Taylor County, Iowa Obituaries
from: Jerry Hamm - h4547@aol.com

Mary Lou Walkup

Mary Lou Walkup, daughter of Hazel (Tamerius) Matheny and Joseph Matheny, was born February 5, 1927 at Platteville, Iowa. Mary grew up in the Platteville area and she graduated from Blockton high school. On December 24, 1947 she married Robert J. Walkup. Mary lived at Blockton until 1988 when she moved to Clearfield. Mary was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Blockton and the United Methodist Church in Clearfield.

Mary was a hard worker and loved to cook; always able to feed any number of guests who might show up. Mary made everyone feel welcome and they always left fed. She maintained a large garden and naturally did a lot of canning. She was a loving mother and grandmother and also did babysitting. Mary loved animals and was known to keep some in the house, keeping them warm after their birth. She loved birds and her favorite was the Cardinal.

Mary became a resident of Clearview Home in Clearfield and it was there that she passed away on October 30, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1986, and two brothers, Earl Matheny and Joseph “Jiggs” Matheny.

Survivors include her children, Diana Son of Indianola, Iowa, Brenda Poppa of Grimes, Iowa and Robert R. (Misty) Walkup of Diagonal, Iowa; six grandchildren, Alan (Deb) England, Edward (Joni) Walston, Sue Murphy, Mindy Walston, Tory (Chris) Parker and Shaun Walkup; seven great-grandchildren, Kane and Kaci Ellenwood, Maci and Jadon Ballard, Thane Walston, Gracie Poppa and Ryer Parker; sister, Ardith Sickels of Clearfield, Iowa; brother, Wilbur “Wiggs” Matheny of Nevada, Iowa; four sisters-in-law, Eileen Matheny of Clearfield, Iowa, Marilyn Beck of Lenox, Iowa, Annabel Walkup of Redding, Iowa and Helen Walkup of Humeston, Iowa, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.   

The care and compassion shown to Mary by Clearview Home in Clearfield and Hospice of Central Iowa were appreciated by her family. 

A memorial fund has been established to the Blockton community building. Arrangements were handled by Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield.

Services were conducted at the Christian church in Blockton on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, with Rev. Scott Marcum officiating. Musicians were Jodi Lawrence and Marvel Melvin.

Casket bearers included Alan England, Edward Walston, Shaun Walkup, Kane Ellenwood, Jadon Ballard and Thane Walston.

Honorary pallbearers were Sue Murphy, Mindy Walston, Tory Parker, Kaci Ellenwood, Maci Ballard, Gracie Poppa and Ryer Parker.

Mary was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.


Kleckner, Franklin I.
Franklin I. Kleckner, 71, a resident of the Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley, Illinois and formerly of Milan, Illinois died Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 3, 2004 at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Chapel, Bettendorf, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the family.

Franklin was born October 21, 1932 in Bedford, Iowa, the son of Herbert & Frances Kleckner. He married Ramona Ewart in Blockton, Iowa in the late 1940’s. She preceded him in death. In early years, he was employed as a millwright at the Ralston Purina Company in Davenport. He also worked at Franks Foundry, McLaughlin Body and John Deere, all in Moline, Illinois. During his last working years, he was employed in a window manufacturing firm in Rantoul, Illinois.

Those left to honor his memory include his sons, Gary Kleckner of Rantoul, Illinois and Larry Kleckner of Milan; his step-daughter, Gini Jones of Belleville, Illinois; his grandsons, Jeff Brown of Lutz, Florida and Michael Pond Jones of Belleville; his sisters, Frances Ann Moffit of Galesburg, Illinois and Donna Beckett of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his brother, Bill Kleckner of Creston, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews & cousins. Frank was preceded in death by seven sisters & brothers; and his long-time beloved companion, Helen Pond.


Maxwell, Jay Burley

ALAMOSA — Longtime Alamosa resident Jay Burley Maxwell, 89, died December 8, 2010 at this home in Alamosa.

