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[Angel, Sally Kay Campbell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 10, 2001      p. 5


Sally Angel, age 57, passed away Monday, December 4, 2000, in St. Louis, Missouri, from an accident on her way home from work. She was hit by a trash truck while she was walking to catch a bus. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., December 8, 2000 at White-Mullen Mortuary, St. Louis, Missouri with Rev. A. M. Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at Bedford, Iowa.

Sally Kay Campbell was born April 18,1943 in Bedford, Iowa to Albert [Edward] and [Dorothy] Idros Campbell. Upon graduation from high school, Sally moved to Des Moines. She married and divorced and to this union a daughter, Storm was born. She later moved to St. Louis where she worked for Jefferson Metals in St. Louis for 20 years. After moving to St. Louis, she met and married Sam Angel and they divorced later.

She was remembered by family and community because she was constantly adopting people from the nursing home. She took them magazines, writing letters, or take whatever they needed to them. She was a pack rat because she would always say, "Someone could use that". A granddaughter remembers that you could always know where grandma had been because she would leave behind one of her books. She educated herself continually with books. She even read four of Lyndsay’s Harry Potter books. It takes a pretty cool grandma to read her granddaughters book to see just what all the brew was about. She was involved in Jobs Daughters and active in her church.

Sally was a loving and giving person. After Storm divorced, she made her home with Sally. Her granddaughters were her greatest joy. None of us are ever ready to say good-bye to a loved one, no matter what the circumstances, but added to the pain of loss is the frustration of how she died. She did not die of old age. She did not die of cancer or a heart attack. Her life was cut short by an accident.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Storm Mayo and beloved granddaughters, Erin and Lyndsay Mayo; stepson, Rick (Margaret) Angel; step-grandsons, James and Jason Angel; sister, Ramona Campbell Halbert and family of Lexington, KY; brother-in-law, Don Ratekin and family of Ashville, NC; sister-in-law, Joann Campbell and family of Waterloo, LA; cousin, Enola Lowry, Bedford, IA.

Preceding Sally in death are her parents, Albert and Idros Campbell; sister, Ailee Ratekin; brother, Albert Jr.; brother-in-law, John B. Halbert.

Those attending from out of town were her sister, Ramona Halbert, brother-in-law, Don Ratekin, and life long friend, Darlene and Harold Beadel, Buckner, Missouri.

[Burns, Max Clary]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 10, 2001      p. 5


Funeral services for Max Burns, age 86 of O' Fallon, Illinois, were held Monday, January 8, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastor Ted DeHass officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be given in his name.

Max Clary Burns, the son of Newton Oliver Burns and Norma Ruth Clary, was born on July 22, 1914, near Sheridan, Missouri. When Max was the age of five, his family moved across the border into Taylor County, Iowa, where he grew up on a farm south and east of Bedford. He married Fern Tribolet on December 29, 1932, and to this union a son, William, was born. During the next ten years Max lived in many different places and worked in almost as many different occupations. He farmed in Southwest Iowa, and then moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked in a packinghouse and, for a short time, operated a used car business. During the 1940s, Max moved several times between Iowa and the West Coast. During World War II, Max helped build military ships in California and a few years later spent a short time working in a silver mine and as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest. In November of 1954, Max married Hazel Nelson and to this couple were born two sons, John and Michael. Also in 1954, Max found his life's occupation as a boilermaker for Nooter Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri. Max soon worked his way up to become a site foreman for Nooter on projects constructing sulfuric acid plants. He worked at sites all over the United States and even into Canada, helping build 21 of the giant plants during his career. On October 13, 1960, Max married Grace Provenzano and the couple later made their home near O'Fallon, Illinois. After a serious back injury suffered on the job, Nooter moved Max into a corporate office in St. Louis, where he used his experience to draft procedural guidance for field technicians. Max retired from Nooter Corporation with more than 30 years of service and spent his later years tending his acreage near O'Fallon, Illinois.

Max was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Kansas City, Missouri; the Moose Lodge of Dupo, Illinois; and the Freemason Shriners. He was affiliated with the First Christian Church.

Max was preceded in death by his father and mother, Newton and Norma Burns, a son, William Burns; brothers, Rex, Luther, Donald, and Francis Burns; and a sister, Marvel Brown.

