Obituaries
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[ADAMS, LINDA JO]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 30, 1969, p. 2

Linda Adams Rites Held October 21

Graveside services for Linda Jo Adams, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Adams of Bedford were held in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford on October 21. Linda Jo was born October 17 at Clarinda, Iowa, and died October 19 at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

 

[AKERS, JANE ANN ALDERSON]

Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, April 26, 1954, p. 5

Jane Alderson Akers

Jane Ann Alderson, daughter of David and Frances Alderson, was born in Cook County, Illinois, June 7, 1874, and departed this life in the hospital at Maryville, Mo., March 19, 1954, at the age of 79 years, nine months and 12 days.

When she was just a babe her parents moved from Illinois and located in Taylor County, Iowa, near Sharpsburg, where she grew to womanhood and where on February 20, 1896 she was married to Hurbert Akers.

To this union were born seven children, three of whom died in infancy. The living children are: Mrs. Eva N Harris of Council Bluffs; Mrs Fern Dunkin of Gravity, Ivan Akers and Doyle Akers, both of Bedford.

Besides the four children and her aged companion, she leaves ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Dora Payne, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Fannie Keplinger, Council Bluffs; Mrs Ada Waller, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Mrs Emma Mariette, Washington, D. C.; and Miss Minnie Alderson, Kansas City, Missouri.

Mrs. Akers spent her entire married life in Taylor County, living for a time near Sharpsburg, later in the Gravity community and for the last four years in Bedford. Her health became such that a couple of months ago she was taken to the home of her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dunkin of near Gravity in the Oak Hill community.

She confessed Christ as her Saviour years ago and became a member of the Methodist church in Sharpsburg, later transferring to the Gravity Methodist church, where she remained a member until her death.

Funeral services were conducted at the Wetmore Funeral home in Bedford at 2 p m Monday, March 22, 1954, with Rev Robert M Peters of the Bedford Methodist church officiating. The singers were Garland and Shirley Prather, accompanied on the piano by Mrs Mildred Stacy. Casket bearers were: Lester Akers, L D Akers, Harvey French, Dean Posten, Merle Akers and Lester McKay. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

 [BARNES, MAHLON OSCAR]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 30, 1969, p. 2

Mahlan Barnes Rites Oct. 26

Funeral services for Mahlon Oscar Barnes, 60, of Bedford were held October 26 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. John Kerr and Rev. Ray Bowler. Mr. Barnes died while at work October 23. Interment was at Cumberland Cemetery, Cumberland, Iowa.

Mahlon Oscar Barnes, son of Oliver Mahlon and Emma Cue Barnes, was born in Cumberland, Iowa on November 9, 1908. He was reared in Cumberland and spent many years in Clarinda and Bedford.

Mr. Barnes was an operator of heavy construction equipment.

He was married to Beatrice McBrayer on March 1, 1968.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Mahlon Barnes.

Left with memories are his wife, Beatrice; one child, Richard Eugene Barnes of the home; mother Mrs. Emma Barnes of Clarinda; two sisters, Ivis Barnes, of Clarinda and Shirley Saunders of Omaha; one brother, Hilmer of Clarinda; a niece; a nephew; and many other relatives.

[BUELL, FLOYD]

Bedford Free Press, Thursday, January 28, 1904, [p. 1]

Died in Ross Township

Floyd Buell, a young man 21 years old, who has been working for Lewis Spencer in Ross Township for 8 years, died yesterday morning at 3 o’clock of consumption. The funeral services will be conducted at the Bedford Christian church this morning at 11 o’clock by Elder Lee Ferguson.

[BUTTS, MARTHA PEARL]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 29, 1904, p. 4

Pearl Buts, aged 24 years, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] W. [alker] Butts, in Ross township, Saturday night, September 24th, of pulmonary tuberculosis. She had been sick for many months, and while the sorrowing relatives and friends have known for a long time that recovery was impossible, still this in no way makes their loss easier to bear. The funeral was held today at 11 a. m. at the residence. Interment at Fairview cemetery.

[BUTTS, MARTHA PEARL]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, October 13, 1904, [p. 1]

Obituary

Pearl Butts, whose death occurred at her home in Ross township, was the eldest daughter of J. [ames] W. [alker] Butts. She had been an invalid for about eight months and bore her suffering with patience and resignation, saying that although young she was not afraid to die.

She united with the M. E. church at Maple Grove, December 31, 1899, and has been a faithful and consistent member. The funeral was held at the residence, Rev. Edmonds of Hopkins, Mo., delivering the address, using Isaiah 64:5, “We all do fade as a leaf,” as the text for his sermon. The choir sang her favorite hymn, “When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there,” among other selections. A large concourse of friends accompanied the family to Fairview cemetery. The pall bearers were James Jefferies, Ernest Jefferies, Troy Thompson, Lewis Smith, Carl Little and George Beard.

[CAMPBELL, EDITH ELIZA STEPHENS]

Edith Campbell passed away December 10, 2013 in Des Moines, IA.

Edith, the daughter of Mary (Quick) and LeRoy Stephens was born February 27, 1923 in Ringgold County Iowa. She attended country school at the Miller School, starting high school in Redding IA and graduating from Blockton High School.

In 1941 she was united in marriage to Jack R. [obert] Campbell and for most of their life made their home in Blockton on Redding Road; the same road she was born on; a fact that made her very proud.

Edith retired from the Taylor County Assessor’s office and was very active in the Blockton community. She loved spending the winters in Arizona, even after Jack passed away.

Even though she lived in Des Moines the past few months Blockton, Iowa was still home.

 Survivors include her 3 children, J.R. (Ann) Campbell of Topeka, KS, Allen (Sandy) Campbell of Arvada, CO, and Lisa Campbell-Patterson of Des Moines, IA; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; her sister, Edna; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; and her son-in-law, Pat.

A celebration of Edith’s life were held on Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Blockton Community Building at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. A luncheon will follow at the community building.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Town of Blockton, Iowa. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
[Note: Online obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, Iowa]

[CLAYTON, HAZEL EVELYN]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, October 4, 2000

HAZEL CLAYTON

Funeral services for Hazel Clayton, age 95, of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Bedford, were held Tuesday, September 26, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Ruth Melick officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be given in her name. Services were conducted by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Hazel Clayton was born April 19, 1905 in Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Elza E. [dgar] Clayton and Maude Duncan Clayton. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1923. She was a 1926 graduate of the Iowa State Teacher College in Cedar Falls and also attended classes at Iowa University and Northwest Missouri State College. In 1957, she graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. 

