Obituaries
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[Douglas, Betsy Glover]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    December 5, 1901    p. 5

Obituary.

Miss Betsey Glover was born in Cortland County, New York, April 25, 1840. She was married to Henry W. Douglas at Cortland, N. Y., Oct. 3, 1860. There were born to this union three sons and two daughters; W. [illiam] H. [enry], Clarence [Charles], Jasper, Jessie and Miss Ida, who married Rev. Merriman, of Marengo, Iowa. Mrs. Douglas was stricken on Thanksgiving Day between 11 and 12 o'clock and soon fell into an unconscious state and remained in that condition until her death December 1, at 6 p. m. She became a Christian when young, uniting with the Baptist church in her 18th year. She subsequently united with the Christian church and remained in their fellowship until her death. She was a fond and affectionate mother and faithful wife.

The funeral services took place at the Baptist church, Tuesday, December 3, at 1:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith.

A large crowd was at the funeral, which shows the love and esteem in which the deceased was held by her many friends. The floral offerings were exceptionally beautiful. The ladies of the W. R. C. held a short service after the sermon. Interment took place in the Bedford cemetery.

[Douglas, Betsy Glover]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     December 5, 1901    p. 4

Mrs. W. H. DOUGLAS.

A large number of friends attended the funeral of Mrs. H. [enry] W. Douglas [Betsy Glover], whose death has been chronicled. The grief stricken husband and family have the sympathy of all.

The services were held at the First Baptist church at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon and were conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. The interment was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Douglas, Betsy Glover]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     December 5, 1901     p. 5

Obituary.

Betsy Glover was born in Willett, Cortland County, New York, April 25th, 1840. She was married to H. [enry] W. Douglas October 4th, 1860. To this union five children were born, four of whom, William H. [enry]; Mrs. Ida M. Merriman; C. [larence] C. [harles] and Jasper A. Douglas survive their mother. Jessie Douglas died in Bedford July 10, 1898.

The family came west from New York in the spring of 1869, and located in Ringgold County, where they resided twenty years. They have resided in Bedford and vicinity during the past ten years.

Mrs. Douglas united with the Baptist church when 18 years old and was a member of the Christian church at Gravity at the time of her death, which occurred in Bedford at 5:50 p. m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Death resulted from cerebro apoplexy.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith, were held at the Bedford Baptist church at 1:30 p. m. Tuesday. The pastor spoke strong words of comfort and consolation to the sorrow stricken family, and the choir sang very appropriate and touching musical selections. Beautiful and profuse floral offerings symbolized the love and sympathy of friends.

The services were under the auspices of the W. R. C. and the beautiful ritualistic ceremonies were very impressive. The interment was in Bedford cemetery.

[Douglas, Oscar Elsworth]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 8, 1954    p. 8

Oscar Douglas Dies Unexpectedly

Oscar E. [lsworth] Douglas, 69, long time resident of Bedford, died unexpectedly at his home in south Bedford about 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 6. He is survived by his wife, Edna; by three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at the Christian church at two p. m., Thursday, July 8, conducted by Rev. Fred H. Cowles. Burial in Fairview cemetery.

[Douglas, Oscar Elsworth]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 15, 1954    [p. 1]

Oscar douglas Rites Held Here July 8th

Funeral services for Oscar E. Douglas of Bedford were held at the Christian church Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Fred H. Cowles. Burial in Fairview cemetery, with Bedford lodge, No. 91, I. O. O. F., giving their service at the grave.

Oscar Elsworth Douglas, son of William and Hulda [Lee Fitch] Douglas, was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, March 22, 1885, and died at the age of 69 years, three months, 14 days.

On January 29, 1925 he was married to Miss Edna Robey at Bedford.

He is survived by his wife, Edna; three brothers: John [Oliver] Douglas of Bedford, [William] Orville Douglas of Creston, Melvin [Clifford] Douglas of Villisca; three sisters: Mrs. Myrtle Owings, Mrs. Ida [Belle] Kemple of Bedford, Mrs. Bernice  [Marie] Travis of Clarinda.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

When a young man he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Christian church of Bedford under the pastorship of Rev. W. E. Robb. He served as a deacon for about 25 years.

Mr. Douglas lived practically all his life in and around Bedford. For the past 14 years he has been engaged in the trucking business.