Surviving are his wife, Grace Burns of O'Fallon, IL; two sons, John Burns and wife Lynn of Pullman, WA, and Michael Burns and Linda Shepard of Edwardsville, IL; a daughter-in-law, Donna Burns of Maryville, MO; ten grandchildren, Debbie Ritchie and husband Kevin of Bedford, IA, Kelly Burns and wife, Karen of Glenwood, IA, Becki Burns of Thurman, IA, Sherri Burns of Bellevue, NE, Holly Burns of Maryville, MO, Amanda and Alissa Burns of Pullman, WA, Michael Burns and wife Angela of Belleville, IL, and Laura and Lindsay Burns of Collinsville, IL; six great grandchildren, Jill, Beth and Jeff Ritchie of Bedford, IA, and Matthew, Keely and Megan Burns of Glenwood, IA; two brothers, Vern Burns of Marshall, MO and Verlin Burns and wife, Barbara of Springfield, MO; two sisters, Deloris Longfellow of Creston, IA, and Shirley Jackes and husband, Bob of Fairview Heights, IL; a sister in-law, Bobbette Burns of Sioux Falls, SD; a great aunt, Iva Gray of Branson, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

[Fairbanks, Edna Hortense Wainright]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 27, 1964     p. 10

Final Rites for Edna Fairbanks Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Edna Fairbanks, 88, long time Taylor County resident, were held Tuesday (Aug. 25) at the Bedford Methodist Church with Rev. James Sheckler, Gravity Methodist minister, officiating. Mrs. Fairbanks died August 22, 1964, at the Thogmartin Care and Keep Home in Bedford. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, near Bedford.

Included in the services was the following obituary:

Edna [Hortense] Wainright, daughter of Arthur S. [tanberry] and Susan  [Moore] Timberlake Wainwright, was born Nov. 11, 1875, soon after the family immigrated from Illinois to establish a home in Iowa.

On Dec. 8, 1898 [1897] she was united in marriage to James M. Fairbanks. To this union was born one daughter, [Bernice] Maxine. Mr. Fairbanks passed away in 1949 and Edna continued living in her own home until 14 months ago.

She united with the Gilead Methodist Church near her home and when it was discontinued, transferred her membership to the Bedford Methodist Church. She was faithful in attendance as long as her health permitted.

Her parents, an infant brother and two sisters, Mrs. Alta Stephens and Mrs. Jessie Bradley preceded her in death.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her daughter Maxine, son-in-law Merle Travis, beloved grandsons James and Michael and Michael’s wife, Julia; sister, Nina Terbell; brother, Edgar Wainwright; brother-in-law, Clyde Stephens, nieces, nephews and friends.

[Note:   Marriage records, Taylor County Courthouse, Bedford, Iowa give the marriage date as December 8, 1897 as does James Fairbanks’ obituary.]

[Fairbanks, James M.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 26, 1949    [p. 1]

J. M. Fairbanks Died This Morning

J. [ames] M. Fairbanks, 81, died at his home northwest of Bedford this Thursday morning. He had been ill for some time and was recently a patient in the Missouri Methodist Hospital.

He is survived by his wife and by a daughter Maxine, Mrs. Merle Travis and her family.

The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, the other details not being known as we go to Press.

[Fairbanks, James M.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 9, 1949     p. 9

Obituary – J. M. Fairbanks

James M. Fairbanks, son of Levi [Wesley] and Nancy Champion Fairbanks, was born in Henry County, Illinois, February 29, 1868, and died at his home in Benton Township, May 26, 1949, aged 81 years, 2 months, 27 days. At an early age he came with his parents to Taylor County, where he had lived the major part of his life, although in his youth he lived for a time in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois.

At the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1888, together with a sister, he rode to secure a claim in which quest both were successful, but Mr. Fairbanks relinquished his claim because only one could be held in a family. He was of a family of twelve children, nine of whom preceded him in death.

His education was secured in the rural schools together with a course at Chillicothe Business College.

On December 8, 1897 he was married to Miss Edna Wainright and to them was born one daughter, [Bernice] Maxine.

As long as he was able he took an active interest in the affairs of his community and enjoyed the fellowship of the Gilead church for many years. His long life witnessed many changes and he could remember the making of tallow candles in his frontier home. He welcomed progress and lived to enjoy many modern innovations.

For several years he had not enjoyed good health but his last illness was of short duration and borne with fortitude.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of more than half a century; the daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Travis; two grandsons; Michael and James Travis; three sisters, Mrs. Tina Kerns of Verona, Missouri, Mrs. Sylvia [Gertrude] Smith of Glide, Oregon, and Mrs. Eva [Augusta] Harris of Wagner, Oklahoma.

