Taylor County, Iowa obituaries

Beemer, Beverly R. "Buzz" Barnett -

Beverly R. "Buzz" Beemer died on her 81st birthday, June 20, 2014 surrounded in spirit and prayer by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bryce "Spike" Beemer, infant brother Dean, parents John and Madge Barnett, parents-in-law Sim and Mary Beemer, brothers and sisters-in-law Beth Beemer, Lyle Miller, Lloyd Schofield, Virgil "Joe" and Vivian Beemer, Dale Beemer, Betty and Marvin "Wig" Boyer, Joyce Ridnour, and her sister Dorothy Anders.
She is survived by her children Janet (Harry) Evans, Jack (Linn) Beemer and Connie (Rich) Cook; her grandchildren, Jacque (Jeremy) Forsyth, Jona Tetzloff, Colton Beemer, Kelly (Eric) Johnson, Clinton (Julia) Cook, Derek (Holly Grant) Cook, Afton and Sharla Evans; her great grandchildren Theron Tetzloff, Emma and Sarah Cook, Rhoan River Forsyth, Elija Cook, Bryce Ochoa and Rhett Forsyth; her brothers and sisters-in-law Ralph Ridnour, Dean and Betty Beemer, Mary Lou Schofield, Alice Ann Miller, Zonette and Hank Erickson, Jerry and Jean Beemer, Sally and Gary Hensley, and Tim and Linda Beemer and numerous nieces and nephews.
In a minkling of an eye she was in Paradise.

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements under direction of Ballard Funeral Home. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 2, 2014


Carson, Vera Madeline Haidsiak -

Vera MadelineCarson was born August 6, 1918 to John F. and Anna C. (Holms) Haidsiak in the family farm home near Bedford, Iowa. There were two world-wide crisis at this time - World War I and the deadly flu epidemic, but Vera made the world better bringing sunshine and happiness to her parents and six older siblings. She had always heard that her siblings had all been born in Nebraska and on her first memorable trip there and hearing Dad say, "Well, kids you are in Nebraska now, the little precocious 3 year old piped up, "Am I borned now, Mama?"
The family moved to other farming communities Athelston, Blockton aned Maloy. Vera's elementary education was in Athelston and the Miller Country School. Vera remained at home between her 8th grade and Freshman year. This was partially due to her own health problems and also to help in household duties and care for younger sister, Ethel, who was terminally ill. During Vera's puberty years and her health situation a doctor told her she would probably be confined to a wheelchair by young adulthood. Knowing Vera, she did not or would not accept this prognosis and refuted it.
Vera enrolled her Freshman year in Bedford High School. She would walk two miles to ameet a fellow student to ride the remaining 16 miles. Regardless of the weather - rain, sleet, bitter cold, walk she did. The next 3 years she attended Blockton High School graduating in 1937 with a Normal Training Teaching Certificate. Her first school was at Brush College Country School. This established a foundation of more then 40 years of successful and dedicated teaching. Vera furthered her formal education attending summer sessions at NWMST College in Maryville, Missouri and taking numerous correspondent courses. Her delight knew no bounds when former students stopped to visit, called or wrote her - all expressing their gratitude and appreciation. However, one ruefully expressed "I Sure didn't think so at the time." Another student said she was the only teacher that didn't send me to the principal's office. She knew how to handle me.
Vera was teaching 6th grade in Diagonal when Mildred Turnbull, Editor-in-Chief fo the local paper made a surprise visit to the classroom. A few days later an article appeared in the paper full of praise for Vera's teaching. Quote: "In Mrs. Carson's unobstrusive and positive influence she instructed her students "THINKING TO LEARN and LEARNING TO THINK.
Vera was teaching in a country school in the Conway area and was boarding with August and Mae Johnston when one evening a tall, handsome, farm hand visited his friends to play cards. It wasn't long that Otis Carson came not just to visit his friends, but to court the school teacher. Otis and Vera enjoyed visiting and playing cards with Otis' sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Bob Fredricksen. There was mutual love and devotion between the two couples. Then World War II intervened and Otis went off to war. Vera wrote him every day giving love and moral support. Otis returned home in July, 1945 and on August 1, 1945 the couple eloped and were married in Atchison, Kansas. Otis and Vera stayed a short time with Otis's Dad "Ott" and Aunt Lillie before establishing their own home. Otis began farming; Vera teaching. At times Otis changed occupations, but Vera taught in whatever community they were living - Country schools; towns of Benton, Blockton, Clearfield, Diagonal, and Maloy. To continue teaching, Vera would need to attend college, and not wanting to be away from Otis and their home, she made a major decision to retire.
Not one to remain idle, Vera stated a new venture, she became a waitress. It wasn't long before she became manager of the Shamrock Cafe in Mount Ayr remaining there until it closed. Ah but she was still teaching, instructing and expecting only best efforts from her employees.
Otis and Vera had lived in various communities, but in 1978 they bought a home in Redding. The main influence was to be close to Vera's sister Annabel and her family. The two families shared much happiness and "kindred spirit".
Otis became ill and Vera became his nurse and pillar of strength. She remained constantly by his side. Otis passed away October 9, 1994 and Vera remained in their home. She was able to remain longer due to the services of Public Health, a dedicated group. Then in April, 2012 Vera made the decision to become a resident of Clearview Nursing Home. Under the loving care of Hospice of Cental Iowa (HCI) she passed away at the age of 95 years 11 months 26 days.
Vera was a life long member of the Methodist Church - first in Blockton then transferring to Redding. She was faithful in attending, contributing and working for her Church. Vera was a Sunday School Teacher and active in the U.M.W. serving in offices and President for many years. She read her Bible, marking passages, scribbling notes through out and reading other religious books and articles and then living it.
There were no children to bless Vera and Otis' home, but there were certainly a lot of kids including numerous nieces and nephews and other children that they would come in contact.
Vera was preceeded in this life by husband Otis, her parents and siblings and their spouse - Helen (Charlie) Hunter, Lucile (George) Hammer, Frank (Vivian) Haidsiak, Nina (Fae) Dukes, Wayne (Jean) Haidsiak, Hazel Haidsiak, Ethel Haidsiak, Max Haidsiak and brother-in-law Harold Walkup. Vera is survived by her sister, Annabel Walkup, of Redding; sisters-in-law Ethel Carson of Creston and Lois Haidsiak of Bedford. Many nieces, nephews, and friends.
There is a void, but the essence of the spirit remains and love never forgotten. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Aug 6, 2014

