Obituaries
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 [Kopp, Jesse Ross]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 14, 1974    p. 7

Ross Kopp, 92, Last Rites Held November 12

Funeral services for Jesse Ross Kopp, 92, of Bedford, were held Tues., Nov. 12, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Carl Cummings officiating.  Mr. Kopp died November 9 at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda.  Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway.

[Kopp, Jesse Ross]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 21, 1974    p. 3

Last Rites Held November 12 For Ross Kopp, 92

Funeral services for Jesse Ross Kopp, 92, of Bedford, held November 12 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were officiated by Carl Cummings.  Mr. Kopp died November 9, 1974, at Municipal Hospital in Clarinda.  Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway, Iowa.

Jesse Ross Kopp, second son of six children of George Clayton Kopp and Margaret Busby Kopp, was born September 19, 1882, in a stone house near Beloit, Kansas.

When he was three weeks old the family moved in a covered wagon to Mahaska County, Iowa where he lived for about four years.  Then they moved to Ringgold County, Iowa, near Clearfield, where he grew to manhood.

At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and joined the Methodist Church and remained faithful to his God and to his church throughout his entire lifetime.

In 1910 he went to South Dakota and took a homestead on the Rosebud Indian Reservation near Eagle Butte.

On February 7, 1912 he was united in marriage to Fannie Belle Lambley at the home of the bride’s parents near Conway, Iowa.  They went to South Dakota to live and returned to Iowa the following fall.  They moved to a farm in Clayton Township and continued to live on the farm until 1944 when they moved to Bedford.

To this union were born two sons who died at birth, and one daughter, Jessie Maxine.

He was preceded in death by the two infant sons, his parents, one brother, Charles, and two sisters, Edith Keller and Ethel Williamson.

Left to cherish his memory are, his wife, Belle; daughter, Maxine, and her husband, Zelbert Freemyer; two grandsons, Dr. Paul Freemyer and his wife Margaret and their four children of San Antonio, Texas, and Attorney Howard Freemyer and his wife, Sue, and their three children of Jayton, Texas; one sister, Jennie Leonard, of Clearfield, Iowa; one brother, Fred Kopp, and his wife, Gail, of Conway; a number of nephews and nieces, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

He loved to sing hymns and knew dozens of the old hymns by heart.  In the days of dirt roads, on a Sunday afternoon and evening, when it was not possible to attend church because of mud roads, a regular feature of their family life was for the parents and daughter to join together in playing and singing the old hymns; and the daughter is eternally grateful for the Christian home which he and his wife provided for her.

Being a farmer he had a lifetime love for horses and even after retiring from the farm enjoyed and admired a good horse.

Ross was a kind, loving and considerate husband and father, and he will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.

 [Tackett, Asa, 1906-1972]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 3, 1972    p. 4

Asa Tackett, 65, Rites Jan. 27

Funeral services for Asa Tackett, 65, of Clarinda, were held January 27 at the Lavelle Funeral Home, with Rev. Clem Keyes of Des Moines, officiating.

Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery.  Concluding services were conducted by IOOF Lodge No. 109 of Clarinda.

He died January 25 at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.

He was born July 15, 1906 in Mills County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James F.[ranklin] Tackett [Laura Etta Wertz] .  He was baptized at the Nazarene Church in Tabor.

He married Hattie Dell Key, Dec. 24, 1927 at Tabor.  They farmed in Taylor County until 1963 when they moved to Clarinda.

Since that time he had been employed by the City of Clarinda, serving as the Cemetery Sexton at the Clarinda Cemetery.

He was a member of IOOF Lodge No. 109 of Clarinda.  He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife, Hattie; three daughters, Mrs. Denton (Dorothy) Kidney of Clarinda, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Morgan of Shenandoah and Mrs. Dennis (Linda) Smith of Ames; one son, Marvin Jay of Thornton, Colo.; his mother, Mrs. Laura Tackett of Villisca, seven grandchildren, six sisters, two brothers, one half sister.

[Tackett, Laura Etta Wertz]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 11, 1982     p. 4

Laura Tackett, 93, Funeral Was Held November 7

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Laura Etta) Tackett, 93, of Clarinda, held November 7 in Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Joe Tom Tate.  Mrs. Tackett died November 5, 1982 in Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda where she had been since 1979.  Interment was at the Athelstan (Ia.) Cemetery.

