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

Brammer, Lawrence Eugene (Larry) -

Larry Brammer, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brammer, who live six miles south of Lenox, died at the Greater Community hospital in Creston at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. The youth had been injured when the tractor he was operating overturned August 20th.

The boy had been in critical condition with abdominal and chest injuries since the accident at the family farm late in the afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 20.

He had undergone extensive surgery.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bender funeral home at Lenox.  Rev. Wilburn Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. His body will be at the funeral home until time of the services.

The boy was pinned beneath the tractor when it overturned while he was operating it in a pasture at the family's farm.

He is survived by his parents, three sisters, Pat, Vickie and Lexine, and two brothers, Wayne and Allen, all at home, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Brammer of Kent and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wurster of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 1, 1966


Brammer, Lawrence Eugene (Larry) -

Lawrence Eugene Brammer was born May 25th, 1953 at Corning Iowa and passed away August 30, 1966 at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa.

He spent his entire life on a farm south of Lenox and attended the Lenox Community School. He helped his grandfather and older brother with the farming, and during his spare time he enjoyed playing the accordion and selling products.

He was selling Christmas cards only a few hours before his accident. He attended the Pleasant Hill Church with his family during the past year.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Brammer; two brothers, Wayne and Allen; three sisters, Patty, Vickie, and Lexine; both maternal and paternal

grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Wurster and Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Brammer; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services were held last Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox, The Rev. W. L. Bennett of Mt. Ayr, Iowa officiating. Songs sung were Mansion Over the Hilltop and I'm Bound for That City, by Mrs. Bennett. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 8, 1966


Casey, Clifford George -

Clifford George Casey, son of Franklin and Adella Miller Casey, was born May 28th, 1891 about one half mile from where he has lived the last forty-eight

years. He joined the Mercer Methodist Church in 1917.

He was married to Margaret Haggerty, in Adams County February 27, 1918. To this marriage the following children were born: Ila (Mrs. Lyle Eivins)

of Kent; Florence (Mrs. Charles Jones) of Corning; Wilma (Mrs. Robert Armagost) of Des Moines. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his bother

Lloyd of Lenox; his sister, Mrs. Fay Crouch of Kent and an infant son.

Mr. Casey served in the army during World War I. He has been a farmer in his home community all of his adult life.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Margaret; a sister, Mrs. Roy Riley of Creston; four daughters; and four sons-in-law; six grandchildren, Larry

Stevens, Mrs. T R Henderson, Doyle Reynolds, Charliesa Jones, Klinton Jones and Margaret Armagost, and one great grandson, Bradley Stevens, a number of other relatives and a host of friends. He enjoyed a close and dear relationship with his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, and father and a good neighbor to all.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 8, 1966


Cornelison, Guy -

Guy Cornelison of Maryville, who achieved some recognition as a composer of music, died at his home there at the age 78. He was related to the Hewitt

family here.  He is a native of Ringgold County, near Clearfield. With his daughter, Mrs. Clifford Taylor of Diagonal and his son, Dan of Maryville, he

gave a concert here at the United Presbyterian church a few years ago.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 30, 1966


Dresher, Lillie Dell Stevens Clark Brand -

Mrs. Liliie D. Dresher, 93, mother of Mrs. E. R. Pennebaker of this city, died at the Nursing Home Monday, October 10th. She was born Sept. 1, 1873,

and had been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 2 p.m. from the Sharpsburg Methodist Church with Rev. E.S. Tschetter officiating. Burial was in Gravity, Iowa.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 13, 1966


Dresher, Lillie Dell Stevens Clark Brand -

Lillie Dell Dresher passed away way at the Lenox Nursing Home on Saturday, October 8, 1966 at 10:45 p.m. at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 7 days.

Llllie Dell Stevens was born in Vinton County Ohio on Sept 1, 1873 and was the daughter of Nancy Jane and Fentley Madison Stevens. She had two brothers  and five sisters, all of whom have preceded her in death, but three sisters; Mrs Flora Clark of Burlington Junction, Missouri, Mrs Grace Thomas, Kansas City, Missouri, and Mrs Pearl Clark, Shenandoah, Iowa.

When quite young she moved with her parents to North Star, Missouri, where she grew to womanhood.  On April 3, 1903 she was united in marriage to Charles Curtis Clark.  Three daughters were born of this marriage, Mrs Ira (Pearl) Pfander, Creston, Iowa, Mrs Evea Marsh, Iola, Kansas and Mrs Leonard (Mabel) Grimm, Sharpsburg, Iowa.  After being a widow she lived a few years in Blanchard, and married George R. Brand in May 1904.

