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

Armstrong, Eva Boltinghouse -

Funeral services for Eva Boltinghouse Armstrong were held October 8, 1989 at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. Carl Holdsworth officiating. Interment was at West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Eva, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Boltinghouse was born February 21, 1887 in Grove township, Taylor County, Iowa near Lenox. She departed this life at Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa on October 3, 1989 having lived several months past her 102nd birthday.

At an early age, she united with the Blue Grove Church and later placed her membership with the Independent Christian Church at Gravity, Iowa.

She met Clarence Armstrong at a box supper and married him four years later at her parents home on October 9, 1907. A son, Harlan, came to bless their home on September 13, 1913.

Farming was their chosen occupation. They lived on several different farms in the area, before retiring to a new home in Lenox.

Clarence died in August, 1969 and Harlan on Dec. 30, 1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sisters,  May Murray, Bertha Carter and Ethel Bryant and brothers Jim, Joe, Lon, Orval, Walter, Charles and Floyd Boltinghouse.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Louise Armstrong, a grandson, Larry and wife Sherri, a great grandson, David and a great granddaughter, Evone and husband Jim Schultz, all residing in St. Petersburg, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews, also survive.

It was her privilege to celebrate her 100th birthday. A gala party was given in her honor at the nursing home in Clearfield, Iowa where the last years of her life were spent. She received capable, kind loving care there.

A firm believer in honesty and thrift, Eva devoted her life to her home and hard work.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 11, 1989


Baker, Rose Katharina Beck -

Rosa Katharina Baker, daughter of Johannes and Katharina Beck, was born October 8, 1893 near Lenox, Iowa. She passed away September 7, 1989 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, Iowa at the age of 95 years, 10 months, and 30 days.

She was united in marriage to Ernest Baker January 18, 1922 at her parents home east of Lenox, Iowa. To this union three sons were born: Ernest Earl, Gerald Henry, and Carroll Ransford. They spent their married life in the Clearfield area until Rosa entered

Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa July 31, 1985. Rosa enjoyed her home, family, garden and especially her church. She was a faithful and attentive member as long as health permitted. She was a member of the Calvary Methodist Church, later transferring her membership to the Clearfield United Methodist Church.

Those preceding her in death were her husband, Ernest, on June 4, 1987, two infant brothers and two infant sisters, her parents, three

brothers: Adolf, William, and Charles, two sisters: Lena Wurster and Flora Rogers, a daughter-in-law Nina Baker and one granddaughter Connie Baker.

She leaves to mourn her passing three sons: Earl and wife Bonnie, Gerald and wife Dorothy, Carroll and wife Leann; seven grandchildren: Galen Baker and wife Karen, Jerry Baker and wife Mary, all of Clearfield, John Baker and wife Brenda of California, Sherri Doggett and husband Dennis of Seymour, Iowa and Craig Baker and wife Markeeta of Bedford, Iowa; 12 great grandchildren, one brother, Henry

Beck and wife Pearl, and sister-in-law Sylvia Beck.

Rosa had a long and interesting life. Her father died at an early age leaving the family at home with many responsibilities and obligations. Rosa chose to work outside, helping her brothers with the farming. She enjoyed the outdoors and after she and Ernest were

married she continued with chores and picking corn. She always had a large garden, flowers and made many quilts.  She saw many changes in her long life and enjoyed telling her family of her many experiences.  Rosa and Ernest traveled extensively through the years and cherished the many acquaintances and memories of their trips.

Rosa will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Services were conducted at the Clearfield United Methodist Church on September 9, 1989 by Alan Rusk.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 20, 1989


Bassett, Erma Alvira Haviland -

Funeral services for Erma Alvira Bassett were held August 31, 1989 at the United Methodist Church in Lenox with Rev. Paul Grandon officiating. Interment was at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Corning, Iowa.

Erma Alvira Bassett, the daughter of Theodore W. and Elizabeth Gourd Haviland, was born January 21, 1919 in Corning, Iowa. She was the youngest of three children. She attended school in Corning and graduated from Corning High School. She taught in the rural

schools for five years.

