|Taylor County, Iowa Obituaries R - names|
|Ridnour, Eliza Blanche Leighton, daughter of Loretta Frances and Elmer Leighton, was born Aug 5, 1885 in Dallas twp, Taylor county and died Aug 31, 1885 in Creston, Iowa, at age 64y 26d. She married to John William Ridnour Sep 20, 1905 of New Market, Iowa and to them were born nine children. Two children preceded her in death, Elmer Wilson in 1918 and Orer Ellsworth who lost his life in France Jun 30, 1944.|
|Robbins, Charles - The remains were interred in the graveyard east of Bedford, near their former home. - The funeral services were held at the Wright School house on Sat the 7th by Rev Nye, pastor of the M.E. Church at Conway. His remains were followed by a large assembly of mourning friends and neighbors to the cemtery on the farm of John Bowers, in Clayton township, and laid beside his brother. [Warren J. Robbins]|
Ray, Ruth Mariam Kirby - Ruth Mariam Kirby was born November 7th, 1846 in Warren county, Illinois, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs J.W. Large near Athelstan, Iowa, on November 13, 1924.
She was united in marriage to Richard M. Ray, November 27, 1862, who preceded her in death October 17, 1886. To this union were born nine children, four sons and five daughters. Besides her husband, Ida Holbrook, and two sons, Arthur W. and R. Melvin Ray have preceded her to the great beyond.
Those left to mourn the loss of a great affectionate mother are T.A. Ray of Los Angeles, Calif, O.M. Ray, Tracy, Minn, Mrs J.W. Large of Athelstan, Iowa, Mrs E.W. Ames of Sheridan, Mo, Mrs Elvin Pierce and Mrs C.E. Teachnor of Bedford, Iowa, all of whom were present except T.A. Ray of Los Angeles, California.
Besides these she leaves 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
She became a member of the Baptist church in 1860, to which she remained faithful, being a member of the Baptist church of Bedford at the time of her death. On account of failing health she was unable to attend regular church services but she loved to read her Bible daily in her home and during her illness enjoyed listening in to the Radio chapel services.
She bore her intense suffering with great patience but often prayed to be relieved when it was God's will.
She had been a resident of Bedford, Iowa for 25 years, where she enjoyed her humble little home surrounded by kind and loving neighbors and friends. It was her request that her grandsons act as pall bearers. They are Floyd Ames, Ray and Earl Holbrook, Chas Teachnor, Beryl Mathers and Oliver Ray.
Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter Mrs J.W. Large at 2 pm Sunday November 16, 1924 conducted by her pastor, Rev C.W. Fletcher. The remains were laid to rest in the Platteville cemetery beside her husband and son.
Redburn, Mildred Oviatt Redburn - Funeral services for Mrs Cleo H. Redburn, 85, of Conway, held April 20 in the Bedford Methodist Church, were officiated by Rev Jim Dale and Rev Carl Cummings. Mrs Redburn died April 18, 1984 in St Louis, Mo. Interment was at Grant City, Mo.
Mildred Oviatt Redburn, daughter of William Oviatt and DeEtta Taylor Oviatt was born in Smithfield, Fulton County, Illinois September 8, 1898.
She moved with her parents to Grant City, Missouri when eight years old. Mildred attended the public school and joined the Christian Church. She was graduated from Grant City High School in 1916.
She taught in the rural school until she married Cleo H. Redburn November 22, 1922. They lived in Taylor County Iowa all of their days-first on a farm and then in Conway, Iowa. She taught school during many of those years in Lenox, Gravity and Conway. She also served as assessor of Conway for several years.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Women's Group; the Triangle Club and other social groups. She was an avid Bible student all of her life. Mildred will long be remembered as a lovely lady who grew beautiful flowers.
Loved ones passing before her were her parents; her husband, Cleo, with whom she shared 52 years of married life, who died March 6, 1974; an infant son; three sisters; and a son-in-law, Marvin Doran.
