Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco - lorerus@iowatelecom.net

Bender, Rollie E -

Rollie E. Bender, the son of Thomas E. and Sarah Ann Beamer Bender, was born on December 28, 1906, in Ringgold

County near Clearfield, Iowa; and entered into rest at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 20,

1981, at the age of seventy-four years, nine months and twenty-two days.

He grew up in the Clearfield community and graduated from Clearfield High School. He attended Iowa State University at

Ames and worked toward his civil engineering degree until depression times forced him from these studies.

On August 31, 1935. he was united in marriage with Marcia Barber at Lenox, Iowa. This marriage was blessed with the

birth of three children, Jim, Tom and Terri.

Rollie later attended the Williams Institute in Kansas City and after graduation returned to Lenox and entered

the funeral service profession.

He operated the Bender Furniture and Hardware until 1952 and the Bender Funeral Home until 1974.

He was a member of the Lenox United Methodist Church, and also served the community by serving on the

City Council, the Lenox Community School Board, and was an early member of the Lenox Rotary Club.

Those surviving to honor his memory are his wife, Marcia of Lenox; two sons, Jim of Lenox and Tom and his wife, Debbie of

Lenox; a daughter, Terri of Albia, Iowa; and seven grandchildren, Ron, Barb, Diane, David, Melissa, Angela and Megan

Bender. Also surviving are his brother Marvin Bender and two sisters, Wilma Espinoza and Mildred Bruner, all of

whom live in North Hollywood, California; several cousins and many friends.

Services were held Friday, October 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. Reverend Don Fisher officiated.

Music was by Margaret Whipp, organist. Selections were "Trees" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic".

Casket bearers were Gary McKee, Larry Rogers, Howard Elder, Chuck Adams, Mike Halligan, and John Hunt.

Interment was in West Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 28, 1981


Blevins, Wayne Dean -

Wayne Dean Blevins, the son of James F. and Kathleen Davis Blevins, was born October 10, 1946 in Denver, Colorado. He

died suddenly at the Tote Manufacturing plant in Lenox, Iowa on Monday, November 16 at the age of thirty-five years,

one month and six days.

Dean resided most of his life in Denver, Colorado until moving to Lenox in August of 1977. Since that time, he had

been a production employee at the Tote plant.

Survivors include his father, James F. Blevins of Phoenix, Arizona; his fiance, Carolyn Stream of Lenox and her

children, Chad and Kara; his son and daughter, Billy and Lela Blevins, both of Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Stan Curtis and family

of Lenox; three brothers, Barry, Terry Jim and Jeff, all of Denver; three sisters, Susan, Kathy and Lori, all of Denver; a

cousin, Frank Blevins of Lenox; as well as other cousins and relatives.

Services were held Thursday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox. Pastor Jack Cutbirth of

the Lenox First Christian Church officiated.

Music was by Leta Crowell, organist and vocalists, Jerry Williams, Mike Evans and Dave Case. The selections were "In

The Garden", "Broken Heart" and "Tell Everyone".

Casket bearers were Larry Bradley, John Weeber, Gail Mains, Gail Matheny, Floyd Bolinger, and Larry Cordell.

Final services will be held in Denver, Colo.

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Boiler, Eric -

Graveside services were held Thursday morning, October 15 in Des Moines for Eric Boiler who died at Mercy Hospital in

Des Moines following heart surgery. Eric was two months old.

Survivors include his parents, James and Kay Boiler and three year old brother, Jacob of Waukee; grandparents, Mr. and

Mrs. Vern Swanson and Mr. and Mrs. Don Boiler, all of Des Moines; and great grandmother, Mrs. Hamilton Ferguson of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 21, 1981


Day, Barbara Jo Brown -

Barbara Jo Brown Day, the only daughter of Harlan and Zelma DeLapp Brown, was born January 31, 1953, at Creston,

Iowa; and departed this life at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of twenty-eight years, eight

months and twenty-one days.

She grew up on a farm southwest of Lenox and attended the Lenox schools, where she graduated with the class of 1971.

On June 26, 1971, she was united in marriage with Doyle Day of Gravity, Iowa. To this marriage two daughters were

born: Cheri and Julie.

For the past few years, they made their home in Red Oak and Barbara was employed at the Union Carbide plant.

Barbara always had a zest for life and she had maintained this spirit throughout her battle with cancer the past six week.

