Taylor County, Iowa obituaries

White, Corinne Holloway - Corinne White, 87 of Sioux city died Friday, August 6, 2010 at a Sioux City Hospital.
Services were held at 2 P.M. Wednesday at Becker – Hunt Funeral Home in South Sioux City with the Rev. Ralph Shorey, Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation with the family were held from 1 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. Graveside services were held at 1:30 P.M. Thursday in Washington Township Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa with Rev. Ted De Hass officiating.
Corinne was born June 17, 1923, in St. Joseph, MO the daughter of John A. and Zetta C. (Sutton) Holloway. She married Carl R. White, January 1, 1942 in Bellevue, NE. He died August 28, 1977 in Gravity, Iowa. She lived in Bellevue, NE and Gravity, IA before moving to Sioux City in 1986.
Survivors include three daughters: Sarah L. McQueen of Des Moines, Merle Ann Davis and Nellie and her husband Duane “Shorty” Martinson all of Sioux City, nine grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons: Arthur Willard and Lawrence Allen White, two brothers: Willard and William Holloway, one grandchild and three great grandchildren.

Kennett, Edward John "Ed" - Funeral services for Edward J. “Ed” Kenneth, age 87, of New Market, Iowa, who died Saturdays, August 21, 2010 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Corning, Iowa were held Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 24, 15 the funeral home.
Interment was held in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center, Bedford, Iowa. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda.
Edward John Kennett was born on April 7, 1923 at Clarinda, Iowa to Edward Kenneth and Pearl (Sebeniecher) Kennett. Ed grew up in Clarinda, attending Clarinda Community Schools. Ed served his country during World War II. He served with the United States Navy and with the Coast Guard. On March 26, 1957, Ed and Shirley May Brogan were united in marriage in Bentonville, Arkansas. They were blessed with three children, Kyle, Kim and Mary Ann.
Ed was a long time employee of the Clarinda Co-op, retiring in 1988 at the age of 65. His second career was with Snyder auto Body driving the auto transport many miles. His health forced him to retire once again at the age of 85.
Ed was a long time member of the New Market American Legion Post #300. Ed enjoyed life and had many activities. He had a vegetable garden and also loved flower gardening; and would drive many miles to see a new flower. Ed and Shirley also liked to camp, attend the Branson music shows, eat out and attend the “Old Thresher’s Reunion” at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Family was most important to Ed and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandsons.
Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather are his wife, Shirley Kennett of Bedford, Iowa; sons, Larry Kennett of California and Kyle Dee Kennett of New Market, Iowa; daughters, Kimberly Ann Scott and husband Steve of Hopkins, Missouri and Mary Ann Hensley of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Mandy Hensley and fiancé Adam Randolph, Zach Smith, Jessica Kennett; great grandsons, Carter and Cash Randolph; sister, Betty Fenstermaker of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; other relatives and many friends.
Preceding Ed in death were his parents.

Baker, Susan Gail Gray - Susan Baker passed away on August 13, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska from complications of diabetes and breast cancer.
Susan Gail (Gray) Baker was born on Labor Day, September 1, 1943 to Paul L. and Opal Mary (Erthum) Gray in Asbury Park, N.J. She was one of six children. Because of the nature of her father’s government work, the family moved frequently. Susan had the distinction of living in Alaska before it became a state and in Hawaii while it gained its statehood.
She met and married Charles Thomas Baker in Hawaii in 1961. Subsequent moves took her to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where the first two of her children were born. Later still, the family moved to Oelwein, Iowa, where the rest of her children were born. She finally settled in Alliance, Neb. And lived there fro 21 years before retiring to New Market, Iowa in 2003.
Susan held many positions in her life, but family and children always came first. She opened Susan’s Day Care in the 1980’s and influenced countless families through her exceptional abilities in child care. Later on, she became very active in the Girl Scouts and served as chairperson and troop leader for many years. She had a passion for community service and volunteerism, and was always thinking of ways to help those less fortunate. She helped start programs for needy children, such as a breakfast program, a school supply program and gathered materials for babies born to low-income mothers, among numerous other projects.
She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Chuck Baker of New Market, Iowa; three sons, Scott (Grace) Baker of San Diego, Calif., Keith (Hope) Baker of Alliance, Neb., Jeff (Tonya) Baker of East Dubuque, Ill., and one daughter, Brianne (Mike) Larkin of Yankton, S.D.; grandsons, Tyler, Justin, Dalton, and Jon; two granddaughters, Brenna and Caitlyn; and one great-granddaughter, Peyton. She also leaves behind her sister Lynda O’Hara of Modesto, Calif., brothers Rodger (Shirley) Gray of Las Vegas, Nev., Gary Gray of Modesto, Calif., and Dr. Dennis Gray of Orlando, Fla. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eugene “Tuffer” Gray.
Susan will be deeply missed for her countless stories, wisdom, wonderful humor, and unending compassion for both family and community. Her legacy of love will live on in all of those she touched through the years and she is wished nothing but peace. She is and will forever be loved.
The family asks those wishing to honor Susan’s life to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in her name at www.wish.org. Cards may be sent to Mr. Chuck Baker, 712 Washington Street, New Market, Iowa, 51646.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Saville, Ila Sutherland - Funeral services for Ila Saville, age 95, of Bedford and Mount Ayr, who died Sunday, August 15, 2010 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center were held Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation was held Wednesday at the funeral home from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment was held at the Redding Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa or Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

A Walk Through The Nigh
By the late granddaughter,
Jennifer Lee (Saville) Mellencamp
come go with me, Through the night.
Let’s laugh and talk, Let’s not be blue
Walking all night, Thinking of pretty sights.
Never wanting to turn back.
Wanting to walk forever, On a walk with you.
Ila was born December 16, 1914 in El Dorado, Kansas, the daughter of Lewis and Ida May (Buchanan) Sutherland.
When Ila was one month old, she lost her mother to pneumonia. Her uncle and aunt, Clyde and Leota (Olney) Sutherland became her parents.
Ila married Ansel Saville on March 17th, 1934. They started their friendship in October 1932. Their first date was to be on a Saturday evening. It was quite warm weather at the time and Ila had been mowing in the hay fields, driving horses. She had gotten too hot and became quite sick. The doctor had to come. When Ansel came, there was no date. Later in the week Ansel called and set another date. Ila and Ansel farmed and enjoyed 51 years of marriage until Ansel’s death in February 26th, 1985.
Ila had a strong faith and a personal relationship with her Lord, which she relied on daily.
Survivors include two sons, Wendell Lee Saville and wife, Roberta, Doyle Dean Saville and wife, Jane, and daughter, Wilberta Weddle and husband, Buford. Nine grandchildren and one deceased grandchild, twelve great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, Melvin and Claude Sutherland. One grandchild, Jennifer Lee (Saville) Mellencamp.

