Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Agnew, Nina Gertrude Reynolds -

Funeral services were held Oct. 2 at Nodaway Methodist Church for Nina Gertrude Reynolds Agnew, 76. The Rev. Steven

Wainwright officiated and burial was in Nodaway Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gayle Heard, Fred Grof, Marvin Phillips, Larry Gaunt, Marvin Baldwin and Olin Strait.

Sutphen Funeral Home of Villisca was in charge.

Born Jan. 25, 1909, in Wayne County, Iowa, Mrs. Agnew had resided in Adams County most of her life.

She was a daughter of Perry and Nora Mason Reynolds.

She and Floyd Agnew were married July 12, 1933, in Bedford.  He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Agnew was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Ladies Circle, and was a Gold Star Mother. She loved to quilt and sew,

but her greatest pleasure was in doing things for her family.

She leaves three sons, Harold of Glenwood, Tom of Davis City and David of Nodaway; six brothers, Everett, Horatio, Herbert,

Woodrow, Darrell and Francis; four sisters, Evan Hagie, Ruby Agnew, Ruth Adam and Imogene and seven grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 9, 1985


Bennett, Bernice Margaret House -

Funeral services were held Sept. 14 at the First Christian Church in Clearfield for Bernice Margaret Bennett, 81. She died

Sept. 11 at the Lenox Care Center.

The Rev. Shirley Lockard and the Dr. Jack Cutbirth officiated and burial was in Clearfield Cemetery.

Pallbearers were LeRoy Beggs, Merle Swank, Jim Wurster, Harold Nelson, Willis Wurster and George Reynolds.

Wilson-Watson Service was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bennett was born Aug. 23, 1904, near Clearfield, a daughter of Harry and Maggie Jeanes House.

She and William Donald Bennett were married Feb. 23, 1927, and farmed in the Lenox and Clearfield area. She moved into

Lenox after his death in 1979, and had resided in Lenox since.

She was a lifelong member of the Christian Church and faithfully attended services as long as her health permitted. She was

a kind and loving, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by a son, Ivan, of Clearfield; two daughters, Lois Rodman and Joan Parker, both of Omaha; 12 grandchildren

and nine great children. She also leaves a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 25, 1985


Boyer, Teddy Roosevelt -

Funeral services for Teddy Roosevelt Boyer, 73, were held recently in this area. He died Sept. 18 in a Des Moines hospital.

A son of James G. and Grace Dunn Boyer, Teddy Boyer was born June 15, 1912, on a farm near Sharpsburg. He had resided the

past 12 years in Clearfield, but remained a loyal member of the Sharpsburg community.

He attended public schools in Sharpsburg area and Blue Grove Christian Church.

He and Freda Morris were married in 1932. Following her death some years later, he and Audrey Nickel were married in 1971,

and moved to Clearfield in 1973.

After Mr. Boyer's retirement from farming, he was associated with Cemetery Monuments of Clearfield.

He was a member and elder of Sharpsburg United Presbyterian Church at the time of his death. He had an extensive collection of

antique tractors, which he often drove in parades.

He leaves his wife, Audrey, of the home; three sisters, Velva Boyer of Bedford, Lela of Lenox and June of Grand Junction,. Colo.;

and two brothers, Willard of Lenox and Marvin of Clearfield.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 9, 1985


Bristow, Minnie Marguerite Dowling -

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox for Minnie Marguerite Bristow, 78.

Mrs. Bristow died Nov. 14.

The Rev. Carl Cummings officiated and burial was in North Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

Pallbearers were Jim Helm, Joy Maynes, Ron Fulk, Dallas Fulk, Bill Coleman and Lonnie Maynes.

Born Oct. 2, 1907, at Maryville, Mo., Mrs. Bristow was a daughter of the late Raymond and Mayme Coleman Dowling. She attended

schools in Nodaway County, Missouri and was graduated from High School at Hopkins, Mo. She was graduated from Northwest

Missouri State University in 1964, and was a school teacher 24 years.

She and Harold Dopp Bristow were married Feb. 4, 1933.

She enjoyed her family and loved teaching.

She leaves two sisters, Mildred Wray of St. Joseph, Mo., and Virginia Perry of Napa, Calif.; a number of nieces and nephews and

several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband and their only child, a son, Gary; and a brother, Donald.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 20, 1985


Gillespie, Wilma Eva Donaldson -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Larkin-Bender. Funeral Home in Lenox for Wilma Eva Gillespie, 62.

Dr. Jack Cutbirth officiated and burial was in East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Pallbearers were Leroy Johnson, Clyde Davis,

Robert Norton, Dale Cooper, Don Miller and Myrle Henderson.

Mrs. Gillespie died Oct. 5 at Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda.

She was born Jan. 21, 1923, at O'Neil, Neb., only daughter of George Rudder and Eva Wilma Filbert Donaldson. The family moved

to the Gravity area when she was a child, and she attended schools there, being graduated from Gravity High School.

