Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Barrans, Edra Clone Litteer -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at First Methodist Church in Lenox for Edra Clone Barrans, 81. Dr. Jack Cutbirth

officiated and burial was in West Fairview Cemetery at Lenox, Gauthier Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Barrans died Dec. 3 at Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield.

She was born April 20, 1905, in Taylor County, daughter of Chauncey and Pearl Lowary Litteer. She and George Barrans were married Dec. 21, 1930, and made their home in Lenox.

Mrs. Barrans is survived by her husband of Clearfield; a son, Bill, Lenox; a daughter, Wilma Hughes of Bedford; six grandchildren and six

great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 10, 1986


Barrans, Edra Clone Litteer -

Gauthier Funeral Home of Lenox was in charge of funeral arrangements for Edra Clona Barrens, who died in Clearfield Dec. 3. Mrs.

Barrens was 81, and the mother of Bill Barrens of Lenox and Mrs. Glen Hughes of Bedford. She is also survived by her husband, George, of Clearfield, and six grandchildren.

Dr. Jack Cutbirth officiated at the services at United Methodist Church in Lenox, and interment was in West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Pallbearers were Jerry Baker, Tony and David Hughes, Mark and Chris Barrans and Chris Christensen.

Born April 20, 1905, near Conway, Mrs. Barrens was a daughter of Chauncey and Pearl Litteer. As a child she resided on farms in the Conway area and was graduated from high school there. She attended summer schools in Maryville and Cedar Falls and

taught at Conway and in other rural schools.

She was married Dec. 21, 1930, to George Barrans and they made their home on a farm south of Lenox, "Clovermead."

They moved into Lenox in 1938, where they operated a filling station and grain elevator business, continuing to farm. Mrs. Barrans

was active in the business until their retirement.

After retirement, the Barranses continued to make their home in Lenox until moving to Clearview Home in Clearfield. She had been a

resident there since March of 1985; her husband continues to make his home there.

Mrs. Barrans, an active member of the Lenox Methodist Church, was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 17, 1986,

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Brandt, Mary Katherine Groezinger -

Mrs. Mary Katherine Brandt, former Lenox resident, died Nov. 21 at Simpson Memorial Home in West liberty, Iowa. She had observed her 101st birthday Nov. 7, and had been ill for some time.

Funeral services were held Nov. 23 at First Church United in West Liberty, the Rev. Ralph Farmer officiating. Graveside services were

held at East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Don Fisher officiating. A memorial fund has been established for the Simpson Home.

Born near Derinda Center, Ill., Nov. 7, 1885, she was a daughter of John and Maria Beck Groezinger.

The family moved to Lenox when she was a girl, and she was graduated with a class of six girls from Lenox High School in 1904.

She attended college at DeKalb, Ill., at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and at University of Iowa.

She and Herman Brandt were married Dec. 7, 1910, and he died in 1915.

She taught school in the Lenox area, later teaching in Gravity, Prosperous Ridge, Ill., and, for 29 years, at West liberty.

She was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, the Floral Culture Club of West Liberty and was a 5-year member of P.E.O.

Mrs. Brandt leaves three daughters, Helen of Milwaukee, Wis., Martha and Hermina, both of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Alice B

Hancock of Lenox; a niece and a nephew. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 3, 1986


Bricker, Ethel M Franklin -

Funeral services for Ethel M. Bricker, 93, were held Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox. Don Fisher and Dr. Jack

Cutbirth officiated and burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Mrs. Bricker died Oct. 6 at Lenox Care Center, where she had made her home since breaking a hip in a fall several months ago. Prior to

moving to the care center, she made her home in the building at 106 S. Main St., Lenox, where she formerly operated a beauty shop.

She was born Nov. 4, 1892, in Lenox, daughter of John and Elizabeth Maharry Franklin. She attended Lenox schools and the

Presbyterian Church, of which she had been a member since an early age.

On June 16, 1914, she and Orville Bricker were married in Lenox, where they made their home and where she had resided all her life.

He operated a barber shop in the same building where she had her beauty shop, and they were in business there for 60 years.

She was a member of Eastern Star, Fortnightly Club and GVC Club.

She resided alone until suffering the broken hip, and prior to being hospitalized after the fall, walked uptown with the aid of walker. At the care center, she participated in many activities, getting about in a wheelchair, and frequently went out for lunches or other activities.