Jay was born in Taylor County, Iowa on August 15, 1921, the son of Walter S. and Florence Mae Burley Maxwell. He married his wife of 66 years, Susie Grace Berryman on September 2, 1944. To this union were born Gregory Maxwell and James Maxwell.

Jay worked 40 years until his retirement as an Auto Service Manager for Montgomery Ward. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1943.

Jay was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Alamosa and served on the building committee when the current building was built. In his younger years, he sang in the church choir.

Jay was a lifetime member of the Alamosa B.P.O.E. #1297; a member of the Alamosa Golf Club where he had the honor of receiving an award for his “Hole in One”; was involved with the Adams State Athletic Foundation; and served as Past President and Deputy District Governor of the Lions International.

Jay is survived by his loving wife Susie Grace Maxwell of the family home and his son Greg Maxwell of Grand Junction, Colo.; as well as his brother Gerald Maxwell of Villisca, Iowa and his sister Joan Blume of Clarinda, Iowa.

His parents, his son James Maxwell and his sister Jean Schaffer preceded him in death.

Cremation was chosen and a Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Alamosa. Contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 2005 Mullins Ave., Alamosa, CO 81101 in his memory.

Rogers Family Mortuary of Alamosa is in care of the arrangements.


Clarence Darwin Pace

Clarence Darwin Pace, 84, St. George, Utah, formerly of Laramie, died Dec. 22, 2008, in St. George.

He was born in 1924 in Bedford, Iowa, the last of four boys born to Claude Harry Pace and Bula Irene (Fine). His brothers were Elvis (Maxine), Ray (Maxine) and Glen (Betty) Pace.

When he was 1, the family moved to the small farming community of Hillsdale, where he spent his early life. Despite his small size, he was the high school basketball star. He graduated fiom Hillsdale High School in 1942. His dream was to attend and play basketball at the University of Wyoming, but other duties called. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. His service took him to the South Pacific and Hawaii.

While at home on leave in 1946, Clarence and Dorothy Schliske were married. They had two daughters, Barbara Jean and Deanna Sue. The family was involved in 4-H, the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cheyenne and many social activities, including bowling and card-playing with friends. The couple divorced in 1974.

Clarence worked for Ford Motor Company as the small truck salesman for many years, earning many awards and honors. Later, he was hired as the sales manager of Bob Brunner Motors. He married Ruth M. May in 1974, and shortly after, they established the Pace Motor Company in Laramie. In 1982, he was named president of the Wyoming Automobile Association. With this and other positions, he and Ruth traveled all over the world, including all 48 contingent United States.

Upon retirement, they moved to Fallbrook, Calif., and spent 17 years in the golf community of Rancho Monserate, near San Diego, where they made many friends. Clarence golfed with buddies and played bridge with the ladies — always joking, enjoying himself and spreading that contagious joy to everyone around.

They moved to St. George in 2002. In his twilight years, he continued to make new friends and attended the New Promise Lutheran Church. He was content to read a Western novel, watch a sports event or listen to the news. He lived his life with dignity, gentleness and kindness, characteristics which were deeply woven into the fabric of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Jeanne Helser of Wyoming and Deanna Phillips (Mark) of Colorado; four grandchildren, Cheri, Brian, Brooke and Brittany; and two great-grandsons, Riley and Trace. He is also survived by two step-children, Deborah Carver of Cedar City, Utah, and Ted May (Diane) of Bend, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers and their wives. Services are planned for a celebration of his life in Cheyenne in July.

Although he will be missed, he will never be forgotten. Condolences may be sent to the family home at 39 North Valley View, No. 87, Saint George, UT 84770.


Ruth Dougherty-Jones

Ruth Jones, age 92, of Wales, Iowa passed away Friday, December 14, 2001 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Red Oak after an extended illness. Ruth H. Jones was born June 26, 1909 near Bedford, Iowa the daughter of Jesse and Effie (Horning) Dougherty. She was raised in the Bedford area and graduated from the Bedford High School.