She was employed as a secretary for Boeing Aircraft Corp. in Seattle, Wash., during World War II, and later resided on farms

in the Lenox and Creston areas. She had also been employed as a bookkeeper at Younker's in Des Moines. She had been in failing

health several years, and during that time had made her home with her brother, George.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She leaves a daughter, Joan Kay Shope of the state of Oklahoma; two sons, Gene Gillespie who is in Germany, and George

Gillespie of Marshalltown; a brother, George Donaldson of Tripoli, and her mother, Eva Evans of Plattsmouth, Neb. Also surviving

are three grandchildren, and a niece, Kathryn Layton of Corning.

She was preceded in death by a half-brother, Orville.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 16, 1985


Madden, Helen Marie Short -

Funeral services .for Helen Marie Madden, 81, were held Oct. 18 at Larkin Funeral Home in Creston. Mrs. Madden died at

Mercy Hospital in Des Moines Oct. 15.

Dr. Roger Russell, pastor of Creston First United Methodist Church, officiated and burial was in Graceland Cemetery there.

Pallbearers were Robert Beecher, Hal Dean Morris, Richard Fehrle, Russell Ambrose, Kenneth Fogle and Ray Madden.

Born March 10, 1904, on a farm near Conway, Mrs. Madden was a daughter of William and Matilla Short. She was reared on

the family farm and attended rural schools.

She and Harry Madden were married March 8, 1927, in Bedford and they farmed in the Kent community.

Mrs. Madden was an excellent cook and housekeeper, but working outside on the farm was her special enjoyment. She always

had a large garden while her health permitted. She was dedicated to her husband, helping him on the farm and in politics during

his tenure in  the Iowa legislature.

She was a member of the Ladies Legislative League in 1964, and served for many years on the Democratic Central Committee in

Union County. She was also a member of a card club.

She leaves her husband of the home; a son, Dale, of Kent, and two grandsons; and a sister, Grace Horton of Clearfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 23, 1985


Matthews, Kenneth Eugene -

Kenneth Eugene Matthews, son of the late Robert and Maye Matthews, died Oct. 26 at the age of 68.

Born Feb. 3, 1917, on a farm near Maloy, he was reared in the Clearfield area and was graduated from Clearfield High School. He

attended college in Maryville, Mo., and Grand Island, Neb.

He worked in construction during World War II, and was a carpentry and trades instructor at Southwest Community College 11


Following an earlier marriage to Abagail Schneider, he was married to Mildred Sayler on July 27, 1957.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

His joy was in doing things with his family, especially his grandchildren; and with the students in his classes. He was always

available to those who needed his help.

He leaves his wife, Mildred of the home; a brother, Carroll Matthews; a sister, Roberta Cook; two stepsons, Larry Dean Sayler

and Wayne Lee Sayler; one granddaughter and five grandsons.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 6, 1985


Reynolds, Althea Williams -

Graveside services were held Dec. 4 at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox for Althea Reynolds, 79. Ms. Reynolds died at Lenox

Care Center Dec. 1.

The Rev. Lester Hesseltine officiated and pallbearers were George and Robert Reynolds, Dave Holben, Roy Bennett, Lyle Nelson

and Dick Gray.

Born June 30, 1906, Althea Reynolds was a daughter of Newton and Addie Whiteside Williams.

She was reared in the county where she born, Montgomery County, Missouri, and was married to Chauncey Reynolds.

She is survived by a brother, Herbert Williams of Bellflower, Mo., and three sisters, Georgia Edwards of Ellsburg, Miss., Elizabeth Dunbar of Middletown, Mo., and Ida Copenhaver of Wellsville, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 11, 1985


Reynolds, Marybelle Friedmeyer -

Funeral services were held Sept. 27 in Bakersfield, Calif., for Marybelle Friedmeyer Reynolds, 70, who was fatally injured in a

traffic mishap Sept. 21.

Pastor Clyde Rowe of Des Moines officiated. Pallbearers were Darrell Reynolds of Lenox, Francis Reynolds of Des Moines, Woodrow

Reynolds of Corning, and Everett Reynolds of Greeley, Colo., all brothers-in-law; and Richard Farman and Paul Vehlewald.

Mrs. Reynolds was. born Dec. 17, 1914, in Polk County, Iowa.

She leaves her husband, Herbert, of the home in Lake Isabella, Calif., and two sons, Donald and Herbert Jr., both of

Los Angeles, Calif.

Her husband and his brothers are natives of Adams County, Iowa.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 9, 1985


Robinson, Nona -

Memorial services were held at St. John's Catholic Church in Omaha Oct. 7 for Nona Robinson, 95, who died there Oct. 4.

She was a former resident of the Lenox community, having been graduated from high school here prior to teaching three years

in a rural school in this area.

She had resided in Omaha most of her life, and served as principal of the English department of North High School there

many years prior to her retirement.

Born Aug. 2, 1889, Nona Robinson was a daughter of the late George and Fanny O'Beirn Robinson.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harry "Bob" Robinson.

Miss Robinson never lost touch with those with whom she worked and with her many students. In her later years, she often

did private tutoring.