On March 5, 1919 she was united in marriage to Orville C. Bassett at the home of her parents. During their first two years of marriage, they lived on the farm known as the French Colony. After leaving the farm, they moved to Corning, where their son Leon was born. They

moved to the Lenox community in April of 1925, where she has resided since.

She became a member of the United Methodist Church at an early age and enjoyed working in the church as long as her health permitted. She was a longtime member of the M.F. Federated Club and the Eastern Star.

Erma was preceded in death by her husband Orville in 1970; her son Leon in 1968; her parents; a sister Edith Young; and a brother Everett Haviland.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law Mary Helen Bassett; grandson John Bassett and wife Laura and their children Heather and John; three nieces, Iva Shawler, Belma Hartman, Leola Wurster and their families survive along with several cousins.

Erma died on August 28, 1989 at the Lenox Care Center where she has resided since 1984, at the age of 94 years, seven months and seven days. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 6, 1989


Bolinger, Velda Leona Powell -

Services for Velda Leona Bolinger, 73, Sharpsburg, were held November 4 at Sharpsburg Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Al Rusk. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. Mrs. Bolinger died November 1, 1989 at her home in Sharpsburg, Iowa.

Leona Velda Bolinger, daughter of Leon and Edna Powell was born at Carl, Iowa July 31, 1916. She was the eldest of eight children born

and raised on the farm in southwest Iowa and continued this rural life until retirement.

Leona was united in marriage to Everett Bolinger February 20, 1939 at Grant City, Mo. When they were first married they farmed around the Lenox and Sharpsburg communities. In 1947 they purchased a farm east of Conway where they lived until retirement in 1981. In 1981 they moved to Sharpsburg.

In this union they were blessed with three children which they adopted - Patrick Alvin in 1959 and Marie Jo and Barbara Ann in 1965.

Leona kept busy helping Everett on the farm. She most of all enjoyed taking care of the poultry laying operation. In 1971 she became an Avon representative and enjoyed serving her customers until her retirement in 1980. Upon retirement she enjoyed helping the Sharpsburg community with projects and helping the Sharpsburg Methodist Church with bazaars. She also enjoyed making quilts and sewing of any kind.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Lois Austin and Alice Reimer, brothers-in-law George Austin and Pete Cavender, foster child, Gene Jones.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Everett, children Patrick and wife Sherri of Bedford, Marie and husband Robert Cameron of Clearfield, and Barbara and husband Mark Thornton of Brookfield, Mo.; sisters Lela and husband Howard, Ruth and Shirley,

brothers Hurley and wife Virginia and Dale; brother-in-law Gene Reimer; grandchildren Melissa, Ryan, Adam, Christopher and Annessa, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was a member of the Sharpsburg Methodist Church where she was secretary-treasurer of the boar d.

Leona was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was always there to lend a helping hand and a kind heart and will

be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 29, 1989


Book, Wilma Jeanette Short -

Funeral services for Wilma J. Book were held November 10, 1989 at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. Paul Grandon officiating. Interment was at West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Wilma Jeanette Book, daughter of Lee and Viola Henderson Short, was born September 9, 1927 in Taylor County, Iowa and died November 8, 1989 at the Lenox Care Center at the age of 62 years, one month and 30 days. She went to school in Lenox and

graduated from Lenox High School

She was united in marriage to Dallas LaVern Book on May 6, 1975 in Lenox. He died June 22, 1980. Wilma had been a resident of the Taylor County Care Facility for eight years, moving to the Lenox Care Center in May of this year.

Survivors include two sisters: Helen and husband Vernon Beckman and Darlene and husband Arthur Cole of Rockford, Ill.; two brothers,

Wayne Short and wife Irene of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Donald Short and wife Margaret of Kansas City, Mo.; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a sister Maxine Kimball, and a brother John E. Short.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 15, 1989


Chadwick, Clinton R -

Services for Clinton R Chadwick, 74, of Shenandoah, formerly of Orient were held August 14 at the Hackett Funeral Home The Rev. Wayne Gubbels officiated with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Mr. Chadwick was born Oct. 13, 1914 in Orient to Ross and Effie (Crist) Chadwick.  He died August 11, 1989 at the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. He married Mildred Jones June 19, 1956 in Lenox. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State college in Maryville, Mo., and taught school for nine years before moving to Shenandoah in 1961. He worked for Perfection Homes and Leacox Drug Store until

