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

Brott, Charlene Marie Linkvis -

Charlene Marie Linkvis Brott, formerly of Clearfield, died on Monday,

March 10, 2008 in Blue Springs, Missouri. Charlene was born on

August 12, 1933 in Ringgold County to Charles and Opal Linkvis.

She married Charlie W. Brott on June 8, 1952. She lived most

of her life in Clearfield, Iowa.

Charlene is survived by her four children: daughters Janice

(Curt) Purdum, Bobbi (Randy) Barker, and Luann (Kent) Growe

and son Jeff (Terri) Brott; 10 grandchildren: Staci (Jon) DeMoss,

Ashley (Marc) Immerfall, Kayla Purdum, Clint Barker,

Jon Barker, Meg Barker, Trudy (Galen) Trucks, Roxanne

Brott, Elizabeth Brott, and Ben Growe. 4 great-grandchildren:

Catherine DeMoss, Morgan DeMoss, Halley Trucks, and

Grant Trucks. Her 2 sisters: Evelyn (Don) Dowell and Bernadine

(Joe) Sobotka; 3 brothers: Gene (Marlene) Linkvis, Bob

(Nelda) Linkvis and Joe (Bonnie) Bailey. Her sister-in-law,

Vaunceil Brott and brother-in-law, Leonard Zigler and many

nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband  Charlie W.

Brott; infant son — Charlie Brott, Jr; mother ~ Opal; father -

Charles; step-father — Cecil Bailey.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Clearfield United

Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa on Friday, March 28,2008

at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to

the family for a memorial to the Breast Cancer Research Fund

or the Clearfield United Methodist Church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 26, 2008


Carson, Herbert Paul -

Funeral services for Herb Carson, age 94 of Bedford, who died Tuesday, March 4,

2008 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Friday, March 14, 2008 at

11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home. Interment was held in the Clearfield

Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford ambulance or the Bedford

Lions Club. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at

www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to

the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Herbert Paul Carson was born May 29, 1913, in Clearfield, Iowa the son of

Everett Leroy Carson and Amanda May (Renfro) Carson. He had three sisters,

Thurma who was born in 1912; Marion in 1916 and Earlus in 1919. He grew up

attending school in Bedford, graduating with the Class of 1930. During high

school he had several after school jobs, along with participating in Football

and track and field. After graduation he worked in the Bedford area for

several years. On January 9, 1933, he was united in marriage to Mary Alice

King in Pickering,  Missouri. Together they had four children, Virginia Eloise

born in 1933 in Bedford; Dale Leroy in 1947 in Grants Pass, Oregon; Dennis

Paul in 1948 in Medford, Oregon and Debra Louise in 1952 also in Medford.

Shortly after their marriage, Herb and the family moved to Council Bluffs,

Iowa where he was a driver for a laundry company until 1939. The family

moved again to the Los Angeles, California area. During the years of World

War II, Herb worked in defense plants (Northrup) as a tool and die maker,

and also for Howard Hughes as a sub-contractor machining aircraft parts.

Mr. Hughes wanted Herb to go into business with him, but Herb thought

Howard had some 'issues'. In 1945, the family moved to Grants Pass, Oregon,

moving again in 1947 to Medford, Oregon. From about 1947 to 1973, Herb

was a bus driver for the Greyhound Bus Company. During the years he

was a bus driver, he also operated a log truck and a Greyhound Moving

and Storage Company. In 1979, after his retirement, Herb and Mary

moved to Crooked River Ranch in Oregon where they built a home, living

there until 1990, when they sold out, returning to Bedford, Iowa where

they made their home.

Herb had a very creative mind, having the ability to build and engineer

things. He actually built and designed his first RV, which he made from

an old Greyhound Bus! He was a member of the Christian Church and

served as past secretary and vice-president for the Bedford Lions Club.

During their retirement years together, Herb and Mary enjoyed

traveling in their motor home. They visited all 50 states, enjoying the

people they met along the way. Mary passed away in May of 2006.