In 1906 they moved to a farm 4 miles west of Sharpsburg. Three daughters were born of this marriage; Mrs. Doctor Everett (Bessie) Pennebaker of Lenox, Iowa, Mrs. Henry (Alene) Hoker, Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs Mason (Lilly) Philpott, Council Bluffs, Iowa, who are all living. Mr. Brand died January 1925.

Being again left a widow she was married to Jess A Dresher, October 5, 1929.  Mr Dresher passed away on December 22, 1946.

Mrs. Dresher has lived in Taylor County for 61 years and in Sharpsburg for 52 years. She went to the Lenox Nursing Home 4 years ago, and remained there until her death. She leaves to mourn her passing, her six daughters and five sons-in-law. One son-in-law and one grandson preceded her in death. She also leaves sixteen grandchildren, 26 great grand-children. five great great grandchildren, three step grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Mrs. Dresher was a loyal friend and neighbor and a good church member, having belonged to the Methodist Church during the 52 years she lived in Sharpsburg.

Funeral was held at the Methodist Church in Sharpsburg and interment in the Gravity Cemetery.


Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 20, 1966


Eckler, Elizabeth Lillian (Bessie) Armstrong -

Memorial services were held at Bender's Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 20, for Mrs. Bessie Eckler, long time resident of the Lenox community, who

passed away at Rosary Hospital in Coming on Monday, July 18, 1966. She had reached the age of 82 years, 9 months and 29 days.

Rev. David Shaeffer, minister of the Christian Church, officiated at the service. Mrs. Ruth  Boltinghouse was organist and Rolland Buxton soloist. Interment

was in Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Elizabeth Lillian Armstrong Eckler, daughter of Walter and Mary Farquhar Armstrong, was born Sept. 19, 1883, on a farm in Page County near Coin. At an

early age she moved with her family to a farm home 2 miles west of Lenox. She received her education in the country schools in that area.

She was united in marriage on Dec. 24, 1907 to Charles William Eckler at the home of her aunt near Neponset, Ill. To this union two children were born;

Wlllard Floyd, deceased and Mrs. Mildred Luella Edgar of Atlantic. Mrs. Dorothy Vernice Stream of Lenox is a foster daughter.

Mrs. Eckler was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her only son; a sister, 2 brothers and 2 half brothers.

She leaves to mourn her passing: two daughters, 1 half-sister and 3 half-brothers, sister-in-law Mrs. Flora Donaldson of Lenox, 8 grandchildren, 7 great

grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Lenox Christian Church, having made her confession of faith at a youthful age. Throughout her active church life she served in

the Womens organizations of her church, first in the Thursday Girls and later in the Christian Womens Fellowship.

Mrs Eckler was of a quiet disposition, and was most happy when she was able to attend the Worship Services of her church. Her interests were such that she was content to serve the Church and her family with loving and devoted loyalty. She will be missed by many.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 21, 1966


Emig, Lizzie Hickman -

Lizzie Hickman Emig, daughter of Albert and Nettie Hickman, was born July 10, 1891, near Kellerton, and departed this life May 19, 1966, in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr at the age of 74 years, 10 months and nine days.

On December 31, 1913, in Leon, she was united in marriage with Charles Emig, and of this union were born four children - Harold, of Marion, Grace (Mrs.

Lawrence Combs), of Kellerton, Gerald of Conway, and Wayne of Lamoni. By a former marriage were born a daughter, Winnie (Mrs. Russell Laird), of

Creston, and a son, who died in infancy. The husband and father passed away on July 29, 1938.

In her youth, Mrs. Emig became a member of the Tuskeego Baptist Church. Later, she placed her membership with the Christian Church in Kellerton.

She was faithful in attendance at Sunday school and worship services and active in the work of the church as long as health permitted.

She was born, reared and spent her entire life on the same Decatur county farm. When her health failed and she could no longer live alone, she entered

the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. On September 19, 1965, she suffered a stroke of paralysis and was taken to the Ringgold County Hospital, where she was

cared for until God called her home.

She was never happier than when someone needed her help. She loved her children and grandchildren and her family was her pride and joy. While

living alone for so many years she was brave and tried not to be a burden to anyone.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son; one grandson and a brother, Carl.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are five children; 20 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren, and a brother, Ronald Hickman, of Lamoni.

Funeral services were held May 22, from the Kellerton Christian Church, conducted by Mrs. Cela Fugate. Allen Hughes sang "In The Garden" and "Beyond

the Sunset," accompanied by Mrs. Weldon Meadows, organist. Casket bearers were Richard O'Dell, Ronald Smith, James Payton, Burbin Padgitt, Gerald Laird and Porter Havely. In charge of the flowers were the Mesdames Stella O'Dell, Bernice O'Dell, Pearl Leonard and Lois Smith. Interment was in the Maple Row Cemetery at Kellerton. [Maple Row Cemetery]

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 16, 1966


Henderson, Earl McKinley -

Earl McKinley Henderson, son of Laura M. Bennett and Joseph Alexander Henderson, was born July 20, 1894 at Coin, Iowa, and passed away at the Veterans

Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on July 31, 1906 at the age of 72 years and 11 days.

