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[Faubion, Chloris Eldora Fulwider]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      July 22, 1987     p. 3

Chloris Faubion

Funeral services for Chloris Faubion, 85, were held from the Blockton Christian Church Monday, July 13, conducted by Rev. Scott Marcum. Interment was at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. Arrangements were under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home of Grant City, Mo. Mrs. Faubion died July 11, 1987 at Bedford Manor, Bedford, Ia.

Chloris Eldora Fulwider Faubion, daughter of Marion Newton and Susan Eldora Ridge Fulwider, was born July 30, 1902 in Ringgold County, Ia. On September 25, 1922 [1921] she was united in marriage to Myron Clark Faubion. To this union one son, Russell, was born.

Chloris found joy in family, friends, handwork, flowers and the Garden Club. She also worked with the food program in the Blockton Public School and on the grounds of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Alfie King of New Mexico and Clara Wintermute of California; and one infant brother Elmy. Surviving are her son Russell and his wife Phyllis, one grandson Russell Junior and wife Tammy, and two great grandchildren Matthew and Candace Faubion.

The family releases her with deep love and tenderness as she is again united with her loved one.
[Note: Iowa, County Marriages and her husband’s obituary give the marriage date as September 25, 1921.]

[Faubion, Myron Clark]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 10, 1972     p. 8

Myron C. Faubian, 70, Rites Held Sunday

Myron C. Faubian [Faubion], 70, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Blockton, died Friday at a rest home in Grant City, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Chloris Faubian [Faubion] of the home; one son, Russell Faubian [Faubion] of Blockton; on sister, Mrs. Valera Sullivan, Weldon, Iowa; and one grandson.

Services were held Sunday at the Blockton Christian Church with the Rev. George Swan officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton.

[Faubion, Myron Clark]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 17, 1972     p. 4

Myron Faubion Rites Feb. 6

Funeral services for Myron Clark Faubion, 70, a retired farmer and longtime resident of Blockton, were held February 6 at the Blockton Christian Church with Rev. G. W. Swann officiating. Mr. Faubion died at the Grant City (Mo.) convalescent home February 4, 1972. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton.

Myron Clark Faubion was born in Grant City, Missouri on September 25, 1901, the son of Roy Faubion and Nellie Gardner Faubion.

He lived in Grant City, until the age of 12 years, when the family came to the community of Blockton. There he resided until his illness forced him to enter the hospital and later the convalescent home.

He was a member of the Blockton Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge.

On September 25, 1921 he was united in marriage to Chloris Eldora Fulwider. To this union was born one son, Russel Vergene Faubion. This past year they were honored to be together for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Some of Myron’s happiest hours were spent with his beloved grandson Rusty. He is survived by Chloris, his wife; a son, Russell and his wife, Phyllis; a grandson Russell Jr.; a sister, Valera Sullivan of Weldon, Iowa and other relatives.

Myron’s sense of humor remained through out his long illness, leaving many happy memories with his family, who loved him dearly.

[Faubion, Russell Vergene, Sr.]

Russell Vergene Faubion, Sr. was born October 25, 1924 in Taylor County, Iowa to Myron Clark and Chloris Eldora Fulwider Faubion. He departed this life September 14, 2007 at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa at the age of 82.

Russell was an only child. He attended country school and some elementary school in Blockton. He graduated from Blockton High School and attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri.

On December 22, 1946 Russell was united in marriage to Phyllis Lavene Moon by E.E. Stringfellow, a Professor of Divinity in Drake University. On Easter Sunday of the following year, Russell and Phyllis, along with her brothers, Bill and Eugene, and sister Martha, were baptized in the Christian Church by E.E. Stringfellow. Russell and Phyllis remained faithful members of the church. Along with other Christian men, many evening were spent paneling the church auditorium. It still looks nice today. There was a large class of adults who enjoyed doing many things together.

Russell spent his life farming. He also drove a school bus for fifty years . . . many great kids, and no accidents. After school hours he drove to many ball games, often in distant cities.

For many years he was the Christmas Santa at the Community Hall and other private homes, giving children and families much pleasure.

