Faubion, Russell Vegene Sr. -
Russell Vegene Faubion, Sr. was born October 25, 1924 in Taylor County, Iowa to Myron
Clark and Chloris Eldora Fulwider Faubion. He departed this life September 14, 2007 at
Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa at the age of 82.
Russell was an only child. He attended country school and some elementary school in
Blockton. He graduated from Blockton High School and attended Northwest Missouri
State College in Maryville, Missouri.
On December 22, 1946 Russell was united in marriage to Phyllis Lavene Moon by E.E.
Stringfellow, a Professor of Divinity in Drake University. On Easter Sunday of the following
year, Russell and Phyllis, along with her brothers, Bill and Eugene, and sister Martha, were
baptized in the Christian Church by E.E. Stringfellow. Russell and Phyllis remained faithful
members of the church. Along with other Christian men, many evening were spent paneling the
church auditorium. It still looks nice today. There was a large class of adults who enjoyed
doing many things together.
Russell spent his life farming. He also drove a school bus for fifty years....many great
kids, and no accidents. After school hours he drove to many ball games, often in distant
cities. For many years he was the Christmas Santa at the Community Hall and other
private homes, giving children and families much pleasure.
Russell and Phyllis have one son, Russell Faubion, Jr. better known as Rusty, who married
Tamera Hawhee. They gave him two grandchildren, Matthew Christopher and Candice Irene
who were very devoted to him, and he to them. He took great pleasure in their
accomplishments. He just wanted to see them more often.
In addition to the Christian Church, Russell was also a member of the Farm Bureau, Lions
Club, a 50 year Mason, Board member of M.F.A. and an honorary member of the
Waubonsie Unique Tractors Club. He drove tractors to and from the Des Moines State Fair
grounds for many years. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle with a group, and traveling in his
travel trailer to a number of states visiting relatives. He and Phyllis had a small home
but relatives were always welcomed for meals and overnights.
Russell was a devoted husband and father. He will be greatly missed by his wife Phyllis,
son Rusty and wife Tammy, grandchildren Matthew and Candice, other relatives and many
Funeral Services were Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the Christian Church in
Blockton, Iowa interment; Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa.
Arrangements: Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, MO.
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Funeral services for Don Glass, age 91 of Bedford, who died Monday, August 20, 2007,
at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Saturday, August 25, 2007, at 10:30
a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial was held in the Fairview Cemetery in
Bedford. Memorials can be directed to the Mount Ayr Hospice. Memories can be shared
with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrange-
ments were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Donal Hazen Glass was born June 30, 1916, in Dot, Virginia, the son of J. M. Glass and Nora
(Baker) Glass. He grew up with his three brothers and three sisters (one a twin!) and one
foster sister, attending rural schools and moving with his family to Missouri in 1924, and
then to Iowa in 1927. Don started dating Helen Victoria Dunn after a high school football
game, and on May 15, 1934, the couple were united in marriage in Clarinda. Two children,
Neil and Elaine, were born to bless this union.
After their marriage, Don and Helen farmed close to Clarinda. In 1939, they moved to
a farm near Bedford and farmed for fourteen years. In 1952, Don rented out his farm
ground and purchased the Case Implement business which they successfully operated for
fourteen years. Upon their retirement, Don and Helen moved to Moses Lake, Washington
where they lived for five years.
They then moved to Camanche, Iowa to be near their daughter Elaine and family where
they lived for four years. In 1987, they returned to Bedford. Don and Helen celebrated
their 70th Wedding Anniversary in 2004 with over 250 guests, truly blessing Don, Helen
and their family.
Don and Helen attended the First Baptist Church in Bedford where they were longtime
members. He later attended the Hopkins Christian Church. He served on the Interchurch
Council in Bedford for many years; was elected to the Taylor County Supervisors Board,
serving three terms; served on the Bedford City Council for ten years and was President of
District County Officers; the Bedford Lions Club for over 25 years, having served as
President for two terms; he was a 4-H Leader and taught a Tractor Safety Class; he
belonged to the Odd Fellow Lodge having served as Noble Grand. Don was also a
charter member of the Bedford Flying Club, having received his private pilot's license
in 1960. For many years, Don and Helen enjoyed traveling throughout the United States,
Canada and Mexico.
