Taylor County, Iowa obituaries

Calvin, Willard - Willard passed away Sunday in Jasper, Missouri. Graveside services will be held on Thursday in Lenox. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery Thursday afternoon. Memorials may be given in his name.
North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox Iowa.

Willard “Gabby” Calvin, age 91 of Jasper, Missouri, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2010 in Carthage MO.. Gabby was born on October 21, 1919 in Chadwick, Missouri to Art and Laura (Lowe) Calvin.

Gabby was a retired Truck Driver and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Lenox, Iowa American Legion.

Survivors include, his life Companion, Betty Budd of the home. Two Stepsons, Rex Budd Jr. of Neosho, MO., and Phil Budd of Jasper, MO.., Three stepdaughters, Vi Kollmeyer of Greenfield MO., Kay Budd and Hope Metcalf both of Jasper, MO..One sister, Nete Clark of Lenox, Iowa. Several Grandchildren and Great- Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Four brothers and Two sisters.

Local graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010 at Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. Friends are asked to meet at the cemetery. The Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox is in charge of local arrangements.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper, MO


Goldner, Shirley E. Bell - Shirley E. Goldner, 55, of Lenox, died Saturday, December 11, 2010 at her home near Lenox. Services are pending for later this week at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem, Missouri. Burial w as at the Hanson Eaton Cemetery in Crawford Co., Mo. Local visitation was from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at the Powers Funeral Home junction of highways #34 and #25 in Creston, with family receiving friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be directed to the Hanson Eaton Cemetery. Online condolences may be given under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com.
Shirley Elaine Goldner, daughter of Virgil Bell and Helen June (Walker) Bell, was born Oct. 17, 1955 in Salem, Mo. She graduated from Salem Senior High School and went on to study at the Metro Business College in Rolla, Mo. In medical transcripting. On July 30, 1988, Shirley married Joe A. Goldner in Macks Creek, Missouri. They lived and worked in Macks Creek. Shirley worked in home health care, for Windsor Estates Nursing Home in Camdenton, Mo. And at the Osage Beach Nursing Home. They moved to the Lenox area in 2001. Shirley helped manage the farm, and did much of the administrative work. At the time of her death, she was in the middle of moving back to Missouri.
Survivors include her son, Erick Milton of Lenox, her daughter, Erin Milton of Lenox; three sisters, Barbara Jenkins and Arlene (husband Jack) Stanfast, both of Salem, Mo. And Kay (husband Greg) Enke of Lecoma, Mo.; three brothers, Richard (wife Linda) Bell of Lebanon, Mo., Kenneth “Butch” Bell of Licking, Mo. And Timothy Bell of Salem, Mo.; her step-mother-in-law, Roberta Goldner of Creston; her step-sister-in-law, Peggy Van Pelt of Creston, her brother-in-law, Marv (wife Kathy) Goldner of St. Louis, Mo., and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her two dogs, Sally Ann and Pogo.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Joe in Jan. 2010


John, Raymond E. - Raymond E. John, age 88, died peacefully in hospice care at Salem Village October 18, 2010 in Joliet, Ill.
Raymond was born in Bedford, Ia. August 7, 1922 to Charlie and Cornelia John.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years Mary Louise (Arnold) John; son Ralph (Debra) John of Belvidere, Fl.; daughter Sharon (Carl) Sick of Homer Glen, Ill.; five grandchildren, Lisa John, Matthew John, Jennifer John (Tony) Calderala, Lauren Sick, Lindsey Sick; brothers Glenn and Rex and sister, Loah.
Raymond was preceded in death by brothers, Harley, George and Russell, sisters, Pauline and Berniece.
Raymond served in the Navy WWII aboard the USS Belleau Wood in 1944-1946 as a radar man.
He retired from Sears in 1983 after 35 years. He was a member of Cherry Hill Church of Christ, Joliet, Ill.
Memorials may be made to: Vitas Hospice, 3033, W. Jefferson St., Suite 204, Joliet, IL 60435 or the charity of your choice. Cremation was done per his wishes