Hazel spent forty-eight years in a teaching career, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Her first years were from 1926 to 1929 in Eddyville, Iowa. One year (1930) in St. Anthony, Idaho, then in 1931 she went to Sioux City, Iowa where she taught the nest thirty-nine years. Her first year there, she taught at Joy Public School then in 1932, she went to Crescent Park School where she taught the second and third grades until she retired in June 1970. During this time, she was also the Assistant Principal for five years.

Hazel was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sioux City, the Iowa Retired Teachers Association in Des Moines and the Sioux City Retired Educators. Following her retirement in 1970, she returned to Bedford to take care of her mother until she passed away in 1972. In 1973 she returned to Sioux City where she enjoyed traveling and many social activities with her life-long friends. In May 1991, she moved to Springfield, Missouri to be near family.

Hazel is survived by two nieces, Dolores McCullough of Independence, Missouri and Barbara Burns and husband Verlin of Springfield, Missouri; three great nieces, Cheryl Morton and husband Bob of Independence, Missouri; Lori Wagner and husband Jerry of Olathe, Kansas and Vicki Barzilla and husband Steve of Lee Summit, Missouri; two great nephews, Steven Wycoff of Fairfield, California and Crag Burns and family of Republic, Missouri; and six great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceding Hazel in death are her father, Elza Clayton in 1945; her mother, Maude Duncan Clayton in 1972; two brothers, Raymond Curtis Clayton in 1914 and Lester Earl Clayton in 1979; a sister, Gladys Clayton Bates in 1964.

 

[FINE, DELLA MCMULLIN]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 25, 1954, p. 6

SIAM

Mrs. Clem Fine Dies

Mrs. Clem Fine, 66, died at her farm home southwest of Siam Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, after several years of illness. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church in Siam, conducted by the Rev. Earl Streyffeler of New Market. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery.

Mrs. Fine is survived by her husband, Clem; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Carter of Graham, Mo., Mrs. Irene Vardaman of Shambaugh; two sons, Harold Fine and Roy Fine of Braddyville; one brother, Clint McMullin of Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Lela Bell of Clarinda and nine grandchildren.

[BOCK, ELLEN E. “ELLIE’ GELWICKS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 2, 1939, [p. 1]

Mrs. D. [avid] T. [homas] Bock, a resident of Bedford for many years, died at the Terrill Hospital-Home Saturday evening, Oct. 28, following a long illness.

The funeral services were held at the church of Christ Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck and burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

[BOCK, ELLEN E. “ELLIE’ GELWICKS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 2, 1939, p. 8

Attend Last Rites

Among those from out of town here to attend the funeral services for Mrs. D. [avid] T. [homas] Bock Wednesday afternoon, were Kenneth Gelwix of Orinda, California, Roy Churchill of Ottawa, Kans., Mrs. W. H. Churchill of Gravity, Mr. and Mrs. Earl bock and family of Mountain Grove, Mo., Mr. and Mrs. George Detty and son Gordon of Lorimor, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Orwen and baby Sharon Kay of Lorimor, Lloyd Bock of Kansas City and Kenneth Bock of Atlantic.

[GELWICKS, GEORGE]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, May 14, 1931, p. 2

George Gelwicks

George Gelwicks, son of Labright [Laybright] and Barbara [Kissell] Gelwicks, was born at Chambersburg, Pa., Sept. 3, 1855, and departed this life Saturday evening, May 2, 1931, at the home of his sister, Mrs. D. [avid] T. [homas] Bock, at the age of 75 years and 8 months. He leaves to mourn his going, one brother, Wm. L. Gelwicks, of Los Angeles, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. D. [avid] T. [homas] Bock of Bedford, Ia.  Also two nieces and seven nephews. His father and mother and one brother, Fred K. Gelwicks, and two sisters, Mary Alice Gelwicks and Mrs. James E. Bock, have preceded him in death. Mr. Gelwicks made his home with Mr. and Mrs  D. T. Bock of Bedford for the last three years. During his short illness all that loving hands and hearts could do was done for him. No one can miss a brother more than his sister, Mrs. Bock, and an uncle more than his nephew Kenneth Gelwix and family. He will be missed by all relatives and friends. A short time before he passed away he said, “I am glad to go and don’t worry, sister, it is all right.”

The funeral service was held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. C. Harris, minister of the Christian Church. Burial was made in Fairview cemetery.

[HAUN, LORA ISABEL PRINZING]

Bedford Times-Press,

Wednesday, October 10, 1990

LORA BELLE HAUN

Funeral services for Lora Belle Haun were held October 4, 1990 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Ted DeHass officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.

Lora Belle Haun was the daughter of Augustus and Amanda Randall Prinzing.

Augustus was born in Germany.

Lora was born February 23, 1891 at Pine Ridge, Neb. and died September 30, 1990 at the age of 99 years, seven months, seven days in Maryville, Mo.

Lora lived in Nodaway County, Mo. on Honey Creek for better than 60 years. She married [William] Henry Haun at the Libby farmhouse on Honey Creek and lived in Nodaway County, Mo. near Hopkins, Mo.

Lora attended public school and was a member of the Baptist Church at Hopkins, Mo.

Lora raised large gardens and many flowers. She did much handy work and made handkerchief boxes and crocheted and knitted.

She was always helping people. She helped raised Delmar McConkey, a cousin. She was a hardworking housewife, doing canning and other things.

She is survived by one brother, August Prizing [Prinzing] of Arkansas; and numerous other relatives, nieces and cousins.

She was a kind and considerate woman, loved by all who knew her and will be missed by all who knew her.

[HAYES, DANIEL JAMES, JR.]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 13, 1947, p. 2

ATHELSTAN

Former Resident Dies

Mrs. Nora Barnes left Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Lyons of Bedford to be with her sister, Mrs. Dan Hayes at Randolph, Iowa. Mr. Hayes passed away Saturday night after a few hours’ illness. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Randolph in charge of the Masonic lodge. Burial was in the Platteville cemetery. The Hayes family formerly lived here.

[HAYS, GEORGIA ANN EDWARDS]

Blockton News, Thursday, May 14, 1931, [p. 1]

Obituary

Mrs. Georgia A. [nn] Hayes, daughter of William and Mary [Baty] Edwards, was born September 27, 1838, near Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa and departed this life at Tabor, Iowa, May 8, 1931, at the age of 92 years, 7 months and 11 days.