Russell and Phyllis have one son, Russell Faubion, Jr. better known as Rusty, who married Tamera [Tamara] Hawhee. They gave him two grandchildren, Matthew Christopher and Candice Irene who were very devoted to him, and he to them. He took great pleasure in their accomplishments. He just wanted to see them more often.

In addition to the Christian Church, Russell was also a member of the Farm Bureau, Lions Club, a 50-year Mason, Board member of M.F.A. and an honorary member of the Waubonsie Unique Tractors Club. He drove tractors to and from the Des Moines State Fair grounds for many years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle with a group, and traveling in his travel trailer to a number of states visiting relatives. He and Phyllis had a small home but relatives were always welcomed for meals and overnights.

Russell was a devoted husband and father. He will be greatly missed by his wife Phyllis, son Rusty and wife Tammy, grandchildren Matthew and Candice, other relatives and many friends.
[Online obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, Iowa]

Funeral services were Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the Christian church in Blockton, Iowa; interment Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa. Arrangements: Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, MO.
[Online obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, Iowa]

[Goff, Earnest R.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 6, 1982

Earnest R. Goff, 88 Last Rites Were Held April 28

Funeral services for Earnest R. Goff, 88, of Blockton, were held April 28 in Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Mount Ayr conducted by Rev. Mel Smith. Mr. Goff died in the Clear view Nursing Home in Clearfield, Iowa April 25, 1982. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in  Blockton, Ia.

Earnest R. Goff, son of Daniel Rinaldo and Clara Belle Warren Goff, was born May 19, 1893 in Worth County, Missouri.

On July 9, 1915 he was united in marriage to Olga L. [oretta] Walker and to this union were born two sons: Ralphard L. [ee] Goff and Kenneth LeRoy Goff. They lived in the Blockton, Iowa area where he was a farmer and carpenter. Later they moved to Kansas City, Mo. where they lived for several years.

On December 24, 1932 he was married to Hattie O. Davidson who had two sons by a former marriage: Karl Mark and Jesse Verne Davidson. They moved to Sterling, Colorado and to Phoenix, Arizona where they lived until returning to Blockton in 1974 where they made their home until going to the nursing home.

He had served as Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star and was a Past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge in Arizona. He was a member of the Blockton Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one sister and one great granddaughter.

He is survived by his two sons: Ralphard L. [ee] Goff of Lakewood, California and Kenneth L. Goff of Belton, Missouri; two stepsons: Karl M. [ark] Davidson of Blockton, Iowa and Jesse Verne Davidson of Lenox, Iowa; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one great granddaughter, and many friends.

[Goff, Harriet Olive “Ollie” ]

Lenox Time Table

Wednesday     February 13, 1980    p. 2

Mrs. Hattie Goff of Blockton died Thursday in the Mt. Ayr hospital. She was the mother of Jesse Davidson. Jesse and his sons, Louis and Lloyd and daughter-in-law, Debbie, attended the funeral Saturday at Grant City, Mo. Burial was in the Blockton Cemetery.

[Gray, Steven Carl]

Funeral services for Steve Gray, age 57, of Bedford, who died very unexpectedly on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, were held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation were held Wednesday from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. Instead of flowers the family requests memorials be given in Steve's name. Memories can be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Steven Carl Gray was born January 15, 1954 in Maryville, Missouri the son of Beryl Dean Gray and Jewell (Henry) Gray. Steve lived his entire life in the Blockton area attending school and graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1972. In fact, he only missed one day of school in 13 years, a trait he would eventually pass on to his children! When he was in the 7th grade a girl named Debra Huelskamp caught his eye . . .they started dating and on December 15, 1973 they were united in marriage at Christ The King Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Together they were blessed with the birth of one daughter and three sons, Amanda, Nick, Wyatt and Jared. Steve and Deb lived in Blockton for a short time after their marriage before moving to the rural area where he had grown up. He farmed all of his life and drove a semi for the past fifteen years with Deb traveling with him after she retired from being the Bedford School Nurse for many years. They loved traveling many places in their RV all year long.