Left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Marceline Doran of St Louis, Missouri; grandsons; Stephen J. Doran and Michael R. Doran and his wife, Lisa, and their infant son, Eric Michael; other relatives and friends.
Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and loving person and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
|Ray, Richard M. - Died at his residence in Jefferson Township, Taylor Co, Iowa Oct 17, 1886, at 1 o'clock pm Richard M Ray of heart desease. Brother Ray was born in Edmonson Co, Ky Aug 31, 1838. He moved with his father to Warren Co, Ill when about 16 yrs, of age; he was married to Mariam Kirby in the 24th year of his age, and moved with his wife to Taylor Co, Iowa in 1878 where he has lived until the time of his death; aged 48 yrs, 2 mo and 14 days. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. Monmouth Early Newspaper, Monmouth, Illinois, Oct 29, 1886. Submitted by: Harriet Randall - firstname.lastname@example.org|
Jacob Wolverton Reed born in Northumberland
Mr. Reed was born near Danville, Pennsylvania
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 Rainforth, Catherine Sweeney - Mass of Christian burial services for Catherine (Sweeney) Rainforth, age 74, of rural Lenox who passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at her home were held Wednesday, October 25, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lenox. Interment was held at the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Catherine's name. Memories can be shared with the family on our web page at www.ritchiefunralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.
Catherine Jane (Sweeney) Rainforth was born June 28, 1932, in Conway, Iowa the daughter of Frank Sweeney and Ellen (Leahy) Sweeney. She grew up attending school in Conway and graduated with the Class of 1950. After graduation Catherine worked at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company in Omaha, Nebraska for several years. In 1958, she graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing / Creighton University in Omaha with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Throughout her career as a Registered Nurse, she worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha, Alegent Hospital (formerly known as the Rosary Hospital) in Corning, Iowa and for the Taylor County Iowa Department of Public Health.
On April 23, 1960, Catherine was united in marriage to Gerald F. Rainforth at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lenox, Iowa. The couple resided in Sterling, Colorado for a year before returning to rural Lenox, Iowa to farm and raise a family.
Catherine was active in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Chapter FW of the PEO Sisterhood. She served on the Lenox Public Library Board; the Taylor County Board of Health; as a Taylor County 4-H Leader; and as a volunteer for the Taylor County Extension 4-H Services.
In addition to family, church and community, Catherine's interests included reading, gardening, music, lunching with friends, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Catherine will be remembered in the way she touched many lives with her warmth and wit. She had a way of making people feel at ease because she enjoyed sharing in their lives. She was a compassionate friend.
Left to cherish Catherine's memory are her son Paul Rainforth and wife Brenda and their daughters Paige and Bailey of rural Sharpsburg, Iowa; two daughters, Carol Rainforth of West Des Moines, Iowa; and Joan Rainforth Jensen and husband Jon and their daughters Kaylyn and Mikayla of Johnston, Iowa; a step-son, Larry Rainforth and wife Helen of Lincoln, Illinois and their sons Vince Rainforth and wife Melissa and son Cole of Yorktown, Illinois; and Lance Rainforth also of Lincoln, Illinois.
Preceding Catherine in death are her parents; husband Gerald in 1999; a son Robert in 1987; a sister Margaret Sweeney and two brothers, William F. and George Sweeney. May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Catherine's passing.
| Randolph, Raymond, age 84,
of rural Siam, Iowa, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2005, at St. Francis
Hospital in Maryville, Missouri. Graveside services will be held 1:30 Wednesday,
February 9, 2005, at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa with Rev. John Clark
officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Tuesday,
February 8, 2005, at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial
will be in the Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa. A memorial will be established.
Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond A. Randolph was born February 17, 1920, at rural Walnut, Iowa, the son of Charles and Sarah (Starnes) Randolph. He was raised on farms around Oakland, Atlantic, Grant and Gravity, Iowa. Raymond served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, serving at different bases stateside as a mechanic until his discharge. Raymond married Marjorie Ellison on October 23, 1942, and from this union five sons were born. They moved to their farm at rural Siam in the late 1940's and farmed there together until Marjorie's passing in November of 1987. Several years of this time Raymond spent as a carpenter, working with his brother-in-law. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time, and also enjoyed those years when he and his sons had cattle together, and the knowledge he passed on to improve the herd. He remained on the farm until he became ill a few months before his passing.
Raymond is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Alma and Warren Bird of Lebanon, Missouri; a sister-in-law Velma Randolph of Red Oak, Iowa; a sister-in-law Mildred Cannon of Mount Ayr, Iowa; five sons, Gary Randolph of Trenton, Missouri, Jim Randolph of Clarinda, Iowa, Ron Randolph and wife Vicky of Ogden, Iowa, Terry Randolph of Yorktown, Iowa, and Dennis Randolph of rural Siam, Iowa; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Helen (Randolph) Lawrence; a brother, Herman Randolph; wife, Marjorie Randolph; his father and mother-in-law, Wilbur and Martha Ellison; and a brother-in-law, Virgil Cannon.
| Rankin, Ben
Funeral services for Ben Rankin, age 66 of Omaha,
 Reed, Iola Fern DeVault
- Graveside Services for Iola Reed, age 93 of Bedford who died Friday,
March 3, 2006 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center were held Monday,
March 6, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation
celebrating Iola's life was held Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 at the Ritchie
Funeral Home in Bedford where coffee and cookies were served along with
the sharing of many memories. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford
Ambulance Service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral
Home of Bedford.
She met Roy Raymond Reed and the couple was united
in marriage on March 8, 1935, in St. Joseph, Missouri at a cousin's home.
Roy and Iola made a home adjacent to Roy's parents. On June 14, 1936,
a daughter Agatha June was born in Blockton, in a small house by the Platte
River. Times were hard and when Agatha was 14 months old, they went west
to seek better employment, returning in the fall to Bedford. Finding no
work, they moved to Council Bluffs, and returned to Blockton where Billy
Carl was born on October 30, 1938, and Ronnie Ray on October 10, 1940.
In 1941, the family moved to Bedford with Roy working for the Iowa State
Highway Department, developing the Rest Areas on the Interstates.
Funeral services for Helen Richie, age 80, of Prescott, who died
Sunday, May 22, 2004 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning
were held Wednesday, May 25, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral
Home in Lenox. Interment was held in the Summit Cemetery in rural
Prescott. Memorials can be given in Helen's name. Please leave a
message of tribute to the Richie family n our web page,
www.ritchiefunralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were
entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.
Helen Louise (Smart) Richie was born May 7, 1925, in Corning,
Iowa the daughter of Dryden Smart and Goldie Dunkerson Smart. She
grew up in the Corning area attending school and graduating from the
Corning High School with Class of 1943. She was united in marriage to
Paul Richie on January 1, 1945, in Creston. To this loving union two
children were born, Dennis and Susan.
Helen and Paul farmed their entire married life in the Corning and
Prescott area. She truly enjoyed being a farmer's wife and living the
lifestyle it provided. Helen enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, collecting
stuffed animals and Elvis memorabilia. She also loved working in her
flower garden. She was an active member of the United Church in
Prescott and was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star where
she had served as Past Grand Warder for the State of Iowa.
Left to cherish Helen's memory are her son Dennis Richie and wife
Pam of Creston; daughter Susan Brandt and husband Doug of Prescott;
five grandchildren, Ronda Weese and husband Steve; Paula Barnett and
husband Ted; Sandra Hoyt; Missy Walter and husband Dray; and Zach
Brandt; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ester Smart of Corning
along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Roberts, Ward G.
