Akers, Francis Wayne -
Francis Wayne Akers was born September 23, 1951 in Maryville, Missouri to Francis
Leroy and Bonnie Lee (Humphrey) Akers. He was married to Barbara Miller on
November 8, 1985 at the Courthouse in Bedford, Iowa.
After graduating Bedford High School Wayne enlisted in the Air Force in 1970 during
the Vietnam War and was stationed in Thailand and Laos. He served until 1973.
Wayne was a repairman on aircraft, truck driver, and the recovery of soldiers among
other assignments. After an honorable discharge from the US Air Force Wayne worked
on constructing the highway and bridge between Clarinda and New Market. Hoover-
NSK opened in Clarinda and in 1976 he started working at the manufacturing plant.
Wayne worked there for 29 years without an absence until May 2005 when he went on
medical leave due to his illness. After nearly a year of fighting esophageal cancer and
other complications, he passed away at Jennie Edmondson Memorial Hospital in
Council Bluffs, IA, Saturday morning, March 25, 2005. He will be missed by family,
co-workers, friends and neighbors.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Geri Miller.
He is survived by his wife Barb of Clarinda; children Shawn Thompson, and wife
Angle of Omaha, NE; Heather and husband Pat Rehder of Omaha, NE; and Cody Akers
of Denver, CO; brother Jeff Akers of Gravity, Iowa; mother Bonnie Akers of
Gravity, Iowa; and two grandchildren Chase Rehder and Kail Thompson.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 Thursday, March 30, 2006 at Trinity Presbyterian
Church, Clarinda, with Rev. Charles Bulger and Dr. Tim Roehl officiating. Burial will be
at Covenanter Cemetery, Clarinda. Family visitation is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Clarinda. Memorials are suggested to Clarinda Fire
Department Ladder Truck, Nodaway Valley Free Clinic, or American Cancer Society.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 29, 2006
Doris V. Baxter, age 87 years, of Omaha, NE., formerly of Lenox, IA; died
March 24, 2006, in Omaha.
Services were Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at the West Center Chapel, in Omaha.
Interment was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Omaha.
She is survived by her husband, John H. Baxter; a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria
and Fred Wolf, all of Omaha. Grandchildren: Marcus Stephens and wife Kaeley,
Andrea Crampton and husband, Steve, and Scott Stephens; great-grandchildren:
Kyle, Adam, Emma and Lorin and a sister, Bertha Williams, Lenox, IA.
She was pre-deceased by her parents, Clyde and Anna Milliken.
Memorials are suggested either to Aseracare Hospice or to Alzheimer's Association.
Arrangements were handled by Heafey- Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries,
7805 West Center Road, Omaha, NE. 68124.
Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 5, 2006
Funeral services for Dorothy Ruth Beal of Portland, Oregon, were held Monday, Feb. 15,
2006, at Mt Scott Funeral Home in Portland. Dorothy, a resident of Firwood Garden
Residential Facility died at home Feb. 10, at age 90.
Dorothy Boyer was born Feb. 26, 1915, in Bedford, Iowa, to George G and Lottie
Dowell Boyer. She grew up in Taylor County where she graduated from Bedford High
School in 1933. She had been a member of the Bedford Christian Church. In 1933,
Dorothy was married to Edwin J, Beal, of Bedford. To this loving union, three children,
Cora (Cokey), Judy and Eddie were born. Dorothy and Ed farmed together for many
years in Taylor County, where Dorothy always had a big garden.
When their son, Eddie was 7, he was riding his bicycle home from rural school on a
country road, when he was hit by a truck, and was in a coma for several months and
suffered brain damage. In order to get better treatment for him, the family sold
everything except a few personal belongings, and in 1955 moved to Oregon. Ed and
Dorothy lovingly cared for their invalid son in their own home until he was 21 when he
moved to Good Shepherd Communities Care Facility in Portland.
Dorothy had a lifelong interest in quilting and made more than 600 quilts, plus
another 200 table runners, wall hangings and placemats. Her great-aunt taught her
to sew when she was six. She practiced by hand stitching around the edges of
handkerchiefs and tea towels. Growing up in Bedford, she made her own clothes, and
later clothes for her children. She made her first baby quilt for her first child, Cora,
and later made a quilt for her bed, which Cokey still uses as a tablecloth.
