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


Brown, Charlie Odis -

Charlie O. Brown, 60, of Clarinda passed away at 10 a. m. Tuesday Sept. 3 at Municipal Hospital in Clarinda after a heart attack.

He leaves his wife, Bernice, one son, Jimmie D., who is overseas, one daughter Sharon Kay at home, his father O. M. Brown of Conway, two sisters

Mrs Grace Selders of Lenox and Mrs Oma Kirby, and one brother Marvin (Skeeter) Brown of Bedford, formerly of Lenox.

No arrangements for the funeral had been made yet.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 5, 1963


Brown, Charlie Odis -

Charlie Odls Brown, son of Odis M. and Mary E. Brown was born October 11, 1902 on a farm southwest of Sharpsburg, Iowa, and departed this life

September 3rd, 1963, at the age of 60 years 10 months and 22 days, at the Municipal Hospital at Clarinda, Iowa. He had spent the most of his life in Taylor

and Page Counties, with exception of two years in Minnesota and four years in Omaha, Nebr.

He joined the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg on March 19, 1938 and later joined the Christian Church in Clarinda, March 23, 1958.

On August 10th, 1938 he was united in marriage to Brenice C. Creveling of Sharpsburg, la. To this union two children were born; a son, Jimmy Dee and one

daughter, Sharon Kay.

Those who preceded him in death were his mother, August 24, 1955, two brothers, Roy M. August 10, 1935, and Clyde D. June 28, 1947, one sister, Daisy

May, June 27, 1953.

Survivors: his wife Bernice, a son, Al-2 Jimmy Dee of California, a daughter, Sharon Kay and daughter-in-law Judy. His father, O. M. Brown of Conway,

two sisters, Mrs Lawrence (Oma) Kirby of Bedford, Mrs Theodore (Grace) Selders of Lenox, and a brother, Mr Marvin (Skeeter) Brown of Bedford, and other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and a friend to everyone.

Funeral services were held at Walker Funeral Home on September 8, 1963. Burial was in Memory Garden at Lenox. Pall bearers were Leonard Brown,

Howard Brown, Donald Trost, Russell Creveling, Virgil Kirby, and Leonard Sobotka. Clergyman Rev. Ralph G. Allen, soloist Mrs C. Bruce Grossman,

organist Aletha L. Hatchings.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 12, 1963


Carter, Charles Patrick -

A car-pedestrian accident at 5:15 p. m. Monday resulted in the death of Charles Patrick Carter, 7, son of Mr and Mrs Bill Carter and a grandson of

Mr and Mrs Clark Moore. The boy suffered head injuries and a fractured right collar bone when hit by a pickup driven by William Barrans. He died at

10:30 p. m. that evening at Rosary hospital.

The accident occurred in the middle of the block on Illinois street, south of the city park. Mr Barrans was blinded by the sun and did not see the boy.

The accident was unavoidable, according to officers. Several boys were near the road, including the older brother of Charles.

The family had formerly lived in California and had lately been staying at the Moore home. The boy was in the second grade.

The accident report was covered by Nelson Ledgerwood, City Police, and Kenneth Brown of the Highway Patrol.

Services will be Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Bender Funeral home, the Rev. James Eddy officiating, with burial in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 3, 1963


Cassill, Clarence B -

Clarence B. Cassill, 82, former Mayor of Lenox and for more than 20 years a member of the State Auditor's staff, died in a Corning hospital Tuesday night,

after a short illness. He came to Lenox as a merchant in 1913.

He was born Feb 10, 1881, in Garner, la. He married Lida Gertrude Cramer and the Cassills celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary June 12 this year.

He was active in civic, Republican and the Presbyterian church activities. As a young man he played semi-pro baseball in the Garner and Lenox areas.

Survivors include his wife; sons Ernest C of Pompano Beach, Fla.; Harold W. of Sioux City; and Clyde V. of Iowa Falls: daughters Mrs. Alice Pixley

of Indio, Calif., and Mrs. Lois Clarkson of Lexington, Ky; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p. m. Friday at the Bender Funeral home in Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 15, 1963


Cochran, Eleanor Mary Turner -

Mrs J H Cochran, 94, died at her home here Friday. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Bender Funeral Home, with burial in Blue

Grove cemetery.

Mrs Cochran is survived by three daughters, Mrs Effie Black and Mrs Herm Beemer of Lenox and Mrs Paul McKelzey of Monroe, Mich.; three

sons, Harry of Wadsworth, Kan., John of Council Bluffs and Bud of Salem, Ore., and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 29, 1963


Cochran, Eleanor Mary Turner -

Eleanor Mary Turner, daughter of John and Mary Ann Turner, was born in Birmingham, England, May 27, 1869, and passed away August 24, 1963 at the

age of 94 years, 2 months, and 24 days in the home of her daughter, Effie Black in Lenox, Iowa.