My Grandparents
By the late granddaughter,
Jennifer Lee (Saville) Mellencamp
First comes Grandpa who is so sweet and kind
Then comes Grandma who gives me all her time.
I love them both so very much
I hope they love me too . . . . . . .
That’s why I’m glad their mine.

Moore, David - Funeral Services for David Moore, age 61, of Bedford, Iowa, who entered into peace Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Mercy Alegent Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa were held Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 10:00 am at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa with pastor Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation was held Monday, August 16, 2010. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Memorials may be given in David’s name to the Bedford United Methodist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Ritchie Funeral Home, Bedford, Iowa.
David Eugene Moore passed away Thursday, August 12, 2010 surrounded by his family at Mercy Alegent Hospital following a long heroic battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.
David Moore was born July 20, 1949, in Rock Island, Illinois to parents George Moore and Betty (Snyder) Moore. He grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa attending Bettendorf High School graduating in 1967. He attended Iowa State University and Saint Ambrose College graduating in 1971 majoring in biology. He united into marriage to Janice Lee Willey on May 11, 1974 at the United Methodist Church, Belmond, Iowa.
David worked as the DNR officer for Taylor and Adams County for 37 years. He loved being a DNR officer and also enjoyed administering and repairing electronics for the Department of Natural Resources. David retired from the DNR in 2006.
David loved being with people, and was known for his many stories and his unique sense of humor. He was a very passionate outdoorsman, and enjoyed both hunting and fishing. He loved all types of electronics, and tinkering with anything that had wires. He enjoyed photography and reading, especially the Harry Potter and Dune Series. David was also an avid ham radio operator, and was active in the local amateur Radio Club. He was also a active member of the Taylor County Masonic Lodge, and enjoyed meeting with his brothers of the fraternity.
Above all else family was the most important thing to David. He loved his wife, and enjoyed spoiling her with roses or cappuccino whenever possible. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
David will be greatly missed by many. Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend are his wife Janice Lee; children Kristin Anne of Clarinda, Iowa; Ryan Charles and wife Elyse of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandsons Alexander Stull, Connor Stull, Duncan Stull, and Channing Pedersen of Clarinda, Iowa; mother-in-law Edna Mae Willey of Belmond, Iowa; sister-in-law Rae Jean Leu and family of Santa Barbara, CA; and many friends.
Preceding David in death were his parents and brother Michael Moore.

Huber, Donald Burton - Donald Burton Huber was born June 25, 1925 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Wilmer Burton Huber and Hazel (Kirkendahl) Huber. He attended Marshalltown schools. During his junior year of high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II.
He was married to Mildred Virginia McKinney "Mickey", on August 8, 1957 in Long Beach, California. They have two children, Dixie and Ron.
Don and his brother owned and operated a Super Valu grocery store in Des Moines. He then changed careers and went into sales in the insurance industry, later he joined the sales force of Capp Homes, Minneapolis. He continued with Capp Homes until retiring in 1983. While with Capp Homes he and his family lived in multiple cities and states. Following Don’s retirement, he and Mickey moved to New Market, Iowa to be near their daughter, Dixie. Don had a great love of music, he played many instruments in addition to his beautiful singing voice. He and Mickey performed for many years with their band the "Winter Texans" while they wintered in Mission, TX.
Don passed away Sunday morning, August 1, 2010 at Clarinda Reginal Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer and Hazel; sister, Dorothy Oxenfield and her husband Art; his grandson Tim, and son-in-law, Alan Hutcheson.
Don is survived by his wife, Mickey of New Market, Iowa; children Ron Huber and wife Charleen of Rochester, Minnesota and Dixie Hutcheson of New Market, Iowa; brother, Ed Huber and wife Mary of California; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Family services were held Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa with Pastor Russ Clark officiating.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Clarinda, Iowa. www.EFC.cc

McKee, Karen Kay Spoonemore - Funeral services for Karen McKee, age 70, of Lenox, who died Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at her home will be held Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM at the Lenox United Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 PM until service time with the family greeting friends. Cremation will follow the services with private family interment of ashes. Memorials may be given in Karen’s name for a memorial fund to be established at a later date. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Karen Kay McKee was born May 26, 1940 at the family home in Lenox and was the daughter of Bud and Lela (Miller) Spoonemore. She lived in Lenox most of her life. She married Gary McKee in 1956 in Bedford. To this union two children were born, Toni and Stoney. The family lived in Lenox where she worked at the Sheridan Egg Plant for several years. She later opened the “Snowflake Drive-In” which is where the Tiger Den is now located. In 1982, Karen opened the Dally Post Saloon, which she operated for many years, selling in 2006. She was currently employed at Casey’s where she had a reputation of making excellent pizza!

Karen was passionate about horses and enjoyed competing in both barrel and pole racing. She and Kent spent many hours riding their Harley motorcycles, traveling to Sturgis numerous times. Karen was a people person who never knew a stranger! She enjoyed owning the Dally Post where she was able to meet and talk with people. And even though she always put other people’s needs ahead of her own, she was also willing to express her opinion and tell you what she thought! Her true passion was her family, however, and they meant everything to her. She had been very active in raising her grandchildren and any other kids that needed mothering.

