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

Bricker, David E -

David E. Bricker 63, who had operated a dry cleaning business in Greenfield for many years, died suddenly at the Adair County Memorial Hospital Tuesday

afternoon, November 22nd. He had been admitted to the hospital for treatment the previous Saturday.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. Friday at the Greenfield Methodist Church. Rev. Anthony Blankers officiated. Burial was in the Greenfield Cemetery.

Mr. Bricker is survived by his widow, Irene; a daughter, Mrs. Franklin Carlson; and four grandchildren, all of Greenfield; a sister Mrs. Melba Coburn of

Des Moines; and three brothers, John and Glenn Bricker of Greenfield and Orville Bricker of Lenox.

Those attending the services other than Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Bricker were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Thomas, Mrs. Don Tyler and Mrs Francis Folcey.

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


Fitzgerald, John -

John Fitzgerald, 58, of Grand River, died Thursday, January 5th of a sudden heart attack. Mr. Fitzgerald was doing chores on his farm at the time.

He leaves his wife and six children, two brothers, Orville Fitzgerald of Conway and Roy of Omaha, and a sister, Mrs. Edna Leighton of Lenox.

Services were held Sunday at the Methodist Church at Grand River with burial in that town.

Mrs. Leighton and son Dale of this city and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Fitzgerald of Conway attended the services.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 12,1967


Godden, Cora Isabel Gordon -

Cora Isabel Gordon was born March 31, 1873, in Peoria, Illinois, and passed away at the Rosary Hospital, Coming, Iowa, Jan. 1, 1967.

Her early years were spent on a farm in the Peoria area, where she attended school. When she was sixteen, the family came to Iowa, and settled in Taylor

County, in what was known as the Blue Grove area. Cora and her family were active in the Church there.

On Oct. 19, 1904, she was united in marriage to William A. Godden, at Creston, Iowa. To this union was born three children, Theron Livingston, Stanley

Eugene Godden, and Hazel Verlee Godden. They lived in the Lenox area on the farm until 1948, when they moved to Rock Island, Illinois.

Cora devoted her life to her family. She was also active in the Lenox Christian Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Hazel Verlee Greenhagen, of Rock Island, Illinois; two granddaughters, Virginia B. Bance, Milan, Illinois, Lynn K. Calvin,

Iowa City, Iowa; one great grandson, Todd Douglas Calvin, Iowa City, Iowa; two sisters, Marian Josephine Hegwood, of Lenox, Essie L. Gordon, Oakland,

California; two daughters-in-law, Arlene Godden, Chicago, Illinois, Velma Godden, Lenox; two grandsons-in-law, James L. Bance of Milan, Illinois, Douglas

Calvin, Iowa City; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, and one grandson, Paul Gordon Anderson.

Services were held Tuesday, January 3 at Bender Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor David A. Shaeffer of the Lenox Christian Church officiating.

Interment was at the Lenox Fairview Cemetery. Organist was Mrs. Ruth Boltingohuse and soloist was Roland Buxton.

Bearers were Wes Crouch, Don Barker, Jesse Barker, Wayne McFee, James Calvin, and Leland Hegwood.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 12, 1967


Haering, Elizabeth Wurster -

Elizabeth Haering, daughter of Christopher and Katherine Wurster, was born at Lenox, la., on April 15, 1880 and passed away at the Rosary Hospital in Corning on Nov. 15, 1966 at the age of 86 years and 7 months.

At an early age she united with the Christian Church of Lenox. On May 25, 1904 she was married to Samuel Haering of Lenox who preceded her in death in 1963.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Bryan (Pearl) Eberle, Mrs. Keith (Martha) Hamilton; one son, Herman Haering; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren;

four great grandchildren, one sister, Lena Stamets; and two brothers, George Wurster of Roundup, Montana, and Fred Wurster of Lenox.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband,  one daughter, Leona, two sisters, Amelia Basler and Kate Eberle; two brothers, Jack Wurster

and Harry Wurster.

Services were held at the Bender Funeral home in Lenox on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. with Rev. James Eddy officiating. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Pall bearers were Gene Paymal, Harvey Wurster, Kenneth Eberle, Bill Eberle, Bob Basler and Gordon Jackson.

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


Henderson, Hattie -

Hattie Henderson, daughter of Robert and Francis Brown Henderson, was born on August 17, 1879. She died on Monday afternoon, November 29th, 1966

at the age of 87 at the Rosary Hospital in Corning. She was a lifetime resident of Lenox vicinity having lived on a farm east of Lenox until 1950 when she

moved into town. She had also lived at the Clearview Rest Home in Clearfield for several years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Fred and her father and mother. Her only survivors are cousins.

Hattie enjoyed the fellowship of her friends in the United Presbyterian Church and the community.

Funeral services for Miss Henderson were held on Wednesday, November 30th at 2:00 p. m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox with the Bender Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Rev. James E. Eddy conducted the service.

Bearers were Don Bennett, Ben Wurster, Harold Carey, Forrest Whipp, Walter Wurster and George Ferguson.

