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

Campbell, Joseph Martin -

Funeral services for Joseph Martin Campbell, 93, were held Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1993, at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield, with Rev. Alan Rusk officiating.

Casket bearers were grandsons, and honorary pallbearers were Phillip Larson, Sherman Bathurst, Eldon Dillenburg, Doyle Trullinger, Howard Whittington, Larry Brammer, Sam Bathurst, Lewis Larson, Greg Larson and John Duey.

Music was provided by Mrs. Dick Longfellow and Mrs. Danny Kinder.

Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery with Wilson-Watson Service in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born at Martinsdale in Harrison County, Missouri, on August 20, 1900. He died on Oct. 9, 1993, at St. Vincent's Hospital

in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He was the oldest child of John Albert and Judy J. (Warner) Campbell. Preceding him in death were all of his brothers, Charlie, Jim, Archie, Virgil and Hugh; sister Rosa; half-sisters Bernice and Lula; son Paul; and three grandchildren.

Joe was married to Bertha (Keller) Campbell on Nov. 11, 1926, at the bride's home by the Methodist minister Rev. Guy J. Winslow. To this union were born 10 children: Edith, Dale, Marvin, Melvin, Clyde, Donna, Ronald, Robert, Paul and Zelda.

Joe spent most of his life farming in the Diagonal, Shannon City, Lorimor, Redding, and Benton-Delphos areas. After retirement, he

worked for Phil and Alberta Larson in the Clearfield area.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha of Lenox; daughters Edith Warren of Lorimor, Iowa, Donna Adams and husband Glenn of Santa Fe,

Zelda Winslow and husband Dave of Lenox; sons Dale and wife Jean of Clearfield, Marvin of Santa Fe, Texas, Melvin and wife Alice of Phoenix, Ariz., Clyde and Nancy of San Pablo, Calif., Ronald and wife Carolyn of Houston, Texas, and Robert and Barbara of Denver, Colo.;

three sisters-in-law, Lela of Creston, Veretta of Fayetteville, Ark., and Adeline of Bedford; 23 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 20, 1993


Case, Betty Margaret Young -

Funeral services for Betty Margaret Case, 75, were held Sept. 23 at Larkin & Shelley Funeral Home with Rev. Elmer West officiating.

Casket bearers were Ron Young, Jerry Young, Terry Young, Terry Thompson, John Weeber and Jerry Mauderly.

Honorary bearers were Andrew Rychnovsky, Jim Rvchnovsky, Harold Clark and Armond Travis.

Music was provided by Bonnie Green, Wanona Dwyer and Jean Schmoll.

Interment was in West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Betty was the daughter of Charles and Ida Young. She was born on Feb. 28, 1918 in Union County, Iowa and died Sept. 20, 1993, at Greater Community Hospital at the age of 75 years, 6 months and 22 days.

Betty was raised in Ringgold County five miles east of Lenox, where she attended school. She was a member of the Prairie Star

Church until she was united in marriage with Roy Oliver Case on Jan. 30, 1947. This union was blessed with one daughter, Donna Huddleson.

Betty later joined the Christian Church in Lenox, where she was a member for many years until joining the United Church in Prescott,

where she was still a member.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna, and Donna's husband Casey Huddleson of Creston; three grandchildren, Dawn, Doug and May

Huddleson; three brothers, Kenneth Young (wife Agnes) of Lenox, Bill Young (wife Roberta) of Lenox, and Dale Young (wife Pat) of Madrid; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Roy Oliver Case; and her very special friend, Wilber Kite; four brothers and one sister.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 29, 1993


Crisp, Dorthy Marie Wurster -

Dorthy Marie Wurster, daughter of John and Mary Edna Lee Wurster, was born in Grove Township, Taylor County, Iowa, on November

15, 1914. She died at Red Oak on October 1, 1993 at the age of 78 years.

She attended rural school m Taylor county through the 8th grade. She married Vernon Samuel Crisp on October 28, 1939 at Maryville, Mo. They lived in the Lenox area until moving to Mundeleine, Ill. in 1955. They retired in 1974 returning to Lenox. Dorthy moved to the Vista Gardens Care Center in Red Oak in August of 1989.

Dorthy enjoyed embroidering and gardening when able. She was a former member of the Salem Church of the Brethren.

