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[Akers, Raymond Otto “Ray”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 19, 1967     p. 3

Ray akers, 76, rites Thursday

Funeral services for Ray Akers, 76, lifetime Taylor County resident, were held Thursday, Jan. 12, at the State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home. Mr. Akers died at St. Francis Hospital In Maryville on Sunday. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Ray [mond Otto] Akers, son of B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] and [Harriet] Josephine Bannister Akers, was born Feb. 23, 1890 northeast of Gravity in Taylor county Iowa. He attended the public schools and grew to adulthood in the community where he was born.

In September 1911 he was united in marriage to Rilla Pfander and to them were born Darrell and Dorothy. His wife passed away in December 1914.

On October 25, 1916 he was united in marriage to Eunice Piper at the Methodist parsonage in Bedford with the Rev. L. P. Goodwin officiating. To them were born Lavelle, Lois and Youvaun.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother and two grandchildren.

Left to cherish memories are his wife, Eunice; a son, Darrell, and his wife Atha of Gravity; daughters, Dorothy Crowe, and her husband Edward of Colorado Springs, Colo., Lavelle Werner and husband Gerald of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Lois Whelan, and her husband Tim of Watson, Mo., and Youvaun Fine and her husband Fred of Bedford; one brother, Chester Akers, of Lenox; 24 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In his youth he united with the Methodist Church at Sharpsburg.

For many years he operated a farm near Gravity until 1945 he moved to an acreage in north Bedford where he lived until 1965 when he moved to 304 South Court Street in Bedford where he had since resided.

He was a kind and considerate husband, father, friend and neighbor and he will be missed by all who knew him.

[Dickey, Gladys]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       November 15, 1984      p. 6

Graveside service to be held Nov. 17 for Gladys Dickey

A graveside service for Gladys Dickey will be held at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon, November 17 at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Miss Dickey was a niece of the late S.E. Thompson. Carrolle Thompson is a cousin.

[Humbert, Joseph Elliott]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 7, 1962     p. 8

J. E. Humbert Dies Here

J. E. Humbert, 79, of Delphos died Friday, May 25 at the home of his daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander in Bedford, after an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Monday, May 28. Rev. Norman Noble of Mount Ayr officiated. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery at Mount Ayr.

Joseph Elliott Humbert, son of Isaac and Anna Humbert, was born May 12, 1883, in Greeneville, Tennessee.

On August 14, 1904, he was united in marriage to Nancy B. [ell] McAmis, and to this union were born seven daughters and one son, all of whom are living.

Most of his life was spent in Tennessee, with the exception of the last 20 years, which were spent in Delphos.

He was a devoted husband and a kind and loving father and grandfather.

Left to mourn his departure are his widow, Nancy; son, Harold Humbert of Delphos; seven daughters, Mrs. Madge Alexander and Mrs. Evelyn Humphrey of Bedford, Wanda Humbert of Clarinda, Mrs. Ruth Hein and Mrs. Rowena Curtis of Colorado, Mrs. Wilma Hankins and Mrs. Stella Hewitt of Tennessee; one brother, Robert Humbert of Greeneville, Tenn.; ten grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren:


[Humphrey, Evelyn Ann Humbert]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     June 21, 2000      p. 5


Evelyn Ann Humphrey was born August 12, 1906 in Greene County, Tennessee, daughter of Joseph E. [lliott] Humbert and Nancy B. [ell] McAmis Humbert. She passed away on June 12, 2000 at the Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, where she had resided since 1994.

She came to Iowa as a young child with her parents. On December 29, 1929, she was united in marriage to Orville D. [aniel] Humphrey in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. To this union two children were born.

Evelyn and Orville lived and farmed in the Bedford and Gravity areas, raising their family there.

Survivors are her children Bonnie Akers and her husband Francis of Gravity, IA, and Steven Humphrey and wife Mary of Strasburg, Co., four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; two sisters, Stella Hewitt of Kingsport, TN, and Ruth Hein of Ashland, Ks.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Orville in 1988, four sisters, and one brother.

Graveside services were held Thursday, June 15, 2000, at the Lexington Cemetery, with Rev. Diana Holland officiating.

