Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Akers, Debra A. Watson - Debra A. Akers, 64, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in Mt. Pleasant with President Jorge Sanchez. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call after 2 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Murphy Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory.

Debra was born on August 24, 1951, in San Mateo, California, the daughter of James & Dortha Scott Watson. She was united in marriage to Dale L. Akers on December 17, 1971, in San Mateo, California. Debra was an amazing cook, loved serving others. She enjoyed singing, crafting and was a very creative lady. She was a longtime member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in Mt. Pleasant where she served in many different areas of the church.

She is survived by her husband Dale of Mt. Pleasant, and her children; Josh (Julie) Akers, Jessica Roddy and Johnathan (Becky) Akers along with her grandchildren; Kali Knoth, Tyler Akers Jasmin Akers, Haley Akers, Alex Akers, Riley Akers and Roya Akers, her mother Dortha Watson, along with brothers and sister; Jim Watson, Carol Thompson, Randy Watson and Kevin Watson.

She was preceded in death by her father James Watson

 

Allen, Phyllis Louise Terry - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Phyllis Allen, age 91, of Hopkins, Missouri, who passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Red Oak Health Care Center will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Interment will be held at the Bedford City Cemetery.

Phyllis Louise (Terry) Allen was born April 12, 1926, in Bedford, Iowa the daughter of Phillip Terry and Edyth Mae (Reeves) Terry. She grew up attending school, graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1944. After graduation, Phyllis worked as a telephone operator for the local telephone company. This was back in the day when we still had operators to connect all of the calls. They worked upstairs in the Bedford telephone office. In 1951, she was united in marriage to Edward Allen.

While Phyllis was still living at home, her mother was diagnosed with cancer and was in and out of the hospital. Phyllis cared for her family upon her mother's death, taking charge of her youngest brother Ronnie who was only 5 years old at the time. She loved him as any big sister would, attending all of his school activities, boy scout meetings along with being a married housewife and working at the telephone office. "Phyllis had a heart of gold," her sister Donna said, "she was the most caring person."

In 1957, Eddy and Phyllis purchased the State Line Cafe in Hopkins, Missouri where they worked and lived until 1972, when Eddy passed away. Phyllis continued running the business until 2009. In 2010, because of health reasons, she had an opportunity to sell the business and she moved to Red Oak, Iowa to be near her sister Donna. Donna recalls, "if she hadn't lost her eyesight . . . . she would still be running the store!"

Over the years, Phyllis was known as a saver . . . . she saved everything from a shoe string to a plastic bag. Most often she did large projects herself, like painting the ceiling of the cafe, or hanging Christmas lights on the satellite dish . . . which, of course, required her to climb up on the ladder by herself. But, every once in a while, she would ask for help, like the time she was mowing the yard . . . and she got too close to the pond . . . and soon enough the mower was in the pond! However, the spot she put the mower in the pond was behind the firework shed, and they couldn't see her and didn't know where she was, they only heard her yelling!

Left to cherish her memory is her sister Donna Jenkins of Red Oak, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Helen Terry, also of Bellevue, Nebraska; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Phyllis in death were her parents, Phillip and Edyth Terry; her husband Eddy Allen; two brothers, Doyle Terry and Ronnie Terry; two sisters, Barbara and Annette at infancy; two brothers-in-law, Jack McCarl and Ralph Jenkins; and her special friend, Carole Oberhouser.


Ames, E.N. -

E.N. Ames, of Buffalo, formerly of Camdenton, departed this life on Saturday, March 18 at the age of 91.
On December 9, 1943, E.N. was united in marriage to Crystal Virginia Howes, and to this union seven children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, as well as a son, Richard Loren Ames; two daughters, Cheri Carlene Ames and Virginia Rae Ames, and two brothers.
Survivors include sons, Lindell Ames (Janna), of Warrenton, Missouri and Rendell Ames (Tammy), of Buffalo Missouri; two daughters, Rayma Bax of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ronda Glaspy ( Mike), of Blairstown, Missouri. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: fourteen great­grandchildren, a sister, Carlene Crawford, of McFall, Missouri.
He served as a gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was present offshore during the D-Day, where his ship ferried wounded soldiers across the English Channel to safety.
After the war, he and Crystal lived in Sheridan, Missouri, and later moved to Columbia, Jefferson City, and then to Camdenton in 1964. In October of 2006, they moved to Buffalo, Missouri.
E.N. was an accountant for many years and was the manager of the accounting department at Tan-Tar-A Resort. He subsequently opened his own bookkeeping and tax preparation firm in Camdenton and continued preparing taxes until he was well past the age of 80.
E.N. was a charter member of V.F.W. Post 5923 in Camdenton and a life member of the American Legion Post 193. He was a charter member of the Camdenton United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 10:00a .m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Visitation was from 5-7:00 p.m., Wednesday in the funeral home. A graveside service and burial was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Memorial donations may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight in care of the funeral home at 15 Clint Avenue, Camdenton, MO 65020. Online condolence may be made at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton.

 

Barnhouse, Danny - Danny  Bamhouse of 312 Dodge passed away on February 6, 2017 at the age
of 56. He was born the son of Robert Victor Barnhouse - and Maxine Lucille (Edkins)
Barnhouse on December 18, 1960 at Little Falls, Minnesota. They moved to Montana in the fall of 1961. Danny spent most of his young life in Pierz, Missouri and around Nevada, Missouri, living with his mother. Preceding him in death is his mother, dad and a sister, Charlene Chatley from Bedford, and a brother, Kenneth Bamhouse of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
Left with memories are a sister, Darlene from Houston, Texas, a nephew, Darrell Gardner, Clinton,. Missouri, nephew John Gardner of the Kansas City area, a niece, Pamela Jean, from Tennessee, other family and friends, many friends he worked with for several years at Michael Foods.
Written by a friend, Joanna Cunningham, which I have  known him since a young child. He was a very good person  and friend. I will miss him. He was always willing to help anyone if he could.
Miss you Danny. Rest well, until we meet again.

 

Besco, Viola - Viola Besco, long time teacher, age 93, died Friday, March 18, 2016 at Calvin Community. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Immanuel United Methodist Church where visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be 3 p.m., Wednesday at the Platteville Cemetery between Bedford and Blockton, Iowa.

Viola was born on a farm near Maryville, MO. At an early age her family moved to a farm near Blockton in Taylor County. This farm was homesteaded by her great grandfather in 1853. Then the family moved to a farm near Clearfield, IA. Because of her father's failing health, they moved to Conway. Viola graduated from Conway High School in 1941 and from Missouri Northwest University of Maryville, MO.

Viola retired in 1988 after teaching for 45 years. She taught in the following places in Iowa: country school in Taylor County, Kent, Sidney, Winterset and Des Moines. She taught at Stowe School in Des Moines for 29 years.

Viola took care of the country school at the Iowa State Fair for 20 years. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of National Education Association, Des Moines Area Education Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, TTT, Wesley Acres Guild, 50 year member of Eastern Star, Westover Club, Questers, and auxiliary to Sons of the Union of Veterans of Civil War. Viola enjoyed her plants, crafts and traveling. She traveled to all 50 states, and had been to Europe twice.

She is survived by her cousins, Jim (Katy) Brown of Garland, TX and Kathy Peek of Plano, TX. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.

Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 21 to Mar. 23, 2016

 

Boyle, Eleanor Jean Snyder Boyle Walston
Eleanor Jean Boyle, and twin brother Edward, were born July 18, 1938, in Iowa City,
Iowa, the children of Glen and Jeanette (Boyde) Snyder. Eleanor passed away
unexpectantly on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in Monroe, Washington, while visiting
family. She was 78 years of age.
Eleanor and her 10 siblings grew up in Bedford, Iowa. She attended elementary and high
schools in Bedford.
On October 29, 1955, Eleanor married Edward Walston in Bedford, where they made
their home. Four children were born to their union, Vickie, Brenda, Curtis and Mechele.
Eleanor was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed family
gatherings and was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Edward
preceded her in death.
In 1969 Eleanor married former husband, John Boyle. He was the father of four children,
Mark, Matt, Angie and Tim.
Eleanor spent many years as a nurse at the Elwood Care Center in Elwood, Nebraska, and
also operated a ceramic shop out of her home called EB Ceramics. She moved to Oberlin
in 2007 and was a member of the United Church of Oberlin, Modern Woodmen, and
Golden Age Center. Eleanor enjoyed her retirement by playing cards and traveling to visit
family across Nebraska, Arizona and Washington. She was an avid reader and wonderful
cook.
Survivors include four children, Vickie and Karl Sillers of Monroe, WA, Brenda
Amundson of Port Angelus, WA, Curtis and Chris Walston of Oberlin, and Mechele and
Dave Keil of Omaha, NE; two brothers, Leo and Donna Sue Snyder of Wilcox, AZ, and
Edward (Eleanor's twin) and Cathy Snyder of Ellensberg, WA; three sisters, Ferne
Mingus of Lincoln, NE, Donna Mae Pittman of Bedford, IA, and Betty and Larry Cook of
Glenwood, IA; eight grandchildren: Mykala, Levi, Travis, Traci, Curtis, Randi, Desirae
and Shelby; twelve great-grandchildren: Cameron, Savannah, Noah, Kade, Sophie,
Charlotte, K.J., Jackson, Mataya, Dayton, Dawson and Creed; many nephews and nieces,
other relatives and friends.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; infant son, John Eric Boyle;
parents; three brothers, Harold, Don and Paul Snyder; two sisters, Lucille McCandless
and Ruth Longfellow; and great-grandson, Teagan Gish.
 