Dorthy is survived by 3 sons: Ron Crisp and wife Sarah of Red Oak, Fred Sprague and wife Roberta of Omaha, Russell Sprague of

Mundeleine IL.; daughter Evelyn Nelson and husband Ed of Corning; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; a brother

Russell Wurster and wife Irene of Lenox; 2 sisters: Ruth Reynolds and husband George of Lenox, Minnie Ashman of Lenox; sister-in-law Marv Wurster of Lenox. She was preceded in death by her husband on August 4, 1987, and brother Cliff Wurster.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 4, 1993, at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox, Iowa. Officiating was Rev Elmer West. Interment in North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 13, 1993


Fleming, Horace Asa -

Memorial services will be held for Horace Asa Fleming, 82, of Sequim, at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 22, 1993 at Trinity United

Methodist Church in Sequim, with Reverend Roger Barr officiating. Mr. Fleming died September 16, 1993 at his home in Sequim, Washington.

Mr. Fleming was born January 13, 1911, in Lenox, Iowa, to Milo and Mabel Seamans Fleming. He graduated from Lenox High School in 1929 and attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, graduating in 1933 with a degree in Business and Economics. He then worked

for the Dun and Bradstreet firm in Chicago, Ill. He married Audrey Gaines December 23, 1933 in Lenox, Iowa. He worked in Lenox as

an electrical power plant maintenance engineer from 1934 to 1947. He moved to Bremerton, Wa. in 1942 and worked in the Naval Shipyard  as an electrician during WW II until 1946. He moved to Ephrata, Wa. and worked for Baker Electric as an electrician until 1947. Mr. Fleming served as manager of REA (Rural Electric Association) at Nespelem, Wa. until 1952 when he became employed as

manager of Kittitas County P.U.D. in Ellensburg, Wa. In 1961 he became superintendent of operations at Douglas County P.U.D. headquarters in East Wenatchee, Wa. He retired in 1978. He then served as Commissioner of the Douglas Co. Port District for

six years. Mr. Fleming moved to Sequim in 1975.

Mr. Fleming was a life long member of the Methodist Church, and a member of Rotary International for over 36 years.

He is survived by his wife Audrey of Sequim, sons; Lynn Fleming of Snohomish, Wa., and Phil Fleming of Hillsborough, Calif., brother;

Wendell Fleming of Des Moines, Iowa, sister; Lois Buxton of Creston, Iowa, seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Taylor, Sequim, Wa. 98382.

Sequim Valley Chapel is in charge, cremation is by Mt Angeles Crematory.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 29, 1993


Fulk, Ralph Orland -

Ralph Orland Fulk, the son of Jacob F. and Marietta Badgett Fulk, was born on November 14, 1903 in Taylor County, near Lenox and

entered into rest on October 23, 1993 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 11 months and 9 days.

Ralph's parents and sister Maude had moved from Surry County, North Carolina in 1902. The family returned to North Carolina in 1906 where Ralph grew to manhood. In 1924 he returned to Iowa and worked as a farm hand for his Uncles, Robert Badgett, King Badgett and Florence McKay in the Corning area.

He married LaNita Minnick on May 21, 1930. They farmed in Adams County until 1951 when they moved to Lenox, Iowa and Ralph became

a partner in the Prescott Grain Company in Prescott, Iowa for 18 years. Following the sale of the grain elevator he enjoyed helping his son Ron at Ron's DX Station.

Ralph was a baseball fan and enjoyed attending games in St. Louis, flying there with his friends, Erk Blair and Donald "Doc" Bubb, in the

early 1950's. In later years bowling was his favorite past time and he belonged to a league until his health failed a few years ago.

Surviving to honor his memory is his son Ronald (wife Susan) of Lenox, a daughter Shirley (husband Richard) of Corning. Three

grandsons; Dallas Fulk, Russell (wife Mary) Riley of Corning, Keith (wife Vicki) Riley of Bettendorf, Iowa and five great grandchildren. Also two sisters; Grace Golding of Walkertown,  North Carolina and Gladys Bullock of Fairmont, North Carolina as well as many

nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife,  LaNita, in 1984, three brothers; Glen, Paul and James and one sister Maude

Calloway all of North Carolina.

Services were held Tuesday, October 28, 1993, 10 a.m. at Larkin & Shelley Funeral Home in Lenox. Officiating was Rev. Deena

Woldruff, Pastor, Lenox Christian Church. Interment at North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 3, 1993


Ledgerwood, Berthel -

Last week, relatives received word of the death of Mrs. Nelson Ledgerwood of Riverside, Calif.

Berthel lived most of her life in the Lenox, Bedford and Corning areas. Several years ago she moved to California to be

nearer to her sons.

She is survived by sons Victor of Kansas and Verneil of California; 10 grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren;

one brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Argyle Hays of Murray, Iowa; a host of nieces and nephews and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 6, 1993


Miller, Glenna D -

Glenna D. Miller, wife of Francis L. Miller, passed away October 18, 1993, of a massive heart coronary at Methodist

Hospital in Des Moines. She is survived by her husband, Francis, two daughters Shelley and Kimberly; two sons, Scott and

Marty and his wife Michele. Two grandchildren Kaylee and Alex Miller. Her Mother Ann Bond, and two sisters, Penney

Klock and Jimmy Duffy, a sister-in-law Marilyn & Jim Daily all of Des Moines.

