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

Borden, Georgia Mae Ditto -

Georgia Borden, 86, died at the Rosary Hospital in Corning Nov. 3rd. She was a long time resident of Sharpsburg.

Georgia Mae Ditto, eldest child of John and Hattie Ditto was born June 17th, 1889 at Gladstone, Illinois. She was the eldest of four children, 2 sisters and one brother.

She was married to Fred Borden Feb. 23rd, 1910. Two children were born to this union, Pauline Sheley of Guthrie Center and Irene Gold of Council Bluffs. She also raised

one grandson, Richard Gold, from the age of 5 years. She is survived by her two daughters, 8 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren, one sister

Zelda Kjendalen, two sisters-in-law, Hazel Ditto of Handel, Canada; and Nellie Borden of Sharpsburg who had made her home with her for over sixty years, and many nieces and

nephews. Her husband passed away Oct. 1, 1952, a brother, Roscoe on Nov. 4, 1965, a sister, Veva Farnham Oct. 2nd, 1967 and a grandson, Fred Sheley Jan. 30, 1975. She

leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, 8 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, one sister and two sisters-in-law.

She joined the Presbyterian Church when a young girl. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sadly missed.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 6, 1975


Bridgeman, Alice Julia -

Alice Bridgeman, 87, died at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Corning Monday, Oct. 13th.

Alice Julia Bridgeman was one of ten children born to John and Margaret Bridgeman.  She was born and raised in Adams County and became a teacher at age 18 and taught for about 25 years throughout the Adams County area.

In 1928 she moved to Creston where she resided with her brother, John.

She entered the nursing home in 1970.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth of Lenox and a twin sister Mary of Denver, Colo.,  a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Corning Oct. 16th at 10 a.m., with Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Kovacs, officiating.

Interment was in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

Music was by Eleanor Kelly, organist.

Casket bearers were Duane Eigenheer, Bill Westlake, Harold Donaldson, Fred McCard, Pat Swain and Leo Ryan.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 23, 1975


Bunting, Raymond Vaughn -

Raymond Bunting; 82, a longtime resident of Adams County, died Friday, October 3rd after a period of failing health.

Raymond Vaughn Bunting, son of Marion and Laura Conrad Bunting, was born Dec. 9, 1892, in Adams County, Iowa, and passed away Oct. 3, 1975, at the age of 82 years, 9

months and 25 days.

He was married to Eva Priscilla Johnston Feb. 25th, 1914. This union was blessed with three daughters and one son, Mrs. Arthur (Merle) Burkhalter of Creston, Mrs.

Carl (Vera) Bovaird, Corning, Mary Bunting of Phoenix, Arizona and Wayne Bunting at home. Their entire life was spent in Adams County except for eight years in the state of South Dakota.

He is survived by his four children, two sons-in-law, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Lawrence of Eugene, Oregon; Hugh of

California, and Francis of Algona, Iowa; three sisters-in-law and six nieces and nephews, plus a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva, in May 1971, his parents, one sister, Ruby, and two great grandchildren.

He was a member of the Mercer Center Methodist Church and was always active in many community affairs.

He was happiest when doing for others. One of his greatest joys was having his family near him.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 6th from the Larkin-Roland Funeral Home in Corning at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Floyd Newbrough officiating.

Music was furnished by Dorothy Cook, organist and Donna Peckham, vocalist.

Bearers were Everett Meyer, George Schafroth, Harold Riley, Lee Brokaw, Ivan Bissell and Tom Staples.

Interment was in Fairview cemetery in Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 9, 1975


Clayton, Mary L -

Mary L. Clayton, 83, died about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, August 16th at the Lenox Nursing Home where she had been a resident only a few days following a week spent

in the Rosary Hospital in Corning for tests and treatment.

She had been in failing health for some time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl in 1959.

They had spent their married life near Clearfield farming and were the parents of three sons.

Mary moved to Clearfield several months ago.

Final rites were held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Lenox with burial in the Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 28, 1975


Cowan, Everett R -

Everett R Cowan, former resident, died Thursday Oct 16th.

Mr. Cowan, the son of Wm. Everett and Ella Cowan, was born near Miami, Mo.  Sept. 6, 1894.