He was a member of the Bedford Odd Fellows Lodge.

[Douglas, William O.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     August 22, 1901    [p. 1]

Resulted In Death.

H. [enry] W. Douglas has received a telegram stating that his brother, W. [illiam] O. Douglas, died last Friday at his home in Binghamton, N. Y., of Bright’s disease.

[Goforth, Bessie Opal Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     January 7, 1982    p. 4

Bessie Goforth, 81, Last Rites Were Held in Bedford

Funeral services for Mrs. Renna (Bessie Opal) Goforth, 81, of Bedford, were held January 3 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home officiated by Rev. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Goforth died in Clarinda Municipal Hospital December 30, 1981. Interment was at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford.

Bessie Opal Douglas Goforth, daughter of Clarence [Charles] Douglas, was born at Bedford, Iowa, October 7, 1900.

She grew to maturity in Bedford where she attended the public school and the Baptist Church.

On February 21, 1919 she was united in marriage to Renna Goforth at Bedford, Iowa, and they lived in the Bedford area most of their married life.

To this union nine children were born: Harold, Doris, Gayle, Eugene, Howard, Marceline, Clayton, Russell and Sharon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Renna; two children, Marceline and Eugene and a granddaughter Sharry Ann; brothers and sisters preceding her in death: Walter, Maude, Helen, Don, Archie, Margarete, Pearl and Grace.

Left to cherish her memory are the seven children: Harold and his wife, Hazel, of Bedford, Iowa, Doris Raynor of San Diego, Calif., Gayle of Maryville, Mo., Howard of Clarinda, Ia., Clayton and his wife, Marie, of Ramona, Calif., Russell and his wife Judy of Omaha, Nebr., Sharon and her husband, Leonard Scroggs, of Clarinda, Ia.; 24 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; one great great grandson; four sisters: Florence, Dorothy, Ferne and Jean; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Her family and loved ones will remember her as a kind and considerate mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and she will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

[Kemple, Bruce]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    September 17, 1925    [p. 1]

Well Known Bedford Resident Dies After Short Illness.

Funeral Held Today

Bruce Kemple, well known Bedford resident and businessman, died at his home early Monday morning [September 14th] of this week.

His death came after an illness of several days, an attack of the typhoid fever. Last Thursday it became known that his illness was very serious, and he gradually weakened, until medical attention was of no avail.

Mr. Kemple has been a resident of this city for many years. During the past few years he has managed the community sales, so well known in this vicinity. In this capacity, he gained the   acquaintance of most of the farmers of the county, and leaves a very large number of friends to mourn his death.

He is survived by his wife and a small son. Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, but was postponed on account of the fact that relatives of the deceased could not arrive in time.  Services are being held this afternoon at the Church of Christ, in charge of Rev. Price.

The Knights of Pythias will have charge of the services at the cemetery.

[Kemple, Bruce]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     September 17, 1925    [p. 1]

Bruce Kemple Died Monday

Funeral Held This afternoon from the Christian church

Bruce Kemple died at his home in south Bedford early on Monday morning, September 14th of typhoid fever, following an illness of about ten days.  The news of his death came as a great shock to the community, as he was a hale and hearty man, always feeling fine and a great mixer with his many friends.

The funeral is being held this afternoon at the Christian church by Rev. Price and interment will be in Fairview cemetery.

Surviving him are his wife and one son, Donald [Glen], his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kemple [Mary Elizabeth Orcutt], a brother, Harry [Earl] Kemple of Sheridan, Wyo., and a sister, Mrs. Edna Fanning of Wolf Point, Mont., all of whom are here at this time.

Bruce was past 37 years of age.   He has lived in this community most of his life and of late years had been devoting his time to buying and selling stock, and during the sale season conducted the Community Sales here. His jovial disposition, his honesty and fair dealing, made him well liked and respected.

The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved widow and to the little boy who was an inseparable companion of his father, and to the other members of his family.

[Kemple, Donald Glen “Benchy”]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday    November 23, 1988     p. 5

Donald G. Kemple

Funeral services for Donald Glen "Benchy" Kemple were held Friday, Nov. 18, 1988 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Donald Glen "Benchy" Kemple, son of Bruce Kemple and Ida [Belle] Douglas Kemple was born at Bedford, Ia., April 16, 1917 and departed this life at his home in Bedford, Iowa on November 16, 1988 at the age of 71 years and seven months.

