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Thursday July 26, 1962 p. 4
Cleo Savage, 62, Dies July 25
Cleo [Nelson] Savage, 62, of Gravity died suddenly early yesterday (July 25) morning while choring.
Thursday August 2, 1962 p. 4
Final Rites For Cleo Savage Held July 28
Funeral services for Cleo Nelson Savage were held Sun., July 28 at the Gravity Christian Church with Rev. Donald Peel officiating. Burial was in Washington cemetery in Gravity.
Cleo Nelson Savage, son of Ida A. [gnes] Mick and Nelson [Akson] Savage, was born near Conway, Iowa March 5, 1902. He passed away at home, July 25, 1962 at the age of 60 years, 4 months, 20 days.
With the exception of four years his entire life was spent at the farm near Conway. Mr. Savage, with his wife and two sons, joined the Gravity Christian church during the ministry of Rev. Max Buck. From the time of his baptism, Mr. Savage has been a faithful and devoted member and worker in the church.
On Aug. 27, 1922, he was united in marriage with Lillian May Bright of Conway. To this union were born two sons: Homer Dale and Doyle Ellis. Cleo was a kind, loving husband and father and was highly respected by all who knew him. He will be missed by his family and by the community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Chester, and Osa Wallace who was raised in the home.
He is survived by his wife Lillian; his son Dale of Ocean City, N. J., and his son Doyle of Independence, Mo.; two daughters-in-law, four granddaughters, one grandson, a number of cousins and a multitude of friends.
Thursday June 10, 1937 p. 5
Nelson Savage Dies In St. Joseph, Mo.
Nelson Savage of Gravity died at the Missouri Methodist Hospital in St. Joseph, Saturday, June 5.
Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Gravity Monday afternoon, June 7, conducted by Rev. C. Max Buck. Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.
Nelson Akson Savage, foster son of S. [eth] C. [arson] and M. [ary] A. [Caughey] Savage, was born in Sweden, June 1, 1866, being aged 71 years and 3 days at the time of his death.
At the age of 5 years he came to America with his mother and made his home in Swedesburg, Iowa, for a number of years. He was then taken into the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. [eth] C. [arson] Savage and moved with them to Taylor County, where he had resided since.
Jan. 1, 1888 he was married to Ida Agnes Mick. The marriage ceremony was performed at the farm home where they resided all these years. To this union were born two sons, Chester A. Savage and Cleo N. [elson] Savage, who with their mother, survive. There are also five grandchildren and a niece, Mrs. Osa La Poe of Denver, Colo. His parents and foster parents preceded him in death.
Mr. Savage united with the Church of Christ at Gravity in 1889 and had served as an Elder or Deacon for more than forty years. He was a member of the Sunlight Lodge of Free Masons, No. 459, of Gravity and at the time of his death held the honorable position of Worthy Master.
Thursday June 10, 1937 p. 5
Attend Savage Funeral
Mrs. Ralph A. Rutledge, Abe Rutledge, Grace Selders, Chas. Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Cundy, Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Pfander and son, Mrs. Earl Farnham, Ferne Farnham, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Damewood, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stephens, Mrs. Willie Weller and children, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Weller and daughters attended the funeral of Nelson Savage at Gravity Monday.
Thursday July 26, 1962 p. 4
John Ridnour Taken In Death
Services for John William Ridnour were held July 19 in New Market with Clarence Potter officiating. Burial was in Dallas Center Cemetery.
John William Ridnour, son of S. [amuel] W. [ilson] and Anna Meads Ridnour, was born near Clarinda, Ia., on April 24, 1882, and passed away at his home northwest of Corning, Ia., on July 17, 1962 at the age of 80 years, two months and 23 days.
At the age of 12 he moved with his parents to a farm one mile northwest of New Market, Ia., where he lived until he was married.
On Sept. 20, 1905 he was united in marriage to Eliza Blanche Leighton. To this union nine children were born, of whom seven are living, [John] Eldon of Cook, Wash.; Orval [Leighton] of New Market, Ia.; Ralph of Walnut, Ia.; (Meda) Mrs. Earl Mitchell; Mrs. Zona Schnepp, and Hazel Ridnour, all of Corning, Ia.; (Betty) Mrs. Wilbur Johnson of Nodaway, Ia. He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 31, 1949, and two sons, Elmer [Wilson] in 1918 and Oren [Ellsworth] who was killed in action in France in 1944. His parents and five brothers and sisters also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his seven children, 13 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Golda Anderson of Newcastle, Nebr.; Mrs. Flora Whetstine of Guilford, Mo.; Mrs. Myrtle Ellis of St. Joseph, Mo.; Mrs. Bertha [Ellen] Harland and Mrs. Hattie Geer of New Market, Ia.; and one brother, Albert, of Parnell, Missouri.