In 1900, he, with his parents moved to Lenox, Iowa, where he grew to manhood. After graduation from Lenox high school he went  to college in Chillicothe,, Mo. After completion of that course he became a sales agent for the Cotton Belt railroad in Kansas City, Mo.

A few years later he and Mrs. Thelma Beatty were married and he was transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was promoted to general sales agent of the state for the St. Louis Southwestern rail road lines.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church and also the Masonic lodge. He was very conscientious in his work, and anything short of the best would not do.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Thelma, his sister, Jessie Thompson son, his great great niece, Sherry Sprague, two great great nephews, Roger Curphey of Sioux City, Ia., and James Curphey of Golethe, Calif.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Claude (Effie) Reynolds and a brother-in-law, Claude Reynolds of Lenox, three nephews, Thurman Curphey of Sharpsburg, Kenneth Curphey of Omaha, D. Wm. Everett Thompson of Albany, N. Y., and a niece, Mrs. Peggy Merrick of Sacramento, Calif. and their families.

Funeral services were held in Tulsa, Okla Oct 20th.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 23, 1975


Day, Vernon -

Vernon L. Day, 57, died unexpectedly Monday at a hospital in Iowa City. He was a resident of the Gravity area, and was expecting to return to his home Monday when he

suffered a heart attack.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Varner funeral home in Clearfield with the Rev. Ross Keyt of Gravity officiating. Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.

Mr Day is survived by his widow, Opal, five sons, his father, Clarence Day of Lenox, and two sisters, Thelma Huber of Des Moines and Lila Huntsman of Creston. Also a daughter, Mrs Ernest (Carol) Smith of Gravity.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 20, 1975


Denton, Chester Schwartz -

Funeral services were held for Chester Denton, at the United Methodist Church in Denton, Kansas October 27th, with the Rev. John R. Davidson officiating.

Chester Swartz Denton, the oldest son of William W. Denton and Amelia Swartz Denton, was born Aug. 22, 1900 on the family homestead southwest of Denton, Kansas, and

died Oct. 24th, 1975 at the Methodist Medical Center, St. Joseph, Mo.

He was a life time member of the United Methodist Church, Denton, Kansas. He attended common school classes, in Normile School District and Denton high school. At

the age of 15, after his father's death he quit school and became the man of the family.

He took the responsibility of the farm, helping his mother care for his younger brothers and sister, Allen, Orville, Walter and Hazel.

Chester was united in marriage to Agnes Sharp on May 3, 1925 in Severance, Kansas.

He was associated with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a Field Manager, managing properties at Oswego, Kansas, Carbondale, Colo., and Creston, Iowa.

He was engaged in farming operations and cattle feeding in the Lenox, Conway and Shenandoah, Iowa areas.

Approximately a year and a half ago, he and his wife Agnes moved to St. Joseph, Mo.

Surviving are his wife, Agnes of the home, his brother, Orville of Independence, Kansas; two sons, Byron of La Mesa, Calif., Keith of Conway, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs.

Milford (Audrey) Gray of Shenandoah, Iowa and Mrs. Richard (Winnifred) Hanna of Pullman, Washington. Other survivors are his eleven grandchildren and one great

granddaughter and many nephews and nieces.

Music for the services was provided by organist Mary L. Johnson and a trio consisting of Lois Wright, Audrey Roberts and his granddaughter, Crystal Gray.

Bearers were Dennis Winchester, Tom Roberts, John Pauley, George Roberts, Gerald Scheutz and Phillip Harrison. Honorary bearers were Hampton Wintermute, Sam

Thrasher, Loren Baker, Geo Barrans, Sim Beemer and Walter Triplett.

Burial was at the Denton cemetery, Denton, Kansas.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 6, 1975


Finn, Leo Francis -

Leo Francis Finn, 85, a long-time Boone county resident, died Friday morning, Nov. 7th, in the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

He was born Aug. 20, 1890, at Lenox, Iowa the son of Patrick Finn and Nora Kelly. He farmed in Boone county for many years before retirement.,

Mr. Finn, a World War I veteran, was a member of Arthur D. Lantz Post No. 56, American Legion, and Boone County World War I Barracks.  He was also a member of Leo Council No. 714, Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart.