He grew to maturity in Bedford where he attended the public school and the Christian Church.

On October 24, 1940 he was united in marriage to Mary Loretta Cannon and they resided in Bedford all of their married life. To this union one daughter, Connie [Kay] was born.

He was employed by the L.R. Vogt Company and later by Taylor County Iowa until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Mary who passed away September 30, 1986.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Connie and her husband Robert Castillo of New Market; grandchildren are Ricky Moore and his wife Cindy; Lisha Moore, James Castillo, Eric Castillo, and Chenoa Castillo; great grandchildren Ricky III and Tashena; other relatives and friends.

He served his country during World War II in the United States Army from September 25, 1942 until February 7, 1946.

He was a kind and considerate husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

[Kemple, Harry Earl]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 30, 1936    [p. 1]

Harry Kemple Dies

Harry [Earl] Kemple, 54, son of Mrs. Mary [Elizabeth Orcutt] Kemple of Bedford, died in Casper, Wyo., Thursday, Apr. 23, following a heart attack. The funeral services were held in Wyoming and burial made at Sheridan, Wyo. He is survived by his wife and mother; also one sister, Mrs. Edna [Ethel] Fanning of Fort Peck, Mont., and one nephew, Donald [Glen] Kemple of Bedford.

[Kemple, Ida Belle Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 11, 1976    p. 8

Ida Kemple, 86 Final Rites Held November 9

Funeral services for Ida Belle Kemple, 86, of Bedford, were held November 9, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Larry Secor. Mrs. Kemple died November 7, 1976 in Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

Ida Kemple, the daughter of William [Henry] and Hulda [Lee Fitch] Douglas, was born at Bedford, Iowa, May 2, 1890, and departed this life November 7,1976, at the Municipal Hospital, Clarinda, Iowa, at the age of 86 years, 6 months, and 5 days.

She lived her early life in Taylor County, Iowa, and grew to maturity in Bedford where she attended public school and was a member of the Christian Church.

On February 9, 1912, she was united in marriage to Bruce Kemple at Bedford, Iowa, and they made their residence here.

One son, Donald, was born to this union.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce, on September 14, 1925, her parents, three brothers, Oscar [Elsworth], [William] Orville and Melvin [Clifford], and two sisters, Myrtle Owings and Bernice [Marie] Travis.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Donald [Glen] and wife, Mary [Cannon]; one granddaughter, Connie Castillo and her husband, Robert, Council Bluffs; five great grandchildren, Rick Moore and wife, Cindy, Lisha Moore, Jimmy, Eric and Chenoa Castillo; one brother, John [Oliver] Douglas and his wife, Jerry [Geraldine].

[Kemple, Mary Elizabeth Orcutt]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 20, 1950     [p. 1]

Mrs. Mary Kempel Died Here Saturday

Mrs. Mary Kempel [Kemple] died at the Lincoln Nursing Home in Bedford Saturday, April 15.

The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Orcutt was born August 12, 1863 at Logansville, Indiana, being aged 86 years, 8 months, 3 days at the time of her death. She was brought by her parents to Lacon, Illinois, where she lived until her marriage Feb. 26, 1882 to Theodore Kempel [Kemple]. The young couple then came to Athelstan, Iowa, where they established a home, later moving to a farm near Bedford.

To them were born three children: two sons, Harry [Earl] Kempel [Kemple] and Bruce Kempel [Kemple]; and one daughter, Edna Alexander.

The husband and two sons preceded her in death.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter, Edna [Ethel] of Denver, Colo., one grandson, Donald [Glen] Kempel [Kemple] and wife Mary [Cannon] and daughter Connie [Kay] of Clarinda; two daughters-in-law, Isabel Edwards of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Ida [Belle Douglas] Kempel [Kemple] of Bedford.

[Kemple, Mary Loretta Cannon]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday     October 8, 1986     p. 6

MARY LORETTA KEMPLE

Services were held October 3 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home for Mary Loretta Kemple, 70, conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Mrs. Kemple died September 30, 1986 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr, Ia.