Left to cherish the memories of Karen are her mother, Lela Spoonemore; her long-time companion, Kent Parkhurst; and daughter Toni Will, all of Lenox; a sister, Patricia Bassett and husband Dean of Humbolt; four grandchildren, Jayme Williams and Erin Spriggs of Kansas City, Ely Will of Lenox, Tierra McKee and Mitchell McKee both of Oskaloosa; along with many other relatives and a whole community of friends.

Preceding Karen in death is her father Bud Spoonemore; husband Gary McKee and her beloved son Stoney McKee.

Karen was truly a free spirit who enjoyed life, family, friends
And having a good time!

Pittelkow, Dora Ida Tomaschke - Funeral services for Dora Ida Pittelkow, age 89 of Bedford, Iowa, who died Wednesday August 25th, 2010 at the Red Oak Rehab and Care Center will be held Saturday August 28th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Saturday at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery.

Dora was born February 15, 1921 in Poblocie, Germany, the daughter of Hermann and Hermine Tomaschke. She was united in marriage to Wilhelm Pittelkow on October 3, 1942 in Stolp, Germany. They immigrated to the United States in 1952 settling in Anita, Iowa, with their three children, Wilfried, Hannelore and Ingrid. After arriving in the United States, Joachim, Heidi and Betty were born.

Dora joined the staff of the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center as a nurse's aide in the late 1960s and her career spanned over 30 years. Dora loved working with the residents and was a dedicated employee. She was known to be a hard worker all her life. She also enjoyed working on the family farm, especially her vegetable and flower gardens. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Dora was baptized as a Lutheran and attended church regularly. Later in life she attended the First Baptist Church.

Left to cherish her memory include four daughters, Hannelore Pittelkow of Sioux City Iowa, Ingrid Pittelkow, Heidi Meek, Betty Pittelkow, of Bedford and son Joachim, six grandchildren, Annie O’Dell and husband John; Paul Pittelkow; Lori Welch and husband Rande; Erica Lynch and husband Matthew; David Woods and wife Jacqueline; and Connie Ward and husband Mike; eight great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jeremy, LaToshia, Heather, Derek, Eric, Cameron, and Kelle; and eight great-great-grandchildren, Journee, Jimmy, Sarinty, Chloe, Kayla, Carys, Jeremy and Makenna, along with many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wilhelm, daughter Marjanna, son Wilfried, daughter-in-law Sue, and one infant great-great-grandchild, Nevaeha Pittelkow.

Dora was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and we will miss her gentle spirit.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn her passing.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford.

Foster, Harold B. - Funeral services for Harold B. Foster, age 93, of rural Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held day, Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Russ Clark officiating. Visitation was held 12:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday, August 28 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Harold Burton Foster was born September 5, 1916 in Nebraska Township, Page County, Iowa and he passed away August 25, 2010 at the age of 93 years, 11 months, 10 days at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa.

Harold was the son of Fred Thomas Foster and Alta (Taylor) Foster. He attended East River New Liberty School District Number One, Page County for eight years. His eighth grade graduation was held at the Chautauqua Building in Clarinda, Iowa. In 1934, Harold graduated from New Market High School. Following graduation, Harold farmed with his Dad. In October 1939, he was united in marriage to Ruby Arlene Fuller and to this union one daughter, Judy Sue was born. Arlene passed away in June 1964. Harold was united in marriage to Julia Spencer Bedell February 18, 1967.

Harold was passionate about farming and the life style it provided. He enjoyed raising pigs from farrowing to finish in the timber. He retired from farming in 1982. Harold lived all of his life in the East River Township and resided there until his death. Harold was baptized March 23, 1958 at the First Christian Church in Clarinda, Iowa. He was a fifty year Mason member of the Nodaway Lodge 140, Clarinda, Iowa.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Arlene; brother-in-law, Verlin O. Cade.

Harold is survived by his “sweetheart” wife, Julia of rural Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Judy and son-in-law Bill McKown of Longmont, Colorado; step-daughter, Karen and husband Galen Peery of Kiron, Iowa; step son, Larry Bedell of Pennsylvania; sister, Dona Cade of Clarinda, Iowa; niece and nephew, Janet and husband Gary Bix of Westerville, Ohio and Jeff and wife Ronda Cade of Clarinda, Iowa; grandchildren, Shawn McKown of Keizer, Oregon, Jody O’Connell of Simi Valley, California, Rocki Horn of Des Moines, Iowa, Trina Wunschel of Woodward, Iowa, Tracy Bedell of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Jeff Bedell of Mineola, Iowa, Brenda Mattes of Sioux City, Iowa; twelve great grandchildren; seven great nieces and nephews and many friends.

Harold thought that there was nothing more precious than life.
He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends,
but his memory will live on in their hearts.
May God grant comfort and peace to those that mourn his passing.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Longfellow, Marilyn Ann Park - Funeral services for Marilyn Longfellow, age 77, of Bedford, who died Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be given in Marilyn’s name.

Marilyn Ann (Park) Longfellow was born June 1, 1933, in Bedford, Iowa the daughter of Arthur Montgomery Park and Ruth Irene (Hopson) Park. Marilyn grew up attending school in Bedford, graduating with the Class of 1952. She was united in marriage to Marvin Longfellow and in 1961 their daughter Kay Lynn was born. The family lived in various states before returning to Bedford in 1971. Marilyn worked for O’Bryan Brothers and The Gordon C. Hill Agency & Abstract Company in the office for a number of years. Marilyn became the Assistant City Clerk for the City of Bedford, finishing her working career as the City Clerk, a position she held until her retirement in 1995.

Marilyn enjoyed listening to country music. Growing up she had been very active in 4-H and was the Taylor County Centennial Queen in 1953. She was also a competitive bowler for many years. Marilyn was especially proud of her daughter Kay Lynn and enjoyed attending all of her high school activities. Amber and Amy have fond memories of the times when they were growing up when Marilyn would take them on a picnic lunch collecting fall leaves and pinecones at the Lake of Three Fires. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother and grandmother is her daughter Kay Lynn French and husband Jerry; a brother, Max Park and wife Ardyth; and her two granddaughters, Amber Hoepker and husband Kenneth; and Amy French and fiancé Heath Victor, all of Bedford; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents Arthur and Ruth Park.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Lucas, Dorothy Pauline Mohler - Funeral services for Dorothy Lucas, age 96, of Bedford, who died Friday, August 27, 2010 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Monday, August 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be given in Dorothy’s name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Dorothy Pauline (Mohler) Lucas was born February 25, 1914, the daughter of Frank and Carrie (Williams) Mohler. She lived in Taylor County all of her life, graduating from the Bedford High School with the Class of 1932. Dot was united in marriage to Max Leroy Lucas on October 20, 1934, in front of the walnut fireplace in her parent’s home east of Bedford with Reverend J. Stanley Decker officiating. She became a member of the Presbyterian Church in 1920 and later joined the Baptist Church in Bedford in 1950.