Dinwiddie, Martha J. -

Martha J. Dinwiddie of Boulder, Colorado passed away on Friday, November 21,2014. She was 83.
Martha was born to Arthur and Ethel Gates Dinwiddie on March 1, 1931 in Creston, Iowa. Her school years were in Bedford, Iowa, where she graduated in 1949.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and later went on to receive a Master of Arts with Honors in Music at the University of Indiana. Her career as a music teacher of elementary music in Germany and in the Seattle, WA area spanned over 30 years.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brother, Charles (Jean) Dinwiddie of Boulder, a niece, Elizabeth D. Benson, and a nephew, Scott C. Dinwiddie.
Contributions can be made to: Simpson College, Office of College Advancement, 701 N C Street, Indianola, IA, 50125, or chris.goodale@simpson.edu.
Arrangements were entrusted to M. P. Murphy and Associates Funeral Directors of Boulder, CO. Dec 10, 2014. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Dec 10, 2014


Dudley, David L. -

Retired Lt. David L. Dudley, age 66, of Urbandale, Iowa, and former Appanoose County resident, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. He was born the son of Bob and Lavaugh (Leopard) Dudley on June 9, 1947 in Centerville, Iowa. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1965 and then attended Machinist Trade School in Ottumwa, Iowa.
David served his country with the United States Army in the 1st Calvary Division and was in Vietnam during 1967-68 and received the Purple Heart, and Bronze Star medal for his service. He was honorably discharged in November of 1968. On April 26, 1969, David was united in marriage to Susan Moriarty in Cincinnati, Iowa. In July of 1970 David entered the Iowa State Patrol Academy and graduated in September 1970. He was first assigned to Bedford, Iowa. His daughter, Amy, was born October 1970, followed by Mark in December 1972, and then Brian in May 1974. In 1985 David was promoted to Sgt. and then moved to Cherokee, Iowa until 1990 when he was moved to Spencer, Iowa, where he was promoted to Lieutenant. In 1995, he moved to West Des Moines, Iowa and began working at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy until his retirement in 2009 with over 39 years of service to the State of Iowa. In 1995 and 2002 he was given the Commissioner's Special Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety. David was the face behind ILEA'S SFST program and his devotion to making it the success that it is today.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Mark Dudley on January 3, 2005; and a brother, Duane Dudley in 2004.
David is survived by his wife, Susan Moriarty-Dudley of Urbandale; a son Brian Dudley of Urbandale; and a daughter Amy Dudley-Mancha of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother Donald Dudley and his wife, Michelle of West Des Moines; two grandchildren, Noah Dudley and Christopher Mancha. He was loved by nieces and nephews, along with his brother-in-law and family in Washington.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 12,2014 at 11 a.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church in West Des Moines with Herbert Vestal officiating. Graveside services with fiill Military Honors by the Iowa National Guard, were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery west of Cincinnati, Iowa.
Memorials can be made to the "Wounded Warrior's" and left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville, Iowa is caring for the Dudley family at this time and condolences can be sent at schmidtfamilyfuneral. com. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jun 18, 2014


