OBITUARY - WARNER E. ZERAN
Warner E. ZERAN was born November 2, 1910 in Waterloo, Iowa to John and Nellie (URIE) ZERAN. He was graduated from Newton
high school in 1928. On March 18, 1935 he married Clarice MOWALT at Newton, Iowa; she preceded him in death. On May 10,
1991, he married Viola E. RICHARDSON at Bedford, Iowa.
He was employed as a machinist for John Deere in Waterloo, Iowa for 38 years before retiring in 1973. Warner lived in
Waterloo before moving to Bedford 27 years ago. He was a member of Central Christian Church in Waterloo and attended the
Clearfield Christian Church. He was also a member of Noble Lodge #458 AF & AM and Eastern Star Cornelia Chapter 524, both
in Clearfield. He served on the Grand Lodge of Iowa in 1985 and 1986.
Warner was preceded in death by his first wife Clarice; his parents, John and Nellie ZERAN; and his brother Raymond ZERAN.
Survivors include his wife Viola of Bedford; two daughters, Evonne (husband Dr. Kenneth) JENNETT of Bedford and Joan
(husband Richard) BOTHUN of Albert Lea, Minnesota; a stepson Kyle (wife Mary) RICHARDSON of Austin, Texas; a
stepdaughter-in-law Diane RICHARDSON of Lena, Illinois; three sisters: Hermoine KELSON of Russellville, Missouri,
Darlene SHOTWELL of Ogdon and Juanita WATSON of Oak View, California; four grandchildren: David (wife Sandy) of Creston,
Iowa, Gary (wife Cindy) of Ottumwa, Iowa, Ron (wife Terri) of Osceola, Iowa and Steve (wife Chantelle) of Blockton, Iowa;
three stepgrandchildren: Chad of Lawrence, Kansas and Todd and Brent of Lena, Illinois.
Warner is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Tim, Andy, Sarah, Kyle, Jacob, Brian, Heidi, Kevin, Maggie and
Services were held on Friday, May 26, 2000 at the Christian Church in Clearfield with Reverend Eydie STEPHENS officiating.
Musicians were Jean HUFFMAN, Becky NELSON and Mary Ellen SPURRIER. Casket bearers were Dave JENNETT, Gary JENNETT, Ron
JENNETT, Steve JENNETT, Virgil BOLINGER and Fred WILSON.
Masonic rites were given by Noble Lodge #458, Clearfield.
Warner was laid to rest in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
OBITUARY ~ WARNER E. ZERAN
Warner E. ZERAN, 89, of rural Bedford, died May 22, 2000, at the Clearfield Home in Clearfield.
Services will be 10:30
a.m. May 26 at the Christian Church in Clearfiled with the Rev. Eydie STEPHENS officiating. Burial will be in the Clearfield
Cemetery. Masonic rites will be conducted by Noble Lodge No. 458 AF&AM. There is open visitation after 10 a.m. Thursday
and the family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Mr. ZERAN was born Nov. 2 1910, in Waterloo to John and Nellie (URIE)
ZERAN. He graduated from Newton High School in 1928. On March 18, 1935, he married Clarice MOWALT at Newtown and she
preceded him in death. On May 10, 1991, he married Viola E. RICHARDSON at Bedford. He was employed as a machinist for
John Deere in Waterloo, retiring in 1973. He lived in Waterloo before moving to Bedford 27 years ago. He attended the
Christian Church in Clearfield, and was a member of Noble Lodge No. 458 AF&AM, Eastern Star Cornelia Chapter 524. He
served on the Grand Lodge of Iowa in 1985 and 1986.
Survivors includ his wife, Viola ZERAN of Bedford; two daughters,
Evonne (husband Dr. Kenneth) JENNETT of Bedford and Joan (Husband Richard) BOTHUM of Albert Lea, Minn.; a stepson Kyle
(wife Mary) RICHARDSON of Auston, Texas; a stepdaughter-in-law, Diane RICHARDSON of Lena, Ill.; three sisters, Hermoine
KELSON of Russellville, Mo., Darlene SHOTWELL of Ogdon and Juanita WATSON of Oak View, Calif.; four grandchildren; three
step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Submission by Ann Wyer, April of 2012.
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