Left to cherish Herb's memory are his four children, Virginia "Eloise"

Suslick and husband Ron of Tacoma, Washington; Dale Carson and

wife Megan of Tucson, Arizona; Dennis Carson and wife Benchamars of

Port Orchard, Washington; and Debra McCormack and husband Michael

of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren, Randal Cohen and wife Linda;

Michael Cohen and wife Anita; John McCormack and wife Ifegenia;

Marialice Davis and husband Fredrick; Kevan McCormack and wife

LuAron; David Carson and wife Matasha; Richard Carson and

wife Stephanie; sixteen greatgrandchildren, Timothy, Brian

and Christopher Cohen; Madalyn, John II, Robert and Priscilla

McCormack; David Jr., Katherine, Vivian and James Carson; Ashley and

Chance Carson; Alexander, Michael and Liam Davis; along with many

other relatives and friends.

Preceding Herb in death were his parents; his loving wife Mary of 73

years in 2006; and three sisters, Thurma Clatterbuck, Marion

Marshall and Earlus Gannon.

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Cole, Esther Mary Mertes -

Graveside services for Esther Cole, age 94, of Lenox, who died Monday,

March 31, 2008 were held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the

Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska. Memorials can

be given in Esther's name. Memories can be shared with the family at

www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were

entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Esther Mary (Mertes) Cole was born April 16, 1913, in Table Rock,

Nebraska the daughter of Peter Mertes and Elizabeth (Rock) Mertes. She

was the only sister among five brothers and grew up in Nebraska.

An avid student, she decided early on to become a teacher. Graduating

high school at age 17, she began teaching in a one room country

school with 31 students.

Later, Esther obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Peru State College

and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha for her Master's


Esther also taught in the Omaha Westside School District 66 in

Omaha, Nebraska for 20 years. During her career she received

numerous teaching awards, among those, the prestigious "Nebraska

Emeritus Award" for excellence in teaching in the State of


Esther belonged to a variety of educational organizations,

including both National and State of Nebraska Education

Associations, and served 3 years on the Nebraska State

Board of American Childhood Education. She was a member

of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher's Honorary Society and

the National Professional Women's Organization. She was

also a member of the National Art Society. Esther was an

active member of the Christian Women's Club, the Retired

Teacher's Association in Virginia and an active member of

her church both in Nebraska and Virginia.

Esther often said "There are no bad children" and "I never

met a child I couldn't teach to read". Through the years one

of her greatest joys was to receive phone calls, notes and

visits from former students. She always remembered them

and usually remembered exactly where they had sat in her


Esther married Leo Cole in 1933. Together they purchased

and operated a farm near Nebraska City. They had one daughter,

Linda Bocock. After her retirement, Esther continued her "hobby"

of buying and selling residential and commercial real estate,

eventually forming the real estate holding company E. Mertes

Cole Properties L.L.C.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents, her husband,

five brothers and one sister-in-law.

Left to cherish Esther's memory is her daughter Linda and

son-in-law Allan Bocock of Lenox, Iowa; special friends, Marti

and Neil Welch of Omaha, Nebraska; Leita Wimer of Staunton,

Virginia; Lois Randall of Waynesboro, Virginia; along with extended

family and many friends.

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Crum, Virginia Ellen Perkins -

Graveside memorial services for Virginia (Perkins) Crum, age 87 of California,

formerly of Bedford, who died December 21, 2007 in Roseville, California will

be held Friday, April 4, 2008 at. 11:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in

Bedford. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Ritchie Funeral

Home. Memorials can be directed to the United Christian Presbyterian Church

Building Fund, 708 Court Avenue, Bedford, IA 50833. Memories can be shared

with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Virginia Ellen (Perkins) Crum was born February 10, 1920 in Bedford, Iowa, the

daughter of Ralph E. Perkins and Helen (Laird) Perkins. She grew up attending

rural school in the "Frog Valley" School House. She then attended Bedford

High School, graduating with the Class of 1937. On September 3, 1938

she was united in marriage to William E. (Bill) Crum, III at the First

Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Born to bless their lives

were four sons, Jon Clark, W.E. (Ed), Michael Laird and Steven Perkins.