She enjoyed visiting with friends, and they appreciated her kindness, generosity and sense of humor. She was a loving person who

enjoyed cooking and sharing the "goodies" with others. She was devoted to her family, and liked to relate their activities to her friends


She was a frequent visitor at the Time Table during the time she made her home next door to the office, and often invited the staff to

her home for coffee and cookies or cake.

She leaves a son, Milton J. Bricker of Reno, Nov., and a daughter, Eloise Walter of Wickenburg, Ariz.; three grandchildren and

two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters and three brothers.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 15, 1986


Campbell, Elizabeth (Betty) -

Campbell, Michelle -

Campbell, Tabetha -

A one-vehicle accident five miles south of Lenox Sunday evening claimed the life of a Creston woman and her two daughters and seriously injured another woman.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Elizabeth Campbell, 49, Michelle Campbell, 21, and Tabetha Campbell, 5.

In serious condition at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha is Mary Reilly, 23, of St. Louis, Mo., college classmate of Michelle Campbell.

Mrs. Campbell was the wife of Tom Campbell of Creston, operator of JT Industries in Lenox.

The women reportedly were enroute to Maryville, Mo., where Michelle Campbell, driver of the van, and Miss Reilly were roommates.

The students had apparently spent the weekend at the Campbell home in Creston and were returning to campus.

The accident occurred at 5:10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities said the van was southbound on Highway 49 when it left the roadway, struck a

guard rail extending from a concrete bannister over a culvert and overturned in midair. The van continued southward across a small

stream and came to rest on its top south of the stream. Authorities are not certain exactly what caused the van to leave

the pavement.

Miss Reilly, who is in intensive care at St. Joseph, suffered two fractured legs, a fractured arm and a fractured jaw. A Spokesperson at the hospital said Tuesday her condition remains serious. She was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Corning before being transported to Omaha by life Flight helicopter.

The accident was investigated by Iowa Highway Patrol officers and the Taylor County Sheriffs Department. Lenox police assisted at the scene.

Funeral services for Mrs. Campbell and her daughters will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in

Creston, with burial in Calvary Cemetery there.

The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, Coen-Beaty Funeral Home, Creston, followed by a Christian wake service

at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In addition to her husband, Tom of the home, 1106 E. Townline, Creston, Mrs. Campbell leaves a son, Brian, Vinita, Okla.; her

parents, Robert and Rita Carson of Brookfield, Fla., and two brothers, Edward Carson of Akron, Ohio, and Leo Carson of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Michelle and Tabetha Campbell also leave their paternal grandmother, Marguerite Campbell of Capac, Mich.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 29, 1986


Cochran, Angie Irma Clark -

Funeral services for Angie Irma Cochran, 87, were held at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Gauthier Funeral Home in Lenox. Burial was in Blue Grove

Cemetery near Lenox. The Rev. Duane Ferguson officiated.

Pallbearers were Lonnie and Kevin Barker, Clyde Belding, Ronald Wurster, Howard Steaks and Paul Brokaw. Honorary pallbearers were

Gene Miller, Duane Boyer, Donald Beck, Raymond Dill, Frank Stanger, Glen and Melvin Williams.

Mrs. Cochran, a former Lenox resident, died Nov. 29 at Jefferson City Memorial Hospital, Jefferson City, Mo.

Born July 16, 1899, at Chattsworth, Ill., Mrs. Cochran was a daughter of David Sanford and Lora Lynn Clark.

She and Orson Thomas Cochran were married in Omaha Oct. 14, 1931. They farmed in the Lenox area, and she was employed as a nurse at Ringgold County Hospital. They moved to Clarinda after retiring from farming in 1960, and she worked at the hospital there. She returned to Lenox following the death of Mr. Cochran in 1972, and resided here until early this year, when she moved to Jefferson City to be near her daughter, Veldeva Long.

Mrs. Cochran was an active member of the United Methodist Church and of the Order of Eastern Star.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Cochran leaves two sons, Warren of Springlake Heights, N. J., and Veldon of Alamosa, Colo.; five

grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a brother, Chester Clark.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 10, 1986


Howland, Iona Pittenger -

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Oct. 30. at the Decorah Lutheran Church for Mrs. Iona Howland, who died Oct. 27 at the Lenox Care Center. Mrs. Howland, 89, was the mother of Dr. G. Keigh Howland of Lenox.

