Obituaries
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[Lesher, Clyde Almond]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 1, 1969    p. 5

Clyde Lesher, 78, Rites Held Mon.

Funeral services for Clyde Almond Lesher, 78, of Gravity, held Mon., April 28 at the Gravity Christian Church, were conducted by Rev. Ivo G. Randels. Mr. Lesher died April 25, 1969 at Rosary Hospital in Corning. Military honors were given by Gravity American Legion Post No.  578 at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

[Lesher, Clyde Almond]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 8, 1969    p. 3

Clyde Lesher Rites In Gravity

Funeral services for Clyde Almond Lesher, 78, of Gravity were held April 28 at the Gravity Christian Church with Rev. Ivo Randels officiating.  Mr. Lesher died April 25, 1969 in Rosary hospital in Corning.  Military honors were given by the Gravity American Legion Post No. 578 at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Clyde Almond Lesher, son of Mr. and Mrs. John [Addison] Lesher, [Desaline Troyer] was born at Denver, Colo., Jan. 18, 1891.  When Clyde was four years old his parents moved to Kansas and he lived there until 1928 at which time he moved to Iowa and in 1952 moved to Gravity where he resided until his death.1969

He was united in marriage to Bernice [Emogene] Graves of Arriba, Colo, Oct. [15] 1928 and to this union 13 children were born, three of whom preceded him in death. The living are: Marguerite Glassman, Hays, Kansas; Lyle Lesher, Waukee, Ia; Paul Lesher, Pierson, Ia.; Gary Lesher, La Puente, Calif.; M. [arion] Ross Lesher, Alta, Ia.; Ruth Taylor, Dallas, Tex.; Naomi Brumfield, Waukee, Ia.; Dellamae Merrifield, Des Moines, Ia.; Pauline [Ellen] Hulse, Creston, Ia; John and Myra at home.

Clyde was a member of the Christian Church and attended Bible Seminary for a time preparing for the ministry and served a number of churches.

He served in the Armed Forces for approximately two years during World War I and was a member of the American Legion, serving as chaplain, and also a member of World War I Barracks of Taylor County.

His father, mother, two, sisters and a brother and his three infant children preceded him in death.

Those who survive are his wife, Bernice; children named above; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Lewis, Johnson, Kans., Mrs. Eva Rawley, Basin, Wyo., Miss Opal Lesher, Garden City, Kans., brothers, Verdane A. Lesher and B. K. Lesher of Pleasant Grove, Utah; 20 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Clyde served his country well. He was a kind loving husband and father and his going will be deeply felt by all who knew and loved him.

 [Bonebrake, Susan Avis Stephens]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 27, 1950    p. 2

BLOCKTON

Obituary - Mrs. Susan Bonebrake

Susan Avis Stephens, daughter of Elizabeth [Parker] and Thomas Jefferson Stephens, was born in Redding, Iowa, July 26, 1899 and died in her home at Blockton, April 17, 1950, at the age of 50 years, 8 months and 22 days. She was raised on a farm between Redding and Blockton and graduated from the Blockton High School in 1918. She then taught school in Blockton, Clearfield and Diagonal.

At the age of 22 she was married to Willard F. [rancis] Bonebrake of Diagonal. To them was born one daughter, Betty Jean Rasko, who lives in Perry, Iowa.  She spent her married life from 1921 t o 1944 in Des Moines, then moved to Blockton. She was a member of the Redding Methodist church since 1914.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Willard Bonebrake of Blockton; a daughter, Betty Jean Rasko of Perry, Iowa; a grandson, John Rasko, Jr.; a granddaughter, Susan Norene Rasko; her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Stephens of Redding; a sister, Lela Stephens of Redding; two brothers, Lester Stephens of Redding and Thomas Stephens of Omaha.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Thursday afternoon, conducted by the Tolbys. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

[Quartz, Alonzo]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 27, 1950    p. 2

Clearfield

Obituary - Alonzo Quartz

Alonzo Quartz was born at Loup City, Nebr., July 25, 1894, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Quartz [Amanda Mahala Barber]. He met his death April 16, 1950 at his farm home while operating a tractor, at the age of 55 years, 7 months, 11 days.