Ward G. Roberts Jr., 88 of Fort Dodge, died October 9, 2005 at
Tompkins Memorial Health Center.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Gunderson
Funeral Chapel. Interment will be held in Fulton Township Cemetery.
Full military honors will be presented by the VFW Post 1856. Visitation
will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gunderson Funeral Home
& Cremation Services.
Ward G. Roberts Jr., the son of Ward G. Roberts Sr. and Effie
(Parker) Roberts was born on July 16, 1917 in Bedford, IA. He graduated
from Bedford High School in 1934. On April 13, 1941, he was united in
marriage to Helen Blunk. Ward served his country during WWII in the
Army Air Corp from 1942-1945. The couple made their home in
Moorland. Ward was employed at Swaney Motor and Firestone before
opening Ward's Service Station in 1947. He owned and operated Ward's
service Station in Moorland for 45 years, retiring in 1992.
Ward was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. He was
a member of the Ashler Lodge III for over 50 years. He was a former
member of the Fort Dodge Amateur Radio Club, Moorland Fulton
Township Fire Dept., and was the town clerk in Moorland for 16 years.
Ward enjoyed volunteering with the Boone Valley Scenic R.R. He loved
reading, traveling and being a ham radio operator.
Ward is survived by his wife Helen; his nieces Wanda (Roger)
Loehr, Des Moines and Donna (Larry) Eastland, Callendar; his cousins
Wayne (Gail) Blunk, Moorland. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be directed towards the Iowa Council of the United
| Ross, Wanda June
Graveside services for Wanda June Ross, 85 former resident
of Bedford, will be held August 25, 2007 11:00 a.m. at Fairview
Cemetery in Bedford, IA. June passed away July 22, 2007 in
Rusco, Nancy Lee Bartrem - Funeral Services were
held Wednesday November 16, at the Peterson Mortuary at 10:00 am, 2005
for Nancy Lee Rusco was born June 1st, 1934 in Lenox, Iowa and departed
was the fourth of seven children born to Lloyd Samuel and Edith Mae Crispie
Nancy's special talents included cooking, canning, making beautiful Afghans, and shirt making. For several years, Nancy made many shirts for Jack and the boys and a few other people who were lucky enough to talk her into making one for them.
the last 15 years, Nancy, Jack, and Bobby have been in business in Glenwood
operating Cheers Lounge. Nancy dedicated most of her time seeing that
Cheers ran smoothly and efficiently. She dearly loved her children, grandchildren,
and great grandchildren. One great grandchild was very special to Nancy,
as she cared for Lane Scott Rusco almost daily for the time his mother
was stationed in the Persian Gulf.
Memorials suggested to American Cancer Society. Peterson Mortuary, Glenwood, Iowa in charge of arrangements.
Nancy's family would like to thank everyone for their expressions of kindness during her illness. A special thanks to the doctors and surgeon for their efforts. Nancy waged a brave and courageous battle for the last 1 1/2 years against cancer.
| Rusk, Jean C. Goodale
Funeral services for Jean C. (Goodale) Rusk of Newton, Iowa,
 Rowe, Anna May -Anna May Rowe, daughter of Eldridge S. and Mary Ann Rowe, was born in Jackson township, Taylor county, Iowa, November 22, 1872 and died in Bedford, Thursday, February 13, 1938 [sic, 1958], at the age of 85 years, two months, 21 days.
She lived on the family farm in Jackson township until she became an invalid several years ago.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Isaac and Eldridge; one sister, Mrs Minerva Risser. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa Feb 20, 1958
 Rowe, E.S. - E.S. Rowe, 80, died Thursday, September 16, at his home in Sheridan [Missouri]. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Christian Church. Rev Ted Masters of the Grant City Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in the Luteson [Luteston] cemetery.
Surviving are his wife; four sons, Rex of Shenandoah [Iowa], Otis and Ellis of Bedford [Iowa], Oakley of Sheridan; three daughter, Mrs Willie Randel of Shenandoah, Mrs Earl Scott of Sheridan, and Mrs Rex Houk of Colorado; one sister, Anna Rowe of Bedford.