When she was six years old she came with her parents and two sisters to St. Louis, Mo., where they lived a short time, moving from St. Louis to Davenport,

la., and then to a farm near Lenox.

She was united in marriage to Joseph H. Cochran in 1890. To this union was born nine children.

Preceding her in death were two sons, Frank and William, and one daughter, Mrs Ida Bennett. Surviving are Effie and Ruth of Lenox, Harry of

Wadsworth, Kansas, John of Council Bluffs, Florence of Monroe, Mich., and Glenn of Salem, Oregon. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs Ethel Dunbar

of Lenox, and one brother Frank Turner of Independence, Oregon, ten grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren.

She was a member of the Lenox Christian Church (1927) and let her Christian faith find expression in love and humility towards all who knew her. Her

Christian living was an influence to brighten and gladden the world about her.

Services were held Tuesday, August 27, 2:00 p. m. at the Bender Funeral Home with Rev. David A Shaeffer officiating. Interment was in the Blue

Grove Cemetery west of Lenox. Mrs Ruth Boltinghouse was organist and Mr Roland Buxton was the soloist.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 5, 1963


Eckels, A Raymond -

Rev. A. Raymond Eckels, 86, died late Saturday night at the Rosary hospital in Corning after suffering a stroke. He had served as pastor many years in

Presbyterian churches in Port Townsend, Wash., and Plainsboro, N. J. He grew up in this community and returned here about a year ago.

Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church in Lenox at 2 p. m. Monday with Rev. James Eddy officiating. Burial at Penney Farms, Fla.

Survivors include three sisters Mrs Lillian Scott of Lenox, Mrs Anna O'Riley, Waseca, Minn., Mrs Dora Chute, Corning; two brothers, Warren, of Lenox,

Clyde of Jacksonville, Fla., and a number of nieces and nephews.

One brother Ed preceded him in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 5, 1963


Fawcett, Alice Henry -

Mrs Allie Fawcett of Castor, Alberta, Canada, passed away Aug 7, 1963, Mrs Fawcett was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs A A Henry of Lenox. A sister

Jessie Lyddon of Menlo, la., passed away March 1, 1663.

Mrs Fawcett leaves to mourn her husband Norman Fawcett, five sons, Archie, Bob, Jack, Bill and Norris, and a number of grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mrs

Effie Duckett of Seattle, Wash., Mrs Jack Graydon of Lacombe, Alberta, Can., Mrs Fred Frank of Green Grass, Calif., and one brother, Carmon Henry of Yucaipa, Calif.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 29, 1963


Finn, Elizabeth (Lizzie ) -

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Finn, 87, died early Monday morning at the Lenox nursing home. Services were Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St Patrick's Catholic church

in Lenox with Stephen W. Kane officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery, Rosary Tuesday at Bender's funeral home.

Surviving are a brother, A. J. Finn, of Jefferson, la., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 19, 1963


Hagee, Charles R -

Rev. Charles Hagee, 57, of Mound City, Mo., died Friday, Aug. 2, at his home. Funeral services were Monday at the Christian Church at Mound


Survivors include his widow Ruth; 7 children, Joan, Charles Jr., Gary, Sue, Jimmie, Gayle and Ross; 7 grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. E. T. Hagee, Sr.

Joseph, Mo., and Lester Hagee, Branson, Mo.

The deceased ministered to the Lenox Christian Church at one time.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 8, 1963


Hagee, Charles R.

Funeral services for the Rev. Charles R. Hagee were held Monday, August 5, 1963 at the First Christian Church, Mound City, Mo , with burial in the

Mound City Cemetery. The Rev. W. L. McGrew, Kansas City, Mo., a long time friend of the Hagee family, officiated.

The Rev Hagee was born at Ava, Mo., on July 11, 1906. He was ordained as a Christian minister on July 11, 1926. He was an army chaplin during

World War II.

He served pastorates in Pickering, Mo., Muscatine and Exira before coming to the Christian Church in Lenox in 1945. He served here 2 years. He then

preached in Stanberry, Mo., and later moved to Mound City where he was pastor for 10 years.

Rev Hagee loved the outdoors and spent much time in hunting and fishing. He had received hunting trophies from 11 states. In 1952, the pastor took

a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

He was active in civic affairs and contributed his time and effort to many community projects.

Rev Hagee became ill in January, 1960, and made many trips to the hospital at Rochester, Minn. He tried every known medicine and experiment, but

could find no cure for the cancer which took his life on August 2. He continued to serve his people at Mound City until June 16.