Steve was never one to sit still. He always had a project to work on or a problem that needed fixing. His entire life was wrapped up in his family, their friends, loving his wife and enjoying his grandkids. Each summer would include a two or three week vacation traveling around the United States, often times staying at National Parks. He enjoyed attending his kid's activities as they were growing up, especially the football games! He cooked a lot, with steak and potatoes being his specialty. He was known to collect cast iron cookware and other items he felt worthy of collecting! He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and being with family and friends. Every year he would prepare the deer camp for his boys. Steve's life revolved around his wife and children.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend are his loving wife of 38 years, Debra Gray of Bedford; one daughter, Amanda Sockrider of Council Bluffs; three sons, Nick and wife Dani Gray of Bedford; Wyatt and wife Melinda Gray of Bedford; and Jared of Beloit, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Caleb, Asia and Avery Sockrider; Alexis and Gabriel Gray; Nevaeh Gray and Mailey Gray; two brothers, Stanley Gray of Barnard, Missouri; and Bryan and wife Vickie Gray of Bethany, Missouri; two sisters, Lisa Loch and husband David of Maryville, Missouri; and Lana Hoepker and husband Edwin of Bedford; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Steve in death are his parents Beryl and Jewell Gray and his in-laws, James and Margaret Huelskamp.

Steve was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. His enthusiasm, humor and enjoyment of life will be missed by his family and friends.
[Online obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, Iowa]

[Owings, James Robert]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      May 20, 1987    p. 5

James Robert Owings

Last rites were held at the Christian Church in Blockton with Rev. Rick Titus and Rev. Scott Marcum officiating. Interment was at East Lawn Memory Garden, Eldora, Ia.

James Robert Owings, the son of Martin L. and Betty A. Rosine Owings was born on May 13, 1954 in Eldora, Ia. He departed this life on May 7, 1987 in Blockton, Ia. at the age of 32 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Jim was raised in Eldora, Ia., where he attended the Eldora Community Schools and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

On July 18, 1975 Jim was united in marriage to Judith Ann Erickson Fortner. To this union with Judy was a stepson, Andrew Blaine Fortner.

They lived in the Blockton area many years, where Jim worked as a bookkeeper at MFA in Sheridan, Mo. He was also very active in the Blockton Volunteer Fire Department.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Judith Ann; stepson Andrew B. Fortner; his parents, Martin L. and Betty Owings of Eldora, Ia.; three brothers, Ronald D. and Cic Owings of Iowa City, Ia.; Dennis L. and Kate Owings of Minneapolis, Mn.; and David K. Owings of Eldora, Ia.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, relatives and loved ones.


[Owings, James Robert]          [Henry, David Allen]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      May 13, 1987    [p. 1]

Blockton men killed in Thursday accident

Two Blockton men---James R. [obert] Owings and David Allen Henry, were killed Thursday evening when the motorcycle they were riding slammed into a pickup truck. The accident occurred at the junction of J-55 and P-14 near Blockton.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Owings, age 32 of Rt. 2 Blockton, was driving a 1975 Honda motorcycle. Henry, age 37 of Blockton, was a passenger.

The motorcycle driven by Owings was northbound on Route P-14 when an eastbound 1967 Ford pickup driven by Barbara Miller, 45, of Blockton, pulled onto P-14 after stopping at a stop sign on Redding Street (J-55).

The motorcycle struck the truck on the right side. Owings was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and Henry died a short time later, according to the Iowa State Patrol report. Barbara Miller was treated and released from the hospital.

State Patrol officials did not indicate whether or not any citations were issued but did indicate the accident was still under investigation.

[Henry, David Allen]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      May 20, 1987    p. 5

David Allen Henry

Funeral services were held at Prugh-Dunfee Chapel Sunday, May 10 at 2 p. m. conducted by Rev. Len Green and Rev. Scott Marcum. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Ia.

David Allen, son of Ruth Stevenson Henry and Volley Allen Henry was born July 26, 1949 at Houston, Mo. and died May 7, 1987 at the age of 37 years, nine months and 11 days following a motorcycle accident which occurred near Blockton, Ia.

Most of his childhood was spent in the Blockton area, graduating from Bedford Community School in 1967. He served in the U. S. Army for 1 ½ years, receiving The Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious service in the Republic of Vietnam during the period May 1969 to February 1970.