He was a member of the Covenant Lodge, No. 453 of New Market, Iowa.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday June 23, 1910 [p. 1]
Mary J. Ridenour
Mary J. [ane] Ridenour, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Payton [Mary Ann Hamilton], was born in Blackford County, Indiana, in 1854, and died of paralysis, Thursday, June 16th, at the home of her sister, Mrs. [Sarah] Nancy Stitt, living near Yorktown. Mrs. Ridenour moved with her parents to Illinois in 1854, where they remained until 1870, removing then to Iowa.
In 1868 she was married to David E. Ridenour and to this union was born three daughters, one, Mrs. Ralph Woodward [Rella], who survives. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, after which the body of Mrs. Ridenour was laid to rest in the Summit cemetery at Yorktown, by the side of her husband, who had preceded her to the grave only a few years previous.
He was a member of the Covenant Lodge, No. 453 of New Market, Iowa.
Thursday June 23, 1910 [p. 1]
Mrs. Mary J. Ridenour
Saturday at Yorktown, Page County, took place the funeral of Mrs. Mary J. [ane] Ridenour, daughter of William Payton, whose funeral took place a little more than a week ago. Mrs. Ridenour was the mother of Mrs. Ralph Woodward [Rella], northwest of town, and with whom she made her home last winter. She has spent most of her time this spring with her father and younger sister at Yorktown but was at the home of W. [illiam D. [avison] Stitt when she died. Mrs. Ridenour was 68 years old at the time of death, which was the result of a third attack of paralysis. Several years ago she had a slight stroke and another more severe about two years ago, and the last one last Thursday morning, from which she died at 8 o’clock the same evening. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. Stitt Saturday, conducted by Rev. Mr. Thompson of the Methodist Episcopal church of Red Oak, formerly pastor of the church here. Interment took place at the Yorktown cemetery, the body being laid beside that of her husband who died several years ago. Melchor and John [Lewis] Payton, brothers of the deceased, Mrs. Carrie Wright, Fred and Howard Payton with their wives, and Paul Hunter attended the funeral from here.
Thursday November 14, 1905
Answered The Last Roll Call
David E. Ridenour was born in Westmoreland Co., Pa., April 18, 1841 and departed this life Nov. 11, 1905. About 1851 his father moved to Fulton Co., Ill., and in 1854 to Henry Co., the same state, being counted pioneers in this county. He was a volunteer soldier under the flag of his country during the civil war, being a member of Company D, 112th Ill. Volunteers. With his regiment he saw much hard service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
On the 15th of Feb. 1866, he was married to Mary J. [ane] Payton and resided in Henry Co., Ill., until 1871, when he removed to Page Co., Iowa, where he carried on farming with the exception of 18 months when he was engaged in the mercantile business in Yorktown. In the spring of 1903 he moved to Bedford which place has since been his home. It was about that time when he began to suffer from the dread malady for which he sought every possible means of deliverance but which relentlessly pursued its course to the end.
In the month of Jan. 1866, he professed conversion and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. That he was a useful member of society is a fact beyond dispute.
He was also a true patriot and an upright citizen. His character is without a stain. He was a noble man, a Christian.
While desiring to live for the sake of life, and especially for the sake of those he loved, he was yet resigned and bore his unspeakable sufferings with a fortitude begotten of God’s rich grace.
His devoted wife and a daughter Mrs. Rella Woodward survive him. A precious daughter of nine years has preceded him to the better land.
The funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thompson. Immediately after the funeral the cortege left for Gravity from which place the body was shipped to Yorktown and interred today in the cemetery near his old home.
Thursday September 1, 1949
Mrs. John Ridnour Dies At Hospital
Mrs. John Ridnour [Eliza Blanche Leighton] of north of Gravity died Wednesday morning, August 31, at the Creston hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock, September 2, at the Methodist church in Gravity with Rev. D. C. Callison officiating. Burial will be in Dallas cemetery.
Mrs. Ridnour, a former resident of the rural community northeast of Bedford, is survived by her husband, four daughters, and three sons.
Thursday September 15, 1949 p. 6
Obituary – Mrs. John Ridnour
Eliza Blanche Leighton, daughter of Loretta Frances [Weaver] and Elmer Ellsworth Leighton, was born August 5, 1885 in Dallas Township, Taylor County, Iowa, and died in the Greater Community Hospital in Creston on August 31, at the age of 64 years and 26 days.