She was united in marriage to Daniel J. [ames] Hayes [Hays] in 1855, who preceded her in death in 1870. To this union was born six children, four girls and two boys; Franklin, who died in infancy; Mrs. Elizabeth B. Bowens [Bownes], of Tabor; Mrs. Josephine Scroggie, of Bedford; Mrs. Mary Barnes, of St. Joseph, Mo.; Mrs. Judith Kimball, of Hysham, Montana; Daniel J. [ames] Hayes, of Randolph. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Conder of Bedford, and 30 grandchildren, 62 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

In 1915 she was converted and baptized in the Holiness faith, and always attended church until her health failed. She was a good Christian mother and said she was ready to go. She will be greatly missed by her relatives and friends. The bereaved ones have the heartfelt sympathy of their many friends, and may the Light that never failed her on life’s pathway guide each of them into the Haven of eternal rest.

The funeral services were held in the Forest Grove church, near her old home, and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place. The services were conducted by Challie E. Graham Sunday afternoon, May 10. The hymns sung were “Face to Face,” “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” and “Nearer My God to Thee.”
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, May 14, 1931, p. 4.]

[HAYES, MIGNON MARTHA IDLEMAN]

Blockton News, Thursday, January 10, 1918, [p. 1]

Mrs. Hayes Dead

Mrs. Mignon Hayes, daughter of the late Joseph Idleman and wife, passed away at a St. Joseph hospital Tuesday morning at 6:30. The remains were brought to Blockton Tuesday afternoon and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Joseph Idleman, where the funeral services were held yesterday at 1 o’clock. Interment was made in the Platteville cemetery. Mrs. Hayes leaves a little boy and girl, Jean and Geraldine, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

[HOLLINGSWORTH, JULIA ANN EADS]

Bedford Free Press,

Thursday, December 15, 1904, p. 7

----Mrs. H. [arvey] H. [arlan] Hollingsworth died at her home in Gay Township in the early hours of yesterday morning. She had been an invalid for near three years from rheumatism and dropsical affection and had suffered much more than generally falls to the lot of any. She was married near eleven years ago and of her immediate family her husband only survives, there having been no children born to them. The funeral took place at 10:30 this forenoon at Gay Center, and interment was made in the Platteville cemetery. ---Blockton News

 

[JOHN, TROY BURTON]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, December 6, 1995

Troy Burton John was the son of Walter John and Polly Hatfield John and was born on August 9, 1908 and died at Heartland East Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 23, 1995.

Troy was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Polly John. Troy will be remembered by his wife Daisy, daughter Bonnie and husband Wayne, son Ron and wife Carol, four grandchildren, Paul, Vicki, Kelly and Troy Dean; one great grandchild, Savannah Susan; and his sister in law Phyllis.  

Troy John and Daisy Salter were married on December 8, 1935 in front of the picture window at the Presbyterian Manse in Bedford. Troy farmed all his life in the Bedford area. He was a member of the United Christian Presbyterian Church.    He served the church loyally for almost sixty years.

Troy was a quiet, meek man with a tremendous sense of humor. He loved music, antique machinery, reading, travel  and most of all his family and good friends. Troy was a kind, caring and compassionate man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."

Funeral services were Sunday, November 26 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.

[JOHNSON, LEROY ELLIS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 30, 1969, p. 2

Leroy Johnson Final Rites Held Oct. 23

Funeral services for Leroy Ellis Johnson, 76, of Gravity, a well-known pioneer, were held October 23 at the Gravity Christian Church with Rev. G. W. Swan and Rev. Ivo Randels officiating. Mr. Johnson died October 21 at Northgate Manor in Corning. Military honors were presented by the Gravity American Legion at Washington Cemetery.

Leroy Ellis, son of Charles Edward and Eliza Ann (Bennet) Johnson, was born near Guss, Iowa (Taylor County) January 7, 1893.

He spent his entire life in Taylor County, with the exception of seven months spent in the armed services, half of which was spent in Europe.

On February 1, 1920 he was united in marriage to Mary Melvin, of Hopkins, Mo. To bless this union six children were born: Ivan Leroy, Clara Elizabeth, Edward, Helen Irene, Russell Dale and Brice Glen.

From Ezekiel 18: 5, 9: we find words that best describe our brother’s life. “If a man be just, and do that which is right, he will surely live, saith the Lord.” He was a quiet man, speaking with a soft tongue. A good father, a devoted husband, and a lover of hospitality and friends.

In World War I he answered the call and gave his full devotion to duty to his country, a full measure of his life to the principles of Americanism.

Those surviving are: his wife, Mary, of the home; children: Ivan Leroy of Duncan, Okla.; Clara Elizabeth Tribolet of Bedford; Edward Melvin of Gravity; Helen Iren[e] Neibling of Highland, Kans.; Russell Dale of Mineola, Kans.; and Brice Glen of Gravity; three brothers and one sister; Leslie, Raymond and Jessie Johnson and Mrs. Vinnie Scofield all of Clarinda.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Walton; two sisters, Grace and Edna Catherine who died in infancy; 25 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; a host of other relatives, friends, neighbors.

[KING, MABLE LENORE ZOLLMAN]

Mable Lenore King, daughter of Frank & Mable (Severns) Zollman, was born May 7, 1919 at New Virginia, Iowa. Lenore's family lived in Blockton, Iowa during her early childhood and after spending a few years in Henry, Nebraska the family returned to Blockton where she graduated from Blockton High School in 1937.

Lenore was united in marriage to Everett D. King on August 25, 1938 in Maryville, Missouri and remained a devoted wife for nearly 75 years. They made their home in Blockton where they lovingly raised three daughters. Lenore worked in the lunchroom at the Blockton Elementary School and will be remembered as a wonderful cook both in the lunchroom and at home. Lenore was a member of the Blockton Christian Church.
Lenore was raised a farm girl and a love for the outdoors was consistent throughout her life. She was an accomplished gardener whose yard in Blockton was filled with flowers, trees and vegetables of all varieties. Vacations were routinely planned to enjoy the outdoors and centered around lakes, mountains, or oceans. Lenore & Everett loved to go on fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota. Lenore learned to water ski when she was in her 50s. The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri became a place of fun and family reunions for them where waterskiing was a regular activity. Over the years she and Everett enjoyed winter trips to Arizona, Texas, Florida and California that included hikes in the mountains or ample time for walks on the beach.

Lenore was an accomplished artist. Landscapes of Iowa and places visited on her travels were a favorite subject. Many of her paintings, some in the form of murals and signs, are still visible in the Blockton community.

Lenore & Everett moved to Dallas Center, Iowa to be near family in 2008 but remained devoted to the Blockton community. Lenore passed away peacefully at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center on January 5, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings; Mildred Howell, Clifford Zollman, Bert Zollman, Ora Bell, and Bill Zollman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Everett of Dallas Center, Iowa; daughters Linda (Harry) Heiden of Punta Gorda, Florida, Lynette (Stan) Amrine of Dallas Center, Iowa, and LaVonne Nelson of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren Sherry (John) Jacobs of Earlham, Iowa, Sandy (Mark) Perez of Ft. Meyers, Florida, Rachel Amrine of Des Moines, Iowa, Robin (Jake) Ludington of Santa Cruz, California, and Jennifer (Patrick Luber) Nelson of Grand Forks, North Dakota; great grandchildren Cody Hills, Dalton Hills, Wyatt Hawbaker, and Geneva Ludington; sister-in-law Mary Lou Zollman of Perry, Iowa; other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established to the Blockton Community Betterment and the Blockton Ambulance.

Obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel, Bedford, Iowa.

[LOVITT, ESSIE FAE SLOAN]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 30, 1969, p. 2

Last Rites Held Oct. 26 for Essie Lovitt

Funeral services for Mrs. Dwight (Essie) Lovitt, 43, of Bedford, held October 26 at the Bedford United Methodist Church, were conducted by Rev. Darrel L. Draper. Mrs. Lovitt died October 23 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Essie Fae Sloan Lovitt, the daughter of Dodds and Velma Sloan, was born August 27, 1926.

She attended school in Blanchard and Coin where she was graduated in 1944.

On May 3, 1947 she was married to Dwight E. Lovitt of Bedford. To this union two children were born, David Glen and Patti Lynn.

Essie was a member of the Bedford Methodist Church. She was employed as a secretary at O’Bryan Brothers for the past two years.

Essie is survived by her husband; daughter, Patti, her mother, Mrs. Velma Sloan of Clarinda; a sister, Mrs. John Field of Hamburg, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and son, David, who was killed in enemy action in Vietnam in March, 1969.

[MILLER, BESSIE OLETHA BRUMFIELD]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 8, 1981

Final Rites Held October 6 For Bessie Miller, 77

Funeral services for Mrs. Harmon S. (Bessie) Miller, 77, of Bedford, held October 6 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Miller died October 3, 1981 in Rosary Hospital in Corning, la. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Bessie Brumfield Miller, daughter of Robert Brumfield and Anna Hunt Brumfield, was born near Sheridan, Missouri, March 19, 1904.

She grew to maturity in the Sheridan area where she attended the public school and the Christian Church.

In 1922 she was united in marriage to Harmon S. Miller and they resided at Sheridan, Mo., until moving to Bedford in 1926 where she has continued to reside.

One son, Robert E. [ugene] Miller was born to this union.

She was employed by the Cudahay Packing Company for several years. She was a member of the Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Bert Brumfield.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Robert E. Miller and his wife, Madge Miller, of Dallas, Texas; grandson, Gary Miller of Long View, Texas; and a granddaughter Susan Miller Farmer of Kansas City, Missouri; a sister in law, Ann Brumfield Black; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and considerate loved one and she will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

 

[MILLER, MARY ANN STAIR]

Clarinda Journal, Wednesday, August 20, 1890, p. 4

Obituary

Died, on August 11th, at the residence of her son, Cabe Miller, in Buchanan township, Mary A. [nn] Miller, wife of Wm. Miller, aged 71 years 10 months and 13 days. Deceased was born in Virginia in September of 1818, was converted and joined the M. E. Church in 1861, where she continued to make her home until she joined the church triumphant. She leaves behind her a husband and eight children to mourn the loss of a loving wife and devoted mother; as a neighbor and friend she was loved by all who knew her; surrounded by her family and friends when death called her she went willingly; part of her family had long since gone over and were waiting and watching for mother, and when the messenger came she was ready to go; she was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery on Tuesday at 2 p. m, followed by a large concourse of neighbors and friends.

“She sleeps, she sleeps,” and nevermore will her footsteps fall by the old home door, nor her voice be heard with its loving tone by the lone one left ‘round her own hearthstone; she has gone, she has gone to her home afar to the beautiful land where the angels are.

For lips I have kissed ye are faded and
  Cold;
Hands I have preferred ye are covered
  With mold;
Form I have pressed to heart crum-
  ling away,
And soon on thy bosom our breasts we
  Will lay.   B.            

 

[OXLEY, LUCILLE ELIZABETH TALBOTT]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 30, 1969, p. 2

Lucille Oxley, 56, Dies in Idaho

Mrs. Ralph (Lucille) Oxley, 56, of Pocatello, Idaho, formerly of Bedford, died in a Pocatello hospital, October 13. Services and burial were in Pocatello October 16.

Mrs. Lucille Elizabeth Oxley was born January 21, 1913, at Blue Mound, Kansas to Roy and Rhea Langdon Talbott. She lived in Bedford for several years, graduated in 1931 at BHS.

She was married to Ralph D. Oxley of Bedford Jan. 6, 1935, at Paola, Kans. they moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1937 and to Pocatello in 1946.

Mrs. Oxley was active in the Y. W. C. A. and the United Methodist Church. Her hobby was growing flowers.

Included in her survivors are her husband, four children and father, Roy Talbott, Olathe, Kans.

[PHIPPS, HENRY]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 16, 1936, p. 7

SIAM

Former Resident Dies

The body of Henry Phipps was laid to rest in the Shearer cemetery Saturday. He passed away at the home of his son near Guss. He formerly lived near Siam and will be remembered by the older people of the community.

[RAPER, CYRENA SHARP]

Bedford Free Press, Wednesday, October 9, 1918, p. 4

Mrs. Raper, who has been at the county home but a short while, died Monday morning. The body was taken to the home of a son near Athelstan where burial will be made.

[RAPER, CYRENA SHARP]

Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, October 17, 1918, p. 4

Obituary

Miss Cyrenia Sharp was born in Mercer County, Indiana, June 11, 1836 and departed this life October 7, 1918, aged 82 years, 3 months and 25 days. At the age of 20 years she was united in marriage with Mr. Samuel Raper of Bowling Green, Indiana. To this union nine children were born, eight of whom lived to manhood and womanhood near their old home, having settled in this township in 1869. Sarah Catherine died when young and Mrs. Mary Ellen Swett in 1899. These are still living: Mrs. Amanda Swett, Ainsworth, Neb.; J. [ohn] E. dward] Raper, Blockton; Silas M. Raper, Athelstan; Mrs. Clint Ford, Newkirk, Okla.; Mrs. Maggie Adams, Athelstan; Mrs. Alice Severns, Geneva, Neb.; Jesse M. Raper, Bloomington, Neb.

After living together for more than 41 years, her companion passed away in 1897, aged 70 years, 6 months and 23 days.

At the age of 14 years she was converted and was baptized in the river Jordan near Bowling Green. She united with the Baptist church and always lived a consistent member.

For three years she had not been able to attend to her own home, and has at times been very feeble. For four months she had been partially paralyzed and died quite suddenly. While she was so old and feeble we were not prepared for the shock of her sudden demise. She leaves a host of friends to mourn their loss.