Wilson-Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the services.

She will be missed by her family and friends.

[Humphrey, Hugh Warren]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      October 24, 1940      p. 6



Was Son of Late J. H. Humphrey, Former County Sheriff

H. [ugh] W. [arren] Humphrey, 63, former resident of Lenox and a brother of Mrs. Bertha Cless, died on Thursday, Oct, 10 at his home in Burbank, Calif., following an illness of about three weeks.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Randall Humphrey of Burbank; one sister, Mrs. Cless of Lenox; and one granddaughter, Janet Sue Humphrey of Burbank.

The body was brought to Lenox and services were held at the Barber Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Davidson. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

[Humphrey, Orville Daniel]

Lenox Time Table

Wednesday       May 18, 1988    Supplement p. 6B


Funeral services were Friday at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford for Orville Humphrey, 85. Burial was at Lexington Cemetery north of Bedford. We extend sympathy to Mrs. Humphrey, Bonnie Akers and family, Steven Humphrey and family from Denver.

[Humphrey, Orville Daniel]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      May 11, 1988      p. 6


Services for Orville Daniel Humphrey, 85, were held at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home May 6 with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Lexington Cemetery, rural Taylor County, Iowa. Mr. Humphrey died May 3, 1988 at his home near Gravity.

Orville Daniel Humphrey, son of William Humphrey and Jenny [Jane Ann] Cooper Humphrey was born in Taylor County, Iowa April 18, 1903. He ventured to Colorado with his parents at an early age but returned to Taylor County as a young man to pursue his life-long occupation as a farmer.

On December 7, 1929 he was united in marriage to Evelyn Ann Humbert at Fort Dodge, Ia. and they resided on farms in the Gravity-Bedford community.

Two children were born to bless their home and to share their love: Bonnie Lee and Steven.

He was employed as a farmer, and after semi-retirement he took great pride in his orchard, garden flowers, shrubs and his yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Evelyn of the home; one daughter Bonnie Akers and her husband Francis of Gravity, Ia., son, Steven and his wife Mary of Denver, Co.; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

His family and many friends will remember him as a kind and loving father and friend.

[Johnson, Edson Leroy]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     March 22, 1906     p. 12

Edson Leroy Johnson, son of G. [eorge] R. Johnson, a prosperous farmer living about six miles north of town, died suddenly from heart failure. He had been working about the farm and came in at dinnertime in apparent good health, when without a moment's warning he dropped over dead. The deceased was 22 years of age and was a highly respected young man. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dunlavy from the home Sunday and the interment was in Lexington cemetery. The sympathy of the friends of the family is offered.

[Johnson, George R.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     October 30, 1924     p. 6

Geo. R. Johnson

George R. Johnson, the father of Mrs. R. [obert] J. McCurdy [Mary], passed away Oct. 17th at the home of his daughter in Clarinda, at the advanced age of 77 years and 7 months. Short funeral services, conducted by the Methodist pastor, Rev. A. T. Bishop, were held from the Harmon Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, the funeral cortege then proceeding to Lexington cemetery, between Conway and Bedford, where interment was made. Mr. Johnson was born April 27th, 1847 at Sabina, Ohio. In 1881 the family came to Iowa, where he had ever since resided, his wife passing away at Conway, Oct. 7th, 1909. He made a profession of Christ, and joined the Christian church at Pleasant Valley, Ohio, in his earlier years. Seven children were given to them, five boys and two girls, two boys having preceded him to the Better Land while the family lived in Conway. ---Clarinda Herald

[Johnson, William D.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     April 23, 1908     [p. 1]

William D. Johnson Dead

William D. Johnson was born in Taylor County, Iowa, December 1, 1871, and died at his late home in Mason Township on April 19, 1908, aged 36 years, 4 months and 18 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna [Harriet] Bix, February 22, 1894. To this union two children were born, Bertha and Glen, who with the wife, father, mother and three brothers are left to mourn his loss. The deceased was converted and united with the Star Presbyterian Church in 1906, living to the time of his death a consistent faithful Christian life.

