Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco - lorerus@iowatelecom.net

Adolphsen, Doris Marie Swank -

Funeral services for Doris Adolphsen, age 92, of Lenox, who died Monday, July 19, 2004 at the Mount Ayr Health

Care Center were held Friday, July 23, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Interment

was held in the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be directed to the Lenox United Methodist

Church. Arrangements were by the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Doris Marie Swank Adolphsen was the oldest of four daughters and two sons born April 20, 1912 in Ringgold

County, Iowa to Walter Swank and Fern Laird Swank. Doris grew up attending rural school and graduated from

the Shannon City High School with the Class of 1929. Aspiring to teach school she attended an extension of Iowa

State Teachers College and taught four terms of rural school.

During this time, she met a young farmer, Alfred A. "Lefty" Adolphsen, and they were married April 20, 1933 at the

United Methodist Parsonage in Creston, Iowa. In 1936, Doris and Lefty moved to a farm south of Lenox where they

lived until 1962 when they moved into Lenox. They enjoyed Lefty's participation in Trap Shooting events in Arizona

and Nevada for many years. They also had several overseas adventures visiting Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and

Tahiti, along with visiting many of our 50 states. They made many friends throughout their travels and this was

something that brought them great joy. Their home was always open to friends and family. In 1983, they celebrated

their 50th Wedding Anniversary surrounded by friends and family. The many years of illness took its toll on Lefty

and he passed away on September 27, 1988.

Although they were never able to have children of their own, Doris' friends and relatives were an inspiration to her,

she always had a deep concern for them, being especially close to her nieces and nephews. Doris was a long time

member and faithful attendant of the Lenox United Methodist Church, the Mayflower Club, Jolly Neighbor's Club and

V.I.C. and U.M.W.

Left to cherish her memory are two sisters, Hazel Lee of Waterloo, Iowa; and Eva Lindgren and husband Charles of

Lakewood, Colorado; along with a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Preceding Doris in death were her parents, Walter and Fern; her husband Lefty; two brothers, Earl Swank and Byrle

Swank; and a sister, Helen Weeda.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 28, 2004


Bolinger, Clark Dee -

City of Lenox employee Clark Bolinger passed away on Tuesday, July 13, while working on a natural gas transmission

line southeast of Lenox. No report as to cause of death was obtained by press time, but hot, weather may have

contributed to the death.

According to Karen Zabel, Lenox City Administrator, the circumstances of the death were: Clark, age 54, was

setting in a pickup truck as water was being pumped out of a hole so work could be done on a transmission line.

He had contact with City Hall about 15 minutes prior and asked for more fuel for the pump. City employee Jim

Rice then went en route with fuel, called Clark on the radio but got no response. When Rice found Clark, he was

apparently already dead.

The City Administrator reported that there was no physical labor involved in the work that Clark was doing

immediately prior to his death. Some residents who are mourning his passing suspect that the death may have been

caused by him working in the hot, humid weather conditions, then retreating to air conditioning in the pickup truck.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 14, 2004


Bolinger, Clark Dee -

Funeral Services for Clark Bolinger, age 54, of Lenox, who died Tuesday, July 13th, 2004 were held Friday,

July 16th, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Interment was held in the Blue Grove

Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be given in Clark's name. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie

Funeral Home of Lenox.

Clark Dee Bolinger began his life on May 13, 1950 at the Creston Hospital with his twin sister, Dora, as the

children of Rexie Leo and Austie Pearl Spencer Bolinger and entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday, July 13,

2004 at the age of 54 years and two months.

He was reared in the Diagonal area and had begun school there when the family moved to Garden Grove. He

finished his schooling at Garden Grove, graduating with the High School class of 1968. After high school he attended

Southwestern Community College at Creston where he completed his class in Auto Body Repair. He worked in

Creston for several years then moved to Lenox where he worked at Totes until it closed. He then began working for

the City of Lenox in 1984.