He was married to Miss Blanche Necklace June 1920 and she died in December 1921. He was later married to Miss Anne Larsen at Greeley, Nebr. They lived in Nebraska until 1944, when they moved to Clearfield. One daughter, Lois Elaine was born to Mr. and Mrs. Quartz and she died at the age of twelve years. His mother also preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife; the aged father, Chas. Quartz of Loup City, Nebr., and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Methodist church in Clearfield conducted by Rev. C. E. McPherson. The body was taken to Loup City from Clearfield for further last rites and burial.

Attending the services in Loup City from Clearfield were Mrs. A. Quartz, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Larsen and their sons and wives, Glen, Oren, Boyd, Richard and Harold Larsen and James Larsen.

[Day, Clyde Noah]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 23, 1959    p. 4

Clyde N. Day Died In Bedford Saturday

Clyde N. [oah] Day of Gravity, 81, died at the Armstrong Nursing Home in Bedford, Saturday morning, April 18, following a heart attack.  His death came unexpectedly while he was sitting in his chair.

Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev Colvin Caughey of the Baptist church. Burial in the Athelstan cemetery by the side of his wife, who died several years ago.

He is survived by a sister, Miss Ella Day of Creston; two brothers, Roy Day of Thayer, Iowa and John Day of Yakima, Washington.

[Day, Clyde Noah]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 30, 1959    p. 4

Clyde Day Burial At Athelstan

Last rites for Clyde Day were held on Tuesday, April 21 at the Shum Funeral Home In Bedford. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.

Clyde Noah Day, son of Elias C.  S. and Mary Ann Jackson Day, was born in Union County, Iowa, April 5, 1878 and passed away at Bedford, April 18, 1959 at the age of 81 years, 13 days. While a young man he became a member of the Otterbein United Brethren church.

He was married to Marietta Bryan and they lived on a farm in Taylor County.  He was preceded in death by his wife in June 1953. They had no children.

Retiring from the farm after the death of his wife, Clyde lived alone in his home at Gravity. Failing health forced him to enter the Armstrong Nursing home in late November 1958.

Surviving are a sister, Miss Ella M. Day of Creston; two brothers, John Day of Yakima, Washington, Roy Day of Thayer, Iowa.

[Holker, Anna Gertrude]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 23, 1959    p. 4

Miss Gertrude Holker Of Hopkins Died

Miss Anna Gertrude Holker, 73, of Hopkins, died Sunday at St. Francis hospital in Maryville after 10 days illness. Her home was Her home was four miles west of Hopkins.

Miss Holker was born Nov. 5, 1885 at Hopkins, the daughter of the late Henry Joseph Holker and Margaret Maley Holker. She was a member of St. Patrick's church at Maryville.

She is survived by a brother, Edward G. Holker of Maryville, 12 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church in Maryville. Rev. John Stack officiated. Burial in St. Patrick's cemetery there.

The rosary was said at 8 pm. Monday at the Price Funeral Home.

[Johnston, William Andrew "Will"]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 23, 1959    p. 4

Obituary

William Andrew Johnston, son of H. [ermanus] H. and Martha [Ann] Cowman Johnston, was born October 22, 1867 and died following a heart attack on April 7, 1959.

William Johnston was born in Marion County, Iowa, where he grew up on a farm northeast of Gravity, where he resided until his passing.  His last seven years were spent with his nephew’s family, Mr. and Mrs. Hudson Beemer at Gravity.

William Johnston was preceded in death by four sisters: Mrs. Lottie McColm, Mrs. Luna Morris, Mrs. [Florence] Erdine Beemer, Miss Minnie Johnston.

He leaves one brother, Emerson Jefferson Johnston of Bedford; nine nephews and nieces, many grandnephews and grandnieces.