The deceased was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.  Those surviving are his wife, Marybelle of Boone, a daughter, Mrs Robert (Martha) Bloom of Boone, two sisters, Mrs Henry Carlson; Casper, Wyoming and Mrs Robert Scott, Webster City, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Father Thomas C Nash officiating.  Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 27, 1975


Hoker, Henry -

Henry Hoker, 69, husband of Allene Brand Hoker, died November 18th at a hospital in Chicago.

Relatives attending the funeral from here were Dr. and Mrs E R Pennebaker, a sister-in-law, Lily Bel Philpott, a sister-in-law, and a niece and her husband, Mrs Robert Basler.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 27, 1975


Morris, Claude James -

Claude J. Morris, retired farmer, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1975 at Greater Community hospital, in Creston where he had been a patient for two weeks. Mr. Morris was 76

years of age.

Claude James Morris, the son of Ezekiel H. Morris and Myrtle Shively Morris, was born December 7, 1898. He was united in marriage to Helen Elizabeth Butler Mar. 18, 1920. Mrs. Morris passed away Jan. 12, 1973.

Survivors include 3 sons, Kenneth of Clearfield, Robert of Lenox and Hal Dean of Kent; one daughter, Mrs. Darrell (Marjorie) Reynolds of Lenox and 3 sisters, Mrs. George Anderson of San Diego, California; Mrs. Henry Weller of Truro, Iowa, and Mrs. Edward Bricker of Miami, Ariz.

Twelve grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren plus a host of friends survive.

Funeral services will be held, today (Thursday) Sept. 25th at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with Rev. Floyd Newbrough officiating.

Bearers will be Lewis Morris, Monty Morris, Paul Morris, Chris Evans, James Comes and Stuart Kolosick.

Honorary bearers are Todd Morris, James Louden, Larry Sweeney, Hugh Vogel and Terry Brown.

Music will- be furnished by Norma Paymal, organist and Billie Jean Barker and Marilyn Beck, vocalists.

Burial will be in West Fairview cemetery.

There will be a memorial fund established.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 25, 1975


Morris, Claude James -

Claude James Morris, 76, a long-time resident of the Lenox community, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 23 at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston.

Claude, son of Myrtle (Shively) Morris and Ezekiel H. Morris, was born December 7, 1898 on a farm near Kent in Union County.

On March 18, 1920 he was united in marriage to Helen Elizabeth Butler of Lenox. To this union four children were born.

Their early years were spent together on farms in Adam and Union counties. In March of 1933 they moved to their present farm, north of Lenox. Claude entered the

Creston Manor nursing home in the fall of 1973 where he resided until he entered the Greater Community hospital September 11, 1975.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church; retired farmer and charter member of the N.F.O., and had several terms as a supervisor of Adams County.

His family and friends were very dear to him, and he was happiest when he was busy and doing things for others. He was appreciative and thankful for the many kindnesses

and courtesies extended to him. This was especially so during the last years.

Proceeding him in death were his dear wife, Helen; his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Morris, a sister, Hazel, and two great grandsons, Thadeous Louden and Aaron Jay Morris.

Left to cherish memories are his daughter, Marjorie Reynolds and husband, Darrell of Lenox, three sons, Kenneth and wife, Helen Jean of Clearfield, Hal Dean and wife,

Pat of Kent, Robert and wife Verna of Lenox, 12 grandchildren, Lewis Morris, Connie Comes, Kathie Kolosick, Susan Loudon, Nancy Brown, Peggy Sweeney, Monty Morris, Paul Morris, Janie Vogel, Angel Evans, Joni Morris and Todd Morris. Eight great grandchildren, Holly Sue Sweeney, Brent Jason Morris, Christopher Robert Evans, Betsy Jolene Sweeney, Chad Jason Comes, Kelli Renae Kolosick, Brandon Morris Brown and Alexa Marie Louden, 3 sisters, Neva Anderson and husband George of San Diego, Balke Weller and husband Henry of Truro, Benita Bricker and husband Edward of Miami, Arizona and a host of other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were conducted at the United Methodist Church Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. Floyd Newbrough officiating.