In May of 1972, David was united in marriage to Cloris Wimer. To this union was born one son, Vincent Allen.

He was converted at an early age under the ministry of Brother Bob Pinkerton.

He was preceded in death by his father Volley Henry in 1976.

Surviving are his son, Vince of Hatfield; his mother Ruth Henry of Blockton; a very special friend Pam Zormunski and her daughters, Amanda and Leslie; four sisters and their husband, Linda and Tim Beemer of Blair, Ne., Joanne and Steve Wake of Essex, La., Glenda and Darrell Moser of Blockton, Ia. and Pam and Ed Nickell of Clearfield; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willis King of Shenandoah; four nephews, five nieces and many other loving family and friends.

David’s most special hours were spent hunting with his son, Vince. His warm sense of humor and generous spirit will keep his memory alive in hearts of family and friends forever.

[Hibbs, Adaline Smart Reed]

Blockton News

Thursday      April 14, 1927     [p. 1]

Mrs. L. R. Hibbs Dead

Mrs. L. [eonidas] R. [andolph] Hibbs of south of town has been quite ill for the past week or ten days. A trained nurse is caring for her.

Later: Mrs. Hibbs passed away yesterday---Wednesday---about 10 o’clock.

[Hibbs, Adaline Smart Reed]

Blockton News

Thursday      April 21, 1927    [p. 1]


Adaline Smart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Smart, was born in Adams County, Ohio, October 7, 1851, and passed away at her home in Worth County, Mo., April 13, 1927, aged 75 years, 6 months and 6 days.

She was united in marriage to John R. Reed Aug. 11, 1868. Mr. Reed died March 30, 1874.

She was united in marriage with Leonidas R. [andolph] Hibbs Dec. 12, 1875. To this union was born five children, Mrs. D. D. Black of South Haven, Minnesota; Mrs. Florence Goff, deceased; Mrs. Fred Goff, of Lyons, Nebraska; Homer E. Hibbs and Oscar Hibbs of Blockton; one step daughter, Mrs. Lottie Jobe, passed away one year ago. She is also survived by her husband, one step daughter, Mrs. Minnie Perrine, of Lamoille, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. Lydia Sider, of Seaman, Ohio; Mrs. Joseph Clark, of Dwight, Kansas, and Mrs. Susan West of Blockton; 19 grandchildren and 11 step grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Hibbs came to Worth County, Mo., about one year before her marriage to Mr. Hibbs. They have lived on the same place for 52 years.

She united with the Christian church when young and was a charter member of the Blockton Christian church.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon at one o’clock, conducted by Rev. [words missing]. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Hibbs, Leonidas Randolph]

Blockton News

Thursday      September 20, 1928     p. 8


Leonidas Randolph Hibbs was born in Adams County, Ohio, Jan. 4, 1843, and departed this life Sept. 7, 1928, at the advanced age of 85 years, 8 months and 3 days.

At the age of ten years he accompanied his parents to Illinois. After residing there two years with his father, S. K. Hibbs, he came to Worth County, Mo., making the trip on horseback. Returning to Illinois and with the family and other trailblazers who possessed the pioneer spirit they again started for Worth County in covered wagons drawn by ox teams, arriving in 1856.

He was one of the earliest pioneers to settle in Worth County, having lived within her boundaries for a period of 73 years. He knew the thrills of the pioneer life. He witnessed the progress of civilization from its earliest stages to this wonderful age. He was among those who heard the gospel preached from the cross road schoolhouse, under the interlacing branches of the trees, or wherever a group of listeners could be found. It was under this environment that he was led to confess his faith in Christ as his Savior at the Pleasant Ridge schoolhouse under the ministry of J. H. Coffee. He later transferred his membership to the Blockton Christian church where he held his membership at the time of his death.

Having sought a new country that offered new and greater opportunities and greater freedom he was willing to dedicate his life to uphold those principles so on Aug. 15, 1862, he enlisted in Co. D, 35th Missouri regiment, for the duration of the Civil War. He was honorably discharged from the service March 17, 1865. He was unable to spend much of his time on the firing line, having contracted the dreaded disease, scurvy. While in the confines of the hospital he watched the noted battle of Vicksburg from the roof of the hospital.