The funeral services were held at the Gravity Methodist church April 9. Rev. Frank L. Greenwood conducted the service.  Interment Gravity cemetery.

[Taylor, Adah Maude Allison Lambley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 17, 1966    [p. 1]

Final Rites Held Here For Adah M. Taylor

Funeral services for Mrs. James (Adah M.) Taylor, 68, of rural Bedford were held November 16 at the Bedford Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle. Mrs. Taylor died Nov. 13 at University Hospitals in Iowa City.

Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, Bedford.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by two daughters, two sons and a sister.

[Taylor, Adah Maude Allison Lambley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 24, 1966    p. 6

Final Rites Held Here For Adah M. Taylor

Funeral services for Mrs. James (Adah M.) Taylor, 68, of rural Bedford, were held November 16 at the Bedford Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle. Mrs. Taylor died Nov. 13 at University Hospitals in Iowa City. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery, Bedford.

Adah M. [aude] Allison, daughter of George [Edwin] and Minnie [Belle Whitten] Allison, was born April 8, 1898 on a farm at Hopkins, Mo.  She attended the New Hope country school and graduated from Bedford High School in 1917.

In 1919 she was married to Harry Lambley. To this union one child was born. In February 1933 she was united in marriage to James W. [alter] Taylor and to this union four children were born.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. [alter] Taylor, her father, mother, two brothers and a daughter who passed away at birth.

She is survived by her two sons, Charles E. [dwin] Taylor, Omaha, Nebr., Carl R. [ichard] Taylor, Charlotte, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Francis Burns [Genevieve], Charlotte, Mich., Mrs. [William] Eugene Zieglowsky [Elizabeth Jane], Washington, Ia.; one sister, Mrs. Lyle [George] Ulmer  [Margaret Elizabeth], Las Vegas, Nev.; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was baptized at the New Hope Church at Hopkins and transferred her membership to the First Baptist Church, Bedford, in 1931. She was also a member of various other clubs and organizations.  She was a wonderful and loving mother, a devoted wife, a kind neighbor, a friend of many, and always ready to help anyone, as long as her health permitted.

[Taylor, James Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 23, 1959    p. 4

James W. Taylor Succumbed Tuesday

James W. [alter] Taylor of Bedford died at Municipal hospital, Clarinda, Tuesday, April 21, having been a patient there following a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters.

Funeral services are pending. The body is at the Shum Funeral Home.

The family requests that instead of flowers, money be given to the Baptist Church Fund.

[Taylor, James Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 30, 1959    [p. 1]

Out-of-Town Folks At Taylor Funeral

Out-of-town folks here for the last rites for James W. [alter] Taylor on Friday afternoon, included the following:

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Burns, Eugene and Joy, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Taylor, Charlotte, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hayes, Omaha; Mrs. Arthur Gaddis, Council Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Smith, Clarksdale, Mo.; W. F. Taylor, Clarinda; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Ulmer, Mrs. Virgil Sharr, Mrs. Edythe Allison, Mr. and Mrs. Erville Allison, Mrs. George Loch, Hopkins.

[Taylor, James Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 30, 1959    p. 4

James W. Taylor Rites Here Friday

J. [ames] W. [alter] Taylor, a farmer in the community southwest of Bedford, died at Municipal hospital in Clarinda, Tuesday, April 21, where he had been a patient following a heart attack.

Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at the Baptist church. Rev. Colvin Caughey officiating. Burial in Graceland cemetery.

James Walter Taylor, son of Levi and Sarah Jane Frost Taylor, was born in Taylor county, Iowa, on July 19, 1885, and died at the age of 69 years, nine months, two days. He spent his entire life in Taylor County, having lived on the same farm where he was born.  He was an employee of Taylor County for 21 years and a farmer the remainder of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Adah Allison Taylor; two sons, Charles Edwin Taylor and his wife of Bedford; Carl Richard Taylor and his wife of Charlotte, Mich.; a daughter, Elizabeth [Jane] Taylor of the home; step-daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Burns and her husband, Francis Burns of Charlotte, Mich.; two grandchildren, Eugene and Joy Burns of Charlotte, Michigan. There is also one brother, W. [illiam] F. [rancis] "Colonel" Taylor of Bedford; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hayes of Bedford and Mrs. Charles Smith of Clarksdale, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Thompson and Mrs. Bertha Melvin; and a daughter, Barbara Ann, who died in infancy.