He was united in marriage to Susie M. Fearnot on January 26, 1928 at Creston, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Veryla Lou Crouch of Bloomington,

Indiana and Melvin Earl of Kansas City, Mo.

As a young man he joined the Presbyterian Church of Sharpsburg, Iowa.

He served his country with Co. D, 351st Inf., 88th Division in World War I. He was the first Commander of the Sharpsburg American Legion Post and at present was a member of the American Legion Parkinson Post No. 250 of Lenox, Iowa. He was also a member of the Taylor County World War I Barracks No. 1366.

After moving to Lenox he was an active worker with the Boy Scout organization.

Those who survive besides his widow and children are a son-in-law, Richard Crouch, two grandchildren, Susie Geneva Henderson and David Earl Crouch, two sisters, Emma Marley of Denver, Colorado, and Viola Short of Lenox, Iowa and many nieces and nephews and a large number of friends.

Those preceding him in death were his parents, three sisters, Mary Newman, June Chitty and Wilma Dugan, four brothers, Jesse, Leroy, Walter and Clark

and two brothers who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held at the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox, Iowa on August 3, 1966 with Rev. Ivo G Randels of Bedford, Iowa, officiating.

Interment was in Walnut Grove cemetery at Bloomfield,  Indiana.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 11, 1966


Larimer, Gertrude -

Mrs. Charles L. Larimer, former resident of Lenox, died in Des Moines, Sunday, August 21st. She is the mother of the late Pat Larimer, and grandmother

of Dick and Charles Gray and Dean and Harold Larimer. They and their wives attended the funeral.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 1, 1966


Lyddon, Lee Ellsworth -

Lee Ellsworth Lyddon, son of George and Jennie Bicknell Lyddon was born April 30, 1890 on a farm south west of Clearfield and departed this life September 15, 1966 at the age of 76 years 4 months and 15 days at his home south of Clearfield where he has lived for 43 years. When a young man he united with the Christian Church of Clearfield, later uniting with the Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War I. At the age of 35 he was afflicted with polio, which he endured patiently.

On November 30, 1920 he united in marriage to Hazel Grace of Clearfield. To this union were born two daughters Helen Roudybush of Kellerton and Hilda Darst of Clearfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother. One granddaughter, Bette Roudybush also preceded him in death in 1962 at the age

of 22 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his widow Hazel, the two daughters, two sons-in-law, Earl Roudybush and James Darst, four grandchildren, Jo Ann Darst and Deanna, Gary and Bonnie Roudybush, one brother Bert and a sister Maude, both of Clearfield, other relatives and a host of friends.

His entire life was spent in the Clearfield community, where he will be remembered by all who knew him for his steadfast endurance and abiding inspiration.

Last rites were conducted from the Methodist Church in Clearfield with Rev. B.C. Tschetter officiating on Sunday Sept. 18th, with the final resting place in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mt. Ayr.

Music was by Jane Whitmore and Joan Owens, accompanied by Viva Mahoney at the organ. Casket bearers were: Paul Brown, Dale Brown, Glen Hayes, Horace Nelson, Paul England, and Raymond Stevenson.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 6, 1966


Peacock, Grace May Ellie -

Mrs. A. H. (Grace) Peacock passed away Tuesday afternoon at Rosary Hospital. She had been in failing health for some time.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 1 at 2 pm at the Methodist Church, the Rev. A. L. Cements officiating, assisted by Rev. David Shaeffer.

Mrs. Peacock had lived in Lenox most of her life.  Surviving are her husband, two children, Mrs. E B. Storey of Des Moines and Harold Peacock

of Salt Lake City, Utah, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 30, 1966


Peacock, Grace May Ellie -

Grace May Peacock was born July 8, 1890, in Blanchard, Iowa, to Dr. Herman and Olive Ellie. While she was young the family moved to Lenox.

Mrs. Peacock was the last of four children. There were two brothers, Will Ellie who lived in Lander, Wyo., and Roy whose home was in Los Angeles, Calif.,

also a sister Laura who died at the age of 17.

Grace was married Feb. 28, 1910, to A. H. (Bert) Peacock. They were married in Lenox and have since made their home here,

Mrs Peacock taught piano to approximately 50 pupils and was pianist at the Methodist Church for nearly 40 years.

She was ill many months, passing away at Rosary Hospital at Corning, Iowa, on June 28, 1966. Funeral services were held at the Lenox Methodist

Church, Friday, July 1, with the Rev, A. L. Clements and Rev. David Shaeffer officiating. The final resting place is Fairview cemetery, Lenox.