He survived by his devoted wife, Ruth; five sons, the Rev. Charles R. Hagee, Jr., Buckner, Mo.; Gary of St Joseph; Joan Estes of Kansas City; and Sue,

Jim, Gale, and Ross Hagee at home; 2 brothers, the Rev. B. P. Hagee, St. Joseph, and Lester Hagee, Branson, Mo.; and 7 grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 15, 1963


Lillie, George -

Funeral services for George Lillie, 67, of Essex, were held Saturday at 2:00 p. m. at Hackett's Funeral Home in Shenandoah, after his death last Wednesday.

Burial was at Essex.

Survivors are his wife, Josephine, 1 daughter, Mrs Darlene Trullinger, Denver, Colo., 1 stepson, Wayne Lillie of Calif., 2 sisters Mrs Mary Haden of

Missouri Valley, Mrs Pauline Williams of Laramire, Wyo., 3 brothers Jim of Lenox, John of Brooks, Fay of California, 2 grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 1, 1963


Morey, Verbal Eugene -

Verbal Eugene Morey, son of Belle and Russ Morey, was born on a farm north of Mt Ayr on June 3, 1900 and passed away quietly in his sleep at home on

July 27, 1963.

When a small boy, his parents moved to Oklahoma where they lived for two years. They then came to a farm in Taylor County, where Gene grew to


He joined the Clearfield Baptist Church as a young man, later transferring his membership to the Clearfield U. P. Church where he was a member until his death.

On November 10. 1926, he was united in marriage to Hazel Barnhill. They established their home on a farm south of Clearfield. To this union was born 3

daughters and one son: Verla Deene Monk, Kirksville, Mo., Norma Jeanne Beggs, Clearfield, Leona Mae Mahoney, Des Moines, Richard of Clearfield.

Because of ill health, Gene and Hazel moved to the present home on February 19, 1960.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel on June 4, 1963.  Since that time his son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Jeannine, have made a home

for him in the Clearfield residence.

Also preceding him in death were his father, mother, and one brother.

Those who are left to cherish his memory are his 4 children, 14 grandchildren, his mother-in-law, Mrs Amy Barnhill, 2 brothers, Harry and Russell all

of Clearfield, 2 sisters, Mrs Bernice Beatty, Seymour, Mrs Avis Alexander, Gravity, a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held in the Clearfield U. P. Church on Monday, July 29, Rev. Herbert Phillips and Rev. Harvey Ruegsegger officiating. Interment in the Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 8, 1963


Rechsteiner, Martin -

Martin Rechsteiner, 83, died at the nursing home at 9:30 p.m. Monday. He had been ill and a patient at the nursing home for about two years.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a. m. Thursday at St Malaohy's Catholic church at Creston. Rev Pr Patrick O'Shea will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary

cemetery. The Rosary will be said at the funeral home at 3 and 8 p. m. Wednesday.

Martin Rechsteiner was born Feb 21, 1880, at Wittenberg, Germany. He was the son of Mathew and Frances Delanz Rechsteiner. He was married

at Waldsee, Germany Jan 21, 1907, to Agatha Reich, who preceded him in death Jan 9, 1935.

Mr Rechsteiner came to Union county in 1912 and was a farmer in the Creston community for many years before retiring in 1944. He lived in California

from 1944 to 1954. He returned to Creston in 1954 and lived at 309-1/2 south Elm street until he became ill and entered the nursing home here about

two years ago.

He is survived by six children, John of Los Angeles, Calif., Martin of Lenox, Carl of San Diego, Calif., Mrs John (Mary) Hayes of Creston, Mrs Art

(Rose) Hayes of Yuma, Ariz., and Mrs L R (Louise) McDonald of Sinton, Tex.; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and two brothers, Rev Fr

Winfrid Rechsteiner, O.S.B., at Buckfast Abbey, South Devon, England, and Wm Rechsteiner of Carroll. A son, Rev Fr. Leo Rechsteiner, O.S.B., an army

chaplain, died in the Philippines in 1944.

Mr Rechsteiner was a memben of St Malachy's Catholic church and the Knights of Columbus.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 10, 1963


Riley, Roy -

Funeral services were held Sunday Aug. 11 at the Salem Church of the Brethren for Roy Riley, 71, of Creston. The Rev. Charles Colyn officiated.


Roy, son of Mary and John Riley, was born April 5, 1892, and passed away at the Greater Community hospital in, Creston August 8, 1963. He had been in

ill health for the past three years suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Roy was the sixth child in a family of twelve brothers and sisters and grew to manhood on the farm near Mercer Center where he was born. When a

young boy he united with the Methodist church at Mercer Center. Later he was baptized into the Salem Church of the Brethren where he has remained

a faithful member.

