Obituaries
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[Wyant, Margaret Alice “Maggie” Long]

Bedford Times-Press

April 20, 1961

Mrs. J. U. Wyant Rites In Lenox

Mrs. J. [ames] U. [riah] Wyant, 96, a resident of Bedford, Lenox and Clearfield for many years, died at her home in Leon, Friday night, April 14.  Mrs. Wyant fell at her home recently and had been in failing health since that time.

Funeral services were held at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox at 1:30 p. m., Monday, April 17.  Rev. John Gill of Leon officiated.  Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

Margaret Alice, daughter of Hugh and Florinda Campbell Long, was born in Mercer County, Penn., Feb. 15, 1865, and passed away at the age of 96 years and two months.  She was the last survivor of 10 children.

The Long family came to Iowa in 1877.  She attended Tarkio College and taught fro many years in the schools of Taylor and Ringgold counties.

On December 9, 1891, she was united in marriage with James U. [riah] Wyant.  To this union were born five children, Hugh B. [ruce] of Lenox, Mrs. Ruth Graham and G. [eorge] A. [llen] of Leon, Orville, who passed away in 1950 and Helen in 1949.

She was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church, serving faithfully in Sabbath school and in the women’s organizations.  She devoted herself to the Christian education of her children in the home and was a true friend to her neighbors wherever she lived.  Her loyalty to her family was one of her strongest characteristics.

With the exception of three years in California and a short time in Ironwood, Mich., her life was spent in Iowa, the past 12 years in Leon.

Those left to mourn her passing are two sons, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter.

[Wortman, Marguerite Burner]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 19, 1944   [p. 1]

Mrs. Putnam’s Sister Dies At Lincoln

Mrs. C. S. Wortman, the former Miss Marguerite Burner, died at a Lincoln, Nebraska hospital Wednesday afternoon, following a long illness.  The funeral services will be held in her hometown of Ashland, Nebr., Friday afternoon, and the body will be taken to Illinois for burial.  Her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Putnam of Bedford, will accompany the body to Illinois.

Mrs. Wortman is a former music instructor in the Bedford schools.

[Howard, Edna Smith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 19, 1944   [p. 1]

Mrs. Edna Howard Dies In West

Mrs. Frank Allen of Bedford received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Edna Howard, which occurred Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Portland, Oregon.  She is the former Miss Edna Smith, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Smith [Flora Ellen Woolen] of Siam, and moved west from that community about forty years ago.

The last rites were held at Portland Friday, and burial was made there.

She is survived by five sisters, and two brothers:  Mrs. Frank Allen [Elizabeth Jane] of Bedford, Mrs. Crystal Manley and Mrs. Jesse Henderson [Alice Ruth] of Siam, Mrs. Anna Shepherd of McMinnville, Oregon, Mrs. Harriett Wright of Portland, Sim Smith of Ruth, Nevada, and Abe Smith of Sheridan, Wyoming.

[Dowlin, Josiah Gwynne]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 19, 1944   [p. 1]

J. Gwynne Dowlin

J. [osiah] Gwynne Dowlin, a resident of the Blockton community for many years, and for the last several years of Bedford, died at the home of his daughter in Des Moines Thursday, October 12.

The body was brought to Bedford and the funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, October 14, conducted by Rev. E. E. Stringfellow of Des Moines.  Burial was in the Blockton cemetery.

J. [osiah] Gwynne Dowlin was born near Davistown, Greene County, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1859, being aged 85 years and 6 days at the time of his death.

He is survived by one son and two daughters, John L. [ewis] Dowlin of Compton, Calif., Gladys E. Rich of Des Moines, and Virginia Dowlin of Rockford, Ill.  Also by three grandchildren:  John L. [ewis] Dowlin, Jr. and Ann Dowlin of Compton, and Herbert G. Rich of Des Moines.  His wife, Jessie Hartley Dowlin, preceded him in death on February 28, 1935.

[Nelson, Joseph]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 19, 1944   [p. 1]

Joseph Nelson

Joseph Nelson, son of Charles and Valeda [Walker] Nelson, was born near Bedford, Iowa, where he grew to manhood.  He was educated in the Bedford schools and in the Missouri Normal School, then located at Stanberry.

He later went to California, locating in Los Angeles, where he had since resided.

He had been in failing health for several years.  About two months ago he went to Sacramento in hopes of he change being a benefit, when death came unexpectedly, on Tuesday, October 10, following a heart attack.

He is survived by his three sisters, Alice, Maude and Pearl, his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. C.  N. Nelson; three nieces, two nephews, seven grandnieces and nephews.

