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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 23, 2008


Donald Royce REED, age 72, of Shannon City, Iowa, the son of Glenn Clinton and Mildred Violet (MOORE) REED, was born May 31, 1936 at home south of Andover, Missouri. He died in Lamoni, Iowa Saturday, October 18, 2008.

Don grew up in the Andover, Missouri area until he was 13 when he moved with his mom to Des Moines, Iowa. Later they moved to Arizona for a few years. In 1954 he came back to Andover and farmed with his dad. He was a mechanic in his own garage in Davis City until he was burned in an accident in 1963. After his recovery, he worked for a janitorial service in Des Moines. in the 1970's Don bought an auto-crushing machine and operated R & R Auto Crushing for 35 years. He retired but missed the work so he opened C & C Auto Crushing with his son, Clinton.

In 1955 Don married Verna May MOORE in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He was the father of 10 children, Jacky, Ed, Rod, Clinton, Penny, Derick, Bryan, Andrea, Donetta and Veronica.

Don loved everything about cars. He enjoyed racing cars and preparing them for demolition. He was a member of the National Guard in Arizona and Missouri and 1955 and the Oddfellows in Des Moines.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Glenn REED and Mildred SMITH, infant son, Jacky Donald REED, 12-year-old daughter, Penny Kay REED; grandson, Ashton JOHNS; brothers, Rex and Jimmie REED and sister, Dorothy REED.

Survivors include his wife, Verna REED of Shannon City, Iowa; children, Ed REED of Des Moines, Iowa, Rod and Kathy REED of Osceola, Iowa, Clinton and Shelley REED of Nevada, Iowa, Derick REED of Kellerton, Iowa, Bryan and Becky REED of Osceola, Iowa, Andrea and Jack SILSBY of Van Meter, Iowa, Donetta and Jeremy PHELPS of Kellerton, Iowa and Veronica JOHNS COULTHARD and Jimmy COULTHARD of Lamoni, Iowa; 21 grandchildren, Penny, Sherry, Megan, Destiny, Zach, Midori, Mikayla, Andrew, Shelton, Austin, Kaleb, Orrey, Jacky, Ashley, Nichole, Bradley, Brice, Mikalo, Grant, Brianna and Owen; great-grandson Ryan; stepmother, Doris REED of Lamoni, Iowa; sisters, Twyla and Tom SMITH of Greenville, South Carolina and Peggy and Carroll WICKER of Townsville, South Carolina; brothers, Eldons REED of Des Moines, Iowa and Glenn B. REED and Rose of Lamoni, Iowa, Ronnie and Vickie REED and Bob and Dee REED, all of Davis City, Iowa; nieces and nephews; cousins and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held on October 24, 2008 at the Lamoni Community of Christ Church in Lamoni, Iowa with Elder Morris BOSWELL officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery [Lamoni] at a later date. Arrangements were through the Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, there has been a Don REED Memorial Fund established at the Great Western Bank, 100 E. South Street, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

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Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reed dies in Lamoni fire

The father of a Kellerton resident has been identified as the person who was found dead in a residential fire in Lamoni Saturday.

The body of Donald Royce REED, 72, of Shannon City, was found in the residence where fire departments from Lamoni, Davis City and Leon were called at 2:08 a.m. Saturday morning.

REED is the father of Donetta PHELPS of Kellerton.

The fire was located at 221 S. Silver Street, property owned by Steven and Susan SLYCORD, where firefighters were sent after a 911 call at 2:08 a.m.

The body was discovered when the fire was extinguished and was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Des Moines for an autopsy, where REED was identified.

The case remains under investigation with the Lamoni Police Department, Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Iowa State Patron, Division of Criminal Investigation and State Fire Marshal's Office assisting in the effort.

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Radio Iowa
July 01, 2009

Arson arrests made in Lamoni and Lacona cases

The state fire marshal's office today announced arrests in two arson cases. Four people have been arrested in connection with a fatal fire back on October 18th of 2008 in Lamoni. Firefighters found the body of 72-year-old Donald Royce REED of Shannon City inside a home after putting out a fire.

The owners of the home 49-year-old Wayne SLYCORD and 45-year-old Susan SLYCORD are charged with arson. Authorities have also charged 73-year-old Donna Lee TAPSCOTT, and 73-year-old Lyle Perry OSBORNE. Decatur County Attorney Lisa JEANES says she cannot release information on the connection of the four to the victim or any possible motive until the case goes to trial.

In the other case, the former city clerk of the south-central Iowa town of Lacona is charged with first degree arson and first degree theft. Fifty-two-year-old Anna Marie HOFFMAN is accused of setting a fire in the records area of city hall. She is also accused of improperly disbursing nearly 42-thousand dollars.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesperson, Jessica LOWN says there is definitely enough evidence to charge her with both crimes and HOFFMAN was arrested this morning at eight o'clock. LOWN says they're confident HOFFMAN started the fire at the city hall and she is being held in the Warren County jail.

The fire on August 4th of last year heavily damaged the building that housed the Lacona fire department, library and city hall. City officials requested an audit after the fire. State auditor Dave VAUDT says the audit found the $42,000 in improper disbursements that included over $16,000 of improper pay for HOFFMAN.

VAUDT says the audit also found nearly $6,000 of purchases made at Wal-Mart and over $5,000 in unsupported charges to the city credit card. The audit details undeposited collections, water meter deposits and hook-up fees.

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Radio Iowa
July 01, 2009

Another Arrest Made in Deadly Lamoni Fire

LAMONI (AP) - Authorities have announced a fourth arrest in connection with a deadly house fire in the southern Iowa town of Lamoni.

On Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said 73-year-old Lyle Perry OSBORNE was arrested and charged on Tuesday with first-degree arson. On Tuesday authorities said 49-year-old Steven SLYCORD, 45-year-old Susan SLYCORD and 73-year-old Donna TAPSCOTT also were each charged with first-degree arson.

Firefighters responded to an early morning house fire in Lamoni on Oct. 18, 2008. A body was found inside the house after the fire was extinguished. Officials say the house was owned by the SLYCORDS.

The body was identified as 72-year-old Donald REED of Shannon City.

NOTE: Donna Lee TAPSCOTT was the first wife of Alvin HIEMSTRA (ca. 1936-2010, Fairfield WA) and the second wife of Joseph "Joe" TAPSCOTT who was a high school teacher at Grand Valley Community School in Kellerton. Steven SLAYCORD was listed at Alvin's son in his obituary which stated his family was a blended family.

Transcriptions and note by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2012

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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