Lenox, who died Saturday, December 3,
2005 at his home, were held Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lenox United Methodist Church. Interment was held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. The family requests memorials be
directed to Hospice of Central Iowa or to Wilson Lake. Arrangements were entrusted to
the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

John (Jack) Norbert Fehring was born July 30, 1949, in Carroll, Iowa, the son of Norbert Fehring and Helen Klocke Fehring. He was raised, along with his three brothers, on the family farm and grew to manhood in Pocahontas County. He graduated from Pocahontas Catholic High School in 1967
and then attended Briar Cliff College for two and one-half years. In 1970, he moved to Lenox as his parents had recently moved there. He learned the skills of welding at Tote Manufacturing in Lenox and Fruehauf in Omaha, and how to operate a caterpillar under Clinton Claiser.

In 1974, he began his farming career, working for Vogel Farms. He also purchased a local tavern on Main Street with Steve John, which was known as "Big John's". He managed this business for over thirteen years. On June 7, 1975, he was united in marriage to Paula Bush. Jack and Paula first rented 80 acres of farm land in 1977, and purchased 11 head of cattle. Together they continued to expand, eventually farming 1,000 acres of land and having a 115 cow & calf herd. To the delight of this loving union, a set of triplets was born on January 28, 1982, Sarah, Nicholas and Kate.

Jack always thought of himself as a "lucky man", being able to do exactly what he wanted . . . farm . . . every day for 25 years. He took great pride in improving and preserving his farmland. Jack felt it was
important for Paula to be "home" to raise their kids. He cherished the "all together" days on the farm when he, Paula and the kids would work side-by-side. He loved camping and boating with his family and
friends. He enjoyed watching his children grow up to become wonderful adults. The highlight of his recent years was watching his three children graduate from college and giving his blessing to Sarah and Kate as they married two wonderful men.

Jack was community minded, serving on the Lenox School Board; the Taylor Ridge Board, and he was also a Township Trustee. In 1998, he received the Rotary Rural-Urban Good Citizen Award.

Left to cherish Jack's memory are his loving wife, Paula, of 30 years of Lenox; his three children, daughter, Sarah Gunsolley, and husband Zach of Oskaloosa; son, Nick Fehring of Lenox; and daughter, Kate
Shafar, and husband Sean of West Des Moines; two brothers, Jerry Fehring and wife Kris of Kinnear, Wyoming; and Pat Fehring and wife Marcia of Red Oak; along with nieces, nephews and a community of

Preceding Jack in death were his father Norb in 1999; mother Helen in 2001; and brother Matt in 1982.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Jack's passing.
[121] Firkins, Frieda Fern, 100, of Villisca, IA was born October 18, 1905, in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Henry Christopher Freuck and Stella (Welch) Freuck and died Monday, January 23, 2006 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center in Villisca.

Fern attended rural school in Taylor County, Iowa and graduated from Villisca High School in 1923. She taught rural schools for several years in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

Fern joined the Guss Maple Grove Church and was among the early Cradle Roll membership and later taught Sunday School Classes. She was a member of the Church Board and Guss U.M.W.

Fern married Paul Eugene Firkins on June 3, 1925 in Nodaway, Iowa. To this union was born one daughter: Bonnie Marie. They made their home farming in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, until retiring in 1973, when they moved into Villisca.

She was employed at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute for 15 years as a nurse's aide. Since moving to Villisca she helped with organizing Senior Citizens Congregate Meal Site and was an active member. She was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church and U.M.W. and attended the Sunday School Classes.

In 1985 Fern and Paul received the "Good Neighbor" citation from Knights of Aksarben in Omaha, NE.

Fern is survived by her daughter Bonnie Garey and husband Bill of Villisca, IA, six grandchildren: Linda Wilberger and husband Dave, Shirley Maxwell and husband Doug, Sandy Peterson and husband Doug, Allan Garey and wife Phyllis, Randy Garey and wife Jolene, Cathy Jochimsen and husband Ron. Eleven great grandchildren, twelve great great grandchildren and one sister Glenna Mae Robinson of Villisca, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters: Geneva Horton, Ethel VanAlstine and Faye Spencer and grandson Douglas Garey.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2006 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Burial in the Guss Cemetery, Guss, IA. A memorial is being established.

[123] Foote, J.B.