The funeral services were conducted from the Platteville M. E. church, October 9, 1918, by Challie E. Graham, pastor of the Isadora, Mo., Church of Christ, after which the remains were laid to rest beside those of her companion at the same place.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends. We commend them to the loving care and guidance of the all wise and loving Heavenly Father.

Challie Graham
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, October 16, 1918, p. 4 and the Blockton News, October 17, 1918, p. 1.]

[RAPER, JESSE SAMUEL]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 21, 1937, p. 5

Obituary – Jesse S. Raper

Jesse Samuel Raper, son of Samuel and Cyrenia Raper, was born near Mt. Zion, Iowa, Jan. 3, 1880 and died in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 17, 1937, aged 57 years and 13 days.

He was married to Ada Scott in Athelstan June 6, 1899.

To this union two sons were born, Edward and George.

The first few years of his married life he was a barber in Athelstan, but for over 30 years his home was in Bloomington, Neb., where his funeral was held Monday afternoon and burial was made at that place.

He leaves his wife, two sons and three grandchildren in his immediate family; also two brothers, Edward Raper and Tine Raper; two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Adams of Blockton and Mrs. Sena [Lena] Ford of Richmond, Calif.; a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his death.

His parents, four sisters and two brothers have preceded him in death.

[RAPER, JESSE SAMUEL]

Blockton News, Thursday, January 21, 1937, [p. 1]

Jesse Raper Dead

J. E. Raper, accompanied by Wayland Raper, left Saturday for Lincoln, called there by the fatal illness of his brother, Jesse Raper, of Lincoln.

His brother died at a Lincoln hospital Sunday morning at 1 o’clock.

Mr. Raper formerly lived in this locality and was a brother of Mrs. J. [ohn] M.[organ] Adams of this place, Mrs. Clint Ford of Richmond, California, and J. E. Raper of west of town.

Jesse Samuel Raper was united in marriage to Ada Scott of Athelstan June 6, 1899. To this union two sons, Edward and George, were born. The two sons were engaged in business with him in Lincoln at the time of his death. Besides his wife and sons he leaves three grandchildren.

He was a member of the Baptist church, a Mason and a Modern Woodman. He was a barber by trade and a fine musician.

The funeral services were held Monday at Bloomington, Nebraska, where he resided for a number of years before moving to Lincoln. Burial was at Bloomington.

He had been in poor health for several years.

[RAPER, SILAS MILTON]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 7, 1933, p. 9

ATHELSTAN

Services for Raper

Funeral services for Silas Raper, who died at the Methodist hospital in St. Joseph, Saturday, Nov. 25, were held at the Baptist church in Athelstan the following Monday, conducted by Challie E. Graham. Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.

He was born at Aledo, Mercer County, Ill., April 1, 1867. He was the son of Samuel and Cyrenia Raper, and was one of ten children.

His parents, four sisters and one brother---Mrs. Amanda Jane Swett of Ainsworth, Nebr., Mrs. Mary Ellen Sweet [Swett] of Athelstan, Mrs. Ida Alice Severns of Omaha, Sarah Katherine, in infancy, and William Raper of Kansas City, Mo., preceded him in death.

Sept. 1, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Rose Kline. To them one son, Harold, who is living at home, was born.

Besides his wife and son he leaves to mourn his death three brothers and two sisters—John Edward, of Blockton; Jessie Samuel, of Bloomington, Nebr.; Tine H.[ampton], of Blockton; Mrs. Lena Ford, of Richmond, Calif., and Mrs. Margaret Adams, of Blockton.

He was converted and baptized by Rev. Orr Campbell and united with the Baptist church of Zion in 1906. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Modern Woodmen.

He came with his parents to Taylor County in December, 1869, and lived near Bedford on what is now the Charles Nelson farm. Later they moved to the farm home, now owned by Roy Weaver. Since his marriage he has lived in Missouri, Idaho, and Nebraska. He had been in poor health for several years.

[RAPER, SILAS MILTON]

Blockton News, Thursday, November 30, 1933, p. 5

Obituary

Silas Milton Raper was born at Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois, April 1, 1867, and died at the Methodist hospital in St. Joseph, Mo., November 25, 1933, at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 25 days.

He was the son of Samuel and Cyrenia Raper, and was one of ten children.

His parents, four sisters and one brother---Mrs. Amanda Jane Swett, of Ainsworth, Nebraska; Mrs. Mary Ellen Sweet [Swett], of Athelstan; Mrs. Ida Alice Severns, of Omaha, Nebr.; Sarah Katherine, in infancy, and Wm. Raper, of Kansas City, Mo.---preceded him in death.

On Sept. 1, 1901, he was united in marriage to Miss Rose Kline, and to this union one son, Harold, who is living at home, was born.

Besides his wife and son he leaves to mourn his death three brothers and two sisters—John Edward, of Blockton; Jessie [Jesse] Samuel, of Bloomington, Nebr.; Tine H. [ampton], of Blockton; Mrs. Lena Ford, of Richmond, California, and Mrs. Margaret Adams, of Blockton---and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

He was converted and baptized by Rev. Orr Campbell and united with the Baptist church of Zion in 1906, remaining a loyal member as long as he lived. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Modern Woodmen.

He came with his parents to Taylor County in December, 1869, and lived near Bedford on what is now the Charles Nelson farm. Later they moved to the farm home, now owned by Roy Weaver. He cared for his mother many years in this home.

Since his marriage he has lived in Missouri, Idaho, and Nebraska a number of years. He was a farmer by occupation, quiet in manner, industrious, and had been in poor health for several years.

Funeral services were held at the Athelstan Baptist church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Challie E. Graham.

The Blockton Male Quartet—Gordon Griffith, Howard Huntley, R. O. Ford and G. C. Dennis—sang “Going Down the Valley,” “Shall We Meet,” and “God Will Take Care of You.”

Interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

[RIDGE, ALICE MARIE RAY]

Sheridan Express, Saturday, January 18, 2014

Obituary -- Alice Ridge 1937-2014

Alice Ridge passed away on January 15, 2014 at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa.

Alice was born December 16, 1937 at Isadora, in Worth County Missouri to James G. [arfield] and Laura Hall Ray. Alice attended Isadora and Grant City Schools graduating in 1955 and was a life-long member of the Isadora Church of Christ and served as the church pianist and organist for over fifty years.

On June 5, 1955 she married Lloyd C. [ecil] Ridge and they made their home on the Ridge family farm just across the west fork of the Grand River from her birthplace on the Ray family farm.  Alice was a farm wife and an excellent cook.  She fed not only family but pretty well anyone that walked through the door or her home.