Enarson, Michael J. -

Michael J. Enarson, age 63, of Council Bluffs, passed away January 8, 2014 at his home. Mike was born February 2,1950 in Clarinda, Iowa to the late Millard and Mildred (Reed) Enarson. He attended school in Villisca, Iowa and graduated from Bedford, Iowa High School in 1968. Following his graduation, Mike attended Iowa State University in Ames. Mike was a computer analyst for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, NE for 20 years.
He is survived by his sisters, Mikki (Jim) Chavanu of Kearney, NE; Marcia (Mark) Steffensen of Council Bluffs, IA; Marta (Tom) Novotny of Lincoln, NE; brothers Mark Enarson of Kearney, NE; Mason Enarson of Omaha, NE; many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service and burial of cremated remains were held Sunday, January 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Arlington Cemetery, Villisca, IA. A lunch followed at First United Methodist Church in Villisca. Memorials are suggested to the Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51503. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 15, 2014

Hansen, Gretchen Hosman -

Gretchen Hansen, 95, of San Diego, Calif., died recently. She is the daughter of Rosa Hosman, a longtime resident of Bedford. Gretchen visited Bedford many times over the years. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 15, 2014

Gretchen Hansen, 96, was born December 15, 1917 in Bedford, IA, the only child of Thomas Dillon Hosman and Rosa Ulrich Hosman. She graduated from Bedford High School and Boyles Business College (Omaha). She married Lester W. Hansen in 1943, and lived in Des Moines, IA for 43 years. Gretchen worked as a supervisor for Fireman's Fund American Insurance Co., and for Capital Personnel before retiring to San Diego, CA, (1993).  
Her major passions were her grandchildren, great grandchildren, reading and watching all sports.
She is survived by a son; Dr. David W. Hansen (Linda) of Laguna Hills, CA; daughter, Joy Hansen of San Diego; grandson, John Hansen (Erika) of West Des Moines, IA; granddaughter, Stephanie Spann (Brandon) of Spring Valley, CA; and great grandchildren, Morgan Hansen, Van Hansen and Harper Hansen of West Des Moines, and Will Spann andc Nolan Spann of Spring Valley, CA.
Memorial services were held at the Christ Lutheram Church Pacific Beach, 4761 Cass St., San Diego, CA on Friday October 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. Donations may be made in her name to Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines or a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Arrangements were provided by the Pacific Beach Chapel. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 22, 2014


Hanson, Georgia Beatrice Flick-

Georgia Beatrice Flick was born March 20, 1913 in Chelan to George Beadle Flick and Ethel Amelia t Wright. The family lived and worked in Chelan until  1917 when they moved to  Blockton, Iowa to help farm   and care for George's elderly father. Both Georgia and her brother William (Bill) attended school in Blockton and Georgia graduated from Blockton High School in 1932, soon afterwards the family moved back to their home in Chelan. During World War II Georgia worked at the Boeing Company in Seattle. On June 5,1942 she married James Francis Hanson in Chelan. They raised one daughter, Rita.
She was very proud of the fact that both her maternal grandparents and her father helped settle the Chelan Valley. Her maternal grandfather, Robert Perry Wright, wife Josephine and their 10 children arrived in Chelan in 1899. Robert and his brother, Thomas Allen Wright, planted one of the first apple orchards in the valley. The Robert P. Wright family home and orchards were located on the south shore of Lake Chelan in an area called Wrightsville. Her father, George B. Flick arrived in the Chelan Valley in 1900 and had a homestead of 160 acres located above the area now called Granite Falls. Flick Creek, up Lake Chelan, was named for him and his brother Jim.
Georgia was a very talented and artistic woman as well as an accomplished carpenter and seamstress. She built the home she was living in as well as two previous homes-her current home being the only one built with power tools. Her daughter has fond memories of coming home from school to the sound of her mother's skill saw.
Georgia ways always ahead of the times in her thoughts and actions. She believed in the importance of healthy living and was very happy when a health food store finally opened in Wenatchee in the early 60's. Her home and yard were filled with beautiful creations made from numerous natural materials. Georgia loved to collect pieces of driftwood from the shores of Lake Chelan to use to construct her driveway fence, make many lamps and to decorate.
She loved butterflies, toads and cardinal birds which reminded her of growing up in Iowa. Georgia always delighted in sharing many stories of the great adventures and fun she and her brother experienced on the large farm with many animals. Throughout her life she was always a true dog lover.
Georgia had a great sense of humor and was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother, always putting the concerns and needs of others first. She loved helping her grandchildren and being a loving part of their lives. Her love of building is shared with her grandson Jeff. Both grandchildren agree her pumpkin pies were the best.
Preceding her in death were her father, George B. Flick in 1952, her mother Ethel A. Flick in 1963, her brother William H. Flick in 1969 and her husband James Hanson in 2000.
Surviving Georgia is her daughter Rita Morris, grandchildren Jeffrey and Elizabeth Morris of Manson, her beloved dog Zelda, her niece Rhea Gilbert of Deer Park, nephew Bob Flick of Mansfield, cousin Bertie Kenck of Chelan and numerous other cousins. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Feb 5, 2014