Kendrick, Melba Louise Chrisman - Melba Louise (Chrisman) Kendrick was born May 2, 1930 to Oliver and Mabel Chrisman in Broken Bow, Nebraska. Her family moved to the Northboro, Iowa area before settling into Gus, Iowa. Melba went to county school and later graduated from Villisca High School in the class of 1948. She married Thelbert Harold Kendrick on June 1, 1948 and together they settled near Gus where they currently reside. Melba was active in many organizations such as Helping Hand in Gus, The Hobby Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary for 42 years. She was an active member at the United Methodist Church in New Market. Melba enjoyed knitting and was a skilled painter, painting Thelbert’s hand made trinkets as well as canvas paintings. Melba also decorated and delivered cakes for a variety of occasions for 30 years.
Melba passed away December 31, 2010 at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Russell Chrisman who passed away in childhood.
Melba is survived by her husband Thelbert of New Market, Iowa; sons Jackie Douglas Kendrick of Bellevue, Nebraska, Dennis Lee Kendrick and wife Wanda of Owasso, Oklahoma and Randall Ray Kendrick of New Market, Iowa; granddaughter Megan Renee Warrick and husband Scott of Clarinda, Iowa and a great granddaughter Jersey Warrick also of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Lonnie Kendrick, Beverly Kendrick, Marilyn Barr, Martha Rose and Judy Blackburn.

Memorial service for Melba L. Kendrick, 80 of New Market, will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home in Clarinda. Visitation is schedule one hour prior to the start of the service also at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. Interment will be at a later date. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at the United Methodist Church in New Market for a time of lunch and fellowship.

Memorials are suggested to the Melba Kendrick Memorial Fund.

Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Leonard, Elizabeth Murle Reimer - A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Murle Leonard, age 94, of Corning, who died Thursday, November 25, 2010, in Longmont, Colorado, will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning. Interment of ashes will be held in the Calvary Cemetery.

Elizabeth Murle Leonard was born to Theodore Julius and Leona Grace Hufnagel Reimer on October 31, 1916 in Lenox, Iowa. She grew up attending school in Lenox, graduating with the Class of 1934. After graduation, Murle worked in Minnesota until February of 1936. After the death of her mother in November she stayed home with her father and three younger brothers until her marriage to A. Dean Leonard of Corning on September 28, 1940, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lenox.

They lived in Corning until he was drafted into the Army in November 1942. After his discharge from the service in 1945, the lived in Kimballton, Iowa, where Dean was a buttermaker at the creamery until 1950 when they returned to Corning to farm. In 1978, they retired and moved into Corning. She was employed at the Adams County Free Press for 28 years. They were parents of Victor Dean, Michel Grace, Stephen Kent, Lisbeth Ann, Jane Marie, Timothy James, Mary Patricia and Jeffrey Paul.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1982; daughter-in-law, Jan Leonard in 1991; son Jeffrey Paul in May 2004; and son-in-law, Tim Finn in 2008; her parents, and five brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her children Victor of Fort Collins, Colorado; Michel Caniglia and husband Joseph of Omaha, Nebraska; Stephen Leonard and wife Ann of Carroll, Iowa; Ann Finn of Longmont, Colorado; Jane Kampsnider and husband David of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; Timothy Leonard and wife Denise of Fort Collins, Colorado; Mary Tiehen and husband Michael of Omaha, Nebraska; twenty-seven grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren

Arrangements were entrusted to Roland-Ritchie Funeral Home of Corning.

Livingston, Myra Elvira Almquist - Celebration of life graveside memorial services for Myra Livingston, age 94, of Bedford, who died Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center will be held Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Per Myra’s wishes she has been cremated and no visitation will be held prior to the services.

Myra Livingston, age 94 of Bedford, Iowa passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2010 following a brief illness at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center. The oldest of six children, Myra Elvira was born in Page County, southeast of Essex, Iowa on November 21, 1915 to Mabel and Franz Elmer Almquist.

Myra was baptized, confirmed and an active member at the Essex Mission Church. After attending eight years at High Prairie School, she worked as a cleaning girl for elderly neighbors. She later worked at the Shenandoah Floral Shop. On March 5, 1953 she married Hal Livingston and they moved to the Livingston family farm north of Bedford and became members of the United Christian Presbyterian Church. Here she became active in church and club work, learned to play Canasta and serve delicious strawberry and root beer floats.