1964 when he bought Valentine Market, retiring in 1976. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air corp and a member of the Essex American Legion Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred of Shenandoah; a son, Francis of Essex; two brothers, Robert of Omaha, Neb., and Veral Chadwick of Des Moines; and two sisters, Mrs. Regina Kinkennon and Mrs. Melba Gile, both of Creston.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, Ruth and Viola, and two in infancy; and a brother, Darrell.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 23, 1989


Cordell, Carl Henry Raymond -

Funeral services for Carl Cordell were held Monday, Nov. 20, 1989 at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. Al Rusk officiating. Burial was at West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Carl Henry Raymond Cordell, the son of Isaac Henry and Clara Ann Tackett Cordell, was born December 23, 1910 at Athelstan, Iowa and died November 16, 1989 at his farm home south of Lenox. He was 78 years, 10 months and 24 days of age.

On May 25, 1933, Carl was united in marriage to Nettie Faith Evans of Bedford, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Henry LaVerne, Peggy Jane, Donna Rae, Larry Lee, and John Franklin.

Carl was a farmer all of his life and his most enjoyment was caring for his cattle and ponies. He lived his entire life in Taylor County and thoroughly enjoyed working with his neighbor, Mick Blake, and the enjoyment of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren,

and two step grandchildren.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife Nettie; his four children: LaVerne and wife Faith of Phoenix, Az.; Peggy Gilbert and husband, Doyle of Lincoln, Neb.; Donna Smithson of Pocahontas, Iowa; Larry and wife Linda of Lenox; 13 grandchildren, two step grandchildren;

nine great grandchildren; brother Cecil of Lenox; two sisters, Cordys Newby of Bedford, and Mary Smith of Florence, Tx.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, son John, daughter-in-law Joan Cordell, grandson Dennis Duane Cordell, and sisters Mable and

Lillie. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 29, 1989


Dukes, Russel Hubert -

Funeral services for Russel Hubert Dukes were held Saturday, Nov. 11, 1989 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lenox with Rev. Don Fisher and Pastor Will Hunsaker officiating. Interment was at East Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. He died November 7 in Omaha, Neb.

Russel was born Dec. 19, 1921 in Sheridan, Mo. to Lesslia and Elsie Mae Byrn Dikes. He attended county schools until his father died. He

and his older brother, Virgil, went to work as farm hands to help make a living for his mother and two brothers and sister.

Russel married Dorothy Bivens on May 25, 1940 at Bethany, Mo. He worked as a farm hand, drove a truck and worked as a carpenter. He

retired in 1978 after a heart attack. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working and attending the Old Thrashers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant.

Russel was drafted into the Army April 27, 1944. He served in England, Holland, France and Germany. He was awarded the combat infantry man badge, European-African-Middle East Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars, two overseas service bars, good conduct medal, purple heart medal, and one cluster distinguished medal Belgium Tourrage. He was discharged on Oct. 21, 1945.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Lenox; daughters, Wilma Shearer of Creston, Helen (Kenneth) Hinshaw of Clearfield, Linda (Larry)

Cordell, Kathie (Hugh Jr.) Warner, Lora (Dave) Brown, all of Lenox, and Bobbie Weaver of Carroll, Iowa; sons: Allen (Debbie) of Sheridan, Mo., and Leroy (Kay) of Bedford; one sister, Viola (Don) Starlin of Creston, one brother Ray (Marlene) Dukes of Lenox; two

sisters-in-law, Marjorie Barnes of Clarinda and Delores Gulick of Villisca; 22 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; also surviving are many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Gary Lee and Charles, a half brother, Kermit Barnes and a half sister, Anita Barnes Ambrose.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 15, 1989


Miller, Elsie May Wilmeth -

Funeral services for Elsie Mae Wilmeth were held August 14, 1989 at the United Methodist Church hi Lenox with Rev. Paul Grandon officiating. Interment was at West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Elsie Mae Wilmeth, daughter of Edwin L. and Maggie Carson Wilmeth, was born August 10, 1900 on a farm near Spaulding in Adair County. She died August 11, 1989 at Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa at the age of,89 years and one day. She attended school in

the Spaulding area.