Virginia was a 'stay-at home ' wife and mother. She was always active in

all of her boys' school and church activities. She encouraged them to play

musical instruments and spent many hours sitting with them while

they practiced. Virginia was a lifetime member of the Bedford American

Legion Auxiliary and the First Presbyterian Church of Bedford.

In 1972, following the death of her son Steven in a tragic car accident

just weeks after his graduation from high school, Virginia went to work

with Bill in the Bedford National Bank. They were owners/affiliates of

the bank until their retirement in 1988, when they moved to Roseville,

California to be near Ed and his family.

Several years later they moved to Chandler, Arizona to be near son,

Jon. Virginia returned to Roseville following the death of her husband,


In Roseville, Virginia quickly became the 'neighborhood grandmother'.

Two families with young children were particularly close as was the

couple who lived next door and looked in on her on an almost daily

basis. She loved sitting in front of her house visiting with everyone,

as well as baking for the whole neighborhood. Virginia also enjoyed

doing volunteer work at the hospital and library, being very active

in these endeavors until the last few months of her life.

Left to cherish Virginia's memory are two sons, Jon Clark Crum and

wife Kathy of Mission Viejo, California; and W.E. (Ed) Crum and wife

Christine of Roseville, California; ten grandchildren; six great-grand

children; one brother, Charles Perkins and wife Joan of Rolling Hills,

California; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Virginia in death were her parents; her husband Bill Crum

in 1994, two sons, Michael Laird Crum on February 14, 2007; and Steven

Perkins Crum in August of 1972; two brothers and their wives, Ross

and Verda Perkins and Robert and Hazel Perkins.

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Falk, Rudolph Strong -

Rudolph Strong Falk was born January 11, 1921 to Leslie and Elsie (Strong)

Falk at Clarinda, Iowa.

He passed away on April 3, 2008 at his residence at the Eiler House in

Clarinda at the age of 87.

Rudy graduated from Clarinda High School. He was president of the Brokaw

FFA during the construction of the stone FFA Chapter House. Rudy married

Helen Black Falk on October 30, 1943 near Clarinda, Iowa. As the third

generation owner of the family farm, he delighted in his work with the

livestock and crops on the land. He thoroughly enjoyed extending

hospitality on their farm, especially taking people to the back pasture

for cookouts. A member of the Clarinda Reformed Presbyterian

(Covenanter) Church, Rudy served almost 60 years as a deacon. He was

an Archer Oil distributor for years. Rudy served on the Page County Fair

Board and as 4H Horse Superintendent. Rudy also served on the Board of

Directors for the Clarinda Coop and Page County Farm Bureau. He and Helen

were active in the Circle 8 Square Dance Club and the Bedford and Clarinda

Saddle Clubs. He and Helen retired from the farm and moved to Eiler

House in January 2006.

Rudy was preceded in death by his wife Helen in March 2008; also his parents,

his brother Carl, his sister Pauline Falk McClarnon, and brother in-law

Merrill Black.

Rudy is survived by his children Nancy Smith and husband Dean of Beaver

Falls, PA., Larry and wife Eileen of Cutler, In., Merle Falk of Red Oak, Ia.,

Howard and wife Rosa of Braddyville, Ia., Louise Moore and husband Gary of

Lawrence,Ks., Brenda Fiscus and husband Jeff of Lake View, Ia., Steven

Falk and wife Ruth of Clarinda; twenty-two grandchildren and many great

grandchildren; brother-in-law Walter Black and wife Viki of Newhall, Ca.,

sisters-in-law Wilma Falk and Betty Black of Clarinda, and many other

friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 5, 2008 at Reformed Presbyterian

(Covenanter) Church, Clarinda, with interment at Covenanter Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the church. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is

in charge of arrangements.