Mrs. Tackett was born July 16, 1889 at Gretna, Ne., and moved with her family to Southwest Iowa at the age of three.  She was married to James Franklin Tackett on September 12, 1905, at Athelstan.  They lived in the Malvern area and Taylor County and moved to Villisca in 1942.  Mr. Tackett died in 1960.  For the past 11 years Mrs. Tackett lived in Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three sons and two daughters.

Surviving are her children, Raymond Tackett, Mrs. Ted (Maxine) Lammers and Mrs. Ruby A. Hill, all of Zillah, Wa.; Mrs. Earl (Juanita) Foreman of Glenwood and Mrs. Marjorie Potter of Villisca; a brother, Roscoe Wertz of Maloy, Ia.; two sisters, Delilah Branon and Florence Eller of Santa Clara, Ca.; 34 grandchildren; 91 great grandchildren and 20 great great grandchildren.

[White, Edna Mildred Horning]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 11, 1982    p. 4

Services Held Here November 9 For Edna White, 66

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Edna Mildred) White, 66, of Bedford, held November 9 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings and Rev. Roger Charley.  Mrs. White died November 4, 1982 in her Bedford home.  Interment was at Dallas Center Cemetery, rural Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

[White, John Russell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 27, 1971     p. 4

John Russell White died at Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., May 18.  His wife is the former Edna Horning of Bedford, daughter of Mrs. Roy Horning.

Homer Horning left May 20 by plane for Redding, Calif., to attend services and burial May 21 for his brother-in-law.

John Russell White was born Aug. 31, 1913 in Wilburton, Okla.  He was a World War II Army veteran.

He had operated the firm of John White Upholstery in Redding and had 40 years experience in this line of work.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Edna White of Redding; a son, Donald Lee White of Folsom; three daughters, Mrs. Caroline Marsolek, Mrs. Diane Kenyon and Melissa White all of Redding; two brothers, Robert White of Bellflower and Art White of Huntington Park; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Harger of Whittier, Mrs. Pansy Hendrix of La Mirada and Mrs. Gertrude Harvey of Redding; and five grandchildren.

[Boyden, Cecil Grace Souder Griffith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 3, 1972    p. 4

Cecil Boyden, 75, Rites Held Here January 30

Funeral services for Mrs. Herman (Cecil) Boyden, 75, of Bedford, held January 30 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mrs. Boyden died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. January 27, 1972.  Interment was at Lexington Cemetery, Bedford.

Cecil Grace Boyden, daughter of Frank [Samuel Francis] and Carrie [Caroline Hayes] Souder, was born April 29, 1896, in Peoria County, Ill.  In 1910 she moved with her folks to Springfield, Mo., where they lived for two years.  From there they moved to Taylor County, Iowa where she grew to womanhood.

In 1916 she was married to Lloyd Griffith and to this union two sons were born, Bob [Robert Lloyd] and Max.

Her husband passed away in 1918 and for many years she resided in Sharpsburg, Iowa.

On May 7, 1927 she was married to Herman Boyden and they resided in Sharpsburg until 1942 after which they spent several years in Texas, California and Idaho.

After the death of her husband in 1959 she returned to Bedford where she spent her remaining years.

She is survived by her two sons, Bob [Robert Lloyd] Griffith of Los Angeles, Calif., Max Griffith of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren, Eddie Griffith of Council Bluffs, Terry Griffith, Michelle Creed, Debra and Scott Griffith all of Kansas City; four great grandchildren; three brothers, Jake, Frank and Clair Souder, all of Bedford; three sisters, Lucille Underwood and Carolyn Sayler of Bedford and Maude Liston of Greeley, Colo.; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Griffith, Lloyd Martin]

Times-Republican

Thursday    April 4, 1918    [p. 1]

Lloyd Griffith Dead

After being ill only a few days with heart trouble, Lloyd [Martin] Griffith died at the home of his mother in Conway Saturday, March 23, 1918, aged 20 years and 18 days.

Besides a wife and child he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith, two brothers, Earl [Gay] of Conway and Guy [Webster] of Fairlight, Sask., Canada, and one sister, Mrs. F. [orrest] W. Linebarger [Bessie Beulah] of Dallas, Texas.  Funeral services were held from the M. E. church in Conway Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock and interment was made in Lexington cemetery.