Mary Loretta Cannon, daughter of Edward LeRoy Cannon and Grace Doyle Cannon was born at Wiota, in Cass County, Iowa January 6, 1916.

She lived in the Wiota area until she moved to Bedford with her family and she was graduated from Bedford High School in 1937.

On October 28, 1940 she was united in marriage to Donald [Glen] Kemple at Pickering, Mo. and they have lived in Bedford, Iowa. One daughter, Connie [Kay] was born to this union.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Wilber, Vernon and Bernard; and two sisters, Margie Cross and Margaret Johnson.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Donald of the home; daughter, Connie and her husband Robert Castillo of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Rick and Cindy Moore, Lisha Moore, Jim Castillo, Eric Castillo, Chenoa Castillo; great grandchildren Ricky and Tashena Moore; a sister Merel Ward and a brother, Virgil Cannon, both of Mt. Ayr, Ia.; other relatives and friends.

She was raised in the Catholic faith and received last rites prior to her passing.

She will be remembered by her family and friends as a kind and considerate loved one.

[Owings, Myrtle Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 25, 1962     p. 5

Mrs. T. E. Owings Rites Here Tues.

Mrs. T. E. Owings of Bedford died at Municipal hospital, Clarinda, Sunday, Jan. 21, after an illness of several years.

Funeral services were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on Madison Street at two o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 23. Rev. Ivo Randels of the Christian church officiated. Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

Myrtle Douglas was born Dec. 27, 1887 to Mr. and Mrs. W. [illiam] H. [enry] Douglas [Hulda Lee Fitch] and passed away at the age of 74 years, 25 days.

On June 20, 1911 she was married to T. [homas] E. [lza] Owings of Bedford.

She was a member of the Christian church of Bedford and of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Oscar [Elsworth] Douglas.

She is survived by her husband, T. [homas] E. [lza] Owings; two sisters, Mrs. Ida [Belle] Kemple of Bedford, Mrs. Bernice [Marie] Travis of Clarinda; three brothers, [William] Orville Douglas of Creston, John [Oliver] Douglas of Bedford, Melvin [Clifford] Douglas of Omaha; one nephew, Donald [Glen] Kemple of Bedford; one great niece, Mrs. Connie Moore; one great great nephew, Ricky J. Moore of College Springs.

[Owings, Thomas Elza]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 27, 1962    p. 4

Death Takes Elza Owings

Funeral services for Thomas Elza Owings, life long resident of Taylor County, were held at the Madison Street, Shum-Novinger Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23, with Rev. Ivo Randels officiating, Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

The following obituary was included in the service:

Thomas Elza Owings, son of John [Wesley] and Emma Hosman Owings, was born at Siam, Iowa, October 30, 1884 and departed this life early Thursday morning, September 20, 1962 at the age of 77 years, ten months, 20 days.

He was united in marriage on June 20, 1911 to Miss Myrtle Douglas of Bedford. Mrs. Owings passed away January 21, 1962.

Mr. Owings was a member of the Siam Christian church and after moving with his parents to Bedford many years ago, he transferred his membership here.

He had always resided in Taylor County, except for a number of years when young, he lived with his parents in Kansas. He was a carpenter by trade and in recent years had been employed at both lumberyards in Bedford.

He was an only child and was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife. The surviving relatives are six cousins, the two in this immediate vicinity being Thos. D. Hosman of Bedford, Mrs. Alice E. Miller of Clarinda.

[Travis, Bernice Marie Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 1, 1975    p. 6

Bernice Travis, 76, Last Rites To Be Held Here Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Duane (Bernice Marie Douglas) Travis, 76, of Clarinda, will be held Thurs., May 1, at 2p.m. at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford officiated by Carl Cummings. Mrs. Travis died April 27 in Municipal Hospital in Clarinda. Interment will  be at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford.

[Travis, Bernice Marie Douglas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 8, 1975     p. 4

Hold Final Rites May 1 Here For Bernice Travis, 76

Funeral services for Mrs. Duane (Bernice Marie) Travis, 76, of Clarinda were held May 1 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mrs. Travis died in Municipal Hospital in Clarinda April 27,1975. Interment was at Bedford Cemetery, Bedford, Ia.

Bernice Marie Douglas, daughter of William H. [enry] and Huldah L. [ee] Fitch Douglas, was born in Bedford, Ia., June 20, 1898.

