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[Clark, Minnie Sunderman Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 1, 1973


Funeral services for Mrs. Emery (Minnie Walter) Clark, 69, of Tarkio, Mo. formerly of Omaha, Nebr., was held Tues., Feb. 27, at Davis mortuary at Tarkio, Mo. with the Rev. E. E. Basye officiating. Mrs. Clark died February 24 in Papillion, Nebr. Interment was at St. Paul's Cemetery northwest of Tarkio.

Mrs. Clark was a longtime resident of the Northboro, Mo., area and later moved to Omaha, Neb. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, northwest of Tarkio.

She is survived by a son, Gilbert Walter, Omaha; a daughter, Mrs. Lavada Evans, Tarkio; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Thogmartin, Bedford, Iowa, and Mrs. Mable Staashelm, Sac City, Iowa; a brother, Glen Sundermann, Clarinda, Iowa and seven grandchildren.

[Clement, Lela Fern Rogers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 7, 1973    p. 6

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Perdew attended the funeral services for Mrs. Dale Clement [Lela Fern Clement] in Guss, Ia. Tuesday.

[Clement, Lela Fern Rogers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 14, 1973    p. 2

Last Rites Held In Guss For Lela Fern Clement

Funeral services for Mrs. Dale F. (Lela Fern) Clement, 78, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Guss, Iowa, were held May 29 at the Guss United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Schroyer and Rev. Edward Osburn officiating. Mrs. Clement died May 26, 1973 at her home in Clarinda. Interment was at the Guss Cemetery.

Lela Fern Clement was born March 24, 1895 on a farm near Iveyville, Iowa to Edward and Mary Seymour Rogers.

Her childhood years, except for the four years she spent in Ellison, Illinois, were spent in Taylor County, Iowa.

She joined the Maple Grove Methodist Church in her early years and was a Sunday school teacher and a faithful and devoted worker in the church.

On October 8, 1919, she was united in marriage to Dale F. Clement in Clarinda, Iowa. To this union were born six children, Dean Edward of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Glen   Joseph of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Mrs. Travis (Beulah) Powell of Peoria, Illinois; George Elmo of Jefferson City, Missouri; Mrs. William (Ardyce) Kane of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Carmen Dale of Villisca, Iowa.

She and her husband moved to Nodaway, Iowa in the spring of 1920 and lived there until the fall of 1922 when they moved back on the home place near Guss, Iowa, where they lived until the first of November, 1925. At that time they moved to Hettinger County in North Dakota, where they farmed until the fall of 1929 when they moved into the town of Mott, North Dakota. Here they lived until March 1930, when they moved back to Iowa near Guss. She has spent the last eight years in Clarinda.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, one brother, one half-brother, one half-sister and one daughter-in-law.

Surviving are four sons; two daughters; two sons-in-law; four daughters-in-law; 16 grandchildren; one half-brother, Donald Rogers, of Seattle, Wash.; two nephews of Sterling, Colorado; a host of friends and other relatives.

[Gibson, Flora Louise Staab]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 6, 1973    p. 8

Attend Rites for Mrs. John Gibson

Attending services for Mrs. John Gibson [Flora Louise Staab] of Gravity November 21 were:

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Askey and family, Mr. and Mrs. Max Hassle and family, Red Oak; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Helm and family, Mrs. Letha Parsons, Patsy Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Allbary, Gretna, Nebr., Mr. and Mrs. Robert Waske, Mrs. Lovie Cadle, Quenton Gibson, Grant City, Mo.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ross and Scott, Coburg, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Jackson, North Bend; John Ross, Jan Littleton and Brent Littleton, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Littleton, Valley Falls, Kansas.

Janice Emeruk, Council Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Snyder, Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Owens, Carlisle; Donna Slogle, Emil R. Guntert, Emil E. Guntert, Lawrence, Kansas; William Pearce, Jake Pearce, Omaha.

Mrs. Elmer Wood, Valley Falls, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Scoville, Keosauqua; Paul and Ruth Jackson, Lloyd Jackson, Coin, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Gibson, Blanchard; Gladys Scott, Clarinda; Francis Salee, Northboro, Ia.