Funeral services for J.B. Foote, 58, of Lenox, were held
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 at Pearson-Coen-Beaty Family
Funeral Service in Lenox with Rev. Tim Maxa officiating. Burial
was in North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.
J.B. Foote was born June 14, 1949 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to
Basil Percy Foote and Juanita Dorothy Carmen. He married
Loretta Ann Sturm on August 22, 1968 at Council Bluffs.
J.B. has lived in Taylor County since 1984 and has lived in
Lenox since 2000. J.B. worked at Ewald's Drive-In as a young
boy. He worked for the Federal Building in Omaha as a custodial
while living in Council Bluffs. J.B. worked for Taylor County
Road Department, then worked for Bedford Schools from 1987-
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Alfred
"Butch" Mier.
He is survived by his spouse, Loretta Foote of Lenox;
children, Tammy Foote (husband Gilberto Rodrigues), Lenox;
J.B. Foote, Jr. (fianc‚ Debra Crisp), Bedford; Randall (Rebecca)
Foot, Lenox; Keith (Brenda) Foote, Lenox; Denny (Cheri) Foote,
Lenox; and Nichole (Chris) Davis, Rainbow, Texas; 16
grandchildren; brothers Basil Foote, Jr. and Randy Foote, both of
Council Bluffs; sisters, Rhonda Wallin, Council Bluffs and
Evelyn "Sis" Casto, Lake Havasu, Az.

[124] Fordyce, Frances C.

Francis C. Fordyce 79, from Oelwein, Iowa, was born
September 15, 1927 in Blockton, Iowa, to Leroy and Marie
(Ford) Fordyce. Francis passed away March 13, 2007 at the
Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa after a short illness.

[125] Fraley, Adena K. Boltinghouse

Funeral services for Adena K. Boltinghouse-Fraley, age 60,
of Ohio, formerly of Lenox, who died Wednesday, January
16, 2008 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo, Ohio
will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at
the Lenox Christian Church. Interment will be held at
North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be
directed to the Lenox Christian Church. Memories can be
shared with the family on our website at
www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home
of Lenox.

[126] Freemyer, Leo Zelbert, age 94, of Boerne, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Born in Athelstan, Iowa, on December 21, 1911, he was the son of John Elmer and Clara Belle Rusco Freemyer. A farmer all his life, Zelbert had been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bedford, Iowa for 70 years.
Preceded in death by his first wife of more than 50 years, Maxine Kopp Freemyer, and his second wife of 18 years, Stella Locke Freemyer, Mr. Freemyer is survived by his sons, Paul Freemyer and his wife, Margaret, and Howard Freemyer and his wife, Sue; Nine Grandchildren, Deedee Kirby, Zachary Freemyer, Ryan Freemyer, Byron Freemyer, Charmaine Bride, Eric Freemyer, Vincent Freemyer, Shavonne Freemyer, and Lori Horton; Twelve Great Grandchildren. To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.com and select the obituary icon. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Vaughan's Funeral Home.

[127] Freemyer, Lilah

Funeral services for Lilah Freemyer, age 98 of Clarinda,
Iowa, formerly of Bedford, Iowa who died Monday,
January 14, 2008 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center,
Clarinda, Iowa were held Thursday, January 17, 2008 at
2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Bedford, Iowa.
Visitation was held 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Thursday,
prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was in the
Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Iowa. Memorials can be
directed to the Athelstan Cemetery. Memories and
condolences may be shared with the family on our web
page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home
of Bedford, Iowa.

[128] French,
Billy L. "Pops" French, 69, of Conway Arkansas, formerly
of Bedford, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, in his
home. Mr. French, affectionately known as "Pops" by friends,
family, and co-workers was a lift operator at American Cabinets
for more then ten years, and was an avid fisherman.
He was born February 24th, 1938, to the late Harvey
Arlington and Annitta Louise Shaffer French. He was also
preceded in death by Lucille Nadine French, his wife of forty-
one years.
He is survived by six siblings: Lovonne Weller, J.B. French,
Edward French, Joanne Perdew, Roy French, and Paul (Butch)
French. He is also survived by two sons and four daughters; Jim
French and wife Sheila, Donnie French, Stacy Lyons, Denise
Canino and husband Ed, Sheila Rivas and husband Vince, Shelly
Owens and husband Larry. Pops had twenty-five grandchildren
and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, June 30th, 2007 at Roller-
McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, AK.
Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

[129] Fuller, Iowa Hattie Dell Key Tackett - On a snowy December 29, 1911 in rural Sharpsburg, Iowa Hattie Dell Key was born to Achilles Shadrack and Sarah Ellen (Coe) Key. She was the sixteenth child of Achilles and Sarah's seventh. Hattie was one of twenty children and was the last survivor when she passed from this life on January 10, 2006.