Growing up in rural Worth County church and family was the center of Alice’s life using her talent for music to play the piano and also to sing with her brothers and sisters and husband. Over the years Alice and Lloyd C. [ecil]  sang at many weddings and funerals in the area.  Her joy was hosting an annual Ray family get together and singing with Opal, Neva, Jim, Ed and Wilbur. 

Alice was a talented seamstress sewing and tailoring clothing for herself and her family. Many area youth and family members learned the art of sewing from her.  Numerous homes in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri are adorned with draperies she made during the forty years she sewed for Vernie’s Drapery Shop of Creston, Iowa.  Over the years she enjoyed various hobbies including cake decorating, candle making and most recently jewelry making, an art she learned while enjoying sunny Apache Junction, Arizona during the winter months with Lloyd Cecil.

For Alice gardening was not a hobby it was serious business and providing food for her family by her labor was her duty and a natural part of her life. No one on the planet could grow as many and as large of tomatoes as Alice grew in her garden.  She loved sharing the bounty of her garden with her family and friends. What produce was not consumed was canned or frozen; nothing was ever to go to waste.

Alice served as a 4-H Club leader for the Westfork Boosters 4-H Club, was a member of the Sunny Corner Club, Sheridan Town and Country Club and most recently enjoyed singing at local events and nursing homes with the Southwest Iowa Community Singers.

Although Alice was orphaned at the age of 13 and raised by her brother Virgil and his wife Lena she had a deep love of home and family. Alice provided a home away from home for her brothers, sisters, cousins and friends.  Anyone that needed a place to stay found a place where they belonged at   L. C. and Alice’s.  The caption written for her which appears next to her graduation photograph in the 1955 Grant City High School Annual predicted Alice’s life of service and loyalty by stating “Not a friend for a day but a friend for life.”

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Virgil Ray, Delbert Ray and Jim Ray. Sisters: Madlyn Ray, Lucy Ray, Tessie Lynch, Ollie Heron, Neva Olney, Opal Glover, Betty Wiley and Helen Roach.

Alice is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years Lloyd C. [ecil], son Roger Ridge and wife Lisa of St. Joseph, Missouri; daughter Becky Carlson and her husband Jim of King, City, Missouri. Four grandchildren: Caleb Ridge of Blockton, Iowa and special friend Courtney Sommer; Jacob Carlson (Petrea) of Amity, Missouri; Taylor Ridge (Kelsey) of Grant City, Missouri; Sarah Schuman (Colby) of Amity, Missouri; Three great-grandchildren: Tanner Ridge, Riley Ridge and Addaline Shuman and Brother Wilbur Ray of Grant City, Missouri.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 18, 2014 [at] the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can [be] made in care of the funeral home to Isadora Church of Christ or Hospice of Southwest Iowa.

[ROWE, ELLIS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 6, 1969, [p. 1]

Ellis Rowe Is Found Dead At His Home

Ellis Rowe was found dead Tuesday in his car in the garage on his farm southeast of Bedford.

Survivors include his three daughters, Mrs. Bryan (Deloris) Cross, Bedford, Mrs. John (Margaret) Cade, Lenox, and Mrs. Jerry (Marie) Rankin, Des Moines.

[ROWE, ELLIS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 13, 1969, p. 3

Ellis Rowe, 64, Rites Held Here February 8

Funeral services for Ellis Rowe, 64, lifetime Taylor County resident, were held February 8 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Mr. Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Rowe died February 2, 1969, due to a massive stroke of paralysis. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Ellis Rowe, son of Eldridge Smith and Edith Risser Rowe, was born December 15, 1904, on a farm in Jackson Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

A graduate of the Sheridan High School, he grew to manhood in this community and engaged in farming with his father.

On March 23, 1929, he was united in marriage to Margretta Ethel Davidson and they moved to the present family farm where he resided until his death. To this union three daughters were born. The ensuing years were filled with the joys of raising the family and the pleasures of improving and building their farm operations. Grief struck this family on September 18, 1960, when death took his Margretta.

He married Madeline Hawk in August 1962 and she passed away the following spring.

Also preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Orlie and an infant sister.

Left to cherish his good life so well lived, are his three daughters and their families, Deloris and her husband, Bryan Cross, grandson, Kyle, and granddaughter Janna of Bedford; Margaret and her husband, John Cade, and grandson Mark of Lenox; Marie and her husband, Gerry Rankin, and granddaughter, Natalie, of Des Moines, Iowa; three brothers, Rex Rowe of Rockport, Mo.; Oakley Rowe of Sheridan, Mo., and Otis Rowe of Bedford; two sisters, Mrs. Dena Scott of Sheridan, Mo., Mrs. Vera Houk of Sharpsburg, Iowa; an aunt, Mrs. Lula Brown of Sheridan, Mo., nieces, nephews; cousins; other relatives, and many friends.

Ellis loved his family and they in turn were justly proud to return this love and to cherish memories of their father who possessed the qualities that made him one to be respected and remembered by family and friends as long as time shall remain.

[ROWE, ESTHER ELEANOR CARR]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 25, 1960, p. 4

Mrs. Otis Rowe Rites Held Here Friday

Mrs. Otis Rowe, a resident of the community southeast of Bedford in Jackson Township died at her home Wednesday, February 17 after an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service Home, on Madison Street, Friday afternoon. Rev Colvin Caughey of the Baptist church officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Esther Elenore [Eleanor] Carr, daughter of De Roy Schoonover and Weltha Rosetta Carr, was born near Sheridan, Mo., March 30, 1907 and died at the age of 52 years, 10 months, 17 days.

When a small child she moved with her family to Palisades, Colo., and from there to Tabor, Iowa, returning to Missouri when she was about seven years of age. She grew to young womanhood at the family home near Sheridan and was married on December 20, 1930 to Otis Rowe at Lincoln, Nebr. They resided on their farm near Bedford all of their married life.

She is survived by her husband; four children, Olen Rowe of Des Moines, Mrs. Ardyth Park of Omaha, Neil Rowe of Bedford, Arceile Rowe of the home; three grandchildren, Teresa and Susie Park, Gregory Rowe. Also by her mother, Mrs. Challie E. Graham of Sheridan; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Gilland of Kansas City, Mrs. E. G. Allee of Sheridan, Mrs. James P. Burke, Castro Valley, Calif.; two brothers, Col. Doy H. Carr, serving with the Armed Forces, Glenn W. Carr, Anchorage, Alaska.

[ROWE, MARGRETTA ETHEL DAVIDSON]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 22, 1960, [p. 1]

Mrs. Ellis Rowe Rites Tuesday P. M.