On August 10th, 1978 he was united in marriage with Carolyn Elaine Barnhart. With this marriage to Elaine

they created a blended family of five children. One daughter Kara was born to bless this union, making a total of six


Clark was an outdoors person who loved to camp, hunt and fish. He was a very generous and loving man to

whom family was extremely important. He loved his home and doing things to improve his home. He enjoyed his

Shetland ponies. He was an eagle collector. He loved to watch his brother, Floyd, participate in pickup pulls.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Elaine of Sharpsburg; his children Rocky of Rock Port,

Missouri; Brian of Omaha, Nebraska; Michael of Creston; Carla of Adair; Deva of Creston and Kara of Lenox;

his five sisters, Viola and husband Dwayne Wahl of Clearfield; Margery and husband Robert Keener of Crane, Missouri;

Doris Bolinger of Tingley; Dora and husband Ronald Ray of Creston; Georgia and husband Eugene Springer of Creston;

his six brothers, Junior and wife Sandy Bolinger of Creston; Lowell and wife Doreen Bolinger of What Cheer; Floyd and

wife Kay Bolinger of Diagonal; Robert "Doc" and wife Linda Bolinger of Kent; Ronald and wife Del Bolinger of Lenox;

Melvin and wife Sharon Bolinger of Knoxville; nine grandchildren; two great grandsons, many nieces, nephews

and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rexie and Austie Bolinger, and by his wife's parents, Clifford Barnhart

and Pauline McAuley.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 28, 2004


Brown, Bernice Sylvia Creveling -

Bernice Sylvia Creveling Brown entered into rest on April 7, 2004, in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 90 years

and 11 months. Bernice was born May 18, 1913, to Sidney and Ethel Creveling of Sharpsburg, Iowa.

Bernice is survived by her son Jim D. Brown of Port Orford, Oregon, her daughter Sharon Kay Selph of Cave

Creek, Arizona, her brother Sidney Creveling of Clarinda, her sister Ada Stapleton of Council Bluffs, Iowa,

six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held in loving memory of Bernice on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the West

Fairview Cemetery Memorial Gardens in Lenox, Iowa, as she is laid to rest beside her beloved husband Charlie

Odis Brown.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 1, 2004


Dunn, Robert A Jr. -

Robert A. Dunn Jr., 60, of Nodaway died July 15, 2004, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak.

Services were 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the United Methodist Church in Corning. The Rev. Gordon Scott, pastor

of die United Methodist Church in Nodaway, officiated the service. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery at Villisca. A

memorial has been established in his name. The Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service, 701 Seventh St., Corning,

had charge of arrangements.

Robert, son of Laurena May (Focht) and Robert Arthur Dunn, was born Nov. 10, 1943, in Peoria, Ill. He graduated

in 1961 from Villisca High School. On June 9, 1968, he married Christine Ann Wood in Corning. He worked for

Thompson Electric for 34 years and owned and operated Bob's Antenna Service for more than 10 years. He was a

member of the United Methodist Church in Nodaway, Nodaway City Council and volunteer fire department. He

served 35 years in the National Guard and was sergeant of arms for color guard at military funerals.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Dunn of Nodaway; his mother, Laurena Dunn of Nodaway; two children, Rachel

(husband Rick) Pederson of Fort Dodge and Robert A. "Rob" Dunn III of Cedar Falls; two brothers, Kent Dunn of

Eldorado, Calif., and Stan (wife Brenda) Dunn of Nodaway; a sister, Carolyn Sanburn (special friend Jeff Bush) of

Lenox; mother-in-law, Marjorie Wood of Corning; sister-in-law Annabelle Wood of Prescott; seven nieces, Terri Pierce,

Tracy Sanburn, Aliana Dunn, Molly Bunsted, Sally Dunn, Mallory Dunn and Cindy McDermott; and two nephews,

Cody Sanburn and Matt Wood.

He was preceded in death by his father Nov. 22, 1984; father-in-law, Frances Wood, Dec. 31, 2003; brother-in-law,

Sidney Wood January 2001; and a number of aunts and uncles.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 28, 2004


Harvey, Dorothy Jean -

Word has been received in the Lenox area about the death of a former teacher. Jean Harvey. The following is

information forwarded by her sister, Thelma.

Dorothy Jean Harvey was born on a farm near Blockton, IA on November 26, 1917 to Robert and Vera (Rush)

Harvey. She passed away at Hemando Pasco Hospice House, August 20, 2004, Spring Hill, Florida.

Jean received her early education in the rural schools of Taylor County. She graduated with honors from the Lenox

Community School. She received her Bachelor of Education Degree from Northwestern Missouri University, Maryville,

MO. She did graduate work at Drake University and Cervantes College, Guadlajara, Mexico.

She started her teaching career in Prescott, where she taught for two years. She taught one year in Conway before

coming to the Lenox Schools where she taught third grade for thirty-two years.

After retiring in 1980 she moved to Florida where she did volunteer teaching for a year.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Irma Helm, a niece and three nephews.