The body was sent to Bedford and the funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader.  Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Melvin, Jesse Delaney]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 29, 1934    p. 5

Jesse D. Melvin, 90, Succumbs Nov. 21

Jesse D. [elaney] Melvin, 90, died at his home in Hopkins Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The funeral services were held at the Swanson Funeral Home in Hopkins Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. B. H. Harmon, the Christian minister.  Plumb lodge, No. 285, A. F. & A. M. of Siam had charge of the services at the grave in the Siam cemetery.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Melvin [Sarah Delaney] and was born July 31, 1844, in Washington County, Tenn.  In 1837, he moved from his birthplace to Logan County Ill., and two years later to McDonough County, Ill., where he spent his early life.

About the year 1890 he moved with his sisters to Taylor County, Iowa, where he resided until 1917, when he moved into Hopkins.  He was the last of a family of thirteen children.  He never married.

[Melvin, Jesse Delaney]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 29, 1934    p. 5

Jesse Melvin Dies

Old Time Resident Succumbs After Long Illness

Jesse Melvin, 90, died at his home in Hopkins, Wednesday afternoon.  The funeral services were held at the Swanson Funeral Home, Friday morning.  Burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.

He was born in Tennessee.  Later he moved to Illinois, and to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1890, and into the town of Hopkins in 1917.  Two nephews, James and Peter Melvin, have been residing with him since he broke his hip several months ago.  He was never married.  He has several other nephews and nieces.

 [McMaster, Jerome]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 23, 1948    [p. 1]

Jerome McMaster Died Here Monday

Jerome McMaster, 77, died at Bedford Monday, December 20.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Hopkins Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. Vernon Wheeler.  Burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.  McMaster was a resident of the community southwest of Bedford for many years.

[Carter, Margaret Lucille Davison]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 23, 1948    [p. 1]

Mr. and Mrs. Harsh Attend A Funeral

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Harsh attended the funeral services for her great niece, Mrs. [Margaret] Lucille Davison Carter of Graham, Missouri, which was held Sunday afternoon at the church at Shearer cemetery, west of Siam.  Burial was in Shearer cemetery.

Mrs. Carter died unexpectedly at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Friday afternoon.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Davison of Braddyville, and one brother, Merlin Davison, also of Braddyville.

[Barnes, Ola Mae Webster]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 16, 1948    [p. 1]

Mrs. Chas. Barnes Dies Unexpectedly

Mrs. Charles Barnes died at her home in Bedford Friday forenoon, December 10, following an illness of only a few hours.

She suffered a broken hip on Sept. 26 but had practically recovered, when she suffered a stroke Friday morning.

Ola Mae Webster, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. [hauncey] H. [ezekiah] Webster [Mary Elizabeth Hutchinson], was born near Clarinda, Iowa, August 22, 1886, being aged 62 years, 3 months, 17 days, at the time of her death.

On Sept. 27, 1905, she was married to Charles A. [ugustus] Barnes of Bedford.  They spent their entire married life farming in Taylor County until a year and a half ago when they moved to Bedford.

They were the parents of six children, R. C. of Bedford, A. C. of Corning, Mrs. Noble Campbell (Thelma) of Cromwell, Mrs. Ward Campbell (Carmen) of LeMars, who survive; and Gerald, who gave his life in World War II on March 9, 1945.

There are also two brothers, Earl Webster of Corning and Charles Webster of Denver, Colorado; twenty grandchildren, five step grandchildren.

Twenty years ago she gave her heart to the Lord in Athelstan and later united with the Free Methodist church at Gravity.

The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Bertha Brown of Gravity and assisted by Rev. T. J. Overholt of Bedford.  Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. Vester Griffith, and Mrs. Forrest Whitlatch of Creston attended the last rites and furnished the music.

[Barnes, Ola Mae Webster]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 23, 1948    [p. 1]

Glade Barnes’ Mother Succumbs

The name of Glade Barnes of Bedford was omitted through error from the account of his mother’s death in the last issue of the Times-Press.

In the obituary of Mrs. Charles Barnes of Bedford, it should have read that the six children are: Glade Barnes and R. C. Barnes of Bedford, A. C. Barnes of Corning, (Thelma) Mrs. Noble Campbell of Cromwell, (Carmen) Mrs. Ward Campbell of LeMars, who survive; and Gerald, who gave his life in World War II.

[Barnes, Charles Augustus]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 6, 1970    p. 3

Charles Barnes Rites July 29

Funeral services for Charles Augustus Barnes, life-long Taylor County resident, held July 29 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Ward Campbell.  Mr. Barnes died July 26, 1970 at West Heights Manor in Clarinda.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Charles Augustus Barnes, oldest child of Joseph and Mary Tinder Barnes, was born May 10, 1873 in Taylor County, Iowa.

On Sept. 27, 1906 he was united in marriage to Ola Mae Webster of Bedford.