She then attended Iowa Teachers College at Cedar Falls where she received her teaching certificate. Ruth was a teacher at the Wales Lincoln School until the time of her marriage to Dwight Jones in 1933 in Rockport, Missouri. She later worked at Schoenberg’s Clothing Store for 15 years until the store was closed. Dwight and Ruth lived all of their married life near Wales, Iowa until moving into Red Oak in 1988. They became residents of the Good Samaritan Care Center in 1989. Dwight preceded Ruth in death on March 11, 1990. Ruth was a member of the Wales Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star.

Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter: Josephine Starlin in 1996.

Survivors include her son: Bill Jones of Ramona, California; 4 grandchildren: Kathy Harris of Burlington, Vermont; Deborah Jones of Rohnert Park, California; Clyde Starlin, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona; and Randall Starlin of Oracle, Arizona; 5 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Floyd Dougherty and his wife Susie of Chula, Missouri; and Harry Dougherty and his wife Verda of Leon, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Monday, December 17, 2001 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Michael Harvey officiating. Burial will be in the Gomer Cemetery at Wales, Iowa. There will be open visitation at the funeral home on Sunday. Memorials are suggested to the Red Oak Good Samaritan Care Center.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Daryl Cooper

J. Daryl Cooper, age 90, of Council Bluffs, passed away April 5, 2010, at Risen Son Christian Village.

Joseph “Daryl” Cooper was born January 31, 1920, in Conway, Iowa, to the late Edward and Mary Jane (Hargin) Cooper. He graduated from Lenox, Iowa High School in 1937 and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Daryl married Opal Ratekin on June 7, 1941, in Maryville, Mo. Daryl and Opal were blessed with two children, Janice and James. They made their home in Dunlap, Iowa before moving to Council Bluffs in 1965. He worked for MidAmerican Energy for 38 years retiring in 1982 as a control supervisor. He was a charter member of Salem United Methodist Church and a 50+ member of the Masonic Lodge, where he was past master of the Dunlap, Iowa Masonic Lodge.

Daryl was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Wuster; and brother, Don Cooper.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Opal Cooper, of Council Bluffs; daughter, Janice (Jon) Scheurich, of Camarillo, Calif.; son, Jim (Janet) Cooper, of Council Bluffs; 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; brother, Dale (Ann) Cooper, of Bedford, Iowa.

Masonic service, Friday, 6 p.m., followed by visitation with the family until 8 p.m., at the Cutler-O'Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home. Funeral service, Saturday, 9 a.m., at the mortuary with Rev. David Weesner officiating. Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, Iowa. Memorials are suggested to Risen Son Christian Village or Asera Care Hospice.


Bryson, Everett Glee

Everett Glee Bryson, son of Fred L. and Ora Anderson Bryson, was born January 24, 1899 near Villisca, Iowa, and passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines, at the age of 65 years, 2 months, and 29 days. His early life was spent in and around Villisca, except for the time he gave in defense of his country.

He was united in marriage to Belvia J. Penwell, June 1, 1919, and to this union two sons were born, Fred and Max. The early years of their marriage was spent in and near Villisca, except for five years when they resided on a farm near New Market. They moved to Fontanelle in 1945, where he remained until his illness and death.

He is survived by his father, Fred L. Bryson of Walla Walla, Washington, a son Fredrick, a daughter in law, Lois, two grandchildren, “Private”, a brother Roy, all of Villisca, a brother, A. J. of Grant, two sisters Lena and Thelma of Concord, California, also many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his living wife, Belvia, a son Max, his mother, Ora, and brother Elmo.