She is survived by two sisters, Thelma Harvey and Alice (Harvey) Barber, both of Spring Hill. FL.

Memorial Services were held. Wednesday. August 25, 2004 at the United Methodist Church, Spring Hill where she

was a faithful member. The service was conducted by Reverend William S. McLoud.

At her request her remains were cremated and the inurnment will be September 10, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. in the

Clearfield Cemetery. Clearfield. IA.

Jean was immensely proud of the many achievements of her former students and she still corresponded with

several of them.

She was especially fond of children and her young nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and the many

good times they shared.

Jean was a nature lover, which is reflected in the poetry she wrote, mostly for her own enjoyment, however

some were published in Lyrical Iowa. The following is one of her writings:

Death is only an old gate

Hung in a garden wall

on quiet hinges it swings at eve

When the thrushes call.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 8, 2004


Hernandez, Daisy Jackson -

Lifelong Taylor County resident Daisy Hernandez, 51, of Lenox passed away at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in

Des Moines on August 2, 2004, after an extended illness.

Daisy was born in Bedford on August 13, 1952, to Orren Douglas Jackson and Abena Reika Groenwald. She

worked for several years as a cook at the Stringtown Cafe and at a Lenox cafe. She was also a longtime volunteer

at the Neighborhood Center in Lenox.

Graveside services were held August 7 at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox with Pastor Tim Maxa of the

Lenox Presbyterian Church officiating. Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service of Lenox was in charge of


She is survived by daughters Crystal Hernandez of Lenox and Ashley Hernandez of Missouri; brothers Harry L.

(wife Shirley) Jackson of St. Joseph, Mo., Lawrence E. (wife Shirley) Jackson of Afton, Glen A. (wife Connie) of Lenox;

Bill D. (wife Jodie) Jackson of Osceola; Eldon L. (wife Marilyn) Jackson of Mt. Ayr; O. Douglas (wife Wilma)

Jackson of Bedford; Richard J. (wife Dee) Jackson of Danville, Iowa; and LeRoy J. Jackson of Bedford; sisters

Ella Mae (husband Calvin) Cossins of Republic, Mo., Lillie A. (husband Harry) Schiller of Grundy Center, and Betty J.

(husband Vernon) Mackie of Grundy Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Holly Jo Jackson; a sister, Mary Joslin; and two brothers,

James O. Jackson and Donald H. Jackson.

Daisy was a member of the Lenox Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Bedford High School.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 11, 2004


Kiesling, Geraldine Lenora Frazier -

Memorial services for Geraldine Kiesling, age 90, of Lenox, who died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at the Lenox

Care Center were held Saturday, July 24, 2004 at sunset at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Cromwell. Memorials can be

given in Geraldine's name or to Hospice. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Geraldine Lenora Kiesling, daughter of Charles Daniel land Bessie Olive McCulley Frazier, began her life journey on

October 15th, 1913 in Creston, Iowa. She entered into eternal peace on July 21st, 2004 at the Lenox Care Center.

Raised in the Creston area, Geraldine attended school and graduated from Creston High. She also graduated from

beauty school in Omaha.

On September 5th, 1937 Geraldine was united in marriage with Fred Samuel Kiesling at her parent's home in

Creston. They were blessed with two sons.

Geraldine was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She, Fred, their sons and extended family spent

many happy summers fishing in Minnesota. Always active, Geraldine enjoyed sports, gardening, cooking, and the

important job of homemaker and mom.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred in 1986, an older brother Harry, and daughter-in-law


Those left to cherish her memory include son Davie, wife, Monica of Shell Knob, Missouri; and son, Danie, wife,

Mililani of Makawao, Maui, Hawaii; her two sisters, 0na Walker and Patty McMath of Lenox; many grandchildren;

great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 28, 2004


Larimer, Harold Leroy-

Harold Larimer, 74, Brookfield, Mo., died July 10, 2004 at his home after an extended illness. Inurnment will be held

at later date.

Harold Leroy Larimer was born October 16, 1929 to Hubert Leroy and Thelma Juanite (Haynes) Larimer. After

graduating from Lenox High School, Harold joined the U.S. Army, went through Officer Training School and served in

the Korean War from 1951 -1953.

He married Patricia Bonar in 1955.

Harold and Robert Bonar were partners in the propane business in Lenox and Bedford for several years. After

leaving the Lenox area, Harold worked for Utility Consultants in several communities in Missouri before retiring.