Her children, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gibson and Eric of Carmichael, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. John Gibson and Bradley of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Jim McClurg of Bettendorf, Ia. and Lyle Gibson of Ames.

[Gibson, Flora Louise Staab]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 29, 1973    p. 7

Mrs. John Gibson Last Rites Held November 21

Funeral services for Mrs. John Gibson, 65, of Gravity, held November 21 at the Gravity United Methodist Church, were conducted by Rev. Robert Truitt. Mrs. Gibson died November 18, 1973 in her Gravity home. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Flora Louise Staab, the daughter of Wendelin and Mary Catherine Staab, was born near Valley Falls, Kansas, on December 9, 1907.

She attended public schools there and later attended State Teachers College at Emporia, Kansas. She obtained her teaching certificate and then taught for nine years in Kansas public schools.

On February 4, 1939, she married John Delbert Gibson. To this union were born four children, John, Linda, Dan and Lyle. The family moved to Gravity, Iowa in 1951.

Mrs. Gibson was active in her community. She was avidly interested in education, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, WSCS, and a member of the Sunshine Club. She was a loving wife, a devoted mother, and a friend to everyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Clarence, Elmer, Leo, Ed, and Dewey; and two sisters, Freda and Mae. She is survived by her husband, John; her children, John and Teri Gibson, Omaha, Nebr.; Jim and Linda McClurg, Bettendorf, Ia.; Dan and Claudia Gibson, Carmichael, Calif, and Lyle Gibson, Ames, Iowa; two grandchildren, Eric Hayden Gibson and Bradley Thomas Gibson; and one sister, Mrs. Rose Woods, Valley Falls, Kansas.

[Gunson, Frank Harry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 22, 1973    p. 7

Hold Last Rites    March 17 for Frank Gunson

Funeral services for Frank Harry Gunson, 68, of rural Blockton, held March 17 at the Bedford Baptist Church, were conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle. Mr. Gunson died March 15, 1973 at his home in rural Blockton. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Frank H. [arry] Gunson, son of John and Lillie Rawlings Gunson, was born near Bedford, in Taylor County, Iowa, September   1, 1904.

Frank grew to adulthood in Taylor County where he attended the public schools and took an active part in sports while in Bedford High School.

On August 14, 1932, he was united in marriage to Ople Waterman at Maryville, Missouri, and to this union two children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George, who died   in   infancy.

Mr. Gunson spent his lifetime as a farmer in the Taylor County community. He loved nature and the land, and chose to devote his life to caring for the acres he felt were entrusted to him.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Ople of the home; his two children, Joe and his wife, Judy, of Omaha, Nebr.; Janet and her husband, John Whitten, of Denver, Colo.; one step-grandson, Jeff; a sister, Ruth Barks, Sheridan, Mo.; one brother, Jerry Gunson, Denver, Colo.; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Mr. Gunson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford for 57 years where he served faithfully as long as his health permitted.

During his long illness he was very patient and considerate of those who cared for him.

He was a kind, considerate    husband, father and neighbor, always willing to give help to    those in need.

[Gunson, Frank Harry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 29, 1973    p. 3


Out of town relatives and friends who attended funeral services for Frank Gunson, March 17 in Bedford were: Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Gunson, Denver, Colo.; John Gunson, Houston, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. John Whitten, Jr., Denver, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gunson and Jeff, Omaha, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Winston, Shawnee Mission, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Dean Barks, Mike and Brian, Ottumwa, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Van Houton, Corning; and Mrs. Fern Vincent, Lenox.

[Gunson, Frank Harry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 29, 1973    p. 2

Myrtle Barks, Bedford, had as guests Sunday, her niece, Virginia Winston, of Kansas City, Mo. and brother, Dean Barks, and family of Ottumwa. They came here to attend the funeral of Frank Gunson.

[Harris, Jessie Ann Shore]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 5, 1973    p. 4

Mrs. Tommy Harris Final Rites Held March 25

Funeral   services for Mrs. Tommy (Jessie A. [nn]) Harris, 82, of New Market were held Sunday, March 25, at Walker Funeral   Home   in Clarinda, conducted   by   Loren Daly.   Mrs. Harris died March 22, 1973, at her home northeast of New Market following an   extended illness. Interment was at Dallas Center Cemetery.

