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

Beadel, Bill Dean -

Bill Dean Beadel, son of Deva Margaret (nee Younkin) and Kenneth Dean Beadel, was born July 9, 1937, in Conway. He died on Tuesday, August 25, at his home at the age of 55 years, 1 month and 16 days following a bout with lung cancer.

Services were held August 29 at United Methodist Church in Lenox, with Rev. Les Calhoun officiating.

Casketbearers were James Rice, Jason Rice, Matt Kemery, Mark Kemery, Todd Olerich, and Brent Spurrier. Honorary bearers were James Ross, Gary Weaver and Robert Olerick.

Interment was in North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Military Rites were given by Parkinson Post 260 of Lenox.

Bill attended Lenox Independent Schools and graduate from Lenox High School in 1957. He enlisted and

served in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge in August 1962.

On Jan. 14, 1967, he was united in marriage with Patsy Luella Gaule at the Methodist Church at Clearfield. Together

they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They made their home briefly in Minburn, Iowa, before returning

to Lenox in October 1967.

Bill and Patsy were blessed with a daughter, Regina Renee "Gina", on Oct. 21, 1970, and a son. Robert Kyle "Robbi" on August 27, 1972.

Bill joined the Lenox United Methodist Church in June 1969. He and Patsy became leaders of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. Throughout the years he remained active in church and community activities. Bill loved the outdoors and driving 18 wheelers. He enjoyed family, camping, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Joan, his parents, and grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy; daughter Gina and son-in-law Brian Ray Tener of San Diego, Cal.; son Rob of Russellville, Ark; sister Patricia Lee and husband Curtis Dye of St. Joseph, Mo.; three brothers, Harold Eugene and wife Darlene of Buckner, Mo.,

Melvin LeRoy of Blockton, Robert Duane and wife Candy of Kansas City, Mo.; step-father Ray Stein; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 2, 1992


Boone, Edith Proud -

Edith (Proud) Boone, 97, a long-time Lenox, resident died  August 4, 1992 at the Terrace Heights Nursing Home at Boulder, Colorado. Graveside will be held at East Fairview Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 10.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 9, 1992


Bowers, Raymond C -

Raymqnd C. Bowers, formerly of Lenox, was born January 2, 1923 at Ellsworth, Kansas, and passed away Thursday June 11, 1992 at

Memorial Hospital in McPherson, Kansas.

Raymond married Harriet Strait on Nov. 20, 1946 at Lyons, Kansas, During his stay in Lenox he worked as superintendent of

operations at the Lenox Fertilizer plant.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church at McPherson, Kansas. A memorial was established with the American Cancer Society.

Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, Charles R. Bowers and Olive Blanche Bowers. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, 2 sons,

Donald and Michael, both of Salina, Kansas, 3 daughters, Darlene Hull and Carol Parker, both of McPherson, Kansas, and a sister, Rayleen Weeks of Wichita, Kansas, a sister, Arlene Vocek Ellsworth, Kansas and six grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday June 17, 1992


Brown, Roscoe D -

Roscoe D. Brown, 71, of Lenox died July 2, 1992, at Greater Community Hospital in Creston.

Services were 10 a.m. July 6 at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. The Rev. Les Calhoun officiated the service. Music was provided by Norma Paymal, organist. Burial was in the Stringtown Cemetery with the Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Byron Brown and Bill Crane, nephews; and Phil, Richard, Jason, Darran and Joe Brown, and Roger Israel, grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were Brenda Israel, and Justin and Marty Brown, grandchildren.

Mr. Brown was born May 27, 1921, in Witty, Mo., to Virgil S. and Mary (Doran) Brown. His family moved to Iowa when he was 5 years old. He attended school at Cromwell. The family moved to the Stringtown area in 1933.

He married Lillian Burkhalter Sept 26, 1942, in Maryville, Mo. He began working as a farmer and soil conservation contractor in the early 1940s. They moved to Nebraska in 1945 where he operated a haying and landleveling business with his brother, Darrel. He was a registered civil engineer in Nebraska. They moved to Texas in 1950 where the two brothers operated a plowing business.