Sheridan items, Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa Sep 23, 1948
 Rowe, Isaac - Isaac Rowe, 71, died at the home of Mr and Mrs Roy Spurgeon, Saturday, March 23, 1935. The funeral services were held at the home of Mr and Mrs E.S. Rowe, Jr., Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev Clark M. Crowell. Burial was in the Luteston cemetery.
Isaac Rowe, son of E.S. Rowe, Sr and Mary A. Rowe, was born in Nodaway county, Mo., Nov. 27, 1863, and moved with his parents to Iowa when a small child. He resided on a farm in Jackson township until he was brought to the Spurgeon home in January 1934, to receive medical care.
Surviving relatives are one brother and one sister, E.S. Rowe, Jr of Sheridan, Mo., and Anna May Rowe of Clarinda. His parents and one sister, Mrs Minerva Risser, preceded him in death.
Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Mar 28, 1935
 Rowe, Mary Ann Dowis - Funeral services for Mrs Mary Ann Rowe, 89, who died at the home of her son Eldridge Rowe, Thursday, Jan 4, were held at the son's home Saturday morning, conducted by Rev Clark M. Crowell. Burial was in the Luteston cemetery.
Mrs Rowe, whose maiden name was Dowis, was born near Savannah, Mo, Feb 8, 1844. In early childrhood she moved to Taylor county, which place had been her home since that time.
She was married to Eldridge Smith Rowe, Dec 27, 1862. To them were born four children, Isaac, Minerva, Eldridge, and Anna May. Her husband died in May, 1913, and one daughter, Minerva Risser, Dec 20, 1928.
Surviving relatives are three children, eleven grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. Also one brother, Jasper Dowis of Blockton, and two sisters, Judy Tharp of Benton and Sirilda Gardner of Oakland, Calif.
Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Feb 20, 1958
 Eldridge S. Rowe - Eldridge S. Rowe was born September 18, 1840 in West Virginia. He moved with his parents to Missouri at the age of 12 years and has resided from that time in either Nodaway county, Mo., or Taylor county, Ia. He died at his home 7 miles northwest of Sheridan [Missouri] May 16, 1913, at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 8 days.
Mr Rowe was married to Mary Ann Dowis in 1862 who with her four children survive him. The children are: Isaac, Eldridge jr., Minerva Rissor and Anna May Rowe, all who live in this vicinity.
Mr Rowe has been a resident of Jackson township for more than half a century, and he had the respect and confidence of all who knew him.
Bedford Free-Press, Bedford, Iowa, May 27, 1913
 Risser, Ulysis Senator - Funeral services for Senator Risser, 81, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon, July 15, conducted by Rev U.E. Burroughs of Mount Ayr. Burial was in the Luteson [Luteston] cemetery near Sheridan, Missouri.
Ulysis Senator Risser, son of J.J. and Jane Ann Risser, was born December 17, 1866 at Florence, Colorado, and died at the St Francis Hospital in Maryville [Missouri], Tuesday, July 13 after a long illness, at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 25 days.
Mr Risser moved with his parents to Nodaway county, Missouri, when 15 years of age. In 1902 he moved with his own family to the Risser farm in Jackson township, Taylor county, Iowa, where he resided until his death.
He was married to Minerva Rowe on February 24, 1891. To them five children were born: Mrs Hattie Kemery, who preceded her father in death; Mrs Anna Cubbage, Abbott Risser and Lelan Risser, all of Bedford. Also one son, who passed away in infancy. Mrs Risser died Dec 20, 1928.
Surviving with his children are two sisters and one brother: Mrs Edith Rowe and Otto Risser of Sheridan, Missouri, and Mrs Lula Brown of Thermopolis, Wyoming; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Bedford Times-Press, Bedford, Iowa, Jul 29, 1948