Max and Dot farmed east of Bedford until 1963, when they moved into a new house on west Main Street. They spent ten winters in Fort Meyers, Florida until Max’s health deteriorated. Max passed away July 9, 1986. Dot enjoyed cooking (especially baking chocolate chip cookies), her home, her 50-inch TV and her old red car! She was honored on Mothers Day in 2005 as Mother of the Year.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend are her two sons, Donovan Lucas and wife Joyce of Indianola; James Lucas and wife Kay of Bedford; a sister Virginia Briggs of Cedar Rapids; ten grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Dorothy in death are her parents; her husband; two brothers; two sisters; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Barnett, Dean Franklin - Dean Franklin Barnett was born November 5, 1929 at Bedford, Iowa to Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Barnett and Alta Mae (Townsend) Barnett. He graduated from Clearmont High School and continued helping his dad farm. He continued farming and worked at Snodderly Lumber Co. in Clearmont. He began working at Hoover-NSK Corporation in 1978 and retired from NSK in February 1992. Dean was united in marriage to Maria Jeckle May 24, 1986 and they lived on a farm in rural Guss, Iowa. The couple moved to Clarinda in 2003.
Dean served in the United States Army during the Korean War entering in Dec 1953 and being honorably discharged Sept 1955. He also served in the Army National Guard of Missouri for six years prior to the Korean War and one year after his active duty. Dean was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Hopkins, and the Braddyville Christian Church. His favorite pastime was to make people laugh as he did up to the last moments at the Clarinda Hospital.
Dean passed away at the Clarinda Regional Health Center early Tuesday morning, August 31, 2010 at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Alta Mae Barnett, wife Maria, and step daughter Anna Shepherd.
He leaves behind his children: Barb Evans and special friend Bob Housh, Nebraska City, NE, Tom Barnett of Auburn, NE, Teresa Kendall of Braddyville, IA, and Gayle Main and special friend Lon Fefeber of Clarinda; grandchildren Pam Moyer and husband Jason, Jeff Evans, Derek Kendall and wife Katie, Ryan Main and Stephanie Main, Alex Barnett and Allison Barnett; great grandchildren Cailyn Barnett, Parker Meyer, Tori Sue Kendall; step children Ray Shepherd, Detroit, MI, Frank Shepherd and wife Nancy of Virginia Beach, VA, Joe Shepherd and wife Kim of Clarinda; step grandchildren Abigail and Noah Shepherd and Alayna Shepherd.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel with Bettie Hull officiating. Interment was at Clarinda Cemetery. Pallbearers include Lon Lefeber, Jarod Coy, Glen Kirsch, Chris Drennen, Herb and Steve Snodderly. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Carmichael, Mark Neumeyer, Ron Dale, Mark Haverkamp, Jake Humphrey, Norm Drennen, C Jay Smith, Roger Graham, Mike Gray and Jim Hale. Military honors were given by American Legion Sergy Post #98 of Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to Braddyville Christian Church. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. www.EFC.cc

Creston News-Advertiser, Creston, Union County, Iowa


CLEARFIELD - Virgil DEARDORFF, 60, of Clearfield, died Wednesday evening, April 5, 1989, at Mercy Medical center in Des Moines [Iowa].

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield. The Rev. Duane FERGUSON will officiate with burial in the Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Iowa. The Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Clearfield has charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Mr. DEARDORFF was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Worth county, Mo., to Virgil A. and Pearl (BOWER) DEARDORFF. He married Lavaun RUNDELL May 11, 1952, in Huntsville, Ark. He spent his life around the Clearfield area where he worked as a farm hand. He was a member of the Clearfield American Legion, Creston VFW Post 1797, and a past member of the Clearfield Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Lavaun of Clearfield; two sons, Frederick of Sac City and Randy DEARDORFF of Clearfield; two
daughters, Virgia (Mrs. Walter) GREEN of Corning and Lisa DEARDORFF of Clearfield; four grandchildren; a brother, Phillip
DEARDORFF of Parnell, Mo., and 4 sisters, Barbara DEARDORFF and Bonnie (Mrs. Jerry) FLETCHALL of Clearfield, Verna (Mrs. Mervin) FLETCHALL of Grant City, Mo., and Connie ASHER of Worth, Mo.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010

Roberts, John Arthur - Celebration of life services for John Roberts, age 70, of Bedford, who died Monday, September 13, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Services will be held Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Private family interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

John Arthur Roberts entered this world on May 15, 1940, in Independence, Iowa. His parents were Earl and Roberta (Stegal) Roberts. When he was three a beautiful woman by the name of Pauline Franck entered John’s life and after she and Earl married, he was told ‘Well I guess you should call me mother’.

John joined the Navy while still in high school and after graduating from Oran High in 1958 he reported for active duty and was stationed in Hawaii.

On May 28, 1961 John married Karen Rops from Waterloo. As we all know John and Karen had a love affair that continued for over 49 years. To this union 3 daughters were born, Linda, Susan and Nancy.

Upon returning from the service he went to work for John Deere Tractor Works where he remained for 17 years. During his time at Deere’s he farmed near Shell Rock, Iowa and attended University of Northern Iowa. While residing in Shell Rock John was president of Jaycee’s and was a very active member of the United Methodist Church. Lifelong friends were made in their rural neighborhood.