Mrs. Ellis Rowe died at her home near Bedford early Sunday morning, September 18 after a long illness.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on Madison Street, Tuesday afternoon, September 20. Rev. Colvin Caughey of the Baptist church officiated. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

Margretta Ethel, daughter of Mrs. Nellie Davidson Rinehart and the late Leslie C. Davidson, was born June 22, 1908, near Sheridan, Mo., and departed this life at the age of 52 years, two months, 26 days.

In early life she became a member of the Methodist church at Sheridan. She was a graduate of Sheridan high school and attended Northwest State Teachers college at Maryville.

After teaching school one year, she was united in marriage to Ellis Rowe on March 23, 1929, and to this union three daughters were born.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leslie C. Davidson; brother, Otis, and sister, Junie. She is survived by her husband of the home, where they spent their entire married life; three daughters, Mrs. Deloris Cross of Bedford, Mrs. Margaret Cade of Lenox, Mrs. Marie Rankin of Des Moines; her mother, Mrs. Nellie Rinehart of Grant City, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Faye Van Houten of Lincoln, Nebr., Mrs. Marjorie Wilsey of Mills, Wyo.; one brother, Orlie D. Davidson of Hiawatha, Kansas; and one grandson Mark Cade of Lenox

[ROWE, MADELINE ANNIS WINEMILLER HENDRICKSON HAWK]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 21, 1963, p. 4

Madeline Rowe Rites Held Mon.

Funeral services for Mrs. Madeline Annis Rowe, held Monday at the Shum-Novinger Madison St. Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Richard Ezell of Jamesport, Mo. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood, Mo.

Madeline Annis Rowe, 48, died last Friday evening, March 15, in the St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Mo.

Born November 14, 1914 near Sheridan, she was the daughter of William and Bertha (Cordell) Winemiller.

She was a member of the Sheridan Methodist church and the Allendale Chapter O. E. S. She was a lifetime resident of this area.

Survivors include the parents of Sheridan; her husband, Ellis Rowe, Bedford, Ia.; two sons, James Arthur Hendrickson, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Danny Lynn Hendrickson, Parnell; one brother, Wilbert Winemiller, Blockton, Ia.; four sisters, Mrs. Virginia Stoner, Sheridan, Mrs. Verene Adams, Allendale and Mrs. Maryella McIntire, Hebron, Indiana; two grandchildren, Timmie and Kimberlie Sue Hendrickson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Marie.

[ROWE, OAKLEY]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 16, 1980, p. 8

Final Rites Held October For Oakley Rowe, 78

Funeral services for Oakley Rowe, 78, of Bedford, held October 8 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Mr. Rowe died October 6, 1980 in Bedford. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Oakley Rowe, son of Elridge [Eldridge] S. [mith] Rowe and Edith Risser Rowe, was born March 17, 1902 south of Bedford in Taylor County, Iowa.

He grew to maturity on the farm where he was born and attended the Hoover rural school.

On February 2, 1923 he was united in marriage to Anna Pearl Barber at Bedford, Iowa, Rev. Harlan officiating.

They lived and farmed the same place located about one mile south of where he was born, in Nodaway County Missouri until 1972 when they moved to Bedford where they have since resided.

They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1973 and the occasion was a precious memory for them.

To this union six children were born: Roy, Wilma, Raymond, Wilbur, Dale and Donna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ellis and Otis Rowe, and one sister, Orlie Randle; one granddaughter, Barbara; and a sister who died in infancy.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Anna Pearl of the home; the children, Roy L. [ee] Rowe and wife, Marion, Wilma Auten and husband Otis, Raymond Rowe and wife, Mona, Wilbur Rowe and wife, Patsy, Dale Rowe and wife Barbara and Donna Berg and husband Phillip; 30 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one brother, Rex Rowe; two sisters, Dena Scott and Vera Houk; nieces; nephew; other relatives and many friends.

Oakley will be remembered by his family and friends as a kind and considerate husband, father, brother and loved one and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

[ROWE, OTIS]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 12, 1970

Otis Rowe, 63

Funeral services for Otis Rowe, 63, of Bedford, held November 8 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Carl Cummings. Mr. Rowe died November 6, 1970 at his home near Bedford. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Otis Rowe, son of Elridge S. [mith] Rowe and Edith Risser Rowe, was born December 9, 1906 in Taylor County, Ia.

He grew to adulthood in the community where he was born and attended the public schools in Taylor County Iowa; and then he attended high' school in Sheridan, Mo., where he graduated in   1925.

On December 20, 1930 be was united in marriage to Esther Eleanor Carr, who preceded him in death February 17, 1960. To them were born four children: Olen Rowe of Indianapolis, Ind., Ardyth Park of Omaha, Neb., Neil Rowe of Garwin, Ia., Arceile Combs of St. Joseph, Mo.

On August 20, 1963 he was united in marriage to Bertha Risser.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, a sister, Orla Randeil, and a brother, Ellis Rowe.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha of the home; his four children, Olen, Ardyth, Neil and Arceile, and their husbands and wives, 10 grandchildren, two brothers, Rex Rowe of Rockport, Mo., and Oakley Rowe of Sheridan, Mo.; two sisters, Dena Scott of Sheridan, Mo., Vera Houk of Sharpsburg; one step-daughter, Ruby Zarnikow and her husband of Des Moines, Ia., five step grandchildren; nieces; nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Otis was a kind and loving husband, father, brother, friend, and neighbor, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

[SCHNEIDER, AUDREY VIVIAN VANSKYOCK]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, July 14, 2004

AUDREY SCHNEIDER

Funeral services for Audrey Schneider, age 91 of Bedford, who died Monday, July 5, 2004 at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Friday, July 9,2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home with Pastor Duane Lauer officiating. Interment was held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be directed to the Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Center or the Bedford Volunteer Ambulance Service. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Audrey Vivian Vanskyock Schneider was born February 24, 1913, on a farm near Athelstan, Iowa the daughter of Jonathan Vanskyock and Georgiana Freemyer Vanskyock. Audrey grew up in the Athelstan area attending country school and later the Blockton High School where she graduated with the Class of 1932. On July 6, 1932, she was united in marriage to Oakley Schneider in Worth County, Missouri at the home of R.S. Graham. Together Oakley and Audrey farmed in the Taylor and Ringgold County areas. Oakley passed away in 1980 and Audrey continued to manage the farm until 1998 when she sold it and moved to Bedford. In 2001, she fell and broke her hip, requiring her to move to the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center where she resided at the time of her death.

