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

Boltinghouse, Walter Lewis  -

Walter L. Boltinghouse, 77, died at the Greater Community hospital in Creston Tuesday morning about 3:40 after an illness of several months duration.

Mr. Boltinghouse had entered the hospital August 4th.

Survivors include his widow, Mabel, two daughters, Mrs. Treva Pierce of Clearfield and Mrs. Bernadine Routh of Diagonal. Three sisters, Mrs. Clarence

Armstrong of this city, Mrs. Ethel Bryant of Des Moines, and Mrs. Bertha Carter of Manhattan, Beach, Calif., also mourn his passing.

Mr. Boltinghouse had lived in the Lenox community all of his life, and had moved into town following his retirement from farming.

Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 o'clock from the United Methodist Church in Lenox with the pastor, Rev. Floyd Newbrough, officiating.

Music will be furnished by Dwight and Robert McMath, with Norma Paymal, organist.

Bearers for the service are all nephews and include Harlan Armstrong, Gail Boltinghouse, Cleo Boltinghouse, W. Ernest Bryant, Travis and Kenneth Boltinghouse.

Burial will be in the Lenox Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 3, 1968


Boltinghouse, Walter Lewis -

Walter Lewis Boltinghouse, son of L. C. and Sarah S. Boltinghouse, was born December 6, 1890 on ca farm, near Lenox, Iowa in Grove Township, Taylor County and passed away at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston October 1, 1968 at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 26 days. He united in the Blue Grove Chinch of Christ. In 1910 he moved to Lenox with his parents but continued farming.

He was united in marriage to Mabel Belding January 1, 1914. To this union, two daughters were born, Treva of Clearfield, Iowa and Bernadine of Diagonal, Iowa.

He lived on a farm near Clearfield, Iowa for 36 years and transferred his membership to the Clearfield Methodist Church then later moved to Lenox, Iowa,

transferring his membership to the Lenox Methodist Church. He was faithful in going to Sunday School and Church and hadn't missed services for over two years until his health failed him.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, one sister, May Murray of Edgely, North Dakota, six brothers: Joseph, James, Charles, Alonzo, Orval and Floyd. Walter

was the last one of seven brothers of his family.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Mabel, two daughters: Treva Pierce of Clearfield, Bernadine Routh of Diagonal, three sisters: Bertha Carter of Manhattan, Cal., Eva Armstrong of Lenox and Ethel Bryant of Des Moines, two sons-in-law: Hal Pierce of Clearfield and Delbert Routh of Diagonal, and six grandchildren: Richard Pierce and Jo Anne Nauman of Des Moines, Gary Pierce of Nevada, Missouri, Mickey Pierce of Clearfield, Delberta and Debbie Routh of Diagonal, Iowa, and a

great-granddaughter, Vicki Lynn Nauman and a host of nieces and nephews.

Walter was a kind and loving husband and loved his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was kind to everyone through all his lingering illness.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 10, 1968


Bycroft, Leslie -

Leslie Bycroft, 69, died Thursday at the Rosary hospital in Coming following a lingering illness.

Mr. Bycroft was born in Taylor County, Iowa, June 18, 1899, the son of John and Millie Forbes Bycroft.

He was married February 25, 1922 to Thelma Bubb and to this union was born two children, Edna Georgia Ann and Ernest Edward.

On February 26, 1928 he was married to Mabel Cordell. To this union was born two daughters, Deva and Joan.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, twin brothers, two sisters, one daughter and two grandsons.

He is survived by his wife Mabel, son Edward of Montgomery, Alabama, two daughters, Mrs. Deva Lundquist and Mrs. Joan Mosby. Also one daughter-in-law,

Ina Bycroft, two sons-in-law, Charles Lundquist and Andrew Mosby, ten grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Dewey Peterson of Red Oak. Several nieces

and nephews also survive.

He spent his entire life in Adams and Taylor County. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lenox and served as an usher as long as his health


He will be greatly missed by a host of friends and neighbors. His life was happiest when with his family or helping a neighbor.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 5th at 2 p. m. from the United Methodist Church in Lenox, with Rev. Floyd Newbrough, pastor, officiating.

Music was furnished by Billie Jean Barker and Marilyn Beck with Norma Paymal, accompanist.