Six children were born to this union:  Glade Barnes who died October 6, 1958; A. C. Barnes of Braddyville, R. C. Barnes of Clarinda, Mrs. Noble Campbell (Thelma) of Cromwell, Iowa, Mrs. Ward Campbell (Carmen) of Mount Ayr and Gerald Barnes of Bedford who gave his life in World War II on March 9, 1945.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Ola, on December 10, 1948, three sisters, one brother, one grandchild, Anita (Barnes) Ambrose.

He spent his entire life farming in Taylor County until he retired in 1946 and moved to Bedford.

In 1962, because of circulation difficulties, he had both legs amputated and spent the remaining years of his life among his four children.

He had 25 grandchildren and 71 great grandchildren whom he dearly loved and they loved him and they spent many happy hours together.

He was very kind and generous with everyone, and was always appreciative of those who cared for him.  He renewed his faith in God a few days before his death.

He was a man of many friends.

[Barnes, Charles Glade]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 16, 1958    p. 5

Chas. Glade Barnes

Charles Glade Barnes, son of Charles and Ola [Webster] Barnes, was born April 21, 1906 in Taylor County, near Sheridan, Missouri, and died very unexpectedly on October 6, 1958, at Glenwood, Iowa, where he had employment as night watchman at the Glenwood School.

He was 52 years, five months and 15 days of age.  Glade spent his entire life in Taylor County, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dec. 10, 1948, and a brother, Gerald, who was killed in action March 9, 1945 in World War Two.

Survivors are his father, Charles A. [ugustus] Barnes of Bedford, with whom he made his home; two brothers, A. C. Barnes of Kent, Iowa, and R. C. Barnes of Clarinda, Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. Noble (Thelma) Campbell of Cromwell, Iowa and Mrs. Ward (Carmen) Campbell of Mount Ayr.  Many nieces, nephews and friends mourn his passing.

He was a kind and loving person and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Thursday, Oct. 9 at 2 p. m.  Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

[Boydston, Charles Terrel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 23, 1948    [p. 1]

Charles Boydston Dies At Sharpsburg

Charles [Terrel] Boydston, 67, a resident of Sharpsburg for a number of years, died Wednesday morning about 11 o’clock, following an illness of some time.

The funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg Friday afternoon, at 1 o’clock.

Surviving are the wife, and one son, Gerald Boydston, and his wife and two children, and a sister, Mrs. C. [lifford] H. Young [Elta Olive] of Bedford.

[Boydston, Charles Terrel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 30, 1948    p. 2

Obituary - Charles Boydston

Charles Terrel Boydston was born July 7, 1879 near Abingdon, Illinois, and died Dec. 22 at the age of 69.  At the age of 14 he moved with his family to Shenandoah, Iowa.

On April 27, 1902 he married Bessie Hayes.  To them two children were born, Gayle Irene, deceased and Gerald Hayes Boydston, who married Lorena Phelan, who, with their two children, Patricia Gayle and Geraldine Kay survive.

On his arrival in Shenandoah, Mr. Boydston united with the Christian church, but on March 1, 1912 when he came to Taylor County, they transferred their membership to the Oak Hill Church and later to the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg.

During his service in the Sharpsburg Church he received the highest honor to be held by the laymen in the local Presbyterian Church when he was ordained a Ruling Elder.

He leaves with his wife and their son and family, his sister, Mrs. Clifford Young [Elta Olive] of Bedford.

Services were held Dec. 24 at the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah.

[White, Cora Ann Pepler]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 7, 1970    p. 2

Cora White Rites Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Oscar A. (Cora) White, 83, of Bedford, formerly of Gravity, were held Monday, May 4, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, conducted by Rev. Ottie Odle.  Mrs. White died at Northgate Manor Nursing Home in Corning on April 30, 1970.  Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Cora Ann Pepler White, daughter of George and Susan Pepler, was born on January 1, 1887.

On May 26, 1915 she was united in marriage to Oscar A. White.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

She is survived by her brother, James Richardson, Bedford; two sisters, Catherine Roberts, Bedford, and Elnora Hunt, Omaha, Nebraska; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was a member of the Christian Church at Gravity and the Order of Eastern Star of Bedford.

She was a loving sister, a wonderful friend and a kind neighbor to all.  She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

[Murren, Willard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 6, 1970    p. 3

Willard Murren Dies In Arizona

Willard Murren, 64, of Mesa, Arizona, formerly of New Market, died in a hospital in Mesa on July 28.  Funeral services for Mr. Murren were held July 31 in Mesa with interment there.

Willard Murren was born October 31, 1905 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed Murren of New Market, Ia.

He received most of his schooling in the New Market school, graduating from the high school there.  He taught school until he suffered a severe heart attack in l964 from which he never fully recovered.