Audrey loved being outdoors, living on the farm and thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle it provided. She worked side-by-side with Oakley as together they raised row crop, livestock and over 10,000 turkeys a year, along with many chickens. After Oakley's death, she continued with her chicken house. She was well read and knowledgeable on a variety of subjects, always willing to discuss politics, farming and current events. Music was a personal and important part of her life. Audrey was always known as a 'hard-working-woman' and even though she worked hard, she was known as a 'true lady' in every sense of the word to those who truly knew her. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for many years and was always very active in the Church Community Center.

One of Audrey's favorite activities was shopping, something she could always make time for! She was a devout woman and took her faith seriously, and personally. And, although she had no children of her own, she had a relationship with her nieces and nephews, grand     and     great-grandnieces and nephews that was of a 'mother, grandmother and great-grandmother'.

Left to cherish Audrey's memory are her sister-in-law Myrtle Terbell and husband Bob of Bedford; many nieces, nephews, grand and great-grandnieces and nephews along with other relatives and friends.

Preceding Audrey in death are her parents, Jonathan and Georgiana; her loving husband Oakley in 1980; three brothers, Doyle, Leslie and Wesley Vanskyock; and two sisters, Beatrice Adams and Edna Hartley.

 

[SCOTT, DENA ROWE]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, August 19, 1987

DENA SCOTT

Services for Dena Scott, 77, Bedford, were held Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1987 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Dena Scott, daughter of El [dridge] and Edith [Risser] Rowe was born June 7, 1910 on a farm southeast of Bedford, Ia. in Jackson Township. She passed away August 9, 1987 at the Worth County Care Center in Grant City, Mo. She grew to womanhood on the farm, attended rural schools and graduated from high school in Sheridan, Mo. in 1929.

She was united in marriage to Earl Scott October 25, 1931. They farmed north of Sheridan for many years eventually moving into Sheridan for their retirement years. She spent all of her life as a homemaker taking great pride in her immaculate home and garden. Her leisure hours were spent in sewing and doing craft work for which her abilities were well known. The retirement years were spent traveling through the western states and Canada and enjoying the winter months in southern Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on April 12, 1987, four brothers, Rex Rowe, Oakley Rowe, Ellis Rowe, Otis Rowe and two sisters, Orlie Randall and Vera Houk.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends.       

[SCOTT, EARL L.]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, April 22, 1987, p. 6

Earl Scott

Services for Earl Scott, 78, were held at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home and burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mr. Scott died April 12, 1987 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo.

Earl L. Scott, son of Arthur C. [leveland] Scott and Anna Mae Wake Scott, was born in Worth County near Sheridan, Mo. January 15, 1909. He grew to maturity in the community where he was born, where he attended the public school and the Brethren Church,

On October 25, 1931 he was united in marriage to Dena Rowe at Maryville, Mo. and they lived on farms in Worth County for about 40 years until they moved to Sheridan, Mo. where they have resided for the past 15 years. Earl enjoyed the farm life and the challenge of each new crop year.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Lois Lester and Deloris Larkin.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dena of Maryville, Mo.; three brothers, Art Scott and Loyd Scott both of Sheridan, Mo. and Eddis Scott of Montesano, Wash., nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was a member of the Flying Farmers of America and was a member of the Brethren Church.

He will be remembered as a kind and considerate loved one and friend.

[SHARP, LELA MARY RYAN]

Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, November 7, 1985

Lola Mary Sharp services here

Services for Lela Mary Sharp, 90, were held November 3   at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev Ted DeHass officiating.  Interment was    at    Fairview    Cemetery    in Bedford, Ia.    Mrs.    Sharp    died November 1, 1985 in Bedford.

Lela Mary Ryan Sharp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Ryan, was born near Clearfield, Iowa, on July 14, 1895. She grew to maturity in s the Lenox vicinity where she attended the public school.

In 1923 she married Luther Sharp in Bedford and they lived in Taylor County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther and she is the last in her immediate family.

During these past few years she has resided in Bedford Manor. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

 

[SPENCER, GEORGE EDWIN]

Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, July 24, 1991

GEORGE EDWIN SPENCER

 Funeral services for George Edwin Spencer were held Thursday, July 18, 1991 at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church with Rev. Marcia Smith Wood and Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.

George Edwin Spencer, son of Clark and Mildred Keith Spencer, died July 16, 1991 after a heart attack.

He was born September 27, 1922 and grew up on a farm south of Bedford. He attended the Banner Country School and Bedford Community High School, from which he graduated in 1940. During his subsequent years in the Navy, he earned his wings as a pilot and attended college at Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville and Central College in Pella.

George married Wilma Kathleen Lee, daughter of James and Mattie Stewart Lee on August 8, 1943. They had two children, Dennis Dee and Janice Louise.

Not only did he farm, but he also worked as an electrician and as head of the Bedford Water Department. Later he became City Manager of Bedford. In these roles, he was instrumental in building the Bedford pool and in maintaining the pool as well as Bedford’s sewer system and reservoir. In many ways, George was the heart and strength of Bedford. A beacon to his civic consciousness could be seen every year in the Christmas lights at the Bedford Courthouse and the Taylor County Historical Museum.

George was on the board of the Taylor County Museum, and a member of the Bedford Lions and the American Legion. He was a member of the United Christian-Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his father who died in 1970. He leaves his mother Mildred, wife Wilma, son Dennis and his wife Susan, daughter Janice and her husband Jim, and seven grandchildren, Jina Wilson, Christopher Spencer, Jackie Wilson, Kathleen Spencer, James Wilson, and the twins Andrea and Joanna Spencer.

George was a true friend, dedicated citizen, loving son, husband, father, grandfather and important member of our community. We love him and will miss him dearly.

 

 

 

[WEST, CASSIUS MOTIER]

Blockton News, Thursday, April 3, 1924, [p. 1]

Obituary

Cassius Motier West was born on a farm near Isadora, Mo., Nov. 6, 1856, and died at his home in Sheridan, Mo., March 18, 1924, aged 67 years, 5 months and 12 days.

He was united in marriage to Sarah L. [ouisa] Hill Nov. 9, 1882, who survives him. To this union eleven children were born, nine of whom survive him. Ansel West passed away while the family lived in Blockton and Plin West died at Seward, Neb. The surviving children are Mrs. Homer Chick and Fred West, Kansas City; Mrs. Geo. Harlow, Smithville; Orville West, Los Angeles, Cal.; Carl West, Marshalltown; Dick and Dale West, Des Moines; Edith West, Maryville; Mrs. Ike Carnes, Grant City.

He is also survived by two sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Homer Hines and Mrs. Wallace Straight, Sheridan; Aaron West, Billings, Mont.; Sidney West, Fairfield, Mont.; L. J. West, Grant City.

The funeral services were held from the Blockton Christian church, of which the deceased was a member, March 20, conducted by B. D. Kline of Sheridan, Mo. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.