Hawhee, Billie Joe -

Billie Joe Hawhee was born on April 26, 1934 to Howard and Mabel (Penwell) Hawhee near New Market, Iowa. He passed away on April 12, 2014 two weeks before his 80th birthday. He attended rural schools, and graduated from Bedford High School in 1952. He played football, basketball and ran track.
On May 19, 1957 Bill was united in marriage to Sylvia Jane Pollard. Two children were born to bless their lives, Tamara Kay and Ginger Rae. In 1973 Bill's niece Julie Anna came to live with them.
As a young man, Bill helped his dad with the farming. His dad has a heart attack when Bill was a young teenager. Bill helped plant the crop that year and continued to help on the farm until 1955. Over the years, he worked part time for the telephone company and for Vogt Seed Company. He spent one summer working in South Dakota and another in California. In 1955, Bill went full time working for the local telephone company and continued to work there for 41 years as a combination lineman and repairman.
After Bill retired, he often helped the local auctioneers. He really enjoyed helping with the auctions. He never met a stranger, and it seemed he had a joke for every occasion. He owned an antique shop on Main Street for three years, was a past member of the fair board, where he served as president for two years. Bill was also a Bedford Fireman for 36 years and served as the Fire Chief for 10 of those years. He was a member of the Communication Workers Union of America and served many years on bargaining committees. Bill helped with the renovation of the Conoco and volunteered his time with the maintenance and mowing for nine years. He helped finish the new baseball field and working on the chain gang during high school football games for 40 years.
Bill enjoyed watching all sporting events and attended many events in Bedford and surrounding communities. Over the years, he attended more events than most anyone in Bedford. He was a great Bedford Bulldog fan.
Bill was a survivor. He survived open heart surgery, colon cancer in 2002, and a heart attack in 2004. Bill was a 50 year member of the Bedford Methodist Church. Over the last few years he enjoyed attending the New Life Missionary Church in Bedford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Howard Hawhee and Mabel (Hawhee) Neumeyer; brother, Gale Hawhee; infant brother, Ronald Hawhee; and sister-in-law Leila Hawhee.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Sylvia Hawhee of Bedford, Iowa; children Tammy (Rusty) Faubion of Blockton, Iowa, Ginger Hawhee (Holly Hazen) of Central Square, New York; niece Julie (Terry) Sleep of Johnston, Iowa; grandchildren Matthew (Mandy) Faubion of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Candace Faubion of Greeley, Colorado and her friend Pablo Perez of New Orleans, Louisiana; brother Gary Hawhee (Loah) of Bedford, Iowa; sister-in-law Ruth Hawhee of Cantril, Iowa, and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, great grand-nieces and great grand-nephews and good friends from the community.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Life Missionary Church in Bedford. Burial was held at the Bedford City Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday, April 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel.
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Henson, Orlin Richard -

No services are planned at this time. Arrangements under direction of Ballard Funeral Home.
Orlin Henson, 87, of Blockton, passed away June 20, 2014 at the Liberty Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty, Missouri. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Blockton Christian Church. Pastor Scott Marcum and Pastor Bill Farrens will officiate the service. Open visitation and luncheon will follow the memorial service at the Blockton Community Building. Private family burial will be at a later date at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. Memorials are to be established in Orlin's name to be decided. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.
Orlin Richard Henson was born August 30,1926 in Truro, Iowa to Earl Albert Henson and Flossie Fern (Duncan) Henson. He attended school at Blockton, Iowa. On January 8, 1945 Orlin was united in marriage to Deloris Arlene Reitter in St. Joseph, Missouri. They had two sons, Steven and Craig. Orlin was a farmer and bought and sold grain throughout the years until he retired at the age of 54.
Orlin is survived by his son, Steven (wife Neila) Henson of Blockton; two grandsons, Brett (wife Jacqueline) Henson of Olathe, Kansas and Cory Henson of Lenaxa, Kansas; one great-grandson, Owen Henson of Olathe, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Deloris in 1997; son Craig in 2009; brother Lester Henson; two sisters, Hazel LeGore and Donna Mae Stewart. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jun 25, 2014