Brown, Kathy M. Gordon - Graveside Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Kathy Brown, age 65, of Lenox, who passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston with her loved ones by her side. Services will be held Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa. Following the graveside service, the family requests you dress casually and bring a dish to share for a Celebration of Life Dinner at the Lenox Community Center. In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be made to the Lenox School Sports Booster Club or Lenox Ambulance. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Kathy M. (Gordon) Brown was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 28, 1951, the daughter of Dr. Marvin and Jean (Slocum) Gordon. As a child she lived with her parents and sisters, Cindy, Connie and Christie in Baxter, Iowa and in Arizona before settling in Clearfield, Iowa. Kathy graduated from Clearfield High School with the Class of 1969. She fell for Gary Brown, when he kissed her in the 8th grade play, and married her high school sweetheart on February 20, 1971. The couple moved to Quincy, Illinois and lived on the Moorman's Research Farm where Kathy worked for Donaldson Company. They welcomed their first daughter, Jennifer Lee in 1972 and then moved back to the Clearfield area to farm. A daughter, Stephanie Lynn was born in 1974 and along came a son, Ryan Thomas in 1977.

Over the years Kathy held a variety of jobs. She worked for the Clearfield Chronicle; Clearview Nursing Home; Greater Regional Hospital OB Department; and Taygold Coop before she and her friend, Joyce Shehan, tried their hand at the restaurant business. Together they ran the Dairy King in Clearfield during the summer of 1982. Then, along with her sister Christie purchased the Tiger Den in Lenox in October of 1982. The family then moved to the Lenox Community where they 'found their family home'. Kathy loved to cook for the people of Lenox and especially loved to cater. No job was too big or too small! Kathy, Gary and her sister Cindy, even ran the Primetime Steakhouse and Lounge for a couple of years, during their spare time, after their day jobs! She later enjoyed being the cook for Precious People Daycare and working for Taylor Ridge Estates and Star Med. When Kathy wasn't at the Tiger Den, she was busy serving her community in various capacities such as Lenox School Board President; Performing Art's Booster President; Lenox Chamber of Commerce; Blood Mobile Chairperson; Ringgold County Chairperson for the Pony Express; Platt River Riders Saddle Club where she was affectionately known as 'Ma Brown'!. In 1984, Kathy became an EMT and found her passion as she proudly served on the Lenox Ambulance until 2012, when her health no longer allowed her to serve.

Kathy was so proud of her grandkids and loved to attend their school events. She even had her own 'assigned seats' at football and basketball games and loved to chat with Lois Brown as they watched their Tiger Baseball Team from the third base line! She wore the black and gold with pride!

Left to cherish Kathy’s memory is her husband Gary Brown; two daughters, Jennifer Miller and husband Jim; Stephanie Brown and Ike Sewell; a son, Ryan Brown and wife Courtney; nine grandchildren, Samantha, Leevi, Duncan and Dawson Marshall; Kristen, Makayla and Mya Brown; Cauy and Trayce Miller; she was also thrilled to be GiGi to a great-grandson, Jaxton, who she called the love of her life! Three sisters, Cindy and Galen Baker; Christie and Bill Brown; and Jane Richards; along with several step-brothers, a step-sister; all of Gary's sisters and brothers, their spouses, nieces and nephews and a whole community of friends.

Preceding Kathy in death are her parents, Dr. M.T. Gordon and Jean and Bernard Allen; and two sisters, Connie and one at infancy.

 

Cabeen, Ellavee - Ellavee Cabeen, age 89, of Clarinda, Iowa, entered into peace Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Dan Wiebesiek officiating . Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church, New Market, Iowa.

27 Sep 1927 - 21 May 2017

 

Covarrubias, Antonio Gonzalez - Visitation Celebration of Life Services for Antonio Covarrubias Gonzalez, age 92, of Lenox, Iowa, who passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at his home will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox, Iowa.

Antonio Covarrubias Gonzalez was born October 6, 1924, in Pueblonuero Guanajuato, Mexico the son of Francisco Covarrubias and Seferina Gonzalez. Antonio grew up in Mexico and spent most of his life there, however, he had most recently been a resident of Lenox, Iowa.
Antonio had been a hard working farmer, however, he had the strength and ability to do various other things throughout his life. He lived through tough times when hunting and fishing were a necessity for survival. He loved planting fruit bearing trees and loved playing the guitar. He was a compassionate man who loved kids and animals. Antonio had an endless list of great qualities. He lived life to the fullest, with only the bare minimum.
Left to cherish Antonio’s memory are his daughters, Mariela Covarrubias; Esperanza Zapata; and Esmeralda Padilla (Salvador); two step-sons, Genaro Martinez and Roman Aguilar; eleven grandchildren, Alejandra Zapata; Jesse Zapata; Aracely Zapata; Ignacio Ibarra; Nayeli Almaguer; Alma Rubi Almaguer; Amanda Almaguer; Roxanna Padilla; Alma G. Padilla; Salvador Padilla III; and Cassandra Padilla.

Preceding Antonio in death are his parents Francisco and Seferina; his loving wife; and a beloved grandson, Noah A. Zapata.

 

Duncan, Beverly June - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Beverly Duncan, age 87, of Bedford who passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 in Maryville, Missouri were held Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10:30 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation was held one hour prior to services. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be given in Beverly's name. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Beverly June (Thompson) Duncan was born August 7, 1929 in Rural Nodaway County Missouri the daughter of Paul Clarence Thompson and Opal Marie (Thummel) Thompson. Beverly grew up in the Hopkins and Bedford areas and graduated from Bedford High School. Following her graduation from high school Beverly attended Northwest Missouri State where she completed normative training, allowing her to teach country school, which she did for many years.

On June 11, 1954 she was united in marriage to Delbert Wayne Duncan in Bedford. Wayne and Beverly lived in the Conway area for many years until moving to Bedford in 1994. Following Wayne’s passing in 2000, Beverly continued to live in Bedford.

Many community members will remember that Beverly and Wayne had a large chicken operation they ran together for many years. Beverly also enjoyed collecting and painting China dolls and also doing tole painting. Through the years the couple loved to travel and following Wayne’s retirement he and Beverly spent eighteen winters in Mexico where they helped tutor young boys and girls in English for free. Beverly and Wayne also spent many summers in Canada fishing.

Beverly is survived by a son Duane Duncan and wife Patricia of California; a daughter Kathy Duncan of Bedford; a sister Mary Jo Sleep (Robert) of Bedford; a brother Tommy (Jan) Thompson of Maryville, Missouri; four grandchildren, Teather, DeeDee, Thomas and Aaron, along with may nieces, nephews and sister-in-law Margaret Thompson.

Preceding Beverly in death are her husband Wayne; her parents, Paul and Opal; and a brother, Donald Thompson.


Dykman, Carol Ann Haidsiak - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Carol Dykman, age 81, of Bedford, who passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment Memorials may be directed to HCI Hospice or Pure Health Services.

Carol Ann (Haidsiak) Dykman was born in rural Taylor County, Iowa on September 16, 1935, the daughter of Frank Haidsiak and Vivian (Sharp) Haidsiak. She grew up in the Blockton area attending school, graduating from Blockton High School with the Class of 1954. After graduation, Carol attended Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda for one year. She then moved to Kansas City and went to work for Interstate Securities Insurance Company. At a chance meeting at her apartment house, Carol met the love of her life, Edward Dykman, who had just returned from serving in the Army. The couple were united in marriage on January 16, 1959, and in 1964, they were blessed with the adoption of Christine LeAnn and in 1965, the birth of Michelle Marie. The family made their home in Lee's Summit, Missouri, until 1970, when they returned to Iowa, making their home in Blockton.

Carol was a 'stay-at-home' mom, who enjoyed raising her daughters. In 1975, the family moved into Bedford. Once the girls were in school, Carol went to work for the Bedford Nursing Home, a position she held for over thirteen years. Carol was an avid reader, bingo and card player. She also enjoyed working the Omaha World Herald Crossword Puzzles, every day! She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed attending all of the school and sporting events her daughters were in. Once the grandchildren came along, she became known as 'Grammy'. She had a great love for spending time with them and attending their school activities once they were older. The grandchildren fondly remember her being a 'referee', 'cook', and telling them "the kitchen is CLOSED until 5:00 PM" when they tried to sneak in for a snack!

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful wife, mother and Grammy is her loving husband of 58 years, Ed Dykman of Bedford, Iowa; two daughters, LeAnn Mackey and husband Seth of College Springs, Iowa; Michelle McMillin and husband Steve of Bedford, Iowa; 7 grandchildren, Brandi Clay and husband Shane; Jason McMillin and wife Tina; Chayse Malcom; Kade Malcom and wife Amber; Shaylen Linke and husband Aaron; Carmen Perdew and husband Michael; and Amorette Mackey; one sister, Mary Longe; in-laws, Wilbur Dykman and wife Lorraine; Clifford Dykman; Nadine Melgren; Dorothy Dykman; 9 great-grandchildren, Desarae and Kayle Clay; Niah and Brody McMillin; Melody Malcom; Owen and Caroline Linke; Mahren and Cree Perdew; along with one aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding Carol in death are her parents, Frank and Vivian Haidsiak; her in-laws, Claus and Katherine Dykman; along with many other close family members.