A quilted wall hanging Dorothy designed and called "The Christmas Star" was
entered in the Oregon Alliance Of Senior and Health Services ageless art contest
last year. Of the more than 130 entries, Dorothy received the Judges Choice purple
ribbon. Her wall hanging was later displayed at the Oregon State Capitol Building in
Salem. Until his death in October 2003 Dorothy and husband, Ed, could be found
quietly sitting on the couch together-she quilting and he making macrame hangings or
counted cross-stitch pictures.
Ed often helped his wife with her quilting projects, including candle-wicking designs on
quilts, one of which was on Dorothy's bed in the care facility.
Left to cherish Dorothy's memory are her daughters, Cora Jones, and husband, Bud
of Portland and Judy Skipton, Portland; son, Edwin L. Beal of Good Shepherd
Communities, Portland; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Joe Boyer, Bedford, Larry
Boyer and Delmar Boyer, both of Waterloo, IA; and half sister, Marjorie Overton, Des
Interment was at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Portland, with Mt Scott
Funeral Home officiating. Memorials may be sent in Dorothy's name to Good
Shepherd Communities, 831 SW17th. Portland, OR. 97205.
Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 29, 2006
Henry Ralph Briggs passed away May 1, 2006, at the Clearview Nursing Home
Ralph was born at home in rural Taylor County to Henry Francis and Maybell
Ann Briggs, where he lived and worked most of his 87 years. He was a part
of a large family with 7 brothers, Lowell, Emery, Hobart, Dave, Ernest,
Floyd, and Frank Briggs as well as 2 sisters, Opal Lawson and Mary Gohn.
Ralph married his wife of 51 years Wyona Fern Stoops, May 4, 1946 in
Ralph lovingly raised Wyona's daughter, Thelma Fern Kennedy as his own. To this
union was born 3 children, Henry R. Briggs, Barbara Ellen Mattson, and Deborah
Annetta Brummett. At the time of his passing Ralph had 14 grandchildren,
16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Ralph volunteered for active duty in the navy and shipped out December 1942
where he became a gunner captain on the BB35 USS Texas Battleship. During
his tour of duty he saw 5 different continents and fought in 7 major battles
of WWII. He served until the Japanese surrendered to our Armed Forces
on V Day. Shortly after he joined his family back in Iowa.
To his last breath he was a Patriot of the United States of America.
Ralph worked on the farm before and after the war and until they moved to town
where he took a job at the local CO-OP Elevator, among a few other jobs in the
Ralph moved his family to Burlington Jct. MO in 1973 where he took a job at
Northwest Missouri State University's construction crew where he retired in 1980
and moved back to Clearfield.
Ralph enjoyed listening and playing country music with his daughter, Debbie. Over the
years he played and sang in several bands. He played the guitar and sang with several
local musicians. His love for music brought him and his family and friends, great joy
The funeral service was held May 3, 2006 at the United Methodist Church, Clearfield,
IA with Rev. Jerry Kahler, officiating. Patty Parrish provided organ music for the
services. Casket Bearers were: Todd Briggs, Cliff Briggs Luke Briggs, Mike Briggs,
Brandon Wilcox, Jason Parker, and Marc Brummett.
Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss, IA. with military graveside
rites by Woodside Post #97, of The American Legion.
Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday May 10, 2006
Funeral Services for Leah Kemery Clayton, age 88 of Blockton who died Wednesday,
April 19, 2006 at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning were held Saturday, April
22, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blockton Christian Church. Leah was cremated following the
services and interment of ashes will held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton at a later
date. Memorials can be given in Leah's name. Please leave a message of tribute to the
Kemery/Clayton family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under
Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Leah Kemery Clayton was born July 18, 1917, on the family farm northeast of Blockton,
the daughter of Georgia (Stephenson) Drake and Elbert Drake. She grew up attending
country school, along with her older sister and brother, Lavona and Bert. She graduated
from the Blockton High School with the Class of 1935. In the fall of 1936, she was united
in marriage to her 'first love' Clyde Kemery. To this loving union Jerry Gene and Wayne
Keith were born. Always the ardent fans, she and Clyde attended all the sporting events
the boys participated in as their most devoted fans. Leah was even known to make
cinnamon rolls to sell at the concession stand at home basketball games. At the age of 51,
Leah was a widow as a result of Clyde's sudden death. She continued to run "Kemery
Blacksmith & Welding Shop" until her retirement.