He married Willa Daniels in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Willa of the home; two sons, Randy and wife Colleen, Bedford; Mike and wife Falen of the

Philippines, two daughters, Cathy, Lamar, MO., and Jackie Aleman and husband Herman, Metairie, LA.; three

stepchildren, Brian Daniels and wife Laura, Centerville, IA.; Crystal Smith and husband Bill, Centerville, IA; and Tina

Zugg and husband Jim, Brookfield, MO.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Dean

and wife, Gwen, Lenox and Milton, Stuart, IA.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia, 1977, his parents and a brother Jay D.

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Maharry, Lucille Gripp -

Lucille (Gripp) Maharry passed away at the Greater Community Hospital, Creston on Wednesday, July 21, 2004.

Lucille was born May 20, 1920, in Afton IA. to Delbert Dudley and Grace Etta (Shaw) Gripp. She was a graduate of

the Thayer High School, 1936. She Graduated from Drake University in 1944 with a B.S. in Education and a

minor in Speech. She was a schoolteacher in various schools in the immediate area. She taught in Osceola

High School for four years. She taught English in the Creston Middle School from 1964-1984 retiring that year.

She had resided in Creston since 1964. She married Leland Eldon Maharry in 1948 and they later divorced. Leland

passed away in 1998.

She was an accomplished author and poet; having several poems published.

She was a member of the First Christian Church; P.E.O.; Retired Teachers Association; She was a member of

the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority; Perm .Women Writers Organization; American Association of University

Women. She was active in the D.A.R. She is survived by two sons: William Grady Maharry Lenox; and Fred (wife

Robin), Alta, IA and one daughter, Sandra Harris, Creston and six grandchildren.

She is also survived by one sister, Mabel Pine, Creston.

She was pre-deceased by her parents; a son-in-law; Dr. Daniel Harris, 1994; one brother: William Shaw Gripp, 1944

and a brother-in-law: Allen Pine, 1978.

Her services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 23 2004 at the First Christian Church, Creston. Pastor Mark

Woldruff, officiated. Burial was in the Hopeville, Cemetery, Hopeville, IA.

Memorials were suggested to the Parkinsons Association or the First Christian Church, Creston.

The services were handled by the Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service, Creston.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 28, 2004


McMath, Helen Catherine Cochran Whitmore -

Helen Catherine Cochran McMath was born on January 14, 1918 on a farm in Ringgold County near

Clearfield, IA to Homer Wallace Cochran and Anna May Clayton. She passed away on June 30, 2004.

She was preceded in death by her father, Homer; step father Ralph Porter; mother Anna Porter; and

husbands Jack Whitmore and Dwight McMath.

As  a child, Helen attended country school and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1936. Many of her

growing up years were spent with Uncle Harry, Aunt Kate, and cousin Arlo Beggs. At the age of 17,

Helen was blessed with a sister Leann Ruth.

Upon graduation she was employed by the Clearfield telephone office for 5 years. She met Jack

Whitmore at this time. They were united in marriage on September 19, 1942. To this union three

children were born: Paul Roger, Lilian Ann, and Barbara Lynn. In 1957 Jack passed away. Helen

went to work for Dr. Mitchell in Clearfield as a receptionist. In 1959 she was united in marriage to

Dwight McMath. To this union a daughter was born: Sheila Jo. In her later years she worked as a

bank teller at State Savings Bank in Clearfield.

Helen took tremendous pride in her family and home. All of Helen's neighbors benefitted from her

kindness and caring ways. As a young woman, Helen loved to roller skate and play bridge. She always

enjoyed reading. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served endless years on

the Clearfield Library Board.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children Paul Roger Whitmore and wife Maxine of Stuart,

Ann Driskall and husband Dave of Creston, Barb Scott and husband Fred of Carroll, and Sheila Murphy

and husband Jeff of Vienna, MO.; eleven grandchildren and eleven great grand children; sisters-in-law

Lavon Brown, Marylyn Schlapia and husband Dale; brother-in-law Bob McMath and wife Shirley as well

as a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Monday July 5, 2004 at

10:30 a.m. Rev. Len Garrison officiated. Musicians were Bill Scott, Amy Lincoln and Julie Christensen.

Casket Bearers were Scott Driskell, Jason Wachter, Bill Scott, Kurtis Christensen, Sam Whitmore,

Darcy Kearns, Adam Whitmore and Jeff Lincoln.