[Taylor, William Francis "Colonel"]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 5, 1964    p. 8

W. F. Taylor Rites Monday

Funeral services for William Francis Taylor, 82, of Bedford were held Monday at State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Rev. Walter Ortmann officiating. Mr. Taylor died Feb. 28 in Iowa City hospitals. Interment was at Fairview cemetery, Bedford.

[Taylor, William Francis "Colonel"]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 12, 1964   p. 5

W. F. Taylor Rites March 2

Funeral services for William Francis Taylor, 82, of Bedford, held March 2 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here were conducted by Rev. Walter Ortmann.  Mr. Taylor died at a Clarinda nursing home Feb. 28.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

W. [illiam] F. [rancis] (Col.) Taylor was born Nov. 19, 1881, to Levi and Sarah Jane Frost Taylor and lived most of his life in Taylor County except a few years in Washington.  He worked in defense work during the war but farmed most of his life.

[Harvey, Mae Addie Short]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 24, 1966    p. 6

Mrs. Mae Harvey Rites Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Granville (Mae) Harvey, 73, of Clearfield were held Oct. 31 at the Clearfield Christian Church with Rev. Harvey Ruegsegger officiating. Mrs. Harvey died Oct. 27 at Rosary Hospital in Corning. Interment was at the Clearfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Harvey had been a member of the Christian Church for many years.

Mae Addie Short, daughter of William and Matilda [Cochran] Short, was born August 28,1893 at Clearfield.

She was united in marriage to Granville Harvey June 23, 1926. Her husband died before the birth of their son, Clifford. She also gave her loving care to her stepchildren, Forrest and Bill Harvey.

Mrs. Harvey's father, mother, one sister, two brothers and an infant granddaughter preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Clifford Harvey, daughter-in-law, Mary Ann and three granddaughters, Lynne Marie, Brenda Sue and Therese Mae, of Westminster, Calif.; step-children; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Horton of Clearfield, Mrs. Mary Briggs of Conway and Mrs. Helen Madden of Kent, Ia.; two brothers, Clifford Short of Conway and Lee Short of Lenox; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Mae, as all her friends have known her throughout the years, was always cheerful, though in failing health for several years.  She was a patient sufferer and was loved by all who knew her.

[Kysar, Edward Perry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 3, 1952    p. 2

HOPKINS

Former Resident Dies

Edward [Perry] Kysar, 54, died March 20 in Hollywood, Calif. Mr. Kysar was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Al Kysar and was born southeast of Hopkins. He joined the Navy in 1917 and served in World War I. He was married in California and had since lived there.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Gene Dilley and Mrs. John Cooper of Los Angeles; one son, Edward jr., of New York City; two sisters, Mrs. Eulalie Shields, Saginaw, Mich., Mrs. Andy Morehouse, Hopkins; one brother, Ross Kysar, Cincinnati, Ohio; one hall-sister, Mrs. Charles Worley, Hopkins; one half-brother, Clarence Kysar of Kentucky; one grandson of Los Angeles.

[McColm, Anna Irene Cameron]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 3, 1952    p. 9

NEW MARKET

Mrs. McColm Dies

Mrs. Anna [Irene Cameron] McColm, 88, longtime resident of New Market, died Sunday evening, March 30, at Municipal hospital in Clarinda, where she had been a patient the past three weeks following a stroke.

Mrs. McColm leaves one sister, Mrs. Carra Lathrop; three brothers, Philip Cameron of Bakersfield, Calif., Ray Cameron of Bedford, W. K. Cameron of Omaha. Her husband, the late Dr. C. [harles] W. [esley] McColm, preceded her in death 11 years ago.