Bearers were Joe Lewis, Roy Martin, Harold Beck, Howard Pepper, Lowell Wilson and Harry Freeman.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 10, 1968


Fancher, Myrtle Evans Feese-

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Melvin Fancher of Santa Maria, California. Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on Saturday, Sept. 31, 1968.

Mrs. Fancher leaves her husband, one daughter, one grandson, 4 great grandchildren, 8 sisters and two brothers, three of whom reside in the Lenox community, Mrs. Carl Cordell, Mrs. Claude Matheny and Dewey Evans.

Mrs. Fancher will be remembered in the Corning and Nodaway community as Mrs. Willis Feese.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 3, 1968


Froelich, Anna -

Mrs. Anna Froelich, 76, of Lenox, died Monday at Rosary hospital in Corning.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Jas. Dooley of Creston and Mrs. Gertrude Beatty of Lenox, a niece Mrs Jack Dunlap of Omaha and a nephew, James

Beatty of Corning.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Patrick's church in Lenox with Father Wingert officiating.

Bearers were Jack Dunlap, James Beatty, Robert Beatty, Willis Stream, Raymond Swank and Virgil Brown.

Burial was in Calvary cemetery at Creston.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 12, 1968


Gray, Bessie O Hanna -

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin I Gray returned home Wednesday from Ellendale, N. D., where they had gone to attend the funeral of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Jesse Gray who passed away July 1st at the hospital. She had been ill about a. month.

Mrs. Gray was born Sept. 19, 1883 at Corning, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hanna. Her marriage to Jesse Gray took place at Lenox, Iowa Feb. 10, 1904. Six years later they moved to Ellendale to make their home.

Survivors include her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Secker of Selby, S. D., Mrs. Helen Hatlestad of Ellendale and Mrs. Vera Hodge of Spanway, Washington,

one sister, Mrs. Gertie Field of Salt Lake City, Utah, eight grandchildren and six grandchildren.

She is also survived by three cousins in this area, Mrs. Bertha Cottar and Mrs. Mable Gaskill both of Corning, Iowa, and Geo Edwards of Creston, Iowa. A brother-in-law and wife, Mr and Mrs. Alvin Gray and family and Perry Gray and his family of Lenox, Iowa, also mourn her passing.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 5th at the Holte Funeral Chapel at 2 p. m., with  Walter Jardine officiating.

Interment was at Ellendale.

Mr and Mrs Gray celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary Feb 10, 1968.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 18, 1968


Hagee, E F -

Rev. E. F. Hagee, 72, passed away Monday, Sept. 30th at the Methodist hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. He had served as pastor of the Lenox Christian Church from

1936 to 1945. and at Woodson Chapel in St. Joseph from 1945 to December, 1967. His wife died in June, 1967.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Wilson and Mrs. Fern Montgomery of St. Joseph and Mrs. Etta M Clingan of Boulder, Colorado, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Geneva Hagee. Also nine grandchildren, Steven, Melody and Danny Wilson, Victor and Suzanne Montgomery, Bob and Kim Clingan, Annis Joy and Harlow Hagee.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 3, 1968


Jones, Howard -

Word was received by the John Butler family Monday of the death of Howard Jones, husband of the former Jane Butler of Lenox. Mr Jones died as the result of a coronary.

Funeral services will be conducted today at Oskaloosa, Iowa with burial in that city.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 26, 1968


Knodle, Mildred Lee Alpaugh -

Mildred Lee Alpaugh, eldest daughter of Charles and Catherine Alpaugh, was born near Fairview, Illinois June 2, 1895, and departed this life at Greater Community Hospital, Creston, Iowa, August 6, 1968 at the age of 73 years, 2 months and 4 days, after 18 months of illness.

She moved with her parents to Corning, Iowa, at the age of 5 years where the family made their home until her marriage. On March 23, 1919 she was united

in marriage to Ralph Knodle at the Christian Church parsonage in Shenandoah, Iowa. To this union were born Marjorie Sweeney of near Prescott, Iowa, and Charles Dean of Des Moines, Iowa. Most of their married life was spent on a farm in the  Stringtown community. In 1965 they moved to Creston, Iowa, where they have made their home until her death.