In May of this year ill health forced him to leave his home in Wilton Junction, Ia., to reside in Mesa, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife Edith; a daughter, Mrs. Don (Marlya) Young of Cypress, California; four grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Claude (Ethel) Cavender of New Market.

[Godfrey, Raymond Guy]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday   September 29, 1955    [p. 1]

Raymond Godfrey Succumbed Recently

Raymond Guy Godfrey, 70, a former resident of the New Market community, and at one time manager of the Farmers Union store there, died recently at the hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.  Funeral services and burial were in Pomona, California.

Mr. Godfrey was born in Johnson County, Nebr., July 6, 1885, the son of Enoch and Addie Thomas Godfrey and grew to manhood on a farm near New Market.  He was married at New Market on June 14, 1904 to Mary [Elizabeth] Hamilton, who died Nov. 3, 1922.

Mr. Godfrey and Mrs. Flossie [Merrie Kight Coy] Journey were marred at New Market on May 31, 1923 and they moved to Pomona in 1931.  Mrs. Godfrey died Nov. 5, 1942.  He was a member of the Christian church.

Surviving are two sons, Glenn Godfrey of Pomona and Paul Godfrey of Riverside, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Florence Hutslar of San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Marie Moorman of Atlantic; one brother, Fern E. Godfrey of Baker, Okla.; and 12 grandchildren.

The first Mrs. Godfrey was a sister of Charles and James Hamilton of Bedford and of Robert Hamilton of Clarinda.

[Godfrey, Glenna “Glenn” Journey]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 3, 1966    p. 6

Final Rites Held For Mrs. Godfrey

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Glen [na] L.) [Journey] Godfrey, 82, of New Market, held February 27 at the New Market United Missionary Church, were conducted by Rev. Sherman Mills of Shambaugh.  Mrs. Godfrey died February 24, 1966, at Court Street Rest Home in Bedford.  Interment was at Memory Cemetery, New Market.

[Godfrey, John Wesley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 12, 1956    [p. 1]

John W. Godfrey Rites Friday P. M.

John Wesley Godfrey, 92, of New Market, died at a nursing home in Bedford Tuesday, July 10.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock at the United Missionary church in New Market.  Rev. D. S. Johnson will officiate.  Burial in Old Memory Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Carl Godfrey of Tigard, Oregon; two daughters, Mrs. Lena Arthur of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Ione Gray of Marion, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Bish of Los Angeles.

[Zeluf, Forest Edgar]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 3, 1966    p. 6

Forest Zeluf Rites Feb. 26

Funeral services for Forest Edgar Zeluf, 67, of Omaha, formerly of Bedford, were held February 26 at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Carl Cummings officiating.  Mr. Zeluf died February 22, 1966 at the Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  Interment was at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford.

Included in the services was the following obituary.

Forest Edgar Zeluf, son of Minnie and Benjamin Zeluf, was born August 17, 1896 at Hastings, Nebr.  He had spent the last 26 years in Omaha.

In 1927 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Wright.  She preceded him in death.

In 1940 he was united in marriage to Mary Collar.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, five sons, Duane, Jack, Donald, Laurence, Robert, all of Omaha, Nebr.; two daughters, Rose Larsen, Guthrie Center, Ia.; and Shirley Raye Johannes, Omaha; 18 grandchildren; two great granddaughters; one brother, Ralph, Omaha; three sisters, Ester and May, Arizona, Lena, Burlington Junction, Iowa; 18 nieces and nephews.

His parents, one brother, Paul, one sister, Audrey, one grandson, preceded him in death.

[Weaver, William Acel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 3, 1966    p. 6

Wm. Weaver, 72, Rites Feb. 23

Funeral services for William Acel Weaver, 72, lifetime resident of the New Market area, were held February 23 at Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda, conducted by Rev. Lester Greenwood of Clarinda.  Mr. Weaver died February 20 at Veterans Hospital in Omaha.  Military graveside services were conducted by the New Market American Legion Post at Memory Cemetery, New Market.

Included in the services was the following obituary.

William Acel Weaver, son of Phillip and Julia Welch Weaver, was born August 31, 1893, near Hawleyville, Iowa.

He entered the service of his country June 25, 1918 at Red Cloud, Nebr., and served in France, with the 212th Engineers until his discharge June 6, 1919.

He was united in marriage to Hazel Webb March 3, 1920.  Hazel passed away a few months later in June.  He then made his home with his parents.

On April 4, 1943, he was united in marriage to Essie Sanburn Graham of Nodaway, Iowa.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two step-children, Earl Graham of Denver, Colo., and Ruth Graham of Red Oak, Iowa; one foster daughter, Mrs. Lowell Rucker of Clarinda; three grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews; one brother, Melvin Weaver, of Oregon City, Ore.; one sister, Anna Hunter, of Pickering, Mo.

His father, mother, three sisters, and one brother preceded him in death.