Burial services were held at the Clearfield Cemetery in Clearfield Iowa. Wilson-Watson-Armstrong

Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 14, 2004


Payton, Sam -

Sam Payton died June 27th in Seattle, Wash, at the age of 78. He was born June 25, 1926 in

Bedford, IA. the son of Howard and Vera Payton.

Sam enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served in the Philippines with the 101st Airborne. After

his discharge he returned to Iowa and farmed for several years.

In 1980 Sam married Alice Wurster of Lenox and they later moved to Washington State where

he worked on the Columbia River Project as a cement finisher. He later purchased a dairy farm

and also worked for Alcoa Aluminum for ten years.

Sam and Alice have four children: Debbie, Denver, CO., Bonnie, Kent, WA., Jeannie, Olympia,

WA., and Mike, Puyallup, WA.,

Sam is survived by his wife Alice, his four children, two sisters, Donna Brumfield, Richmond,

VA., Dorthy Glass, Moses Lake, WA., five grandchildren and other relatives.

Sam accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1966 and was a tireless worker for his Lord.

He will be missed.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday July 14, 2004


Riley, Wilda Marilyn Webb -

Funeral services for Wilda Riley, age 87, of Lenox, who died Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at the

Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Corning were held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the

Lenox Christian Church. Interment was held in the North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be

directed to the Lenox Christian Church. Arrangements were by Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox

Wilda Marilyn Webb Riley was born December 10, 1916 in Corydon, Iowa the daughter of Charles Vernon

(Colonel) Webb and Mary Alice (Mayme) Griep Webb She grew up in the Corydon area graduating from

the Corydon High School with the Class of 1934. She had taken Normal training Classes during her high

school years. When Wilda graduated from high school, she was not yet 18. Therefore she substitute

taught in the Corydon School system and worked as the high school bookkeeper until she turned 18.

After her 18th birthday, she put her Normal Training to use and taught for three years in the rural

school system She took one rural school after the previous teacher had been struck with a stove poker!

On April 27, 1938, Wilda was united in marriage to Kenneth Riley m Creston, Iowa. Two sons were born to

bless this union, Dale and Bill. The family remained in the Corydon area until 1949 when they moved to Lenox.

Wilda assisted her husband with the Lenox Livestock Auction for many years.  She was a member of the

Lenox Chapter of PEO and the Christian Church where she taught Sunday school for over 35 years in

both Corydon and Lenox.  She belonged to several card clubs as she loved to play bridge. Wilda and

Kenneth delivered Meals on Wheels for several years, and when they were no longer delivered them,

Wilda continued to coordinate the drivers for delivery for the meals with phone calls from home.

She was an avid reader and did a lot of needlepoint pictures and pillow tops.

Left to cherish Wilda's memory are her loving husband, Kenneth of Lenox; two sons, Dale Riley of

Lenox, and Bill Riley and wife Cathy of Grinnell; and five grandchildren, Lynda Riley of Urbandale;

Karyn Johnson and husband Kelly of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; Jo Anne McCoy and husband

Matt of Tellamook, Oregon; Doug Riley and wife Denise of Fort Worth, Texas; and Mark Riley of


Preceding Wilda in death were her parents, a brother Vern Webb and a sister Wanda.

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Rundlett, Harold Lavern -

Funeral services for Harold Rundlett, age 91, of Lenox, who died Sunday, August 8, 2004 at the Alegent

Health Mercy Hospital in Corning were held Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the United

Methodist Church in Lenox.  Interment with military rites accorded by the Parkinson American

Legion Post No. 250 were held in the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be directed to the

Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements were by Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Harold Lavern Rundlett was born November 4, 1912 in Adams County, Iowa the son of Ralph Rundlett and Eva

Alexander Rundlett. Harold grew up living in Taylor County for a short time and attended rural schools in

Adams County and also Lenox High School.

As a young man, he worked as a farmhand. On June 4, 1941, he entered military service. Because Harold

was 28 at the time, and we were not yet at war, he was put on "reserve status." After the attack on Pearl

Harbor, he was recalled to active duty on January 15, 1942, where he served in the United States Army in

the Pacific Theatre. Harold was a heavy machine gunner in New Guinea and Luzon. He served for 54 months.

Harold received the Metal Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Service Star, the American Defense

Service Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

Upon his discharge from military service, Harold started farming for himself in Adams County. On October

18, 1950, he was united in marriage to Hilda B. Barker in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The couple farmed in Adams

County for twenty-seven years before moving west of Lenox and farming there for twenty-three years.

In March of 2001, Harold retired and he and Hilda moved into Lenox.