Mrs. Harris, the daughter of Miles and Ann Reeves Shore, was born near Beloit, Kansas, December 3, 1890. At the age of three months she moved with her parents to a farm east of New Market. She attended school in New Market and was graduated in 1906.

She attended Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, in 1908 and taught four years in the rural schools, Fairview, Lindsey, Turner, and Prairie Gem, near New Market.

On February 14, 1912, she was married to Thomas A. Harris at her parents' home in New Market. They lived on the Harris family farm for 61 years.

She was a member of the New Market Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star, and a Charter member of the W.T. Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Oren (Pearl) Crawford and Mrs. George (Grace) Webb, a son-in-law, George Flora, and a grandson, Thomas Groff Harris.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ethelyn Flora of Niles, Michigan; a son, Lyle, and daughter-in-law, Mary, of New Market, four grandchildren, Mrs. Stephen (Margaret Ann) McClintic, Prudenville, Mich., Stephen Harris, Maryville, Mo., Sp/4 Roger Harris, Key West, Fla., and Robert Flora, London, England and a brother, Miles Victor Shore, Winter Haven, Fla.

[Herbert, Walter Roy]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 26, 1973    p. 5

Walter Herbert, 87    Rites Held July 19    In Creston

Funeral services for Walter Roy Herbert, 87, of Mount Ayr, formerly of Bedford, were held July 19 at the Keating-McKasson Funeral Chapel in Creston, Ia., conducted by Carl Cummings and Lester Pearson, minister of the Creston Christian Church. Mr. Herbert died at Greater Community Hospital in Creston July 17, 1973. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mt. Ayr.

Walter Roy Herbert, son of Isaac H. and Matilda Townsend Herbert, was born near Hopkins; Missouri, March 7, 1886.

He moved with his parents to a farm near Bedford, Iowa, when he was a small lad and here he grew to adulthood and, with the exception of a few years spent in   Kansas   when   his parents homesteaded, he has continued to   live almost the balance of his life in Iowa.

On February 20, 1907, he was united in marriage to Bell Olson at Bedford, and to them two daughters were born, Gladys and Florence.

He chose farming as his life's occupation and owned and lived on various farms in Taylor and Ringgold County until he moved to Creston in 1955, where he has since continued to reside.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bell, who died December 24,1955; daughter, Florence, who died December 7, 1938; and two sisters, Mary Whicker and Florence Cummings.

On February 4, 1959 he was united in marriage to Elsie Rasmussen at Omaha, Nebraska.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie, of the home; a daughter, Gladys Marsh, of Douglas, Wyoming; a step-son, Don M. Rasmussen, of Creston; nine grandchildren; several great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He will be missed by all who    knew and loved him.

[Heyle, Rex Rankin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 29, 1973    p. 3

Rex Heyle, 56 Lost Rites Held March 27

Funeral services for Rex Rankin Heyle, 56, of Blockton, were held Tues., Mar. 27 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Mr. Heyle died March 24, 1973 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr. Interment was at Kirk Cemetery, Allendale, Mo.

[Hobbs, Dorothy Fern Schuster]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 6, 1973    p. 8

Dorothy Hobbs, 35 Last Rites Held November 28

Funeral services for Mrs. Victor (Dorothy) Hobbs, 35, of Blockton held November 28 at the Christian Church in Blockton, were conducted by Rev. G. W. Swan. Mrs. Hobbs died in University Hospitals, Iowa City, Ia. November 25. Interment was at the Athelstan Cemetery, Athelstan, Ia.

Dorothy Fern, daughter of Clyde Allen Schuster and Letha May Weed [Woods] Schuster, was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, March 9, 1938. She attended school and spent most of her life around Blockton with the exception of a few years in Chicago, Ill.

On March 3, 1957 she was united in marriage to Victor Hobbs. To this union two children were born: Valerie and Kevin.

She was helpful to everyone, and was a good Boy Scout mother. Many times she spent a double shift, preparing and serving dinner with the Scout mothers and then working a full shift at employment in Creston, Ia. She was a good mother, a loyal neighbor and a friend to all who formed her acquaintance.