The funeral services were held at the Bedford Methodist church Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

[Fairbanks, Levi Wesley]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       September 24, 1903     [p. 1]

Former Taylor County Citizen Dead

The Wagoner, I. T. Record brings the announcement of the death of Levi W.[esley] Fairbanks, a former resident of Taylor county.

[Fairbanks, Levi Wesley]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday       September 24, 1903      [p. 1]


L. W. Fairbanks Passed Away at Wagoner, Indian Territory, as Announced by a Local Paper

In a marked copy of the Wagoner, I. T., Record sent to us appears the following notice which will be of interest to our readers, as it concerns an old resident of Taylor county, who has relatives and many friends here:

Sunday morning at 2 o'clock there passed away from earth and this community a quiet and unassuming man of worth---Levi W. [esley] Fairbanks. He was almost a stranger here, having bought the Schrimsher property in the northwest part of town about two months ago. His funeral and burial occurred Monday at 10 a. m., under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. He died from that dreadful disease, cancer. He suffered severely, but he bore his pain without a murmur and like a man. He was 67 years old. He was a loving and kind husband, a devoted and indulgent father, a faithful and true friend and a noble man. His three daughters and two sons were at his bedside when the last came and are left to mourn his loss.

Guthrie Daily Leader (Guthrie, Oklahoma), Tuesday, September 22, 1903
Levi Fairbanks, who secured one of the fine claims on Black Bear Creek at the opening of the Cherokee strip, died last week at South McAlester, I. T. He formerly lived in Perry.

[Harrison, Evelyn Mae Lindsey]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 28, 1978    p. 8

Final Rites Held September 26 For Evelyn Mae Harrison

Funeral services for Mrs. William (Evelyn Mae) Harrison, 59, of Bedford, held September 25 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings;  Mrs. Harrison died September 24, 1971 in Bedford Manor. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, rural Bedford.

Evelyn Mae, daughter of James and Nettie Lindsey, was born at Anthon, Iowa April 8, 1919.

She lived in Creighton and Plainview, Nebraska, grew to maturity in Creighton, Nebraska where she attended the public schools.

On April 1, 1938 she was united in marriage to William Harrison at Bloomfield, Nebraska and they lived at Creighton, Nebraska, Page and Taylor Counties, Iowa.

To this union five children were born, Barbara, Roger, Duane, Gloria and Shirley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandchild.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Barbara Green, Roger Harrison, Duane Harrison, Gloria Williams, Shirley Dillenburg: sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren: Ronnie, Vicky, Jim, Rick, Russell and Robin Green, Kathy, Tammy, Jeff Harrison, Michael Williams, Jason and Belinda Harrison, Nicky Harrison, Brad Dillenburg and Tracy Dillenburg; many friends and relatives including her ex-husband.

She was a kind and considerate loving mother and friends and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Harrison, William Henry “Bill”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 3, 1983     p. 4

Bill Harrison, 70 Final Rites Were Held October 27

Funeral services for William (Bill) Henry Harrison, 70, of Parnell, Mo., were held October 27 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. James Dale. Mr. Harrison died October 24, 1983 in a hospital in Omaha. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery west of Bedford.

William Henry Harrison, son of Olney and Rosa Rust Harrison, was born in Bloomfield, Nebr. He grew to maturity in the Bloomfield area where he farmed with Marvin Runyan.

On April 8, 1939 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Mae Lindsey in his parents’ home in Bloomfield, Nebr. where he farmed. Later they moved to Anthon, Ia. where he lived for about three years before moving to southwest Iowa. He was engaged in farming most of his life.

To this union five children were born, all of whom survive: Barbara Green, Sutherland, Nebr.; Roger Harrison, Bedford; Duane Harrison, Siam, Ia.; Gloria Williams, Shenandoah, Ia.; Shirley Lock, Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, brothers: Gilbert and Ivan, two grandchildren and his parents.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children: Barbara, Roger, Duane, Gloria, and Shirley; three sisters: Rosa Runyan, New Market, Frances McMillin, and Hazel Cushman; five brothers: Lyle, Elmo, Kenneth, Kenneth, Lawrence and Olney; 20 grandchildren; five great grandchildren.

He was a kind, and considerate person and wonderful father and grandfather and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Hayes, Mary Jane Taylor]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 2, 1962       [p. 1]


Services for Mrs. Mary Jane Hayes were held yesterday (Aug. 1) in Bedford with Rev. Ivo Randels officiating. Burial was in Graceland cemetery, Bedford.