Joynes, Lucille Alice Akers -

Lucille Alice (Akers) Joynes was born February 1, 1925 at West Des Moines, IA to Arden and Alice (Powell) Akers.
Lucille graduated Valley Junction High School in West Des Moines. In school she was active in the band and was in many concerts and contests. She worked as the secretary for the US Navy office in Des Moines during the 1940's. While working at Woolworth at the diner counter she met Herman Joynes and the two were married November 16, 1946 in Troy, KS. The couple had six children: Dianna, Terry, Wesley, Barbara, Pamela, and Kathy.
Lucille was a caring mother and enjoyed being with her husband and children. The family enjoyed camping together and she enjoyed campfire cooking as well as her other hobbies of crocheting, gardening, and a love of mystery novels. Many of her crocheted pieces, some as large as dining room tables, will be family heirlooms for generations.
Lucille passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Corning, IA at the age of 89 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Charles Akers and wife Mary, Bob Akers and wife Peggy, and John Akers; and son-in law Bill Comerford.
Surviving are her children: Dianna Comerford, Bedford, IA, Terry Joynes and wife Linda of Gravity, IA, Wesley Joynes and wife Kathy of Panora, IA, Barbara Joynes of Clarinda, IA, Pamela Mundt and husband Marvin of Stanton, IA, and Kathy Beerbower and husband Randy of Des Moines, IA; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sister-in-law Janet Akers of Idaho.
Graveside services were held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah, IA with Rev. Jamie Mogler officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Lucille Joynes Memorial Fund.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel provided arrangements. www.MemoriesOnline.com BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 1, 2014


Keller, Jack D. -

Jack D. Keller, 88, of rural Evansville died Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at his residence. He was born October 1, 1926 in Wiota, IA, to Richard and Helen (McPike) Keller. He grew up in southwest Iowa and graduated from Clarinda High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 18, 1944 and served in Europe. He was honorably discharged on
November 1, 1946. Jack then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings where he earned a degree in civil engineering. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Warner on August 6, 1971. Jack worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation as an engineer. His job took him to the states of Washington, Montana, Minnesota and New York. He also worked on projects in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He was most proud of the Stevens Canyon Project near Mt. Rainier, WA. His career with the Department of Transportation spanned 30 years. After retiring, he and Mary owned and operated a grocery store in New York, the Junction Cafe in Bedford, IA and the Carlos Bakery in Carlos, MN. In 2001 Jack retired for real!
Jack was a member of the VF W and American Legion. He loved to watch basketball and football and enjoyed reading. When his health permitted, he enjoyed playing cards in Evansville and Millerville. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Jack is survived by his wife Mary Ann Keller of Evansville; his children: Duane (Gladys) Keller of Hemet, CA, Diane (Tom) Blanchard of Detroit Lakes, MN, Sandy (John) Ikeda of Circle Pines, MN, Kathy Tate of Solon Springs, WI, Anita (Keith) Phelps of Valapariso, IN and Cassandra (Mark) Blowers of Evansville, MN; 14 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and five sisters: Arlene King of New Market, IA, Jeanie Graham of College Springs, IA, Mary Combs of New Market, IA, Lolita (Gary) Spring of New Market, IA, and Judy Sparks of Benton, KY.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Vance McPike; two sisters: Betty Clayton and Ruth Keller; a brother, Jim Keller, and five brothers-in-law: Roy Graham, Alvin Clayton, Ross King, Bob Leighton, and Lyle Combs.
There will be a Celebration of Life service at a later date. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at their website: www. glendenilson.com. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 15, 2014


