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 [Julia Titus Opdylke]

Bedford Times-Press

February 9, 1939    [p. 1]

Mrs. J. P. Opdylke of Billings, Dies

Mrs. J. [ames] P. Opdylke [Julia Titus], 79, died at her home in Billings, Okla., Saturday morning, Feb. 4.  Funeral services were held Sunday and burial made at Enid, Okla.

Mrs. William Kemery [Luvira Titus], sister of Mrs. Opdylke, was called to Billings a week ago Sunday by the illness of her sister.  Mr. Kemery, who also went down at that time, returned home last week, planning to drive back for his wife.

Mrs. Opdylke came to Taylor County as a small child, residing here for many years.  She is well known in Bedford, coming here frequently to visit her sister and other relatives.  Surviving are the husband and their one daughter.

[Henry Kemery]

Bedford Times-Press

February 9, 1939    p. 5

Henry Kemery

Henry Kemery, son of John and Mary J. [ane Hoover] Kemery, was born Jan. 29, 1858, on the Kemery Homestead in Jackson Township, Taylor County, and died Sunday, Feb. 5, 1939, at the age of 81 years and 6 days.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck.  Burial was in the Forest Grove cemetery.

Mr. Kemery lived his entire life in Bedford and community, spending his boyhood days on the farm.  In later years he followed the carpenter trade as a lather in Bedford.

He is survived by three elderly sisters, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  He was the last of the brothers to pass on.

[Julia Titus Opdylke]

Bedford Times-Press

February 23, 1939    p. 8


Mrs. J. P. Opdylke

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Opdylke, 78, pioneer resident of Billings, Okla., was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5, in the First Methodist Church at Billings.  The Rev. G. A. Strouse of Shidler, former pastor of the Billings church, delivered the funeral sermon with Rev. R. L. Grant, present pastor, assisting.  Burial was made in the Billings cemetery.

Mrs. Opdylke's death occurred at 10 o'clock Saturday night, Feb. 4, in her home in Billings and was caused by heart disease.  She had been ill for about ten days.

Julia E. Titus, daughter of Francis and Lydia [Arnold] Titus, was born on a farm near Oxford, Henry County, Illinois, on Feb. 6, 1861.

The deceased spent her early childhood in Illinois and in the spring of 1869 came with her parents and brother and sister to Taylor County, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood and on March 25, 1880, was united in marriage to J. [ames] P. Opdyke.  With the exception of three years spent in Nebraska, they lived in Taylor County until they moved to Billings in 1901.  They lived in Oklahoma until 1919 when they moved to California, where they remained four years, returning to Billings in 1923 where they have since resided.

Mrs. Opdyke was devoted to her home and family and found her greatest happiness among her loved ones and friends.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. James McCluskey of Billings; one granddaughter, Mrs. Paul Risser of Blackwell, a sister, Mrs. William Kemery [Luvira] of Bedford, Iowa; a brother, E. [llis] P. [hilip] Titus, of Clark, South Dakota, other relatives and a host of friends.

[Ruby Adell Newkirk Thompson]

Bedford Times-Press

November 23, 1939    p. 5

Mrs. Ernest Thompson

Funeral services for Mrs. Ernest Thompson [Ruby Adell Newkirk], 49, were held at the Guss church, Sunday afternoon, conducted by the pastor of the Rose Hill church.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Max Webb [Doris], Helen and LaRue at home and an aged mother [Amanda Bristow Newkirk] of Bedford.  For several years the Thompson family lived four miles south of Guss, but moved to their present home north of Clarinda two years ago.  Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

[Ruby Adell Newkirk Thompson]

Bedford Times-Press

November 30, 1939       p. 5

Mrs. Ernest Thompson Dies At Her Home

Mrs. Ernest Thompson, a daughter of Mrs. A. [lbert] A. Newkirk of Bedford, died at her home near Clarinda on Friday, Nov. 10 at the age of 49 years, 4 months and 24 days.

The funeral services were held at the Guss church the following Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Arthur Marston and burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Ruby Adell Newkirk, daughter of Albert and Amanda [Bristow] Newkirk, was born June 16, 1890, in Pennington County, South Dakota.

At the age of eight years she moved with her parents to near Bedford and spent the remainder of her life in Taylor and Page counties.

She was united in marriage to Ernest Thompson Dec. 22, 1909.  To this union were born four daughters, three of whom, with the husband, survive.  They are Mrs. Doris Webb of New Market, Helen and LaRue at home.  The oldest, Hazel, passed away in infancy.  She is also survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Newkirk, of Bedford, and three brothers, Clyde Newkirk of Palouse, Wash., Roy Newkirk of Bedford, and Carl Newkirk of Conway, and one granddaughter, Norma Lee Webb.  Her father preceded her in death, Jan. 13, 1936.

She united with the Methodist church at the age of 17 and was a faithful Christian, a kind and loving wife and mother, much loved by all who knew her.

[Lucy Elizabeth Custer Nendick]

Bedford Times-Press

January 4, 1940    p, 7


Mrs. W. H. Nendick

Mrs. W. [illiam] H. Nendick died at her home in Conway Saturday, Dec. 30.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Conway Monday afternoon, Jan. 1, conducted by Rev. B. R. Weetman.  Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Lucy Elizabeth Custer, daughter of Paul and Emeline [Johnson] Custer, was born Sept. 16, 1857 in Tipton County, Ind., being aged 82 years, 3 months and 15 days at the time of her death.  She came with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa, in 1880 and had resided in this county since that time.

She was married to Wm. H. Nendick Jan. 28, 1886.  To them were born three children, Maude E. Myers of Conway; Guy Vernon Nendick, who preceded her in death thirty-one years ago; and Carra Lindsey of Amherst, Mass.  Mr. Nendick died Nov. 4, 1937.

She united with the Christian church when a girl, later transferring her membership to the Greenwood Methodist church, and then to the Conway Methodist church.

Surviving with the two daughters are five grandchildren, Virginia Myers of Conway, Mrs. Stella Lock of Triplett, Mo., Mrs. Geraldine Bosold of Casey, Iowa, Jeanne and Carolyn Lindsey of Amherst, Mass.; four brothers, James E. Custer of Overton, Texas, J. A. Custer of St. Joseph, Mo., and C. E. Custer of Creston; and one sister, Mrs. Alice Cole of Mulvane, Kans.

[Dewitt Leslie Miller]

Bedford Times-Press

February 27, 1941    [p. 1]

Dewitt Miller Dies; Was Pioneer Resident

Dewitt Leslie Miller, son of John and Elizabeth Miller, was born in Jackson Township, Nov. 25, 1875, and died Feb. 20, 1941, at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 27 days.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, conducted by Rev. A. Douglass Steffenson.  Burial was in the Graceland cemetery.

Mr. Miller spent his entire life in Taylor County with the exception of eight years, when he resided on a farm near Sheridan, Mo.  He was married to Miss Alta May Weatherly, February 18, 1920.

He led a useful life, always thoughtful and kind to his neighbors and friends, and ready to render assistance wherever needed and in whatever community he was located.  He was in failing health for three years.  His parents and three sisters preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, two brothers, P. C. Miller of Conway and D. E. Miller of Sheridan, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Ida Patterson of Esbon, Kansas.