Left to cherish Don's memory are his loving daughter Evelyn Elaine Everhart and
husband Jesse of Camanche, Iowa; two sisters, Mary Miers of Bedford; and Pauline McCune of
Lenox; a brother-in-law, Harold Miers of Clarinda; two sisters-in-law, Betty Glass of
Bedford; and Dorothy Glass of Moses Lake, Washington; seven grandchildren, Marty
Glass of Dallas, Texas; Lori Glass Findley of Dallas, Texas; Tammy Everhart Creacy of
Borger, Texas; Tim Glass of Dallas, Texas; Jeff Everhart of Camanche, Iowa; Dena Glass
Moore of Independence, Missouri; and Dan Glass of Gower, Missouri; fourteen great
grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and
Preceding Don in death were his parents; his loving wife Helen in 2005; his son David
Neil in 2004; three brothers, Henry, Palmer and Ray Glass; his twin sister, Hazel
Miers, and foster sister, Thelma Yeary.
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John Edwin Helm, Stanberry, Missouri passed away Monday, August 27, 2007 at
his home. Services were held Friday, August 31 at the Stanberry First Christian Church,
with burial at Graceland Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa.
John, son of Oran and Eldred (Soma) Helm was born May 13, 1944, in Lenox, Iowa.
John worked in maintenance and he was a member of the Stanberry First Christian
In 1969, John married Karen Thompson. He later married Joanne Durham on
September 29, 1992. She preceded him in death in 1998. He was also preceded in death
by his parents.
Left to cherish John's memory are daughters, Sharilyn and husband Jody Ledah.,
of Cambridge, Minnesota, Karen Anne and husband Troy Nies, of Killdeer, N.D.,
Kylie and husband Robert Anderson, Ulen, Minnesota; brothers, Fred Helm and wife
Lorraine Helm of Stanberry, Missouri. Reed and wife Joanne Helm, and Jim and
wife Sandy Helm all of Lenox, Ia.: sisters, Marcia Martin of Hawthorne, Nv., Sandra and
husband Lawrence Wells of Queensbury, NY.: and Aunt Edith Hall of Mariposa, Ca.;
4 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be left to the family. John will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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Funeral services for Edythe M. Holmes, age 84 of Harrisonville, Missouri formerly
of Lenox and Sharpsburg, who died Sunday, August 5, 2007, at the Crown Care
Center in Harrisonville, Missouri, will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at 11:00
a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held for one
hour prior to services Wednesday morning. Burial will be at the Bedford City Cemetery.
Memorials can be given in Edythe's name. 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.
Edythe M. Holmes was born August 1, 1923, in Kansas City Missouri, the daughter of
Charles and Lecta (Warner) Ledgerwood. She grew up attending school, graduating
from Gravity High School. On August 17, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ivan H.
Holmes, in Maryville, Missouri; they had 65 wonderful years together.
Edythe was a homemaker and was able to stay home and raise her children. She taught
piano lessons out of her home in Lenox for several years in the 1940's.
Ivan and Edythe lived in Kansas City in the 1950's until the 1970's when they moved
back to Lenox.
Edythe was active in the Lenox American Legion Auxiliary which she served as president.
Ivan and Edythe loved going to the Iowa State Fair every year with the Clearfield Lions
helping run the shuttles from the camp grounds to the fair. They also enjoyed attending
Ivan's 103rd Army reunion every year.
They both attended their school class reunions until the last a couple years.
Edythe played the piano for years at the Sharpsburg United Methodist Church. She was
active in many church functions. She loved working in her big garden in Sharpsburg,
where she did a lot of canning and baking wonderful pies from the produce of the garden.
She loved to bake pies, cakes, candies, cookies etc and always brought her family
lots to eat and take home when they visited, especially at the holidays. Edythe kept in touch
with family and friends by writing letters and cards, never forgetting a birthday,
anniversary or get well message.
Left to cherish Edythe's memory are her two sons, Don Holmes and Judy of Lee's Summit,
Missouri; and Ron Holmes of Independence, Missouri; a daughter, Connie Combs and
husband Steve of Independence, Missouri; three sisters Beverly Walters of Washington,
Illinois; Carol Boyer and husband Dale of Peoria, Illinois; and Joan Clancy of Peoria,
Illinois; nine grandchildren, nineteen greatgrandchildren; and many loving
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding Edythe in death are her parents; her husband Ivan on April 11, 2007; a brother
Charles Ledgerwood; and a sister Virginia Ward.