Konecne, Dwane Benjamin -

Dwane Benjamin Konecne, the son of Ray and Janette (Fudge) Konecne, was born August 6, 1934 at Iowa City, Iowa. His parents brought him home to Corning, Iowa where he was raised and educated. Dwane graduated from Corning High School at the age of 17 and began trucking. On March 26, 1955, he was united in marriage to Lois Sharp at the Lutheran Parsonage at Corning. In 1974 the family moved to Humboldt where Dwane farmed and continued driving for various companies including, The Hardy Elevator, Umthum Trucking, Smithway Trucking and Abbas Trucking. Dwane logged over two million accident free miles during his long career and retired due to his health concerns.
He loved the outdoors where he enjoyed family camping trips. He enjoyed watching any and all sports on television, and in his younger years, participated in oval dirt track racing. Above all, Dwane loved the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Dwane is survived by his wife, Lois Konecne of Fort Dodge, his children, Dennis Konecne of Belton, Mo., Steve (Judy) Konecne of Humboldt, Curtis (Chery) Konecne of Nashville, Tenn., Mike (Brenda) Konecne of Eagle Grove, Kathy (Mark) Petersen of Hardy, and Amy (Denny) Swanson of Fort Dodge; daughter-in-law Jennifer Konecne of Fort Dodge; sister-in-law Beulah Konecne of Corning; 18 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Janette (Fudge) Konecne; his son, Justin Konecne; and his brother, Orvalle (Ruby) Konecne, Joseph Konecne and Gilbert (Luellen) Konecne. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Mar 5, 2014


Nelson, James P. "Jim" -

James P. (Jim) Nelson, 88, Bedford High School Class of 1944, passed away peacefully at University of Iowa Hospitals on Saturday June 28th.
Jim was proud to have enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 during World War II where he served for 26 months as a 43rd Division combat rifle­man in the Philippines and as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division in Japan.
He received a Bachelors Degree from Iowa Teachers College (University of Northern Iowa) where he was a four-year letterman in track. He then received a Masters Degree from Missouri State University. Over a 32-year teaching career he taught at high schools in Thornburg, Morning Sun and Ackley, Iowa and was one of the original teachers at North Scott High School in Eldridge, Iowa, when it opened in 1958 where he taught for 28 years. At various times he taught Physics, General Science, Biology, Industrial Arts, Auto Mechanics and Physical Education and coached football, basketball, baseball, track and golf.
He enjoyed associations with many fine athletes and students over the years. Besides his family, his passion was the game of golf and was always happy to have scored three career holes-in-one.
His marriage to Eloise (Becky) Beck of Toledo, Iowa, who preceded him in death, was the high point of his life. He is survived by his three children, Robert (Marsha), Schaumburg, Illinois, Michael (Karen), Muscatine and Jacque (David) Craig, Waterloo, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on July 21st at noon at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 9, 2014


Newby, Kenneth Eugene -

Kenneth Eugene Newby, son of Willis and Lois (Harris) Newby, was born July 21,1956 in Ringgold County, Iowa. His children remember him as a passionate, loving father and Pappy to his grandchildren. To his daughters he was fun and hilarious, and very quick witted. He knew how to fix anything from a toaster to a car, he could tell his girls what the problem was, just by them telling him what noise it was making. He was very active and dedicated member of the NASCAR buddy chat. He also would volunteer working at the Iowa State Fair, from taking tickets, to driving the tractor trolley. If someone needed something, he was one of the first to volunteer, and do what he could do to help.
Kenny passed away October 2, 2014, at age 58, of a massive heart attack in Murray, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Donna; daughters, Jessica (Charles) Galaviz of Salt Lake City, UT, Kendall (Arsene) Kangni of Baton Rouge, LA, and Kelsie Newby of Raleigh, NC; sisters, Patricia Newby of Shenandoah, IA, Sandra (Mike) Clark of Winterset, IA, Sue (Kent) Jehle of North Liberty, IA, Debra (JR) Tresten of Winterset, IA, and Diana (Shannon) Arends of Diagonal, IA; five grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Kenny was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 15, 2014


Ridnour, Joyce N. Beemer - Joyce N. (Beemer) Ridnour born near Sharpsburg, IA on Aug. 6, 1921 to Sim & Mary Beemer. She died in Omaha, NE on Jan. 26, 2014. She was married to Ralph Ridnour on Apr. 4, 1943. Joyce lived in Walnut, IA for 66 years before moving to Omaha in 2009.
She is survived by her husband Ralph of Omaha, sons David Ridnour of Colorado Springs, CO; Dennis (Chris) Ridnour of La Vista, NE; and Bruce (Wanda) Ridnour of Omaha, NE. Also surviving are four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Mary Lu Schofield of Kent, IA, Alice Ann Miller of Grant City, MO, Sally (Gary) Hensley of Corn­ing and her brothers Dean (Betty) Beemer of Cody, WY, Jerry (Jean) Beemer of Lenox and Tim (Linda) Beemer of Bedford. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Betty Johnson of Corning, Beverly Beemer of Basin, WY & Zonette Beemer and Hank Erickson of Conway, IA as well as many nieces & nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Beth Beemer and Betty Boyer, her brothers Virgil (Joe) Beemer, Bryce (Spike) Beemer & Dale Beemer. She was also preceded by brothers-in-law Marvin (Wigg) Boyer, Lyle Miller, Lloyd Schofield, Elmer Ridnour, Oren Ridnour, Eldon Ridnour, Orval Ridnour, Wilbur Johnson and Earl Mitchell, sisters-in-law Vivian Beemer, Meda Mitchell, Hazel Ridnour, Beulah Ridnour, Laverna Ridnour, Zona Schnepp and daughter-in-law Beverly (Peters) Ridnour.
Memorial services will be held on Sat. Feb. 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Peace United Church of Christ in Walnut, IA. Private inurnment is at Graceland Cemetery, Avoca, IA. Memorials to Peace Church in Walnut. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 29, 2014