Aug. 29, 1868, he was united in marriage to Mary F. McKinley. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Minnie Perrine, of Waukegan, Illinois, and Mrs. Lottie Job[e], deceased. His companion having died, he was married in 1875 to Adeline Reid. To them five children were born, Mrs. Myrtle Black, of South Haven, Minn.; Mrs. Florence Goff, deceased; Mrs. Alice Goff, of Lyons, Nebr.; Homer and Oscar Hibbs, of Blockton. He was preceded in death by his wife April 13, 1927.

Out of a family of ten children only four remain, two brothers and two sisters---Bruce Hibbs, of Grant City; Mrs. Lyda Clark, of Beatrice, Nebr.; N. G. Hibbs, of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs. Clara Severus, of Blockton. Besides his immediate family he leaves a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

Funeral services were conducted from the Isadora Christian church Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, Harold V. Reeves of Albany and L. B. Day having charge of the services. The pallbearers were members of the John Edgar Barnes Post, No. 92, American Legion. The American Legion also had charge of the services at the Isadora cemetery where interment was made.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, September 13, 1928
D. C. Black and wife, of South Haven, Minn., came last week called here by the fatal illness of her father, Randolph Hibbs.

[Hibbs, Pauline Mitchell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      November 28, 1985     p. 12


Pauline [Mitchell] Hibbs passed away Nov. 17. Funeral services were Nov. 19, 1:30 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, with burial at Blockton.

[Hixson, David]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      April 21, 1904     p. 8

David Hixon [Hixson], who lived northwest of Gravity, died yesterday. The funeral was held today at 1 o’clock p. m. at the Cottage Grove schoolhouse. The Odd Fellows lodge conducted the services, and a number of the members of that order from this city attended.


Obituary [this was in family papers and appeared to be the original obituary handed to the preacher]

David Hixson was born near Hillsburrow, Ohio, Nov 20, 1824, and died at his residence four miles north west of Gravity, April 18, 1904, after an illness of several weeks with typhoid pneumonia.

When 18 years of age he came to Farmington, Illinois, living there till 1870, when he and his family moved to Creston, Iowa, the same year he removed to Taylor County, where he has resided ever since.

He was married Sept 2, 1852 to Mary M. Leaverton, whose death occurred Feb 25, 1895. To this union 10 children were born, three of this number having gone to the better land, as follows: Charles aged 5 years, Minnie V., 12 years old, and Mrs Clara E. Wilson aged 24 years.

Five children were present when he died. Emory B., Albert D., Mrs Belle Combs, Mrs Ida M. Wilson, and Mrs Alice Baldwin of Creston, Edward M. of Farmington, Illinois and Newton J. of Springfield, Oregon being absent.

He had 22 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a brother and sister with many relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

The above is a copy of the obituary prepared by the family and handed to me, and I may add that David Hixson was an intelligent, civil and indusrious citizen. I was informed that he organized the Odd Fellows Lodge at Hawleyville soon after he came to this county and has been a constant member of the same till his death. His remains were laid to rest by the side of his wife in the Gravity Cemetery by the Odd Fellows, John Owens acting as master of ceremonies. The funeral service was preached at Cottage Grove School House by the writer, using as a text Job 19: 25, 27. signed W.L.D. - W.L. Dunlvey


[Hixson, David Albert “Bert”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 26, 1945     [p. 1]

Bert Hixon Dies

Bert Hixon [Hixson] of Gravity, who went to Colorado a few weeks ago in hopes of benefitting his health, died Friday at Akron, Colorado. The body was brought back to Gravity and the funeral services were held at the Methodist church there Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mr. Stevens. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

[Hixson, David Albert “Bert”]

Taylor County Herald

Thursday     July 26, 1946     p. 8


Word was received here on Friday of the death of Burt [Bert] Hixon [Hixson] who passed away at Akron, Ohio [Colorado], going there a month ago for his health. No funeral arrangements have as yet been made. The body will arrive in Bedford Monday morning.