In 1972 Hal and Myra moved to town where she started her new role as the ‘sugar cookie queen’. With no children of her own, she became a surrogate grandmother in her kitchen to over two dozen boys and girls. Each holiday, children would arrive in pairs to Myra’s house to bake sugar cookies, complete with sprinkles. Before going home, a sampling of cookies and hot chocolate would take place. Myra’s baking talent didn’t lie just with cookies; her caramel corn recipe was impossible to duplicate and her sharing of tried magazine recipes were passed throughout her family. Many trips to Redding to buy spices often resulted in local businesses, neighbors and family receiving her baked goods.

The color purple was Myra’s favorite color; a color associated with wisdom, independence and creativity. As a crafty and thrifty person, she recycled where she could. For many years she made ornaments for the Almquist family Christmas, numerous Barbie doll clothes, denim floor pillows from worn-out jeans, rag rugs, hot pads, and lingerie altered from rejects she acquired while working at O’Bryan Brothers in Bedford. Her sewing talents also included the numerous quilts she sewed for her large family; including nieces and nephews through great grand nieces and nephews.

Myra took great pride in her flower garden, working hard to have continuous bloom not only for herself but for her neighborhood. Many would stop to admire and Myra not only would share flowers for Memorial Day bouquets and weddings, but she generously shared starts from her favorite irises, lilies and spring flowering bulbs. In her later years she loved to travel with Neihart tours and became an avid collector of angels and tins. Myra loved her immediate family and the families of her cookie kids. She cherished personal visits and letters from them as they left for college, had babies, and were starting lives of their own. Invites including her in their activities either during holidays or just shopping were highlights she looked forward to.

Myra was preceded in death by her husband Hal, her parents, one brother Merrill Almquist and two sisters Leola Morhain Freeman and Phyllis Fienup. Those left to honor her memory and the generosity include her sister Vandelin Pearson of Red Oak, Marvin Almquist and his wife Marcelyn of Shenandoah, numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.


Matheny, Delbert Collins Sr - Graveside services for Delbert Matheny, Sr., age 78, of Lenox, who died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at the Platteville Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 and again on Thursday morning from 9:00 until 10:30 when we will leave for the cemetery together. Memorials may be given in Delbert’s name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Delbert Collins Matheny, Sr., was born September 13, 1932, the son of Paul Collins Matheny and Margaret Fernetta (Tamerius) Matheny in Platteville, Iowa. He grew up in Taylor County, leaving home as a young teenager, where he traveled to California. He served in the United States Navy. Delbert married Electa Randall. He traveled around the country working various jobs, settling back in southwest Iowa. He married Patricia Green and the couple lived in Council Bluffs where they raised their family. He later married Linda South in 1994, and the couple resided in Lenox until the time of his death. He was a member of the Lenox Presbyterian Church.

Delbert loved the outdoors where he hunted, fished and camped. He enjoyed working in his garden and tending to his four dogs. He was a people person who knew no stranger, however, his family was his passion always having a joke to share or was giving someone a hard time!

Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend are his loving wife Linda Matheny of Lenox; his six children David Raygar and wife Suzi of Riverside, California; Cheryl Pascone and husband Tony of Henderson, Nevada; Randy Matheny of Shenandoah; Delbert Matheny, Jr., and wife Twyla of Council Bluffs; Jim Matheny and wife Epsy of Crescent; and Debbie Gerjevic and husband Paul of Council Bluffs; seven step-children, Mike and Robin Peterson of Paxton, Nebraska; Lisa Meyer and Joe of Red Oak; Jackie Peterson and Jeff of Algona; Terri and Jack Brandon of Lenox; Marlena Soderquist and Jason of Truman, Minnesota; Charlie Peterson of King City, Missouri and Jodie Peterson and John of Clarinda; two brothers, Paul Matheny of Bedford and Ronald Matheny of Albany, Missouri; a sister, Mardell Straight of Albany, Missouri; grandchildren, Troy, Jay, Justin, Jessica and Paul; three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter, all of Council Bluffs; along with numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren from California, Nevada and Iowa.