Those surviving to honor her memory are her daughters, Cheri and Julie, ages nine and seven; their father Doyle of Red

Oak, his mother. Opal Day of Gravity; her mother and father, Harlan and Zelma Brown of Lenox; and four brothers and

their families. Larry Brown of Creston, and Dennis, David, and  Tom Brown, all of Lenox.  Also surviving are her grandmother,

Ruby Brown of Sharpsburg, other relatives and a host of friends.

Services were held Saturday, October 24 at 10 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church with Reverend Don Fisher officiating.

Music was provided by Roberta Lockhart, organist, and Mike Evans, Dave Case, and Jerry Williams, vocalists. Selections

were "He'll Rise Again" and "One Day At A Time".

Casket bearers were Mark Doran, Bryce Van Houton, Marshall Laire, Ronnie Fitzgerald, Rodney Brown, and Craig


Interment was in North Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

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Drumm, Geneva Tyler -

Geneva Tyler Drumm died Sunday, September 27 at a hospital in Orange City, California. She had lived there since


Mrs. Drumm was born and raised in Lenox and was a graduate of Lenox High School. She was the daughter of Oscar

D. and Jennie W. Tyler. Preceding her in death were her parents, a brother, Hugh Tyler and a sister, Elizabeth


Survivors include her husband, Alvin C. Drumm; two daughters, a sister, Helen George of Santa Ana, California;

a brother, Don Tyler of Lenox; as well as other relatives.

Interment will be in Orange City on September 30.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 30, 1981


Fearnot, Elsie Irene Ridenour -

Funeral services for Mrs. Noble (Elsie) Fearnot, 68, of Bedford, were held November 9 in Shum-Novinger Funeral

Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. James Nelson. Mrs. Fearnot died November 6 in Iowa Methodist Medical Center

in Des Moines. Interment was at Shearer Cemetery.

Elsie Irene Fearnot, daughter of Jesse and Nancy Maxwell Ridenour Fearnot, was born at Clearmont, Mo, January 16,

1913. She lived near Hopkins, Mo. and grew to maturity near Bedford where she attended the public school and the Baptist


She was united in marriage to Noble Ira Fearnot in Grant City, Mo. on October 3, 1931.  They lived in Lenox for two

years and in the Conway and Bedford area the remaining years.

To this union seven children were born: Billy Dean, Alberta Fay, Shirley Ann, Phyllis llene, Dale Ray, Gale Mac and

Beverly Pearl.

Mrs. Fearnot was engaged in domestic services. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Stone Rollers and

Rock and Gem Club.

Mrs. Fearnot was preceded in death by her mother, father, a brother, Delbert in infancy, an infant daughter, Alberta

Fay and one grandson.

Left to cherish her memory are: her husband, Noble; six children and spouses; 19 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren;

two brothers; four sisters; Mable Wolf, Murray, Ia., Suzie Herring, Bedford and Myrtle Sobbing, Red Oak; nieces and

nephews; Pearl Orr, Martinex, Calif.; Orville Ridenour, Bedford and Rolla Ridenour, Red Oak.

She was a kind and considerate wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who loved her.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 18, 1981


Gordon, John Leigh -

John Leigh Gordon of Marshall, Missouri died Monday, October 5 at Fltzgibbon Hospital. He was eighty-four years of


Mr. Gordon, the son of Edward Daniel and Susie Long Gordon, was born at Lenox, Iowa on September 24, 1897. He

was a graduate of Lenox High School and also graduated from Iowa State University in 1921.

On November 28, 1924, he was united in marriage with Alma Hansen. She preceded him in death February 15, 1970.

He was married to Fern Maharry Bell September 15, 1974. She preceded him in death September 8, 1978.

Mr. Gordon owned and operated the Marshall Chick Hatchery from 1926 until his retirement in 1967.

He was an Elder of the Covenant Presbyterian Church and served actively in the Presbyterian Church throughout

his life. He was a charter member of the Marshall Rotary Club, a former member of the Marshall School Board, Past

President of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Fitzgibbon Hospital Board, served as a

member of the Board of Trustees of Missouri Valley College for thirty-five years and was a director of the Farmers

Savings Bank for thirty years.

Also preceding him in death was a brother.