She spent the greater part of her life in Taylor County, having moved northwest of Corning about three and one-half years ago.
On September 20, 1905 she was married to John William Ridnour of New Market, Iowa. To them nine children were born, two of whom preceded her in death, Elmer Wilson in 1918 and Oren Ellsworth, who lost his life in France on June 30, 1944.
She is survived by her husband, three sons, John Eldon of Cook, Washington, Orval L. [eighton] of Nodaway, Ralph I. of Walnut, Iowa; four daughters, Meda, Hazel and Zona of Corning, and (Betty) Mrs. Wilbur Johnson of Brooks; eleven grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters, Don W. Leighton of Nodaway, Glenn M. [ilton] Leighton and Roy E. [llis] Leighton of Bedford, Mrs. Beulah Price of Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Coryl Leighton of Yuma, Colorado, and Mrs. Opal Squier of Moorhead. She was a very kind and loving wife and mother, always thinking of helping others instead of herself.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Gravity, Sept. 2, conducted by Rev. D. C. Callison. Burial was in the Dallas Center cemetery.
Thursday March 13, 1952 p. 5
Obituary – Ralph Woodward
Ralph Woodward was born October 1, 1865, at Salineville, Ohio, and died Feb. 23, 1962, at Bedford, at the age of 86 years, four months, 24 days. He was the son of John and Mary [Ann Gordon] Woodward.
April 3, 1895 he was married to Rella Ridenour, and to them were born four children, two sons and two daughters. One daughter died in infancy, and the other, Orpha Pearl, died in 1910. The sons are Clarence [Earl] of Bedford and Walter [Roy] of Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jim Woodward; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Johnson; and his wife.
He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Maggie Jewell of Ottawa, Ill.; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted from the Shum Funeral Home Feb. 26, by Rev. Robt. M. Peters, with burial in Fairview cemetery.
Thursday June 15, 1933 [p. 1]
Mrs. Woodward Dies
Mrs. Ralph Woodward [Rella Ridenour] died at the home of her son, Clarence [Earl] Woodward northwest of Bedford about midnight Wednesday. She had been in failing health for some time. No funeral arrangements have been made.
Thursday June 22, 1933 p. 4
Services Held for Mrs. Woodward
Funeral services for Mrs. Ralph Woodward, who died at the home of her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Woodward northwest of Bedford, Wednesday, June 14, were held at the Methodist church Saturday. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Mrs. Woodward, whose name before her marriage was Rella Ridenour, was born near Woodhull, Ill., April 27, 1869. She was married to Ralph Woodward, April 3, 1895. To them four children were born, two daughters and two sons. One daughter died in infancy and the other, Orpha Pearl, in 1910. The sons are Walter [Roy] Woodward of Chicago and Clarence [Earl] of Bedford.
In early childhood Mrs. Woodward united with the Methodist church at Gilead, where her membership remained until 1914, when she united with the Bedford Methodist church.
Surviving relatives are the husband, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
Thursday October 5, 1972
Rites Held Here Monday For Mr. Woodward
Funeral services for Clarence Earl Woodward, 76, formerly of Bedford, were held Mon., Oct. 2, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here. Mr. Woodward died September 29, 1972. Military honors by Bedford American Legion Post No. 164 were conducted at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Thursday October 12, 1972 p. 7
Rites Held Here October 2 For Mr. Woodward
Funeral services for Clarence Earl Woodward, 76, lifetime resident of Taylor County, were held October 2 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings and Rev. Robert Truitt officiating. Mr. Woodward died September 28, 1972, at Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. Bedford American Legion Post no. 164 conducted military honors at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.
Clarence Earl Woodward, son of Ralph and Rella [Ridenour] Woodward, was born June 21, 1896 on a farm northwest of Bedford, Iowa, in Benton Township.
He attended Bailey School and spent the most of his life in Benton Township with the exception of a few years near Sharpsburg and three years in Ross Township, where he was engaged in farming. He was a patient in the Veterans Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa, in later years.
He was united in marriage to Zoe A. [dell] Nethers, December 21, 1918, at the Methodist Parsonage in Bedford. To them were born four children.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Doris L. [ouise] Peterson and a brother, Walter [Roy] Woodward of Camden, Missouri.