On December 24, 1927 she wed Asa Michael Tackett of Malvern, Iowa. They made their home with
Hattie's parents for the first two years of their marriage. Their first child, Dorothy, was born in June of 1930. In hopes of relief for Hattie's severe asthma, Ace, Hattie, and Dorothy set out for Oregon, but were back in six months because homesickness was worse than asthma. Returning to Iowa, they made their living working for an area farmer and they were blessed with another addition to their family, Mary Ellen born in 1935. Purchasing their own farm northeast of Gravity, Iowa, they raised livestock and crops. Milking, separating, dressing chickens, and raising a family. But life was not all work as Ace and Hattie enjoyed neighborhood dances and card parties. In 1945 they got their boy, Marvin Jay Tackett, making a happy family of five. Life was full of hard work, loving family and good times. These times were shared with dear friends, and good neighbors, the Lairds, Freeman's, Duncan's, and Posten's and many more from the neighborhood.

Hattie and Asa were quite the dancers. Asa called square dances and Hattie waited tables at the "New Era
Cafe", on Saturday nights and they were still the stars of the dance floor. In 1949, to their surprise, they expanded their family to include another precious daughter, Linda Sue. Now their family was complete.
Hattie and Asa continued to work hard on the farm and raise their family until 1962, when they decided to
move to Clarinda and experience "City Life". Three of their four children were married, and Linda Sue was in high school at the time. Asa became the Sexton of Clarinda cemetery and Hattie enjoyed her career in
housekeeping at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. They had seven grandchildren to spoil and enjoy. The "City Life" was a welcome change, sharing the same hometown as their daughters.

Asa and Hattie took grand-parenting very seriously. Ice cream bars in the freezer, root beer floats, late night sleep-over, and a play house in the basement. The whole family would gather on Sunday's for Hattie's famous chicken and noodles. Hattie was quite a cook.

In 1972, Hattie lost her beloved husband Asa to cancer. A strong family felt great loss and grief. Always
close and supportive, Hattie's son and daughters helped her through this major change in life. They included her even more in their daily lives and special events. After three years, Hattie again found love with a new
husband and companion for the next 15 years, Wayne Fuller. Mr. Fuller was swept off his feet by the spunk and charm of Hattie Tackett. He courted her until she became his wife, in May of 1975. At that time Hattie retired from her work at the hospital and Wayne retired as Superintendent of the Clarinda Water Works. Hattie and Wayne spent their time dancing, dining, and playing bingo usually accompanied by Hattie's sisters Lydia and Mary.

In early 1989 Hattie lost her husband Wayne. This was part of a ten-year chain of events, in which Hattie
lost her three daughters, two sons-in-law, a brother and two sisters and other extended family members and friends. Hattie, grief stricken after all of her losses still remained strong. she maintained her home, doing her own painting, gardening, cooking, and housekeeping until 2004. During these last few years Hattie grew to depend on attentive neighbors and grandchildren for transportation and necessities.

In 2004 Hattie reached her 92 birthday. She had made her home in Clarinda for 41 years at the same address. Many life events have taken place from 1911 to 2006. Many happy times, some sad. She has touched many lives and has left behind a living legacy and many happy memories.

Her life here on earth may have ended, but we know she now joins her loved ones who have gone before her and she once again has on her dancing shoes. Hattie is preceded in death by her parents, nineteen
siblings, two husbands, three daughters and two sons-in- law. she is survived by son, Jay Tackett and wife Beulah of Casper , Wyoming, son-in-law, Dennis Smith of Leawood, Kansas; grandchildren Mike Kidney of Bedford, Pat Murren and husband Dick of Clarinda, Kelly Boldra and husband Tom of Bedford, Brett
Morgan and wife Arzettas of Clarinda, David Morgan and wife Donna of Clarinda, Brian Morgan of Malvern, and Pamela Frequez and husband John of Denver, Colorado. There were nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, January 14, 2006
at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda with burial at Clarinda Cemetery. A memorial fund is being established.


[130] Fitch, Hugh Richardson - Hugh Richardson Fitch was born Oct 3, 1894 to the Rev John Ashley Fitch and Mary Richardson Fitch in Wei Hsien, China; where his parents were Presbyterian Missionaries. He was the third of their three children. Hugh learned and spoke Chinese before he spoke English. Wei Hsien had no school for American children, so Hugh and his brother Elsworth had to leave their home and parents when he was 6 and travel to the city of Cheefoo on the coast to attend the China Inland Mission School for Missionary children. The other day while in the hospital he was amazed to find himself speaking Chinese and could not think in English.

