Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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COLGLAZIER, William Abraham, 1907-1967 


Council Bluffs (IA) Nonpareil

14 October 1967 

William Colglazier 

            William A. Colglazier, 60, 1418 Ave. L, died Friday following an apparent heart attack.

            Born at Iola, Kan., he had resided in Council Bluffs 24 years.

            Colglazier had been employed by the Campbell Soup Co. as a special policeman for 25 years.  He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Grenville M. Dodge Post 737, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Excelsior Lodge 259 AF&AM.  He was a veteran of World War II.

            Survivors include, widow, Jeannette; two sons, Larry W. of Missouri Valley and Charles "Rod" of Council Bluffs; three brothers, Nolan of Lattimer, and Lloyd and Glen of Fort Dodge; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Helgason and Mrs. Dora Duchene of East Moline, Ill.; and five grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  The Rev. James B. Clark, rector of the St, Barnabas Episcopal Church of Omaha, will officiate.

            Grave side Masonic Rites will be conducted by the Sunlite Lodge 459, AF&AM, at the Gravity, Iowa Cemetery.  The body may be viewed at the Meyer Chapel until 9:30 a.m. Monday


COLGLAZIER, Helen Jeanette (GOLD), 1916-2000 


Bedford (IA) Times Press 


            Helen Jeanette (Gold) Colglazier, age 84, of Missouri Valley, Iowa died Friday, November 24, 2000 at the Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2000 at the Hennessey-Aman Funeral Home in Missouri Valley.  Graveside services were held at her final resting place at 3:00 p.m. Monday, at the Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.  Jeanette was born February 6, 1916 in Clearfield, Iowa to Orville C. and Cora Bell Moore Gold.

            Jeanette attended and graduated from Conway High School.  She was married to William Colglazier on May 2, 1936 in Rockport, Missouri.  They lived in Conway and moved to Council Bluffs in the early 1940's.  William died October 17, 1967.  Jeanette moved to Missouri Valley in 1993.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting and taking care of her home.

            Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William and brother Charles.

            Survivors include her sons, Larry and wife, Janice of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Charles Rod and wife Deborah of Council Bluffs, Iowa; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


DOUGHERTY, Peter, 1902-1980 


Bedford (IA) Times Press 

Final Rites Held December 20 for Peter Dougherty, 78 

            Funeral services for Peter Dougherty of Bedford were held December 20 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating.  Mr. Dougherty died in Bedford Manor December 18, 1980.  Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.

            Pete Dougherty, son of James and Martha Stoops Dougherty, was born west of Bedford. Iowa, July 26, 1902.  He grew to maturity in the area where he was born where he attended the Dougherty School in Benton Township.

            On February 2, 1924 he was united in marriage to Iva F. Moore at Creston, Iowa, and they lived on farms in Taylor County.  To them were born three children: Martha Florine, Joyce Elaine and Thomas Ira.

            In addition to farming he had worked for Taylor County Road Maintenance and had done carpenter work.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Iva, who passed away July 3, 1968; eight brothers and sisters and one grandson Larry.

            On February 8, 1969 he was united in marriage to Ruby Safely who is left to cherish his memory; also two daughters, Martha Florine and her husband Billy Churchill; Joyce Elaine Lucas and her husband, Dr. Donovan Lucas and a son Thomas Ira Dougherty and his wife Jeannine; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; mother-in-law Font Longfellow, a brother Seymour, and a sister, Vera Pippitt, both of California; nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

            He will be remembered as a kind husband, father, friend and neighbor and will be missed by those who knew and loved him.


DOUGHERTY, Iva Florence (MOORE), 1907-1968 


Bedford (IA) Times Press

Rites July 6 for Mrs. Dougherty 

            Funeral services for Mrs. Pete (Iva) Dougherty, 61, of Gravity, held July 6 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Ivo G. Randels.  Mrs. Dougherty died at her Gravity home July 3.  Interment was at Washington Cemetery in Gravity.

            Iva Florence, daughter of Cenia and Ira Moore, was born April 16, 1907.

            When she was a young girl she joined the Gravity Christian Church.