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Ferguson, Elizabeth Maurine Rohlfs Bush -

Elizabeth Maurine Ferguson, 67, Lawson, MO, passed away Wednesday, March 19,

2008 at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS after a long hard battle with cancer.

Memorial services were held Saturday March 22, 2008 at the Lawson United

Methodist Church, Lawson, MO. Interment at the Lawson Cemetery.

Elizabeth was born on January 20, 1941 in Taylor County IA, the daughter of

Walter and Dorothy (Jackson) Bush. She attended school in Taylor County, Iowa.

She married Noel Ferguson on June 14, 1975 in Kansas City, MO.

She was founder and former owner of Ferguson Tax and Accounting in Lawson,

MO. she also had Famous Mums by Lizz.

Elizabeth was a member of the Lawson United Methodist Church and from many

years was a member of Rotary and P.E.O. in Lawson.

Survivors include her husband, Noel Ferguson of the home. Three sons: Robert

Rohlfs and wife Chris of Liberty, MO; Mark Rohlfs and wife Jennifer of Lawson,

MO; and Ben Ferguson of Lawson, MO. One brother John Bush and wife Deb of

Warrensburg, MO; Two sisters: Karen Youngston and husband Gordon of Sealy,

TX; and Nancy Piper and husband Gary of Platte City, MO; Three grandchildren:

Drew Rohlfs, Blane Rohlfs and Brock Rohlfs.

The family suggests memorial contributions be given to the Lawson United

Methodist Church. Arrangements: Policy Funeral Home, Lawson Mo

(816) 580-7704 Online condolences may be left at polleyfuneralhome.com.

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Henderson, Silas (Milton) -

Silas "Milton" Henderson passed away on March 13,2008 at the age of 98.

He was born October 5, 1909. He grew up on a family farm southwest of

Clearfield, Iowa with his parents, Tom and Leota Porter Henderson and

brother Guy. He went to country school through the seventh grade,

attended high school in Clearfield, and graduated from Simpson College

in 1932. During these early years, he helped his father farm with many jobs

being carried out with horses.

His professional life began as a chemist for Henry Ford. Then he obtained

a master's degree from Iowa State University in agricultural

engineering. After a year as a professor at the University

of Georgia, he spent the major portion of his professional life at

the University of California at Davis as a faculty member, teaching

and doing research in the department of agricultural engineering,

primarily food processing and grain drying.

He and his wife, Frances, together for 63 years, enjoyed gardening,

flower production, travel in the mountains, and visiting with friends.

Upon retirement, they did some traveling. Milton was a hobby beekeeper

for eight years, a clock maker, and productive with many shop projects.

He also maintained interest and activity in the farming operations in his

home area in Iowa.

He leaves his two sons, Jerry and his wife Fran in Chicago,

and Ken and his wife Pat in Woodland; four grandchildren, Brad

of Davis, Tim and his wife Penny in Chico, Keri Goodner and

her husband Kevin in Woodland, and Jennifer Coleman and her

husband Jeff of Woodland; six great-grandchildren, Silas and Shay

Henderson, Kyle and Kelsey Goodner, and Kenny and Bailey


Milton was active in the Presbyterian Church most of his

life and one of the many activities he pursued was singing in the

choir. In his earlier days in Davis, he was heavily involved with

the development of a Boy Scout troop sponsored by the Davis

Community Church.

During his younger days, he showed interest and ability in

athletics and music. He once won the rope climb at the county

fair, could jump over a rolled newspaper held at each end with

his hands, and could do one-handed push-ups. He could play the

harmonica by putting it in his mouth and not controlling it with

his hands and he once played the cornet in a band led by Sousa.

There will be no service. The family asks that any memorial

contributions be made to St. John Retirement Village, 135 Woodland

Ave., Woodland, Ca. 95695. Milton enjoyed his last years

there and they took good care of him.

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Hill, Lauren (Larry) Dee -

Funeral services for Lauren Hill, age 57 of Lenox, who died Wednesday,

March 19, 2008 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital were held Monday,

March 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox.