[Dougherty, Golda Gladys "Goldie" Gray]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 3, 1952    p. 9

NEW MARKET

Mrs. O. E. Dougherty Dies

Mrs. Owen [Ona] E. [lbridge] Dougherty [Golda Gladys “Goldie” Gray], 72, who died last week, is survived by her husband; one son Robert of Jackson, Miss.; three brothers, Dr. John Gray of San Jose, Calif., Dr. Harry Gray of Broadwater, Nebr., Frank Gray of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Bennett of Rawlings, Wyo., Mrs. Harriett Von Berg of Omaha.

Funeral services were held at Walker Funeral home in Clarinda Wednesday afternoon, conducted by I. E. Stickelman, pastor of the New Market Church of Christ. Burial was in Old Memory cemetery.

[Hazelbaker, Harriet Caroline Easter]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    May 17, 1894    p. 3

Obituary

Died, at her home in Dallas Township, Taylor County, Ia., on Wednesday, May 9, 1894, Harriet C. [aroline], wife of John S. [hively] Hazelbaker.

Mrs. Hazelbaker died after a brief illness with malarial and rheumatic fever. Her maiden name was Harriet Easter. She was born in Adams County, Ohio, and married to John S. [hively] Hazelbaker on Feb. 8, 1850.  Mr. and Mrs. Hazelbaker came to Taylor County in 1859, and were consequently among the earliest settlers.  They have gained the love and esteem of all with whom they became acquainted.

Mrs. Hazelbaker was for many years a consistent Christian and a member of the Baptist church.  She leaves a husband and seven children, three sons and four daughters, to mourn the loss of a devoted wife and a kind mother, who was always willing to sacrifice her own comforts for the good of her family and neighbors.

Interment was made in the old Memory cemetery, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, the funeral cortege being over three-quarters of a mile in length.

[Skinner, William Parkinson]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    May 17, 1894    p. 3

Death of W. P. Skinner

W. [illiam] P. [arkinson] Skinner, of Conway, died very suddenly Monday, April 28, while away from home, attending to some business. The Democrat made an effort to learn the particulars of Mr. Skinner's death, at that time, but was unable to do so; but later, through the kindness of Postmaster Carr, of Conway, we are enabled to give the following brief sketch:

The funeral services of W. [illiam] P. [arkinson] Skinner, of Conway, so well known throughout the county, were held in the Baptist church at Maloy, Iowa, on Monday, April 28, 1894, at 2 p. m.  His death was a surprise to his friends and a severe blow to his family.  For the past five weeks, Mr. Skinner had been enjoying unusual good health. Saturday morning while at the home of R.[ichard] L. Loutzenhiser, and while assisting him in some work at the barn, he dropped dead. The deceased was 65 years old.  He was born in Morgan County, Ohio, in [February 18] 1829. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church for 40 years, his profession and consistent example so full of cheer and sunshine is left as an ever-present admonition to the life beyond. He enlisted in the army in 1862.  In the year 1869 he moved with his family to Ringgold County, Iowa, and in 1879 to Conway, where he resided until his death.  Rev. J. C. Lewis, pastor of the Baptist church, in Bedford, conducted the funeral services, preaching the sermon from Psalms 23, 4.  His remains were laid to rest in the Shay cemetery, in the presence of a large company of his old neighbors and friends.     J. A. C.

[Kessler, John]

Bedford Free Press

March 12, 1896    p. 2

Mrs. Taylor Jones [Catharine Gillette Kessler] received a telegram Tuesday evening from Marengo, bringing to her the sad intelligence of the death of her father, John Kessler, who died at his home near Marengo on Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Jones and their two little sons left, for Marengo on the 12:28 passenger to attend the funeral which will be held on Saturday.

[Journey, Galen, Infant of]

Bedford Free Press

August 31, 1915    p. 3

NEW MARKET

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Galen Journey died at the John Coy home, August 19th.