            On February 2, 1924 she was united in marriage to Pete Dougherty at Creston, Iowa, and to this union three children were born, Martha Florene Churchill, Joyce Elaine Lucas, and Thomas Ira Dougherty.

            Those who survive are: her husband, three children above named; two sons-in-law; one daughter-in-law; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Edward Moore, Conway, and Alvin Moore, Nebraska City, Nebr; one sister, Mrs. Lucille Burwell, Beaumont, Texas; several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.

            She was preceded in death by her father and mother, three brothers and four sisters.

            Iva Dougherty centered her thought and affection in her home; her family was truly her life.


GOLD, Charles Edward, 1918-1969 


Bedford, (IA) Times Press 

            IN LOVING MEMORY

                  Charles Gold


            Charles Gold, 50, 1418 Avenue L, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.

            Born at Lenox, he entered the Navy in 1935 after high school and when 20 years of age received a disabled peacetime veteran's discharge and was in poor health since that time.

            Survivors include: a sister, Mrs. Jeannette Colglazier, with whom he resided the past four years and two nephews.


            Gold -- Charles, 50 years, 1418 Ave. L, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, brother of Jeannette Colglazier.  Body will lie in state until 10 a.m. Friday, Mayer Funeral Chapel.  Graveside funeral services Friday 2 p.m. at the Gravity, Iowa Cemetery.  Meyer Funeral Home.


GOLD, Cora Belle (MOORE), 1891-1968 


Copied from original obituary on mortuary card 

In Loving Memory 

            Mrs. Cora Gold, 76, 1418 Avenue L., died Tuesday at a local hospital following an extending illness.

            Born at Gravity, she had resided 25 years in Council Bluffs.  Mrs. Gold was the Widow of Orville Gold, and a member of Broadway Methodist Church.

            Survivors include:

            Daughter, Mrs, Jeannette Colglazier with whom Mrs. Gold resided, son, Charles of Council Bluffs, two brothers, Alvin Moore of Nebraska City, Neb., and Edward Moore of Conway, two sisters, Mrs. Iva Dougherty of Gravity and Mrs. Lucille Burwell of Beaumont, Tex., two grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

            May the souls of all the faithful departed, though the Mercy of God, rest in peace.      Amen.


HIGGINS, James Larry, 1936-1986 


Bedford (IA) Times-Press

Page 6, Col. 1-2

Wednesday, 26 November 1986 



            Funeral services for James Larry Higgins were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 1986.  Rev. Jim Miller and Rev. Ted DeHass were the ministers.  Burial was at the Gravity cemetery.

            James Larry Higgins, son of Lowell and Irene, was born at Iowa City, Iowa, on August 12, 1936, and departed this life on November 22, 1986 at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 50 years, three months and 10 days.

            "Larry" as he was known to his family and friends, attended various public schools in Iowa.  He became a member of the Christian Church before moving to Colorado where he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He served in the Air Force from 1955 to 1958.

            Only July 1, 1960, he was united in marriage to Kathryn Moore at Clarinda, Iowa.  Most of the past 26 years have been spent in the Gravity and Bedford communities.  He was blessed with the love of seven children: Sharon, David, Kathy, D.D., Bonnie, Steven, and Stacey.

            Larry was a millwright by trade but eventually fulfilled his dream of owning and operating his own repair shop.  At the time of his death, he was employed by Lauren Contractors of Atlanta, Georgia and was a member of the Millwright Local Union #1463.  Larry enjoyed his work very much.  Whether it be helping to construct a new power plant or fixing the starter on someone's car he always enjoyed the challenge of making things work.  He derived a great joy from making things from pieces no one else could seem to use.  In short, he was a handyman extraordinaire.

            Larry was preceded in death by his father Lowell; one brother, Wayne; and a step-sister, Faye Arlene Warrick.