Interment will be held at the Lexington Cemetery in north of Bedford.

Memorials can be directed to Taylor Ridge Estates. Memories can be

shared on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Lauren (Larry) Dee Hill was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on August 19, 1950,

the youngest child of eleven brothers and sisters. His parents were

Ernest L. Hill and Virginia (Fielder) Hill. Lauren lived with his mother

until the age of four when he moved to the Glenwood State Hospital.

He lived there until he was 20, moving to the County Home in Bedford

in 1972. Later he moved to Taylor Ridge Estates where he resided at

the time of his death.

Lauren always enjoyed receiving mail from Mary Lou England. Ronnie

Sleep was his life-long friend and they became roommates and were

'always watching out for each other'. Eddie Blake, another friend,

always made sure Lauren got on and off the trolley without any


Lauren enjoyed collecting wrestling magazines, activity markers

and other items the staff would find hidden under his mattress.

Lauren truly loved his job at Innovative Industries.

Left to cherish Lauren's memory are his friends and family of

Taylor Ridge.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 26, 2008


Kernen, Beulah May Matheny -

Funeral services for Beulah May Kernen, age 81 of Bedford, who died Sunday,

March 23, 2008 at the Clarinda Regional Medical Center were held Thursday,

March 27, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Interment

was held in the Lexington Cemetery in rural Bedford. Memorials can be directed

to the First Baptist Church or the Gideons. Memories can be shared with the

family on our website at www.ritchiefuncralhome.com under Obituaries.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Beulah May (Matheny) Kernen was born February 23, 1927, near Platteville

 in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of James Matheny and Mattie

(Newby) Matheny. She grew up attending rural schools, graduating from

the Blockton High School with the Class of 1944. After graduation, Beulah

moved to Colorado and lived with her sister and brother-in-law.

Later she returned to Bedford where she met Frederick Dale Kernen,

who was working for a company that changed records in the

'Nickelodeon s' (jukebox) at the local restaurant where she was working

as a waitress. The couple was united in marriage on January 5, 1947, at the

Methodist Parsonage in Gravity. After their marriage, Beulah and Dale lived

in Sioux City for one and a half years where Beulah worked as a receptionist

for the same company Dale worked for. The couple later returned to Taylor

County. Four children were born to bless their lives, Sandi, Rick, Sonya and


Beulah and Dale farmed in Taylor County for thirteen years where Dale

started doing some '2-Way Radio Work'. They moved to Conway in 1961, and

together they ran their business known as Bi-State Electronics. In

1971, a tornado destroyed their house so they built a new home in Conway.

In December of 1999, Beulah and Dale moved to Bedford. Beulah enjoyed being

outdoors. She was a very creative person being especially talented in

ceramic work, even having her own kiln! She also enjoyed crafts and scrap


Over the years Beulah and Dale were able to take many vacations, with the

highlight of going to Egypt and the Holy Land. They toured much of the United

States, along with several more trips abroad. In August, Beulah and Dale

were able to drive to Seattle to see their twin greatgrandchildren.

Beulah's world revolved around her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren

having devoted her love of life and enthusiasm to learn by writing down and

memorizing much of what they would say over the years. Beulah was a

member of the First Baptist Church for over 48 years, having been active

in all areas of ministry from being a Sunday school teacher, AWANA Leader

and church secretary, only resigning in January of 2008, her gift of teaching

children was always present in her enthusiasm and love for the Lord. Beulah

also worked for over 17 years in prison fellowship and over 20 years as a

member of the Gideon's Auxiliary.