At an early age she united with the Methodist Church in Corning, later transferring her membership to the Stringtown Community Church where she remained a faithful and loyal member.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1909, and her father in 1946.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband Ralph, her daughter Marjorie, and son-in-law F. W. Sweeney of Prescott, Iowa, her son Charles Dean of Des Moines, Iowa, and six grandchildren, also two sisters, Mrs. Mable Hanna of Corning, Iowa and Mrs. W. H. Pottinger of Creston, Iowa, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Her happiest moments were when she was with her children, grandchildren, and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. Thursday, August 8th at the Stringtown Community Church. Rev. Paul Williams, the pastor officiated.

Music was by Mrs. Austin Brown and Mrs. Robert Dunn, who sang the "23rd Psalm" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere".

Mrs. A. L. Nicholson and Mrs Harry Miller were in charge of flowers.

Casket bearers were Darrel Brown, Harry Miller, A. L. Nicholson, A. L. Pine, Earl Roberts, and Fred Stillinger. Burial was in the Stringtown cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 15, 1968


Rogers, Harry -

Harry Rogers, 63, a longtime resident of Lenox, died in his sleep early Tuesday at his home. Mr. Rogers was born in Lenox Feb. 9, 1905.

He was associated with his son Larry in a television and appliance business in this city having opened the business shortly after World War II. Following

heart surgery a few years ago, Mr. Rogers had been forced to curtail his activities since that time.

Survivors include his widow, two sons, Gene and Larry, both of Lenox, and five grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren, Jerry and Bob Rogers make their

home with Mr. and Mrs. Rogers.

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) from the Christian Church at 2 o'clock, with the pastor, Rev. David Shaeffer officiating.

Bearers will be H. Norton,  George Cook, George Wurster,  O. C. Walter, George Austin and Royal Rusco.

Burial will be in the Lenox Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 26, 1968


Rogers, Harry -

Harry Rogers, son of Samuel and Clara Rogers, was born on a farm in Adams County, Iowa, Feb. 9, 1905 and answered the final summons on Sept. 23, 1968

at his home in Lenox.

At an early age he moved with the family to Lenox where he entered the public school system graduating with the class of 1925.

His parents presented him for membership in the Lenox Presbyterian Church at the age of four years. Later in his adult life, he took membership in the

Lenox Christian Church on December 15, 1957. He became a Deacon in 1958 and in 1962 he was elected to the Church's Eldership, a position which he held

at the time of his death.

On Nov. 27, 1923 he was united in marriage to Catherine Bicknell of Sharpsburg, Iowa. To this union three children were born Dorothy, who preceded her father

in death, Gene and Larry both of Lenox.

Following Dorothy's death, her two small sons, James and Bobby were adopted by their maternal grandparents.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife Catherine, two sisters, Mrs. Ray (Jennie) Hayes of Lenox, Mrs. Grover (Rose) Bolte of Council Bluffs, his four sons,

Gene and his wife, Darlene, Larry and his wife Pat, James and Robert at home, three grandchildren, Becky, David, and Paul.

His parents and a brother (Albert) preceded him in death.

Mr. Rogers was a Lenox business man for 25 years, operating the business known as Roger's Radio and T.V. during that time. He was a member of the Odd

Fellows Lodge.

Mr. Rogers had his injured heart operated upon five years ago when doctors installed a plastic valve inside his heart. He knew that this was a very precarious

hold on his life and that the final summons might come at any time. Still, he would serve out his designated assignments as an active Elder in the Lenox

Christian Church, giving his Communion prayer at Services. This was his way of using his "limited" time before the 'call' came.

He had many activities which he enjoyed. He was a loving husband and father, always concerned about the happiness and well-being of those in the family

circle. He will be greatly missed  by all who knew him.

Memorial services were held  from the Lenox Christian  Church on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2:00 p. m. with Rev. David Shaeffer officiating, assisted by former pastor of the church, Rev. Robert Duckett, now of Altoona, Iowa.

Songs were by Marilyn Beck and Billie Jean Barker, accompanied by Mrs. Ruth Boltinghouse at the organ.

Bearers were H. Norton, George Cook, George Wurster, O. C. Walter, George Austin and Royal Rusco.

Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 17, 1968


Stoner, Harry D -

Harry D. Stoner, son of Henry and Jane Stoner was born Dec. 18th, 1885, on a farm south of Lenox. He passed away at Riverview Manor Nursing Home in Des Moines Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1968 at the age of 82 years and 8 months.