            Left to cherish his memory are his mother and stepfather, Irene and Leslie Hancock of Canon City, Colorado; his wife Kathryn; his seven children and their spouses: Sharon and Larry Burns of Canon City, Colorado; David and Nancy Higgins of Gravity, Iowa; Kathy and Ralph Knauss of Tampa, Florida; D. D. Higgins of Daytona Beach, Florida; Bonnie and Mike Scroggie of Blockton, Iowa; Steve Higgins of the home; and Stacey Higgins of Bedford.  He is also survived by one sister and her husband, Carolyn and Ted Hill of Fresno, Calif.; three brothers and their spouses: Stanley and Joyce of Griswald, Iowa; Phillip of Canon City, Colorado; Bill and Patricia of Canon City, Colorado.  Also Larry is survived by two step-brothers and their wives: Larry and Justene Martin of Gravity, Iowa and Dick and Dee Martin of Omaha, Nebraska.  He is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Larry enjoyed the love of his 14 grandchildren: Jason, Justin, Joshua and Joels Burns, of Canon City, Colorado; Michelle, Terry and Melinda Higgins of Gravity, Iowa; Amy, Angie and Max Knauss of Tampa, Florida; Sarah Marie Scroggie of Blockton, Iowa; and Amanda Marie Higgins of Bedford, Iowa.

            Possibly the greatest love in Larry's life, other than his family, was music.  He enjoyed nothing more than playing for people and singing his country, bluegrass, and gospel songs.  Performing was not a chore but rather recreation, and the joy he felt while doing so provided a warmth to all around.  Like a campfire on a cold autumn night he could soothe even the harshest of chills through song.


LEA, Dorla Jeanne (MOORE), 1929-1992 


Bedford (IA) Times Press 

Dorla Jean Lea


            Funeral service for Dorla Jeanne Lea were held Wednesday, September 20, 1992 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating.  Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway, Iowa.

            Dorla Jeanne Moore Lea, daughter of Harold and Juanita Moore was born at Conway, Iowa December 13, 1929 and departed this life September 28, 1992 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Neb. at the age of 62 years, 9 months and 15 days.

            She lived in Conway, Iowa with her family until she was 12 years of age when they moved to Omaha, Neb., where she has since resided.  She attended the public schools and the Methodist church.

            She was united in marriage to Arthur Wiese who passed away June 30, 1992.   She was later married to Joe Lea who survives.

            She engaged in practical nursing as a career and gave willing of her time and ability in caring for the needs of others and they in turn were grateful for her efforts put forth.

            She was preceded in death by her father, a sister, Delores Moore and a baby, Harold Christy.

            Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Juanita Moore, husband, Joe Lea; daughter, Jeanne Long; grandsons Tim Goshinski, Jr.; Billy and Doug Long and great grandson Timothy Goshinski III; brothers and sisters-in-law, Doyle and Sara Moore of Irving, Texas; and Danny and Peggy Moore of San Diego, Calif.; three nephews, five nieces, five great nephews and five great nieces other relatives and friends.

            She was an active member of the Shriners Hospitality Division of Tangier Shrine of Omaha, Neb.

            Her family and friends will remember her as a very giving person, always helping family and friends and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.


MOORE, Juanita Edris (MATHENY), 1907-1997 


Bedford (IA) Time Press 

Juanita Edris Moore 

            Juanita Edris Moore, daughter of Dan and Mary Matheny, was born at Conway, Iowa on March 8, 1907.  She lived with her parents in Conway where she attended school and the Conway Methodist Church.

            On December 22, 1923, Juanita married Harold Riley Moore in Taylor county, Iowa and lived in the Conway area until they moved to Omaha, NE in 1942.  To this marriage there were four children: Doyle, Danny, Dorla and Darlene.  Juanita worked at maintaining a home and raising her family.

            Juanita died on March 27, 1997 in Omaha, Nebraska, nineteen days after her 90th birthday.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, two daughters, Dorla Jean Lea and infant daughter Darlene Moore; her parents, Dan and Mary Matheny, and two sisters, Chloris Sharp and Dale Abramson.