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

Pallbearers  were his grandsons and grandsons-in-law; the bearers were Lewis Morris of Lenox, Monty Morris  and Paul Morris of Kent, Stuart Kolosick of Washington, West Virginia, James Comes of Atlantic and Chris Evans of Lenox.  Honorary bearers were Todd Morris of Clearfield, James Loudon of Creston, Terry Brown of Jefferson, Larry Sweeney of Creston and Hugh Vogel of Lenox.

Interment was in the West Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

There has been a Memorial established for the Blank Memorial Newborn Infant Care Unit in Des1 Moines.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 2, 1975


Orr, John Ardith-

Word was received here by relatives Wednesday morning of the sudden death of John Orr, 53, former resident and businessman of Lenox was a resident of Loveland, Colo,

Mr. Orr had suffered a heart attack Thursday, and had been a patient at Loveland hospital. His recovery had been considered satisfactory and his death at 4:00 Wednesday morning came as a shock by members of his family.

No further information was available at press time Wednesday.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 20, 1975


Orr, James Ardith -

Funeral services for John A. Orr 53, who died Nov. 19th, 1975, were held Nov. 22nd at the Hunter Garden Chapel in Loveland, Colorado, with burial in Loveland Burial Park in that city. Mr. Orr was a former Lenox resident and businessman here.

John Ardith Orr was born July 20, 1922 to John Allen Orr and Venus Edna Brand Orr, and died of a heart attack Nov. 19, 1975 at the age of  53 years, 3 months and 29days. He was in the Loveland Memorial Hospital, Loveland, Colorado at the time of his death.

John was raised on a farm near Murray, Iowa. He married Mae Crabb on Nov. 20, 1942. To this union were born three daughters, Ardeth Ann, Merry Elizabeth and Betty Sue.

John and his family moved to Lenox, Iowa in 1954 where he owned and operated the Orr's "66" Service until he moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1968. There he was self-employed with Mister Ice Sales and Equipment.

Preceding him in death were his father, brothers, and four brothers, Leland, Wendell, Russell and Cecil. 

Survivors include his wife Betty of Loveland, daughter Ardeth McCall and husband Hugh of Littleton, Colo, Merry Henderson and husband John of Loveland and Sue living at home. Four grandchildren, Chad and Damon McCall, and John and Heather Henderson. His mother, Venus Brown of Osceola, Iowa and a host of relatives and friends.

John was a very soft spoken and passionate man, always giving but never asking or expecting anything in return.  He was a loving husband and father, putting his family and home above all else.  He once said there was no such thing as a stranger and he lived this all his life by being a friend to all.

Pallbearers were Kelly Brown, John Hodson, Cleve King, Bean Bryant, OrLee Simon and Bill Stokes.

He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday December 4, 1975


Plants, Orval Louis -

Orval Plants, 69, died at his home September 20, with final rites being held Monday.

Orval Louis Plants, son of Jesse and Margaret Plans, was born in Adams County, Iowa, November 11, 1905.  He passed away at his home here Sept. 20 at the age of 69 years and 10 months.

He attended school in Lenox and was later engaged in farming in the area.

He made his confession of faith at an early age.  He was united in marriage with Bernice Archibald June 5, 1929 and they were engaged in farming in the Lenox and Clearfield area.  To this union were born a son and a daughter.

In January 1975, he and his wife retired to their present home in Lenox.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, 1 son Dean and wife Wilma of Lenox and daughter, Donna and her husband Joe, O'Connell of Denver,

Colorado. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Douglas and Darren Plants of Lenox, Connie Joens of Bellevue, Nebraska, Sharon Worthington of Council Bluffs, Patty, Mike, Karen, Kathy and Debbie O'Connell of Denver; two great grandchildren, Carrie and Chris Joens; three sisters, Ila Moore of Nodaway, Iowa; Myra Jackson of Corning and

Beryl Brown of Hudson, Iowa. A number of nieces and nephews, a sister-in-law, three brothers-in-law, and an aunt also survive.

He was a loving husband, father and  grandfather and his loss will be shared by his family and a host of friends.

Rev Donald Briley, of Prescott, officiated at the services held Monday afternoon, Sept. 22nd at 2 o'clock from the Lenox Christian Church.

Music was furnished by Ruth Boltinghouse, organist, and Billie Jean Barker and Helen Brokaw, vocalists.