Preceding Delbert in death are his parents Paul and Margaret; two sons, Paul and Randy; and two sisters Deloris and Isabell

Delbert passed away Sunday evening at the Corning hospital. The family will greet friends both Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 and on Thursday morning from 9 until 10:30 when we will all leave for the Platteville Cemetery together. Memorials may be given in Delbert's name

Miller, Deborah Ann "Debi" Overmiller - Deborah Ann (Debi) Miller died Monday, October 18, 2010. She was born June 20, 1952 in Washington, DC to Charles and Mary Margaret Overmiller. She was raised in Suitland, Maryland, a Washington DC suburb. After graduating from Suitland High School, she went to work at the U.S. Department of Commerce. During this time, Debi met her future husband, Larry Miller, who was working in Maryland near Debi's townhouse. They were married October 27, 1973 and moved back to Clarinda Iowa when Larry's father Lawson Miller died unexpectedly.

Debi and Larry helped Larry's mother Audrey run Miller Oil Company in Clarinda, until they took over the business when Audrey retired. Debi worked inside the office, while Larry ran the business outside the office. They lived south of New Market before moving to their current residence north of New Market. They had two children, Brandy and Josey.

Debi was active in civic affairs, having served in various capacities on the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce. During 2010, she was the Committee Chairwoman for the “Women in Business” luncheon. Debi was an avid bowler, bowling in Clarinda's Tuesday Nite League, the Wednesday Night Rock N Roll League, and the Friday Night Mixed League. Her other avocations included garage sales, NASCAR, and the Washington Redskins.

She is survived by her husband Larry, her daughter Brandy, her son Josey and his wife Stephanie, their (her grand) children Marshall and Brodie, her sister Karen, her brother Bob, and numerous friends, relatives and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brothers Chuck and David.

A Celebration of the life of Debi Miller will be 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, family members suggest a contribution to the Debi Miller Memorial Fund at Bank Iowa

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda provided arrangements. www.EFC.cc


Mulkins, Melanie Lynne Spring - Funeral services for Melanie Mulkins, age 49, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa were held Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Beckie Linn Gregory, Reverend John Clark and Reverend Ken Joekel officiating. Burial was in the Shearer Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to New Market Gym Fund, First Christian Church Organ Fund, memorial in Melanie’s name for the new Clarinda Regional Health Center. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the

Melanie Lynne Mulkins was born November 9, 1961 at Clarinda, Iowa to Gary Spring and Loleta (Keller) Spring. She grew up in the New Market area and graduated from New Market High School. Melanie and David Mulkins were united in marriage June 28, 1981 at the Christian Church, Burlington Junction, Missouri. They were blessed with three children, Jeffrey, Jesse and Taylor.

Melanie loved farming and was a working partner with Dave in their farming operation. In addition to farming, Melanie also worked at several places through the years including Clarinda Livestock Auction, Farm Bureau and Walker-Merrick Funeral Home. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Clarinda. Melanie was an active church member, teaching Sunday School and Bible School. Family and farming were Melanie’s first loves and main interest. Her grandson was a special joy in her life. Melanie was a very kind and caring person; she always saw the best in people and made the best of every situation. She was helpful to neighbors and friends and was a second mother to many people. Melanie was a very strong person that fought a courageous, difficult battle with cancer.

Left to cherish the memory of a loving wife, mother and grandmother are her husband, David Mulkins of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Jeffrey Mulkins of Braddyville, Iowa and grandson, Jackson Mulkins and his mother, Holly Mulkins; son, Jesse Mulkins of Clarinda, Iowa; daughter, Taylor Mulkins of Clarinda, Iowa; parents, Gary and Loleta Spring of New Market, Iowa; parents-in-law, Gene and Marilyn Mulkins of Clarinda, Iowa; brother, Jeff Spring and wife Connie of New Market, Iowa; sister, Marcy Shepard and Eric Baker of Clarinda, Iowa; sister-in-law, Rhonda Campbell and husband Jamie of Clarinda, Iowa; nieces and nephews and many friends

Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Nielsen, Kenneth Leroy - Kenneth Leroy Nielsen, age 74 of Blockton, Iowa was taken from us expectantly on December 27, 2010. Kenneth was the middle son of Victor and Mildred Nielsen and was born in Newell, Iowa on November 17, 1936.