On July 10,1920, she was united in marriage to Ralph E. Miller and they spent 57 years together before Ralph's death in 1977. They farmed near Spaulding until 1928, moved to a farm near Lenox, and in 1963, retired from farming and moved into Lenox, living m the

Sunrise Apartments since 1976.

Elsie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Prescott and served as president for a number of years.

She is survived by a son Francis and wife Glenna of Des Moines; three daughters; Irene Nelson and husband Lyle and Jean Miller and husband Don of Lenox; Marilyn Dailey and husband Jim of Des Moines; 25 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren. two sisters:

Ora Truman, of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; Jennie Evans of Orient; a brother Clarence Wilmeth of Des Moines.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph; two daughters, Margaret (Mrs. Roy) Kilgore, Gladys (Mrs. Maurice) Porter; two granddaughters: Marlene Stanton and Lethal Kilgore; and two great grandsons, Dustin Nelson and Shane Clark.

Elsie dearly loved and enjoyed her family, especially her many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 16, 1989


Nixon, Edith Haering -

Funeral services for Edith H. Nixon were held Friday, July 21, 1989 at the First Christian Church in Lenox with Rev. Carl Cummings

officiating, burial was at West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Edith H. Nixon lived all of her life in or near the Lenox community. She was born to John and Annis Haering on June 2, 1898 on the Haering farm west of Lenox. She attended school in Lenox, took the Drake University Normal Training Course, and taught school

She married William Nixon on March 5, 1920 and they celebrated their 64th anniversary before his death in 1984.

There were four children born to them, all of whom survive. They are a daughter, Geneva Hagee of St. Joseph, Mo., three sons; Dale of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Robert of Houston, Tx., and Ray of Bartlesville, Ok. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren who delighted her and about whom she was always interested.

She was devoted to her family caring for both their physical and spiritual needs. The table was often extended to include family and friends. For many years, she had helped supply the table from her garden which always included the flowers she particularly enjoyed.

She has been loyal to the Lenox Christian Church through the years. An avid reader and Bible student, she had memorized many Psalms

and New Testament passages of scripture. She was a teacher of both children and adults in the church school.

She will be missed by relatives and friends, and especially by her beloved sister Alice Preston. The sisters remained loyal companions

through life, and Alice has lovingly visited her daily in recent years.

She was preceded in death by her husband William, her parents, a sister Helen, and a brother Clarence.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 26, 1989


Piercy, Ruth Elenora Miller -

Funeral services for Ruth E. Piercy, 88, were held Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Roland-Lindsey Funeral Home in Corning, Iowa conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Corning, Iowa. Mrs. Piercy died August 27, 1989 at Mercy Hospital in Corning.

Ruth Elenore Piercy, 88, daughter of Dora and William Miller, was born January 28, 1901 at Essex, Iowa. On August 6, 1921 she married Willard Piercy who preceded her in death in 1980. She grew up in Decatur County and moved to Corning in 1945 where she has lived for the remainder of her life. She enjoyed camping, card playing and flowers. Her family was the highlight of her life. She was a member of the Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, four brothers and two great grandchildren.

She is survived by four daughters, Ruby King, Corning, Iowa, Joyce and husband, Joe Hoffman of Corning, Roberta and husband Charles Murphy of Des Moines, Iowa, Joann and husband, Jack Gray of Villisca, Iowa, two sons, Ronald and wife Joanne of Lenox, Iowa, and Willard Junior and wife, Judy of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Merle Holland of Creston, Iowa, and two brothers, Clair Miller of Branson, Mo., and Vernon Miller of

Shenandoah, Iowa.

She will be missed by family and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 6, 1989


Schaffer, Nina Bell Nelson -

Funeral services for Nina Bell Schaffer were held November 3, 1989 at the First Christian Church in Lenox with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at East Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Nina Bell Schaffer, daughter of Frank and Esther Becherer Nelson, was born on  November 17, 1918 in Kent, Iowa and entered into rest at the Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa on October 30, 1989 at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 13 days.