            She is survived by two sons, Doyle and Sara Moore of Irving, Texas, and Danny and Peggy Moore of San Diego, California; nine grandchildren, Jeane Long of Omaha, Nebraska, Dan and Evelyn Moore, Harold and Gini Moore, Tina and Danny Lyon, and Mary and Mike Hutchison in Texas, Shelly Ramos, Shawn Moore, Stacy Moore, and Spring Moore in California; seventeen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

            Juanita was well loved by the staff and residents in the nursing home and maintained a sense of humor all her life.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

            Funeral services were held at the Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa with the Rev. Paul Evans of the Bedford United Methodist Church officiating


MOORE, Mary J. (SAUTER), 1904-1977 


Bedford (IA) Times Press 

Last Rites Held April 13 for Mrs. Ed Moore 

            Funeral services for Mrs. Edward W. (Mary J.) Moore, 72, of Bedford, formerly of Conway, held April 13 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mrs. Moore died in Clarinda Municipal Hospital April 10, 1977.  Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

            Mary J. Sauter, daughter of Casper and Anna Mossback Sauter, was born at Gridley, Illinois, May 30, 1904.

            She grew to maturity in the area where she was born, attending the public schools and taking a part in the community activities.

            On October 17, 1923, she was united in marriage to Edward W. Moore, at Pontiac, Illinois.  They had lived all their married life in Taylor County, Iowa, where they were engaged in farming until moving to Conway, Iowa, where they resided for 28 years before moving to Bedford in October 1976.

            Two sons were born to bless their home and to share their love.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.  She was the last of her family.

            Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Edward E. Moore of the home; two sons; Edward Dean Moore and his wife Colleen, of Polk City, Iowa, and Kenneth L. Moore and his wife, Naomi, of Bedford, three grandchildren, Carole Deane, Bill and Kelly; six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

            She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a part of the community activities where she resided.  She attended the Methodist Church.

            She will be remembered as a kind and considerate wife, mother, neighbor and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her


MOORE, Kenneth Laverne, 1926-1996 


Bedford (IA) Times Press 

Kenneth Laverne Moore 

            Kenny Moore was born August 13, 1926 in Gravity, Iowa to Edward and Mary Moore.  He died on April 9, 1996 in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 69 years.

            Kenny grew up on the farm with his one brother Dean.  There were hard times on the farm but there were also good times spent with aunts and uncles and their families.  Family get-togethers were important joy filled with plenty of good food shared.

            Kenny met Naomi in the summer of 1944 and on June 2, 1945 they were married in Kansas City, Kansas.  When they returned home, Kenny continued to farm with his dad.

            From 1952-1954 Kenny was called to serve his country in the Korean War.

            1957 was a very good year for Kenny and Naomi, their son Kelly was born on March 27, and he was the joy of their life.

            In 1961 Kenny and Naomi decided to go into business for themselves and the bought the Western Auto Associate Store in Bedford and for twenty-two years they ran that store.  A lot of people will remember that Kenny would open the store whenever they needed anything.  If you were working on a project and it was midnight, Kenny would get out of bed and open the store so you could get what you needed.  That is just the way he was, no grumbling, he wanted to serve, not only a customer, but a friend.

            In 1964 Kenny became a substitute rural mail carrier, and started carrying a full time route in 1979, and ended up carrying mail for twenty six years, retiring November 1, 1988.

            After retiring Kenny built flower beds, put out climbing roses, planted iris, peonies, and other flowers.  He always had lots of comments about how beautiful his yard and flowers were.  He loved the outdoors, he loved to work with wood, and most people will remember his fantastic Christmas displays of Santa Claus, reindeer and sleigh with lights at Christmas time.

            People will remember Kenny as a wonderful man who was jolly, giving and happy.  He was a great father, husband, friend, business man. Active with the fire department, the American Legion and the Chamber of Commerce.  He was always willing to help, and loved his family dearly.

            Kenny will be remembered and missed by his wife Naomi, son Kelly, daughter-in-law Janice, grandchildren Kristen and Kevin, brother Dean, and many friends,  Kenny's life was a gift to all who knew him, not to one or two, but to many.  We thank God for Kenny's life and for all he gave to those whose life his life touched.

            Services were held Friday, April 12, 1996 at Novinger Taylor Funeral Home.  Kenny has been laid to rest at Washington Cemetery in Gravity, Iowa


RILEY, Hemburn R., 1822-1905 


Bedford (IA) Times 

Hemburn Riley

         The  deceased Hemburn Riley was born in Frederick, Co., Virginia,  December 6, 1822. When a small child he moved to Pickaway County, Ohio.  Thence when about 16 years of age he moved to Macon County, Illinois and when about 25 years of age he came to Henry County, where he was married to Eleanor Williamson, September 16, 1851, thence with his family he moved from Henry County to Jefferson County thence to Taylor  County in 1874,  where he resided until his death,  which occurred at his late residence in Gravity,  February 19, 1905.