When a small child he moved with his family to the farm 3 miles north of Lenox where he lived until 1920. That spring, he moved on a farm east of Lenox,

moving to Hampton in 1936 where he owned and managed a sale barn and later, to Des Moines where he has since lived. He had been in ill health the past five years.

He united with the Lenox Presbyterian Church when young and was an active member there. He was a kind and helpful friend, spending many hours visiting the sick.

He was married to Bessie Potts Feb., 1913, who preceded him in death May, 1948. His parents and two brothers, Clyde and Dale and a sister, Fern also preceded

him in death.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Flora Francis of Clearfield, Mrs. Cara Butler of Lenox, Mrs Bess Wells of Pasadena, Calif., and two brothers, Percy Stoner

of Creston, and Less Stoner of El Cerrito, Calif., a number of nieces and nephews and host of friends.

Memorial services were held at the Bender Funeral Home Friday, August 23 at 2 p. m. Rev. Floyd Newbrough of the Methodist Church officiating. Coleen

Wilkinson sang two solos, "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer" and 'The Old Rugged Cross", Doris Williams at the piano. Pall bearers  were Ben Wurster, Orville

Bricker, Roland Walter, Harry Miller, Wesley Crouch, Robert Rhoades. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 29, 1968


Swank, Fern -

Mrs. Fern Swank, 79, of Mt. Ayr, died Tuesday, October 1st in the nursing home in that city. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. A. A. Adolphisen of Lenox.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at the Rhoads Funeral Home in Mt. Ayr, with burial in Rose Hill cemetery near there.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 10, 1968


Swanson, Byron -

Word was received Thursday, Sept. 26th of the death of Byron Swanson, husband of the former Phyllis Dunbar.

Mr. Swanson died at 2:30 p.m. following a long illness.

Funeral services were conducted Monday morning at Phoenix, Ariz., and burial was in that city.

Mr. and Mrs. K. R. Sutton of Ottumwa, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dunbar of Knoxville and George Dunbar of Underwood attended the final rites.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 3, 1968


Thompson, Arthur -

Arthur Thompson, 84, father of Taylor County Auditor, Allen J. Thompson, died Tuesday at Bedford, Iowa.

Services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at2 o'clock from the West Funeral Home in Bedford with burial in the Bedford cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 5, 1968


Tully, Bertha May Eckels -

Mrs. Bertha Tully, 85, died at the hospital in Harlan, la., Monday, August 26th. Mrs. Tully had been a resident of Lenox all her life until moving to Harlan recently

when she became ill.

Bertha May Eckels, the oldest daughter of George and Jennie Eckels, was born in Adams Co. February 22, 1883.

She was a member of the Lenox United Presbyterian Church and spent her entire life in the Lenox vicinity except during the last year and a half when she spent most of the time in Harlan, Iowa since the death of her husband.

She was united in marriage to George Melville Tully on February 21, 1906. To this union was born one daughter Edith Lucille (Mrs. George L. Boltinghouse).

She was a loving mother and always ready to help others in need.

She is survived by her daughter Edith, and son-in-law George, one grandson Dr. Earl Boltinghouse and wife Joann, three great grandchildren, Jeff, Kerry and Ginger, and a foster granddaughter Georgia, one sister, Mrs. Carrie Struwe and a number of nieces and nephews, all of whom she dearly loved.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Clarence and husband Mel.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 28th at 2 p. m. from the United Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Floyd Newbrough, pastor of the Methodist

Church officiating.

Music was furnished by Barbara Barker and Irma Wilcox. Bearers were Lew Eckels, Don Barker, Wayne McFee, Harold Maynes, Kenneth McFee and Brice Johnson.

Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 29, 1968


Wilson, Cecil -

Lowell Wilson of this city, was called to Glenn Ellyn, Illinois by the sudden death of his brother, Cecil Wilson, who died Monday, August 26th.

Mr. Wilson and son Kenneth owned the K. C. Bakery at Bedford, Iowa for several years before moving to Illinois.

Memorial services were held Friday, August 30th from the Methodist Church at Grand River, Iowa, for Mr. Wilson.  Lowell was accompanied to the

Chicago area by his sons-in-law, Fred Helm and Ed Ostecki.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 5, 1968