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Funeral services for Louis Key, age 71 of Mt. Ayr, Iowa formerly of Blockton, Iowa, who
died Friday, August 3, 2007 at Clearview Care Center, Mt. Ayr, Iowa were held Tuesday,
August 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Bedford, Iowa. Visitation with
the family was held 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 at the funeral home. Burial
was in the Rosehill Cemetery, Blockton, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to the
Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr. Memories may be shared with the family on our web
page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to
the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Louis Edward Key began his life journey on June 11, 1936 in Adams County, Iowa. He was
one of ten children born to Loyed and Edna (Weese) Key. He lived his entire life in the
state of Iowa.
On June 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Louise Silence in Blockton, Iowa.
To this union two sons and two daughters were born, Ronnie, Rodney, Rebecca and Rita.
Louis loved to watch wrestling and listen to auctions on television. He also enjoyed
going to auctions and playing bingo. He especially loved when his grandchildren and great
grandchild would visit him. He worked in Independence, Iowa at Corn Blossom Factory
up to his retirement.
Left to cherish Louis memory are his children, Ronnie Key and wife Jennifer of Ankeny,
Iowa, Rodney Key of Lenox, Rebecca Devine and husband Dale of Woodward, Iowa and Rita
Thurman and husband Ronald of Hatfield, Missouri; five brothers, Donald and Beulah Key of
Winterhaven, Florida, Marvin and Beverly Key of Raymond, Iowa, Jerry and Kathy Key of
Blockton, Iowa, Gene Key of Lenox, Iowa, and Harold Ray and Sheila Key of Wilbur,
Washington; sister, Rose and Ora Owens of Des Moines, Iowa; seven grandchildren and one
Preceding Louis in death were his parents; wife, Bonnie; two brothers and one sister.
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Funeral services for Harold Lawson, age 85 of the Bedford / Gravity area, who
died Saturday, September 1, 2007, at the Westview Care Center in Leon were held
Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford.
Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion
Post No. 164 were held at the Washington Cemetery in Gravity. Memorials can be
directed to the Bedford Meal Site or the Alzheimer's Association. 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.
Harold Albert Lawson was born March 13, 1922, in Stanton, Iowa the son of
Albert Lawson and Anna (Swanson) Lawson. He grew up attending school,
graduating from the Stanton High School with the Class of 1939. He had been a member
and was baptized in the Lutheran Church growing up.
In 1942, he answered the call to serve his country by entering the Army Air Corps
during World War II. He faithfully served until his discharge in 1946. On February 20,
1949, he was united in marriage to Joan Bowers at the United Methodist Church in Clarinda.
To this loving union two sons were born, Stuart and Vance.
Harold and Joan made their home in the Bedford / Gravity area. Together they
enjoyed farming and the lifestyle it provided. Harold truly loved being a farmer.
Whether he was tilling the land, watching his crops grow or tending to his livestock,
hand feeding the steers and heifers from wooden feed bunks, he looked forward to
the many aspects of a farm life, and all it provided him and his family. He also enjoyed
fishing and hunting, and when time allowed, sitting on his deck visiting with his family
and neighbors when they came to visit. On the side, Harold enjoyed doing small
engine repair. He had been the Past Commander of the Gravity American Legion
Post No. 578, and was also a member of the Bedford VFW. Together he and Joan
attended the Gravity United Methodist Church, and when it combined with the Bedford
United Methodist Church, they transferred their membership.
Left to cherish Harold's memory is his loving wife of 58 years, Joan Lawson of
Bedford; two sons, Stuart Lawson and wife Sandi of Milan, Missouri; and Vance
Lawson and wife Betty of Creston; a grandson Shawn Lawson of Milan, Missouri; a
granddaughter Stephanie DeLeon and husband Jeremias of the Dominican
Republic; two nieces Beverly Ossian and husband James of Wayne, Nebraska; and Karen
Bewsey and husband Mike of Placerville, California; a nephew Dwight Larson and
wife Judy of Clarinda; along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Harold in death were his parents Albert and Anna Lawson; a brother
Melvin Lawson and a sister LaVerna Larson.
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C. Horton Lee, age 90, passed away early on the morning of August 21, 2007 at
Mercy Alegent Hospital in Corning, Iowa. Horton was born on October 30, 1916 in
Hopkins, Missouri to George Calvin and Marthena (Horton) Lee. He grew up in Taylor
County and attended Bedford schools, graduating from Bedford High School in 1933.
He was married to Edna Murray to which two daughters were born: Dixie and Connie.