[Hayes, Mary Jane Taylor]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 9, 1962      p. 4

Mrs. Mary Hayes Rites Aug. 1

Services for Mrs. Mary Jane Hayes were held Aug. 1 in Bedford with Rev. Ivo Randels officiating. Burial was in Graceland cemetery near Bedford. Included in the service was the following obituary:

Mrs. Mary Jane Hayes, eldest daughter of Levi and [Mary] Jane Taylor was born July 14, 1880 near Shambaugh, Ia. and passed away July 29, 1962 at the University of Iowa Hospital at the age of 82 years and 15 days.

She lived most of her life in Taylor County being a resident of New Market and then Bedford for several years.

She was united in marriage to Samuel Hayes in the year 1898. Seven children came to bless this home. Her husband and one daughter, Dora; her father and mother; one brother, James W.; two sisters, Bertha and Bessie preceded her in death.

She leaves six children to mourn her passing; Levi and Martha of Omaha; Clarence of Truro; Mary Ellen of Maloy; Anna of Council Bluffs; Marie of St. Joseph; one brother, W. F. Taylor; one sister, Maude of Clarksdale, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchi1dren, and many friends.

[Helm, Ada Fern Walters]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday   December 24, 1986    p. 10


Services for Ada Fern Walters Helm, 67, were held December 16 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, rural Benton Twp., Taylor County, Iowa. Mrs. Helm died December 10, 1986 at Heartland Hospital East in St. Joseph, Mo.

Ada Fern Walters Helm, the daughter of C. [harles] B. Walters and Edna Overholser Walters, was born at Diagonal, Iowa on June 18, 1919. Ada grew up in Bedford, Iowa, where she graduated from Bedford High School in 1937 and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

She was united in marriage to Loran L.  [evi] Helm on September 29, 1945, in Hiawatha, Ks. The couple resided in Red Oak, Iowa, for many years and moved to Savannah, Missouri in 1984.

Mrs. Helm had been employed as a bookkeeper/computer operator for the Red Oak Memorial Hospital before her retirement.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Keith Walters.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Loran, and two children, Joan Helm Durham of Savannah, Mo., and John L [evi] Helm of Boulder, Colo., also her brother Lee Walters of Red Oak.

Ada Helm was a gentle and caring person who touched the lives of all who knew her.

[Helm, Eathel Bowers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 20, 1964       [p. 1]

Mrs. Roy Helm Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Roy (Eathel B.) Helm were held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Bedford Christian church with Rev. Leonard Wilson of the Baptist Church officiating. Mrs. Helm died Aug. 15 at a Clarinda Hospital. Interment was at Graceland cemetery, Bedford.

Included in the service was the following obituary.

Mrs. Eathel B. Helm was born January 12, 1884.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and [Hannah] Nettie [Saxton] Bowers; her husband, Mr. [Levi] Roy Helm on June 21, 1964, and five sons.

She was a member of the Christian Church.

She is survived by her children: Glen Helm, Winner, South Dakota, Loran Helm of Red Oak, Ia., and Mrs. Burch [Hazel] of Kansas City, Mo.; also two sisters, Mrs. Elvan Johnson, Manteca, Calif., and Mrs. Guy Bowers, Murray, Ia.; 43 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

[Helm, Hildred Berene Soma]

Lenox Time Table

Wednesday      October 30, 1996      p. 4


Funeral Services for Hildred Helm were held Wednesday, October 16, 1996 at the Lenox Christian Church. Officiating the services was Rev. Dena Woldruff.

Music was provided by Jan Bryant, organist and Shirley Riley, Soloist.

Casket Bearers were Win Tyler, C.B. Adams, Mike Halligan, Paul Parkhurst, Larry Schrader, and G. K. Howland.

Honorary Bearers were Bud Bryant, Leonard Scroggins, Bob Halligan, Ralph Rogers and George Reynolds.

Hildred Berene Helm was born September 4, 1915 the daughter of Fred and Ruby Scott Soma in Bedford, Iowa and entered into rest at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines on October 11, 1996 at the age of 81 years, 1 month and 7 days.

She attended school in Clearfield, Iowa and Scottsbluff, Nebraska. On November 16, 1934 she was united in marriage with Orin [Byrum] Helm in Bedford, Iowa. She has cooked in the Bedford and Lenox area since 1952. She cooked at the Lenox grade School for over 10 years. She was an avid sports fan and loved the Cubs. She also enjoyed music, sewing and reading. She was a member of the Navy Mothers and the Lenox Christian Church.