They bought farms near Lenox in 1952 where they operated a tiling business during the summers. He began selling drainage equipment

in 1960, and in the late 1960s sold pipeline equipment throughout the United States and the world. He began manufacturing drainage and pipeline equipment in 1968.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lenox and Iowa Land Improvement Association.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Brown of Lenox; a daughter, Elaine (husband Carl) Israel of Lenox; four sons, Stanley (wife Jolene) Brown of Lenox, Steven Brown of Champaign, IL., and Norvan (wife Linda) Brown and David Brown of Lenox; eight grandchildren; a brother, Delman Brown of Lenox; and two sisters, Thelma Brinker of Pemberville, Ohio and Wilma Boswell of Thayer, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and an infant sister.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 15, 1992


Clinton, Beulah Hazel Brown -

Beulah Hazel Clinton was born at Winslow, Ark., on Feb. 25, 1917, as the daughter of Martin D. and Martha Stonecipher Brown.

She died at Mercy Hospital in Corning at the age of 75 years, 5 months and 29 days.

Graveside services were held August 27 at Morgan Cemetery in Kent, with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Interment was in Morgan Cemetery.

On March 31, 1939, she was united in marriage to Carl Lawrence Clinton at Grant City, Mo. One daughter was

born to this union.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Violet Brown and Ruby Badgett; and a brother, Harvey

D. Brown.

Survivors include her husband Carl of Lenox; daughter Shirley and her husband Howard "Short" Rogers of Lenox, four grandchildren,

Sherri Rogers, David Rogers, Lorri Glover and Julie (Mrs. David) Lundquist; three greatgrandchildren, Skip Rogers, JaLynne and Keaton Lundquist; sister Bonnie (Mrs. Bob) Manroe of Lenox; sister-in-law Mabel Brown of Oregon; and many nieces, nephew and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 2, 1992


Hollingsworth, Retha -

On May 28, word was received by Mr. and Mrs. George Jones of Lenox that their granddaughter, Retha Hollingsworth, age 26, of

Broomfield, passed away that day.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Hollingsworth; two sons, ages 4 and 1; her parents, Preston and Lynda Jones of Broomfield, Colo.; two sisters and one brother, Neal Jones; nieces and nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday June 10, 1992


Hufnagel, Lester L -

Lester L. Hufnagel was born in Lenox, Iowa, to Dale (Dick) and Ruth Hufnagel on July 21, 1915. He was a retired welder.

After a lingering illness, he died May 24 at his home in Little Rock, Ark.

After 27 years of marriage, he leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Bessie; stepson Fred; two daughters from a previous

marriage, Joyce Walton and Judy Landrum of Kansas City, Mo.; his mother, Ruth Hofer; brother Ernest (wife Vera)

Hufnagel of Lenox and sister Marilou Branden of Kansas City, Mo.

Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Sweet Home, Ark.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday June 17, 1992


Kilby, Bernice Beatrice -

Bernice Beatrice Kilby began her life as the daughter of William J. and Frances Loretta Hockabout Kilby on June 15, 1905, on a farm west of Lenox. She died at Greater Community Hospital in Creston on Sept. 13, 1992, at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 28 days.

Services were held Wednesday, Sept 16 at the Lenox Christian Church with Rev. Jeanne Groom of Prescott officiating. Casket bearers were Cody Adams, Kirk Maharry, Dan Carruthers, Mike Cheese, Spencer Adams and Richard Trucks.

Honorary bearers were Kay Cheese, Patty Trucks, Dianna Maharry, Dorothy Hegwood, Marge Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Grimm, Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Boyer, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Shawler, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth John, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Stoaks and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Christensen.

Organist was Mrs. Leta Crowell, and vocalists were Mrs. Elaine Ewart and Mrs. Karen Shawler.

Interment was in East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Larkin and Johnson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bernice attended the Blue Grove School and the Blue Grove Church in her youth. The family moved to town in 1917. She finished grade school in Lenox and graduated with the high school class of 1925. Bernice was a rural school teacher in 1928 in Taylor and Ringgold counties. She received a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

She taught in Sharpsburg, Clearfield and Lenox school systems until 1970 when she retired.

Bernice was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma, the Omicron Honorary Education Society, a charter member of the M.F.O. and L.P.G. clubs and was active in her church. She served as a church officer as long as her health permitted.