Ken went to Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He married Joyce McCullough on January 17, 1959. They were blessed with three children Lori, Kevin and Kelly. They began their journey in Eldora were Ken started teaching Ag. They then ventured onto Garden Grove, Orient, Tama and Toledo. Then to New Virgina, Aurelia and finally to the farm in Blockton. Lori and Kevin have fond memories of going to the State Fair ever year and other trips with members from the FFA Club. At any given time there could be many of Ken's students found sitting around the kitchen talking and eating,
Ken always had a new treasure to seek for one of his many projects he would dream up. Ken also loved to spend time with his many friends and go on numerous adventures. One was a trip to the State Fair with his new motorized scooter. He was so excited that he got to see different places that had previously been out of his reach. Ken loved to spend time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. The grandchild enjoyed riding horses and building stuff with Grandpa such activities included digging in the dirt and pouring concrete. A bag of nuts and bolts could became a new toy for grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory are his children daughter Lori Hunt (Randy), son Kevin Nielsen (Kris), and daughter Kelly Scott (Robert). Grandchildren Doug, Nick, Amanda, Kent, Nathan, Alyssa, Camille, Bradlee and Dustin. Great Grandchildren Sophie and Caden.

Ken was preceded by his parents Victor and Mildred Nielsen, Wife, Joyce Nielsen and Brother Neal Nielsen

Kenneth passed away in a house fire on Monday, December 27, 2010. The family will greet friends at the Blockton Community Center. Memorials may be given in his name. Burial of ashes will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date

Pershin, Dorothy Annie Dahlberg - Dorothy A. Pershin, 89, of Creston, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at her home. No public services will be held. Online condolences can be made under the obituary category at www.powersfh.com.
Dorothy Annie (Dahlberg) Pershin, daughter of Floyd Harrison Dahlberg and Carrie Annie Butler was born April 8, 1921 in Adams Co., Iowa. Dorothy graduated from Lenox High School in 1939. On June 8, 1939 Dorothy was united in marriage to Forest Mack Pershin at the United Methodist Church Parsonage in Mt. Ayr. She was a lifelong homemaker and farmwife. Dorothy and Mack lived northwest of Lenox in Adams Co. until moving into Lenox in 1953. In 1955 they returned to a farm south of Lenox. They retired in 1975 and moved to Creston where she currently resided.
Dorothy is survived by one son, F. Michael (wife Linda) Pershin of Creston; one daughter, Judith A. (husband Raymond) Rios of Clearfield; two grandchildren, Pamela Marie (husband Brent) Strabala of West Branch, Iowa and Rhonda Rios of Huntington Beach, Calif.; three great grandchildren, Alexa Ray Beazer and Rex Forrest Beazer and Fern Strabala; one sister-in-law, Lela Dukes of Ellston. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mack in 2006; two sisters, Alice Reynolds and Ruby Bush; two brothers-in-law, Bob Reynolds and Lowell Bush


Shanks, Carroll L. - Carroll Lee Shanks was born September 25, 1922 in the Dallas Township, New Market, Iowa; the only son of George Franklin and Mary Isabel (Kirby) Shanks. He graduated from New Market High School in 1940 and started farming for Abe Landis for about nine years. Carroll was united in marriage to Mary Thornton February 12, 1950 in Bedford, Iowa and as a couple they lived on the Thornton Family Farm. After seven years, they purchased and moved to their own farm west of Bedford where Carroll continued to farm. Carroll worked as a farmer and also at the grocery store in Bedford. In 1967 Carroll and family moved into town where he started working for the county doing maintenance on the secondary roads. Carroll was the President of the Taylor County Saddle Club and was very active with 4-H. He loved coon hunting and giving children rides in his little red wagon that was pulled by a team of his ponies. Carroll also participated in the 4th of July parade with that wagon and team of ponies.
Carroll Shanks passed away November 16, 2010 at Mercy Hospital in Corning, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Anna May Cool, Dorothy Ohrt and Doris Shanks.
Surviving Carroll is his wife of 60 years Mary Shanks; children Karen Shanks of Des Moines, Iowa, Lonnie Shanks of Houstonia, Missouri and Lisa Holmes and husband Mark of Nebraska City, Nebraska; grandchildren Rabecca Jones and husband Brian of Des Moines, Iowa, Todd Brown and wife Toy of Milford, Illinois and Lacy Groff of Lincoln, Nebraska; four great grandchildren; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral serivces for Carroll L. Shanks, 88 of Bedford, were held Saturday, November 20, 2010 at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford, Iowa. Interment will follow the service at the Washington Cemetery in Gravity, Iowa.