Relatives in this area are Irene Nelson and Jean and Don Miller and families of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 27, 1993


Nicholson, Eunice Kirkman -

Eunice Nicholson, 85, former resident of St Charles, Iowa, died August 18, 1993 at Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset, Iowa.

Eunice was born December 22, 1907, in Cando, North Dakota, the daughter of Samuel Kirkman and Minnie Winslow Kirkman. She

graduated from Lenox Schools and worked as a telephone operator at St. Charles for many years. She married Sherman Guy Nicholson April 11, 1933 in Trenton, Missouri.

Survivors include one brother Cecil Kirkman of Mena, Ark.; one sister Cora O'Neal of Onawa, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on October 31, 1967; daughter, Ruby in infancy, one brother Rex Kirkman; and one sister Beulah Card.

Services were held Friday, August 20, at the Kale Funeral Home in Truro, Iowa with the Rev. Ed Poston officiating. Interment was St. Charles Cemetery in St. Charles, Iowa.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 8, 1993


Pugh, Lloyd K -

Lloyd K Pugh, 88, of Coquille, Oregon died September 2, 1993 in Coquille.

He was the son of Jacob and Allie (Ingram) Pugh.  Lloyd was a native of Iowa and in 1925 he moved to California and Oregon,

where he was a heavy equipment mechanic.  In 1970 he moved to Bandon, Oregon and retired.

He married Alidene Elizabeth Cain in May 1936.  He was a member of the Masons.

Survivors include Lester Pugh of Arispe, Edrie Kaiserlik of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and sister-in-law, Iva Pugh of Lenox.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife in 1990, sisters Nellie Penfold, Pearl Hetland, Fay Lawrence, Irma Brown,

and Vera Pugh; and brothers Homer Pugh and Roy Pugh.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday November 3, 1993


Rink, Mary Elizabeth Brammer -

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Rink, 70, of Lenox were held Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Larkin & Shelley Funeral Home in Lenox. Officiating was Rev. Peter Brantner, pastor.

Casket bearers were Mike Brown, Dan Hancock, Doug Horton, John Borland, Kenneth McFee and Dan Carruthers. Music was

provided by Charlie Rink, vocalist.

Interment was in North Fairview Cemetery of Lenox. Memorials to the family.

Mary, the daughter of Rollie E. and Ethel Mabel Rose Brammer, was born on August 21, 1923, in Creston Iowa. She died on Sept. 25, 1993, at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston at the age of 70 years, one month and four days.

Mary was born in Creston, where she was raised and attended school. On Jan. 1, 1946, she was united in marriage with Raymond E.

Rink. This union was blessed with 10 children: Bartel, Don, Ron, Charlie, Margaret and Rolla as well as two sets of twins who died at birth.

Mary spent 25 years working in a nursing home.

Surviving to honor her memory is her very special friend and common husband, Wayne McFee of Lenox; five sons, Bartel (wife Vaola) Rink of Lamar, Colo.; Don (wife Denise) Rink of Winterset; Ron (wife Nancy) Rink of Hudson, S.D.; Charlie (wife Loan) Rink of Winterset; and Rolla Rink of Eustic. Fla.; a daughter Margaret Hitchcock of Lenox; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Dick (wife Evelyn) Brammer of

Sharpsburg and Joe Brammer of Sharpsburg.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband Raymond and two sets of twins; Kenny and Katherine, Richard and Robert.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 6, 1993


Sams, Donald Lee -

Donald Lee Sams, the son of Norval and Arlene McKee Sams was born on September 2, 1942 in Decatur County and died September 8

1993 at Greater Community Hospital at the age of 51 years and 6 days.

Don attended Country School at Bonnett and High School in Lamoni, Iowa. Don was united in marriage with Wanda Waddell on October 20, 1964. This union was blessed with three children; Donald Lee Sams Jr., Brenda Lee Witte, Scott Lee Sams and one granddaughter, Destini Witte.

After High School Don worked in Northern Iowa on a farm and then at the packing plant in Lamoni before entering the Army in March of 1964 where he was stationed in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Don returned to Iowa in 1966 when he moved to Lenox. Don was a member of the American Legion and was baptized in the RLDS Church in Davis City, Iowa. He had worked for Barker Implement, Lenox Municipal Utilities and Lanny Douglas. He was currently employed with the Lenox Municipal Utilities again as a Lineman as well as his own business, Sams Electric & Plumbing.