Dr. Aldan Hovda officiated at the services and burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery at Decorah.

Gauthier Funeral Home of Lenox and Fjelstul Funeral Home of Decorah were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Howland was born Jan. 14, 1897, in Red Oak, daughter of Gurney and Emma Haeckel Pittenger.

She and Dr. Gerhard Howland were married in Clear Lake Jan. 10, 1927. He preceded her in death, as did two brothers and three sisters.

In addition to her son in Lenox, Mrs. Howland is survived by another son, Leonard Howland of Minneapolis, Minn.; two daughters, Donna

Williams of Brainerd, Minn., and Helen Esteem of Minneapolis; a sister, Dorothy Earl of Omaha; a brother, Gurney Pittenger of Albion,

Neb.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 5, 1986


Hunt, Frank -

Last rites were held Oct. 31 in Diagonal for Frank Hunt, 52, who died Oct. 28 in the collapse of a grain storage facility in Mt. Ayr.

Hunt was delivering grain to the elevator when the accident occurred. Also killed was an employee of FS Grain and Feed, Larry Gregg, 37, Kellerton.

The Rev. Eydie Deal officiated at services for Mr. Hunt at the Diagonal High School. Burial was in Diagonal Cemetery, Wilson-Watson

Funeral Home of Mt. Ayr in charge.

Mr. Hunt was born May 18, 1934, in Ponca City, Okla., son of Robert M. and Marche Newman Hunt. He and Lois Ann Jeans were

married Aug. 27, 1966, in Ponca City.

They moved to Diagonal in 1969, where he farmed. He was a member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Ringgpld County Cattlemen's associatiqn and the Diagonal lions Club.

In addition to his wife, Lois of the home, he leaves three daughters, Vanette, Billie and Bobbi of Diagonal; his parents of Pawhuska,

Okla.; two brothers, Bill of Chicago and Tom of Pawhuska; a sister, Mary Gillispie of Wenatchee, Wash.

Hunt and Gregg were unloading beans from a farm truck onto the overhead structure when it collapsed, tearing down the auger assembly tower and puncturing two adjacent grain bins. The truck and the men were buried by debris, Beans and corn. Rescuers worked almost 13 hours to recover the bodies.

The structure which collapsed was one of two at the elevator company which are designed so grain can be unloaded into floor grates to

be augered to storage. The overhead structures have bins which are used to load semi trailers. The structure fell approximately one and one-half stories to the ground, carrying the auger assembly tower with it and puncturing two adjacent grain storage bins.

Authorities said the two men were buried under more than nine tons of debris and grain.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 5, 1986


Jerek, Matilda Sobotka -

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 at the United Church in Diagonal for Matilda Jezek of Diagonal, who died Nov. 1 at

Clearview Nursing Home. She was 85.

Wilson-Watson Funeral Home of Mt. Ayr is in charge of arrangements and burial will be in Bohemian Cemetery.

Mrs. Jezek was born Dec. 12, 1900, at Diagonal, daughter of Joseph and Marie Krechy Sobotka.

She and David Jezek were married in Diagonal.

She was a lifelong resident of the Diagonal area and a member of the United Methodist Church there. She was a member of WSCS and a charter member of the Kensington and Wednesday clubs.

She leaves a son, Earl Jezek of Los Alamos, Calif.; a daughter, Mary Margaret Stamper of Colorado Springs, six grandchildren and four

great grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 5, 1986


Long, Shirley Pauline Miller -

Last rites were held Oct. 27 at Peterson Funeral Home in Glenwood for Shirley Pauline Miller Long, 51, of Glenwood. Mrs, Long died Oct. 23 in an Omaha hospital after suffering a heart attack.

The Rev. Evan Williams of Glenwood First Christian Church and the Rev. Lauris Meek of Weaver Memorial Church of the Nazarene

officiated. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Long was born May 17, 1935, in Corning, daughter of Paul and Minnie Bray Miller. She attended Corning schools and was

graduated from high school there.

She and James Long were married June 14, 1952 in Lenox. He died Sept. 27 of this year.