Nina was united in marriage to Kenneth Schaffer on July 10, 1937 at Creston, Iowa. They lived for most of their 52 years of marriage in the farming communities of Stringtown, Cromwell and Lenox, Iowa. In 1974 they retired from farming and moved to their present

home in Lenox. They were blessed with three children, Reldon Dean, Creola Faye and Barbara Jean.

Nina was a quiet, kind and caring wife and mother, always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it and caring for their needs before herself. She took great pride in all her family and grandchildren.

Nina is survived by her husband, Kenny; son Dean and his wife Betty of Cromwell; daughter Creola Riley and her husband Richard of Riverside, Ca.; daughter Barbara Swank and her husband Merle of Lenox. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, her mother Esther of 94 years, her brother Harley of Winfield, Iowa, her sister Thelma Shawler of Creston,

Iowa and their spouses.

She was preceded in death by her father Frank Nelson and two grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all her family, relatives and


Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 8, 1989


Schrader, Donald Dean -

Donald Dean Schrader, son of George and Alma Bissell Schrader was born December 19, 1924 on a farm in Carl Township in Adams County, Iowa and died at Bergen Mercy Hospital in Omaha on August 8.

He attended rural school in Carl Township until 1936 when he and his folks moved near Cromwell. He graduated from Cromwell High School in 1943. Don entered the U.S. Army in November that year. After basic and specialized training he served in the South

Pacific taking part in the invasion of Okinawa as a gunner and aidman. He was wounded and later moved to a military hospital in Hawaii where he spent two years in recovery. He received his honorable discharge in May, 1946. On February 19, 1947 he was married to Leona Jones of Corning in Corning. One son Lyle was born to this marriage.

Don was a farmer and lived all his life in the Adams County area except the two years he served in military service. He served 12 years as an Adams County supervisor, a member of Disabled American Veterans, Circle Lodge #555 AF & AM, Prescott, Iowa, American Legion Post #117 Corning.

He was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his wife Leona; son Lyle; a grandson Hank of Corning; his mother and brother Larry and wife Bonnie of Lenox; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held August 12 at the Roland-Lindsay Golden Rule Funeral Home in Corning with Joe Cook officiating. Masonic rites were by John Riggle.  Military graveside rites were by American Legion Post #117, Corning.  Interment was at Prairie Rose Cemetery south of Corning.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 23, 1989


Thomas, Eda M -

Funeral services for Eda M. Thomas were held Saturday, July 15, 1989 at the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox with Rev. Naizghi Zekarias officiating. Interment was in West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Eda M. Thomas was born in Shickley, Nebraska on January 14, 1901. She died on Thursday, July 13, 1989 at the Rotary Ana Nursing Home, Eagle Grove, Iowa at age 88 after a long illness.

Mrs. Thomas was a nurse and the owner of the Lenox Care Center for many years. She was active in the Republican Party and held many

offices in Taylor County and Southwest Iowa over the years. She was a longtime member of the Legion Auxiliary and Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde E. Thomas in 1978. She is survived by a son T.C. Thomas and wife Sarah of Eagle Grove; a sister, Mrs. Lula Ketchem of Carson, Iowa; two grandchildren, Teresa Trepp and husband Martin of Des Moines and Tom

C. Thomas and wife Julie of Minneapolis, Mn.; three great grandchildren, Tyler and Meghan Trepp and Michael Thomas, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 26, 1989


White, Linda Lee Barker -

Funeral services for Linda Lee (Barker) White were held Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1989 at the Heritage Funeral Chapel in Peoria, Az. Interment was at National Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, Az.  Mrs. White died September 16, 1989 at Sun City, Az.

Linda Lee Barker White was born in Lenox, Iowa to Jesse and Erla Barker. She graduated from Lenox High School and was a graduate of the University of Louisville, with a degree in nursing. She was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of sergeant. She was employed as a registered nurse, surgical/intensive care unit at Boswell Memorial Hospital, Sun City, Az.

She is survived by her husband, Neal White; daughters, Lory Patterson, Michele Hogan, Melissa DeWitt, Denise Hogan, all of Phoenix, Az.; parents, Jesse and Erla Barker of Lenox; brother, Donald Barker of Lenox; sisters, Beverly Hogue of Lenox; Wilma Hayes, of Phoenix, Az.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 4, 1989