In this British Boarding school habits of discipline, study and Christian character were developed. Daily Bible reading and prayer became a habit for his 75 years. Yes, daily Bible reading and prayer regardless of the place or hour. It was at this school that his brother Elsworth died at the age of 12 along with the boys at his table from Tomane poisoning - a chicken pie that became contaminated because of a lack of refrigeration. Now Hugh was the only living Fitch child since his baby brother and sister had died in infancy.

During the Boxer Rebellion, when Missionaries and their children were being killed; his Father and Mother and Hugh with a few other Missionaries from the Wei Hsien compound had to flee for their lives from their inland station. No trains or cars so they went by mule litters (chenzas) bicycle and walking to catch the boat at the coast. One night in the Inn, while those fleeing were fast asleep, his Mother heard the Boxers in the next room, speaking in Chinese which she well understood plotting their death. She quietly told her husband and with no noise the party left the Inn hours before their planned departure, while the Boxers were still asleep, thus they escaped.

At that time death took it's toll of Missionary children. Hugh was one of four and the only one of the four to survived so brotherless and sisterless he grew up alone. Other missionary children became his friends, his brothers and sisters, the Missionaries his Aunts and Uncles. The Mateers, the Eltericks, the Chalfant brothers, the Luce family of whom Henry Luce Publisher of Time and Life, the Wells Family of whom Edward Wells now retired from Mutual Life Insurance Co all these and many more were among his close friends.

He became a great reader, chess player. In soccer and tennis he won his College letter and was Captain of these teams, later teaching at the Naval Academy at Annapolis he would play their number one and number two players.

He left China when he was ready for High School and alone traveled to the United States by way of Russia on the Trans Siberian Railroad. He visited European counties then by boat came to the United States.

At Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio he entered the College Prep school living with other Missionary students in the "Inkie" (or the home for Missionary children). There he lived during Prep and College year with students from all over the world. The Wrights of Persia, the Chalfants and Lyons, the Elterick of China, the Bairds, Adams and Jim Swallen of Korea only to mention a few. Others from all over the World, Zenos Miller, Steve Palmer, Harold McLaughlin, John D. McKee, Francis Twinem, Walter Campbell, Stephen Palmer, Alfred Swan, Daniel Funch, The Compton brothers who later became known; Arthur, Karl and Wilson. These were only a few of the many friends he had. What a heritage and privilege for a teenager.

Summers he could not go home, he had to find jobs, learn how to work, to utilize his time and save money. With little money he would just get by; but the Lord had his hand on him, lead him and he was never in want.

In school he loved Literature, the poets and drama. He graduated from Wooster College, Wooster, Ohio in the family class of '17 and attended yearly thier reunions and in 67 received the gold 50 years Medal along with those present. At most of the class reunions he was considered the class Poet, contributing to the festivities. Thus life long friendships continued.

He enlisted in the First World War and became a 2nd Lieutenant 36th Field Artillery where he served two years.

At Princeton University he received his Masters Degree in English. He then started his teaching career; Lake Placid, Florida school, Miami; Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Va. In 1927 he joined the faulty at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md teaching English and Elnglish Literature. It was at Annapolis that the married Esther Swallen who was born of Presbyterian Missionary parents in Korea. She had been teaching in Honolulu, Hawaii at the time. From Annapolis he moved to New York and joined the English Department at City College. Also he became head of the English Dep at the American Institute of Banking, N.Y. During these years he completed his credits and orals for his Doctorate. His first love was poetry and the writing of poetry. Off and on for nine years his retired Missionary parents who were partly paralyzed from strokes made their home with thier son, Hugh and family. So you see a lack of time prevented the writing of poetry except Sonnets. Each year for 34 consecutive Christmas' he sent to his friends his Christmas Sonnet, and in later years, in long hand wrote a humorous note on the back of each card in longhand.

Teaching, taking care of his wonderful Christian paralyzed parents, the care and responsibilities of two sons, John and William and two daughters Mary or Mimi (little sister in Chinese) and Sally took all his time, strength and money.

As the children grew older he became a camping enthusiast. He and his wife, Esther, taking the children to Cape Cod, Mass and Lake George, N.Y. He also took up gardening giving pleasure to all who saw his well tended beautiful yard.