Burial was in the Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

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


Henderson, Jay H -

Jay R. Henderson, 75, prominent resident of the Lenox community, died Wednesday evening, December 28th at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa. Mr. Henderson had been a patient in the hospital since Friday, Dec. 23rd.

He had been in the downtown area of Lenox Friday afternoon and suffered a coronary attack. He was taken immediately to the hospital in Creston.

Mr Henderson had retired from active work following a career which found him serving as treasurer of Taylor County and later as owner of the Gamble store in Lenox for fifteen years, retiring in August, 1939.

Earlier in life he served as a school teacher in the Clearfield school. He was an elder, choir member and active in the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Bessie, and a host of friends in Lenox and the surrounding community.

Funeral services were pending at this writing.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday December 19, 1966


Kimsey, Eva -

Mrs. John Kimsey, 79, a former resident of Lenox, died at Chariton Monday morning, Jan. 9th.  Death came at the Yocom hospital in Chariton where she

had been a patient six months.

Mrs. Kimsiey lived in Lenox from 1916-1922, during which time her husband operated the Fair store. She had resided in Chariton since 1945.

Survivors include her husband John of Chariton, three daughters, Mrs. Louise Dwyer of Chariton, Mrs. Georgetta Brown of Decatur, Ill., and Mrs. Alice Erixson

of Chesterfield, Missouri.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Beardsley-Fielding funeral home in Chariton at 1:30 with Rev. John Bauserman officiating. Interment was in the cemetery at Russell, Iowa

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 12, 1967


Magrath, Caroline -

Mrs. Caroline Magrath, 77, of Lenox died at the Rosary Hospital in Corning, Tuesday night, Dec 27.th.  Services will be  held Friday, Dec. 30, at 10:00 a. m.

at St. Patrick's Church in Lenox. Rosary will be at 8:00 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at the Bender Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Lenox.

Her only immediate survivor is Mrs. Esther Smith of Lenox. The late Mrs. Harry Cheese was a cousin.

She was preceded in death by her husband about twenty years ago while they were residents of Chicago.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday December 29, 1966


Reed, Addis Milo -

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 16th at 2:00 o'clock at the Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa for Addis Milo Reed, who passed away

at the Rosary Hospital in Corning, Iowa Monday, February 13, 1987, at the age of 64.

Addis, son of the late John and Lenora Reed, was born June 18, 1902. He was united in marriage to Ann Daniel June 27, 1956.

Surviving are his wife, Ann, a step son Larry, several step-grandchildren, four brothers: Ralph of Indianola, Iowa; Glenn of Ellston, Iowa; Harley of Condo, North Dakota; and Johnny of Lenox; two sisters, Mary Ferris of Des Moines and Helen Ferris of Osceola, Iowa besides nieces and nephews and a host of friends

and neighbors.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and a brother Harry.

Rev. Edward Tshetter officiated at the services. Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 23, 1967


Rubin, Zola Norwood Starr -

Zola Norwood Rubin, the daughter of Oscar W. and Lela Ralston Starr was born on a farm near Villisca, Iowa Nov. 11, 1895 and passed away from a sudden heart attack at her home hear Lenox, Dec. 11, 1966 at the age of 71 years and 1 month.

She received her education in the Nodaway schools and was graduated from Des Moines University in Des Moines. She taught school in the Elementary grades in Ames, Creston, Rural Taylor County and later in the Sharpsburg schools.

She was married to Clarence Rubin, Sept. 18, 1926 at The Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, Iowa and they made their home in Corning where Mr. Rubin was sheriff of Adams Co. In 1934 they moved to their present farm home 5 miles west of Lenox.

Mrs. Rubin was a member of the Methodist Church in Lenox and a member of the WSCS, a past Worthy Matron of the Corning chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Sunshine Sisters Neighborhood club.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Rubin, one sister, Marie Repass, a brother-in-law, William Repass of Villisca, Iowa, brothers-in-law Fred Rubin of Corning and Lonnie Rubin of Denver, Colo., two half brothers-in-law, five half sisters-in-law; one aunt, Mrs. Ben J. Gibson of Des Moines, and a number of cousins.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist Church at Lenox by the Rev, Floyd Newbrough on December 14, 1966 with the Bender Funeral home in charge. Pall Bearers were William Wurster, William Paul, Orval May, Ernest Nook, Duane Dougherty and John Cade.

The flowers were cared for by Miss Mary Maloney and Mrs. Agnes Paul. Music was by Mrs. Lonnie Barker and Mrs. James Beck accompanied by Mrs. Eugene Paymal.

Burial was in the Methodist Grove Cemetery south of Brooks.

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


Smith, Clifford -

Clifford Smith, a former resident of Lenox, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Smith, passed away at his home Tuesday in Omaha, Nebraska. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 2nd at 1:00 p. m. at the Crosby Knold Funeral Home at 32nd and Farnam, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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


Spring, Cora -

Mrs. John (Cora) Spring, 76, of Villisca, Iowa, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 28th at the Rosary Hospital in Coming. She is survived by her husband, John

of Villisca, two sons Clyde of Prescott and Roy of Brooks, Iowa, one daughter Mrs. Ed Naven of Brooks, and a number of grand and great-grand children

including a granddaughter Mrs. Kenneth Black of Lenox.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p. m. at the Central Funeral Home in Villisca.