His last illness, which terminated fatally, was of several months duration, in fact since December 11th, while he was in failing health for about one year. All that loving hands could do, coupled with the best medical skill, failed to relieve and he passed to that rest which knows no waking. During the long siege of sickness no word of complaint fell from his lips but ever manifested a spirit of resignation to the will of Him who doeth all things well.

He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge of Conway, and the Modern Woodmen in Bedford, the latter attending in a body at the funeral and used their beautiful ceremony at the home and at the grave. The Odd Fellows from Conway were present at the grave in great numbers. The people from the old neighborhood gathered at the cemetery in great numbers in token of their respect for an old neighbor and friend. The services at the home were conducted by Geo. A. Hendrickson, pastor of the Christian church, Bedford. The music was appropriate and beautifully rendered by a company of singers in the community where his home has been for seven years. A large procession willingly followed on the long journey to the Lexington cemetery, where all that was mortal of William D. Johnson was laid to rest until the morning of the great Resurrection. May the God of all comfort and sustain the bereaved in the sad hour of their sorrow.

[Johnson, William D.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      April 23, 1908     p. 5

Death of W. D. Johnson

W. [illiam] D. Johnson died at his home, 9 miles west of Bedford Sunday morning. He had been ill for several months, and for some time his friends have seen that the inevitable end was not far away, but that his death was not unexpected does not make the anguish and grief of his loved ones any less poignant, and the heartbroken wife and two fatherless children have the most sincere sympathy of all.

Mr. Johnson was born and reared in Taylor County, and numbered his friends by the hundred. All knew him to be a kind and accommodating neighbor, a loving husband, a considerate father, and a man whom all respected and honored.

For many years Mr. Johnson had been a member of the Presbyterian Church at Morning Star; he was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge at Conway and of the Woodmen lodge at Bedford. The last said order had charge of the obsequies.

The funeral was held at the home Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G. A. Hendrickson. Interment was made at Lexington cemetery, and the large number of sympathizing friends who made the long journey from the home to the cemetery testifies to the esteem in which the deceased was held.

[Kernen, Stephen Carl]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      January 21, 1998    p. 5

Steve Kernen

Funeral services for Steve Kernen were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15, 1998 at the United Methodist Church in Bedford with Rev. Paul Evans and Rev. Ted DeHass officiating. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. The Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.

Stephen Carl Kernen, was born February 3, 1946 in Maryville, Missouri the son of Glenn and Doris Stewart Kernen. He graduated from the Bedford Community High School in 1964, and then attended Auctioneer's School in Kansas City. He was united in marriage to Donna [Ann] Stockwell on January 28, 1968 at the United Methodist Church in Bedford. To this loving union two sons were born, Danny and Justin.

Survivors include his loving wife Donna; two sons, Danny of Bedford and Justin and wife Melissa and their son Lance of Bedford; his parents, Glenn and Doris Kernen of Bedford; one sister, Glenda and husband Lowell Weir of Des Moines; one nephew, Todd and wife Rosemary Hensley Weir and their son James of Poughkeepsie, New York, along with many other friends and relatives.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Estella and Carl Kernen and Franklin and Nettie Stewart.

Steve was a lifelong Taylor County resident and was known as a man that possessed a great sense of humor and quick wit. He loved being on the farm. Steve and Donna together had the Kernen Grain Elevator for over fifteen years. Steve and his folks were the originators of the Taylor County Ag Expo, which began at the elevator.

Steve was involved in 4H for many years volunteering his time and skills as an auctioneer for the 4H club activities. Ever since Steve and Donna were married Steve had a passion for horses and horse activities. He was a member and officer of the Bedford Saddle Club and served on the Board of Directors for the Arrowhead Appaloosa Club. He raised and showed horses, having a World Champion Appaloosa Stallion in 1992. He announced and judged many horse shows.