I must mention - when the children were away from home he wrote each week by long hand a separate letter to each one. If he missed writing he made a phone call to that son or daughter. All his letters were written with care, full of humor, witicism, using just the right words, always carefully painting a picture or expressing feeling.

Hugh was a quiet man, only talking when he had something to say. He loved to read, to write, he loved the company of people, but most of all he was faithful and loyal to his God, and Jesus Christ and the church of which he had been a teacher and an elder for Years. If there was any choice to make, God and the church came first.

This is written in Loving Memory of Hugh, my Husband, by his wife, Esther. [copied by Pat O'Dell]


[131] Flick, John - Friday, Jan 5, 1894, at the home of his son, Hon. J.P. Flick, in Bedford, at 2 a.m., Capt John Flick, aged 76 years, 7 months, and 3 days.

Capt John Flick was born in Allehaney county, Penn., May 8, 1817. In 1852, after having been united in marriage to Miss Margaret Patton, he came to Wapello county, Iowa. In 1857, he removed to Taylor county and located on a quarter section of land near what is now the village of Platteville. During the early period of the great civil war he enlisted in a Missouri regiment and was promoted to the rank of captain. He afterwards raised a company of volunteers which was mustered into the service as Company B of the 9th Iowa Cavalry. With that regiment he participated in many of the great battles of the civil war. While his career as a soldier and officer were honorable and such as reflected credit upon himself, it was as a private citizen that he was best known to the people of Taylor county. In private life he was irreproachable. He died honored and revered by his acquaintances. Gifted in a rare degree with a kindliness of manner and a dignity of personal presence without austerity, he made lasting friendships with those with whom he came in contact.

The funeral services were under the management of Sedgwick Post G.A.R. of Bedford. The S. of V. and W.R.C. joined in the funeral service and assisted in paying the last tributes of respect to the dead soldier and citizen. The remains were escorted to Platteville by members of the Sedgwick Post Sunday, Jan 7, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev M.C. Waddell, of the M.E. church of Bedford.

Taylor County Democrat, Bedford, Iowa, 1894


[132] Flick, Elsie Jane Warner - The death of Mrs William H. Flick occurred at her home a few miles west of town Tuesday morning at 9:30.

Mrs Flick's maiden name was Elsie J. Warner. She was born in Calhoun county, Michigan, June 24th, 1848, and came to this vicinity in early womanhood. She was married to William H. Flick in Mormontown [Blockton] in 1876, and has resided on the farm where she died ever since, except several years spent at Chelan, Washington. Before her marriage she was engaged in teaching, and at one time taught in Bedford.

Of three children born to them, two survive: James, residing at Chelan, Washington, and George, residing in the vicinity of the home place.

Her health had not been good for several years. A few months since she was stricken with paralysis which, along with heart trouble caused her death. Her last sickness was long and painful, but she bore it with the fortitude of a brave heart and as a true christian. Though not a member of any church, she lived a just and upright life, loving mercy and walking humbly before God. She was greatly beloved and respected by all.

The funeral took place at 2 pm yesterday at the home, Rev Wm Pruitt, of the Baptist church, preaching the funeral sermon.

Interment was made in the Platteville cemetery. A large number were in attendance, mutely attesting their respect for, who had for so many years been their neighbor and friend.

The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved husband and sons.--Blockton News, Blockton, Iowa

Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Aug 2, 1906 [copied for Rhea Flick Gilbert: bahila1@email.msn.com]


[133] Fick, William H. - William H. Flick was born Feb 22, 1851, at Bakers City, Penn., and died at his home northwest of Athelstan, Iowa, Sept 24, 1924, aged 73 years, 7 months and 2 days. He was the son of Capt John Flick and Margaret Flick. His parents moved from Pennsylvannia when he was a small child, to Wapello, Iowa. In a few years they moved to Platteville, Iowa where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Elsie Jane Warner, and to this union three children were born: Francis, who passed away in childhood; George B. Flick, who resides here, and Jas P. Flick who resides at Lakeside, Washington.

Mr Flick was engaged in farming until his wife died July 24, 1906. He then retired from active farming, but still lived on the farm during his remaining years.

He had always been a true and helpful friend to those who were sick or in need of help, and a kind father and husband, and had gathered around him a host of friends.

Besides his children and a host of other relatives, he leaves to mourn his departure, one brother, James P. Flick of Bedford, and one sister, Mrs Sallie Johnson of Oklahoma.