He was married to Verda Casey February 18, 1914. They spent the first years of their married life on farms in Taylor, Adams and Union counties later

moving to their present home near Creston where Roy was engaged in carpenter work. Two children were born to this union, Le Roy E. and Lola E., both

of near Afton.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and one sister, Bernice at home; three brothers, George of .Prescott, Ralph of Helena, Mont., Fred of

Millerton and also a grandson, Larry Dale of Afton. He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife, his two children; a son-in-law, Dale Purviance; a

daughter-in-law, Lottie Riley; one grandson, Lonny Dean Riley; five brothers, Bob of Lenox, Frank and Clyde of Creston, Merrill of Corning, and Albert

of Eagle Grove. Also two sisters, Cora Swartz of Lenox and Evelyn Scott of Nevada, Mo., and a niece, Darlene Riley of Omaha who made her home with

them when a small girl. Also many in-laws and relatives and a host of friends.

Roy was a quiet, unassuming man, a kind husband who was pleased when he had his family about him especially his grandsons of whom he was very fond.

Music at the funeral was by Mrs Elsie Riley and Mrs Cecile West accompanied by Mrs Ruth Hettinger. Pall bearers were Melvin Riley, Elvin Riley, La-

Verne Riley, John Riley, Carl Riley and Eugene Swartz. Interment was in the Greenlawn cemetery at Afton.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 15, 1963


Schafroth, Fred -

Fred Schaforth, 80, died in San Juan, Tex., Friday evening. The funeral and burial were there Monday.

Mr Schaforth was a brother of Mrs Kate Miller and grew up in the Mercer Center neighborhood.

Three brothers and three other sisters survive.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 8, 1963


Sprague, Howard Emmert -

Howard E. Sprague, 54, well known mechanic and Veteran of World War II, died Wednesday, at the Veterans Hospital in Omaha, Nebr., following a

lengthy illness. He was born in Grant, Iowa and had lived in Lenox since 1944.

Funeral services were Saturday from the Bender Funeral Home with Rev David Shaeffer officiating. Burial was in the Lenox Cemetery.

Survivors are his widow Martha, 1 son Harry, and a daughter-in-law Mrs Sheryl Sprague; his father Ben of Villisca; 2 sisters Mrs Eva Tieman of Benton

and Mrs Alice Conway of Corning; 4 brothers, Everett, Bakersfield, Mo., Richard, St. Joseph, Mo., Dallas, Heyward, Calif., and Vernie, Zephyr Code, Nev.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 26, 1963


Sprague, Howard Emmert -

Howard Emmert, the son of Mr and Mrs Ben Sprague was born December 1, 1908 at Grant, Iowa. He died September 18, 1963 at the Veterans Hospital in

Omaha, Nebr., at the age of 54 years, 9 months and 17 days.

He attended school in Grant and Morton Mills then finished his schooling at Corning High School.

He married Martha Stapleton of Lenox, on April 8, 1933, in Creston. To this union one son, Harry Lee, was born.

Howard was a skilled mechanic and car salesman at Corning for 14 years then at the Ordnance plant at Ankeny. He worked there until he entered the service

in the U. S. Army on March 27, 1944. After his discharge he went into the garage business in Lenox with his son Harry Lee until ill health forced

his retirement.

In the Army he served in the South Pacific from Hawaii to Korea via the South Pacific Islands and Okinawa. He was with Heavy Field Artillery as

a mechanic and maintenance man.

He has been a member of the American Legion since soon after his discharge. He was baptized and received as a member of the Community Church of

Morton Mills.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, Mrs Blanche Sprague.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife Martha of Lenox, his son Harry Lee and daughter-in-law Sheryl Sprague of Lenox, his father of Villisca,

three sisters, Mrs Eva Tiemann of Benton, Mrs Alice Conway of Corning and Mrs Vernie Ellen Marcinko of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; three brothers, Everett of

Bakersfield, Mo., Richard of St. Joseph, Mo., and Dallas of Hayward, Calif., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 3, 1963


Winslow, George Roy -

George Roy, son of Samuel and Rosella Winslow was born August 26, 1890 and departed this life July 17, 1963 at the age of 72 years 10 months and 21

days at his farm home near Sharpsburg where he spent his entire life.

He was united in marriage to Mary E. Loveland and to this union four children were born, Edgar L. of Bedford, Paul M. of Sharpsburg, Jennie D. England

of Clearfield and Eldred N. Briear of Burlington.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, sister Mary and brothers Bert, Jasper and Elmer. He is survived by his wife Mary, four children, twelve

grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, sister Eva Arnold of Spangle, Washington, and brothers Albia of Lenox and Orin of Seattle, Washington.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and will be sorely missed by his wife and family besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 8, 1963