Steve was a member of the Bedford Lions Club, being voted Citizen of the Year for 1995. He was a member of the A.F. and A.M. Taylor Masonic Lodge # 156. Steve served as an area Auctioneer for 34 years; he was also a member of the Taylor County Fairboard. He announced all of the activities for the Taylor County Fair as well as for local parades. Steve was a member of the Corning/Clarinda National Guard for over six years. He was also a member of the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Steve's favorite time of the year was 4th of July on which he entertained with games, volleyball and fireworks. The family remembers that whenever Steve wasn't showing horses he enjoyed golfing and relaxing on the patio on the weekends. As Steve would relax on the patio he could look out over the family farm on which he had been born and lived on his entire life. Steve enjoyed his family and friends. He enjoyed little activities. He enjoyed what really mattered in life - - he loved people and visiting with them.

Steve always gave of himself to help others, but the true joy in life was spent being with his family. He loved all of his family and all of his family loved him.

[Klingensmith, Sylvina Litteer Duffield]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      June 21, 1934       p. 5

Mrs. Klingensmith Dies At Creston

Mrs. Sylvester Klingensmith, 83, died at her home in Creston Saturday afternoon following an illness of several years. Short services were held at the home in Creston Monday forenoon and services at the Methodist church in Conway Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. E. Lister, pastor of the Creston Church of Christ and assisted by Rev. E. E. Garrett of Conway. Burial was in the Lexington cemetery.

Mrs. Klingensmith, whose name before her marriage was Sylvina Litteer, was born in Ohio, Jan. 29, 1851. She came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Litteer to Taylor county, Iowa, in 1854, locating on a farm near Conway.

June 19, 1872, she was married to J. [ohn] O. [scar] Duffield. To them were born two sons, Ira W. [arren] Duffield, who died in 1931, and Josiah G. [ilden] Duffield of Spencer, Iowa. The family moved to Creston in 1882, which place had since been her home. Mr. Duffield died in 1904.

In June 1907, she was married to S. [ylvester] W. Klingensmith, who survives with the son, Joe Duffield of Spencer. There are also two sisters, Mrs. George Daniels [Olive] of Bedford and Mrs. Clara Campbell of Conway; one brother, M. H. Litteer of Conway; and eight grandchildren.

She united with the Christian church when seventeen years of age.

[Kopp, Dale Fredrick]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 22, 1984     p. 6

Final rites held here for Dale Frederick Kopp

Services for Dale Fredrick Kopp, 60, were held November 13 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Military honors were conducted by Gravity American Legion. Interment was at Lexington Cemetery near Bedford.

Mr. Kopp died November 10, 1984 at Municipal Hospital in Clarinda.

Dale Fredrick Kopp, son of [James] Fred Kopp and Gail Parks Kopp, was born in Taylor County near Clearfield March 29, 1924. He grew to maturity in Taylor County and was graduated from Clearfield High School. He attended the Methodist Church.

During World War II he answered his country's call and served two years, being stationed in France.

On his return he was engaged in farming with his father and was one who willingly and ably shared much of the family responsibility.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents; his brother Donald of the home; aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was a kind and considerate loved one and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

[Kopp, James Fredrick “Fred”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 1, 1985    p. 2

Kopp funeral service held

Services for Fred Kopp, 86, were held July 28 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings. Burial was at Lexington Cemetery, rural Taylor Co. Iowa.

Mr. Kopp died July 26, 1985 at Bedford Manor in Bedford.

[James] Fred Kopp, son of George Kopp and Maggie Busby Kopp, was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, June 15, 1899, and he grew to maturity in Ringgold County where he attended the public school and the Grant Center Methodist Church.

On January 14, 1921 he was united in marriage to [Lena] Gail Parks at Bedford, Iowa and they lived in Ringgold County, south of Clearfield and then on a farm south of Bedford, Iowa until in the late 1940s. They purchased and moved to the farm east of Gravity where they resided until ill health caused them to move to Bedford manor. They engaged in farming and enjoyed the opportunity to keep abreast with the changing times in farm operations.

Two sons, Donald and Dale, were born to them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Dale Kopp, who died November 10, 1984, and two brothers and three sisters.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Gail of Bedford Manor; his son Donald of Lenox Care Center; a sister-in-law, Alice Parks Bladon; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

His family and friends will remember him as a kind and considerate loved one and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

[Kopp, Lena Gail Parks]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      July 30, 1986      p. 6

Services held for Kopp

[Lena] Gail Parks Kopp, daughter of [Lawrence] Albert Parks and [Rosa] Belle Query Parks, was born in Taylor County Iowa August 12, 1897 and departed this life July 22, 1986 at Bedford Manor in Bedford, Iowa at the age of 88 years 11 months and 10 days.