She was the last of her generation to live on the "Kilby Corner."

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leslie J. and Glen W.; and three sisters, Rhoda May, Ruth Pearl and Vera Vesta Kilby. Survivors include her nieces Pearl (Mrs. Don) Teraberry of Coldwell, Idaho, Marjorie (Mrs. Allison) Cecil of Bentonville, Ark., Lucille Marshall of Kelseyville, Cal; nephews Robert Kilby of Lincoln, Neb.; Kenneth Kilby of Kearney, Neb., and Richard

Kilby of Stockton, Cal.; numerous great-nieces and nephews and many friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 23, 1992


Lillie, Bessie Alice Lewis -

Bessie Alice Lillie began her life journey as the daughter of Joseph and Nellie Williams Lewis on November 29, 1918 at

Prescott, Iowa and entered into eternal rest at her home at 206 West Michigan in Lenox at the age of 72. [Died July 23, 1992]

She was united in marriage with Earle D. Lillie at Lenox, Iowa on Feb. 8, 1948. Four children were born to bless this union. Bessie

was a school cook for several years. She was a devoted mother and homemaker.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Susan, and a great-grandson.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Earle of Lenox, her two daughters Barbara and husband John Shehan of

Lenox, Virginia Swank and her fiance Charles Surber of Chillicothe, Mo. and her son Michael Lillie and his wife Pam of Lenox, 13

grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, Earl Lewis of Orient, and Arthur Lewis of Des Moines.

Services were held July 25 at the Larkin and Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Max Nelson officiating.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 5, 1992


Moore, Rose (Nellie) -

Rose "Nellie" Moore, 97, of St. Joseph, Mo. died August 19, 1992 at the Tiffany Square Convalescent Center in St.


Mrs. Moore was born in Anita, Iowa and lived in Lenox before moving to St. Joseph, Mo., more than 30 years ago.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Clarence E. Moore of Chino, Calif.; three daughters, Rosellen H. Hupman of Schell City, Mo.,

Arline L. Elliott of St. Joseph, Mo., Doris M. Weese of Lenox; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and

great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Melvin Earl Moore, a daughter Vernita M. Taul; eight brothers; two half-brothers;

and a half-sister, also her parents.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 2, 1992


Neese, Clifford Dale -

Clifford Dale Neese, son of Clifford J. and Muriel L. Wills Neese, was born April 25, 1930 near Stanhope, Iowa. He passed

away at the Veterans Hospital in St. Cloud, Minn., on Friday, August 14, at the age of 62 years, 3 months and 19 days.

Dale attended Stanhope school and entered the U.S. Army in the early 1950's. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. in

Creston and a former member of the American Legion in Blockton.

On July 2, 1955, he married Opal H. Burras in Stanhope.

He drove trucks for several years before moving his family to Blockton, where he owned and operated Blockton Cafe for

10 years before his illness.

Dale was preceded in death by his mother, Muriel; two sons, Scott and Kenneth; and one grandson, Lucas James Ridge.

He is survived by Opal, his wife of 38 years; one son, Steve and wife Ellen of Dubuque; five daughters, Debra and husband

Dick Stewart of Clearfield; Patricia and husband Tony Thede of Lenox; Kathy and husband Tom Eagan of Creston;

Jackie and husband Rick Ridge of Grant City, Mo.; and Linda of Clearfield; fourteen grandchildren; his father Clifford J.

Neese of Boone; a brother, Darrel J. Neese of Beldon, Neb.; sisters, Helen Carlson of Pilot Mound, Iowa; Ann Doherty

of Boone, and Carol Wightman of Ames; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 18 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City. Pastor Alan J. Rusk

officiated. Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 26, 1992


Pierce, Fayrl Kenneth (Jim) -

Former Lenox resident Fayrl Kenneth Pierce, always known as "Jim", was born near Riverton, Neb. on June 7, 1909

and passed away on May 28, 1992, ten days before his 83rd birthday.

His parents, Sherman and Estella Mae Tucker Pierce preceded him in death many years ago, as did his only

brother, Bernelle Duane.

As a child and young man, Jim grew up in Nebraska and Iowa. He was married to Freda Moore December 24, 1931. To

this union four children were born, Patricia Lee, Jerry, Folen and Dixie. In 1943 they moved from Lenox to Vancouver,

Wash, where they have lived for 44 years.