One day John and Karen decided to follow their dream (one of many) of owning a dairy farm. A move to Highlandville, Iowa was in order. Many years were spent in the breathtaking heart of northeastern Iowa. Daughters were raised while raising dairy calves. He attended and graduated from Ag School. During the years of dairy farming the family was able to get away one week a year for a little fishing in Minnesota. John was often quoted ‘The best day in his life was buying a boat and the best day in his life was selling the boat’. Fishing brought all our family together starting with a honeymoon in 1961.

John began working with manufacturing companies while living in Decorah as a maintenance manager for Monona Wire. He then moved to Osceola and worked for Iowa Assemblies as manufacturing manager for five plants in south west Iowa. Through his work he mentored many great friends and colleagues. After receiving a call to manage a small appliqué plant in Bedford, Iowa, John and Karen started Stitch by Stitch. They were a couple that worked well together. John was active in Bedford Chamber and served as President in the 1990’s. He then retired from MG Machining rounding out his fulfilling career.

Those who knew John knew he never retired, one trip to the farm would paint the picture of talent he possessed in carpentry. The ‘barn’ he converted to a home is amazing! His family will remain surrounded by this talent for years to come.

John was a man of many quotes, especially when dealing with life’s situations i.e. ‘That’s the long and the short of it.’ (that worked well when he had a tape measure in his hand!); ‘Endeavor to persevere’; ‘God will give you the nickel when it is time to go to the store’ is another quote that has come to fruition in these last moments of John’s life.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Watching them grow, learn, spoiling them like he was never able to spoil his own. The word “No” was rarely heard when they were around.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Karen; three daughters Linda (and Tom) Throckmorton, Susan (and Jeremy) Swartz and Nancy (and John) McBride; grandchildren, Nicholas, Devon, Caila, Haley, Madison, Noah, Kyla and Dalton; sister Marguerite (and Robert) Shreve, step-brothers Kenneth (and Mary) Franck and Robert Franck along with many nieces, nephews and wonderful lifelong friends.

Preceding John in death are his parents Earl and Pauline Roberts, mother Roberta Stegal, brother Edward Roberts, father-in-law Donald Mitchell

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.


Wilcoxson, Paul Calvin - Paul Calvin Wilcoxson was born January 29, 1934, in Clarinda, Iowa, to George and Mildred (Eberly) Wilcoxson. Paul lived in the Clarinda area until he joined the United States Army in 1954. Upon his discharge from the Army he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served until 1960. During this time Paul worked and lived in the Clarinda area.

Paul died Saturday, September 18, 2010.

In 1984, Paul was wed to Velva McFadden. Together they lived in Bedford until his passing. Paul enjoyed working on cars and trucks and operated his own body shop in Bedford for many years. He always enjoyed talking with customers and sharing stories with them about his family and his hobbies.

Paul always enjoyed sports. It didn’t matter what time, what day, or where he was, he was either listening to or watching sports. His favorite sports were NASCAR and boxing. If there was a NASCAR event he was glued to it and the outcome. Paul also enjoyed hunting and trapping. Paul loved to go hunting with his son Dan, and when a fresh snow fell he was always ready to go coyote hunting with the gang.

Paul also enjoyed gardening. He took great pride in his garden and enjoyed watching his time and effort blossom into tasty vegetables for all to eat and enjoy. He also enjoyed giving tours of his garden to the grandkids while riding with them on the lawn mower. Paul also loved to read books about the ole’ west, especially those authored by Louis L’Amour, listening to the “Elephant Shop” and he never passed up the chance to eat at Burger King.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend are wife, Velva Wilcoxson of Bedford; three sons, Dick Wilcoxson of Columbus, NE; Bill Wilcoxson of Clarinda; and Dan Wilcoxson and wife Sheila also of Clarinda; stepchildren Patty Lischer and husband Jay of Bedford; Tim McFadden and wife Mona of Council Bluffs; Mary McFadden of Gravity; Bill McFadden and wife Yolanda of Wellston, Oklahoma; Lorna Bucher and husband Dale of Bedford; brothers Marion Wilcoxson of Clarinda; Charles Wilcoxson and wife Susie of Truman, AR; sisters; Maybelle Henry of Yuma, AZ; Ethel Carmichael of Omaha, NE; Goldie Scroggs of Red Oak; many grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Paul in death are his parents, George and Mildred Wilcoxson and a brother Robert Wilcoxson.


Cross, William James - William James Cross, the son of Thomas J. and Mable Horton Cross, was born February 16, 1921, in Taylor County, Iowa. He attended the Bedford Public Schools and participated in many athletics. He graduated from high school in 1939 and began his career in the grocery store business. On March 9, 1941, Bill married Darlene Holker and to this union there were born two children: Caye and Richard.
Bill was drafted into the United States Army Air Force on November 10, 1942, and served for three years in numerous places. After being discharged in 1945, he returned home to Bedford where he continued his work in the local grocery store. In 1957, Bill and his family purchased the Bedford Wholesale Grocery and continued to run the business until 1980 when they sold it. As a couple, Bill and Darlene enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Arizona.
William Cross passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010, in Corning, Iowa. He was surrounded by his family who remain to cherish his memory.

William is preceded in death by his parents; daughter Caye Cross Keith; siblings Thomas Cross, Clifford Cross, Helen and husband Charles Owens, Peggy and husband Stewart Allen, Frances and husband Richard Farr, brothers-in-law Ed Squires, Basil Lucas, and Charles Flint; nieces and nephews Mitchell Shawn Lucas, Julia Flint, Steph and Vince Squires, and Craig Owens.

Surviving William are his wife of 69 years Darlene; son Richard Cross and wife Elegena of Bedford; son in law Kenneth Keith and wife Judy of Dakota Dunes, SD; grandchildren Julie Rowe and husband Jim of Bedford, Lisa Sudtelgte and husband Tim of Cypress, TX, and Braden Keith of Sioux City, Iowa; step grandchild Chris Fox and wife Christy of Sioux City, Iowa and Pat Fox of Kansas City, MO; great grandchildren Danielle and Haley Rowe of Bedford, Sydney, Alec and Carlie Sudtelgte of Cypress, TX; step great grandchildren Bailie Fox of Kansas City, MO, and Connor Fox of Sioux City, IA; siblings Alice Flint of Montana, Fred Cross of Bedford, Bryan Cross and wife Delores of Bedford, Bette Cross Squires of Cresco, IA and Judy Lucas, of Bryn Maur, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for William James Cross, 89 of Bedford, Iowa, will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Methodist Church in Bedford. Visitation with family present will be at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford Friday evening from 7-8:00 p.m. There will be Masonic Services beginning at 7 p.m. with the visitation following.
Burial will be following the service at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Military Honors provided by American Legion John F Hardin Post 164 of Bedford, Iowa.