Survivors include a son, H. Edward Gordon of Marshall; two step-daughters, Mrs. Sterling (Betty) Ross of Glendale,

California and Mrs. Bruce (Janey) Waterhouse of Niles, Michigan; two grandsons, James Edward and Daniel Roger

Gordon of Marshall; four step-grandsons, and three step granddaughters.

Services were held Thursday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Marshall with

Reverend Jerry Hilton officiating. Interment was in the Ridge Park Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 14, 1981


Horton, Marjorie Ross Ferguson -

Marjorie Rose Ferguson Horton, the daughter of Elmore and Olive Marshall Ferguson, was born June 16, 1912 in

Oklahoma. She died at the Lenox Care Center in Lenox, Iowa on Tuesday, December 1 at the age of sixty-nine years, five

months and fifteen days.

Marj was raised in the Bedford, Iowa community and graduated from Bedford High School, She taught country

school for one year following graduation.

She was united in marriage with Clyde Carroll "Pete" Horton October 22, 1931. They spent all but two years of

their married life in the Clearfield and Conway communities.

Marj was employed, along with her husband, for fifteen years by the Clearfield school system and they also were

employed by the Glenwood and Woodward State Hospital.

Following retirement, the Hortons spent their winters in Texas until Marj's health failed. They celebrated their fiftieth

wedding anniversary recently.

Marj was a seamstress and enjoyed making things for her children. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Ruth Brown, a sister, Jean Hughes, and a brother, Bud Ferguson.

Survivors include her husband, Pete; her son, Jerry Horton and his wife. Karen of Richland, Iowa; a son-in-law, Virgil Brown

of Council Bluffs; her grandchildren, Jackie and Bruce Bierma of Madrid, Iowa, Pat and Chris Garvey of Omaha, Nebraska,

Kelly and Zeny Brown of China Lake, California, Brian and Debbie Brown of Osceola, Iowa, and Gary and Bobby Horton of

Richland; four great grandchildren, Erika and Shannon Bierma and Jeremy and Jennifer Brown; two brothers, Carl Ferguson of

Cle Elum, Washington and Frank Ferguson of Braddyville, Iowa; two sisters, Mildred Hilton of San Louis Obispo, California

and Helen Hartman of Clarinda, Iowa; as well as other relatives.

Services were held Thursday, December 3 at the Clearfield United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Roger

Graff officiating.

Music was provided by Mrs John Thomson, organist and Darl Bell, soloist.

Casket bearers were Jack Campbell, Morris Hanson, Jerry Ewalt, Arlo Beggs, Dale Cooper, and Leonard Ratliff.

Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery at Clearfield, Iowa.


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Martin, Ramona Ewart -

Services for Ramona Ewart Martin will be held Thursday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home.

Pastor Jack Cutbirth will officiate.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Mrs. Martin died at St. Luke's Hospital in Davenport Sunday night. She was born November 21, 1928 in Blockton,

Iowa. She was a graduate of Lenox High School and taught in rural Taylor county schools.

She is survived by two sons of Davenport, a sister, Ardith Bowman of Clearfield; and two brothers, Albert and

Eldon Ewart, both of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 30, 1981


Masser, Abigail S -

Memorial services for Abigail S. Masser, age 93, of Des Moines were held at Dunn's Funeral Home last week. The body

was donated to University Hospitals in Iowa City. Mrs. Masser died at her home of a heart ailment Monday, October 12.

She taught English at Lenox High School in 1953, coming out of retirement to finish part of a year. She also taught school in

Nebraska and Morningside College in Sioux City and served as principal at Fonda and New London.

Mrs. Masser was born in Marshall County, Iowa and had lived in Des Moines for twenty-five years. She was a

member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Golden Chapter 187 of OES in Fonda, State Teachers Association,

National Forensic League, and Alumni Association of Iowa State University.

There are no immediate survivors.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 21, 1981


McMath, Marion Willis -

Marlon Willis McMath, the son of Vincent and Elsie Bice McMath, was born October 3, 1923 in Diagonal, Iowa. He died

at his home in Lenox, Iowa Tuesday, October 13 at the age of fifty-eight years and ten days.

In 1943, he left high school to serve his country as a member of the United States Army. Marion was stationed in the

Phillipine Islands during World War II and received two Bronze Stars. Following service, he returned to Creston, Iowa

where he was a member of V.F.W. Post #1797 and of Parkinson Post #250 in Lenox.