Harold was a devoted husband who enjoyed helping others. Harold truly loved to farm and the lifestyle it

provided. He was an animal lover and always had a dog or two to keep him company. Harold was proud of his

military service, and for 54 years, he attended an annual reunion with his army buddies. He may also be

remembered in Lenox for his longtime supervision of the American Legion bingo games on Wednesday nights

in Lenox. Harold was a member of the Lenox United Methodist Church and the Parkinson American

Legion Post No. 250 for over fifty-eight years.

Left to cherish Harold's memory are his loving wife Hilda Rundlett of Lenox; a brother Glen Rundlett and wife

Donna of Omaha, Nebraska; a sister, Sarah Falconer of Afton, Iowa; a sister-in-law Lucille Rundlett of

Creston; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding Harold in death are his parents Ralph and Eva Rundlett; a brother Lester Rundlett and a

brother-in-law Ray Falconer.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 11, 2004


Teatsworth, Lela Amburn -

Lela (Mrs. Homer) Teatsworth passed away August 3, 2004 at the Greater Community Hospital, Creston.

She was born December 13, 1919, in Lenox IA to Wm. Frank and Edith (Fisk) Amburn.

She married Homer Clyde Teatsworth on January 22, 1941, in Kent IA. She was a homemaker but also

worked at the Sheridan Egg Plant, Lenox about 3 years. She also worked as a cook at the Lenox School

for 7 years. After she retired from these jobs she did babysitting in her home until she retired again.

She was a member of the Christian Church and was formerly active in the Church Ladies Circle. She was a

Life-Time member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Services were held on Saturday, August 7, 2004 at the First Christian Church, Lenox with Pastor Eydie

Stephens officiating.

There was open visitation from 1-8 p.m. on Friday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Coen-

Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service.

Burial was in the West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox. She is survived by her children Catherine (Melvin)

Weese, Camanche, IA.; Patricia Boyer, Omaha, NE.; Richard (Dorothy) Teatsworth, Milwaukee, OR. She is

survived by 10 grandchildren. 2 nieces and 2 nephews and other relatives including 10 great grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by her parents: Husband, Homer, in February 2004; two sisters, Verda Mae Austin

and Inez Van Arkel.

Memorials were directed to the First Christian Church and/or the American Legion Auxiliary.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday August 11, 2004


Valentine, Lois Irene Huntington -

Graveside funeral services for Lois Valentine, age 88 of Bedford, who died Sunday, September 5, 2004 at the

Lenox Care Center were held Wednesday, September 8, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the Washington Cemetery in

Gravity with Pastor Tim Maxa officiating. Memorials can be directed to the Bedford Public Library.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Lois Irene Huntington Valentine was born August 18, 1916, in Pequot, Minnesota the daughter of Franklin Earl

Huntington and Ada Dena LaPorte Huntington. Shortly after her birth, a neighbor stopped by to see her parents

and asked about their little 'Jack Pine Savage," a reference to all the pine trees in the area. Lois delighted in

referring to herself thereafter as a Jack Pine Savage even though few other people had ever heard the term.

Lois and her parents soon moved back to Taylor County, Iowa and six more sisters were born into the family.

Lois graduated from the Corning High School with the Class of 1934. She then taught country schools near

Gravity and Mount Etna. On September 30, 1939, she was united in marriage to Wayne Valentine in Burlingame,

Kansas. Born to bless this union were two children. Renee and Cliff.

Together Lois and Wayne farmed northwest of Bedford their entire lives. Lois and her family spent many hours

 with the Bedford Saddle Club on trail rides, cookouts and western square dancing. They also enjoyed card parties

with friends.

Lois was an active member of the Republican Party and served as a Precinct Committee Woman, as President of

the Bedford Republican Women's Club for four years and as co-chairman of the Taylor County Republican Central

Committee. Lois was a member of the Bedford Business and Professional Women's Club and both she and her family

were affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Bedford.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter Renee Owens and husband Chuck of Bellevue, Neb.; son Cliff

Valentine of Bedford; five sisters, Jean McAlpin of Clarinda; Selma Lucas, Velma Levi. and Louise Mitchell, all of

Lenox and Frances Livingston of Fort Smith, Ark.; and her grandson, Mark Wayne Owens of Grapevine, Texas along

with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding Lois in death are her parents, her husband Wayne in

October of 1982; an infant daughter, Jean Louise; and a sister Emily Mitchell.

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