Memorials are suggested to Southwest Iowa Hospice or the Bedford Ambulance.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford is in charge of arrangements


Davison, Myra Lininger - Myra Lininger Davison was born November 9, 1948
to Elmer Thomas and Charlotte E. (Hord) Lininger in Maryville, Missouri.

Myra enjoyed watching movies, listening to music, playing computer games and crocheting. She was the greatest grandma in the world.

Myra is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Jim Lininger, Ronnie Lininger, Julie Griffith and Thomas Lininger.

Surviving Myra is her daughter Claudia Davison Putnam and husband Steve of Bedford; grandchildren Parker Davison and Emma Putnam of Bedford; siblings Jerry Lininger and wife Reada of Savannah, Missouri and Judi Weems and husband Ken of Bedford; nephews Tully Kessler and wife Lori of Omaha, Nebraska, Sam Lininger of Savannah, Missouri, Dan Harwell of Bedford, Lee Harwell of Blockton, Earl Griffith and wife Angela of Bedford and Randy Griffith and friend Jessica Walston of Bedford; nieces Lori Bolinger and husband Gary of Bedford and their son Brodie; sister in law Helen Lininger of St. Joseph, Missouri and her daughters Kelly, Genema and Mindy.

Funeral services for Myra will be held 2:00 Friday, October 1, 2010, at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Skidmore, Missouri. Memorials may be directed to the family. Following the service, the family is meeting at the American Legion in Maryville for time of fellowship.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford is in charge of arrangements. www.EFC.cc


Holland, Berniece - Berniece Holland, 92, formerly of Des Moines, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 at Manor Care in Davenport, Iowa, with her devoted niece, Carolyn, by her side. She died after 12 years with Alzheimer's disease.

Berniece, daughter of Samuel M. Holland and Lesta Ruth Cunning Holland, was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Taylor County, near New Market. Her parents, five brothers, Harold, Carl (and wife Merle), Ray, Hubert, and Lowell, and a nephew, Charles Samuel Holland, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Church of Christ in New Market with Pastor Russ Clark officiating. Burial will be in Old Memory Cemetery in New Market next to her family.

Berniece began her working career as an elementary teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Ringgold County for two years and then two years at Blockton Elementary School. After finishing her degree in accounting she worked as an accountant for various hotels, spending 13 years at the Blackstone Hotel in Omaha as the office manager and accountant, and 15 years at the Hyatt Hotel in Des Moines as controller, retiring in 1983.

She was always a beautiful, gracious lady and always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She enjoyed spending time with family, going to church and reading her Bible, which was always close at hand. She loved kittens, children, bowling, playing cards and games, and especially enjoyed traveling with her friends. She also enjoyed her membership and many friends in the Acanthus Chapter of Eastern Star in Des Moines.

Berniece will be greatly missed by her family, which includes nieces Carolyn (Arlen) Beck of Davenport and Sue (Jerry) Ferris of Waukee; nephew Larry Holland of Turin, Alberta, Canada; three great-nieces and a great-nephew; 10 great-great-nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Pauline Holland Hansen of Creston; and many cousins and friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com


Smith, Dale - Funeral services for Dale Smith, age 73, of Bedford, who died Friday, October 1, 2010 at his home in Bedford were held Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment was held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Dale was born on July 21, 1937 in Bedford, Iowa, the second of five children to John Eli Smith and Beatrice (Larson) Smith. Dale lived and attended school in Bedford and in rural Taylor County throughout his childhood and early adulthood. During this time he met the love of his life, Janet McNutt, one evening at the Bedford Candy Kitchen. The two were married at the Hopkins Methodist Church June 13, 1959. Together they shared over 51 loving years with one another. To this blessed couple three children were born, Sonia Sue Smith; Dale Stanley Smith Jr.; and Gina Lynne Smith.

After his marriage to Janet, Dale joined the United States Army in September of 1960.
After two years of service to his country he was honorably discharged in September of 1962 where he returned home to his family.

Dale worked most of his life for Schildberg Construction. During his 40 plus years with the company he held many different job titles as the crew moved from quarry to quarry. Dale was known among his peers as hard working and always dependable. He always tackled each task with passion and determination.

When Dale wasn’t working he had several hobbies that he loved. He was a passionate woodworker, always enjoying taking an idea from his mind and then turning it into a beautiful masterpiece. He was also an avid reader. He especially enjoyed the great western classics authored by Louis L’Amour. Over the years he acquired an extensive collection of his work, and enjoyed the fact that he was able to share his collection with other family members. Dale also loved to mow and maintain his yard. He took great pride in keeping it looking nice throughout the ever changing Iowa seasons. Dale was also a member of the Bedford American Legion, John F. Hardin Post 164.

Dale’s greatest passion and hobby though was his family. His wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, parents and siblings were always his top priority. He enjoyed spending time with them.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend are wife, Janet of Bedford; three children, Sonia Sue Smith of Bedford; Dale Stanley Smith Jr. and wife Michelle of Bedford; and Gina Lynne Smith and fiancé Adam Jackson also of Bedford; brothers Larry Smith and wife Patsy of Boone; Bobby Dale Smith and wife Patricia of Bedford; sister Fannie Singleton and husband Larry of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; grandchildren, Brandi Nicholson, Lindsey Nicholson, Lacy Nicholson, Holly Cavin and husband Terry, Cody Sleep, Abby Smith, Erica Smith, Dustin Smith, and Destry Bassinger; great-grandchildren, Tori, Selena, Marcus, Brayden, Aikley, and Quentin; along with two unborn great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Smyser and CM Asher both of Sheridan, Missouri; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Dale in death are his parents, John and Beatrice Smith; and two sisters Virginia Asher and Alberta Smyser.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Hardisty, Donna Rae Emig - Funeral services for Donna Hardisty, age 60, of the Corning/Carl area, who died Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at her home, will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home in Corning. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:00 Noon until service time with the family greeting friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Interment will held in the Carl Cemetery.