Surviving to honor her memory are her six children: Marsha (husband Jerry) Martin of Lenox; Fred (Lorraine) Helm of Stanberry, Missouri; Sandra (Lawrence) Wells of Melborne Beach, Florida; Reed (Joan) Helm of Lenox; John (Joan) Helm of Savannah, Missouri; and Jim (Sandra) Helm of Lenox; 27 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; 2 sisters Edythe Hall of Mariposa, California and Vernelle French of Irondale, Missouri; sister-in-laws, Hazel (Duane) Burch of Kansas City, Missouri and Mitzi Soma of Reno, Nevada; and brother-in-laws , Floyd Petty of Webb City, Missouri and James Towe of Hawthorne, Nevada and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her death are her parents, her husband Orin Helm in 1959, brothers, Robert and Jack Soma; sisters, Helen Petty and Harriet Towe and two nephews.

Memorials were directed to the Lenox Christian Church or the Lenox Christmas Lights.

Interment was in the Graceland Cemetery in Bedford. Larkin and Shelley Funeral Homes was in charge of the arrangements.

[Helm, Leslie Reed]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 27, 1927       [p. 1]

Infant Son Passed Away Last Thursday

Leslie Reed Helm, Only 13 Days Old, Answers Call

Leslie Reed, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. L. [evi] R. [oy] Helm [Eathel Bowers], was born Jan. 7, 1927, and passed away Jan. 20, aged 13 days. He is survived by his father and mother, six brothers, Oren, Harley, Glen, Ralph, Loran and Willard, and one sister, Hazel. The funeral was held at the home Saturday at 11:00 o'clock, conducted by L. R. Cobb. Interment was made in Graceland cemetery.

[Helm, Loran Levi]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      October 11, 1989      p. 8


Services for Loran Levi Helm, 72, were held October 5 at Shum-Novinger funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery, rural Taylor County, Iowa. Mr. Helm died September 30, 1989 at St. Joseph, Mo.

Loran Levi Helm, son of [Levi] Roy Helm and Eathel Bowers Helm was born at Bedford, Iowa May 23, 1917. He grew to maturity in the Bedford community where he attended the Bedford Public School. He was graduated from Bedford High School in the class of 1934.

On September 29, 1945 he was united in marriage to Ada Fern Walters at Hiawatha, Ks. and they lived in Bedford and Red Oak, Iowa.

To this union two children were born: Joan and John.

He was employed by the Iowa Highway Commission.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ada Fern and five brothers, Oren, Harley, Glenn, Ralph and Willard.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Joan, his son, John and a sister Hazel Burch; nieces; nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was a veteran of World War II.

He challenged his children to think for themselves and instilled in them a love of poetry and nature.

[Helm, Robert Harley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      April 15, 1948     [p. 1]

Helm Killed Last Night

[Robert] Harley Helm was killed in a truck accident at Sidney, Nebr., about midnight last night, according to a telegram received here this forenoon by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Helm. Helm had been driving for a trucking firm for some time. No details were received.

[Helm, Robert Harley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      April 22, 1948     [p. 1]

Held Helm Rites Here Last Sunday

The poor condition of Highway No. 19 between Sidney, Nebr., and Dalton, Nebr., is believed to have been directly responsible for the accident which took the life of Harley Helm Thursday morning of last week, according to the write-up of his death in the Sidney Nebraska Telegraph. Investigating authorities said the accident happened when the Doge semi-truck he was driving, struck a section of disintegrating highway, which was under repair.

Motorists in a car immediately behind the truck stated that the ‘semi’ appeared to strike holes in the road with such force that it literally ‘flew into the air.’ Helm was apparently thrown out of the left side of the cab and pinned underneath the trailer of the truck as it went onto its side in the left ditch. The truck was empty.

Helm was employed at Scottsbluff, Nebr., and was on his way back there from Grand Island, where he had delivered a load of potatoes. The truck was badly damaged.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. George W. Swan. Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

Robert Harley Helm, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Helm was born July 5, 1909 at Bedford, being aged 38 years, 9 months and 5 days at the time of his death.

He spent his entire life in Bedford and Scottsbluff, Nebr.

He attended Bedford High School and died at the occupation of his choice, being preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie Reed Helm and Ralph Bowers Helm.

He is survived by his parents, of Bedford. Also four brothers and one sister: Orin Helm and family of Wilmathsville, Mo., Glen Helm and family of Winner, So. Dak., Loran Helm and family of Bedford, W. [illard] E. Helm of Tinker Field, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Hazel Burch and family of Kansas City, Mo.