She grew to maturity in Bedford where she resided until moving to Clarinda where she was employed by Cobb's Ice Cream parlor for a number of years. Later she was employed as a waitress until her retirement.

In 1949 she was united in marriage to Duane Travis at Red Oak, Ia., and they have resided in Clarinda, Ia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Oscar [Elsworth], [William] Orville and Melvin [Clifford] Douglas; and a sister, Myrtle Owings.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Duane, of the home; one sister, Ida [Belle] Kemple, Bedford, and a brother, John [Oliver] Douglas, Maryville, Mo.

She was a kind and considerate wife, sister, friend and neighbor who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

[Traster, Fred]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 14, 1946    p. 5

Fred Traster, 53 Dies In Hopkins

Fred Traster, 53, died at his home in Hopkins Monday evening following an illness of only a few hours. The funeral services are being held in Hopkins Friday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Maude [Mae] Douglas of Bedford; also by a daughter, Mrs. Dean Meredith of Seattle; by three daughters and a son, Kenneth, Lucile, Ermadean and Elizabeth, all of the home. His mother Mrs. Frances Carmichael resides in Maryville.

[Traster, Fred]

Maryville Daily Forum

Tuesday     February 12, 1946    p. 6

Fred Traster Dies at His Home in Hopkins

Fred Traster, 54 years old of Hopkins, died of a heart attack about 6 o’clock last night at his home. He became ill late yesterday afternoon while working at the Peve Produce house. Mr. Traster had resided his entire life in the Hopkins community.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Maude [Mae] Douglas of Bedford, Ia., his mother, Mrs. M. D. Carmichael, Maryville, one son Kenneth Traster, Hopkins and four daughters, Mrs. Dean Meredith, state of Washington, Misses Lucile, Ermadene and Elizabeth Traster of the home.

Funeral services have been tentatively set for Friday, awaiting the [arrival?] of the daughter.

[Usher, Dennis]                                [Douglas, John Dillon]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    June 17, 1926    [p. 1]

tornado kills 2 at clarinda

Injured many others and wrecked score of homes, damage heavy

A tornado hit the south and east sides of Clarinda yesterday afternoon about 3:15, leaving in its path the ruins of a score or more homes and other buildings and claiming the lives of two, besides seriously injuring a number of other people.

The dead are Dennis Usher, age 12 and J. [ohn] D. [illon] Douglas, about 80.

The Usher boy is reported to have been out in a pasture east of town with three companions when the twister hit. They started to run for shelter and the Usher boy was picked up by the wind and carried a distance of 600 feet and dropped to earth again dead, his body and head crushed by the wind and its burden of timbers and other wreckage.

The old gentleman, Mr. Douglas, a paralytic, ill and unable to move, at the home of his son-in-law, Lyman [Edward] Ernst, was so badly injured when the storm crushed in the house over his bed, that he died later at the hospital where he was taken for treatment.

[Usher, Dennis]                                            [Douglas, John Dillon]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    June 17, 1926    [p. 1]

CLARINDA TORNADO KILLS TWO-SCORE INJURED IN STORM

TWISTER STRUCK NEIGHBORING TOWN YESTERDAY.

GREAT DAMAGE.

HITS STATION KSO

Radio Station is Partially Wrecked.

Local Man Barely Missed

Being Hit By Storm.

Two persons were killed at Clarinda yesterday afternoon, and at least fifteen were injured, four of them seriously, and damage estimated at $150,000 was caused by a tornado, which ripped across Clarinda and outlying sections late yesterday afternoon, about the time of the heavy rain at Bedford.

The dead are: Dennis Usher, 13, and J. [ohn] D. [illon] Douglas, 80.

Usher was killed when the tornado caught him and two other boys in a pasture. He was carried for several blocks and his head crushed.

Mr. Douglas, who was a paralytic, was fatally injured when the storm struck the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lyman [Edward Ernst] [Mary Lucretia Douglas Pendergraft]. Mrs. Douglas [Samantha Jane Lowther] was ill at the time and Mr. and Mrs. Ernst took her to safety first. They then were returning for Mr. Douglas when the tornado cloud struck the Ernst home, demolishing it. Mr. Douglas was rushed to the hospital where he died.