She was a cousin of the late Dessa Carruthers, Mark, Frank and Blaine Robinson of Lenox.

She is survived by a cousin, Eva Smith of Lenox, and two nieces and their families.

Jo Walter and Jeanine Lanteri of Lenox attended memorial services.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 6, 1985


Shaw, Marion Cheese -

Marion Cheese Shaw, sister of Ray Cheese of Lenox, died at a care center in Loveland, Colo., Nov. 18 after a long illness.

Born May 14, 1915, in Lenox, she was a daughter of the late Florence and Harry Cheese. She and Carl Shaw were married Feb. 1,

1936, and resided in northern California most of their married life.

They moved to Loveland in 1983 to be near her brother, Hal Cheese and family.

In addition to Ray and Hal Cheese, she is survived by her husband, Carl; a sister, Lola Martindale of Maryville, Mo., three

nieces and four nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 27, 1985


Stream, Ralph Willis -

Funeral services for Ralph Willis Stream, 78, were held Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Church in Lenox. Dr. Jack Cutbirth officiated, and burial was in North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Pallbearers were Harry and Gary Freeman, Kenneth Young, Ron Fulk and Tim and Dean Finch.

Mr. Stream died Sept. 21 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Mbines.

A son of George and Elnora Brooks Stream, Ralph Willis Stream was born July 9, 1907, on a farm four miles northeast of Creston.

He moved with his family into Creston at the age of three, and attended schools there. Later, the family moved to a farm in Platte Township of Union County.

On March 15, 1930, he and Dorothy Bowen Eckler were wed at Red Oak. They farmed near Lenox until 1952, when they moved into


Mr. Stream is survived by his wife of the home in Lenox; three sons, Harold of LeMars, Lloyd of Atkinson, Ill., and Howard of

Carter Lake; a daughter, Helen Nelson of Lenox; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a brother, Dean Stream of New

Sharon; a sister, Georgia DeHart of Sunnyville, Calif., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 2, 1985


Teply, Maxine Delores McDonald -

Funeral services were held last Tuesday at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Creston for Maxine Teply, 68, of Creston. Mrs. Teply

died a week ago Sunday at Greater Community Hospital in Creston following a heart attack.

The Rev. Roger Russell officiated at services and burial was in East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Maxine Delores Teply was born Oct. 2, 1917, in Cromwell, a daughter of Howard and Vira Purciance McDonald. She resided in

Cromwell and Creston prior to her marriage to Stan Teply on April 18, 1948. From then until 1956, she was a resident of Lenox.

In 1956, she moved to Creston.

She was a bookkeeper, and a member of the First United Methodist Church and American Legion and VFW auxiliaries.

She leaves her husband, Stan, of the home in Creston; a daughter, Mrs. Greg (Shirley) Volkmar of Bedford; a son, Joseph of

Spillville and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister.

A memorial fund has been established for the intensive care waiting room at Greater Community Hospital.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 13, 1985


VanSickle, Andrew Edward -

Andrew Edward VanSickle, 63, died Sept. 13 at his home in Clearmont, Mo. Services were held Sept. 15 at the Clearmont United

Methodist Church, with burial in High Prairie Cemetery in Elmo, Mo.

He was the father of Rita Miller of Milford, Neb., former editor of the Time Table.

He was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Elmo, Mo., and was a lifelong resident of Nodaway County.

Mr. VanSickle was a veteran of World War II and a retired truck driver. He was a member of Clearmont United Methodist Church,

Elmo American Legion and Clearmont Community Club, and was a Clearmont city councilman.

He leaves his wife, Lucille, of the home in Clearmont; three sons, James of Tulia, Texas, Larry of Oregon, Wis., and Dale of Kirksville,

Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. David (Rita) Miller of Milford, Neb., and Lisa VanSickle of Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren and one

great grandchild.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 2, 1985


Welch, Roy Franklin -

Last rites were held Oct. 19 at the First Christian Church in Lenox for Roy Franklin Welch, 78, who died at his home in Lenox

Oct. 16. Dr. Jack Cutbirth and Don Jensen officiated and burial was in East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Larkin Bender Funeral

Home in charge.

Pallbearers were Bert Shawler, Curly Cain, Lyle John, Don Jensen, George Wurster and Curtis Kinker.

Born in Lenox Nov. 21, 1906, Mr. Welch was a son of Harry Frank and Mabel Romine Welch. He was reared in Lenox and

attended schools here. Except for seven years working in eastern Iowa some years ago, he had resided in Lenox all his life.

He and Bernice Davidson were married in Maryville, Mo., on Jan. 29, 1934.

He was a member of the First Christian Church 48 years, and had served as a trustee. A cement contractor, he used his skill in

doing many projects at the church. He believed in, and supported, his community. The past few years, he had enjoyed walking

around town visiting friends.

He leaves his wife of the home; two daughters, Carolyn Stewart of Creston and Mary Louise Stewart of Hardin, Mont.;

six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Winslow.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 23, 1985