He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church in Fontanelle, and gave generously of this woodworking talent and time. He was also a member of the American Legion, and Brotherhood of Railroad Employees. He was a devoted husband, father and provide, a kind and helpful neighbor, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Freemyer, Ethel Mary (Besco)
The funeral service for Ethel Mary Freemyer will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 10, at First Baptist Church, Albert Lea. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the service at the church.
Mary died on Monday, March 6, 2006, at Good Samaritan Center, Albert Lea. She was 86 years old.
Mary was born in Iowa on Sept. 1, 1919, the daughter of Robert and Lola (Bebout) Besco. She was a graduate of Conway, Iowa High School.
On Sept. 11, 1941, Mary was united in marriage with Leo B. Freemyer in Maryville, Mo. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and had been active in ladies’ groups. She had been a cook for the Albert Lea High School for many years.
Mary loved fishing, crocheting, and preparing Sunday dinners for her family. She was a supporter of Breast Cancer Research having been a 50-year survivor of breast cancer.
Mary is survived by three children: Irene Bowman of Albert Lea, Wayne Freemyer of Cottage Grove, Leo Doyle (Joan) Freemyer of Cottage Grove, seven grandchildren: Renee (John) Retzlaff of New Ulm, Jeffery (Judy) Bowman of Albert Lea, Scott (Michelle) Freemyer of Cottage Grove, Michelle Freemyer of Plymouth, Molly Block of Cottage Grove, Melissa (Andy) Craig of Afton, Maggie Freemyer and her fianc, Rob Becker of Cottage Grove; 11 great-grandchildren: Jared Bowman, Jenna Bowman, Nathan Retzlaff, Justin Retzlaff, Ryan Montgomery, Evan Montgomery, Erin Freemyer, Trevor Freemyer, Emma Block, Caleb Craig; brother-in-law, Truman Freemyer of Farragut, Iowa, and Elmer (Kathryn) Freemyer of Wyoming.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo in 1993; son-in-law, Emery Bowman; daughter-in-law, Connie Freemyer; one granddaughter, Jodi Montgomery; brother and sisters.


Mauderly, Corwin Emory

Corwin Mauderly, age 81, of Bedford, Iowa, died on Saturday, June 16, 2001. He was born on April 4, 1920 in Taylor County, Iowa, the son of Jerome and Zoa Sollars Mauderly. He grew up attending rural schools and graduated from Villisca High School in 1937. On November 28, 1940 he was married to Jean King in Maryville, Missouri. He served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946. After his discharge he farmed in the Bedford area.

He is survived by his wife Jean of the home, six children, Jerry Mauderly and wife Carolyn of Bedford, Iowa, Karen Jackson of Osceola, Iowa, Phyllis Traster and husband Jack of Osceola, Iowa, Donna Melvin and Terry Henson of Blockton, Iowa, Diane Scotton and husband Ed of Bedford, Iowa, and Wade Mauderly and wife Ramah of Bedford, Iowa three sisters, Velma Crowe of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Etta Wisecup and husband Sterling of Raymond, Iowa, and Ardith Henninger and husband Melvin of Washington, Missouri 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lucille Mauderly Memorial services were held on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at the Guss Cemetery. Ritchie of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.


Bashor, Lowell A. "Al" - Lowell A. "Al" Bashor, 88 of Hayward, WI and formerly of Park Forest, IL and Elgin, IL died Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.

Lowell A. Bashor was born December 31, 1923 in New Market, IA to Clyde and Agnes (Sundell) Bashor. He was raised on the family farm and attended school at Sharpsburg, IA. He then moved to California to work and later joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and served during WWII as a B24 Gunner, taking part in 34 missions. For his service to our country Al was honored with the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Air Medal, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on November 24, 1945 and moved to Chicago, IL where he started work with Bell Telephone Company as an Inside Maintaince Engineer. On September 4, 1948, Al was joined in marriage to Laverne Dohner in Riverside, IL. Al continued his work with Bell Telephone until 1980 when he retired and moved to Hayward, WI. Al returned to work as a bartender at the Athletic Club in Hayward before he took a position as a security guard with Louisiana Pacific. He held this position until he reached the age of 86.

Al was a member of American Legion Post 57 in Elgin, IL; became a Mason in 1956; and was also a member of the Army Air Corp Caterpillar Club. He will be remembered as a true gentleman who liked to fish, garden and play poker, going to Las Vegas 3-4 times a year. He also liked traveling to visit his family.

He is survived by his son Neal (Mary Anne) Bashor of Cockeysville, MD, and his daughter Diane (Rick) Chambers of Hayward, WI; five grandchildren, Kevin, Brad and Lauren Bashor, Erik and Amy Chambers; two cousins Cecil Huber and Beverly Stream.