Memorials are suggested to the family in Carroll's name.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford is in charge of the arrangements


Shields, Mona Marie Forney - Funeral services for Mona Shields, age 91, of Independence, Missouri, formerly of Bedford, who died Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the Rehabilitation Center of Independence, were held Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation was held one hour prior to services. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials may be directed to Crossroads hospice at Independence, Missouri. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.
Mona Marie (Forney) Shields was born on March 27, 1919, in Tabor, Iowa the daughter of Muriel Julia (Weatherhead) Forney and James Harvey Forney. She grew up attending school in Hopkins, Missouri where she graduated with honors, something she was very proud of. On May 8, 1938, she was united in marriage to Darrell J. Shields in Bedford, Iowa. Born to bless their lives were two children, Julia Ann and Joe.
Mona and Darrell loved their lives on the family farm, even though it was hard work; they enjoyed the lifestyle it provided. She possessed several hobbies, however, genealogy was her favorite and she contributed to many genealogy histories on both sides of the family. She was a tremendous cook and loved sharing meals with her neighbors during the harvest season when they would all come over to eat her homemade meals and pies. For the last six years, Mona has lived in Independence, Missouri at the Rehabilitation Center.
Left to cherish the memories of a wonderful mother and grandmother are her two children, Julia Ann McGary of Independence, Missouri; and Joe D. Shields of Adel, Iowa; a sisters, Virginia Mae Baggs of Tabor, Iowa; a brother, Glen Clayton Forney of Sun City, Arizona; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Preceding Mona in death are her parents, Muriel and James Forney; her loving husband Darrell in July of 2006; a brother, Virgil George Forney; and a grandson, Mark Allen Mattes


Small, Leona Sanders - Leona S. Small, 96, of Bedford, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Clearview Care Center in Clearfield, Iowa. The daughter of Towney and Geneva Wood Sanders, she was born on April 29, 1914 in Plevna, Missouri.
She married Dennis O. Small February 14, 1937 and to this union four children were born, Dennis Jr., Donald, Kermit and Jeanette.
She worked at Sheller Globe from 1955 to 1973. After that she moved to Conway, Iowa.
Leona was an avid quilter and loved making quilts for her family. She loved the outdoors and being outside fixing whatever she could around her house and property. She never believed in calling a carpenter or a plumber as she would always take on these tasks herself.
Preceding her in death were her parents, one son, Dennis O. Small, Jr.; two grandchildren, Terri Denise Davis and Tony D. Small; a son-in-law, Otis L. Perdew, one great grandson, Timothy Mallet; five sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by two sons, Donald G. Small (Vada) of Rutledge, Missouri and Kermit Small (Karen) of Baring, Missouri; a daughter, Jeanette Perdew of Bedford, Iowa; 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the family for their discretion and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, Missouri 63555.
Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Greensburg Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis, MO
Timberlake, Helen Ruth Dowell - Helen Ruth (Dowell) Timberlake, daughter of Ernest Lloyd and Cecile Ona Dowell, was born July 26, 1920 in Ellendale, Minnesota, where she lived until the age of nine. The family moved to a farm in Jackson Township, Taylor County, and later to Blockton. Her father died when she was eleven. At that time the family moved to Bedford.
She attended school in Blockton and Bedford, graduating with the 1938 class of Bedford High School. She attended Missouri State Teachers College, and then taught in rural Taylor county schools for three years.
Helen married R.D. Timberlake July 6, 1941 in Maryville, Missouri. They had three children: Rebecca Jane, Nancy Kay and Robert Douglas. After World War II they moved to the farm west of Bedford settled by R.D.’s family in the 1870’s. Besides her role as homemaker and mother, Helen was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Eastern Star, MD Club and Hawkeye Gem and Mineral Club. Her interest in history later led her to actively pursue family genealogy.
Helen passed away Wednesday morning November 10, 2010, at Bedford, Iowa, with family by her side. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband R.D Timberlake; and sister Luella D. Straight.
Left to cherish Helen’s memory are her children: Rebecca Schwarz and husband Quentin of Waukegan, IL, Nancy Tribolet and husband Ronald of Humble, TX and Robert Timberlake and wife Marilyn of Auburn, KS; twin brothers Charles Edward Hale of Bedford and William Edwin Hale and wife Elaine of Maryville, MO; grandchildren: Jennifer Jones and husband Warren of Corte Madera, CA, Douglas Tribolet and wife Kim of Louisville, KY, Christina Wizceb and husband Jeff of Johnsburg, IL, Mathew Tribolet and wife Korie of Lewisville, TX, Deborah Davies and husband Ty of Idaho Springs CO, Robbie Timberlake of Lawrence, KS and Nicole Timberlake of Topeka, KS; great grandchildren: Cade, Bradley and Emilia Wizceb, Grant and Gracie Tribolet, Wesley and Cecilia Davies, Griffin and Rhys Jones, Kaylee, Robyn and Ronnie Tribolet.
Funeral services for Helen were held Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford, Iowa, with interment at Graceland Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.
Memorials are suggested to the Bedford Ambulance Service.
Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford was in charge of arrangements. www.EFC.cc