Left to cherish Beulah's memory are her loving husband of 61 years, Dale

Kernen of Bedford; four children, Sandi Salen and husband Richard of

Bedford; Rick Kernen and wife Cathy of Seattle, Washington; Sonya Jones

and husband Roger of Shenandoah; Randy Kernen and Sue Smith of Conway;

seven grandchildren, Amanda Mackison and husband James of Olympia,

Washington; Joshua Kernen and wife Andrea of Portland, Oregon; Arin

Baker and husband Jesse of Bedford; Cale Jones and Rachel Jones, both

of Shenandoah; Derick Kernen and Bethany Pickett of Bedford; and

Devin Kernen of Bedford; four great-grandchildren, Brandon and Phoebe

Baker of Bedford; and Clara and Henry Mackison of Olympia, Washington;

a sister, Dorothy Newkirk of Bedford; an AFS daughter, Dr. Elisabeth

Calvo-Bergman and husband Rick, and their children, Ryan and Samantha

of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; along with many other relatives and friends

in the community.

Preceding Beulah in death were her parents; a sister, Ethel Dant; and

two brothers, John and Marion Matheny.

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Kilgore, Margaret -

Margaret Kilgore was born October 31, 1962 at Clearfield, Iowa to George

& Clara (Clay) Kilgore. Margaret graduated from Clearfield High School and

from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa She moved to Poway, California

in 1989 and has lived there since. Margaret was an assistant manager at a

convenience store for several years. Margaret died suddenly on March 8,

2008 in Poway.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Kilgore. Survivors include

her mother Clara Kilgore of Clearfield; four brothers David Kilgore & wife

Beverly of Halkett, New Zealand, Kevin Kilgore & wife Cathy of Diagonal,

Charles Kilgore & wife Renee of Creston, and Gordon Kilgore & wife

Leslie of St. Joseph, MO; two sisters Kerry Saville & husband Richard of

Clearfield and Ann Kilgore of Clearfield; her dear friend, Steven, of Poway,

CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Margaret was cremated and services will be at a later date. [Services

were April 19, 2008; burial at Clearfield Cemetery.]

Local arrangements through Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home

in Clearfield.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 19, 2008


Long, Rodger Raymond -

Rodger Raymond Long was born January 24, 1919 near Charles City, Iowa,

to Hannah (Dirks) and Howard Long. He passed away March 16, 2008

in Shenandoah, Iowa.

He attended Clarinda High School, leaving school to help support his family.

He was united in marriage to Doris Reynolds on February 8, 1941 in Atchison,

Kansas. In 1937 Rodger joined the national guard and in 1941 he joined the

U.S. Army and served as a sergeant in World War II with the 168th Infantry

34ih Division and was a P.O.W. in Germany for twenty-seven months.

Prior to joining the U.S. Army he worked as a mechanic. While in service his

wife, Doris, started driving a rendering truck until he returned from duty.

He started driving the truck until retirement. In addition to that job he

was a small engine repair man fixing all types of small equipment. He and Doris

also were proud of their home and gardens. Always keeping things neat and

in order and providing plenty of garden products and eggs to their family.

In 1947 he joined the American Legion Post 300 at New Market and was a

sixty one year member. He was also a member of the New Market Methodist

Church in New Market, Iowa.

Preceding Rodger in death were his parents; wife, Doris in February 2005;

daughter, Eleanor Selby in May 2004; sisters Rose King; Mary Jane

Thorndike and husband Robert, brother-in-law Ivan Aid; and sister-in-law,

Lois Jean Long.

Survivors include: son, Charles Long and wife Shirley of College Springs, Iowa;

daughter Linda Mangold and husband Richard of Washington, Iowa; daughter

Barbara Harvey and husband Carol of Braddyville, Iowa; son, Rodney Long, New

Market, Iowa; son-in-law Larry Selby of Shambaugh, Iowa; grandchildren

Cynthia Cory and husband Robert and their children Dillon and Brady

Serr, Christopher Selby and son Allyn and daughter Tiffany, Curtis Selby

and son Chad, fiance Amy and step daughter Darian, Kevin Long, Jason

Long and wife Katie and children Sydney and Kemper, Chris Long, Dale Long and

fiance Dora, Michael Manley and fiance Tammy and daughter Jana, Howard

Harvey and wife Stacey and son Lane, Leanne Whitehill and husband

Keith and son Mark; brother Vernon Long, San Jose, California; sister

Alberta Aid, Ogden, Utah. Many nieces and nephews and all friends.