 

England, Alan Bryce - Alan Bryce England was born August 7, 1965 to Samuel George England and Diana Jean (Walkup) England in Mount Ayr.

Alan lived with his grandparents in Blockton, Iowa most of the time while growing up. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1983.

Alan often talked about his trail rides he went on with his long time friend Brian Lawrence and the mules. He loved to hunt and fish especially for walleye, bass and morel mushrooms, though he would never tell anyone his secret places. He enjoyed spending time with long time friend Marvin Baker and the team of horses especially his recent trip to the Kentucky derby which was a long time dream of his.

Alan was very passionate about farming and wheat harvest. Anyone that knew Alan knew he had a nickname for everyone and a smart comment to follow. The line you heard the most was “Here’s the deal” but with all his sarcasm and deals he had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. Alan loved his family and his friends very much. He was a wonderful father, grandpa, brother, and son.

Alan passed away July 23, 2015, at the Mosaic Life Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. Alan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Mary Lou Walkup; infant grandson, Byron Cooke; and a cousin Matt Samo.

He is survived by his wife, Stacey Hansen; father, Sam England; mother, Diana Son; two daughters, Anna (Matt) Lingerfelt and Katie (Robbie) Larsen; two sons, Jeromy (Bessie) Cooke and Randy (Michelle) Cooke; four brothers, Eddie (Joni) Walston, Kirk England, Clint England and Chris (Kaitlin) England; two sisters, Mindy (Niall Bothwell) Walston and Jennie (Richard) Castelan; ten grandchildren; many nieces, nephews , cousins and friends

 

Fuller, John - Services for John Fuller, 88, New Market trucker, were held last Sunday at the Church of Christ in New Market with I.E. Stickelman officiating. Mr Fuller died at his home Thurs., Nov 7, after an illness which has extended over two years. Burial was in Memory Cemetery, New Market.

John Eugene Fuller, son of Wm. and Lauretta Fuller, was born in Taylor county, Iowa Sept 28, 1874.

He spent the early part of his life on a farm south of New Market, moving to town in 1928.

He was united in marriage to Mary E. Levis Jan 21, 1896, and to this union three children were born, Lavern G. Fuller at New Market, and Cora and Forna Fuller at home.

He was a faithful member of the New Market Church of Christ. He attended church regularly as long as he was able.

He was preceded in death by his wife Feb 27, 1959, and two brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his three children Lavern, Corda and Forna, his daughter-in-law Margaret, one grandson and wife, Darmand and Eloise of Council Blufs, Ia., five great grandsons, and several nieces and nephews.

He was a devoted husband and father. He loved his home and family deeply and made willing sacrifices whenever it was necessary. BEDFORD TIMES-PRESS, Bedford, Iowa, Nov 15, 1962

 

Grimm, Arlene Gwendolyn Robinson - 12 Dec 1920 - 10 Aug 2017 - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Arlene Gwendolyn (Robinson) Grimm, 96, of Winterset, who died on August 10, 2017, at West Bridge Care Center, will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. The family will greet guests two hours prior to the service at the funeral home with a luncheon at the First Christian Church following burial at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Arlene Gwendolyn (Robinson) Grimm, daughter of Mark and Lulu Robinson, was born December 12, 1920, near Conway, Iowa. Arlene graduated in 1938 from Conway High School. On August 6, 1941, she married Wyatt Grimm in Marysville, Missouri. They lived 2 years in Columbus, Georgia. In 1943 they moved to Lenox, where they lived for 58 years. Wyatt and Arlene were blessed with one daughter, Suzanne. While living in Lenox, Arlene was employed at United Food Market and at the First National Bank for 31 years. Arlene was a member of the First Christian Church and active member of CWF.

Arlene loved to travel, seeing 49 states and spending 7 winters in St. Petersburg, Florida. She enjoyed watching college sports and the Chicago Cubs. She dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, playing cards and board games with them and attending their athletic events. Some of her fondest memories were spending time with her 4 sisters and their families.

Left to cherish her memory, are daughter Suzanne (Gary) Christensen of Winterset; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Mike) Anthony, Cory (Kindra) Christensen, Lacey (Jeff) Forsyth, Brooke (Matt) Johnson and 11 great grandchildren, Everlee, Emerson and Estelle Anthony, Ty, Gage and Alyvia Christensen, Kade, Kael, Haelynn and Hudsyn Forsyth and Kennedy Johnson, her 2 sisters, Norma Cobb and Marjorie Sanders, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wyatt in 1998, and sisters Helen Morris and Dorothy John.

 

 

Harper, James William - Jan 13, 1942 - Aug 1, 2017 - James passed away early Tuesday morning at the Lenox Care Center. No services are planned.

 

Holsapple, Elden Lloyd - Elden Lloyd Holsapple passed away at his residence on January 23, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana at the age of 78.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, John (Carolyn) of Indianapolis, Indiana and Aaron (Lynne) of Jefferson City, Missouri, five grandchildren: Julia (Mrs. Ransford Walker), Kathryn and Cameron Holsapple, Rachel and Lauren Holsapple. Elden was preceded in death by his son Scott.
Elden was born on April 24, 1937 in Lawrence County, Indiana to Warren and Ethel May (McIntire) Holsapple. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented Elden with the National 4-H Boy Achievement Winner award. He graduated valedictorian of the Mitchell High School Class of 1955. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity graduating in 1959 from Purdue University with a BS in Agriculture. After meeting Betty Archer of Blockton, Iowa on a blind date they were married on September 23, 1961 and moved to Decatur, Indiana where he worked for the farm loan division of Metropolitan Life Insurance. Establishing Holsapple Real Estate in 1963 Elden was self-employed selling, appraising and farming in Kansas and Iowa. The couple welcomed three sons into their home during their 54 years of marriage. A lifelong member of the independent Christian Church, Elden’s treasures were his faith and his family
Visitation will be Saturday January 30, 2-5 p.m. at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home, 187 East Jefferson St., Orleans, Indiana. A funeral is scheduled for Sunday, January 31, 1:30 p.m. at Fishing Creek Chapel, 752 Bono Road, Mitchell, Indiana. Burial will follow in Talbott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to Fishing Creek Chapel. Condolences can be sent to ochstetrick. net. The family thanks Dr. Steven C. Gabrielson of Bloomington and Southern Care Hospice services for their skilled care and compassion.


Hoskins, Kent Eugene - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Kent Hoskins, age 67, formerly of Bedford, Iowa who passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma will be held Friday, June 14, 2017, at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 3 to 5. Interment with military rites will be held at the Bedford City Cemetery. Memorials may be given in Kent's name. Memories may be shared at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Kent Eugene Hoskins was born July 18, 1949, in Yuma, Colorado to parents Berwyn and Norma (Groshart) Hoskins.

He grew to maturity going to grade school in Mishawaka, Indiana, where his parents attended Bible Studies at Bethel College. He later attended and graduated junior high from Yuma, Colorado. His high school years were spent in Clarinda, Iowa.

After graduation, he was united in marriage to Jolee Rucker on august 17, 1968, at the Bedford Missionary Church. Two daughters blessed this union, Amy Jo and Barbara Lea.

In 1968, Kent enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving his country for twelve years. Kent and his family traveled the country being stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Rantoul Air Force Base in Illinois; McChord Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas, and after a year in Vietnam, Kent and his family were stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada at Nellis Air Force Base where Kent was chosen for the elite team of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. He was a jet engine mechanic for two and a half years.

He later cross-trained from engine mechanic to Minute-Man Missile Program in Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

He and his family ere then stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming for four years.

Kent was honorably discharged in 1980. The family made their home in Bedford, Iowa where he was with the Police Department for many years, several as Chief of Police. He was also on the police department in Clarinda, where he and his wife moved to Enid, Oklahoma where he worked with his dad!

He was a true family man at heart, and left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, two daughters Amy (Smith) and husband Dan, Barbara (Posey) and husband Rick; a brother Dan and wife Barb of Alberta, Canada; his mother Norma of Arizona; father Berwyn and wife Cindy of Goltry, Oklahoma; numerous grandkids and great-grandkids, along with many family and friends.

Preceding Kent in death are his maternal and paternal grandparents; his father-in-law, Wayne Rucker; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Rucker.

 

Hughes, Kannon Chael - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Kannon Hughes, age 2, of Reeds Spring, Missouri entered into Heaven Monday, August 7, 2017, in Branson, Missouri will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Lake of Three Fires in Taylor County, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Kannon Chael Hughes was born February 20, 2015, in Branson, Missouri the beautiful son of Kyle Douglas Hughes and Dana Lynn (Walston) Hughes. Kannon was a 'lake-boy' through and through. He loved boating, water sports or any other related lake activity. He even wake-boarded with his babysitter, Dally! In his short life, Kannon had the ability to glean every second out of every day. He loved going to work at Hughes Marine . . . working side-by-side with his dad and the Hughes Marine Crew, Rick, Arthur, Hayden, Bradley and Wade. Whatever they were doing, he wanted to be right there doing it with them! Kannon and his mother held a special bond, whether they were shopping, lining up his play animals or making pizzas together, they seemed to always share a laugh. Somehow, even though he was only two, Kannon had already learned how to 'woo' the ladies into doing whatever he wanted. He would grin that special grin and the next thing you knew, they were out horseback riding, wake-boarding, riding four-wheelers, or anything else HE decided they should do!