Al was preceded in death by his wife Agnes, his parents, and a son, Ralph.

A gathering celebrating Al's life will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25 at the Flat Creek Eatery and Saloon. Military Rites will be provided by Wisconsin Military Honors Program.


Burks, Mildred Cade - Mildred Burks, 99, of Lees Summit, formerly of Independence, MO, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2006 at John Knox Care Center. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 29, 2006 at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lees Summit, MO 64064. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 1-2:00 p.m. Burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Spofford , 9700 Grandview Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137.
Mildred was born September 9, 1907 in New Market, IA, the only child, to Francis Marion and Mayme B. (Redenbaugh) Cade. She was active in the United Methodist Church. Mrs. Burks was an outstanding wife and mother and loved crafts, sewing and decorating cakes in her spare time.
Mildred is survived by her son and daughter-in-love Bob and Barbara Burks; daughter and son-in-law Rev. Donna and Bob Hoover; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Ivan Burks in 1981.


Farlow, Floyd Francis -

Floyd Francis Farlow
Funeral service for Floyd Francis Farlow of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.
Burial will be in the Van Meter Cemetery in Van Meter.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.
Floyd Francis Farlow was born on Jan. 18, 1922 to Floyd William Farlow and Happilona (Odell) Farlow at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC. The family returned to Siam, IA, after his father's discharge from the Navy, where they owned the only gas station, garage, and grocery store.
After graduation from Bedford High School in 1941, Francis went to San Francisco to work as a welder, building ships. He and Mary Lois Moore were married on June 23, 1942. Francis was inducted into the Army at Camp Dodge in Des Moines on Apr. 27, 1944. He served primarily in France and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant from the 706 Port Marine Maintenance Company on May 2, 1946.
He returned to Iowa and with Mary and his dad built Farlow Oil Company in Siam, and in 1952, in Emmetsburg.
Francis loved outdoor sports. He was a lifetime member of the Palo Alto Gun Club. He loved to fish, making numerous fishing trips. He had a small cabin on Lost Island Lake where he spent time water skiing with his family. Francis and Mary spent time together traveling. He loved Alaska and "would have raised his family there" if he would have visited there sooner. Francis was a story teller. He had a humorous story for nearly every subject. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and Earnest Lodge No. 399 of The Grand Lodge of Iowa Masons.
Francis passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lois, his parents and brother, Don Farlow and wife Ruth, his granddaughter, Joy Portillo, and by brothers-in-law, Maurice Root and George Reed. His surrogate fathers were Andy Adams and Pete Spittel.
Surviving are his children, Beverly Farlow (Jean Schafer) of Stewartville, MN, William Farlow (Mary Stanzel) of West Des Moines, Virginia Portillo (Richard) of Rochester, MN, and Virgil Farlow (Jacqueline Conderacci) of Aurora, NY; ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Jeanette Reed of Pensacola, FL and sister-in-law, Josephine Root of Seattle, WA.
Condolences can be left at www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com


Fawcett, Beryl Dawn Pace

Beryl Dawn Pace Fawcett was born June 30, 1892 in Lincoln, Lincoln County, Kansas and passed away at an Auburn, California hospital June 17, 1966 at the age of 73 years, 11 months, and 17 days.

She was married June 4, 1913 in New Market, Taylor County, to Harrison Francis Fawcett of Gravity, Iowa, a son of Frank and Elizabeth Ann Pedley Fawcett.  They were married at the residence of the bride's parents by the Rev. W. L. Dunlavy of Gravity.

Mrs. Fawcett was the eldest child of six children of Marion Elliott Pace and his wife, Viola Sophia Bloomer Pace; a granddaughter of Richard Foster Pace and his wife, Nancy Jane Winegar Pace; a great granddaughter of Edward Pace and his second wife, Susannah Foster Pace.  Edward Pace and his son, Richard Foster Pace, were natives of Virginia and were pioneer settlers of Mason Township, Taylor County, Iowa.  Also through her mothers, Mrs. Fawcett is a granddaughter of Joshua Bloomer and his first wife Viola Sophia Eliss Bloomer and is a great granddaughter of Isacc Bloomer and his wife Sarah Lawson Bloomer, all natives of New York State and pioneer settler of Winnebago and Green Counties, Wisconsin and Waubaunsee County, Kansas.