There are 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and two more on the way.

His brothers-in-law, Clark Moore of Lenox, Raymond Moore, Cedar Rapids, Vaughn Moore, Kent and Jack and

Jayann of California; nieces and nephews and cousins, Dorothy Stream of Lenox, here in the midwest, mourn his passing.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday June 10, 1992


Short, Wayne L -

Wayne L. Short, 75, of 1469 Council Street N.E., Cedar Rapids, Ia. died Sunday, August 2 at the Crestview Acres

Nursing Home in Marian, Iowa.

Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Cedar Rapids.

Survivors include his wife Irene; two daughters, Judith Ann Short, of Davenport and Marilee Short of Cedar Rapids;

two sisters, Darlene Cole and Helen Beckman both of Rockford, Ill.; and a brother, Donald Short of Kansas City, Mo..

Wayne was born on June 20, 1917 in Sharpsburg, and was married to Irene Lefebure on Nov. 24, 1951 in Fairfax. He

was a truck driver for Western Transportation Co. and a member of Teamsters local 238.

A memorial fund has been established for Mercy of Hospice, 701 10th Street S.E., Cedar Rapids, 52403.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 12, 1992


Stadler, Frances Jeannete Martin -

Frances Jeannette Stalder began her life journey on March 27, 1919, at Garfield, Ill. as the daughter of Otto and Winifred

Hannah Owen Martin and entered into rest on August 20, 1992 at the Clarkson Hospital at Omaha, Neb. at the age of

73 years.

At an early age she moved with her parents to Carson, N. Dak, where she received her early childhood education in a

rural school setting and later graduated from the Carson High School.

On April 1, 1940 she was united in marriage with John Dale Stalder at Carson, N. Dak. One son was born to bless this

union. Frances worked in the Villisca area for several years and more recently was employed at the Union Carbide

plant at Red Oak. She retired from there after twenty five years. She has made her home in Lenox since 1982, she enjoyed

crocheting, tatting, knitting, and all kinds of craft work, as well as those things associated with being a good homemaker and

mother. She also enjoyed doing volunteer work at the local nursing home and helping with the hospice program.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale, 3 sisters, Mary Ellen, Nellie and Norah, her brother,

Bill and a grandson, Shawn.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Larry Stalder and his wife Ann of Elliot, Ia., 2 grandsons, Shane

and Courtney Stalder, her brother Roy Martin and his wife Reva of Lenox, her 2 sisters, Gusta Bahr of Underwood,

Minn., and Luella McIntosh of Orofine, Id., as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox with Rev. Don Fisher officiating.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 2, 1992


Weese, Edgar Harold -

Edgar Harold Weese began his life journey as the son of Enoch and Minnie Weese, Sept. 26, 1917 in Worth County

Missouri and entered into eternal rest Aug. 4, 1992 at Lenox, Ia.

He was united in marriage Oct. 3, 1938 to Doris M. Moore. To this union seven children were born.

He was employed by Lenox Elevator, Lenox Municipal Light Plant, and since 1952 Burlington Northern Railroad. He was also an army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents, his infant daughter, Juanita, four brothers, Kenneth, Calvin, Herbert, Albert; and two sisters, Violet and Jessie.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Doris of Lenox; four daughters, Margaret and her husband Bob Million of Casper, Wyo., Deloris and husband Rod Hansen of Pittsburg, Mo., Barbara and husband Michael Bennett of Creston,, Rosalie and husband

L.V. Norton of Chino Valley, Ariz.; sons, Stanley and wife Connie of Grove, Okla., Bill and wife Sue of Grand Prairie, Tx.; mother-in-law, Nellie Moore of St Joseph, Mo.; thirteen grandchildren and two step grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Key of Blockton, Madelyn and

Dale Loghry of Osceola,; one brother William B. and wife Zelma of Athelston, Ia.; sisters-in-law, Grace of Minnesota, Dorothy of

Winterset; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

His favorite pastimes were gardening, fishing and hunting.

Memorial services were held at Larkin-Johnson Funeral Home Aug. 8, 1992 with internment in the west Lenox Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 12, 1992