Horton farmed and managed the County Farm for 18 years and then was a State
Farm Agent for 36 years. In later years he was the mayor of Bedford and was the owner of
the Bus Barn restaurant. On September 13, 1987 he married Bette Jean Short. With their
marriage came two more daughters and their families.
Horton was a fun-loving man and those close to him knew him as "Hortie". He was a
member of the Lions Club and the Bedford Masonic Lodge #156. Horton and Bette enjoyed
wintering in Arizona. Horton was one-of-a-kind man. He always craved to learn new things
and experience new things. He always wanted to go to the College World Series, so
in 2006, he did just that. He also wanted to attend the Cheyenne, Wyoming Rodeo again
and the Corning car races, which he also got to enjoy. He dearly loved the Annual Kellerton
Labor Day Family Get-Together. He was very competitive at the bag toss, pool and marbles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter Connie Elaine; his brother
Orvis Lee; his son-in-law John Dailey; two great-grandchildren Clinton and Dallas Schrader
and nephew Larry Lee.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Bette; his daughter Dixie and her
husband John Dailey of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister-in-law Olive Lee of Bedford, Iowa; step
daughters Lana and her husband Gail Christensen and Renee and her husband Shane Schrader,
all of Bedford, Iowa; two nephews Gordon and wife Dee Lee of Bloomington, IL; Rick and wife
Marcie Lee of Sparks, NV; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren, and 17 greatgrandchildren.
Services were held Saturday, August 25, 2007 at the Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of
Bedford with Bruce Jensen officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials
are suggested to the Bedford Lions Club. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford was in charge
of the arrangements.
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Funeral services for Pauline McCune, age 87 of Bedford and Lenox, who died
Sunday, September 2, 2007, at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning were
held Thursday, September 6, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home
in Bedford. Burial was held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials
can be given in Pauline's name. 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.
Clara Pauline (Glass) McCune was born December 26, 1919, in Stickleyville,
Virginia, the daughter of James Glass and Nora Ellen (Baker) Glass. In 1924,
Pauline's family migrated to Missouri. In 1927, the family moved to southwest
Iowa where Pauline spent her childhood years in Page and Taylor Counties. She
experienced droughts, depressions, but also prosperous times. Her childhood
memories consisted of homemade ice cream, sleigh rides and family reunions.
She was taught honesty, decency and respect for the rights of others. She
grew up attending the Bedford Baptist Church or a church in the area in which
they lived. Pauline graduated from the Clarinda High School with the Class of
1938 and began teaching school east of Clarinda. She later attended Clarinda
Junior College and Northwest Missouri State University where she received
her Bachelor's Degree in 1964 and her Master's Degree in 1972. She spent
forty-six years teaching in the rural schools of Page and Taylor Counties,
educating countless children throughout southwest Iowa.
Pauline met Harold McCune while spending time with his sisters. On November
1, 1941, the couple was united in marriage in Rockport, Missouri. In 1943, Harold
was drafted into the United States Navy. After his discharge in 1946, the
couple lived in Clarinda where Harold drove a cab and Pauline taught
school. In 1950, they moved to a farm near Bedford moving into Bedford in
1955. In 1956, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Rebecca
Ann. Pauline had a passion for teaching and wanted not only her students,
but everyone to do well and go far. She was proud of her degrees from
Northwest Missouri State University and proud to teach Junior High Math
and Science in the Bedford School District. However, the most important
thing in Pauline's life was her family and the addition of her great
granddaughter Lucey. She had been a member of the Business & Professional
Woman's Club; Church Women United; Lioness Club; American Association of
University Women; American Legion Auxiliary; Order of Eastern Star, having
served as Past Matron; Taylor County Historical Society; Retired Teacher's
Association; Twentieth Century Club; Neighborhood Pinocle and Pitch Card
Clubs. She was also a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church.
Left to cherish Pauline's memory are her daughter Rebecca Donaldson and
husband Craig of Lenox; a sister Mary Miers of Bedford; a brother-in-law
Harold Miers of Clarinda; two sisters-in-law Betty Glass of Bedford
and Dorothy Glass of Moses Lake, Washington; two granddaughters Deanna
Donaldson of Dallas Center, Iowa; and Chelsie Zech and husband Dan, and
their daughter Lucey, of Clarinda; along with many other relatives and a
community of friends.
Preceding Pauline in death were her parents; her husband Harold in April of
2007; an infant son Allen Paul; four brothers, Henry, Palmer, Donal and Ray;
and a sister Hazel.
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