Beryl Dawn Pace, with her parents and brothers and sisters, removed from Kansas to Albany, Oregon and when she was fourteen years of ages, the family removed to Taylor County, Iowa.  After her marriage, she and her husband Harrison F Fawcett lived on a farm at the edge of Gravity, Iowa; later removed to a farm near Bedford where they lived for number of years before removing to Oakland, California,  Later they removed to Colfax, California where Mrs. Fawcett resided when she passed away with a heart attack.  She has suffered a heart ailment for several years, after removing to Colfax.

Mrs. Fawcett leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Harrison Francis Fawcett; a son Ronald Pace Fawcett, a daughter in law Bess Girton Fawcett; two grandsons, Ronald Pace Fawcett Jr. and Jeffry Harry Fawcett; two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Luther C Skelton (Pauline M) of Izmire, Tirkey, Mrs. Ralph O Hicks ( L. Sue) of Dinouba, California, Foster Fay Pace of Porterville, California; Virgil Ellis Pace of Oakland, California, Richard Forrest Pace of Palo Alto, California and Many, many friends.Grace B (Hamm) Thomas


Glover, Marvin Gale - TORONTO, Iowa -- Marvin Glover, of Toronto, died peacefully Nov. 4, 2003, at his home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Wheatland, with Pastor Laird Keever officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery near Wheatland with military rites conducted by Wheatland American Legion. Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Chapman Funeral Home in Wheatland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

Marvin Gale Glover was born near Hopkins, Mo., on Sept. 18, 1921, the son of James and Iva Glover. He grew up in Bedford, Iowa, and graduated from Bedford High School in 1939. He then worked for the state hospital in Clarinda, Iowa, until entering the Army in 1942. He took his basic training at Camp Barclay, Texas, and maneuvered on the desert near Indio, Calif., where he and his fellow troop men survived on a quart of water per day. He was then stationed in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He married Opal Ray of Grant City, Mo., in San Luis Obispo on July 12, 1943. Two months later, he left for overseas and served in both the New Guinea and Philippines invasions in World War II. He was discharged in December 1945 as a staff sergeant. After the war, he and Opal moved to Center Junction, Iowa, where they managed the locker plant. In 1951, they moved to Toronto, where they owned and operated Toronto Locker Service until 1972. Marvin then worked for McLaughlin Body Company until 1978, retiring due to his health. Marvin absolutely loved the outdoors. In earlier years, many family vacations were spent in Canada fishing. In his later years, he loved bird watching and spent many hours feeding several varieties of birds year-round. He also took great pride in his lawn and tending his immaculate and very productive garden each year, sharing its bounty with everyone. He was a faithful member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Opal; three daughters, Marcia Glover, of Belleview, Fla., Mary Schanze, of DeWitt, Iowa, and Marla Trostad, of Woodstock, Ga.; five grandchildren, Michelle and Melissa Schanze, Meagan Trostad, Lori Dalton and Lisa Roethler; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, a brother and his son-in-law, Michael Schanze. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family and will be sadly missed. Rest in peace, Dad.