She is preceded in death by her father, Clyde, and one brother, Donald Gene.

Those surviving are: daughter, Valerie Jo, son, Kevin Eugene, of the home; mother, Letha Schuster; one sister, Marie, and husband, Lawrence Jackson; two brothers, Dean and Garry, and wife, Regina; nephews; nieces; other relatives and friends.

She will be missed by all.

[Hogueison, Dorothy Alta Smith Spoonemore]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 16, 1973    p. 3

Alta Hogueison, 63 Last Rites Held In Kansas

Funeral services for Mrs. Ray (Dorothy Alta) Hogueison, 83, of McLouth, Kansas, formerly of Athelstan, Iowa, were held at Hampton Funeral Home in Oskaloosa, Kans. conducted by Rev. Ward Campbell. Mrs. Hogueison died at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas August 5. Interment was at McLouth Cemetery.

Dorothy Alta Smith, daughter of Frank and Effie Smith, was born July 10, 1910, near Athelstan, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Homer Spoonemore Nov. 27, 1927. To this union seven children were born: Vivian Bichsel, White Deer, Texas, Claude and Gus of Indio, Calif., Flondene Stemstrom, Orven, Wisc., Romana Jenning, Twyla and Edwin of Omaha, Nebr.

She is survived by her children; 25 grandchildren; one great grandchild; three sisters, and two brothers -- Zelma Weese of Athelstan, Reva Bownes of Clarinda, Cecil Smith of Gravity, Curtis Smith of Pacific Junction, Iowa, Blanche Schipper of Kansas City, Kansas; a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, one sister, Alma, one brother, Emory, and two grandchildren.

In later years she was married to Ray Hogueison, Omaha, Nebr.

Dorothy spent most of her    life in Taylor County. She will be sadly missed by her relatives and friends.

[Hogueison, Dorothy Alta Smith Spoonemore]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 23, 1973    p. 5

Athelstan News

Those attending the funeral services for [Dorothy] Alta Hogueison at Oskaloosa, Kans, were Rev. and Mrs. Ward Campbell of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, Zelma Weese of Athelstan, Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Bownes of Clarinda, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Smith of Gravity, Curtis Smith, Pacific Junction, Mr. and Mrs. Don Schipper, Kansas City, Kansas. Several nieces and nephews.

[Patrick, Harmon Elmer]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 22, 1973    p. 4

Harmon Patrick, 74 Rites Held Feb. 21

Funeral services for Harmon Elmer Patrick, 74, of Waterloo, Ia., formerly of Blockton, were held February 21 at Locke Funeral Home in Waterloo with the Reverend Don B. Manworren, pastor of Central Christian Church officiating. Mr. Patrick died at his home February 19, 1973. Interment was at Garden of Memories, Waterloo. Becker-Chapman Post 138 of the American Legion participated in the flag folding ceremony.

Harmon Elmer Patrick, second son of William H. and Cora (Anderson) Patrick, was born in Ringgold County, Iowa (near Redding) on January 17 1899.

He lived in the Blockton area until he enlisted in the U.S. Army May 6 1917 and served in Hawaii until his discharge September 2, 1919. He returned to Blockton High School and was graduated with the class of 1920. "Big Pat" as he was known was very interested in sports during school and later years.

He was an employee of the Chicago and Great Western railroad, in the Bridge and Building Department almost 35 years, until his disability retirement in 1961. Since then he had made his home with his niece, Mrs. Anna Laura Bradfield of Waterloo, Ia.

Mr. Patrick had had emphysema for several years. His condition became serious in August 1972.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Pearl and Alice, and three brothers, Elgin, Arthur   and an   infant.

His survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Selma Brashear of Waterloo, Ia., and Mrs. Raymond (Beaulah) West of Sheridan, Mo.; three nephews and three nieces, including Mrs. Anna Laura Bradfield of 1213 Columbia Street with whom he lived.

[Richardson, James Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 6, 1973    p. 5

Last Rites Held for James Richardson

Funeral services for James Douglas Richardson, 22, of Knoxville, Ia., held November 13 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Robert Truitt. Mr. Richardson died November 10, 1973 at Knoxville in a car accident. Interment was at Fairview   Cemetery, Bedford.