[Griffith, Lloyd Martin]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday    April 10, 1918

Obituary Lloyd Griffith

Lloyd Griffith passed away at the home of his mother, Mrs. Emma Griffith, in Conway, Saturday March 30.  The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Redlinger and interment was made in the Lexington cemetery.  This is the second death to occur in the Griffith family in the last two months, a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Payton, passing away a few weeks ago.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Lloyd Martin Griffith, son of Sheridan [D.] and Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith, was born near Conway, Iowa, on March 12, 1898, died March 30, 1918, age 20 years and 18 days. 

His early boyhood was spent attending the local schools and on the farm near Conway.  His father, Sheridan Griffith died in 1907.  Being deprived of the help and guidance of a father at this early age, the great responsibility of assisting his mother and younger brother fell largely upon him.  He never lost sight of this fact and showed exceptional ability and earnest effort to be of every possible aid and assistance to his mother.

In 1911 he, with his mother and younger brother, Earl [Gay], went upon a wheat ranch in Sask. Canada.  After two years the family returned to the farm here, Lloyd going to Dallas, Texas, where he spent a year with Mrs. F. [orrest] W. Linebarger [Bessie], attending high school there.

In Feb. 1917, he married Miss Cecil Souder of Conway; to this union was born a baby boy, Robert Lloyd.

The past year was spent in Rahe’s Mechanical School of Kansas City in preparation for his life’s work.  He was making rapid strides, having just completed his course of training and came home from school with his diploma, the highest possible grades and recommendations, when after a brief illness at his mother’s home the hand of the Angel of Death reached forth and cut short his bright prospects and earnest ambitions.

Lloyd Griffith was sincerely admired and loved by all who knew him, his sincerity of purpose quiet unassuming ways, and constant effort in behalf of his loved ones gained for him the admiration of all and this affectionate attribute was mutely and eloquently expressed by the many beautiful floral offerings covering his bier.       

[Griffith, Emma Rosetta Martin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 22, 1962    p. 5

Former Resident Dies At Maryville

Mrs. Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith died Monday afternoon, Feb. 19, at her home in Maryville.  She would have been 95 on Thursday.

Mrs. Griffith was born near Bedford, and had resided in Maryville 16 years.  She was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include one daughter, Miss Bess Griffith of the home; two sons, Guy [Webster] Griffith of Maryville, Earl G. [ay] Griffith of El Sobrante, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Jesse Griffith of Blockton, three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren.

Services were at two p. m. Wednesday at the Price chapel in Maryville with Rev. Howard Judah officiating.  Burial in Lexington cemetery near Bedford. 

[Griffith, Emma Rosetta Martin]

Maryville Daily Forum

Tuesday     February 20, 1962    p. 2

Mrs. Griffith Dies On Eve Of Birthday

Mrs. Emma Rosetta Griffith, who would have been 95 years old Thursday, died at 3:35 p. m. Monday at her home, 518 N. Buchanan St., following a long illness.

She was born Feb. 22, 1867, at Old Lexington, Ia., near Bedford, the daughter of the late Henry T. [Martin] and Mary Ann Dunkin, pioneer settlers.

Mrs. Griffith had been a resident of Maryville 16 years and prior to that lived at Neosho for 20 years. In 1885, she was married, near Bedford, to Sheridan D. Griffith, who preceded her in death May 14, 1906. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Miss Bess Griffith, of the home; two sons, Guy W. Griffith, Maryville, and Earl G. Griffith, El Sobrante, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Jessie C. Griffith, Blockton, Ia.; three grandsons and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the Price Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard Judah officiating. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery, Bedford.

[Souder, Jacob William “Jake”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 6, 1975    p. 7

Jacob Souder, 81, Final Rites Held February 26

Funeral services for Jacob William Souder, 81, of Bedford were held February 26 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Carl Cummings officiating.  Mr. Souder died February 23 at Colonial Manor in Bedford.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Jacob William Souder, son of Samuel Francis and Caroline Hayes Souder, was born August 26, 1893, near Eden, in Peoria County, Illinois.

He spent the first 17 years of his life there, moving with his folks to a farm near Springfield, Missouri, where they lived for two years.  They then moved to Taylor County, Iowa where Jake followed the occupation of farming, first near Sharpsburg and later near Bedford.

In 1960 he retired from farming and moved into Bedford where he lived until his health caused him to take up residence at Colonial Manor.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister, Cecil Boyden.