Henderson, Wilbur

Wilbur J. Henderson, age 86 years, of Wymore died Monday, March 15, 2010 at the Wymore Good Samaritan Center.  He was born Dec. 8, 1923 at Bedford, Iowa to Elmer and Elda (Stickelman) Henderson.  He lived in the Bedford area through his childhood and was a 1941 graduate of Bedford High School. He custom farmed with his father, and also worked at Berry’s Seed Co at Clarinda, Iowa until May 1943.  He entered the U. S. Navy during W.W. II from June 6, 1943 to Feb. 4, 1946.  He married Beulah Burgess on Feb. 13, 1945 at Marysville, KS.  They then came back to Wymore, and moved back to Bedford, IA where they farmed for one year, and then at Wymore for one year.  Wilbur then worked as a route salesman for the Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. at Wymore, and then was employed at the Windle Motor Co. for nearly six years.   When his father-in-law, Ted Burgess, decided to quit farming, both families moved to Red Cloud where they owned and operated a Ford dealership. In 1959 Wilbur’s parents-in-law started the Coast-To-Coast Store in Wymore, and Wilbur and Beulah moved back to Wymore in 1960 to join them.  They purchased the store from his parents-in-law in 1962 and owned and operated it until 1985 when they retired.  Wilbur was a member of the Wymore Church Of Christ where he served on the church board as a deacon and trustee.  He was a member of the Wymore Volunteer Fire Dept. for nearly 50 years, of which he served 21 years a Assistant Chief, and was an active member of the Wymore Rescue Unit until he was 79 years old.  Wilbur was a lifetime member of Anderson Post #25 of the American Legion for over 40 years and served on the Honor Guard.  Wilbur played in the Blue River Gang Band, and also played with Kenny Knowles, The Farber Trio, Tumbleweed Band, Bill Hunt’s Lamplighters Band.  They belonged to the Wymore Weekend Wanderers camping club.  They had spent 20 years wintering in Mesa, Arizona.
Wilbur is survived by three children, Gloria Henderson and her special friend, Ron Hohensee of Wymore; Mike Henderson and his wife Nancy of Chandler, AR; and Ted Henderson and his wife Kathy of Oconto, NE; by seven grandchildren, Jennifer Hemstreet and her husband Brett; Michael Todd Henderson; Matthew Henderson and his wife Jill; Mitchell Henderson; Merrie Chappell and her husband Scott; Kimberly Borgelt and her husband Kyle; Christopher Henderson and his wife Kassi; and  by 16 great grandchildren.  Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife, Beulah, on May 10, 2007; by a brother, Francis; and by a sister, Beatrice Ely. 


Hensley, Ora Reid -

O. R. Hensley Dies; Rites to be Held at Hopkins

Ora Reid Hensley, age 48 died Wednesday at his home at 2301 North Tenth Street, Kansas City, Kansas.  Mr. Hensley, an employee at the Chrysler Motor Parks corporation factory in the Fairfax district, became ill at work.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Huldah Hensley of the home; two sons, Harland Lee Hensley, Topeka, Kansas, and Billy Reid Hensley of the home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tillman Hensley, and four brothers, Wayne Hensley, Raleigh Hensley and Halbert Hensley, Bedford, Iowa, and four sisters, Mrs. Opal Wallace, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. Ruth Hoppel, Hopkins, Mrs. Gardland Scott, Parnell, and Mrs. Hazel Sasley, Bedford.

Services will be held at 2:00 Saturday afternoon at the Hopkins Baptist church.  Burial will be in the Hopkins Cemetery.


Hummel, Mildred "Millie" Akers
June 4, 1914 ~ November 10, 2010

Former Vancouver, WA resident, Millie Hummel, passed away peacefully in Auburndale, FL on Wednesday, Nov. 10 after a brief illness. She lived at the Vintage Apts in Vancouver for five years, before moving to Florida in April 2010.
She was born June 4, 1914 in Gravity, Iowa to Chester and Eva Akers.
Mille enjoyed traveling and quilting and completed beautiful quilts for each of her children. She was a member of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile in both Honolulu and Sun City, AZ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Hummel in 2004.
Millie is survived by sister, Arlene Lewis of Clarinda, IA; children and their spouses: Sue and Harold Tellock of Vancouver, Judd and Lu Hummel of Honolulu, Beau Hummel and Nancy Newell of Lakeland FL; three granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.
Remembrances may be made to any animal shelter. Published in The Columbian on Nov. 14, 2010


Wisecup, Jasper Newton - Following is the obituary of J. N. Wisecup, former Boone county, resident, and a brother of G. F. Wisecup of Woodward, Iowa.  He succumbed in Gravity, Iowa.