          To this union was born nine children, 6 girls and 3 boys, four children having already crossed the dark river of death.   Two boys: Douglas and Jackson and three girls: Mrs. Laura Wilson, Mrs. Ida Moneyhan and Mrs. Cena Moore with his companion are left to mourn his departure.

           He made a profession of Christianity and united with the Christian Church about 40 years ago.  From which time it has been his earnest desire and effort to live a consistent life and while it was his unfortunate condition to be an invalid for many years, not being able to walk for about 13 years, a great deal of  his time he sat in his invalid chair.  Yet he was usually cheerful, jovial, patient and full of faith.  And was always interested in the consideration of religious subjects having retained all the faculties of his mind till his spirit took its flight to glory.  He was a good husband, a kind father, a true friend in the time of need, a civil citizen and leaves many friends and relatives to mourn his departure.  The funeral services were conducted by the writer on Tuesday at 11 o'clock at the Christian Church, selecting for a scriptural text for the occasion, Phil. 21:23, after which the remains were followed by a large crowd of friends to the Gravity Cemetery where they were laid to rest


RILEY, Eleanor (WILLIAMSON), 1837-1926 



Bedford (IA) Times 



            Mrs. Eleanor Williamson Riley was born Sept. 20, 1838, passed to her reward March 13, 1926.  Age 87 years, 5 months and 23 days.

            She was united in marriage to Hemburn Riley in 1854.  To this union 9 children were born-6 girls and 3 boys.  Her husband, three girls and one boy having preceded her in death.

            She became a Christian early in life, and for many years has been a faithful member of the Church of Christ.

            She leaves two sons, Douglas of Gravity and Jackson of Brighton, Iowa; two daughters, Mrs. Laura M. Wilson of Auburn, Nebraska, Mrs. Ida B. Heines of Butte,  Montana and Mrs. Ira Moore of Gravity, together with other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors to mourn their loss.

            "Life's race well run,

             Life's work well done,

             Now comes rest."

            Funeral services conducted by Rev. Burkhart assisted by Rev. Greene


RILEY, Stephen Douglas, 1863-1946 


Bedford (IA) Times 

Stephen Douglas Riley 

            Steven Douglas Riley, son of Hemburn and Eleanor Riley, was born in Washington county, Iowa July 13, 1860, and departed this life March 15, 1946 in his home in Gravity, Iowa, age 85 years, 7 months and 2 days.

            Mr. Riley has spent the greater part of his life in Taylor county.  He united with the Christian church and was a faithful member.

            He was united in marriage to Miss Ida West, January 10, 1940.  Left to mourn his passing are his wife, one brother, Jackson Riley of Washington, Iowa, two sisters, Laura Wilson of Shenandoah, and Mrs. Ira Moore of Gravity, besides other relatives and many friends.

            Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. F. Biggerstaff at the Christian church, Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

            Music by Mrs. Bordner, Mrs. Savage and Earl King. Mrs. Gray at the piano.

            Pall bearers:  Harry Lambley, Geo. Depew, Kent Wallace, Cleo Houchin, Tom Utter and Arthur Sollars.

            Interment in the Gravity cemetery


WILSON, Laura Matilda (RILEY), 1867-1955 


Shenandoah (IA) newspaper 

Mrs. L.  Wilson Died Sunday 

            Mrs. Laura Wilson, 87, whose home was 109 West Lowell died Sunday night at Hand Community Hospital after an eight day illness.  A widow, she had lived here 18 years and was a member of the Christian Church.

            Mrs. Oda Clatterbaugh is a daughter.  There are four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

            Prayer services were held at 1 p.m. today at Hackett Funeral Home with the funeral at 2:30 p.m. at the Christian Church at Gravity, conducted by the Rev. Marvin Pigg.  Burial will be at Washington Cemetery, Gravity