He is survived by two brothers, Mike Souder and Clair Souder, both of Bedford; three sisters, Maude Liston of Greeley, Colorado, Lucille Underwood and Carolyn Sayler of Bedford; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Jake was a kind, considerate son, brother, friend and neighbor, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 [Armstrong, Martha Ellen Mitchell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 22, 1962    p. 5

Martha Armstrong Dies At Corning

Mrs. Martha Ellen [Mitchell] Armstrong, 91, died at Rosary hospital in Corning, Sunday night, Feb. 18.

Funeral services were held at the Roland funeral home in Corning at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday.  Joe Cook officiated.  Burial in the Sheridan, Mo. cemetery.

Mrs. Armstrong is survived by two daughters, Mrs. George Taha [Elsie] of Prescott and Mrs. Ethel Maudlin of Clearmont, Mo.; and a son, Roy Armstrong of Bedford.

She had been seriously ill the past six weeks and had suffered a chronic illness for many years.  She would have been 92 on April 10.

Mrs. Armstrong made her home for many years with her daughter, Mrs. Taha, at Prescott.

One daughter, Bess Strawbridge, preceded her in death.

[Armstrong, Roy Alva]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 28, 1980    p. 4

Final Rites Held In Bedford For Roy Armstrong, 88

Funeral services for Roy A. [lva] Armstrong of Bedford [held] February 21 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mr. Armstrong died February 18, 1980 in Tampa, Florida.  Interment was at Fairview cemetery.

Roy A. [lva] Armstrong, son of [William] Franklin Armstrong and Martha Ellen Mitchell Armstrong, was born at Sheridan, Missouri, January 21, 1892.

He grew to manhood in the area where he was born, where he attended the public school and was active in various community activities.

In 1916 he was united in marriage to Tina Mae Byrns and to them two daughters were born:  Pauline and Evelyn.

He followed the occupation of farming until moving to Bedford, where he and his wife operated the Armstrong Nursing Homes from 1936 until 1971.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Tina who died April 14, 1971, and his daughter, Pauline [Marjorie] Hoops, and a sister, Bess Strawbridge.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Evelyn and her husband, Thomas H. Alsbury of Moberly, Mo.; two sisters, Ethel Maudlin of Clarinda, Iowa, and Elsie Taha of Prescott, Iowa; four grandchildren:  Deloris Akers of Stanton, Iowa, LeRoy Hoops and Gary Hoops of Tampa, Florida and Merrill Finley, Jr., of Moberly, Missouri; and seven great grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

[Armstrong, Ella Thompson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 4, 1943     [p. 1]

Mrs. Armstrong Died Tuesday Night

Mrs. Ella Armstrong, 71, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Nora Bailie in Bedford late Tuesday night, following a long illness.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross.  Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

[Armstrong, Ella Thompson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 18, 1943    p. 5

Obituary – Mrs. Ella Armstrong

Mrs. Ella Armstrong died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Nora Bailie, where she had been cared for as an invalid the past two and a half years, on Tuesday, March 2.

The funeral services were held the following Thursday afternoon at the Wetmore Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Archie A. Ross.  Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Ella, oldest daughter of A. [ndrew] J. and Nancy E. [llen] Thompson, was born near Bedford, on January 8, 1872, being aged 71 years, 1 month and 25 days at the time of her death.

She was married to John R. [ichard] Armstrong of Bedford, September 3, 1919, who with two sisters and one brother survives.  The sisters are Mrs. Nora Bailie and Mrs. Hannah Mohler of Bedford; and the brother is James Thompson of Southey, Saskatchewan, Canada.  There are also several nieces and nephews.

[Armstrong, Grace Maud Price]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 4, 1939    p. 5

Grace Price Armstrong

Grace Maud Price, daughter of William H. [enry] and Mary Alice Thompson Price, was born October 10, 1881, near Bedford, and passed away near Garden City, Mo., April 16, 1939, aged 57 years, 6 months and 6 days.

On Thursday while spending the afternoon in the home of a near neighbor, Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Hartzler, she was stricken with paralysis and soon became unconscious and lingered in this condition in their hospitable neighbors’ home until Sunday afternoon when she peacefully and quietly passed away.

On October 9, 1902, she was united in marriage to Charles Armstrong, near Gravity.  About 25 years ago they purchased a farm and moved to Cass Co., Mo., near Garden City, where she spent the rest of her life.

To this union two daughters were born, Pearl, Mrs. Jack Rush of Fort Garland, Colo., and Elsie, Mrs. Albert Getz of Creighton, Mo.