Left to cherish Kannon’s memory are his loving parents, Kyle and Dana Hughes of Reeds Spring, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Missy Davison and husband Don of New Market, Iowa; Danny Walston and Alice Johnson of Bedford, Iowa; paternal grandparents, Tony and Lori Hughes of Bedford, Iowa; eight aunts and uncles, Kenton Walston and Michaela Christensen; Jordan Walston, Jenna Walston; Ryan and Lacee Hughes; and Julie and Branislav Vukojevic; three cousins, Arabella, Eliot and Hawkins; maternal great-grandparents, Floyd and Linda Beason; and Bob and Donna Walston; a paternal great-grandmother, Wilma Hughes; his beloved babysitter, Dallas Spragg, and her family; the Hughes Marine Crew, Rick Daniels, Arthur Richtmyre, Hayden Dlouhy, Bradley Williams and Wade Fritts; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Kannon in death are his paternal great-grandparents, Glen Hughes; and Wayne and Martha White.


Kirby, Virgil Edwin - Celebration of Life Services for Virgil Kirby, age 96, of Bedford, who passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held Thursday morning one hour prior to services with the family greeting friends. Interment will be held at Conway Cemetery in Conway. Memorials may be directed to the Bedford United Methodist Church or the John F. Hardin American Legion.

Virgil Edwin Kirby was born in Sharpsburg, Iowa on March 2, 1921, the son of Lawrence Clyde Kirby and Oma Winifred (Brown) Kirby. He was the second of three children born to the family. Virgil started school in Sharpsburg, and after many moves he went to high school in Bedford, Iowa, riding his pony to school. Later he moved back close to Sharpsburg and graduated from there. Many times as a child, he and his family spent Sunday's (after church) at his Grandparent Brown's home. In later years, his Grandma Kirby would spend weeks in their home and he would help care for her. When he was in 4-H, he earned money to buy a calf, and one year, he won over-all at the County Fair! He kept this one, which started his herd of cattle. Virgil worked for his father so he could have it in the pasture until he was married.

During the time his younger sister Venita was in school, he met her teacher, Dorothy C. Hughes, and they began dating. They were united in marriage on June 3, 1944, in the United Presbyterian Church in Creston, Iowa. To this loving union, four children were born, Cleota, twins Jolene and Joseph, and Frances (Fran).

Virgil was called to service in 1945. He went to three camps before getting Basic Training at Camp Crouder, Missouri. He was then sent to Fort Snelling, Minnesota; Fort Jackson, South Carolina as a Filing Clerk; Marnmoth, New Jersey as a Personnel Clerk and Fort Riley, Kansas as a Quarter Master. He was not sent overseas because of his hearing (ear damage).

Virgil loved farming, but with his back pain from having polio, he had to try other occupations. Over the years, he held many jobs, including being a welder in Perry, Iowa; driving the tank wagon for Taygold Farm Service in Clearfield, Iowa; Country Boys Lumber Yard in Bedford, Iowa; Great Lakes Systems in Clarinda, Iowa; and J. L. Houston Company in Hopkins, Missouri. Then he would have his chores to do at night. He also enjoyed making various things from wood including benches, book cases, hall trees and quilt racks. With three daughters, he would usually make three of each! He loved all kinds of tools, and was very proud of the special garage and shop that he helped build.

Virgil was considered a quiet man. He would do most of his visiting at breakfast, telling stories of his life. He never wanted to move after marriage since he had moved so many times as a child, so after four short moves within a couple of years, the couple settled on the Conway farm in 1949, (where his wife Dorothy was born). They purchased this farm in 1976. Virgil had so many memories of the moves of his family. He enjoyed the neighbors and checking out each farm and telling how the moving went. He enjoyed the two Taylor County History Books, bringing back a great memory of someone.

When his two older daughters were young, Virgil enjoyed taking them skating on the pond or roller skating, and he made sure they got to Sunday school each Sunday! He was raised in the Presbyterian Church, then joined the Methodist Church when they moved to Taylor County. In his early married years, he enjoyed going bowling with the Conway Methodist Men.

Virgil was a Farm Bureau member since 1942, starting in Ringgold County. He has helped with several membership drives. He was a member of the John F. Hardin American Legion in Bedford. He also liked to fish when time allowed. When he was unable to go because of his health, many said they missed seeing him on the bridge east of Bedford. He always had a joke, song or some memory to repeat. The Taylor County Fair was always something he enjoyed. He started attending when he was about three years old and continued (except for his years in the service) until he was no longer able to attend in 2011.

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend is his loving wife of 73 years, Dorothy Kirby of Bedford, Iowa; three daughters, Cleota Tapken and husband Art of Orient, Iowa; Jolene Fox and husband John of Chillicothe, Missouri; and Fran Dougherty and husband Bill of Bedford, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Renee Neppl and husband Chris of Adel, Iowa; Dave Kendrick and wife Patty of Olathe, Kansas; Andrea Hirsch of Lubbock, Texas; Neal Tapken and wife Meredith of Adel, Iowa; Tara Weed and husband Josh of Bedford; Tiffany Bennett and husband Rusty of Lee's Summit, Missouri; and Travis Dougherty of Bedford, Iowa; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Venita Schmidt; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Virgil in death are his parents, Lawrence and Oma Kirby; an infant son, Joseph Kirby; and a sister, LaVon Wehde.

 

Larimer, Gweneth Arlene Stapelton - Graveside Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Gweneth Larimer, age 90, of Lenox, who passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines will be held Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Gweneth Arlene Larimer, the daughter of Walter and Goldie (Meier) Stapleton, was born September 1, 1926, in Burlington, Iowa. Gwen entered eternal rest on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 13 days.
As a young girl, she played the piano and loved doing acrobatic flips. Her family moved to Lenox, Iowa when she was young and she lived there her entire life. As a teenager, she went to dances with her friends. She graduated from the Lenox High School with the Class of 1944. Gwen married Willard Dean Larimer on June 8, 1946, in Atchison, Kansas, after Dean returned from two and one-half years of service in the United States Navy. Dean and Gwen were childhood friends and knew each other for years. Together they shared 71 years of marriage. Two sons were born to bless this union, Terry and Dick. Gwen was a devoted homemaker while Dean was a local carpenter before becoming a partner in the Lenox Lumberyard.
Gwen was active in the American Legion Auxiliary. Some of her favorite hobbies were dancing, playing cards, fishing and golfing. She was a very good cook and created many wonderful meals for her family. Dean and Gwen loved to go to dances and spent many Saturday nights going to dances all over the area. They were also on a couples golf league in Lenox. Gwen's children were the joy of her life and she was involved in all activities in their lives.
Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother is her loving husband of 71 years, Dean Larimer of Lenox, Iowa; her two sons, Terry Larimer and wife Paula of Indianola, Iowa; and Dick Larimer and wife Vicki of Urbandale, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Brandon Larimer and wife Andrea of Norwalk, Iowa; Aaron Larimer of Des Moines, Iowa; Amanda Larimer of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Avery Larimer of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Danielle Baker and husband David of Des Moines, Iowa; Zach Larimer of Ames, Iowa; Natalie Larimer of Des Moines, Iowa; three great-grandchildren, Bryce Larimer of Norwalk, Iowa; Brody Larimer of Norwalk, Iowa and Trenton Baker of Des Moines, Iowa; along with many other family relatives and friends.

Preceding Gwen in death are her parents, Walter and Goldie Stapleton.

 

Madden, Marlene Hutchison -
Marlene (Hutchison) Madden, 81, of Pella, IA, passed away August 10, at the Comfort House in Pella. Marlene is survived by her children: Nancy (Lee) Inman, John (Bonnie) Madden, Connie Grunder, and Debra (David) Newendorp; her grandchildren: Jessica Rix, Elizabeth Rix, Alex (Tea) Inman, Marcus Inman, John Madden, Joshua Madden,Shelby Grunder, Kobe Grunder and Kate Newendorp. Marlene was preceded in death by her husband John Madden; daughter Linda Rix; and grandson Zachary Grunder.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am, Saturday, August 26, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Pella. Visitation with family present will begin at 10 am Saturday, prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to Lake View Camp, Pella, IA, or First Baptist Church in Pella.

Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 20, 2017

 

Matheny, Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Jim & Sheila Matheny, ages 61 & 54, of Bedford, who passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Ogallala, Nebraska will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 5 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends at the UCPC Church. Private family interment will be held. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be given in Jim & Sheila’s name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

James Dean Matheny was born May 5, 1956, in Hastings, Nebraska the son of Paul Junior Matheny and Bernice Opal (Yocum) Matheny. Jim grew up in Nebraska and California until the family moved to Clearfield, Iowa in 1965. He grew up attending school in Clearfield, graduating from Clearfield High School with the Class of 1975. After graduation he worked for Totes Manufacturing in Lenox where he learned the welding trade. He went to work for Larry Rice erecting pole frame metal buildings, later going to work for Burcliff in Corning, where he met and fell in love with Sheila.