Santee, Jimmy John L. -

Jimmy John L. Santee, 56, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 28, 2014 surrounded by his loving family in the home they built together. Jim was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on September 15, 1957 to John and Ruby (Connie) Santee. He grew up in Bedford, Iowa and was a 1976 Bedford Bulldog graduate.
Jim moved to Colorado in 1978. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, his "babe" Vicky Torres. They married after 9 short months and have spent the last 34 years together building a life of love and happiness. Jim's biggest accomplishment (and most expensive tools) were his two daughters, Jeanell Santee and Jaylee Santee-Wordell, and, one very special granddaughter named J.J. in his honor, Jenessa Jayda. She was the beat to his drum. He loved his four girls more than life itself.
Jim was a passionate man who was best known as the "Energizer Bunny." He was full of life and was always living it to the fullest. He especially loved riding his Harley through the Rocky Mountains and on long road trips wherever the asphalt goes, camping, boating, and 4-wheeling in the outdoors, cooking for all, playing the drums and the guitar, and hosting parties in the custom barn that he built for all to enjoy. He worked as the Construction Manager for ConAgra for 28 years. It was there that he was able to use his desire for building and construction. He was a carpenter by trade and because of that, he was continuously building, remodeling, or customizing anything special for anyone he could. He loved to entertain and put a smile on your face. Most of all, Jim was an extremely caring man with bright blue eyes and a heart of gold.
Jim is survived by his wife and best friend, Vicky; their two daughters, Jeanell (Jeff) and Jaylee (D.J.); granddaughter J.J.; father John Santee; brother Jerry Santee (Debbie); sister Judy Caulkins; mother-in-law Frances Torres; as well as, many loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Connie, his father-in-law Albino Torres, his grandparents, and great aunts and uncles.
A celebration of Jim's life began on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO. Rosary followed at 7:00 pm. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 4,2014 at 10:00 am at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1730 W. 12th Street, Loveland, CO with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery, Berthoud, CO. Memorial donations may be made in Jim's name to the ALS Association care of Viegut Funeral Home. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Mar12, 2014




Swanson, Beverly Ann Jeter -

Beverly Ann Jeter Swanson, 66, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 4, 2014. She was surrounded by family and an abundance of love.
Beverly was born on July 11, 1948 in Creston, Iowa to parents Jim and Marie Jeter. She was raised in Bedford, Iowa with her three siblings Marilyn Alexander, Jim Jeter and Joe Jeter. She graduated
from Bedford High School in 1966 and went on to attend the University of Northern Iowa and Northwest Missouri State where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Education in 1971. She married the love of her life, Duane Swanson, on November 19,1967 and they were blessed to have each other in this world for 46 years. Duane was called to serve in the Army in 1970 and they were stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. When Duane was done serving they decided to stay in the area as teachers and raise a family. They had two children, Matt Swanson and Mindy Buster, and I can tell you without a doubt, she was the best mom to ever walk the earth.
Beverly was a devoted and enthusiastic first-grade teacher at Venetucci Elementary in Security, Colorado for 20 years, where she enriched many lives by teaching children about everything from Johnny Appleseed to reading their first book. She loved her students, fellow teachers and administrators, as they inspired her life just as much as she did theirs.
She devoted her life to other people; whether it be her husband, children, grandchildren, friends, or students, Beverly was always thinking of and doing for others. She loved all of us dearly, but especially her grandkids, McKenna Buster, Kylie Buster, and Quinn Swanson. In addition to her husband, they were her soul mates, and oh, the fun they had! Other loves and passions included the outdoors, bird watching, and traveling. She and Duane saw many places and enjoyed spectacular views all over the country, but her favorite place always remained the same and that was next to Duane, no matter what the view.
She had an electric smile and contagious laugh, both of which we already miss. We are all the lucky ones to have known and loved her, but especially to have been loved by her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Marie Jeter. She is survived by her husband, Duane Swanson of Colorado Springs; her son Matthew (Staci) of Colorado Springs; daughter Mindy Buster (Heath) of Aurora, CO; grandchildren McKenna Buster, Kylie Buster and Quinn Swanson; sister Marilyn Alexander of Bedford, IA; brother Jim Jeter of Kansas City, MO; brother Joe Jeter of Scottsbluff, NE; and countless other in-laws, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Services were held Friday, October 10th at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Any donations in her honor can be made to Caringbridge.org, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or The Springs Rescue Mission.    
We love you, Mom. Enjoy your reward-you certainly earned it. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 15, 2014