James Douglas Richardson was born March 30, 1951 in Clarinda, Iowa.

He was a graduate of the Bedford Community High School 1969 and served his time in the United States Army.

On August 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Linda Whited and to this union two sons were born, Brian and Jason.

At the time of his death he was employed by the Boomsma Eggs Company of Pella, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife and sons of Knoxville; parents, Ben and Irene Wright Richardson of Bedford; sisters, Caroline Sue and husband, Robert King, of Marble Rock, Ia., Connie Lea and husband, James Whitt, of Knoxville, Cleva Irene and Jerri Renae at home; other relatives and friends.

He shall be deeply missed by all who dearly loved him.

[Sharp, Ernest]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 1, 1973    p. 8

 Last Rites Held October 23 for Ernest Sharp, 83

Funeral services for Ernest Sharp, 83, of Bedford, held October 23, 1973 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr. Sharp died in Methodist Hospital in Saint Joseph, Mo. October 20, 1973. Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway.

Ernest Sharp, son of Alexander Alan Sharp and Sally Ann Graybill Sharp, was born near Parnell, Missouri, December 15, 1889.

He spent his early years in Missouri moving with his family to Taylor County, Iowa, near Bedford, in the spring of 1912, and to their present home in 1915 where he has since continued to reside.

On July 28, 1936, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Chloris [Blanche Matheny] McCurdy, and to this union two children were born, Glen and Mary Ann. Completing this family group were his brother, Roy Sharp and two step children. Gayland McCurdy of Clarinda, Iowa, and Mrs. Gail Fitzhugh of Waterloo, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by    his parents, one brother, Luther    Sharp, and two sisters, Mrs.    Mary Wright and Mrs. Addie    Million, one granddaughter, Brenda Lee Sharp.

Left with memories are his wife; the four children; his two sons-in-law; two daughters - in - law; 11 grandchildren; one great grandson; four brothers, Roy Sharp of the home, George Sharp of Shenandoah, Iowa, Edward Sharp of Gravity and Oscar Sharp of Conway; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Burks of Shenandoah, Ia., Mrs. Sue Souder of Bedford, Mrs. Mabel Mahan of Lakewood, Colorado; nieces; nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.

Ernest followed the occupation of farming his entire lifetime until his later years when semi-retirement allowed him to spend extra enjoyable time with his family and grandchildren whom he dearly loved.

He was a kind and considerate husband, father, brother, friend and neighbor, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Skinner, Grace Bradley Rankin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 31, 1973

Grace Skinner

Grace Bradley Rankin, daughter of Andrew Jackson Rankin and Mary Ellen Bradley Rankin, was born January 6, 1887, at Lyons, Kansas. As a child she moved with her parents in a covered wagon to Bedford where she spent the remainder of her life.

Funeral services for Mrs. Herbert (Grace) Skinner, 86, of Bedford, long time Taylor County resident, were held May 25 at Shum - Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mrs. Skinner died May 22, 1973 at Colonial Manor here. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

She was united in marriage to Herbert Grey Skinner, January 17, 1909, in Bedford. To this union was born one daughter, Hazel, who is now Mrs. Robert Perkins.

Mrs. Skinner and her husband lived on a farm near Bedford until 1959 when they moved to their home in Bedford. She did beautiful handwork and spent many hours doing gardening and raising flowers.

Mrs Skinner was a member of the Bedford Christian Church since early girlhood. She was a loyal worker and attended church faithfully as long as her health permitted.

She was devoted to her family. Her three granddaughters and their husbands and her three great granddaughters were her pride and joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, who died November 17, 1964, one brother and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Hazel, and her husband, Robert; three granddaughters and their husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Fussner, St. Louis, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Shepherd, Jr., Vinton, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dawson, Bedford; three great granddaughters, Kimberlee Kae Shepherd, Christina Kay Dawson, Paige Allison Shepherd; one niece; two nephews and their families; and several   cousins.

She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Many loving memories will remain forever, because to know her was to love her.