She grew to maturity in the Clearfield, Iowa area where she attended the rural school and the Methodist Church. She was graduated from Bedford High School with the Class of 1917.

She taught in the rural schools of Taylor County for several years prior to her marriage to [James] Fred [rick] Kopp. They resided on farms in Taylor County and about forty years ago they purchased and moved to the farm east of Gravity, Iowa that was to be their home until ill health caused retirement.

Two sons, Donald and Dale, were born to this union.

The death of their son Dale was a shock to this family as he was depended upon to keep the farm operation progressing. As wife and mother she gave lovingly of her time and ability as homemaker for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Kopp; her son Dale Kopp and a sister, Mae Parks Grace.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Donald; a sister Alice Parks Bladon; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

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


[Reed, Gladys Marie Kernen]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     April 22, 1998      p. 5

Gladys K. Reed

Funeral services for Gladys  [Marie] K. [ernen] Reed, age 83, who died at the Clarinda Regional Health Center on Monday, April 13, 1998 were held at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Thursday, April 16, 1998 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Nancy Ross and Vic Noer officiating. Burial was in the Lexington Cemetery. Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home.

Gladys K. Reed was born to Carl and Estella Pride Kernen on September 4, 1914 in Clayton Township. She attended rural schools while growing up and graduated from the Bedford Community School in 1932. On March 20, 1935 she was united in marriage to Cecil Reed. To this loving union two daughters were born, Judy and Bobbi.

Gladys was a lifelong area resident. Farming with her husband, Cecil, on their farm northeast of town until they moved to Bedford in 1973. Gladys and Cecil enjoyed traveling together, rarely missing the Iowa State Fair along with many other places, but Gladys would miss her home if she was gone for more than a week at a time.

Gladys was a tremendous cook having worked at the Skylark Cafe in her earlier years. She also loved to fish, and was known to "cast away" while Cecil calmly sat on the bank and read his paper. Gladys loved children and spending time with them. She seemed to have a way with kids, whether it was calming a fussy baby or lending love or support, not only to her family but neighborhood children as well. She was a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Eastern Star.

Gladys is survived by her two daughters, Judy and husband Bernie Brown of Texas; and Bobbi and Bruce Sleep of Colorado; one brother, Glenn and wife Doris Kernen; one niece, Glenda Weir; 5 grandchildren, Greg and Randy Sleep, Joni Britian, Julie Brown, Jeff Brown and families; 8 great grandchildren, Shaun, Ian, Alex, Josh, Jessica, Quentin, Christopher and Austin.

She is preceded in death by her husband Cecil on April 27, 1991; her parents; a brother Roy Kernen and a nephew, Steve Kernen.

[Young, Burtle Lee]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     June 21, 2000      p. 5


Burtle Lee Young was born on July 13, 1921, in Bennett Springs, MO, to William and Katherine (Barns) Young. He departed this life on June 16, 2000, at the Mercy Hospital in Corning, IA, at the age of 78.

Burtle worked on construction pouring forms for the Henningson Construction Company in Atlantic, IA.

On September 20, 1941, Burtle was united in marriage to Irma Pauline Cordell in Bennett Springs, MO. To this union were born ten children. Irma survives at the home in Athelstan, IA.

Burtle was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; and one sister, Suzie Worely.

Also surviving are his children: John and Linda Young of Villisca, IA; Irene and Duane Harrison of Bedford, IA; Forrest Young of Athelstan, Marvin and Margret Young of Bedford, IA; Denzil and Vickie Young of Mt. Ayr, IA; Eldon Young of Athelstan, IA; Janice and Tom Maxwell of New Market, IA; David and Shelly Young of Athelstan, IA; Frank Young of Hopkins, MO.; Shirley Young of Bedford, IA; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; Henry and Arthur; and 1 sister; Hazel Newell.

Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2000, at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO. Rev Scott Marcum officiated. Internment was in the Athelstan Cemetery near Athelstan, IA.