She was a faithful and devoted companion, a self-denying and tenderhearted mother, an affectionate and sympathetic neighbor.  Her friends were numbered by her acquaintances. Mrs. Armstrong united with the Methodist Church near Gravity when she was fourteen years of age, and when she moved to Missouri she changed her membership to the Methodist church in East Lynne, Mo., where she was still a member at the time of her death.

Besides her companion and two daughters she leaves one grandchild, Charles James Rush of Colo.; one sister, Mrs. Mable Shafar of Gravity; and three brothers, Oren Price of Gravity, Blair Price of Underwood, Wash., and Raymond Price of Grand Junction, Colo.  Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Garden City M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Hartzler and Dr. Britton.  Burial was in the Garden City cemetery.

Those who attended the funeral services from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shafar, Mr. and Mrs. Oren Price, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Pierce and daughter, Mrs. Lewis Barker and son Kenneth; all of Gravity; Mrs. Alva Phelps of Bedford; Mrs. Jack Rush and son Chas. James of Fort Garland, Colo.

[Armstrong, Louisa Switzer]

Times-Republican

Thursday    March 31, 1921    p. 6

Obituary

Louisa Switzer was born in Knox County, Ill., April 15th, 1851 and was married to George [Washington] Armstrong October 10th, 1867.  To this union were born five children, one son dying in infancy, while the four living children were with the mother in her last illness and lovingly ministered to her every want.

Mrs. C. F. Brown [Alice] lives at Mexico, Mo., Miss Emma Armstrong and J.[ohn] R. [ichard] Armstrong live here at Bedford and Chas. Armstrong lives at Harrisonville, Mo.

Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong spent their early-married life in Knox County, Ill., moving to Taylor County, Iowa in the year 1891.  In 1904 they moved to Randolph County, Mo., and here the husband and father died Oct. 14th, 1910.

The mother then made her home with her son J. [ohn] R. [ichard] Armstrong, coming back to Taylor County in the year 1918, and since that time she has made her home in this vicinity.

She united with the United Brethren church when a child and has lived the Christian life in truest service to her family and her Saviour.  She taught her children from infancy to read the Bible and pray and held family prayers daily.  Later in life she joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Clark, Mo., where her membership still remains.  She was a true and devoted mother and exemplified daily faith and trust in her Heavenly Father.

Having been true to her God in life she approached death with no fear and talked of her going just as though she were going on a visit.  She made all the plans for this service for to her the passing was not death and defeat but life eternal and victory triumphant.  She leaves to mourn her death her four children and two grandchildren, besides two brothers, one of whom, Peter Switzer of Denver, Colo., was present during her last illness.  The other brother Richard lives in Knox County, Ill., but was unable to be present.

A large number of friends and relatives mourn with the family because of the death of this good woman.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10:00 o’clock at the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Arnold, assisted by Rev. Lowe.  Interment in Bedford cemetery.

[Note:  The same obituary was published in the Bedford Free Press, March 31, 1921.]

[Armstrong, George Washington]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    November 3, 1910    [p. 1]

George W. [ashington] Armstrong died at his home near Tulip, Mo., Oct. 14, 1910, after a brief illness.  He was sick only six days and his death was a surprise and shock to his many friends and acquaintances.

He was born in Shelby County, Ill., June 13, 1846, and was at the time of his death 64 years, 4 months old.  He was married to Miss Louisa Switzer, Oct. 10, 1867, and to this union were born five children, one son dying in infancy.

They spent their early-married life in Knox County, Ill., and in the year 1891 they moved to Taylor County, Iowa, where they resided until the year 1904, when they moved to Randolph County, where they resided until a few days before his death.

He was a man of sterling worth, strict integrity and generosity of heart.

He leaves behind to mourn his departure a faithful and loving wife, four children, and one grandchild, also one brother and one sister.  The children are: Mrs. Alice Brown, of Moberly; Miss Emma Armstrong, of Centralia; Mr. John [Richard] Armstrong, of Bedford, Ia.; and Chas. Armstrong of Centralia.

The children were all present at the funeral except John of Bedford, Iowa.

He was a loving husband and a kind father and a good neighbor.

The funeral services were conducted in the Pleasant Grove church by Rev. Rice, of Sturgeon, in the presence of a large and sympathizing audience.  His body was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery adjoining the church yard.---Moberly, Mo., Monitor