[Larson, Alisa “Alzy” Thomas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 4, 1969     p. 4

Mrs. Alsia Larson Rites Held Tues.

Funeral services for Mrs. Louie (Alsia) Larson, 72, of Bedford, were held Tues. Sept. 2 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. John D. Kerr. Mrs. Larson died at Clarinda Municipal Hospital on August 30. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Alsia Larson, daughter of John [Nicholaus] and Daisy [Luella Wallace] Thomas, was born in Mills County, Iowa on October 16, 1896.

She was united in marriage to Louie Larson on April 3, 1914 at Clarinda, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1951. To this union 10 children were born: Mrs. Leona Blake of Bedford, Ivan Larson of College Springs, Iowa, Joe Larson, Mrs. Beatrice Smith, and John Larson of Bedford, Wanita Spencer, Wetona Larson, Mrs. Idle Spencer of Bedford, Ralph [Leslie] Larson of Shambaugh, Ia. and Mrs. Wanda Key of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by three children Joe, Wanita and Wetona, her parents, one brother, Lionel Thomas and two sisters, Leta Scoops and Alvia May Thomas.

She is survived by seven children, 31 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one brother, Adolph Ansley Thomas of Bedford and a host of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Larson lived in Page County most of her early years, spending the rest of her life in Taylor County, in and around Bedford.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a dear friend to everyone by whom she will be sadly missed.
[Note:  The first name is spelled Alisa on her headstone.]

[Larson, Louie “Lou”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     June 7, 1951     [p. 1]

Lou Larson Rites Held Here Sunday

Lou Larson died unexpectedly at his home in northeast Bedford June 1. The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Evan Routh. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Louie L. Larson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Larson, was born May 8 [5], 1890 at Marshalltown, Iowa, being aged 61 years and 24 days at the time of his death.

He grew to manhood on the farm home near Hepburn, Iowa. He was baptized in the Christian Church at Marshalltown.

He was married to Alsia [Alisa] Thomas April 8, 1914, at Clarinda. To them 10 children were born: four sons, Ivan, Harold, John and Ralph; six daughters, Mrs. Leona Blake, Mrs. Beatrice Smith, Idle and Wanda, of Bedford; Wetona and Mrs. Junita [Wanita] Spencer, deceased.

Besides the children, Mr. Larson is survived by his wife; two brothers, Hans Larson of Bedford and Nels Larson of Villisca; three sisters Mrs. Mary Woods of Clarinda, Mrs. Anna Loghry of Corning, and Mrs. Carrie Taylor of Villisca. His parents, one sister and one brother preceded him in death.
[Note:  His World War I Draft Registration Card gives the birth date as May 5, 1890.]

[Lepley, Charles Albert]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 8, 1949     p. 3


Former Resident Dies

Relatives here received word Monday of the death of Charley Lepley of Fulton, Missouri, a former resident of Sharpsburg. Graveside services were held at Gravity, Tuesday, December 6.

[Lepley, Maude Theresa Grimm]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      November 6, 1924      p. 6


Obituary – Mrs. Chas. A. Lepley

Maude Thressa [Theresa] Grimm was born on a farm two miles west of Sharpsburg, October 23, 1899, and died at the Iowa Lutheran hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, October 31st, 1924, age 25 years and 6 days.

The earlier part of her life was spent in this community. On January 14th, 1914, she united with the Presbyterian Church and was true to her Christian faith to the end.

On November 1st, 1917 she was united in marriage to Chas. A. [lbert] Lepley. They resided on a farm near Laconia, Iowa, where they were living at the time of her death.

To this union four children were born, Bernice Ellen, Estalene Mae, Lorine Louise, and Alice Madine.

Besides the immediate family, she leaves to mourn her loss her father and mother, George and Sarah Grimm; also five brothers, Loyd, Leonard and Thomas of this city, Benjamin of Humeston, Iowa, and Louis of Chicago, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. Roscoe Ditto of Handel, Sask., Canada.

She was preceded in death by one brother John Senton [Seaton], who gave his life for the cause of freedom at Cambria, France, Sept. 29th, 1918.