Sheila Coleen Key was born June 9, 1963, in Maryville, Missouri the daughter of Norman Wesley Hawn and Wanda Lillian (Larson) Key. Sheila grew up in Bedford attending school, graduating from Bedford High School with the Class of 1981. After graduation, Sheila obtained her CNA Degree. She then went to work for Bedford Nursing & Rehab. She went to work at Burcliffe in Corning where she met and fell in love with Jim.

On November 18, 1993, Jim and Sheila were united in marriage and they made their home in Bedford. A wonderful new family was created with the addition of Jaime, Josh, Jake, Tausha and Kalob. Jim worked for Iowa Tool Manufacturing in Creston and Sheila worked for Kawasaki in Maryville and also part-time at Bedford Nursing & Rehab. Jim and Sheila never missed an event their children participated in, they could always be found in the stands 'cheering loudly' and 'enthusiastically' at their performance. Once the grandchildren came along Jim and Sheila thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them camping, fishing, barbequing, attending t-ball games or any other even they might participate in. Jim was a huge Nebraska Cornhusker Fan, and somewhere along the way, Sheila joined him in his enthusiasm for cheering on the team!

Jim and Sheila were very close to his sister Jerolyn and husband Mike Weese. Generally, if you saw one couple, you saw both couples. Together they enjoyed camping, motorcycling and sitting around the fire pit enjoying life. Tragically, all four lives ended in a motorcycle accident near Ogallala, Nebraska on July 1, 2017. The family takes comfort in the fact they were all together.

Jim and Sheila possessed a 'true love' in their marriage. The standards were set high for the children, their spouses and grandchildren. Emulating a loving relationship will keep their parent's love alive in their hearts.

Left to cherish Jim and Sheila’s memory are their five children, Jaime Key and wife Del Rae of Bedford, Iowa; Josh Matheny and wife Heather of New Market, Iowa; Jake Matheny and wife Salena of Bedford, Iowa; Tausha Maher and husband Adam of Clarinda, Iowa; and Kalob Matheny of Bedford, Iowa; eleven grandchildren, Austin, Layla, Mason, Dayne, Kaydence, Rylee, Danica, Jocelyn, Justice, Emmitt, and Lincoln; Sheila's mother, Wanda Hawn; brothers and sisters, Joel Matheny and fiancée Peggy Mattingley; Jeff Matheny; Mike Crosier and wife Kathy; Marlene Key; Jeff Key and Kim Putnam; Ivan Key; Teresa Bowen; along with many other family members, 'adopted grandchildren', relatives and friends.

Preceding Jim and Sheila in death are Jim's parents, Paul and Bernice Matheny; Sheila's father, Norman Hawn; Jim's two brothers Jay Matheny and Randy at infancy; and Jim's sister, Trish ; along with many aunts and uncles.

 

McBride, Betty - A Gathering of Friends for Betty McBride, age 78, who passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with the family greeting friends.

Betty F McBride, 78, was born on January 21, 1937, and entered into peace on July 30, 2015. She was born and raised on a farm in Bedford and lived there her entire life.

Betty was united in marriage in May 1955 and four girls were born into this union, Linda, Terry, Ramona and Kelly. She was remarried in December 1968 to George McBride.

Betty worked many different occupations throughout her adult life (waitress at Junction Café, Casey’s, and working as a CNA at Midwest Opportunities in Corning). Betty and George operated the Skelly Service Station and the Conoco Station in Bedford for many years before retiring.

She enjoyed her garden and taking care of her many flowers. Betty was an outside person and always kept busy. Betty truly loved her girls, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish Betty’s memory are her girls, Linda Wheeler of Des Moines; Terry Demaray of Des Moines; Ramona Hensley of Mount Ayr; and Kelly Roberts (husband Greg) of Mount Ayr. Betty also has five grandchildren, Andrea, Jared, Joshua, Cody and Cory and six great grandchildren, Taylor, Hayden, Jameson, Olivia, Carson and Matilynn which was a treasure to her. She has one brother, Harold Gilbert and one sister-in-law, Peggy and several nieces and nephews. Her niece, Audrey, always held a very special place in her heart and was always there for her.

Preceding Betty in death is her husband, George McBride in 2005; her parents, Raymond and Florence Gilbert; two brothers, Doyle Gilbert and Lowell Gilbert; a sister, Delores Cox; and niece, Lorraine.

 

Miller, Betty Jo Routh - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Betty Jo Miller, age 84, of Lenox, who passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Lenox Care Center will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given in Betty’s name. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Betty Jo (Routh) Miller was born February 7, 1933, in rural Clearfield, Iowa the daughter of Glen Routh and Gladys (England) Routh. She entered into eternal rest on Sunday July 23, 2017, at the Lenox Care Center in Lenox, Iowa at the age of 84 years, 5 months and 16 days.

Betty Jo graduated from high school in Clearfield, Iowa and was united in marriage to Cecil Miller on December 10, 1951, in Winterset, Iowa. She helped her husband farm until he passed away in 1994. Betty Jo did a lot of babysitting for grandkids, great-grandkids and other family's kids. She was the first donut maker at Casey's General Store in Lenox. She was a janitor and cook at the Lenox Public School for 32 years. She was also the janitor at Barker Implement for 25 years.

Left to cherish Betty Jo's memory are her two daughters, Barbara Freeman and husband Gary of Lenox, Iowa; and Carla Reed and husband Jeff of Lenox, Iowa; four grandchildren, Christy Douglas and husband Monty of Lenox, Iowa; Kurtis Freeman and wife Sarah of Norwalk, Iowa; Trever Reed and wife Tara of Pleasantville, Iowa; Jody Reed and significant other, Clint Marshall of Corning, Iowa; nine great-grandchildren, Kenzie, Liam Camryn and Cadence Douglas of Lenox, Iowa; Addison and Brock Key of Corning, Iowa; Quentin Reed of Pleasantville, Iowa; Myah and Avah Freeman of Norwalk Iowa; a brother, Delbert Routh and wife Bernadine of Diagonal, Iowa; along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Betty Jo in death were her parents, Glen and Gladys Routh; a sister, Hazel Sollars; a brother-in-law, Darwin Sollars and her husband Cecil Miller.


Mullen, Doris - Lavose Doris Hultquist - Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Doris Mullen, age 98, of Corning, who passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Bedford Nursing & Rehab will be held Monday, April 4, 2016, at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. family greeting friends will be Monday morning from 10:00 AM until service time. Lunch will follow the services at the funeral home with interment at the Arlington Cemetery north of Villisca at 2:00 PM.

Lavose Doris (Hultquist) Mullen, was born January 10, 1918, the oldest child of Henry Albert Zenas Hultquist and Olga Otelia Naomi (Anderson) Hultquist, in rural Adams County, Iowa on the family farm. She grew up in the Stanton area attending school, and graduated with the Class of 1936 as Valedictorian from Stanton High School. On April 13, 1944, she was united in marriage to Everett Mullen in rural Villisca. Five children were born to bless this union, Carol, Richard, Denny, Glen and Colleen.

Doris enjoyed raising her children and working on the farm. In 1966, family moved to the farm west of Corning where Doris worked in the housekeeping department of the Corning Hospital, and then became secretary for Adams County Public Health for many years. They lived there until 1988, when they retired and moved into Corning. Doris loved to sew, quilt, crochet afghans for family, make doilies and made most of her clothes. After Everett passed away in 2007, Doris continued living in Corning until her health started to fail and she moved to Bedford Nursing & Rehab in June of 2015.

Left to cherish her memory are her five children, Carol and Alice Mullen; of Essex, Iowa; Richard and Sharon Mullen, of Prague, Nebraska; Denny and Nancy Mullen, of Westminster, Colorado; Glen Mullen, of Creston, Iowa; and Colleen and Randy Larimer, of Bedford, Iowa; nine grandchildren: Todd Mullen, Michael Mullen, Misty and Don Burmeister, Karissa Mullen, Steve and Brook Mullen, Jason and Amanda Mullen, Shannon Mullen, Cinda and James Whitten, Harold Larimer; a number of great-grandchildren; a sister, Arlene Anderson of Loveland, Colorado; along with a host of relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Zenas and Olga Hultquist, her husband of 63 years, Everett Mullen; one sister, Eloise and one brother, Merlin.


O'Brien, Stephanie - 23 Nov 1972 - 20 Jul 2017 - Stephanie passed away unexpectedly July 20, 2017, at her home in Lenox. Memorial services are pending at this time.

 

Paul, Daryl Etsell - Graveside Celebration of Life Services for Daryl Paul, age 83, of Sharpsburg, who passed away Saturday, June 3, 2016 at the Lenox Care Center will be held Saturday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Corning. Visitation will be held Thursday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Lenox High School.

Daryl Etsell Paul was born Aug. 1st 1933 on the family farm just east of Corning, IA to William Jacob and Agnes Uldean Bray Paul. When he was 5 years old the family moved to a farm west of Lenox, IA. He married Donna Jean Woolley in Nov of 1952 and to this union 6 sons and 1 daughter were born. Daryl worked many jobs but settled on driving truck. It was while driving over the road he met his second wife Nita Belle Coe when he moved to Salt Lake City, UT. He retired in 1998 after driving truck for 40 years. 2 years after marrying his 3rd wife Cindy Lee Jensen they moved back to Iowa eventually settling on an acreage near Sharpsburg, IA.
After retiring he enjoyed his time going fishing, hunting and enjoying the out of doors with his family. He instilled a great work ethic with his children. His last project was planting a wind break and fruit orchard, both are beginning to make a difference.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother and only sibling, a sister Gloria Marcelle Frame, and her husband Floyd Frame Jr.