In 1987, she was united in marriage to her 'second love' Louis Clayton and they made
their home at Louis's farm home south of Blockton. From day one, Leah was treated as
"mom and grandma" by Louis's family. With the families joined, Leah and Louis shared
three children and their spouses, six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Leah
and Louis enjoyed several trips until Leah's health made it necessary for them to
remain close to home. After suffering from several falls and small strokes, Leah
depended more and more on Louis. Louis was an excellent caregiver, but due to
his heart surgery in December of 2003, Leah decided to enter the Bedford Nursing
& Rehab Center. Here, Leah had a new "family ". She immediately fit in and was soon
a favorite with her sense of humor and noncomplaining way. It was at this time she
met her best friend, Shirley Weir. Leah soon found out she had her own Guardian
Angel, Shirley, who became her legs, her mentor and companion. Together they
spent many evenings Watching "Wheel of Fortune" and "Texas Ranger". Right up to
the time of Leah's death, Shirley was always there for her.
Following a severe heart attack and complications, Leah passed away on April 19,
2006 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa.
Left to cherish Leah's memory are her loving husband Louis Clayton of Blockton;
sons, Jerry Kemery and wife Karen, and Wayne Kemery and wife Pat of Blockton ;
stepdaughter, Sue Beemer and husband Paul of Maryville, Missouri; grandchildren,
Kathy and Scott Coulter of Maryville; Mike and Donna Kemery of Clearfield; Marilyn
Miller of Hopkins; Debbie and Bill Lynch of Redding; Deb and James Bonde of Blockton;
Jim and Johnna Beemer of Maryville; great-grand-children, Nick Rucker and Taylor
Miller; Cody and Kaylee Coulter; Kati, Erica and Christopher Kemery; Cole and Callyn
Bonde; Dakota and Hailee Beemer; Zach and Taylor Lynch; a sister-in-law, Kathleen
Drake of Blockton; a niece, Linda Thielen of Las Vegas, Nevada; nephews, Larry Lines
of North Carolina; and Earl Drake of Blockton; and. a special cousin, Patty Larceri of
Vero Beach, Florida.
Preceding Leah in death are her first husband, Clyde Kemery in 1969; a granddaughter,
Connie Kemery in 1977; her parents, Georgia and Elbert Drake; a sister and
brother-in-law, Lavona and Joe Lines; a brother and sister-in-law, Bert and Gwendolyn
Drake; and a nephew Don Drake.
Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 26, 2006
John Colyn, age 82, passed away April 14, 2006, in Sabetha, KA. following a
He was born February 25, 1924, in Lenox, IA to the late Charles and Nora (Alexander)
On November 29, 1947, John married Alice A. Weir, Bedford, IA. who survives him
in Sabetha. They are the parents of Cathy (Tom) Shade, Marion, OH.; Kay Ann
(Gary) Hewlett, Wamego, KS; Leslie (Gary) Scoby, Sabetha, KS. And Ken (Judy)
Colyn, Gilbert, AZ. He is also survived by grandchildren: Ryan (Shelley) Keane, Travis
Keane, Abby Keane, Jennifer Recob, Nathan (Sarah) Winter, Josh (Amanda) Winter,
Kara (Chris) Tramp, Luke (Robyn) Scoby, Ben Scoby, Jacob Scoby, James Colyn,
Samantha Colyn, and Wyatt Colyn. Six great-grandchildren and his beloved dog, Rocky.
Preceding him in death were his; parents, brothers, Charles, Jr. and David, and sister,
John attended a country school southwest of Lenox during his grade school years.
He then attended Lenox High School, graduating with the class of 1942. He was active
in sports during his high school days especially outstanding in football.
He was a veteran of the Army Air Force serving during WW II. John graduated
from McPherson College, McPherson, KS., earning a Master's Degree from Emporia
State, and retired after a teaching career of 35 years.
Throughout his teaching career, he spent summers as a Ranger Naturalist in Yosemite
and Rocky Mountain National Parks, serving as an instructor for the National Outdoor
Leadership School, and ornithologist for the Audubon Camp of Connecticut. His
family accompanied him on these adventures, always enjoying the time together as a
family and learning from John an appreciation for wildlife and the great outdoors.
John's greatest love was for his Lord Jesus Christ, whose word and power he
never failed to share. He grew up in a Christian home. His father, Charles Colyn, was
Pastor of the Salem Church, northwest of Lenox, during his childhood days. He was a kind
and gentle man who was never without a smile. He never forgot his ties to the Lenox area,
attending many Lenox Alumni banquets.
Services for John L. Colyn were held Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at the Northridge Church,
Sabetha, KS, Officiating pastors were: Charlie Robinson and Pastor Ray Talbot.
His children planned his service and had a power point visual using the song "A Good
Man" written by Emerson Drive, which went along with many phases of John's life.
Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday May 3, 2006