Bearers were Hollis Naven, Howard Rogers, R. Dwain Boyer, Dale Jackson, Reldon Jackson and Leslie Jackson.

Interment was in East Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 25, 1975


Routh, Gladys Irene England -

Gladys Irene, youngest of nine children, was born Oct. 23, 1903 to Joseph and Margaret Shay England of Tingley, Iowa. She left this life quite suddenly after a short

illness on August 31st, 1975 at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston.

Gladys was united in marriage to Glen Routh on Dec. 14, 1921. And the two were very lucky to celebrate a very happy and healthy golden wedding anniversary in 1971 with

many relatives and friends to share their happiness. To this perfect union was born three children, Hazel (Mrs. Darwin Sollars) of Indianapolis, Ind., Delbert of Diagonal, Ia., and

Betty Jo (Mrs. Cecil Miller) of Lenox, Iowa. Shortly after their marriage they together joined the Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Sam, Elmer, Jerry, Walter and Ed.

Left to mourn her passing are her devoted husband, Glen and their three children and their mates, Hazel and Darwin Sollars, Delbert and Bernadine Routh and Cecil and

Betty Jo Miller. Also six grandchildren, Wendell Sollars and wife, Linda and daughters Sherry and Sandy of Blairstown, Ia.; Roe Sollars and wife, Margaret and son,

Matthew Roe of Columbus, Ohio; Delberta Routh Cronbaugh and husband Marvin and daughter Kisha Kay of Kent, Iowa; Debbie Routh of Des Moines, Ia.; Barbara Miller

of Omaha, Nebr., and Carla Miller of Lenox:, Iowa.

Also surviving is one brother Harry England and wife, Jossie of Creston, Iowa, and two sisters, Pearl and her husband Bert Routh of Lenox, Iowa and Mary and her husband,

Claude Baker of Albion, Iowa, also by two sisters-in-law, Vera England and Leona Huffman both of Clearfield, plus many nieces and nephews and cousins. Also add to those

who are deeply mourning the loss of a very dear person all the friends and particularly those who were friends of her children and grandchildren, and looked on her as an extra

mother and grandmother. Far too many to count are the young who affectionately called her "Grandma Gladys."

An "outdoors person" she was never happier than in her old farmer clothes doing her chores, always doing more than her share and keeping up with the youngest. One of her

greatest joys was having a crowd of relatives or friends around to feed and to fuss over. And more than anything she enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren, always

more than willing and able to babysit. This was one of the joys that kept her young and happy until the day God called her home.


Final rites were conducted Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 1975 from the United Methodist Church in Clearfield at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. L. C. Brown officiating and burial in the

Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 11, 1975


Schneckner, John H -

John H Schneckner, 84, of Creston, died Friday, Nov. 21.

Survivors include his widow, Hilda and relatives from the area include a brother-in-law Verne Schofield and wife from Creston, and a nephew, Lloyd Schofield.

Services were held Monday with burial at Evergreen cemetery at Red Oak.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 27, 1975


West, Elsie Rogers -

Elsie Rogers West, daughter of Lewis and Mary Rogers, was born in Monroe County, Iowa, July 18, 1882, and passed away in the hospital at Dixon, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1975.

She was 93 years, 1 month and 4 days old.

She spent the last 14 years of her life at the home of her daughter, Hazel Stauffer at Polo, Illinois.

At the age of 11, the family moved to a farm 2 miles north of Mt. Etna, Iowa.

On Dec. 27, 1905 she was united in marriage to Clarence West at her parent's home. They lived the rest of their married life on a farm east of Prescott. Three children were

born to this union, Estella, Lester and Hazel.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 10th, 1959, one brother Harry, and a sister, Florence Roberts.

She is survived by her children, Estella Shenefelt of McPherson, Kansas; Lester West of Prescott, and Hazel Stauffer of Polo, Ill. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs Eva Wood of Creston, nine grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews

Services were held Sunday August 24th, at the Salem Church of the Brethren at 1:30 with Rev Elmer West, officiating.

Music was furnished by Irma Fuller, organist and Marie West, vocalist.

Bearers were Dale Shenefelt, Leslie Shenefelt, Melvin Lolling, Steven Lolling, Maurice Sullivan and Dean West.

Interment was in Salem Church cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 28, 1975