He is survived by his wife Cindy, sons Jerry (Deborah) Denver, CO, David (Melinda) Peoria, AZ, Dick (Marilyn) Red Oak, IA, Darren (Annette) Red Oak, IA , Dirk (Judy) Stanton, IA, Delaine (Deb) Red Oak, IA and daughter Darla (Michael) Schaffer Woodbury, MN. Step-daughters Janiece (Kellie) Lambelet Lumpkin, GA, and Candy McRoberts, Talmage, NE.
18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 uncles Bernard and Howard Paul, and many cousins, nephews, and nieces.

 

Peterman, Winona Faye "Toots" McClarnon

Winona Faye "Toots" Peterman was born November 3, 1926 at Shambaugh, Iowa to Harrison and Gertrude (McDonald) McClarnon. Toots passed away Wednesday evening, March 15, 2017 at CHI Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa at the age of 90.

Toots graduated elementary and high school in Shambaugh. For a time, she worked at Parris and Dunn assembling training rifles for WWII and packaging seed at Berry Seed Company, both in Clarinda. She married Ray Peterman April 29, 1949 at the Clarinda Methodist Church. They lived in Shambaugh one year then moved and farmed in Sharpsburg, Iowa for 25 years. In 1973 they moved to a farm west of Bedford and farmed there nine years. In 1982 they moved to Bedford where she was currently living.
She enjoyed her children's 4-H activities and fairs. She followed all the grandchildren's activities and attended when she could. She and Ray enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and once to Mexico. On the farm, she raised turkeys, peacocks, guineas, and took trips to Waubonsie Park and onto the lakes along the Missouri River to see the migrating geese. She and her family keep the bird feeders full for the birds at her house. Ray was in the Taylor County Sheriff's Posse and both were in the Bedford Saddle Club. She would travel to rodeos, Pony Express, fairs and performances and Toots would go and enjoy all the shows. She kept a schedule of all bull riding on TV and watched regularly. Throughout her life her family and all of God's creatures were a big part of her life.
Toots was preceded in death by her husband Ray; parents; great granddaughter Addison Peterman; siblings and spouses, Harold and Darlene McClarnon, Virgil and Pauline McClarnon, Wilbur McClarnon, Wendell and Wilda McClarnon, Rose and Harold England, and Ruth and Swede Ekloff.
She is survived by her children: Ron Peterman and wife Mary of Shambaugh, Randy Peterman and wife Kitty of Gravity, Kenny Peterman and fiance Sarah of Bedford; grandchildren Tanya Strong and husband Josh, Matt Peterman and wife Kylee, Tanner Peterman and wife Melissa, all of Bedford, Natasha Worl and husband Kevin of Clarinda, Morgan and Seth Staashelm of Atlantic, Jake Peterman and Zach Peterman both of Shambaugh; great grandchildren Kole Thompson and fiance Brenda Moran, Cal, Elle and Crewe Peterman, Kloey Peterman, Hannah Worl, and soon to be Baby Worl; great great granddaughter Evelynn Thompson; sister-in-law Sharon Graham and husband Rodney of Shambaugh; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford, Iowa with Rev. Tim Maxa, Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment at Memory Cemetery in New Market, Iowa. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford provided arrangements.

 

Pitman, Donna Mae Snyder - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Donna Pitman, age 75, of Bedford, who passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 will be held Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Donna Mae (Snyder) Pitman was born January 20, 1942, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of Glen Snyder and Jeanette (Boyd) Snyder. Donna and her siblings grew up and attended schools in the rural Bedford area. She was united in marriage to Gary Allan Pitman on January 29, 1959 in Clarinda, Iowa, when she was 17 years old. Their 54 year marriage was blessed with the birth of four children, Allan, Amy, Adam and Angela.

Gary entered the United States Army and he and Donna were stationed in Germany and in the State of Washington. The couple returned to the Bedford area to be near family in the late 1970's where they lived the remainder of their years. Donna worked for O'Brien Brothers Sewing Factory in Bedford. She later opened her own in-home daycare which she ran for many years.

Donna and Gary were both active members of the First Baptist Church. Donna was a member of the Rebekah's, Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. They loved to go camping and belonged to a camping club until their physical health would not allow anymore. Donna loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing and often mended clothing for her family.

Left to cherish Donna’s memory are her four children, Allan Pitman and wife Shari of Shenandoah, Iowa; Amy Volkmar and husband Roger of Coralville, Iowa; Adam Pitman and wife DeAnn of Roland, Iowa; and Angela Pitman and Roger McCollaugh of Bedford, Iowa; twelve grandchildren, Nathanual, Nicholas, Alex, Andrew, Jaeda, Jakob, Micheal, Joshua, Jeremy, Hailey, Katie and Jacob; three great-grandchildren, Ashlyn, Briley and Jaxon; four brothers and sisters, Fern, Leo, Ed and Betty; a sister-in-law, Ramona; along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Donna in death are her parents, Glen and Jeanette Snyder; her loving husband Gary Pitman in 2013; eight brothers and sisters, Harold, Eleanor, Paul, Lucille, Don, Ruth, Helen and John; and one granddaughter Caitlyn Pitman.


Richey, Pauline LaVone Wood - Pauline Richey, age 90, of Lenox, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, July 21, 2017 at Maryville Living Center, Maryville, Missouri. Private family services will be held. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Pauline LaVone (Wood) Richey was born June 26, 1927 in Conway, Iowa to Paul Raymond Wood and Goldie Mae (Greer) Wood. She grew up in the Clearfield area and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to Dean E. Lyddon August 18, 1946. To this union five children were born, Becky, Gin, Dan, Bill and Carol. On July 31, 1999, she married Don Rice. She married Delbert Richey on August 8, 2013.

Pauline was a true farmer’s wife and partner and enjoyed the farm life. She liked to be outside and enjoyed working in her garden. She also enjoyed her time spent as a teacher’s aide and like working with the children. She always had time to support and cheer her children and grandchildren in their activities. Her family was very important to her and she especially loved being with the grandkids. Traveling, reading and watching old westerns were favorite pastimes of Pauline. Pauline loved ice cream and a special treat was the DQ Blizzard.

Preceding Pauline in death were her parents; husbands, Dean Lyddon and Don Rice; brother, Howard Wood; grandson, Aaron Morris.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Becky (David) Hale of Lenox, Iowa, Gin England of Roseville, California, Dan Lyddon (Barb) of Braddyville, Iowa, Bill (Jodi) Lyddon of Corning, Iowa and Carol (Barbara) Lyddon of Rocklin, California; fourteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren; one great, great grandchild; nieces; nephews and many friends.

Pauline will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, excellent caregivers at Maryville Living Center and many friends from her 90 years. She will be forever in their hearts. May the Lord grant comfort and peace to all those who mourn her passing.

 

Ritchie, Sara Beth - Celebration of Life Services for Sara Beth Ritchie, age 59, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Bedford, who passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska. Per Sara's wishes, she has been cremated and a service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given in Sara's name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford, where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Sara Beth Ritchie was born August 31, 1957, in Des Moines, Iowa the daughter of Rodger Kyle Ritchie and Loretta Lulu (Barnett) Ritchie. Sara's father was a high school teacher and coach, therefore, she grew up attending several schools. In 1972, the family moved to Bedford, Iowa where she became a sophomore attending Bedford High School, graduating with the Class of 1975. After high school graduation, Sara attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. After her freshman year of college, Sara moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she attended banking school. She spent most of her working days as a teller for several banks throughout Missouri and Iowa.

Sara was blessed with the birth of three children, Walter, Shanda and Tara. The family lived in Iowa, Kansas City and most recently Omaha, Nebraska. During her high school years she was active in school plays and basketball. In her later years, she had a fondness for angels and music. Sara was an AVID Iowa Hawkeye Fan . . . she enjoyed watching all sports, especially when the Hawkeyes were playing! Sara was a very private person and mostly kept to herself.

Left to remember Sara are her three children, Walter Lee Young, III, Shanda Young and Tara Young, all of Omaha, Nebraska; three grandchildren, Vanessa, Kaliah and Alana; her parents, Rodger and Loretta Ritchie of Bedford; two brothers and a sister; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Sara in death are her maternal grandparents, Howard and Sylvia Barnett; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Pearl Ritchie.