Tribolet, Terry Dean - Terry passed away at his home on December 6, 2010 in Knoxville, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Knoxville High School at 2:30 PM. Local visitation will be Friday morning from 9:00 until 10:30 at the funeral home with the family greeting friends. We will proceed to the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford for a committal.

Graveside services for Terry Tribolet, age 50 of Knoxville, Iowa, formerly of Bedford will be held Friday, December 10, 2010 at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Terry Dean Tribolet was born January 21, 1960 in Maryville, Missouri the son of John Donald Tribolet and Clara Elizabeth (Johnson) Tribolet.

He graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1978. Terry then attended Iowa State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982. He later attended Northwest Missouri State University where he received a Master’s Degree. Terry’s passion in life was helping kids through his role as a guidance counselor. He worked for the Clearfield and Wapello School Districts before accepting the position of high school guidance counselor for the Knoxville School District in 1993. Due to health concerns, Terry’s last term with the Knoxville School District was the 2009-2010 school year.

Although Terry’s main focus in life was helping children through his career, he also enjoyed the outdoors. He loved to fish and was a member of the Marion County Sportsman’s Club. He also enjoyed woodworking and landscaping around his home. Terry and some of his colleagues also painted many area houses during their summer break. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, with great affection for his students and his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Terry passed away on Monday, December 6, 2010 at his home at the age of 50 years, 10 months and 16 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother John, and twin nephews, Donald and Davis Sparks.

Those left to honor his memory include his siblings: Joyce Sparks of Des Moines, Karen Simpson of Maryville, Missouri, Larry Tribolet of Bedford; Richard Tribolet of Story City; Robert Tribolet of Papillion, Nebraska, Linda Van Dyk of Carlisle, Donna Gregory of West Des Moines and Tim Tribolet of Kansas City, Missouri and many nieces, nephews and friends

Ritchie Funeral Home, Bedford, Iowa.


Waugh, Leroy "Lee" - Graveside services for Leroy Waugh will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 27, at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Redding, Iowa.
Open visitation will be held Friday 12-5 p.m. at Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel in Bedford.
Also visitation is open Saturday 9-11 a.m. Beginning at 11 a.m. family will be present until 1 p.m. when we will process to the cemetery for the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to Bedford Fire or Bedford Ambulance.
www.EFC.cc (712) 523-2662

Leroy Albert Waugh
Leroy “Lee” Waugh was born on Dec. 31, 1924 and died Nov. 23, 2010 at the Bedford Rehab and Nursing Home, Bedford, Iowa.
He was born to Myrtle Faye (James) and Carl Albert Waugh in rural Ringgold County, Iowa. He attended elementary school in rural Worth County, Missouri. He attended high school in Grant City, Missouri for three years and graduated from Blockton, Iowa.
He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944-1946. On Sept. 10, 1945 he married Vera Jane Garrard of Blockton. To this union three daughters were born.
Leroy worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for 36 ½ years, retiring in 1986. In 1993 he moved back to Bedford where he and his family had previously lived for sixteen years.
Lee is survived by his wife Vera, daughters: Barbara (Carrol) Arnold of Sierra Vista, AZ, Linda (Michael) Hoogland of Mishawaka, IN, and Alice Griffith of Mishawaka, IN. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by his sister Joanne Spencer, his sister-in-law Carol Waugh and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Elvin and James Waugh, and his sister Helen Waugh.
Services were held Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Redding, Iowa with military honors provided by C A Herrington American Legion Post #167 of Redding. Memorials are suggested to the Bedford Firemen or Bedford Ambulance. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Bedford provided arrangements. www.EFC.cc