Bedford Free Press, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 2, 1924 [copied for Rhea Flick Gilbert: bahila1@email.msn.com]

[134] Freemyer, Lilah Ellen Sickels - Funeral services for Lilah Freemyer, age 98 of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Bedford, Iowa who died Monday, January 14, 2008 at Westridge Care and Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Bedford, Iowa. Visitation was held 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was in the Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to the Athelstan Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford, Iowa.

Lilah Ellen (Sickels) Freemyer was born August 1, 1909 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, the daughter of Walter Sickels and Viola (Gibson) Sickels. She was the oldest of seven children. Her family moved to Parnell, Missouri area when she was twelve years of age. They later moved to Athelstan, Iowa. There she met and married Ansel J. Freemyer, January 4, 1926. Five children were born to this union; Marcelene, Alvis, Betty, Virginia and Carolyn. They moved to Minnesota where her parents lived and worked on their parent’s farm. Later, they moved back to Iowa to help on Ansel’s father’s farm.

Lilah had several jobs which included working at the school in Conway, Iowa, a hairdresser, seamstress and many homes were wall papered to perfection by her busy hands.

Lilah’s home was always warm and loving, where everyone was always welcome. Lilah was a devoted wife, daughter, mother and grandmother. Her family was a very important part of her life.

Lilah is survived by her daughter, Marcelene Goudie of Clarinda, Iowa, Betty Beemer and husband, Dean of Cody, Wyoming, Virginia Slemp and husband Loren of Union, Missouri, Carolyn Hiatt and husband Bruce of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sixteen grandchildren; twenty three great grandchildren and ten great, great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lois Sickels of Holdrege, Nebraska.

Preceding Lilah in death were her parents, Walt and Viola Sickels; husband, Ansel J. Freemyer; son, Alvis Freemyer; son-in-law, Melvin Goudie; two grandsons, Mike Slemp and Jason Holt; two granddaughters, Connie Goudie and Shannon Freemeyer.

Lilah will be dearly missed.
May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

Freemyer, JoAn Ruth Simmons - JoAn Ruth (Simmons) Freemyer, 59, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Nebraska Medical center in Omaha, Nebraska.

JoAn was born Jun 24, 1949, in Maryville, Missouri, to Lloyd and Norma Jean (Cobb) Simmons. JoAn's father died when she was two months old. Her mother later married Bill Baker, who helped raise her.

JoAn was raised in and attended school in Bedford, Iowa, until her senior year of high school, which she finished at Rock Port, Missouri.

On December 23, 1966, JoAn was united in marriage to D.C. Freemyer at Rev Day's home in Maryville. JoAn liked being around people. Her jobs included Pearce's Gift Shop, Hunter Grocery, Fairfax Hospital, University of Missouri Extension Office in Rock Port, and secretary at the Fairfax United Methodist Church where she was a member. JoAn was very active with her hobbies and enjoyed going to craft shows whenever she got the chance. She also enjoyed talking to her friends on the telephone and spent countless hours doing so.

The most preceious of JoAn's hobbies was spending time with her grandchildren. She was also an excellent seamstress and had made many alterations and costumes for the kids.

JoAn is survived by her hubsnad, D.C., of the home; two sons, Donovan and wife, Vici, Elk Grove, California, and Jared and wife, Jamie, of Fairfax; four grandchildren, Jentry, Kyle, Jagger and Dylan Freemyer; brother, Allen Simmons, Marshall, Missouri; and two stepbrothers, Bill Baker, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri, and Jim Baker, Ainsworth, Nebraska.

JoAn was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather; and by two brothers, Larry Simmons and Donald Dean Simmons.

From: Memorial Card - Memorial service was held on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 10:30, at the Fairfax United Methodist Church, Fairfax, Missouri, conducted by Rev Mike Eighmy

Frost, Cora Groff - Mrs F.M. Frost died Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock at her home, near Guss, from childbirth, twin daughters having been born that morning. The funeral will be held tomorrow at the Methodist church at Guss, at 11 o'clock, and will be conducted by Rev C.A. Carlson. Interment will be made in Maple Grove cemetery. Cora Groff was born June 24, 1884, near Guss, and within a half mile of where she died. She spent all her girlhood in that vicinity and was married there to F.M. Frost February 17, 1904. She leaves beside her husband and three children, her mother Mrs John Groff, two brothers and two sisters to mourn her loss. Friends of the family extend sympathy to the relatives. [Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Jun 17, 1908]