 

Sanders, Bill Wendell -


Bill Wendell Sanders, 89, of Norwalk, died peacefully Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Taylor Hospice House.
Bill was born in Clearfield, Iowa on August 17,1927 to Guy and Winifred (Hannah) Sanders. He was the youngest of three boys in his family, his brothers, Dale and Mack preceded him in death.
Bill grew up in the Blockton Bedford communities, having graduated from Blockton High School in 1945. He joined the army soon after graduation and served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a 65 year member of the American Legion Post 562 Cumming, Iowa.
On December 11, 1949 he married Marjorie Robinson of Bedford, Iowa. They lived in the Red Oak and Bedford communities until they moved to Norwalk in 1955, where they continue to live today. They celebrated 67 years of marriage in December of 2016.
We will remember Bill for his loving heart and gentle and kind ways and always being there for us. Bill's family was the focus of his life.
Bill is survived by his wife Marjorie of Norwalk, two daughters, Melody (Mike) Sloderbeck of Blue Springs, MO; Shelly (Jim) Moyle of Des Moines, IA; 5 grandchildren, Stephanie, Heather, Lindsay, Tyler and Abbey; and 9 great grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Iva and Venita Sanders of Bedford, IA.
Celebration of Life service was held Friday, January 27, 2017 at the O'Leary Celebration of Life Center in Norwalk, Iowa. Visitation was held Friday, January 27 2017 also at O'Leary Celebration of Life Center. Military Services were performed by the American Legion Post 562 of Cumming, Iowa.

 

Smith, Denise Cynthia Hulsopple - Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Denise Smith, age 60, of Lenox, Iowa who passed away June 12, 2017, will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Lenox Community Center at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held Friday morning from 9:00 AM until service time. Cremation will follow the services with an interment of ashes on Saturday at 9:00 AM at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Country Roads Baptist Church Building Fund. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Denise Cynthia (Hulsopple) Smith went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 12, 2017 while doing two of the things she loved most, being with her husband and grandchildren, and riding in her Cub Cadet Side by side. Denise was born in Topeka KS., on January 14th, 1957 to Don and Dolores Hulsopple. Delores Later remarried to Adelbert Hurt. After living in a few places in Kansas, Denise’s Family moved to Newtown MO where her mother and step-father worked for Uniongas Company.

Denise attended Newtown-Harris School where she met her husband Gary. The two of them attended Northeast Missouri State University where Denise received a two-year degree in child development. The day after she graduated with the degree, she and Gary were married on May 7, 1977. They began their life together in Kirksville, MO., where Denise worked two years in the University Book Store while Gary finished his four year degree.

Denise and her husband Gary later moved to Clearfield, IA were they started their family of four children Jessica, Joshua, Jannica and Jeremy whom she loved dearly. In order to remain at home with her children and still help provide for the family, Denise used her two year child development degree and started a home daycare. When the family moved to Lenox in 1989, Denise continued taking care of children in her home daycare. She was a caring provider for the children she watched as well as her own four children.

Later, as the children grew older, Denise worked for Taylor Ridge Estates for a few years, then Managed Apartments, for National Management Corporation, in several locations. Later in her life Denise was stricken with a disorder that had symptoms of many different diseases, but could not be diagnosed with certainty. She eventually, but reluctantly went to using a cane, then a walker, and finally a wheelchair. Through it all she did not complain or give up and most certainly did not want anyone to feel sorry for her. She remained strong in her faith in the Lord, and loyal to her husband, children and grandchildren, all whom she loved dearly. She was also a prayer warrior and an inspiration to those whom knew her well.

Left to share fond memories of Denise are: her husband Gary, Her four Children; daughter Jessica Graff and husband Kyle, sons Joshua and Jeremy Smith, and daughter Jannica Bradley and husband Jamie Bradley, thirteen grandchildren; Shantelle, Troy and Lane Brown, Tristen, Blaine, and Jackson Graff, Keegan and Kaizer Smith, Rayleigh, Gunnar and Keylee Smith, and Braxton and Justyce Bradley. Also surviving are: Denise’s Mother Delores Hurt, Brother Steven Hulsopple and wife Sharon, Brother David Hulsopple and wife Jennifer, Sister Delres Tibbits and husband Duane, Brother Tim Hulsopple and wife Debbie, Sister Deneen Lewis and husband David. In addition, Denise leaves a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, her church family, neighbors and friends to share in her memories.

Denise was preceded in death by her biological father Donald Hulsopple, her step-father Adelbert Hurt, brother-in-law Stanley Smith, Sister-in-law, Karon (Smith) Parsons, and niece Kassie Jo Smith.


Smith, Francis Carroll - Francis Carroll Smith 92 of Pea Ridge, AR passed away June 22, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born January 3, 1923 in Bedford, Iowa the son of Earl and Belle Harvey Smith. He served in the United States Army Air Corp and the Air Force during World War II and Korean Conflict. Francis was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He is preceded in death by his wife Opal Lucille Smith and three sisters Helen, Maxine and Climina.

He is survived by his children Diana Smith of Seligman, Missouri and Danny Smith of Pea Ridge; brother Robert Smith of Pickering, Missouri; sister Donna Lawrence of Savannah, Missouri; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Graveside services with military honors by the Rogers American Legion Post 100 will be 11:00 a.m. Monday; July 20, 2015 in the Fayetteville National Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com

 

Valenzuela Rios, Elizabeth - The Lord Jesus Christ called his faithful and loyal servant, Elizabeth Valenzuela Rios, home on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston. Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Elizabeth, age 36, will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Lenox Community Center in Lenox, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until service time. Interment will be held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Elizabeth Bermudez Valenzuela Rios was born February 14, 1981, in Los Banos, California the daughter of Adalberto Valenzuela and Maria (Bermudez) Valenzuela. She grew up in the Dos Palos, California area attending school, graduating from West Side High School. After graduation she worked in various fields driving a tractor during harvest time. She attended the Apostolic Church in Dos Palos where she met and fell in love with Jose Rios. The couple were united in marriage on August 30, 2004 in Los Banos, California. Born to bless this union were seven children, Carlos, Jonathan, David, Ashley, Evalynne, Esteban and Eliana.

While the family was still living in California Elizabeth attended nursing school. She worked in various homes caring for individuals. In 2013, the family moved to Lenox, Iowa. She worked at Michaels Foods for a couple of years. In 2016, she went to work for the Lenox Public School System as a translator. This was a position she truly loved. Helping children and adults communicate and learn gave her such joy. In 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having a 'never give up' attitude, Elizabeth fought hard through both chemotherapy and radiation.

Through the Make A Wish Foundation, Elizabeth was able to have a life-long dream of a 'fairy tale wedding' come true. On August 20, 2016, at the Lenox Community Center Elizabeth and Jose renewed their vows, recommitting their love and lives before their family and friends in the community.

Elizabeth had a deep love and passion for her children, family, and God. Besides translating for the community she also enjoyed a deep faith in her Lord and Savior attending the Apostolic Church in Des Moines. Elizabeth was a fantastic cook and loved socializing with anyone!

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful wife, mother and friend is her loving husband of twelve years, Jose Rios of Lenox, Iowa; her seven children, Carlos Cortez of Lenox, Iowa; Jonathan Rios and fiancé Carolina, and their daughter (Elizabeth's only grandchild!) Sonia, of Merced, California; David Cortez of Lenox, Iowa; Ashley Rios of Merced, California; Evalynne Valenzuela, Esteban and Eliana Rios, all of Lenox, Iowa; four brothers, Antonio Valenzuela of Lenox, Iowa; Frank Valenzuela and girlfriend April of Bedford, Iowa; Junior Valenzuela and wife Maria of Lenox, Iowa; and Ramon Valenzuela and wife Maria of Dos Palos, California; in-laws, Jose and Marita Solano Rios, of Guadalajara, Mexico; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Elizabeth in death are her parents, Adalberto and Maria Valenzuela and one brother, Israel Valenzuela.

 

Vorhies, Jeanne A. Everhart - Jeanne Vorhies, age 62, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, June 9, 2017 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Private family burial will be in Dallas Center Cemetery, New Market, Iowa at a later date.

Jeanne A. Vorhies was born May 9, 1955 in Fairfax, Missouri to Jesse Eugene Everhart, Sr. and Lois Lavonne (Carpenter) Everhart. She grew up in the Fairfax, Missouri area attending schools and graduated from North Nodaway High School, Hopkins Missouri in 1973. Jeanne was united in marriage May 20, 1978 in New Market, Iowa to Larry Vorhies. They made their home and raised their family on a farm near New Market, Iowa.

While raising her family, Jeanne worked as a production worker for NSK Corporation for thirty four years. Jeanne came from a large family and family was her top priority. She enjoyed attending and supporting the activities of her children and grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and would always have enough food to feed an army. Jeanne also enjoyed ceramics, gardening, canning and sewing. Each grandchild was given a blanket made by Jeanne.