Left to cherish memories are his wife; three children, Merle and his wife, Florence, Betty and her husband, Henry Glass, Wayne and his wife, Margaret, and a son-in-law, Ivan Peterson; five grandchildren; five step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was a member of the Bedford United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post at Bedford, No. 164.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Tuesday September 26, 1905 p. 2
After an illness of 9 weeks, Mrs. Woodward died of dropsy of the heart, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Jewell [Margaret], near Sharpsburg, Iowa, Sept. 22, 1905, age 64 years, 6 months and 6 days.
Mary Ann [Gordon] Woodward was born near New Castle, Eng., July 16th, 1841, and came to this country in her early childhood, settling first in Illinois, afterward coming to Iowa. She was the youngest, also the last of 12 children to enter the Haven of rest.
Mrs. Woodward was an earnest Christian lady, evidencing this by her patience during her illness, and her submissive spirit, often saying to her friends, if it was God’s will it was her will to go.
On Saturday afternoon a short service was held at the Jewell home, after which the body was taken to Clarinda where on Sunday, Sept. 24th, the funeral sermon was preached at the home of her son, Mr. James Woodward. She was then laid to rest near her old home. She leaves a husband and 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters, to mourn her loss.
“Leaving the cloud and the tempest,
Reaching the balm and the cheer,
Finding the end of her sorrow,
Finding the end of her fear,
Seeing the face of her Master,
Yearned for in distance and dream;
Think of that rapture and gladness!
Think of that vision supreme!”
Thursday February 24, 1972 p. 6
Leroy Ridnour Rites Held Here February 17
Funeral services for Leroy Albert Ridnour, 78, of New Market, were held February 17 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford. Mr. Ridnour died at Pearl Terrace Manor in Bedford on February 15, 1972. Interment was at Memory Cemetery, New Market.
Leroy Albert Ridnour, son of Samuel Wilson Ridnour and Annie Belle Meads Ridnour, was born November 24, 1893 in Page County, Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Edna Lorene [Laurena] Whetstine in 1916 and to them were born seven children.
Albert followed the occupation of a farmer in this and neighboring areas and he was living near Parnell, Missouri, at the time of his recent illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife who died March 18, 1934 and a daughter Melvena Opal (Mrs. Elvin Miller).
He was united in marriage to Ada Allen Jan. 13, 1958 at Maryville, Mo.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Kenneth Albert, Keith Alman, Cleo Arvilla Anderson, Donald Wayne, Esther Lavone Miller, and Dean Earl; 15 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; three sisters: Myrtle Ellis, Hattie Geer, Bertha [Ellen] Harland; other relatives and many friends.
He was a member of the Masonic Order; and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thursday September 12, 1940 p. 2
Funeral services for Jesse Ridenour of Conway, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Erve Herring, south of Bedford on Tuesday, Sept. 3, were held at the Shearer cemetery chapel Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Earl Moneymaker of Lenox. Burial was in the Shearer cemetery.
Jesse Ridenour, son of Samuel and Mary [Polly Ritenour] Ridenour, was born April 4, 1879, near Clarinda, Iowa, being aged 61 years, 4 months and 30 days at the time of his death.
He spent most of his life in Iowa except for a few years spent in Nodaway County, Missouri.
He was married to Nancy C. [harlotte] Maxwell of Braddyville, Iowa, July 24, 1898 at College Springs. Eight children were born, three sons and five daughters, all of whom are living except one son, Delbert, who died in infancy.
He is survived by his wife and seven children, Mable [Belle] Wolfe of Sharpsburg; Myrtle [Marie] Sobbing of Pickering, Mo.; [Louis] Orville Ridenour of Bedford; Rolla [Leota] Ridenour of Hopkins; Susie [Crystal] Herring of Bedford; Elsie [Irene] Fearnot of Conway; and [Lillie] Pearl Orr of Lenox; three brothers, Denver Ridenour of Clarinda; John Ridenour of Villisca; and Charlie Ridenour of Nebraska; twenty-three grandchildren.
Page County Democrat
Friday January 25, 1907
Samuel Ridenour died yesterday morning at his home in this city. His funeral
was held at 1 o'clock this afternoon, with burial at the Rawlings Cemetery.
Page County Democrat
Friday February 1, 1907
Samuel Ridenour was born in Springfield, Pa., on May 20, 1841. In 1859 he was
united in marriage to Mary Ridenour [Ritenour] and in about 2 years thereafter they moved to Illinois, thence to Page County, Ia., reaching here about 35 years ago.
Here he engaged in farming until about 4 years ago, when he came to Clarinda to make his home. His last illness was seven weeks duration, and on Thursday, Jan 24,at 7:55 A.M., "God's finger touched him and he slept."