Survivors include a son, Dennis Long of Council Bluffs; two daughters, Barbara Dunsdon of Tabor and Debra Maxwell of

Glenwood; her mother, Minnie Bray of Corning; a sister, Nel Bickford of West Des Moines; a brother, Bill Bray of Omaha, and five grandchildren.

Her father and a brother, Ray Keefe, died previously.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 5, 1986


Morris, Mary Stewart -

Morris, Stephen -

Memorial services were held Dec. 18 at the Stringtown Church for Mary and Stephen Morris of Azle, Texas, who died of injuries

suffered in a Nov. 28 plane crash.

Mr. Morris died Dec. 11, and his wife died Dec. 13, both at a Ft Worth, Texas, hospital.

Mr. Morris, a former resident of Corning, was 48; Mrs. Morris was 41.

He is survived by his parents, Leonard and Jean Morris of Corning; a brother, Philip Morris of Lenox; and a sister, Nancy

Bernstein of Naperville, Ill. Mrs. Morris leaves her parents, Wayne and Ruth Stewart of Alton; a brother, Robert, and three sisters, Jean, Susan and Jane.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 24, 1986


Shaffer, Martha C Filbert -

Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at the Creston First Baptist Church for Martha C. Shaffer of Lenox, who died Dec. 18 at a Des

Moines hospital. Mrs. Shaffer, 82, had been ill for some time.

The Rev. Ronald Schrock and the Rev. Wilson Grismore officiated at the 2:30 p.m. service and burial was in East Fairview Cemetery,


Mrs. Shaffer was born May 28, 1904, in Sharpsburg, daughter of Edmund and Lydia Strong Filbert.

She and Earl Shaffer were married Sept. 21, 1924, in Bedford.

Mrs. Shaffer had resided most of her life in the Lenox area, and was a member of the Creston Baptist Church.

She leaves her husband of Lenox; a son, Loran Shaffer of Macksburg; three daughters, Arlene Showers of Aurora, Mo., Mary

Lou O'Banton of Lewisville, Texas, and Thelma Sleet of Anamosa; a sister, Cora Boyer of Silver City; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 24, 1986


Starmer, Chad -

Funeral services were held Nov. 28 at the Diagonal High School for Chad Starmer, 14, of Tucson, Ariz., who died Nov. 25 in Diagonal.

The youth was fatally shot at the home of a friend when a .22 caliber rifle accidentally discharged.

The Rev. Eydie Deal officiated and burial was in the Diagonal Cemetery.

Chad Starmer was a former Diagonal resident and was visiting his grandparents there during Thanksgiving holidays.

Born July 7, 1972, in Mt. Ayr, Chad Stamer was a son of Eldon and Linda Bohn Starmer. He was a freshman at Palo Verde High School

and a member of the Lutheran Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Matthew, of the home in Tucson. Mr. and Mrs. Starmer and their sons were visiting Elmer and Verna Starmer and Bill and Viola Bohn, all of Diagonal; the surviving grandparents.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday December 3, 1986


Zarr, Walter -

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Mt. Ayr United Methodist Church for the Rev. Walter Zarr, who died Nov. 1 at

his home in Lenox. Authorities have ruled the cause of death as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Rev. Zarr was pastor of the Lenox United Methodist Church. He was 55.

The Revs. Ed Kail, Bob Shreve and Bill Cotton officiated at the funeral services and burial was in the Tingley Cemetery.

Wilson-Watson Funeral Home of Mt. Ayr was in charge of arrangements.

The Rev. Zarr was born May 15, 1931, in Diagonal, son of David and Bessie Lane Zarr.

He and Marlene Giles were married Oct. 22, 1951, in Tingley.

He was veteran of the Korean conflict, and began his ministry following discharge from the service in 1954.

He had served at the Weldon, La Salle, Woodburn, Van Wert, Massena, Bridgewater, Avondale, Grand River, Beaconsfield and

Kellerton churches. He had been in Kellerton 13 years prior to being assigned to Lenox several months ago.

He leaves his wife, Marlene, of the home in Lenox; a daughter, Mindy Lesan of Kellerton; two sons, Mike Zarr of Waxahachie, Texas,

and Max Zarr of Des Moines; a brother, Carl Zarr of Kansas City, Kan; two sisters, Lois Myers and Dorothy Myers, both of Des Moines,

and two grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 5, 1986