Preceding Jeanne in death were her parents; twin brothers, Ronnie Hugene Everhart and Donnie Eugene Everhart; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edna and Howard Vorhies; brother-in-law, Stan Carlson.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of thirty nine years, Larry Vorhies of New Market, Iowa; children, Kristi Erritt and husband Brian of Sac City, Iowa, Mike Vorhies and wife Valerie of Stanton, Iowa, Mat Vorhies and wife Amanda of New Market, Iowa, Tim Vorhies and wife Laura of Great Falls, Montana, Jessie Weinreich and husband C.J. of New Market, Iowa, Shalae Judd and husband Brett of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Ryan Steinkamp, Taylor Steinkamp (Mindy), Macy Steinkamp (Jason), Kaitlin Steinkamp, Christian Steinkamp, Sophie Steinkamp, Carter Erritt, Tyler Vorhies, Nicole Vorhies, Eli Vorhies, Hayden Vorhies, Chase Vorhies, Bryan Vorhies, Logan Vorhies, Addyson Weinreich, Macks Weinreich, Brynna Weinreich, Micoy Judd; great grandchildren, Henley Steinkamp and Cole Steinkamp; brothers, Jess Everhart, Jr. (Linda) of Hopkins, Missouri and Jerald Everhart (Corey) of Hopkins, Missouri; sisters, Julie Markley (Chris) of Hopkins, Missouri and Janet Hoover (Al) of Pickering, Missouri; sister-in-law, Karen Carlson of Kent, Iowa; brother-in-law, Allen Vorhies (Nan) of Arvada, Colorado; many nieces and nephews and many friends

 

Wall, Christina Lavelle Stewart - Celebration of Life Services for Christina Wall, age 93, of Bedford, who passed away August 1, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska, will be held August 9, 2017 at 2 PM at the Bedford United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 PM until service time. Interment will be held at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Christina Lavelle (Stewart) Wall was born July 7, 1924, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of David Alfred Stewart and Amy Belle (Matheny) Stewart. She grew up in the Platteville area attending country schools, graduating from Blockton High School with the Class of 1941. After graduation, she was united in marriage to Laverne Wall, on June 1, 1942 in Hiawatha, Kansas. Laverne was in the United States Army, and they made their home in Louisiana and Texas. Three children were born to bless this union, Steven, Marsha and Mark.

After Laverne was discharged, they made their home in Gravity, Iowa. Christina was a stay-at-home mother, raising her children, and supporting Laverne who ran a feed store and trucking business in Gravity. They sold their business and in 1965, the family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri where she worked part-time at JC Penney, and Laverne continued working in the feed and trucking industry. After Laverne’s passing in 1975, Mark and Christina continued living in St. Joe. Upon Mark’s graduation, in 1978, she returned to Bedford to be near her family. Christina was always willing to lend a hand and supported numerous volunteer activities in the community. She enjoyed playing bridge with the girls and tending to her flower garden. She was a member of the Victory Club and Bedford United Methodist Church.

Christina loved her family and she was highly involved in their lives. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren, keeping them whenever she could. She was always available for an afternoon snack or quick meal after school, or any time she was needed. She loved attending their activities. In her later years, due to declining health, she took up residency at Bedford Specialty Care, rekindling old relationships and making new friends. She enjoyed craft time, bingo and all of the other activities provided by the staff.

Left to cherish Christina’s memory is her daughter, Marsha Swartz and husband Gary of Bedford, Iowa; and son, Mark Wall and wife Becky of Eldridge, Iowa; five grandchildren, Lori Riley and husband John; Lisa Jobe and husband Joe; Jeremy Swartz and wife Susan; Christopher Wall and wife Emily; and David Wall; seven great-grandchildren, Kristin and Jenna Riley; Delaney and Levi Jobe; Kyla and Dalton Swartz; and Connor Wall; and one on the way! Two brothers, Larry Stewart of Zillah, Washington; and Dick Stewart and wife Debi of Creston, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Donna Stewart of Clearfield, Iowa; Ellen Stewart of Toppenish, Washington; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Christina in death are her parents, David and Amy Stewart; her loving husband Laverne Wall; their infant son, Steven at the age of six weeks; four brothers, Arlo, David (Boge), Donald (Whitey) and Dwight (Doc) Stewart.

 

Weeda, Karen Kay (Steen)

Karen Kay (Steen) Weeda passed away on Thursday, April 20th at the age of 79.
Karen was born to Jack and Trula Steen on January 24,1938 inPlatteville, Iowa. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1956 where she enjoyed being a baton twirler for the band.
Karen married her knight in shining armor, Ray, on September 21, 1956. Karen and Ray settled in Lee's Summit, Missouri where she spent a majority of her life helping Ray build their insurance agency and raising their three children.
After Ray retired, they enjoyed traveling in their RV. Last year they celebrated their 60th anniversary with their family.
Karen is preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Irvin and Opal Weeda; sisters and their husbands Anita (Ken) Miller and Charlotte (Babe) Smith; sister-in-law Danna Shoemaker; sister-in-law Twyla Larison; brother-in-law Roy and his wife Dixie. She is survived by her dedicated husband, Ray and children, Randy (Diane), Rick (Susan) all of Lee's Summit and Kim (Tim) Weddle of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Weeda, Andrew (Becky) Weddle, Rebecca (Drew) Hooper, Lisa (Todd) Morris, Jamie Weeda; brothers, Asa(Ruth) Steen, Melvin Shoemaker; brother-in-law, Harlan Larison and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at United Methodist Church, Lee's Summit, MO. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with services to follow at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Kansas City Hospice House, 2000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145 or the Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit, MO.

 

Weese, Michal and Jerolyn Matheny Weese - Memorial Celebration of Life Services for Mike & Jerolyn Weese, ages 58 & 59, of Council Bluffs, formerly of the Bedford/Lenox, Iowa areas, who passed away Saturday, July 1, 2017 in Ogallala, Nebraska will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 5 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends at the UCPC Church. Private family interment will be held. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be directed to the Autism Society of Iowa. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life'.

Michal Weese was born August 25, 1958, in Corning, Iowa the son of Dean and Mary (Michals) Weese. He grew up in Lenox, Iowa and graduated from Lennox High School with the Class of 1976. Michal was united in marriage on November 4, 1978, to Jerolyn Weese. They made their home and raised their children in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Jerolyn was born July 17, 1957, in Hastings, Nebraska the daughter of Paul and Bernice (Yocum) Matheny. She grew up in Clearfield, Iowa and graduated from Clearfield High School with the Class of 1977. Jerolyn was united in marriage on November 4, 1978, to Michal Weese. They made their home and raised their children in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Michal began working with Peter Kiewit in 1984, and remained there until his death. Michal enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his wife, Jerolyn; anywhere she went, Michal was right beside her. He spent a lot of his time with his children, Brandon and Benjamin, and his grandson, Kylind. True to his family, he always stood by them and protected his family. You could always find him outdoors hunting, fishing and camping, or going for a ride on his motorcycle.

Upon the arrival of their first son, Brandon Weese, Jerolyn worked from home until her youngest son, Benjamin Weese, entered into middle school. At which time, she began working at Council Bluffs Community Schools as a Para Educator. Jerolyn always put family as her top priority and greatly enjoyed working with her students. She loved spending her time in the kitchen, and was an excellent cook and baker. In her free time, she spent time outdoors with her husband, Michal, and time with her children and grandson.

Mike & Jerolyn were very close to her brother Jim and wife Sheila Matheny. Generally, if you saw one couple, you saw both couples. Together they enjoyed camping, motorcycling and sitting around the fire pit enjoying life. Tragically, all four lives ended in a motorcycle accident near Ogallala, Nebraska on July 1, 2017. The family takes comfort in the fact they were all together.

Left to cherish the memory of Mike & Jerolyn are their children, Brandon Weese of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Benjamin Weese and wife Carolyn of Lincoln, Nebraska; one grandchild, Kylind Weese; Mike's sister, Deanna Sweeney and husband Vince of Lennox, Iowa; Mike's sister-in-law, Patricia Weese of Bedford, Iowa; Jerolyn's two brothers, Joel Matheny and wife Peggy of Colorado and Jeffrey Matheny of Council Bluffs, Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Mike and Jerolyn in death were Mike's parent's, Dean and Mary Weese; Jerolyn's parents, Paul and Bernice Matheny; Mike's brother, Mark Weese; Jerolyn's two brothers, Jay Matheny and Randy at infancy; and Jerolyn's half-sister, Patty Orndoff.


Wills, Wilma Payne .- Jul 23 1931 – Feb 12, 2016 Preceded in death by parents, Colburn and Fern Payne; brother, John Payne. Survived by husband, Bill Wills; son, Wendell Wills; daughter, Wendy Synowicki (Bob, Jr.), and son, Warren Wills (Brigit); 6 grandchildren: Michaela Pearson (Ben), Paul and Eric Synowicki, Breann, Jacob, and Lindsey Wills; 3 great-grandchildren: Lucy, Leo, and Lincoln Pearson. The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 16th, from 6pm to 8pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 15002 Blondo St. SERVICES Wednesday, February 17th at 11am at Covenant Presbyterian Church. GRAVESIDE SERVICE Wednesday, 3pm, Villisca, Iowa Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Covenant Presbyterian Church or New Market, Iowa United Methodist Church.

HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 5108 F Street Omaha, Nebraska 68117 (402) 391-3900

 

Wolverton, Juanita Vella Warner - Funeral Services for Juanita Vella Wolverton, age 101, will be held Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa at 10 A.M. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. Monday morning until service time. Interment will be held at Hopkins cemetery following the service. Memorials may be given in Vella's name.

Juanita Vella (Warner) Wolverton was born August 4, 1915 near Lamoni, Iowa to Lewis A. and Susie (Gray) Warner. She was united in marriage to Rolland Lee (Rollie) Wolverton on November 29, 1930. To this blessed union two children were born Twyla Lee in 1933 and Ronald Warner in 1936.

Rollie and Vella farmed near Bedford and sold honey in several states. Vella spent her life being a servant to her Lord and Savior and caring for her family and friends.

Preceding Vella in death were her parents, husband Rollie, daughter Twyla Lee Young and son Ronald Warner. Left to mourn her passing are four grandchildren; Randy (Marge) Young, Riley (Kristie) Young, Radeana (Jim) Thomas, Carla (Larry) Vore, a sister Charlotte Bowman, along with numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great nieces and nephews