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


Stephens, Evelyn Knox -

Mrs. Evelyn Knox Stephens, resident of Taylor County was born July 19, 1903 at Clearfield, Iowa. She passed away at the Rosary Hospital in Corning on

February 12, 1967 at the age of 63 years, 6 months and 24 days.

She was the daughter of Howard and Mary Knox. After graduating from Clearfield High School she attended Iowa State University at Ames for two

years. She was married to Wilson Stephens on January 30, 1927. Two children were born to this union. Surviving are her husband, a daughter Enid and

her husband Robert J. Huegel of Denver, Colorado; a son Ivan Stephens of Clearfield, his wife Shirley and two grandchildren, Shanda and Sherry; also one

sister Miss Winifred Knox of Lenox. Her parents and two brothers have proceeded her in death.

She was a member of the Greenwood Church, transferring her membership to Clearfield Methodist Church when the Greenwood congregation disbanded.

She was an active member of Greenwood Ladies' Society and the Prairie Gem Club. For several years she served as a member of the Taylor County Family Living Committee. She was also an assistant 4-H Club Leader and Committee woman. She will be greatly missed by a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held February 15, 1967 at the Clearfield Methodist Church, Rev. Edward Tschetter officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Jane Whitmore, accompanied by Mrs. Viva Mahoney.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 16, 1967


Vogel, Rosa Maude Scott -

Rosa Maude Scott, daughter of Charles A. Scott and Mary Adeline Miller Scott was born in Lincoln Township, Adams County, Iowa, August 14, 1882.

She departed this life February 2, 1967 at Lincoln Center at the age of 84 years, 5 months, and 18 days.

She was united in marriage Jan. 31, 1906 to William E. Vogel in Lincoln Township at the home of her parents. To this union ten children were born: six sons, Earl, Russell, Glen, Don, Ralph and Ray; four daughters, Mrs. Verle (Helen) Mosman, Mrs. Boyd (Wilma) Schafer, Mrs. Leo (Alice) Johnston, and Mrs. Rex (Beulah) Bissell. She is survived by five sons, three daughters, six daughters-in-law, three sons-in-law, one sister, Mrs. Lillie Miller of Lenox, 29 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband William in March, 1954, one daughter, Mrs. Alice Johnston, and her husband Leo in January, 1952, one son Earl in

May, 1957, one grandson Robert Bissell in July, 1962, three sisters Mrs. Florence Kimpson, Mabel Kemp, and Daisy Mae Scott and five grandchildren who died in infancy.

She became a member of the Potter Chapel Church at an early age, and when it closed she transferred her membership to the Lincoln Center Church where she worked untiringly until the time of her death.

Her entire life was spent within four miles of her birthplace.

Services were held Sunday, Feb. 5, 1967 from the Lincoln Center Methodist Church with Rev. Edward L. Sullivan officiating. Music was furnished by Donald Drennan, Dale Calkins, Stanley Evans and Roy Penfold. Mrs. Beryl Roberts was pianist.

Russell, Glen, Don, Ralph and Ray, her five surviving sons, and a grandson, Donald Vogel served as pallbearers.

Mr. and Mrs. John Cimock and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Schafer served as flower bearers.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 16, 1967


Wurster, Harold Dean -

Memorial services were held at the Lenox Christian Church on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2:00 p.m. 1967 for Harold Wurster.

Rev. David A. Shaeffer, minister of the Church, officiated. Mrs. Ruth Boltinghouse was organist; and Mr. Roland Buxton was soloist. Interment was in the Lenox Fairview Cemetery.

Harold Dean Wurster, son of Mary and Clifford Wurster, was born on the family farm west of Lenox, Iowa on Sept. 6, 1946, and passed away at the Veterans

Administration hospital in Des Moines on Jan. 22, 1967, at the age of 20 years, 4 months and 16 days, after a prolonged illness of several months.

Harold was a member of the Christian Church of Lenox, la., having taken membership in the church by confession of faith and baptism on March 22, 1959;

He was a sometime member of the Church's Youth Gospel Team. All of his schooling was received in the Lenox community schools.

As a member of the U. S. Navy he served his country one and one-half years.

Harold was of a quiet disposition and most happy in the great out-of-doors. He received a personal satisfaction from such sports as hunting, fishing, and trapping. His was also a great lover of horses and he seemed most happy in handling and riding his horse.

He is survived by his parents, one brother, Gary, a sister-in-law Marilyn, a nephew, Scot, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs John Wurster of Lenox and Mary Holmes and a host of relatives and friends.

Paul Bearers were Dick Walter, James Rusco, Leo Hingeley, Mick Bennett, Howard Rogers and LaRell Wilkinson.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 26, 1967