He was the father of fifteen children of whom eight, together with their aged mother, survive him, viz: George B. and [Samuel] Denver, Fulton, Ill; W.[illiam] H.[enry], Clarinda; Alex A., New Market; J. [ahue] A., Clarinda; Jesse, Braddyville; John [Western], Clarinda, and Charles [Wesley], Siam, Ia.
For many years Father Ridenour was a member of the United Brethren church but at the time of death was a member of the First United Presbyterian church of Clarinda, and from among the members of the church of his choice were selected the following who acted as pallbearers, viz: S. W. Nelson, J. A. Pinkerton, J. C. Welch, Robert Stevenson, John B. Knox, Jr., and Samuel Brownlee.
Funeral services were conducted at the home by Will O. Hutchings, at 1:30 p. m. Friday, Jan 25. A choir composed of Mrs. H. C. Hawley, Mrs. Allie Johnson and Mrs. Dot Jackson sang in tender and touching strains those dear old songs, "Abide With Me, " "Nearer My God To Thee," " Jesus, Lover of My Soul," and " No Friend Like Jesus."
Thursday August 10, 1961 p. 5
Fred Ridnour Rites At Gravity
Fred Ridnour, long-time resident of Taylor County, died Friday, August 4, at the Villisca Nursing Home. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Gravity at two o’clock, Sunday afternoon, August 6. Carl Cummings of Bedford officiated. Burial was in the Hawleyville cemetery.
Fred Ridnour, son of Benjamin and Susanna Whipkey Ridnour, was born October 19, 1875 on a farm northwest of Clarinda, and died at the age of 85 years, nine months, 15 days, following a long illness.
At the age of eight years, he moved with his parents to a farm near Hawleyville and it was at that place he was married on September 24, 1914 to Ada Coy Scadden. To them was born one child, a son, Harry Ridnour, with whom he made his home the past 20 years, and until his illness required hospitalization.
He is survived by his son and wife, Harry and Helen Ridnour; four grandsons, Larry Don, Billy Duane, Freddie Dean and Harry David Ridnour; also by three adopted daughters, Josie, Bessie and Jessie. He also took into his home and reared as his own, two children of Bessie’s, who are Lowell Mascher of Red Oak and Ina Mae Bressler of Leavenworth, Kans.; and by nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife in August 1942, the daughter Josie [Violet] in 1927, his parents, all of his brothers and sisters. His father died when he was 11 years old.
Thursday July 30, 1981 p. 6
Leland Dale Ridnour Last Rites Were Held July 25
Funeral services for Leland Dale Ridnour, 69, of Bedford, were held July 25 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Ridnour died July 22, 1981 in Bedford. Interment was at Guss Cemetery, Guss, Iowa.
Leland Dale Ridnour, son of James Ridnour and Ella Zan King Ridnour, was born in Taylor County, Iowa December 19, 1911.
He grew to maturity in the area where he was born where he attended the public school and shared in both home and community affairs.
His lifetime occupation was farming in Taylor County Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mildred Stalcup.
Left to cherish his memory are one sister, Opal McFarland of Clarinda, Iowa; a niece, Maxine Radford of Indianapolis, Indiana, other nieces, nephews and friends.
He had resided at Hotel Garland in Bedford since retirement, and he will be missed by those that knew and loved him.
Thursday September 10, 1942 p. 2
Obituary – Mrs. Fred Ridnour
Ada Belle Coy [Scadden], daughter of Jerry and Belle Coy, was born June 1, 1890 at Hamburg, Iowa, and died August 30, 1942 at the age of 52 years, 2 months and 29 days, at her home west of Gravity.
She became the wife of Fred Ridnour Sept. 24, 1914 at Clarinda. She is survived by her husband, one son, Harry at home; two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Heuer and Mrs. Jessie Mathis. Also six grandchildren, Ina Mae and Lowell Mascher, who made their home with their grandparents; Gerald and Clarion Lee Heuer, Donald and Frances Mathis.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Josie, three granddaughters, her parents and one brother. Three sisters and two brothers survive: Nanie Pettingill and May Heiser of Altamont, Mo.; Pearl Shively of Shambaugh, Joe Coy of Riverdale, Michigan, and Andy Coy of Arizona.
She had been in failing health for several months. She joined the Methodist church in Hawleyville in early life. She was a loving mother, faithful companion and a good neighbor.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Gravity Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. C. W. Proctor. Burial was in the cemetery at Hawleyville.