Marion was united In marriage with Patricia Frazier February 23, 1951 in Creston.

The family moved to Lenox in 1958 where Mr. McMath was employed by Sheridan Egg Company. In 1976, he and his

wife opened Mac's Cafe and Lounge which he continued to operate until his death.

Marion was a father to his step-daughter, Susan and to his niece and nephew, Debbie and Mark Hoffman, who lived with

the family and attended school in Lenox.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his brothers, Clone and Floyd McMath; and one sister, Norma Jean McMath.

Survivors include his wife, Pat of Lenox; Susan and Ron Fulk and their son Dallas, Debbie and Tom Bender and

their children, Milissa, Angela and Megan, and Mark Hoffman, all of Lenox; two brothers, Donald of Osceola and Merle of

Des Moines; three sisters, Veva Carlson and Ruby Bruce, both of Lenox and Thelma Laughlin of Oregon, Illinois; as well as many

nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, October 16 at 2 p.m. at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox. Reverend Don Fisher


Music was by Norma Paymal, organist. Selections were "Ivory Palaces" and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".

Casket bearers were John Sloan, Don Rasmussen, Bill Long, Perry Dickerson, Walter LaMaster, and Wayne Gidley.

Military rites were conducted by Parkinsons Post #250 of Lenox and V.F.W. Post #1797 of Creston.

Interment was in the North Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 21, 1981


Owens, Charlie Q -

Charlie Q. Owens, the son of Quince and Lena Owens, was born July 15, 1928 in Springfield, Missouri. He died at St.

Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska Monday, October 12 at the age of fifty-three years, two months and twenty-seven


Charlie spent his early years in the Springfield area. He then moved to Lenox, Iowa where he was employed with Hale's Show

of Tomorrow. He spent almost fifteen years traveling with the show in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Charlie

operated the rides with the thought of making the children happy.

After leaving the show, Mr. Owens was employed by Lenox Elevator Company. He worked there until the time of his death.

Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Harry Owens; and two sisters, Mary Schill and Lillian Cherry.

Survivors include two sisters, Myrtle Outlaw of Kansas City, Missouri and Florence Sharp of Springfield, Missouri; as well as

several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Friday, October 16 at 10 a.m. at Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox. Pastor Jack Cutbirth officiated.

Music was by Mildred Walter, organist. The Selection was "In The Garden".

Casket bearers were Chuck Adams, David Hale, Bill Browning, Don Saunders, Glen Norton, and Tom Rechsteiner.

Interment was in the East Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 21, 1981


Schnellbacher, Henry -

Henry Schnellbacher of Morton, Illinois, died Sunday, November 1. He was the father of Virginia Anderson of Lenox.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella of Morton; his daughter, Virginia; and grandchildren, Julie, James and Janet,

all of Lenox. Services were conducted Wednesday, November 4, in Morton, Illinois.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 4, 1981


Stone, Nina B -

Nina B. Stone, 105, the oldest resident of Taylor County died Sunday, November 8 at Bedford. She resided at the Bedford


Mrs. Stone was born on October 23, 1876 at Monmouth, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodford

Marion Stone in 1957. They were married sixty-one years, and came to Bedford in 1912,

Survivors include her sons, Dr. Earl Stone and wife, Irene of Bedford, Virgil, of Opportunity, Washington, and a daughter,

Marie Park of Bedford.

Grandchildren include Norma Hensley, Mary Ellen Norton, Harold Park, Ruth McBrine, and Mary Lou Burns. Mrs. Stone is

also survived by twelve great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, November 10 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 11, 1981


Walker, Gerald -

Funeral services for Msgr. Gerald Walker, 77, pastor of St. Augustus Catholic Church in Des Moines for 33 years, were

conducted Saturday at St. Augustus.

Msgr. Walker died on Thursday at a Des Moines hospital. Burial was in the Glendale cemetery.

Msgr. Walker was born in Dallas Center, Iowa, and graduated from Lawrence College in Dubuque. He was

ordained a priest in 1936 and honored with the title Monseigner in 1959.

He served as assistant pastor of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Dunlap from 1936 to 1938, and of St. Ambrose Cathedral in

Des Moines from  1938 to 1943.

He was pastor of St. Patricks Catholic Church in Lenox from 1943 to 1948, when he moved to his position to St. Augustus, a

post he held until his retirement in June of 1981.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 16, 1981