Donna Rae (Emig) Hardisty was born January 3, 1950, in Leon, Iowa the daughter of Gerald Henry Emig and Darlene Lucille (Lantz) Emig. She grew up attending school in the Redding and Lenox areas. On March 23, 1968, while driving around Lenox she met Donald Hardisty who was also driving around town. By April 22, 1968, after a whirlwind romance, she had a ring on her finger and the couple was united in marriage on August 4, 1968! On October 3, 1972, they were blessed when David James came into their lives.

The couple moved to the family farm where they continued to live until this day. They both enjoyed living on the farm and the lifestyle it provided their family. Donna worked side-by-side Don in the fields, whether it was combining or planting and was also a huge asset in the raising of hogs and the breeding of their miniature Schnauzer and Chow dogs. In her earlier years, Donna attended the Christian Church in Lenox and was active in teaching Sunday school and Bible school. She also taught Sunday school at the Carl Church. Donna was a very creative lady who enjoyed making plastic canvas creations, ceramics, sewing and crocheting. She enjoyed the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series, reading and gardening. One of her best kept secrets was that she was the Iowa State Fair Nail Driving Champion for two years! She loved her family, and especially the daycare children who became family to her, that she helped raise over the years. Although Donna was a "homebody" she enjoyed her days and was always a happy upbeat person.

Left to cherish the memory of Donna is her husband of 42 years, Don Hardisty of the Corning/Carl areas; son David James Hardisty and wife Ann of Panora, Iowa; two brothers, Gary Emig and wife Linda; and Larry Emig and wife Carol, both of Eagleville, Missouri; two sisters, Karyn Graham and husband Bob of Benton, Iowa; and Darla Brown and husband Don of Ridgeway, Missouri; two granddaughters, Hannah and Emme Hardisty of Panora, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Donna in death are her parents, Gerald and Darlene Emig, and two brothers, Jerry and Rodney Emig.

Donna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Arrangements were entrusted to Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.

Evans, Leo F. - A Celebration of Life Gathering of Friends for Leo F. Evans, age 88, of Creston, formerly of the Lenox/Sharpsburg areas, who died Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston will be held Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM with the family greeting friends.

Leo Francis Evans was born April 8, 1922 at his family home north of Lenox, Iowa the son of Dewey Nelson Evans and Sinah Jane Evans. He grew up attending country school in Adams County, high school in Lenox and graduated from the Sharpsburg High School with the Class of 1939. On May 19, 1942, he was united in married to Marjorie Ferguson in Grant City, Missouri. They drove to Creston to spend the night at the Iowana Hotel, then it was right back to farming! Seven children were born to bless their lives, Sandra Kay, Joyce Ilene, Patricia Jean, Jacqueline Carol, Michael Allen, Laurie Lou and Nicholas Leo.

Leo and Marjorie farmed in the Sharpsburg and Lenox areas until their retirement in 1987. Leo loved farming and the lifestyle it provided his family. Leo was named “Farmer of the Year”. He would tell you he was a ‘farmer through and through’. Leo served on the school board, was a 4-H Leader and a member of both the Lenox United Methodist Church and the Lenox Stock and Saddle Club. He was also a member of the Clearfield Lions Club. In 1972, Leo and Marjorie sang with the Lentennial Aires, recording a record for the Lenox Centennial. For over 25 years, Leo and Marjorie wintered in Alamo, Texas where he worked as a postal worker at the park. In 2004, they were named ‘Winter Texans’ for the City of Alamo.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend are his loving wife of 68 years, Marjorie Evans of Creston; his seven children, Sandra Kay Shields and husband Bob of Atlantic, Iowa; Joyce Ilene Weeda of Lenox; Patricia Jean Ferris and husband Dave of Lenox; Jacqueline Carol Wehrle and husband Mark of Lake Ozark, Missouri; Michael Allen Evans and wife Jill of New Richmond, Wisconsin; Laurie Lou Sybert and husband Lyle of Osage Beach, Missouri; and Nicholas Leo Evans and wife Laurie of Creston; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; a sister, Vada Quinn of Washington; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and several communities of friends.

Preceding Leo in death are his parents Dewey and Jenny Evans; a brother Dean; son-in-law Delbert Weeda; and two granddaughters, Jasmine Evans and Lauren Sybert.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Hegwood, Dorothy Mae Symonds - Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Dorothy Hegwood, age 93, of Lenox, who died Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at her home at Vintage Park will be held Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lenox Christian Church. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 7 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment of ashes will be held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Dorothy Mae Hegwood, daughter of Harry and Ida (Walker) Symonds, was born February 8, 1917 in her family home at Carl, Iowa. She grew up in a farming family during the depression, attending elementary and Jr. High School at the Pell Country School. She graduated from Corning High School with the Class of 1935. Following graduation she attended Northwest Missouri Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri where she earned her teaching certificate. As a country school teacher she was responsible for arriving early enough to start the fire before the students arrived and she actually did walk 2 miles to get there! She especially enjoyed teaching 4th grade and social studies.

On May 1, 1944, at the age of 27, she was united in marriage in Des Moines, Iowa to Leland Allie Hegwood of Lenox. She and Allie met while attending a “Dime Dance” night at the Pavilion in Creston. Throughout their marriage they enjoyed dancing whenever they could. After their wedding they moved to San Rafael, California while Allie was stationed in the Air Corp during World War II. After the war they came “home” to Lenox. To this union two boys were born, Phil and Bob.