Surviving to honor his memory is his loving wife Wanda Sams of Lenox, his mother, Arlene Sams of Lamoni, three children; Donald

Lee Sams Jr. of Mt. Ayr, Brenda Lee Witte of Lenox, Scott Lee Sams of Tulsa, Ok. and his grand-daughter, Destini Witte of Lenox. Three brothers; Raymond (Linda) Sams of Sibley, Mo., Richard (Linda) Sams of Independence Mo., David (Joyce) Sams of Osceola, Iowa. Two sisters; Linda (Richard) Shutt of Independence, Mo. and Sandra (Jim) Bolte of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Father and Mother-in-law,

Ray and Virginia Waddell of Leon, Iowa. Don is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews. He will be remembered by all of his friends and family.

Preceding him in Death is his Father, Norval Sams.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 11, 1993 at 10:30 a.m. at Lenox United Methodist Church. Officiating was Rev. Les Calhoun.

Interment, North Fairview Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 15, 1993


Taylor, Lee Dwayne -

Lee Dwayne Taylor was born February 22, 1930, to Howard E. and Ermal Bladon Taylor.

Lee attended Rural School in Ringgold County and remained in the family home and helped with the farming.

He had been in failing health the past 16 years and went to Lenox to live at Taylor Ridge Estates in 1986, where he

resided until his death.

Lee was always very interested in farming and local activities. He took great pride and enjoyment in his niece and


Lee is survived by one brother, Raymond Dean Taylor and his wife Darlene of Clearfield, his niece Yvonne

Elahl of Tehran, and his nephew Martin Taylor of Wheatland, Missouri, as well as other relatives and friends.

Preceding his in death were his parents and a nephew, Larry Lee Taylor.

Lee left this life at Mercy Hospital in Corning, September 10, 1993, at the age of 63 years.

Services were held Monday, September 13, 1993, at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield officiated

by Rev. Alan Rusk.

Lee was laid to rest at the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield, Iowa.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday September 22, 1993


Teply, Stanley -

Funeral services for Stanley Teply, a former Lenox resident, were held Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1993, at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Creston with Pastors Lyle Kuehl and Marcia Smith-Woods officiating.  [Died Sept. 25, 1993]

Casket bearers were Jeff Hartman, Alan Hartman, Bob Berning, Ty Rogers, Nathan Berning and Dick Tepley.

Interment was in East Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Stanley was born July 6, 1916, in Primrose, Neb., to Joseph and Anna Teply. On April 18, 1948, he married Maxine Delores McDonald in


He served in the Navy from March 1942 to January 1946 and was a World War II Veteran.

He lived in Lenox from 1948-1956, then moved to Creston in 1966 and owned Stan's DX Service station and was a cashier at Berning's

Cafe. He was a member of the Methodist Church, VFW Post 1797 and the Masonic Lodge in Lenox.

Survivors include a son Joseph (wife Doris) Teply of Waterville, Iowa; Shirley (Mrs Greg) Volkmar of Bedford; special friend Lorranine Gentry of Creston; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Maxine; and four brothers.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 27, 1993


Weppler, William John -

Funeral services for William John Weppler, 90, of rural Lewis were held Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Lewis United Congregational

Methodist Church. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery at Lewis.

Surviving are his wife, Bernice; daughters, Rose Marie Christensen and her husband Wayne of Lenox and Alice Baker and her husband Don of Hedrick; sons Marlow Weppler and his wife Connie of Lewis and Harold Weppler and his wife Beverly of Atlantic; 39

grandchildren, 51 great-grand children, two great-great grand children; and two sisters, Ina Frank and Leona Wohlenhaus, both of Griswold.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 6, 1993


Wolfe, Colleen Riley -

Colleen Mae Riley, daughter of Clarence and Helen Biley Riley, was born at Sharpsburg on September 15, 1938. She died at Mercy

Hospital in Corning on September 30, 1993 at the age of 55 years. She attended Diagonal Schools graduating in 1957. She attended beauty school for two years and worked as a beautician for many years.

Colleen lived in Osceola for several years and was a member of the Osceola Eagles Lodge.

Colleen is survived by her son Brian Wolfe of Osceola; 2 step-sons: Michael and Todd Wolfe of St. Louis, Mo.; her mother Helen Riley of West Des Moines; her brother Darrell Riley and wife Mary of Bennington, Neb.; niece Diana Riley; 2 nephews: Michael and

David Riley; and her dear friend Don Kastli of Osceola.

Colleen was preceded in death by her father Clarence Riley in 1966

Funeral services were Monday, October 4, 1993, at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. Officiated by Rev. Les Calhoun. Interment was in West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Wednesday October 13, 1993