Mrs. Lepley was beloved by all who knew her, and leaves many relatives and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

“Why do we mourn for dying friends
  Or shake at death’s alarms,
‘Tis but the vow that Jesus sends
   To call them to his arms.

Funeral was held at the Presbyterian church here Sunday afternoon November 2nd, at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. Suitor. Interment at the Gravity cemetery.


[Phipps, Robbie Daniel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 16, 1982      p. 4

Graveside Services For Robbie Phipps Held Today   

Graveside services for Robbie Daniel Phipps, 17, of Garden Grove, Calif., will be held Thurs., Sept. 17 in Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Ia. with Rev. Mel Smith officiating. Mr. Phipps died August 11, 1982, his 17th birthday in Garden Grove. Memorial services were held August 15 in Saddleback Chapel in Tustin, Calif. followed by cremation.

Robbie Daniel Phipps was born August 11, 1965 to Susan [Griffin] and Dean Phipps in Denver, Colorado.

Robbie completed his sophomore year at California High School in Whittier, Calif, and was to start his junior year soon. Robbie was a music lover and had the honor of being the only sophomore ever chosen to be a member of "The Californians," a song and dance group, at that school.

Robbie was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald F. [ay] Griffin in June 1970.

Those surviving him are his mother, Susan K. Robinson, of Longmont, Colo.; his father, Dean A. Phipps, Garden Grove, Calif.; two brothers: Ricky D. of Garden Grove, Calif., and Charles D. of Longmont, Colo.; grandparents, LaVeda and Lincoln Trowbridge, Marie and Irvin Derr; great grandmother, Florence A.[bigail Dory] Griffin, all of Longmont, Colo.; two aunts, Janet E. [lizabeth Griffin] Roush, Gravity, Iowa; Cleo Abeyta of Longmont, Colo.; four uncles: Roy R. Griffin and David L. Griffin, both of Ft. Collins, Colo.; William Phipps of Arvada, Colo.; LeRoy Phipps of Garden Grove , Calif.; and 25 first cousins.

[Roush, Janet Elizabeth Griffin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 9, 1984

Services held for Janet Roush

Services were held August 1 for Janet Elizabeth Roush, 39, at Gravity Christian Church in Gravity by the Rev. Roger Charlie. Mrs. Roush died July 29, 1984 at Memorial Hospital in Shenandoah. Burial was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Janet Elizabeth Griffin Roush, the oldest daughter of Donald F. [ay] and LaVeda Griffin, was born on December 21, 1944 at Creston, Iowa.

Janet grew to womanhood at Corning, Iowa, where she attended school and was a member of the United Methodist Church. She later transferred her membership to the First Christian Church in Gravity.

On October 8, 1961, she was united in marriage to Carrell F. [rancis] Roush, at Corning, Iowa. Four children were born to bless this union. Debra Kathleen Henderson, Blanchard, Michael Carrell Roush, Creston, Mindy Sue Roush, Blanchard, Joleen Elizabeth Roush of Gravity, a grandson, Matthew Kevin Henderson, one son-in-law, William D.  Henderson.

Others surviving to cherish her memory are her mother and step-father, LaVeda and Lincoln Trowbridge of Wellington, Co., her grandmother, Florence A.[bigail Dory] Griffin, of Lenox, two brothers, Roy R. and David L. Griffin, both of Ft. Collins, Co., two sisters, Cleo F. Abeyta   of   Longmond, Co, and Susan K. Robinson of Wellington, Co., two sisters-in-law, Suzanne and Joyce Griffin, also of Fort Collins, Co. Also surviving are four nieces, six nephews and two great nieces and a host of relatives and friends.

Those   preceding   her   in   death were her father, Donald F. [ay] Griffin, infant    brother, Donald    Austin Griffin, her grandfather, Fay A. [ustin] Griffin and nephew, Robbie D. Phipps.

Jan was a jovial, talented, trusting and helpful person who was always “ on call" for anyone who needed help. She had a craft shop in Gravity from November 1981 until ill health forced her to close it.

She loved her God and till the very end, she knew He was by her side. Her children were very, very special and her little grandson was a special joy to her.