Dorothy joined the church at an early age. As an adult she taught Sunday School and Bible School, and enjoyed Circle and other church activities. In addition to church, she was a substitute teacher for the Lenox Community School District for many years. Dorothy was a 50 year member of the Lenox Chapter of PEO and held various offices in the organization. She was also a member of various card clubs. Her hobbies included bridge, needlework, quilting, reading, gardening, exercising and walking. She truly believed that her consistent exercising and walking kept her young . . . up until the last few months of her life. In addition to her other hobbies, she and Allie were avid golfers. When they traveled they enjoyed stopping at different golf courses to play. Her ‘hole-in-one’ came BEFORE Allie’s so naturally he was a little miffed since she hadn’t been playing as long as he, but thankfully, his came shortly thereafter! After Allie’s death she truly enjoyed her “Ladies” group and their special outings. Among Dorothy’s favorites were pecan pie, mystery novels, the color black, the spring season, sitting outside to enjoy the sun, birds and trees and her very special younger friends, Ryan, Wade and Jake Samo, and Naomi and Hanna Maxa. Dorothy’s love for her grandchildren created a very special bond. Grandma and GG (as she was known by her great-grandchildren) will always hold a loving spot in their hearts.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother, grandmother, teacher and friend is her sister Esther Hogan of Corning; her two sons Phil Hegwood and wife Diana of Urbandale, Iowa; and Bob Hegwood and wife Jane of Lyons, Colorado; Six grandchildren, Amy of Pella, Iowa; Julie of Clive, Iowa; Tim and wife Kristy of Urbandale, Iowa; Zach of Lafayette, Colorado; Jamie of Aurora, Colorado; and Travis of Mead, Colorado; ten great-grandchildren, Dan, Jordan, Sydney, Kyle, Ben, Jacob, Mya, Mary, Marcus and King; along with several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents Harry and Ida Symonds; her husband Allie Hegwood; three brothers, Don, Walter (Geneva), and Harold (Doris); her young sister Hazel; and a foster sister, Blanche; two brothers-in-law, Lester Hegwood (Helen) and Donald Hogan; and two sisters-in-law, Irma Wilcox (Dwight) and Erla Barker (Jesse).

Dorothy’s grandchildren have many fond memories of their Grandma including such things as: she would never say no to a game of cards; she made great homemade noodles; her ham balls were the best; there was always candy in the candy dish (and if we ate it all, we knew where the backup stash was!); she always brought M & Ms when she and Grandpa came to stay with us; she would paint our fingernails (mom didn’t have any!) and let us use her beautiful scarves to play dress up. She always wanted to know all about our activities and our friends; she was always doting over us at the dinner table; she loved playing games with us and reading to us; golfing with Grandma was always fun, and it was great when she let us hit any ball we wanted when playing pool. Being with Grandma was always lots of fun! Oh, and she always signed birthday cards by saying “Have fun on your special day!”

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Heyle, Ruby Opal Adams - Graveside services for Ruby Heyle, age 92, of Bedford, who died Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 1:30 PM. at the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri.

Ruby Opal (Adams) Heyle was born in Ringgold County near Redding, Iowa on December 26, 1917 the daughter of Ralph Christopher Adams and Ruth (Miller) Adams. She grew up in Worth County, Missouri graduating from Grant City High School with the Class of 1937. She was united in marriage to Rex Heyle on September 27, 1940 in Grant City, Missouri. After their marriage she and Rex farmed in the Worth County area. In 1955, the family moved to the Wintermute Farm, living there four years, before purchasing a farm in Gay Township. Rex passed away in 1973 and Ruby continued to live and work on the farm until moving into Bedford in December of 1991. She passed away peacefully at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

Ruby was baptized in 1934 and was a long-time member of the Blockton Christian Church. She was passionate about travel having been to every state, some many times, including Hawaii and a cruise and land trip to Alaska. She was fond of country music, traveling to Branson, Missouri on bus tours for many years. Ruby was an excellent cook and baker, having fresh baked goods for her friends and family. She had a caring nature and a joyful attitude and enjoyed her involvement with her grandchildren.

Left to cherish the memories of Ruby are her two daughters, Judy McGee of Omaha, Nebraska; and Joyce Hunt and husband John of Coralville, Iowa; four grandchildren, Susan Sutton and husband Bob and their children Taylor and Marisa of Omaha, Nebraska; Sarah Igel and daughter Kortni of Omaha, Nebraska; Steven Hunt of Creston; and Angela Wolf and husband Alan of West Lafayette, Indiana; a niece, two nephews and other relatives and friends.

Preceding Ruby in death are her parents Ralph and Ruth Adams; her loving husband Rex in 1973; a brother Cleo Adams and a sister Janice Groom.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.


Eitzen, Ivan Duane - Ivan Duane Eitzen was born on January 17, 1929 in Page County, Iowa, the son of Harry Theodore and Elizabeth Charlotte (Meyers) Eitzen. Ivan entered into eternal peace on Monday, November 29, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ivan’s early years were spent on the farm with his folks in rural Coin. He attended LaPraire Country School and graduated from the 8th grade. Ivan served his country with pride as a soldier in the United States Army. He served as Sergeant in the 25th Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict.
On March 10, 1963 he was united in marriage to Helen Viola Stamps at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah. They enjoyed 47 years of marriage.
Ivan and Helen made their home in the Coin area where the couple farmed. In 1995 they moved to Essex. Ivan not wanting to give up his passion for farming, took up work at Cropmate and the Essex Elevator. He also helped out his friends when needed on their farms. He was currently working part-time at the Clarinda Correctional Facility.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Elizabeth; brother Ermal Eitzen; his father and mother-in-law Ray and Reva Stamps; brother-in-law Howard Reed; nephew Ted Reed; and niece Becky Reed.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Helen Eitzen; daughter Terri Krause; grandsons Nick Krause and wife Heather, Kevin Krause, Todd Krause, and Adam Krause and wife Elaine; sisters Helen Reed and Kathryn Nelson; brothers-in-laws Dean Stamps and wife Rita, Curt Stamps and wife Darlene, Larry Stamps, Garry Stamps and wife Judy and Carroll Stamps and wife Jan; sisters-in-law Ruth Thompson and Jean Eitzen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2010 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex, Iowa with Rev. Jerry Lamb officiating. Burial followed in the Guss Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.
Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements