Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Baker, Virginia "Jennie" Morris Alexander

Mrs Jennie Baker, resident of the Gravity community for many years, died at the Thogmartin nursing home in Bedford, Wednesday, July 22. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Gravity, Friday afternoon. Rev E.M. McGehee of the Bedford Presbyterian church officiated. Burial in Summit cemetery in Page county.

Jennie Morris, daughter of David and Nancy Morris was born near Morrison, Ill., August 29, 1873 and died at the age of 85 years, 10 months, 23 days.

She moved with her parents when a small child to a home in Page county where she attended school. She was one of nine children, all of whom preceded her in death.

On April 6, 1904 she was united in marriage to Charles A. Alexander. They established their home west of Clarinda, where they lived three years, then moved to a farm northwest of Gravity. To this union were born three children, a daughter, Eva, who died in infancy; two sons, Malvern Alexander of Gravity, Walter Alexander of Bedford.

Her husband passed away on March 3, 1927 and she moved to Gravity, where she was married on April 15, 1945 to Elzy P. Baker, who passed away August 5, 1955.

Early in life she accepted Christ and attended a rural church across the road from their farm home. Later she attended the Methodist church in Gravity, where she remained a devoted and faithful member.

She is survived by her two sons, eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 30, 1959


Boltinghouse, Roland Hugh - Funeral Services for Roland Boltinghouse, age 94, of Lenox, Iowa who passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017, will be
held Thursday,January 12, 2017 at 11 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday morning from 9 AM until service time. Interment will be at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox .

Roland Hugh Boltinghouse was born at home on Main Street in Lenox, Iowa, on August 27, 1922, the son of Orval (O.L.) and Della (Madden) Boltinghouse. He attended kindergarten and first grade in Lenox. In 1930, his parents purchased a farm in Grove Township, and the family moved to the country. He spent the remainder of his school years at Grove #4 (Frog Pond) located about ½ mile from his home, graduating with honors from 8th grade in 1936.

Since he had no transportation, he could not attend high school so at age 15 he started his first job working with a threshing crew for $1 per day. In 1940, he purchased his first car, a 1937 Chevrolet, for $500. His first driver’s license cost him 25 cents for 2 years. In 1942, while driving around Lenox, he offered to take Thelma Ferguson and three of her girlfriends home. Since Thelma only lived a block away, she sat by the passenger door and one of her friends sat in the middle. Rollie, however, took all of the other girls home first!

On May 9, 1944, Roland was united in marriage to Thelma Louise Ferguson at the Presbyterian Church in Creston, Iowa. They began married life on a farm in Grove Township not far from his parental home. This union was blessed with 3 daughters, Mary Diane, Connie Lea, and Kathryn Rolene.

Roland was a farmer all of his life. In 1948, following the death of his father, he and Thelma purchased the home place; this farm would be their home for 56 years. They lived there until 2004 when they moved to Vintage Park. Following Thelma’s death in 2004, Roland remained at Vintage Park until 2013 when he moved into the Lenox Care Center.

Rollie loved baseball and played on a Lenox team for several years. He was often listening to or watching a St. Louis Cardinals ball game. He later was active in a bowling league in Lenox. He loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and play cards. He and Thelma also did a lot of traveling while they were able. He had a love for red tractors, International Harvestor, and almost always had on his I-H cap.

Roland was happiest when he was with his family. Often, he and Thelma would “make the rounds”, taking a trip from Lenox to Essex, to Corning, to Centerville, all in one day so he could see all of his girls. He had 2 go-carts and 2 ATVs, which he always kept ready for the grandchildren to race around the track he made on the farm.

Roland was a member of the Sharpsburg Methodist Church and remained active there as long as he was able. Rollie served on the Grove #4 School Board, and was treasurer of the church for many years. He and Thelma were members of several neighborhood card clubs.

He was left-handed. He liked to tell jokes and was particularly fond of his left-handed joke. “Everyone is born left-handed. They remain left-handed until they commit their first sin.” When asked how tall he was, his comeback was usually, “I’m tall enough to reach the ground.” He never lost his sense of humor. When hospitalized this last time, and he was asked if he knew where he was, he replied. “Right in front of you.”
Everyone who knew him heard about his daughters. He was always saying that he had “the three most wonderful girls in the world.”

He is survived by his three daughters: Diane (Dean)Bovaird, Connie (Bob) Birt, Kathy (Mark) Purdum; 7 grandchildren, Rob (DeAnn) Birt, Jason (Shell) Birt, Ryan (Heather) Birt, Joel (Sara LeFleur) Bovaird, Jill (Bill) Shuler, Alicia (Matt Casteel) Loman, Aaron (Ashley) Purdum; 14 great grandchildren, Marcus (Rachael), Kaylee and Conner Birt, Brendon & Isaac Birt, Nolan Birt, Kyle, Payton and Addison Shuler, Keaton and Kaleb Loman, Makaila, Maddison, and Maverick Casteel; and 1 great great grandson, Easton Birt; two special nieces, Mae Head and Lora Shontz; 1 sister-in-law, Marjorie Evans; 1 brother-in-law, Paul Brokaw; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; his parents; his brother, Cleo and wife Juanita; 2 grandchildren; his mother and father-in-law, George and Mary Ferguson; 4 sisters-in-law, Merle Beggs, Juanita Sweeney, Georgia Stoaks, and Helen Brokaw.


Brown, Darrell Gene - A Memorial Celebration of Life Gathering of Friends for Darrell Brown, Sr., age 80, of Lenox, who passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Greater Regional Hospital in Creston will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 11:30 AM at the Lenox American Legion. Visitation with the family greeting friends will begin at 10:00 AM until service time. Private family interment with military rites will be held at a later date. INSTEAD OF FLOWERS the family requests you bring a dish to share at a potluck following the services. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

On Tuesday April 4 2017, we said goodbye to Darrell Brown Sr. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to anyone who ever met him.

Darrell Gene Brown Sr., son of Eddie and Grace Brown, was born and raised in Iowa. As a sharecropper’s son, he spent his childhood working in the fields with his two older brothers, Bob and Darwin. Darrell had two green thumbs and had an incredible work ethic as demonstrated by his employment as a bus driver in Lenox when he passed at 80 years young.
Darrell was always doing what his big brothers did, and after Darwin enlisted in the Air Force, Darrell decided to enlist in the Army at 17. A broken leg during basic training kept him from being shipped to Korea during the war. While in the Army he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he met and married his first wife, Virginia Louise Albert. They had four children, Melody (Steve Shinokis), Darrell Jr. (Tori), Lisa (David Goff), and Lori (Scott Nation). Darrell, known as Brownie the Barber to many, had two Barber shops at the Orting Soldier’s Home for over thirty years. Brownie’s three dollar cuts and two dollar shaves maintained a row of full waiting chairs often with men from over an hour away. When a veteran could no longer come to the shop, Darrell packed his kit and went to them. He was always civic-minded, serving on the school board, city council, planning committee, and active in the Orting Lion’s Club.

In 1976 Darrell met and married Shirley Jean Twiggs and to that union they were blessed with a son, Phillip (Sara). They were married for 41 years, spending the last 23 amazing years in Darrell’s last childhood home in Lenox, Iowa. For the past several years Darrell’s working passions included mowing, gardening, feeding birds and the Lenox school system, driving a van for special needs kids. In his twilight career he decided to get his CDL license, and become a bus driver, passing his tests in his classic attention to detail fashion. He loved his bus kids, and they loved Mr. Darrell too. Rumor has it candy was provided for following simple rules, like keeping your hands to yourself, and picking up your trash.

Darrell is loved by many, and always thought of others first. He never wanted anyone to fuss over him, but insisted on fussing over others including the residents at Lenox Care Center for tracker rides.

When not working, Darrell enjoyed his folding rocking chair in the garage, a fan blowing, radio playing, perhaps a cold Bud Light in hand, and thinking about the next chore to get busy with.

He is survived by his loving wife Shirley, his brother Bob (Kathlyn), and baby sister “Sis” Clare Davis (Dean). He leaves behind his legacy of five children, 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Darwin and infant Charles William, and his parents, Eddie and Grace Brown.


Burman, Helen - Jan 24, 1911 - Mar 7, 2017 - Private family graveside memorial service will be held at the Prescott Cemetery.


Cagligiuri, Lenny - Nov 20, 1950 - Jan 19, 2017 - Lenny Caligiuri, age 66, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date at the New Market Community Center

Lenny Caligiuri, age 66, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. A gathering of family and friends will be held 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the New Market Community Center. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Leonard Joseph Caligiuri was born November 20, 1950 in Des Moines, Iowa to Louis Caligiuri and Ruby (Whisler) Caligiuri. He grew up in the Des Moines area attending Des Moines schools and earning his GED. Lenny was united in marriage April 27, 1996 to Susan (Jones) Haffner.

Lenny was a food salesman for Midwest Foods of Omaha for many years calling on area restaurants. He lived in various places, including Omaha and Kansas City and currently lived in New Market, Iowa. During his time in Missouri, he also worked as a car salesman.

Family was very important to Lenny and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was also an artist who enjoyed doing drawings.

Preceding Lenny in death were his parents; brother-in-law, Bob Bertanolli.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Susan Caligiuri of New Market, Iowa; children; son, Leonard Caligiuri, Jr. and wife Tasha of Fort Riley, Kansas; (he is currently serving in South Korea), daughter, Jessica Stagnari and husband David of Colorado Springs, Colorado, son, Sean Caligiuri and wife Kara of Omaha, Nebraska, son, Shane Haffner and wife Kenya of Corning, Iowa, son, Nick Haffner and wife Nicole of Council Bluffs, Iowa, daughter, Brandy Haffner and fiancé Kenny of Percival, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Ashley, Austin, Sofia, Adrian, Kale, Tate, Connor, Jarod, Bryaint and Makieah; brothers, Louis Caligiuri and wife Peggy of Rolla, Missouri and Tommy Caligiuri of Texas; sisters, Christine of Las Vegas, Nevada, Franny and Danny of Des Moines, Iowa, Margie Buttery and husband Gordon of Ankeny, Iowa and Theresa Staats and Jerry of Des Moines, Iowa; nieces; nephews and many friends



Cavin, Mary Florence Saville - Mary Florence Cavin, age 92, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, February 20, 2017 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Celebration of Life Services will be held 10:30 AM, Friday, February 24, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Mitch Grossoehme officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Clarinda. Lunch will follow the services at the church with burial at the Athelstan Cemetery in Athelstan, Iowa at 2:00 PM. Fellowship with coffee and cookies will follow the committal at the Blockton Community Center.

Mary Florence (Saville) Cavin was born October 2, 1924, in Redding, Iowa the daughter of Wilbur Frederick Saville and Mamie Louise (Wallace) Saville. She grew up attending country school, graduating from Redding High School with the Class of 1942. After graduation, Mary went to work for the defense plant in Hastings, Nebraska making ammunition for World War II. In August of 1943, Mary was united in marriage to Elvin Waugh. Born to bless this union were two children, Elvin Waugh, Jr., and Nancy Elizabeth Waugh. They made their home in the Redding area, later divorcing. On February 14, 1951, she was united in marriage to Leston Lyle Cavin at her parent’s farmstead in Redding, Iowa. Four children were born to bless this union, Lyla Sue, Jerry Alan, Dennis Lee and Regina Ann.

The family grew up one mile east of Blockton on the family farm. Mary enjoyed staying at home raising her family until her youngest, Regina went to school. She then went to work at MATURA Action Corporation in Mount Ayr as the Site Director. In 1990, Mary retired from this position and continued living in the Blockton area. Mary and Lyle enjoyed going to auctions and getting a good bargain! They also enjoyed visiting the Sidney Rodeo, especially the bull riding. Throughout their married life, they were devoted to their cattle business, raising Charolais. Mary was a wonderful seamstress, who enjoyed quilting. She was one of the few who actually enjoyed patching socks, jeans or just about anything that someone needed patching! Having grown up during the Great Depression, Mary’s motto was ‘waste not . . . . want not’ . . . she recycled way before it was the ‘in thing’ to do! The children remember growing up working in the family garden, canning the produce to enjoy all year long. She was a hard working woman who dearly cherished her family.

Left to cherish Mary’s memory are three sons, Elvin Waugh and wife Jolynn of Kingman, Arizona; Jerry Cavin and wife Susan of Clarinda, Iowa; and Dennis Cavin and wife Julia of Clarinda, Iowa; two daughters, Nancy Sundberg of Des Moines, Iowa; and Regina Stevens and husband Rodney of Pinellas Park, Florida; thirteen grandchildren, Carrie Crabtree and husband Rob; Jennifer Anderson; Angela Werth and husband Mark; Todd Maxwell and wife Dori; Chad Maxwell and wife Mina; Michele Cavin and fiancé Edward Eddington; Laura Risola; Zachary Cavin and wife Rosanne; Denessa Wagoner and husband Kory; Shannon Stevens; Shane Stevens; Sam Stevens and Sierra Stevens; eleven great-grandchildren Ty, Alaina, Emmalee, Bradon, Hunter, Sophia, Leston, Harper, Sawyer, Trianna and Chansley; a son-in-law, John Maxwell; a brother-in-law, Samuel Stephens; and a sister-in-law, Kathy Saville; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Mary in death are her parents, Wilbur and Mamie Saville; her in-laws, Albert and Jesse Cavin; her husband, Lyle Cavin in 1997; a daughter, Lyla Sue Maxwell; a granddaughter, Hope Marie Stevens; three brothers, Bob, Dick and Frank Saville; and two sisters, Hazel Newman and Dorothy Stephens


Chrismon [Crissman], Willie - Died.--Yesterday evening, of consumption,Willie, the 10-year-old son of Dick Chrisman (colored.) The funeral services took place this afternoon and the remains were buried in the Bedford cemetery. The boy was the last of a large family of children, the enttre family, with the exception of Mr Chrismon, having died within the past few years. BEDFORD TIMES-INDEPENDENT, Bedford, Iowa, Apr 1, 1887


Clark, Ardith Moore - Ardith Clark, age 88, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverned Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Ardith Jean Moore was born March 13th, 1928 in Benton Township, Taylor County, IA. near Bedford to Roy Robert Moore and Goldie Marie Burnham Moore. The family moved South of New Market about a year later. At the age of 5 she and her family moved to New Market where she lived her entire life.
She attended elementary and high school where she graduated in 1947. She chose Teaching as a career, to which she was dedicated. It was difficult to retire from teaching in 1990, after 41 years.
She attended Clarinda Junior College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Missouri State University in 1967. She started her career in the fall of 1947 at a country school, Prairie Gem. She laughed and said, "She learned more than the children that first year." She went to Bailey school in Benton Township north of Bedford, Ia. for two years- 1948-1950- then back to Prairie Gem for 3 more years.
She was married to James Herren Clark on May 17th, 1953. At that time she chose to be a housewife. But the yearning for the classroom was strongly there and especially the love for children and the desire to help them to attain the best education possible. She always tried to look for the good in a child and told them many times, "You can be what you want to be- set your goals high."
In 1955 she taught 1 year at the Thompson school in East River township and then 7 years at the Consolidated school in East River. She came to New Market in 1963 and taught 4th grade for 27 years.
She and Jim adopted three children, Kenneth Dean, Kevin Paul, and Tonya Annette. She was Baptized in the Christian Faith by Pastor Rose Mace in 1947, of which she remained faithful throughout the years, serving in various capacities; Sunday school teacher teaching Bible School Church Circle and United Methodist Women, and mission and parsonage committee. Ardith was a life member of the National Education Association, Iowa State Education Association, Iowa Retired Teachers, Retired professional of Page and Taylor County, and former member of Delta Kappa Gamma.
In later years, failing health caused her to become inactive. She loved working with children and serving the Lord of which her faith remained strong to the end.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband James Herren Clark, her son Kenneth Dean Clark, grandson Aaron Dean Clark, parents; Roy and Goldie Moore, younger sister Wanda Berniece in 1926, her sister Evon Schollian Wyckoff, her brother Raymond A. Moore , her sister Verla Coston and her brother, Dean Moore.
She leaves her daughter Tonya Clark Paxton and son-in-law Richerd Paxton, granddaughters, Natalie Stoddard, husband Marcus Stoddard, and great grandson Trevin Stoddard and Amanda Whitmire and husband Jason Whitmire; daughter-in-law Janice Clark; granddaughter Andrea Tally and husband Kevin Tally, her sister-in-law Vera Moore, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and hosts of friends


Daleske, Beverly Joy Harsh - Beverly Joy Daleske, age 77, of Bedford passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. A celebration of life memorial service was held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford.

Beverly Joy (Harsh) Daleske was born October 28, 1939 in Newton, Iowa, the daughter of Carl Harsh and Lora (Wright) Harsh. Beverly grew up in Newton, Iowa with her brother and four sisters. Beverly married William F. Daleske Jr. on August 2, 1969 in Grant City, Missouri.

Beverly always enjoyed helping people. This was evident by her choice of employment through the years including being a head start teacher in Fraser, Iowa and working as a state social worker for the state of New Mexico, when she and Bill moved there.

Beverly's greatest joy in life was being a mother to her six sons. It takes a special woman to raise that many boys! She always put her boys before herself and she always made sure they knew they were loved. Beverly also enjoyed being a grandmother to her twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren have many stories and special memories to remember her by.

Left to cherish Beverly’s memory is her husband William Daleske aka "Bill on the Hill" of Bedford; hers sons Richard Wallace and wife Karen of Bedford, Ted Wallace and wife Shari of Oklahoma, Martin Wallace and wife Teresa of Hagerman New Mexico, William Daleske and wife Bernadette of Bedford and Robert Daleske and wife Lynn of Bedford; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; Sisters Kay, Mary Cheryl and Carlie; brothers in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Beverly in death are her parents Carl and Lora Harsh; brother Dick Harsh; son Rory Wallace and special friends Donna Eighmy and Charlotte Akers


Eitzen, Helen V. - Helen V. Eitzen, 89, of Essex, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex with Pastor Ann Albert officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation Service in Shenandoah. Burial will take place in the Guss Cemetery near Nodaway, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to Essex Fire & Rescue in Helen's name.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex with Pastor Ann Albert officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation Service in Shenandoah. Burial will take place in the Guss Cemetery near Nodaway, Iowa. Memorials are being directed to Essex Fire & Rescue in Helen's name.

Helen Viola Eitzen, oldest of eight children of Charles Ray and Reva Irene (McCoy) Stamps, was born on January 20, 1928 in Guss, Iowa. She grew up on a farm and graduated as the class valedictorian from Gravity High School in 1945. Helen attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska where she completed several classes. After business school, Helen worked for Mobil Oil Corporation in Omaha, Production Credit Association in Clarinda, Shenandoah Hospital, and a short stint at the Blanchard Elevator. From there, Helen went to work for IAMO Telephone Company, retiring from there in 1994.

Helen married Norman C. Morris on the Bride and Groom Radio Program in Los Angeles, California. The couple made their home in Omaha and one child was born to this marriage, Terri Rene on October 29, 1955. The couple divorced and Helen and Terri moved to Clarinda, Iowa.

Helen married Ivan Eitzen on March 10, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah, Iowa and moved onto the Eitzen family farm outside of Coin, Iowa. Ivan retired from farming in 1995 and Helen and Ivan moved to Essex, Iowa.

Helen was an active church goer all her life. She spent most of her adult years attending Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Essex. She was a member of the community quilting club in Essex.

Helen’s special interests and hobbies included sewing, gardening, horses, and watching Wheel of Fortune and Shark Tank. Most important of all to her was being involved in the lives of her grandsons, Nicholas, Kevin, Todd, and Adam.

Helen passed away on March 29, 2017 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha at the age of 89 years, 2 months, and 9 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Reva; beloved husband Ivan; brothers, Robert Stamps in infancy and Dean Stamps; brothers-in-law, Dean Thompson and Ermal Eitzen; mother-in-law Elizabeth Eitzen; niece Kim Stamps; and nephew Ted Reed.

Helen is survived by her daughter Terri Krause of Peru, NE; grandsons, Nicholas Krause and wife Heather of Syracuse, NE and their children, Keaton and Calli, Kevin Krause of Peru, Todd Krause and wife Michelle of Axtell, KS and their son Vonn, and Adam Krause and wife Elaine of Omaha; sister Ruth Thompson of Anchorage, AK; brothers, Curtiss Stamps and wife Darlene of Diagonal, IA, Larry Stamps and Vickie Brown of Gravity, IA, Garry Stamps and wife Judy of New Market, IA, and Carroll Stamps and wife Jan of Gravity; sisters-in-law, Rita Stamps of Corning, IA, and Kathryn Nelson of Omaha; aunts, Thelma Stamps of Clarinda, IA, and Beverly Vawter of Goodyear, AZ; many nieces and nephews whom she cared so much about; and other relatives and friends.


Gold, Jack M. - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Jack Gold, age 89, of Bedford, who passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford with military rites accorded by the Iowa National Guard Funeral Honors and the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164.

Jack Marland Gold was born May 28, 1927, in Bedford, son of Cleo and Nellie Munn Gold. He grew up in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School in 1946. Shortly after graduation he joined the U.S. Army and served in the 82nd Airborne at the end of World War II. Following his discharge he attended Commercial Extension Business School in Omaha.
Jack and Norma Jean Alexander were childhood friends, their parents being close friends. Friendship blossomed into courtship and courtship into marriage June 17, 1951, at Bedford United Methodist Church. Theirs was a love which was shared for 65 years.

Following Business School, Jack returned to Bedford and worked at Beemer Oil, later becoming a partner with Horace Beemer in Beemer – Gold Oil Company, which owned and operated the Bedford Phillips 66 station. He also owned Gold Coin Laundry, worked installing seamless guttering with his company Gold Seamless Guttering, helped build and remodel several homes in Bedford, and was always active and on the go. He volunteered with Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, at their Bedford United Methodist Church, at the Taylor County Historical Museum where he helped install the round barn, and with many downtown projects.
Jack and Norma shared a lifetime partnership filled with love. Their life together was one of hard work, devotion to family, pride in their children and grandchildren, and commitment to their community. They enjoyed traveling and spending winters at Voyager RV Resort in Tucson. Jack found time to enjoy bicycling around Taylor County and rode across the state with his sons on RAGBRAI twice, last at age 79, time for farming, engraving rocks, and fixing anything anyone ever needed fixed. He gave of his time freely to help others his whole life.

He is survived by his wife Norma, son Rodney (Wendy) Gold of Tucson, AZ; daughter Janet (Jack) Locke of Waterloo, IA; son Jon (Connie) of Springfield, MO; daughter JoEllyn (Jerry) Lock of Bedford; grandchildren: Lindsey Christensen of Waterloo, IA; Larissa (Landon) Treloar of Waverly, IA; Alex Brown of Des Moines, IA; Mason Brown of Bedford, IA; Addison Gold of the University of Arkansas; Jack Gold of Springfield, MO; Corey (Sandra) Leftwich of Charlotte, NC; Preston Leftwich of Tuscon, AZ; Nicole Lock of Riverview, FL; Mason Lock of Bedford, IA; Eric (Shasta) Locke of Waterloo, IA; Elizabeth Locke of Cedar Falls, IA; great grandchildren Brady and Quinn Treloar and Steven, Morgan, and Kristin Locke; and Swiss son Louis-Guy Vorlet (Sylvie) of Fribourg, Switzerland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Arleta (Don) Roberts, and brother Bill (Mary Ann) Gold.

Jack served his country and his community.
He loved and cared for his wife and family.
His was a life well lived


Goudie, Fred "Wendell" - Graveside Celebration of Life Services for Wendell Goudie, age 84, of Boulder City, Nevada, formerly of Gravity, Iowa, who passed away Monday, January 2, 2017, in Boulder City, Nevada will be held Friday, January 13, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Washington Cemetery in Gravity, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Fred Wendell Goudie was born December 18, 1932, near Gravity, Iowa, the son of Paul Warren Goudie and Burnyce Lucille (Cole) Goudie. He grew up attending school in Bedford, graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1951. During his high school years, Wendell excelled in football, playing the end position, receiving the ball from his uncle, Gerald Cole, who was quarterback. All while being cheered by his aunt Geraldine Cole, who were all born the same year. He started his working career as a paper delivery boy in junior high school, by his senior year, he drove a stock truck for his dad, thus limiting his extra curricular activities in school.

Wendell married his high school sweetheart, Norma Burham at an early age. They became the parents of three sons, Lewis, Allen and Danny. The family relocated from the Midwest to Boulder City, Nevada, where the boys were raised.

Wendell was a heavy equipment operator, a position that took him to jobs in Utah, Arizona, California and Nevada. He worked on many freeways as well as other infrastructure projects. Wendell had his contractor's license and developed several commercial projects in the Boulder City, Nevada area. He loved to renovate homes and built a custom home overlooking Lake Mead. He spent his free time working with the youth in Boulder City and coaching his boys and many others.

Wendell never retired. He continued to renovate homes, had many rental investments in both residential and commercial properties and was an A1 Mechanic. He was a lover of antiques, enjoying both buying and selling them. He also enjoyed traveling in his RV and returning to his Iowa roots.

Left to cherish Wendell's memory is a son, Lewis Goudie and wife Violet; son Danny Goudie; a brother, Gordon Goudie and wife Sandy; a brother Donald Goudie and wife Rosemary; a sister-in-law, Marcelene Goudie; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; an uncle, Gerald Goudie and aunt Geraldine Cole; along with many cousins and relatives in the Nevada, California, Missouri and Iowa areas.

Preceding Wendell in death are his parents, Paul and Burnyce Goudie; a son Allen Goudie; his ex-wife Norma and a brother Melvin.


Haidsiak, Lois Jean Snyder - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Lois Haidsiak, age 90, of Bedford, who passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Visitation will be held Wednesday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford from 3 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Lois Jean Haidsiak was born on October 31, 1926, to Frank Merle and Ruby (Trumbo) Snyder. She was raised and spent most of her life in the Bedford area. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1943. Shortly before graduation she began working as a legal secretary for Attorney O.J. Kirketeg. After his death in 1945 she worked for Attorney James R Locke and the law firm of Locke and Reading.

On July 19, 1945, she was married to Max Alvin Haidsiak. Eleven children were born to this union. Max and Lois farmed for 25 years before moving into Bedford in 1973. In 1975, she returned to being a legal secretary for Attorney A. Elton Jensen until he passed. She then cared for Max during an extended illness. After he passed in 1983, she returned to work as the library assistant in the elementary school of the Bedford School System. She retired in 1993.
Lois was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford at the age of 15. She was also a member of Eastern Star and The John F. Hardin American Legion Auxiliary Post #164. She enjoyed volunteering in her free time and received the Volunteer of the Year award in 2003.

She will always be remembered by her family as a very loving, caring, and giving person. A lot of people other than her children often referred to her as mom. Anyone and everyone were always welcomed and many times fed in her house.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant brother Robert and infant sister Helen Louise. Her daughter Sarah Louise McKee, son Howard Mark Haidsiak, grandson David Eugene Haidsiak, great grandson David Eugene McNeil, and great granddaughter Kendall Kalyn Bucher also preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are sister Mary Lou Dukes, Bedford, IA; brother Richard (Phyllis) Snyder, Arvada CO; sister-in-law Annabel Walkup, Redding, IA; and children John (Kim) Haidsiak, Red Oak, IA; Wayne (Donna) Haidsiak, Lenox, IA; Lee (Sheila) Haidsiak, Villisca, IA; Lynn (Carole) Haidsiak, Bedford, IA; Leland (Carmen) Haidsiak, Madrid, IA; Susan Chesnut, Bedford, IA; Kristi (Gary) Hanna, Maryville MO; Max (Susie) Haidsiak, Red Oak, IA; and Lisa (Chris) Crater, Pickering, MO. Many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews will also cherish her memory


Harbin, Linda Kay John Cox - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Linda Harbin, age 67, of Lenox, who passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Greater Regional Hospice Home will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Lenox Community Center. Visitation will be held Tuesday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

Linda Kay (John) Harbin was born March 26, 1949, in Ottumwa, Iowa the daughter of Lyle John and Lucile (Hawkins) John. The family moved to the Prescott area in 1951, before settling in Lenox in 1952. Linda graduated from Lenox High School with the Class of 1967. While in high school, Linda enjoyed participating in sports, excelling as a guard on the girls basketball team. After graduation, Linda attended business school in Omaha, Nebraska before going to work for Look Magazine in Des Moines, Iowa. She was united in marriage to David Cox in March of 1969, and to this union they were blessed with the birth of a son Jesse on July 31, 1970. The couple later divorced. Linda and Jesse moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1982, returning to Lenox in 1986, when she went to work at the Lenox Lumber Company along side her father Lyle and brother Steve.

One night in 1989, while out with friends at the local rodeo dance, she asked a particular cowboy to dance. After a short time she realized she had met the 'love of her life' and was united in marriage to Jack Harbin on January 3, 1992. The couple resided 4 miles east of Lenox before moving to an acreage in Corning in 2008. Together they shared their love of horses, camping and rodeo's . . . where Linda enjoyed watching Jack compete. When the Lenox Lumber Company closed in 2004, Linda went to work for DeBruce and later Precision Optical in Creston. In 2013, she began working at Red Star Mill in Corning until her retirement in 2014.

Left to cherish Linda’s memory is her loving husband Jack Harbin of Corning; a son, Jesse Cox of Lenox; three brothers, Steve John and wife Ginnie of Lenox; Danny John of Iowa City, Iowa; Roger John and wife Mary of Lenox; a brother-in-law, Joel Harbin and wife Jerri of Tarkio, Missouri; four grandchildren, Jaela, Jynessa, Jentri and Jaci all of Lenox; thirteen nieces and nephews, several grand-nieces and nephews and countless loving relatives and friends.

Preceding Linda in death is her father Lyle John in 2002; mother Lucile John in 2011; sister-in-law Patty John in 2001; and father and mother-in-law Sonny and Joyce Harbin


Houston, Carolyn Sue Neill - Carolyn Sue (Neill) Houston, daughter of John L. and Mary Frances (Evison) Neill, was born November 8, 1942 in a Taylor County farmhouse south of Corning, Iowa. She passed away on February 6, 2017 at the Stanton Care Center in Stanton, Iowa at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 29 days.

Carolyn enjoyed the company of cats and educating herself on all the different breeds of cats, their markings, and personality traits.  She also enjoyed watching classic movies and TV shows.  Carolyn was a collector of paper dolls and Terry Lee dolls. Most of all, Carolyn loved to travel and visit with people, in particular family and old friends

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 43 years, Gordon Houston of Stanton, Iowa; son Mario (Jennifer) Houston of Omaha, Nebraska; son Dennis Houston (Ashley Colwell) of Stanton, Iowa; daughter-in-law Genevieve Houston of Stanton, Iowa; grandchildren Sabrina, Taylor, Austin, Hunter, Rylan, and Mavrick Houston; brother Edward (Kay) Neill of Omaha, Nebraska; and sister Betty Scherzinger of Leawood, Kansas, other family and numerous friends.

Celebration of life memorial service will be held 11:00 am, February 18, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, February 18, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Burial of cremains will be held privately at the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak, Iowa

Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah, Iowa


Johnson, Adam - Adam Johnson (colored), an old resident of the vicinity of Gravity, died at 1:30 this morning, after three weeks' suffering from typhoid-malaria. He was an old man, perhaps 70 years old, and the best portion of his life was spent in slavery. The funeral services will be held at the residence at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. BEDFORD TIMES-INDEPENDENT, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 15, 1887


Junker, Delano - Funeral Services for Delano Junker, (the father of Cindy Cox and Doug Junker) age 82 of Lenox will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Shalom Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM until service time.

Interment with military rites will be at the Fairview Cemetery in White, SD.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Heritage Funeral Home of Sioux Falls, SD is in charge of arrangements



Keenan, Sheryl Virginia Henderson - Sheryl Virginia Keenan, daughter of Elmer Eric and Edna May (Ham) Henderson, was born at Waukee, Iowa on November 30, 1925. Sheryl’s dad passed away when she was 6 years old and the family continued to work the farm. At the age of 16, Sheryl graduated from Van Meter High School in 1941. Sheryl went on to further her education at Drake University where she graduated in 1944 with an Elementary Teaching Certificate, eventually earning her Bachelors of Science in Education. Sheryl began teaching at Cambridge, Iowa in 1944 and taught at Van Meter School from 1947 to 1951. She taught in Lenox School from 1951 to 1954, and it was at this time that she met her future husband, Lee Keenan. They were married in Bedford, Iowa on December 28, 1953. Sheryl and Lee moved to a farm near Maloy, Iowa where they would live out their married years together. Sheryl took some time off from teaching to become the mother to three daughters: Lynn, Cheri, and LeAnn. In 1963, Sheryl returned to teaching first grade at Mount Ayr Community School, retiring in 1990. After Lee passed away on March 27, 1995, she moved to Waukee, Iowa.

Sheryl enjoyed learning and keeping her mind active. She was an avid reader who enjoyed crosswords and adult coloring. She loved to play cards and was quite competitive. Sheryl had a love for good blueberry pancakes and she always ate her dessert first! Most of all, Sheryl enjoyed being around people. She enjoyed coffee with her friends. She looked forward to the Henderson family reunions and keeping up with the many relatives. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildrens and attending their many activities. She never missed a chance to be at their dance recitals and ballgames.

Sheryl passed away on January 8, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lee; siblings Thayne (Shirley) Henderson and Marilyn Mitchell; in-laws Beryl & Dorothy Hall, Bob & Betty Keenan, and Jean Wurster.

Those left to cherish her memory include her three daughters Lynn (Paul) Baker of Creston, IA, Cheri May of Waukee, IA, and LeAnn Keenan (Dave Storer) of Harlan, IA; three grandchildren Melissa Baker (Rocky Malloy) of Cedar Rapids, IA, Meredith (Don) Wulf of Jewell, IA, and Samantha Hornback of Waukee, IA; two great grandchildren Londyn Wulf and Hattie Wulf; in-laws Jim Mitchell of Des Moines, IA, Karl Wurster of Mount Ayr, IA, Marion (Donna) Keenan of Bolivar, MO, and Virginia (Fred) Siverly of Clearfield, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Kettle, Marie Tennant -

Funeral services for Marie Kettle, age 93 of Blockton, who died Friday, June 11, 2004 at the Bedford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford, Iowa were held Monday, June 14, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blockton Christian Church with Pastor Scott Marcum officiating.
Interment was held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name and the family will disburse to Marie's favorite charities. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford.
Ida Marie Tennant was born May 23, 1911 in Redding, Iowa the daughter of Dave M. and Julia (Beda) Staton Tennant. She grew up living on the family farm and attending rural country schools. While growing up, Marie spent several years in California, but grew to maturity in the Ringgold county area and graduated from Redding High School. She married her high school sweetheart Byron Levi Kettle in 1930 and into this loving union was born two sons: Charles D. who was lost in infancy in 1933 and Duane Merritt, born in 1937, who met an untimely death in a bridge and tractor accident in 1965 leaving his wife Myrna and young sons Robert and Allen behind. Byron was in the implement business in Blockton and for many years ran a gas delivery truck in Blockton. He died in 1982.
Marie was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a member of the Blockton Garden club, Eastern Star, the Blockton United Methodist Church and the Blockton Christian Church. Marie was well known for her excellent cooking and was always happy to prepare a delicious meal including pan-fried chicken and a homemade pie. She was a bit of a "homebody" and welcomed visitors into her well-kept home. For years, Marie and Byron enjoyed alternating Sunday evening meals with their close friends, Doris and Harlan Freeman. Marie also had an especially close bond with her neighbor, Ila Saville, and the two ladies spent many days "heading to town" to enjoy a day of shopping and socializing. Their friendship remained a close one all throughout Marie's life.
When asking folks what they remember about Marie, the first thing that each person has recalled is how much she loved her two grandsons. "The Boys," as she always collectively referred to them, were very special to Marie. She enjoyed preparing for the celebration of birthdays and holidays and she especially looked forward to each summer that brought an opportunity for her to help care for the boys and to try out her new favorite recipes. During her last years in life, Marie enjoyed seeing her two grandsons grow into adulthood and to start families of their own. She looked forward to each visit and the great grandchildren always brought a smile to her face. We will miss you Grandma!
Left to cherish Marie's memory are her 2 loving grandsons, Robert Duane Kettle and wife Vonn of Blockton; Allen Gregory Kettle and wife Dana of Lenexa, Kansas; three great-grandsons, Jimmy Lee Lawrence, Joel Patrick Lawrence, Levi Allen Kettle; three great-granddaughters,
Lacee Lorine Lawrence, Hannah Maerie Kettle, Ava Lillian Kettle; one niece; one nephew; in-laws; friends & neighbors from the Blockton area and the Bedford Nursing home.
Preceding Marie in death are her husband Byron Kettle; two sons Charles and Duane; daughter-in-law Myrna; parents Dave and Julia; brother D.M and sister. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Jun 16, 2004


Livingston, B. Gertrude -

B. Gertrude Livingston, 101, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Lowell R. Livingston.
She is survived by her sons Joe (Sylvia), Bill (Karla) and Dale, nine grandchildren, 10 great­grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.      
She spent the first 57 years of her life in the Clearfield, Iowa area as a farmer in partnership with her husband Lowell while raising three rambunctious boys and being very active in the community and church. She and Lowell retired to Ft. Myers in 1970 and soon became Charter members of Whiskey Creek Country Club which became the core of their new social life in Florida and resulted in becoming a Life Master in Bridge and two holes in one on the golf course. She also modeled clothes at the club's annual fashion show, most recently in January of this year.
A funeral service was held Wednesday, March 11th at Memorial Gardens, Ft. Myers with visitation at 12:30 p.m. and services at 1:30 p.m. Internment at Memorial Gardens will immediately follow the services.


Lovitt, Rudy Wayne -

Rudy Wayne Lovitt, 69, of Cedar Rapids [Iowa], died on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Crestview Acres, Marion. Funeral Services were held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Stewart Baxter Funeral and Memorial Services, Mount Vernon, by Chaplain Mary Kaufmann. Visitation was 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Lisbon Cemetery.
Rudy was born December 2, 1945, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Wayne and Bonnie (Lambery) Lovitt. He joined the US Navy in 1966. After serving in the military, Rudy went to Northeast Missouri State University to receive his Bachelor's in Education. After a year of teaching, he decided to change careers, and became an engineer for Union Pacific, retiring after 33 years. Rudy married Beverly Flickinger Butteris on April 21, 1990, at home in Cedar Rapids.
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, enjoyed visiting friends at HyVee with Beverly, and playing with his grandchildren, giving them rides in the train engine.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, David Lovitt, Marv (Maureen) Butteris, Bill Butteris, Rhonda Penrod, Colleen (Steve) Williams, Alisa (Gene Dowie) Butteris, and Greg (Gina) Butteris; and his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-sons, Kenneth and Chuck.     
Please share your support and memories with Rudy's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.


Maharry, Gerald "Jerry" Eugene - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Jerry Maharry, age 98, of Lenox, who passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Lenox Care Center will be held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Lenox United Methodist Church. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SERVICES ALL ARE INVITED TO THE LENOX COMMUNITY CENTER FOR FURTHER CELEBRATION OF JERRY'S LIFE. Jerry donated his body to the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. INSTEAD OF FLOWERS the family requests memorials be given in Jerry's name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Gerald (Jerry) Eugene Maharry, the eldest son of Cecil and Pearl (Hewitt) Maharry, was born on September 5th, 1918 on a farm north of Clearfield, Iowa. He attended rural school and graduated with the 1936 class of Clearfield High. On July 14, 1939, he was united in marriage with Hazel Lucille Wall. They were privileged to share 77 years together. Their marriage was blessed with three sons: Randall, Roger, and Kirk.
Jerry and Hazel raised their family on a farm north of Clearfield. They loved to follow the boys in sporting events. As lifetime Hawkeye fans, they enjoyed tailgating and attending bowl games with family and friends. Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado was a beloved annual family vacation and continues to be a favorite destination for the whole family. Jerry was always looking for new ways to entertain the grandkids during their visits to the farm or to Colorado.
Jerry had a passion for farming and feeding livestock, particularly sheep. He enjoyed driving and collecting John Deere tractors. Jerry never lost his love for the farm. Even in retirement, there was nothing he would rather do than go for a drive to check the crops.
In 1975, they began traveling all over the United States in their RV. They discovered Yuma, Arizona and spent winters there for 35 years. Jerry enjoyed volunteering at the Crossroads Mission in Yuma, feeding the homeless, dressing up as Santa Claus, and initiating a coin drive in Araby Acres to raise money so that the children of the mission could have gifts at Christmas and other fun activities throughout the year.
Jerry was a charter member of the Clearfield Lions club. In 1963, the Clearfield Lions started the Shuttle Bus Service at the Iowa State Fair. Jerry and Hazel worked and camped at the fair with the Lions for over 40 years. He served as District Governor of the Iowa Lions, worked extensively with the Lions Eye Bank, and volunteered for Hospice. He was a member of Lenox United Methodist Church and a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Left to cherish Jerry's memory are three sons: Randall and wife Janet of Estes Park, Roger and wife Jeanne of Ames, Kirk and wife Diana of Lenox; eleven grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; a brother Jim and wife Rita of California; and a sister-in-law Luella Wilson of Mount Ayr; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents Cecil and Pearl, wife Hazel, brother Leland, and grandson Jeremy.
Jerry's devotion to Hazel made the last few months difficult for him


Martin, Ida Florence Davis Taylor

Ida Florence Davis was born Jan. 22,1867, near Holt, Taylor Co., Iowa, and departed this life Feb. 9,1947 at Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 80 years and 16 days.
As a young woman she attended school in Lenox, Iowa; then devoted her education to music. She taught instrumental music in and around Gravity and acted as church organist here in this church for many years. She has been a life-long member of the Gravity Methodist Church.
When 21 years of age she was united in marriage to Frank Taylor, one of Gravity's first merchants, To this union was born a daughter, Audrey Bell, who preceded her in death in 1943. Her marriage was short­lived for in 1892 her husband, Frank, passed away after a lingering illness.
She again resumed her musical activities until in 1900, on the 31st of August she married her childhood sweetheart, Chas. E. Martin, who survives ber.
As bride and groom they attended the Still College of Osteopathy in Des Moines, but on account of poor health she gave up her studies but not her good deeds. She was always a nurse for the sick and an attendant in homes where death invaded. Her good deeds will live forever around this hamlet but the familiar little figure that walked go briskly along the street taking food and provisions to those in trouble and doing her errands of mercy is gone forever. Her long vigilance and care of an invalided daughter for 53 years did not dampen her ardor nor prevent her from her friendly activities. Aside from a few years residence in Pella, Des Moines, and in Canada, she spent her life in Gravity. For several years she served as postmistress.
She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, Chas. E. Martin; her namesake, a cousin, Mrs Ida McFarland, of Omaha; Cousins: Mrs Aurora Long, Omaha; Mrs Winnie Peterson. Omaha; Frank E. Davis, Gravity; Dorte L. Davis, Weslaco, Texas; Mrs Gertrude Lund, Shenandoah; Wm. Sawvel, Burlington Jct., Mo.; Mrs Minnie Pierce and Morgan Davis, Cowles, Nebr., and several cousins in the west.
The funeral was held in the Methodist church at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. W. J. Weber.
Mrs Louisa Dunn and Mrs Mary Osburn sang "Jesus Saviour Pilot Me" and "There's a far away Land." Mrs Harry Burmeister at piano.
Pall bearers: Fred Dunkin; Frank Akers, C. C. Hill, Oscar Cerven, Kenneth Meyers, John Kimpton.
Honorary pall bearers: Rob Akers, John Stephens, Herbert Reeve, Geo. Beemer.
Burial was in the Gravity Cemetery.
Those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mrs Aurora Long, Mrs Ida McFarland, Mrs Winnie Peterson, Mrs Mildred Adams and daughter Barbara, of Omaha; Mrs Gertrude Lund, Shenandoah; Mr and Mrs Will Sawvel, Burlington Jct., Mo.; Miss Icie Algeo, Tabor, Mr and Mrs Geo. Depew and Leota Bell, Central City, Neb.; Mrs Garth Sharp, Mound City, Mo.; Dr and Mrs McCracken, North Star, Alberta, Canada, Mrs Mary Newman, Imogene; Mrs Martha Cherick, Bedford. THE GRAVITY INDEPENDENT, Gravity, Iowa, 1947


Matheny, Paul Junior - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Paul Matheny, age 93 of Bedford, who passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 will be held in the Platteville Cemetery in Platteville.

Paul Junior (Hooch) Matheny was born June 2, 1923, in Parnell, Missouri the son of Paul Collins Matheny and Margaret (Tameries) Matheny. He grew up in the Platteville area attending school. He then entered the United States Army, serving in World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned to the Nebraska area and while playing shuffle board, he met Bernice Opal Yocum, the couple were united in marriage in Clay Center, Nebraska on November 14, 1952. The couple lived in Hastings, Nebraska and in 1957, the family moved to California. In 1966, they moved to Clearfield, Iowa so Paul could help his father. Paul and Bernice lived in Clearfield where they raised their family, moving to Bedford in 1998. In 2002 Bernice's health declined and she entered the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center where Paul lovingly visited her daily until her death on March 20, 2006.

Paul and Bernice enjoyed life, whether they were attending a sporting event for one of their children or grandchildren, or just having fun together. Always smiling and enjoying their family. Paul liked hunting and fishing when time allowed. He enjoyed singing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Left to cherish Paul's memory are his children, Mike Crosier and wife Kathy of LeMoore, California; Joel Matheny and fiance Peggy Mattingley of North Glenn, Colorado; Jim Matheny and wife Sheila of Bedford; Jerolyn Weese and husband Mike of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jeffery Matheny of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother Ron Matheny of Maryville, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Paul in death are his parents, Paul and Margaret Matheny; his loving wife, Bernice Matheny; two sons, Jay Matheny in 1997 and Randy at infancy; a daughter and her husband, Patty and John Orndoff; a brother, Delbert Matheny; and three sisters, Mardell Straight; Isabelle Lloyd and Deloris Sanders


Mitchell, Marilyn Maxine Carson - Marilyn Maxine Mitchell, the daughter of Melvin Lee and Mary Leona (Kurtz) Carson, was born May 17, 1942, in Oregon, Missouri. Marilyn entered eternal rest on March 31, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 74 years, ten month, fourteen days.

Marilyn attended school in Missouri until her family moved to Iowa her junior year. She graduated from Corning High School with the class of 1960. Following high school, Marilyn attended college in St. Joseph, MO.

Marilyn was united in marriage to Gary Alvin Mitchell on January 29, 1961, at the Maple Grove United Methodist Church in Guss, Iowa. They would enjoy nearly fifty-five years together. Four children were born to bless this union: Galyn, Gidget, Matt, and Mindy.

Marilyn was a homemaker and farmwife who helped with the work on the farm. The family moved to Georgia in 1986. She shared her love for kids with others by working at a daycare. They returned to Iowa in 1988. When she returned she shared her love with the elderly as a home health aide. She also worked at Pamida in Corning for ten years prior to its closing. Marilyn was a member of the Maple Grove United Methodist Church. Marilyn enjoyed gardening, raising fruits, vegetables and trees, and watching wildlife, especially birds, deer and squirrels. She also enjoyed camping with her family. Marilyn’s family meant everything to her and time spent with them was her priority. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish Marilyn’s memory are her children: Galyn (Shari) Mitchell, Nodaway, IA; Gidget (Frank) Dennis, Corning, IA; Matt (Lori) Mitchell, Nodaway, IA; Mindy Mitchell, Nodaway, IA, and significant other Derrick Sonnenfeld of Omaha, NE; ten grandchildren: Ashley Mitchell; Heath (Dawna) Mitchell; Maisy (Justin) Chew; Jesse (Megan) Dennis; Kayla Mitchell; Ryan Mitchell; Madison Mains; Devyn Mitchell; Raelyn Sonnenfeld; Eli Sonnenfeld; seven great-grandchildren: Guy Berryhill; Brody Chew; Livvy Chew; Jayden Dennis; Brystol Dennis; Norah Dennis; Hallea Mitchell; brother: Roger (Barb) Carson, Savannah, MO; brothers-in-law: Lloyd (Karen) Mitchell, Stuart, IA; Darol (Pam) Mitchell, Lenox, IA; Joseph (Sandy) Mitchell, Ottumwa, IA; sisters-in-law: Ronda (Terry) Plowman, Creston, IA; Monica (Gary) Briley, Creston, IA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Marilyn in death were her parents; grandson: Jeramie Mitchell in 1994; husband: Gary; brother: Ron Carson; father-in-law and mother-in-law.

Pearson Funeral Home, Corning, Iowa


Mundt, Grace Maxine Harder - Grace Maxine Mundt, the daughter of Hans Peter and Pearl A. (Dagerman) Harder was born December 19, 1919 in Springfield, NE. Grace entered eternal rest on Monday, January 30, 2017, at the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, IA at the age of ninety-seven years, one month, and eleven days.

Grace was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Papillion NE on November 21, 1920. She graduated from Springfield High School with the class of 1937. Grace was united in marriage to George Henry Mundt on December 27, 1939 in Gretna, NE. Following their marriage, they resided on the family farm in Springfield, NE for approximately three years. They then moved to Oakland IA, then Bridgewater, IA, before moving to Corning in 1963. Four children were born to bless this union: Peggy, Jeanette, George, and Marvin.

Grace worked as a farmwife while living in Springfield and Oakland. Starting in 1963 she worked as a nurse’s aide at Rosary Hospital in Corning. She did this for several years before working at the D & L Factory, Red Oak, IA where she remained until her retirement.

Grace was a member of the Corning United Methodist Church since September 27, 1964. She also belonged to the Golden Hawks Camping Club and the Hawkeye Gem and Mineral Club. Grace enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting, making jewelry, and playing cards when time allowed. She made Afghans for every one of her grandkids. Grace also enjoyed traveling with her husband. They made numerous winter trips to Arizona over the years. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Left to cherish Grace’s memory are her children: Peggy (Dean) Wyllie, LaVista, NE; Jeanette (Marlyn) Allen, West Chester, IA; Marvin (Pamela) Mundt, Stanton, IA; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; sister: Joyce (Jack) Lively, Gretna, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Grace in death were her parents; husband: George; infant son: George Ervin; granddaughters: Linda Wyllie; Mamie Dawn Blair; three brothers: Donald; Dale; Robert; and sister: Marian Trost


Noer, Carole Ann Walker - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Carole Noer, age 80, of Bedford, who went to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 26, 2017 will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the United Christian Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services with the family greeting friends. A meal will follow the services allowing further time for fellowship. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS the family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa or the UCPC Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Carole Ann Walker Noer was born on November 11, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois to Arthur Ray Walker and Edith Delores (Schimmeyer) Walker. She grew up in Chicago where she attended Visitation Catholic High School (an all girl's school), graduating in 1954. While in High School she met the love of her life, Vic Noer, through her church youth group. They became engaged at her Senior Prom and were married a year later on May 14, 1955.

Vic was drafted into the Navy in 1955, and shortly after Carole moved to San Francisco, the home port of the aircraft carrier where Vic was stationed. While in San Francisco, Carole worked for Bethlehem Steel as an office worker. When Vic's two-year enlistment ended in 1957, they moved back to Chicago to start their family. They built a house in 1958, and together they were blessed with three children: Cathy, Caren and Vic Jr.

In 1966, they relocated to Bedford, Iowa, the home of Carole's Aunt, Catherine (Walker) Hanshaw and cousins, Cliff Hanshaw, Frosty Hanshaw & Ruth (Hanshaw) Clark. They purchased the local bowling alley and ran it for 15 years. In 1973, Carole began working at the Taylor County Courthouse as the Deputy Auditor. In 1980, she was elected as the County Auditor, a position that she held until she retired in 1998, after 26 years of service. After retiring, Vic and Carole spent several years traveling the world, taking numerous cruises and other trips.

Carole's priorities were her family and her faith. She was a stay-at-home mother throughout her children's younger years. She considered the community her family as well. Holiday meals were always a special time at the Noer's and more often than not, those who would have otherwise been alone, were welcomed. It was a wonderful gift to share with our family.

Lots of great conversations, fun games and laughter were always on the menu too! She was an excellent cook and gracious hostess. Relatives from Chicago spent many vacations visiting the Noer family in Bedford and they cherish the memories of these trips where they thoroughly enjoyed a glimpse of life in a small town made even more special by Carole's hospitality.

Carole loved flowers and she and Vic enjoyed maintaining a beautiful garden, in honor of their daughter, Cathy. Vic and Carole had celebrated 61 years of marriage and were an extraordinary example of a genuine loving marriage. They have resided in the same home for over 50 years. Carole also enjoyed reading, sewing, baking, crosswords and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a very kind, thoughtful lady with a quiet strength and a wonderful sense of humor.

During her many years in Bedford, Carole was a very active member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church where she held numerous leadership positions until the very end of her life. She always lovingly served others before herself. After a long courageous battle with cancer, Carole was called to heaven on March 26, 2017, at the age of 80. She spent her last days in the home that she loved, surrounded by her family.

Carole is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Edith Walker; her brother, Roy Walker, and her daughter, Cathy Noer.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Vic Noer of Bedford, Iowa; daughter Caren and husband Jim Jones of Overland Park, Kansas; son Vic Jr. and wife Maria Noer of Prior Lake, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Megan, Hunter, Andrea, Angela and Devon; brother Ray (Bud) Walker of Chicago, Illinois; and numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends


Nook, Shirley Jean Hutchison. - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Shirley J.H. (Jean Hutchison) Nook, age 87, who entered into peace Monday, April 10, 2017 at Clearview Homes in Clearfield, Iowa will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Lenox United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Shaffer officiating. Visitation with the family will be held prior to the service beginning at 9:30 AM. Interment will be held in the North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, Iowa, where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Born September 12, 1929 near Coin, Iowa, Shirley Jean Hutchison lived on a farm outside Coin, Iowa with her parents Frank Hutchison and Marjorie (Marge) Twaddle Hutchison. The oldest of four children, Shirley graduated from Coin High School in 1947.

Upon graduation from Coin, Shirley attended Normal Training at Maryville Teacher’s College. She taught school in the Page and Taylor Counties which included Shambaugh, Pioneer Park, New Market, and Guss.

She was united in marriage to Dwight Ernest Nook on July 1, 1953. To this union were born Teresa, William (Bill), and Frank. They lived most of their lives in Lenox. Shirley loved being a housewife, mother, and grandmother. While family was the most important thing in her life, Shirley also had many lifelong friends that she cherished.

A few highlights in Shirley’s life were being with family--both the Hutchison side and the Nook side celebrated holidays, birthdays, and just being together. She and Dwight loved to travel in later years (especially Alaska; Churchill, Canada; Mazatlan, Mexico; and Niagara Falls, New York). She loved to cook and bake, teach Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and as long as her health permitted be a member of United Methodist Church Women’s Circle.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; brother Arthur; and three infant children.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of sixty-three years, Dwight; her daughter, Teresa of Villisca, Iowa; her sons Bill of New Market, Iowa and Frank (Julie) of Prior Lake, Minnesota; one grandchild, Christian Nook of Maryville, Missouri; sisters, Marlene Madden of Pella, Iowa and Janice Shelton of Belton, Missouri; several nieces, nephews, extended family and many-many friends.

We will forever hold the precious memories of Shirley in our hearts.
May she be at peace in God’s loving care


Norris, Jesse "Gene" - Jesse “Gene” Norris, age 90, of Braddyville, Iowa, Iowa entered into peace Monday, February 13, 2017 at Westridge Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Calvin Hull officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home prior to the service. Burial will be in the Braddyville Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa with military rites.

Jesse Eugene Norris was born July 2, 1926 in Nodaway County, Missouri to Jess Norris and Opal Maude (Freeman) Norris. He grew up in the Braddyville area graduating from Braddyville High School in 1944. He entered the military after high school and served his country stationed in the Philippines. Upon his return, Gene met Juanita Schrodt at the Harold Grimes skating rink; she fell down and he picked her up and that was the start of their love for one another. They were united in marriage May 1, 1949 in Shambaugh. They were blessed with four children, Terry, Tommy, Timothy and Tammy.

Gene and Juanita farmed in the Braddyville area their entire life. They raised cattle, pigs, and farmed row crop. In 1964, they started the Norris Fireworks business, which has continued on for over fifty years!

Gene attended both the Methodist churches in Braddyville and Shambaugh and the Christian church in Braddyville. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion. Gene enjoyed many interests and hobbies. Among those, he was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed talking with people across the United States and in other countries. He had an interest in electronics. He also built and flew radio controlled airplanes. Gene and Juanita enjoyed volunteering as clowns; entertaining and making balloon animals for many children at schools and parties. They also enjoyed square dancing and traveling in their motor home and later wintering in Arizona where he volunteered for the Salvation Army. Gene will be remembered for his generosity and his never knowing a stranger.

Preceding Gene in death were his wife Juanita; his parents; brothers –in-law and sisters-in-law.

Left to cherish the memory of a wonderful father, grandfather, and great grandfather are his children, Terry Norris of Lawson, Missouri, Tom Norris of Scottsdale, Arizona, Timothy Norris and wife Judy of Braddyville, Tammy Norris of Clarinda; grandchildren, Starla Yarbrough, Michael Norris, Chad Norris, Stacy Nolker, Brain Norris, Angela Lane, Richard Norris; fifteen great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and many friends


O'Dell, Lorraine Round - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Lorainne O'Dell, age 86, of Bedford, who passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Visitation will be held at the Ritchie Funeral Home Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends 5 to 7.

Mary Lou Lorraine Round was born 28 April 1930, south of Blockton, Iowa the daughter of Lester and Mary B. (Collar) Round. She was an only child, but never felt alone. Her parents had raised their nephew, Virgil Brooks and were often home to Rex and Art Matheny, since the home was near Blockton High School. Virgil and Rex graduated from high school the same year Lorraine had begun kindergarten. She felt blessed to have had 'the boys' as part of her life. They lived on a farm and she attended Platte River Country School through the first six weeks of seventh grade when thy moved to Bedford. She graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1948.

On 25 September 1949, she and Bill O'Dell were united in marriage and feel so very blessed and privileged to have had so many years together. Bill was called to the U.S. Army during the Korean War and she went to be with him during his time at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky and during that time she worked for the Army, but came home to their own house when he transferred to Germany. Since they already had purchased some land she didn't feel financially able to go to Germany and worked for an attorney during the day and helped her in-laws on the farm in the evening which was her first love of occupation. Bill had always planned to take her to Germany and after the family was raised, they returned eight times, as well as much other travel.

They lived for six years south of Bedford and it was here that they first experienced parenthood when they were blessed with a baby boy whom they named Robert. Shortly after Bob's second birthday, and after they had moved to the home farm following parental retirement, they were further blessed with a baby girl, Martha. These children were such a joy to four grandparents who felt their families were finally fulfilled, and grandparents living in town near school were a truly added convenience.

After semi-retirement in 1989, they moved to Bedford and Bob and Laura moved to the home farm. Lorraine then, what time not filled with grandchildren, had time to help with the Bedford Ambulance Service as an EMT and managing the office work.

Bill and Lorraine were eventually presented with a total of eight grandchildren by Bob and Martha and their spouses, much to grandparent's delight. Michael Jones born four days before Sarah O'Dell, was a rapid beginning.

Survivors are Robert (Laura) O'Dell and Martha (Jeffrey) Jones and their children Michael Jones, Bryan Jones, Scott Jones, Allison Jones, Sarah Herring, Joseph (Abbie) O'Dell, Elissa O'Dell, Hannah O'Dell, and great-grandsons, Noah and Axel O'Dell.

Preceding Lorraine in death are her parents, Lester and Mary Round; her loving husband Bill O'Dell in January of 2016; and a great-grandson, Austin Noah O'Dell.

She left this earth to be welcomed home by a Savior
and she left feeling great joy and thanksgiving
for all the blessings bestowed for so many years


Pace, Connie Lou Lamb - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Connie Pace, age 66, of Gravity, who passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017 at her home will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at the Bedford City Cemetery.

Connie Lou (Lamb) Pace was the youngest of six children, was born November 24, 1950, the daughter of Dennis Lamb and Pearl (Swaim) Lamb. She grew up in the Murray and Hopeville areas, and as a child, Connie enjoyed walking in the timber and playing in the hay mow of the old barn. She graduated from Murray High School with the Class of 1969. On June 6, 1970, she as united in marriage to John Leroy Pace. The couple was blessed with the birth of two children, John Jr., and Jodi. John entered the United States Air Force shortly after their marriage. For the next twenty plus years they were stationed in New Mexico, Mississippi, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Connie was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom, a job she loved. After retirement from the Air Force in 1991, the family moved to Sharpsburg and then outside of Gravity, Iowa.

In August of 2016, Connie was diagnosed with ALS, and although she lost the use of her legs and arms, it never took her heart or her smile. She always worried about taking care of everyone else, and she loved hugs. She was quoted many times saying . . "I can't give hugs anymore, but I still like to get them!" Connie believed in saying "I LOVE YOU", and she said it often! She loved her family . . . her husband, kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren . . . they were her life and her joy. She always looked forward to their phone calls and visits which just 'lit up her life'.

Left to cherish Connie’s memory is her loving husband John Pace of Gravity, Iowa; two children, John Pace Jr., and wife Andrea of Gravity, Iowa; and Jodi Jeter and husband Darren of Huxley, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Amber Kingery and husband Chad; John Pace III; Shawn Kasha and wife Kerri; Adam Sickles and special friend Jenna Cargo; Brianna Pace; Heather Jeter; Zachary Jeter; Dustin Jeter; eight great-grandchildren Adailee Jones; Mark Kasha; Lydia Kingery; Payton Fleharty; Preston Fleharty; Avery Kasha; Paisley Bolinger; Waylon Bolinger; two brothers, Jerry Lamb and Jim Lamb and wife Rosella; a sister Kathy Parmenter and husband Jim; along with many other family relatives and friends.

Preceding Connie in death are her parents, Dennis and Pearl (Swaim) Lamb; and two brothers, Lowell Lamb and Bernard Lamb


Pace, Wayne William - Private Graveside Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Wayne Pace, age 87, of Bedford, who entered into peace Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Ringgold County Hospital will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Memorials may be given in Wayne’s name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Wayne William Pace was born April 28, 1929, the son of Joseph Perry Pace and Alta Marie (Watts) Pace, in rural Taylor County, Iowa. On June 11, 1947, he was united in marriage to Coryl Maye Hatfield in Glenwood, Iowa. Stories of their honeymoon were always fun to hear . . .they went to the circus in Lincoln, Nebraska! Wayne and Coryl were blessed with three children, Barbara Kay, Carole Ann and Robert Wayne.

Wayne was also blessed with the birth of three granddaughters, Jennifer Kay Ware, Cara Lynnette Hollingworth and Pamela May Bucher. He has six great-grandchildren who were the delight of his life, Kaitlyn Kay Ware, Hollis Michael Eugene Ware, Adrian David Hollingworth, Aleighla Lynn Hollingworth, Zoe Dalynn Bucher and Jordyn Elyse Bucher.

Wayne went to work for the county at the age of 16, and worked on a caterpillar for several years before going into business for himself. Wayne bulldozed for many, many years before retiring. He loved to drive the country roads, often saying he helped build this or that road . . . or that pond . . . or that terrace, etc. He would also love the shocked look on people's faces when they would ask him what he did for a living . . .and he would say, "I'm a cat-skinner"! Wayne also did some farming, later in the years his chores consisting of driving to the farm to feed the cats every day. Wayne also loved to play fast-pitch softball. He was a great pitcher and broke several catcher's fingers, he was so fast, but if you asked him to slow down, he would say, "If you catch the ball correctly, it wouldn't hurt or break fingers."

Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Coryl Pace of Bedford, Iowa; a daughter, Carole Haidsiak and husband Lynn of Bedford, Iowa; a son, Bob Pace of Bedford, Iowa; three grandchildren, Jennifer Ware and husband Michael of Baxter, Iowa; Cara Hollingworth and husband Mark of Urbandale; and Pamela Bucher and husband Nate of Bedford, Iowa; his six great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Hollis, Adrian, Aleighla, Zoe and Jordyn; and a sister, Dorothy Rucker and husband Robert of Bedford, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alta Pace; a daughter, Barbara Gordon; a brother, Wilbur Pace; a sister, Kay Spencer; a granddaughter, "Baby Gordon"; and a great-granddaughter, Kendall Kalyn Bucher.


Peterson, Clarence "Hillard" - Hillard Peterson, age 94, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Gravity, Iowa entered into peace Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Clarence Hillard Peterson, age 94, was born September 29, 1922 in Montgomery County, Iowa to Clarence R. Peterson and Jessie E. (Hill) Peterson. He grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Villisca High School. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army July 7, 1943 – December 12, 1945. He was in Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe battles and campaigns. Hillard and Flora Richey were united in marriage in 1977 and they combined their families of eight children.

Hillard was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed the planting and harvesting of crops and tasking care of the livestock. Hillard enjoyed fishing and the Minnesota fishing trips. Family was very important to him and he enjoyed being with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Hillard in death were his parents; son, Terry Peterson; brother, Bernard Peterson.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Flora Peterson of Clarinda, Iowa; children, Cindy Drumwright and husband Mike of Shawnee, Kansas, Bruce Peterson of Kansas City, Missouri, and Joe Peterson and fiancé Donna of Bedford, Iowa; step children, John O’Dell of Clarinda, Iowa, Ray O’Dell and wife Barbara of Gravity, Iowa, Jack O’Dell of Arizona, Barbara Gilmore of Omaha, Nebraska; fifteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; seven great, great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends


Pitman, Alma "Marie" Cameron - Marie Pitman, age 86, of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, formerly of New Market, Iowa entered into peace Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Granger Nursing & Rehab, Granger, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 23, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Russ Clark officiating. Lunch and visitation with the family will be held following the interment at the New Market Community Center. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery.

Marie Pitman was born on July 1, 1930 in Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa, to James Garfield Cameron and Dortha Mae (Whitney) Cameron, the youngest of four children. Her actual name was Alma Marie, after an aunt, but tried very hard to keep that fact concealed, as she disliked the name.
Her father passed away when she was four and the family moved into New Market. She attended school in New Market, graduating with the class of 1948. Active in several clubs, organizations and athletics, she was most proud of sextet, her long jump and being a part of the state tournament basketball team in 1947.

On April 24, 1949 she was united in marriage to Lyle Frank Pitman. To this union, three children were born, David Lyle, Douglas Frank, and Donald Dean. The couple made their home on the farm south of New Market until Lyle was drafted into the Army, leaving for basic training in January 1952 in Kentucky and being stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for the duration of service. Marie went to Kentucky and Texas both in order to be with Lyle. While in Kentucky she also served as a civil service secretary with high clearance for the base commander. They came home with a new baby to the farm south of New Market and continued raising their family. Marie was active in Eastern Star, taught Sunday School, and was a cub scout den mother. After moving into New Market in 1966, the couple worked for Nordland Insurance before establishing their own agency and real estate office. She also served as school board secretary and volunteered as the secretary for Taylor County Civil Defense for several years. In 1985, she started working for the Iowa Department of Transportation in Des Moines, and a short time later moved to Inspections and Appeals as secretary to the bureau chief. She retired from there in 1995 and continued making her home in Pleasant Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lyle, son Donald, sister Irene, brothers James and Garrald, and brothers-in-law Jess Love and Mack Capper. Left to cherish her memory are her sons David (Denise) of Corning, IA, Douglas (Rhonda) of Granger, IA, grandchildren Michelle Lanae, Julie JoAnna, Lisa Mae, and Samuel Lyle; sisters-in-law Wanda Cameron and Mildred Cameron


Refer, Lary James - Lary Refer, age 78, of Lenox passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at his home in Lenox, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox with visitation Wednesday, January 10, 2017 from 3-7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Interment will follow the service at The Bedford City Cemetery.

Lary James Refer was born on January 30, 1938 to Jack and Camillia (Conner) Refer in Victor, Iowa. Lary moved with his family to Lenox, Iowa at the age of 4. Lary graduated from Lenox High School in 1956. Following high school Lary attended Barber School and graduated in 1957. He then began barbering in Lenox from many years. During this time he also drove a school bus in Lenox. Then in 1983 Lary started working for the Post Office in Lenox.

Lary married Judy Rucker on September 5, 1979. Lary was passionate about his family and loved to spend time with them especially his grandchildren. Through the years Lary could be found enjoying Lenox High School sporting events and cheering on the Tigers. Lary belonged to the Lenox volunteer fire department many years as well. Lary also attended the Presbyterian Church in Lenox through the years.

Lary is survived by his twin brother; Gary (Sharon) Refer of Villisca; brother Jack Refer of Lenox; children Jon (Julie) Refer of Pulaski, Tennessee; Ann (Rich) Anstey of Cumberland, Iowa; step-children Rebecca Hartley of Lenox, Iowa; Darren (Amber) Strough of Pinewood, Colorado; grandchildren Alicia (Dustin) McGeorge of Taft, Tennessee, Michelle (Forrest) King of Fayetteville, Tennessee; Christopher Refer of Silverthorn, Colorado, McKinze Anstey of Massena, Iowa, Morgan Anstey of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; Andy Hartley of Des Moines, Iowa; Dustin Hartley of Corning, Iowa; Michael Hartley and fiancé Shannon Cox of Lenox, Iowa; Darrah Sheffield of Portland, Oregon; Madison Strough and Marrissa Strough of Pinewood, Colorado; great-grandchildren Josie McGeorge of Taft, Tennessee, Hunter Hartley of West Texas; Parker and Journey Hartley of Lenox, Iowa; Trenton Hashberger and Lily Coleman both of Portland, Oregon; along with many other relatives and friends.

Lary is preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, a brother Robert, his wife Judy, a sister-in-law Betty Refer, a step granddaughter Macayla Razes and great-granddaughter Ava Hartley


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Settles, Janice Florence Gray - Janice Florence Settles, Blue Eye, MO daughter of Ernest and Ethel (Gant) Gray, was born November 7, 1939 in Clarinda, IA and departed this life on March 25, 2017 at the age of 77.

Janice had been a resident of the area for forty years, moving here from Toledo, IA. She was the office manager of a medical clinic in Branson West, MO for 15 years. In 1979, she was a founding member of the Open Doors United Methodist Church of Blue Eye, MO. She was the choir director for thirty-seven years.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; son, Andrew Settles; granddaughter, Andrea Standlee and sister, Karen Runyan.

Survivors include: her husband, J.D. Settles of Blue Eye, MO; two sons, Jon David Settles and wife, Donna of Springfield, MO and Mark Douglas Settles and wife, Alma of Kimberling City, MO; two daughters, Jennifer Dawn Round and husband, Todd of Branson, MO and Amy Diane Standlee and husband, Greg of Shell Knob, MO; one brother, Steven Gray and wife, Lisa of Indianola, IA; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, March 31, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Open Doors United Methodist Church in Blue Eye, MO. Service will be Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Jack Smith officiating at the Open Doors United Methodist Church in Blue Eye, MO. Burial will be in the Blue Eye Cemetery, Blue Eye, MO


Shafar, Elvin Dwight - A Celebration of Life Visitation for Elvin Shafar, age 88 of Bedford, who passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Clarinda Regional Medical Center will be held Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford from 2:00 to 4:00 PM with the family greeting friends. Private family graveside services will be held Monday at the Washington Cemetery in Gravity.

Elvin Dwight Shafar was born March 10, 1928 on a farm north of Gravity, Iowa the son of Fred L. Shafar and Mable Alice (Price) Shafar. He grew up attending school in Gravity, graduating with the Class of 1945. On May 13, 1946, he was united in marriage to Patricia Hayes. Elvin and Patty lived their entire life on the same farm where Elvin was born until they moved to Gravity in 1977, they then retired in Bedford in 1995.

Elvin enjoyed fishing, hunting and all sports. He played town team baseball for various teams in the local area. He and Patty enjoyed being with friends, fishing in Minnesota and Canada, dancing and Elvin even belted out a Frank Sinatra tune in a community skit once! He and Patty never missed an event if their two kids, Connie and Mike, were involved . . . no matter how far they had to travel. After working all day on the farm he would always have time in the evening for a game of basketball or catch with his kids.

Elvin's biggest joy was watching his grandson, Sean, grow up and once again . . . not missing any event where Sean was involved. They did many things together when Elvin could no longer drive his car, Sean would pick up his Grandpa and drive him to the farm . . . every day . . they were the best of buddies.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather is his loving wife of seventy years, Patty Shafar of Bedford; two children, Connie Shafar of Bettendorf, Iowa; and Mike Shafar and wife Jan of Gravity, Iowa; a grandson, Sean Shafar and wife Kate of Bedford, Iowa; his three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Camille and Vin (Elvin's namesake) who all lovingly called him 'Papa'; and a sister, Elverta Beemer of Bedford; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Elvin in death are his parents, Fred and Mable Shafar; and two sisters, Merolyn Heacock and Geraldyne Farrens


Smith, Susan Jeannie Meyers - Memorial Graveside Celebration of Life Services for Susan Smith, age 70, of Madrid, formerly of the Gravity / Bedford areas, who entered into peace on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone, Iowa will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. There will be no visitation prior to services.

Susan Jennie (Meyers) Smith was born December 1, 1946, in Clarinda, Iowa one of four children born to Kenneth Lamont Meyers and Helen Mae (Jamison) Meyers. Susan loved growing up in the Gravity area attending school, graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1965. Her father, Kenneth, owned the local gas station in Gravity and her mother, Helen taught Home Economics at BCHS. After graduation, Susan attended Northwest Missouri College in Maryville. While attending NWMSU, Susan made friends who would truly be her 'best friends' in life forever.

After college, Susan moved to Des Moines where she worked as an accounting clerk in the insurance industry, a position she enjoyed her entire working career. Although she had a 'love interest or two' over the years, she never married . . . until Ed Smith from Bedford moved back to Iowa from Dallas, Texas in 1988. Susan first met Ed at a summer dance in 1965, and they dated for about a year. Because of their age difference, (Ed being 2 1/2 years her junior) the relationship was never really encouraged on the home front. Ed left Bedford in 1967 to attend KU in Lawrence, Kansas. After 21 years, Ed returned to Iowa hoping to start a new life in the Des Moines area. It didn't take Ed long to find Susan . . . he gave her a call, they made a dinner date and 6 months later they were married and purchasing a home in Madrid, Iowa!

Susan was employed for 27 years by her last employer, but was asked to take early retirement in 2008 . . . Sue took this hard. Health issues started appearing within a year or two and Susan was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in January of 2015. Her doctor recommended around-the-clock care and Susan moved into the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone, Iowa February 1, 2015. Throughout Susan's life she enjoyed getting away, traveling to Italy, Hawaii and to both costs in the United States. She liked potting plants in and out of the house. She was an avid reader, mostly mysteries; she particularly enjoyed John Grisham, and working jigsaw puzzles.

Left to cherish Susan’s memory is her loving husband Ed Smith of Madrid, Iowa; three siblings, Sally Meyers of Dallas Texas; Fred Meyers of Bedford, Texas and Mary Meyers of Carrolton, Texas; along with many friends.

Preceding Susan in death were her parents, Kenneth and Helen Meyers; and her in-laws, Marvin and Martha Smith.


Smith, Wylene Lewellen - Wylene Smith, 79, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, at her home in Snyder after a lengthy illness.
Funeral service for Mrs. Smith is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Gary Hubbard, chaplain of the Hospice of Big Spring, and the Rev. Tommy Culwell pastor of Colonial Hill Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Slaton's Englewood Cemetery.
Born April 16, 1918 in New Market, Iowa, she married William V. Smith on Dec. 24, 1936 in Oklahoma.
Mrs. Smith worked for the City of Slaton, retiring in the early 1980s. She moved to Snyder in 1995.                                                          
A resident of Slaton since the early 1950s, Mrs. Smith was a longtime member of the Slaton First Baptist Church and the Slaton Garden Club. In Snyder, she was a member of Colonial Hill Baptist Church.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, William Smith in 1974, and by a brother, Glenn Lewellen.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Bill Harris of Snyder; a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Ronald and Jinnie Smith of Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren, Stacy Haley and Megan Harris, both of Snyder, Shey Jones of Pegram, Term., and Amy Smith of Minneapolis; and two step grand­children, Megan and Hanna Remtema of Indianapolis.
The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimers Society at Texas Tech,   3601 4th St., Lubbock, 79430; or Family Hospice, 3210 East 11th, Big Spring, 79720. [Snyder, Texas newspaper]


Sobbing, William Raymond - William R. Sobbing, 67, Bedford, IA passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Known as Bill, Willy, Two Turtles, Subs and Uncle Mario, he was born on September 17th 1949 in Maryville MO to Raymond "Pete" and Mildred Ethel (Wilson) Sobbing. Bill married the Love of his life Julie Jo Lininger on August 23rd 1993 in Bedford, Iowa.

Bill spent most of life having fun and enjoying what he loved most. Spending time with his children doing whatever it was they wanted to and a lil' later it was fishing with the grandkids and making soap box derby cars and when he wasn't doing those things he had been employed by Sleeps Tile Yard in Bedford, Iowa.

Preceding in death were his parents Pete and Mildred, wife Julie Jo Sobbing (January 19, 2009) and son Steve Starks.

Bill is survived by his children: Lori (Gary) Bollinger, Jim Sobbing, Larry (Tisha) Ellis, Candi Djurich, Earl (Megan) Griffith, Randy (Jessica) Griffith, Clint Starks, Trisha (Ron) Erxleben; sisters Margaret Palmer and Norma Wilson, brother Joe Sobbing and several nieces "Rita his favorite" and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1-2 PM, Saturday, March 18th, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, followed by Funeral Services at 2 PM. Burial will be at White Oak Cemetery in Pickering, MO.

At the request of Bill and His Family Please dress casual


Stamps, Charles "Dean" - Charles Dean Stamps, the son of Charles Ray and Reva (McCoy) Stamps was born October 14, 1929, in Taylor County Iowa. Dean entered eternal rest on March 10, 2017 at Corning Specialty Care, Corning, Iowa, at the age of eighty-seven years, four months, and twenty-four days.

Dean graduated from Gravity High School, Gravity, Iowa, with the Class of 1948. Dean entered the United States Army in 1952 and served his country in Anchorage Alaska during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954.

Dean was united in marriage to Rita Marie Wilmes on April 23, 1958 in Maryville, Missouri. Three children were born to bless this union: DeAnn, Danny, and Debra. Dean started his printing experience working for the “Printery” at Conception Abbey, in Conception, Missouri. He worked for the National Famers Organization beginning in 1971 as the Printing Manager. When the NFO moved to Ames, Iowa, Dean opened the “Print Shop” in Corning. Dean owned and operated the shop from 1991 to 2000. After retirement in 2000, Dean and Rita enjoyed traveling and golfing.

Dean was a member of the Corning American Legion and the St. Patrick Catholic Church. Dean never knew a stranger. He always had a joke and was always laughing. He also had a lifelong love for horses. His family was very important to him and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish Dean’s memory are his loving wife Rita of Corning, Iowa; children: DeAnn Russell, Ft. Myers, Florida; Danny (Cindy) Stamps, Corning, Iowa; Debra (Todd) Goldsmith, Corning, Iowa; seven grandchildren: Andy, Ray, Ty Russell; Oakley Rollefson, Tasha Stamps, Bryant and Brooke Goldsmith; five great-grandchildren; brothers: Curtis (Darlene) Stamps, Diagonal, Iowa; Larry Stamps (significant other, Vickie Brown), Gravity, Iowa; Garry (Judy) Stamps – New Market, Iowa; Carroll (Jan) Stamps, Gravity, Iowa; sisters: Helen Eitzen, Essex, Iowa; Ruth Thompson, Anchorage, Alaska; also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Preceding Dean in death were his parents; two brothers-in-law: Ivan Eitzen and Dean Thomspon


Straight, Edward Lee - Edward Straight, age, 80 of Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Shambaugh, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, January 23, 2017 at Village Care Center, Maryville, Missouri. Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017 at Moffat Grove Cemetery, Guthrie County, Iowa with Jeff Cummings officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2017, at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial will be in Moffat Grove Cemetery, Guthrie County, Iowa.

Edward Lee Straight was born February 1, 1936 in Guthrie County, Iowa, to Leo F. Straight and Nora V. (Sartin) Straight. He grew up in Guthrie County and graduated from Guthrie Center High School. Ed served his country in the United States Army for two years and reenlisted in the United State Navy. He served during the Vietnam war as a Chief Gunners Mate and retired August 29, 1982.

Following his retirement from the Navy, he returned to Iowa and took care of his mother until she passed away in 1986. Ed resided in Shambaugh, Iowa. He worked as a night guard for the NSK Corporation. He was a faithful member of the Shambaugh Methodist Church. Ed loved his dogs and auctions. He was a collector of many things! His declining health required him to be in a care center since 2011.

Preceding Ed in death were his parents; brother, James Straight; brother, Bill Straight; sister, Mary Doris McCoy; brother-in-law, Jack McLaren; nephew, Stephen McLaren.

Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Joanne McLaren of Hartline, Washington; niece, Lynn (Dan) Nielsen and great nephew, Keith Nielsen of Snohmish, Washington; great niece, Maegan (Josh) Kazas of Auckland, New Zealand and great, great nieces and nephews, Elizabeth, Micah, and Caleb; nephew, Mike McLaren of Pinedale, Wyoming; niece, Nancy Cote of Arlington, Washington and great nephews, Joseph and Jared; great nephew, Kaenan McLaren of Arlington, Washington; sister-in-law, Karen Straight of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces, Pallin (Brooke) Turner of Clarinda, Iowa and great niece Nevada and great nephews, Chance and Cordell


Vanderheiden, Rodney Dean - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Rodney Vanderheiden ("Mr. V"), age 62, of Bedford, who passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the New Life Missionary Church in Bedford. Visitation will be held Friday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at the Harlan Cemetery at 3:00 PM.

Rodney Dean Vanderheiden was born on November 24, 1954 to John and Neoma (Popp) Vanderheiden in Carroll, Iowa. He was baptized at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll, and confirmed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa. He attended K-12 in Harlan and graduated from Harlan Community High School in 1973. He was an athletic trainer in high school for the football and wrestling teams, and was part of the 1972 Harlan State Championship football team.

Rodney went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Physical Education) from Iowa State University in 1978. While in college he was an athletic trainer for the football and wrestling teams. While a wrestling trainer, he was part of the 1977 NCAA National Championship team, coached by Harold Nichols. He was also an athletic trainer for the Iowa State Cyclone football team coached by Earl Bruce. He was a thesis short of obtaining his Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling.

After graduating from Iowa State University, he became the head athletic trainer at North Scott High School in Eldridge, IA and was also a Health Education teacher. There, he was instrumental in building the athletic training program into one of the finest in eastern Iowa. In 1985, Rodney left North Scott to take a position at Bedford High School as a Science teacher and head girl’s basketball coach. During his career at Bedford (27 years) he also taught Middle School General Science, was a Guidance Counselor for a number of years, served as Athletic Director, coached girl’s softball, and some football. Rodney, better known as “Mr. V” retired from Bedford Community Schools in 2012.

Upon retirement, he spent much of his time working on his collection of sports trading cards, coins, postcards, stamps, first day issues, and sports memorabilia. He also enjoyed visiting family during this time.

Around 2000, Rodney was diagnosed with an eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. This is a hereditary eye condition that occurs later in life, where peripheral vision (horizontal or vertical) is gradually lost. He was considered legally blind due to this condition, and because of this went through training at the Iowa Department of the Blind to learn life skills to deal with this condition.

Rodney enjoyed sports very much and loved to watch and talk about it. Throughout his educational career, he received several teacher of the year awards. “Mr. V” also served as chief contract negotiator for the teachers for many years. While coach of the Bedford girl’s basketball program for six years, the teams went 76-55, and 53-41 in his four years as softball coach. The 1987-88 girl’s basketball team went 22-3, losing in the Regional Finals to Treynor.
Rodney had a passion for teaching and helping students and also for helping others. He touched many lives throughout his career through his teaching, coaching, guidance counseling, and being a trusted friend. He loved his family very much and loved to spend time with them visiting and watching sports.

He became a resident of the Bedford Specialty Care Facility in November of 2016 due to his battle with cancer. This is where he passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the age of 62. He was preceded in death by his father, John Vanderheiden, and all of his grandparents.
He is survived by his mother, Neoma Vanderheiden, of Harlan, Iowa; his brother, Lindsey Vanderheiden and his wife Stephanie of Longmont, Colorado; a nephew, Jordan Vanderheiden of Longmont, Colorado; niece, Michaela Vanderheiden of Colorado Springs, CO; and other family members and many friends


Van Ness, Joyce Eileen Slaight - Joyce Van Ness, age 68, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Monday, February 13, 2017 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 16 at the funeral home. There will also be a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Memory Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Joyce Eileen Slaight was born March 31, 1948 to George Slaight and Bertha "Elizabeth" (Couch) Slaight in Shenandoah, Iowa. She lived in New Market, Iowa with her parents and brother David.
Joyce graduated from New Market in 1966 where she met her husband Roger Van Ness also of New Market, they later married July 2, 1967 while she was attending Iowa School of Beauty in Des Moines, Iowa. Upon graduating, Joyce and Roger returned to New Market. Roger entered the service in January of 1968 while Joyce remained in New Market working at the local beauty shop. Joyce later joined Roger in Maryland until Roger was transferred to Fort Benning Georgia. There he would receive orders to go to Germany. Joyce moved back to New Market.
With Roger being discharged from the service they would move into the existing home that they would later purchase. Joyce was a stay at home mom raising their children Tracy, Angela and Michael.
Joyce enjoyed attending garage sales and working on crafts, where her friend Barbra Batten and she would then sell their creations. Roger would later join in with his woodworking.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents George and Bertha Slaight and brother, David. She is survived by her husband Roger of New Market, Iowa; daughters Tracy and her husband Daryl Borders of Kirkland, Washington; Angela Whited and grandchildren Deserea Kimpton and Addison Whited of Des Moines, Iowa and grandson Devin Kimpton of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Son Michael Van Ness and wife Christina Van Ness and grandchildren Quinten and Kelly of Earlham, Iowa. Along with many family and friends, she will be greatly missed


Whipp, Dolores "Dorie" Scott - Dolores “Dorie” Whipp, age 83, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Westridge Care & Rehab Care Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 9, 2017 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Dan Wiebesiek officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dallas Center Cemetery, New Market, Iowa.

Dolores Ann Whipp “Dorie” was born August 24, 1933 in Shambaugh, Iowa to Robert Scott and Verona (Setterburg) Scott. She grew up in the Shambaugh area attending Amity School in College Springs. Dorie and James “Keith” Whipp were united in marriage August 20, 1949 in College Springs, Iowa. They were blessed with four children, David, Debra, Denise and Diane.

Dorie was an amazing self taught woman of many talents. She was a great seamstress, sewing her children’s clothes when they were younger and also a wedding dress, bathing suit, suit jacket and many other items. She reupholstered furniture for others and also redid the interior of a car and also an old horse carriage. Dorie taught herself to knit and crochet and made each grandchild a theme sweater when they were little. She always had an immaculate garden; canning and freezing food for winter months. She also raised chickens to butcher too. She took up painting and excelled at that as well.

Dorie was a cook at New Market School and eventually became head cook and is still well remembered for her amazingly good school lunches. Following the closing of the school, she became a cook at the MHI and Clarinda Correction Facility and after retiring she delivered meals from the kitchen to the prison.

Dorie loved animals especially her dogs (Libby) and her horses (Danny Boy and Bo) and she had various other animals. She especially loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and they were always in her nightly prayers.

Preceding Dorie in death were her parents; husband, Keith Whipp; sisters, Patti Runyan and Becky King; brother, Russell Scott; nephew, Kelly Hook; grandson-in-law, Master Sergeant Andrew Garrett;.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, David Whipp and wife Vicki and their children, Kerry (Stacy) Whipp, Keely (Scott) Price, Krissy (Steve) Jacobs and Taegan, Alyssa, Colton; her daughter, Debra Carlson and husband Rolland and their children, Marnee (John) Losurdo, Rolanda (Ray) Root and Raegen and Riley, Mindy (Brian) Orme and Noah; her daughter, Denise Shepard and husband Phil and their children, Nathan Teeters and Garrett, Emma and Luke, Steve Shepard and Skylar, Zach and Kaylie, Melissa Teeters, Anthony (Amy) Teeters and Kimber and Kennedy; her daughter, Diane Johnson and husband Ed and their children, Shana Garrett and Lanie, Phoebe, Haidyn, Heather (Aaron) Sharr and Janessa, Jalyn, Ava, Madelyn, Mylie, Keenan (Misty) Johnson and their children, Riley and Henrik; step mother, Bette Scott of Clarinda, Iowa; sister, Carol Smith and husband Dennis of Kansas City, Missouri; brothers, Mike Scott of Fremont, Nebraska and Steve Scott and wife Kim of Hopkins, Missouri; nieces; nephews; and many friends


Williams, Harold Leslie

Harold Leslie Williams born October 17, 1940 in Athelstan, IA. to father, George Williams, and mother, Leona Booher Williams. Harold attended grade school in Athelstan, IA. and high school in Blockton, IA.

Harold had 2 brothers; Dale (Butch) Williams (Gloria) of Siam IA, & Paul Williams (Judy) of Grove, Oklahoma, and a sister Alice Johnson (Rick) of Athelstan IA.

He was a hard worker all of his life. Before graduating, he helped a farmer. After high school, he worked construction, then Diecho in D.M., Farmland in D.M. & K.C. for 26 years, Woodlink in Mt Ayr, IA, and Osceola Foods in Osceola, IA for the last 15 yrs.

Harold married Jeannette Hayes on August 12th 1961. They have two children; Brian Williams (Laura) of Missouri Valley, IA. and Lisa Bettis (Ron Cooper) of D.M., IA. They have two grandchildren; Samantha Williams of Red Oak, IA. & Jeremy Bettis of D.M., IA; one great grandson, Taylor Williams-Sparr of Red Oak, IA.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother (Leona), brother (Dale), aunts, uncles and cousins.

Harold and Jeannette lived in Des Moines and Urbandale for approx 20 years. They bought a small farm near Kellerton, IA. and lived there for 32 years plus. They raised fat hogs, sows, feeder pigs, and a cow/calf operation. They had hay, pasture, CRP ground, and row crop. He was very proud of his farm and cows.

Harold loved fishing and hunting. He went on many hunting or fishing trips with his brothers, son, brothers-in-law and various other family members. When his grand kids, Samantha and Jeremy, were little he loved taking them to a pond and going fishing with them and letting them ride around on their Quarter horses Angie and Skipper. His great-grandson, Taylor, loved to ride on the John Deere Gator with him.

He was very family oriented and loved to spend time with his mother, brothers, sister and brothers and sisters-in-laws. As well as the many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.

His Sister Alice remembers: At the age of 13, Harold took over as man of the house. He didn’t have an easy time with the rest of us but we also had a lot of good times. We did a lot of sledding in the winter and played a lot of cards at night as we had no television. One time after Harold and Butch were both married they went goose hunting and covered the back yard with geese. Then they decided to save the feathers and have Mom make pillows out of them, what a mess she had. They all liked to go to the river fishing and one 4th of July they went and brought home buckets of fish. They also had blistered feet from walking in the sand to the vehicle to come home. They moaned and groaned but were ready to go again. I also remember when I first started learning to drive Harold and Jeannette had this gorgeous convertible. I finally convinced Harold to let me drive it and when we got home he told me to park close to Butch’s car and I sure did, you couldn’t put your finger between them. I didn’t hurt either vehicle but they had to jack it up and bodily push it away from the other car. Needless to say I didn’t drive his car again for a long time! We have always been close and I will miss him terribly but I couldn’t ask him to suffer more. We all love you Harold and will miss you but have a lot of good memories. -Alice


Wilson, James Dee Spencer - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for James Wilson, age 35 of Atchison, Kansas, formerly of Bedford, Iowa who passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 16, 2017 will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held Sunday at the UCPC Church from 1 to 5 with the family greeting friends. Interment with military rites accorded by the 139AW Airlift Wing out of Sain Joseph, Missouri will be held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life.'

Technical Sergeant James Dee Spencer Wilson, age 35, of Atchison, Kansas formerly of Bedford, Iowa was born March 28, 1981 in Clarinda, Iowa to Jimmie Dale Wilson and Janice Louise Spencer Wilson. James graduated from Bedford High School in 2000. He was baptized in the United Christian Presbyterian Church and recently attended the First Christian Church in Atchison. He was a 3rd Degree Master Mason and member of Taylor Lodge #156.

James attended Iowa State University and worked at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. In 2007 Sgt. Wilson joined the Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in Saint Joseph, Missouri. That same year he attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he was awarded Honor Graduate. After graduating from initial training, he worked as both a Traditional Guardsman and as a Signal, Lighting, and Radio Electrician for the Missouri State Department of Transportation where, in James’s own words, “I played in the streets and made the lights work.” In 2012, Sgt. Wilson began full time service at Rosecrans as an Airfields Systems Technician with the 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron. He served in this capacity until the time of his death.

In 2011, James married the love of his life, Michelle Robertson Lang. James became a father to Maizey the day he married Michelle. He declared his commitment to them both in a beautiful ceremony on October 21st in Walnut Grove, Missouri. In 2013, the couple welcomed a son into their family. James looked to his love of literature to select a name for his precious newborn. Atticus James Spencer Wilson was the light of his father’s life.

As one friend eloquently stated, “He had a heart of gold, a passionate mind, and a poetic soul.” James was known for his light-hearted, teasing sense of humor. He was a life-long New York Yankees fan. James loved music, and he loved his hometown. If you were looking for James on a Saturday night, you might find him in Bedford playing bass with his band, Nine Years Gone, and laughing the night away.

Left to cherish his memory are: wife Michelle, daughter Maizey, son Atticus all of Atchison; Parents Jim and Jan of Bedford; Sister Jina and husband Dennis Jackson (Devan, Danyelle) of Grant City, Missouri; Sister Jackie and husband Miles Spainhower (Evan, Emsley) of Maryville, Missouri; Grandmother Wilma Lee Spencer of Bedford; uncle Dennis Spencer and family of Woodbridge, Connecticut; Father and mother-in-law Jamie and Darla Robertson of Elk City, Kansas. James was preceded in death by his nephew Derek Jackson, his paternal grandparents Kenneth and Sophie Wilson, his maternal grandfather George Spencer, and his aunt Judy Wilson


Wirth, Charles H. - Funeral services for Charley H. Wirth, 62, of Phoenix, Ariz., a native of Taylor county [Iowa], were held October 24 at Memory Lawn Chapel with Rev Sam Hochstatter officiating. Mr Wirth died October 10 [1967] after a lingering illness.

Mr Wirth was employed on several farms in Taylor county and married to Jean Hall of New Market. To them was born one son, Tommy.

He was employed in Kansas City before moving to Arizona with his wife and son.

His four sisters, Mrs Alvin (Carrie) Brummett and Mrs Lee (Minnie) Long of New Market; Mrs Harley (Grace) Diggs of Gravity; Mrs Roscoe (Leila) Schooling of Bedford; and three brothers, Ray of Brooks; Paul of Conway; and Floyd of Vancouver, Wash., survive him along with a host of other relatives and friends.


Wirth, Paul Everett - Paul Everett Wirth, son of John Henry Wirth and Margaret Ellzora (Davison) Wirth, was born April 8, 1920 in Taylor County, Iowa and passed from this life Monday, November 28, 2016 at Clarke County Hospital at 96 years of age.

His childhood was spent in the New Market and Clarinda area completing his eight grade education at the Glasgow High School [sic, Glasgow country school].

He was united in marriage to Virginia Maxine Walter on November 14, 1942 at St Louis, Mo and four children, Larry Kent, Cynthia Lea, Kathy Sue and Allen Ross blessed this union.

Paul entered the U.S. Navy at the outbreak of World War II and served aboard the USS Wolverine attaining the rank of MM 2/C.

Paul returned to Clarinda upon his discharge and worked at Berry Seed Company until a back injury occurred causing him to wear a steel brace for the majority of his life. At his time Paul began working as a hired man at various locations until 1963 when he and Virginia began farming for themselves in Bedford.

Upon retirement Paul and Virginia moved to Osceola in 1998.

Those relatives who preceded Paul in death were his parents; wife, Virginia; infant granddaughter, son-in-law Dave Brooner; 4 sisters; and 3 brothers.

Paul leaves to cherish his memory; son, Larry Wirth of Oklahoma Cty, Ok, daughter, Cynthia Brooner of Monroe, Ia, daughter Kathy (John) Sharp of Osceola, Ia, son Allen (Christine) Wirth of Beach Park, Il; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren as well as other relatives and many friends.

Services were held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Mike Albert officiating.

The family greeted friends from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Kale Funeral Home.

Interment followed in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be direced to Davis Pence Post #69 American Legion in Osceola. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kalefuneralhome.com.


Wirth, Ray - Funeral services for Ray Wirth, 80, of Corning, were held July 30 [1980], at the United Methodist Church in Villisca, with Rev Gerald G. Swanberg officiating. Arrangments were by Sutphen Funeral Home and burial was in the Guss Cemetery.

Mr Wirth died July 26, at Rosary Hospital in Corning, following a lengthy illness.

He was the son of John Henry and Margaret Ella Davison Wirth, and was born April 26, 1900, near New Market, and attended school there. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

He was united in marriage Nov 5, 1924, to Lela Diggs, near Clarinda. The couple observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1974.

Their first home was near Hawleyville in Page County, later moving to New Market, Villisca, Nodaway, and Brooks where he farmed. His later years were spent near Corning, until entering the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Corning, in February, 1977, following a stroke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charlie; two sisters, Minnie Long and Carrie Brummett. He is survived by his wife, Lela of Corning; sons, Darwin of Escondido, Ca; Delmar of Tabor; Gail of Georgetown, Tx; two daughter, Mrs Franklin [Ruby] Walter of Nodaway, Mrs Terry [Carolyn] Curry of Corning; two brothers, Floyd of Vancouver, Wa; Paul of Bedford; two sisters, Mrs Harley [Grace] Diggs of Gravity; and Mrs Leila Schooling of Bedford; a brother-in-law, Lee Long of Clarinda; a sister-in-law, Mrs Jean Wirth, Phoenix, Az; 16 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, three great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren. CLARINDA HERALD-JOURNAL, Aug 7, 1980