Jasper Newton Wisecup, son of George and Anna Wisecup was born March 18, 1865, in Marcy township, Boone County.  He passed away on Saturday evening at 6 o’clock, August 21, 1937.  Age 72 years, 5 months, and 20 days.  He moved to Gravity, Iowa when a young man.  He was united in marriage to Emma Alvoid August 26, 1890. 

Two children was born to this union, a daughter, Mrs. Mattie McKay, who passed away February 15, 1926, and a son, Fred, of Villisca, Iowa. 

He leaves besides his wife and son, four grandchildren, Sterling Wisecup, Sharon Wisecup, Sharon, Wisecup, Mrs. Ben Carmichael, and Mrs. Bernita McKay, and two great grandchildren, Phyllis and Richard Carmichael.  He also leaves three brothers, J. J. Wisecup, Missouri Valley, Iowa, G. F. Wisecup, Longmont, Colorado, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Sparks, of New Castle, Colorado; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. 

He was united with the M. E. church in Gravity about 40 years of age, and remained in that faith until his death.  He had been compelled to give up his work about ten years ago on account of ill health and had been bedfast the past four years.  He was a hard working man ever thoughtful of his home and family.


Oliver C. Posten

Oliver C Posten was born near Gravity on Dec 1, 1891, the only son of James and Jane Posten.  He passed away November 14, 1945, at the age of 53 years, 11 months, and 14 days.

He attended the public schools in Gravity until he enters business with his fathers.  After his father’s death he continued the business and was active in it until a short time before his own passing.

He was united in marriage with Stella Bradley April 5, 1911 to which one daughter, Dorothy, was born.

Oliver, as he was known by his many friends, became a member of the Christian Church in childhood, and remained a faithful and active member all his life.

Mr. Posten was a member of the Masonic Order, and entered into all civic and community activities.

He leaves behind him his widow, his daughter Dorothy Gallagher, two sisters, Zona Posten and Bernadine Bender, and two grandchildren, Deborah and Jeffery Charles Gallagher.  The many friends who mourn his passing are a tribute to a lifetime of consideration for the welfare of others.


Cooper, Betty Jean Miller

Cooper, Betty Jean, RN - Mom was born on a farm, in Gravity, Iowa on February 2, 1930; she passed peaceably in her sleep surrounded by her daughter Denise, son-in-law David and granddaughter Louise. Her father Fred Miller and mother Pearl Miller had 7 children. Betty's siblings were Fred (Jr.), Howard, Irvin, Thelma, Dean, and Elaine. Due to the pressures of the Great Depression, Betty went to live with Pauline and Keith Hadley of Corning, Iowa. Pauline and Keith cared for Betty like their own daughter along with their daughters, Janice (Stamp) and Delores (Hare). Janice and Delores were like her sisters and kept in contact with Mom until her passing on October 12, 2015.

Betty is further survived by her children, Denise Petrovich David), David Cooper (Yvonne) and Richard Cooper (Kristin). She is further survived by her beloved grandchildren, Richard's children: Christopher Cooper, PharmD, Anthony Cooper, Kelsey Cooper, Betty (her name's sake) Petrovich and Louise Petrovich and her husband of 64 years John C. Cooper.

Mom came to live in Wisconsin on October 14, 2014. After several months at Oak Park Assisted living, Denise and David brought her and John to live with them in February. Many evenings were filled with laughter as mom schooled us in games of "Hearts" (running them on numerous occasions). Betty had a long career as a registered nurse working in both the hospital and clinic environments. She was a graduate of Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. The little farm girl from Iowa saw the world with her family. It included multiple trips to Europe, her beloved Hawaii and Mexico. As per Mom's request, private ceremonies will be held at a later date. Mom's ashes will be returning to Oahu, Hawaii where she cherished the many wonderful memories of her time on the Islands. "I'm so lucky; how did I get to be so lucky?" was Mom's favorite saying. Mom, it was we that were so blessed to have had you in our lives. Your spirit and the memories together will endure in our hearts forever. The family would like to thank the professional and tender care provided by the caregivers at Compassionate Care Hospice. Thank you Mary, Paige and Freda!

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 18, 2015