She leaves her husband; a son Harold H. Peacock, his wife Hilda of Salt Lake City, Utah; a daughter, Mildred, and her husband, Ed Storey of Des Moines;

four grandchildren, Noel L. Peacock of Salt Lake City, Stephanie, San Francisco, Calif.; Sheryl and Eddy Storey, Des Moines, and one great grandchild, Heida

Rae, Salt Lake City.

Mrs. Peacock was a member of the Lenox Methodist Church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 14, 1966


Ritchey, William O -

William O. Ritchey was born April 25, 1879 at Bald Hill, Penn. and passed away at Lenox, Iowa September 13, 1966 after an illness of several months at the

age of 87 years, 4 months and 18 days.

He came to Iowa as a young man and was united in marriage to Dora Mae Bowers on July 4, 1904 and they celebrated more than 62 years of life together.

Mr. and Mrs. Ritchey lived some years in Nebraska at York and Grand Island where Mr. Ritchey was engaged in the real estate business. Later they moved to a farm between Gravity and Conway where they engaged in farming. They moved in 1943 to Lenox where they made many friends during the remaining years of

Mr. Ritchey's life.

He was a member of the Methodist Church and active in attending the services of the church as long as his health permitted.

He is survived by his wife Dora, one brother Jesse of Washington State, several nieces and nephews and friends. One brother and 3 sisters have proceeded him in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 22, 1966


Rundlett, Ralph Lowell -

Ralph Lowell Rundlett, son of Eugene and Sarah Schafer Rundlett, was born in Ida County, Iowa, Aug. 20, 1884 and passed away on July 12, 1966. He

was 81 years, 10 months and 22 days old.

When a young man he attended the Mercer Center Methodist Church, later transferring his membership to Prairie Star Church.

He was married Feb. 1, 1911 at the Corning Methodist parsonage to Eva Pearl Alexander, who preceded him in death Aug. 5, 1959.

To this union four children were born: Harold of Corning, Lester of Kent, Mrs. Sarah Falconer of Creston and Glen of Ottumwa. He is survived by the

four children, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, nine grandchildren, Claudia Else, Mary Lou and Richard Rundlett, Carol and Barbara Falconer,

Linda, Tommy, Timmy and Lori Rundlett, one grandson-in-law, Glen Else; two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Agnes Cornell of Creston, Miss Clara

Rundlett of Seattle, Wash., and Arthur Rundlett of Tacoma; Wash, a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and 5 brothers. He had lived and farmed northeast of Lenox for the past 48 years.

He was a wonderful father and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Services were held Thursday afternoon, July 14 at 2 o'clock at the Bender Funeral home, with burial at the Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 21, 1966


Stringham, Shirley Ann Borland -

Shirley Ann Borland Stringham, daughter of Mr and Mrs John Borland was killed in an auto accident near Clearfield Friday evening, Sept. 2nd. She

was a sister of John Borland of this city.

Shirley Ann Borland Stringham, daughter of John and Merle Borland, was born February 29, 1936 in Adams County, Iowa, and passed away September

2, 1966.

As a child she was baptized at the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox, Iowa. Her early life was spent on a farm near Clearfield. She attended rural

school in Taylor County, and graduated from the Clearfield High School in 1954. That same year she began work at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mt.

Ayr, as a nurses aid, a position she held until her death.

She was united in marriage to Bill Stringham of Mt. Ayr on October 14, 1961. To this union two children were born, David Lynn, 2 years old, and Donna Lou 2 weeks. All her married life was spent in Mt. Ayr.

She is survived by her husband Bill, her two children, David Lynn and Donna Lou, her father and mother, John and Merle Borland, one sister, Catherine of near Clearfield, and one brother, John of Lenox, her sister-in-law, niece and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Her life centered around her family and her work.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 6th from the Methodist Church in Mt. Ayr. Burial was in Mt. Ayr.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 15, 1966


Warner, Mel -

Lloyd Woods, Don Saunders, Hubert Bradley and Lyman Bradley attended the funeral of Mel Warner at Maitland, Mo., Thursday.

Mr. Warner, 53, died suddenly Memorial Day evening of a heart attack. The men from Lenox represented the Stock & Saddle Club at the rites.

Mr Warner had been the clown at the Rodeo here for several years. He had worked with Art Fritcher in Rodeo since he was 18 years old.

He was known here and popular. He also always had a good word for Lenox.

His wife survives.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 16, 1966


Wilson, Earl J -

Earl J. Wilson, 68, of Ames, died suddenly Sunday morning. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Jack Williams, wife of the Time Table publisher. Mr. Williams

was in Lenox Monday, but returned to Colfax and went on to Ames to attend services and be with the family.

The funeral was Tuesday at Ames.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday June 16, 1966