Services were held March 19, 2008 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home

with Interment at Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Arrangements provided by Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa.

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Pfander, George V -

George V. Pfander,, age 91 of Sidney, IA, formerly of Bedford and Clarinda,

IA, died Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Ambassador in Sidney following

an extended illness.

George was born January 13, 1917 in Clarinda, IA to Allen V. Pfander and

Irene E. (Fleener) Pfander. George graduated from Clarinda High School

in 1932 and attended Northwest Missouri State University for a time.

For many years, George served as Secretary of the Angus Association

of Iowa and later owned and operated the Berry Farm and Home Store in

Clarinda until a fire put them out of business. George enjoyed hunting and

fishing and the companionship of his dogs, especially Ike. He was an

accomplished musician playing several instruments including the piano

and clarinet and was a Master Bridge player.

George was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jane Anderson;

and a brother, Allen O. Pfander. He is survived by his sister, Virginia

Strong of Sidney, IA; numerous nieces and nephews who were very close

to his heart, many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services for the interment of ashes were 11:00 AM Tuesday,

March 25, 2008 at the Clarinda, Iowa Cemetery.

There will be no viewing or visitation and, in lieu of flowers, the family

requests memorials toward the purchase of a cemetery marker for George.

The Crawford-Marshall Funeral Chapel in Sidney is in charge of arrangements.

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Thornton, James Alonzo -

Funeral services for James Thornton, age 65 of Glenwood, formerly of Bedford,

who died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs

were held Wednesday, March 12,2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home.

Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be

given in his name.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

James Alonzo Thornton was born May 12, 1942, in Bedford, Iowa the son of

Alonzo Thornton and Pearl Ellen (Bradley) Thornton. He grew up in the Bedford

area where he attended Ross Township No. 1 country school. Jimmy lived at home

until 1965, when he moved to the Taylor County Home. Throughout his life, he

lived in several area residential care facilities, having spent the last eleven

years at the Glenwood Home.

Jimmy enjoyed being around people and looked forward to 'getting a laugh out

of someone'. His favorite pastime was driving nails. He loved his family and

looked forward to being with them. Jimmy especially enjoyed apple pie and

apple jelly. He loved picking and smelling flowers, and he especially liked it when

people gave him money!

Left to cherish Jimmy's memory are his two sisters, Mary Shanks and husband

Carroll of Bedford; and Bethel French and husband Ed, of Bedford; and a sister-

in-law, Beverly (Thornton) Kemery and husband Charles of Bedford; along with

many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Jimmy in death were his parents Alonzo and Pearl Thornton, and a

brother John Thornton.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 19, 2008


Wetzel, Ronald Reldon -

Funeral services for Ron Wetzel, age 62, of Corning, who died Friday, March 14,

2008, at his home, were held Monday, March 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Roland-

Ritchie Funeral Home in Corning. Interment was held in the Prairie Rose Cemetery

with military rites accorded by the, Ourcq Post No. 117 of the Corning American

Legion. Memorials can be directed to the Corning Ambulance Service. Memories

can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements

were entrusted to Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.

Ronald Reldon Wetzel was born December 26, 1945, in Creston the son of Cleo

Harlan Wetzel and Dorothy Ellen (Hays) Wetzel. He grew up in Taylor County

where he went to country schools before attending school in Corning, graduating

with the Class of 1965. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, spending four

years in Texas, New Mexico and Ismar, Turkey. After his discharge Ron attended

college, graduating from Iowa State with a degree in Horticulture On December

28, 1969, he was united in marriage to Janet Swartz. The couple had three

children, Dana, Trent and Robyn.

After college graduation, Ron moved to Maquoketa to help build a golf course. In

1973, he moved to Corning where he farmed and was the Greenskeeper for Happy

Hollow Country Club. He was a member of the Iowa Trappers Association and the

Ourcq American Legion Post No. 117 in Corning. Ron enjoyed the outdoors,

trapping, hunting and fishing. He spent time in his garden growing produce,

especially tomatoes which he used to make salsa in the fall.