White, Marvin Dean -

Memorial service for Marvin Dean White was held Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Webster Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Camden County. Resting place was in Old Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.    
Marvin Dean White was born May 16,1949 in Maryville, Mo. and grew up on the family farm in Gravity, Iowa, he left this life on January 15, 2014 at his home in Lebanon, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claire and Hazel (Wells) White; and a stepson Eric Theiman.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Pati White of the home; a son, Rick White of Kansas City, Mo. and children, Trent, Sami, and Katie; a son, Joel White of Kansas City, Mo. and daughter Addi; a daughter Angie Connors and husband Don of Independence, Mo. and their children, Cassie, Shane and Cierra; three stepdaughters, Dee Schaaf and husband Jay of Buffalo, Mo., and their children Emily and Jesse; Julie Clark and husband Rick of Lebanon, Mo. and their children, Crystal and Holly; Melony Conatser and husband Jamie of Lebanon, Mo. and grandson William Theiman.
Also surviving are a brother Benny White and his wife Kay of Bedford, Texas; a sister Margaret Simmons and her husband Duane of Bedford, la.; an aunt, Lorraine Eighmy of New Market, la.; sister-in-law LaNita Bell and Max; brother-in-law, Clinton Waters and Pat; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Marvin was married to Pati Waters-Theiman on February 16, 2012 in Warsaw, Mo., where they lived for a short time before moving to their home in Lebanon, Mo.
Marvin moved to Kansas City shortly after graduation from high school in 1967, and began work at the Ford Motor Company, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
Before he was stricken with MS, Marvin led an active, adventuresome life. He was a certified spelunker and had explored many wild caves throughout Missouri and other states. He was also a certified diver and underwater cave diver. A few of his dives included Roubidoux Spring, Table Rock Lake and Cozumel. He enjoyed animals and had a special affection for Lakota, the Great Pyrenees dog. He enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and camping, and was planning a crappie fishing expedition at the time of his death.
Marvin was loved by his family and friends. He will be missed. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jan 29, 2014

Wymore, Donald Ralph -

Donald Ralph Wymore passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in Maryville, Missouri. Celebration of Life Graveside Services will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Hopkins Cemetery at 1 PM. Memories may be shared at www. ritchiefuneralhome.com.
Donald Ralph Wymore was born June 16,1952, in Hamburg, Iowa, the son of Stephen Wymore and Eudora (Honaker) Wymore. Don was a member of the Missouri National Guard, The American Legion and a Mason. On October 13, 1978 Donald married Janet Carol Fine.
Left to cherish Don's memories are his daughter, Debbie Pierson and husband Gene; son Scott Smail; twin brother Ron Wymore and wife Dorothy of Branson, Missouri; sisters; Judy Glasgo of Essex, Iowa and Candy West of Hollister, Missouri; mother-in-law Youvaun Fine; two grandchildren, Pvt. Christopher Pierson United States Army, and Dacota Pierson; along with several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his parents, wife Janet, and brother Steve.
May God grant comfort to those who mourn Don's passing. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 29, 2014


Wymore, Janet Carol Fine -

Janet Wymore passed away Saturday, October 4,2014, in Hopkins, Missouri. Celebration of Life Graveside Services will be held Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Hopkins Cemetery at 1 PM. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome. com.
Janet Carol Wymore was born March 9, 1952 , in Maryville, Missouri, the daughter of Clifton Fred Fine and Geleta Youvaun (Akers) Fine. Janet graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1970. On October 13, 1978 Janet married Donald R. Wymore.
Left to cherish Janet's memories are husband Donald Wymore; daughter, Debbie Pierson and husband Gene; mother, Youvaun Fine; two grandchildren, Pvt. Christopher Pierson United States Army, and Dacota Pierson; a sister, Janice and husband Ed Connett; a brother, Danny Fine; niece Shiela and nephews Kenny, Randell, and Seth; great-nieces and nephews, family members and friends. Preceding Janet in passing was her father, Fred Fine.    
Janet's positive words and thoughts will be greatly missed by all that knew her. May God grant comfort to those who mourn her passing. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Oct 15, 2014