His family was most important to him, with a 'soft spot' for his granddaughters.

Left to cherish Ron's memory are his parents, Cleo and Dorothy Wetzel of

Gravity; his three children, Dana Stoakes and husband Chris of Omaha, Nebraska;

Trent Wetzel and wife Erin of Corning; Robyn Petersen and husband Ryan of

Papillion, Nebraska; four granddaughters, Danielle, Abigail, Rebecca Wetzel;

and Zoe Petersen; friend, Linda Hughes of Corning; two brothers, Robert

Wetzel and wife Loretta of Corning; and Dwight Wetzel and wife Glenda of

Bedford; a sister, Marcia Nickell and husband Gaylen of Gravity; along with

many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Ron in death are his grandparents.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday March 19, 2008


Wynn, Louise -

Funeral services for Louise Wynn, age 96 of Lenox, Iowa, who died Saturday,

March 29, 2008 at Lenox Care Center were held Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at

10:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church, Lenox, Iowa with Reverend Tim Maxa

officiating. Open visitation was held Monday, March 31, 2008, 3:00 p.m. -

7:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Lenox and visitation with the family

was held 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church prior to the

service on Tuesday. Burial was in the East Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Memorials can be directed to the Lenox Library or to the Presbyterian

Church, Lenox. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family

on our web page, www.ritchiefuneral-home.com under Obituaries. Arrangements

were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, Iowa.

Louise Caroline Wynn was born on August 26, 1911, in Lenox, Iowa to Benjamin

F. and Margaret (Hunter) Wurster. Louise was a lifelong resident of Lenox,

after graduating from Lenox High School in 1929; she worked at the First

National Bank in Lenox for twelve years. She was married to Harold (Percy)

Wynn on December 7, 1935 in Guthrie Center, Iowa. Percy died in 1969.

Louise worked at the Lenox Smart Shop and later at the Then and Now

Dress Shop until her retirement at the age of 85 years.

Louise was a faithful member of the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox

for 86 years and was recognized in November 2001 as a 50 year member of

Chapter FW, P.E.O. Sisterhood of Lenox.

Louise was a beautiful seamstress, making her daughter Nancy's wedding

gown and all of the families' centennial dresses. She enjoyed reading books

from the library and worked hundreds of crossword puzzles. Louise was

known for her cooking especially fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans,

and PUMPKIN PIE. She dearly loved her grandkids and great grandkids.

There were always lots of hugs and candy orange slices at GiGi's house.

Louise is survived by daughters, Nancy (Eldon) Bose and Linda (Jim) Rice

both of Lenox, Iowa; six grandchildren, Mike (Dorrie) Bose of Iowa City,

Iowa, Mendy (Scott) Abell of Cromwell, Iowa, Maria Bose (special friend,

Marvin) of Creston, Iowa, James (Heather) Rice of Shenandoah, Iowa,

Jason (Shantelle) Rice of Lenox, Iowa, Jarry (Maggie) Rice of Lenox,

Iowa; twelve great grandchildren, Randy, Jesse, Jenna, and Ashlee Bose,

Garrett and Ericka Abell, Parker, Spencer and Hunter Rice, Saige,

Peyton and Tristen Rice; brother, Paul (Betty) Wurster of California;

sisters, .Margaret Brandmeier and Helen (John) Kish of Aurora,

Colorado and Marian (William) Lemaster of Greeley, Colorado; sister

in law, Gladys Egler of Newcomerstown, Ohio; along with many nieces,

nephews and a host of friends.

Preceding Louise in death were her parents, Ben and Margaret Wurster,

her husband, Harold "Percy" Wynn in September 1969, and infant son,

David Lee Wynn at birth; brother, Robert Wurster; sister in law,

Dorothy Walter and husband Orval; sister in law, Inez Keever and

husband Dow; sister in law, Juanita Harper and husband Ken and a

brother in law, Jesse Wynn and wife Hazel.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday April 2, 2008