Obituaries for the Year of 2007 may be found at Obituaries 2007

Velma D. Case

Velma D. Case, 96, of Villisca died on Sunday, December 31, 2006 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Villisca. She born on December 9, 1910 in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Iowa; a daughter to the late George and Louie (Scott) Findley. Velma was united in marriage to Ivan Case on November 3, 1931 at Troy, Kansas.

Her family members include her daughter: Joyce (Jim) Hyink of Albuquerque, New Mexico; her son: Don (Jill) Case of Villisca; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law: Jack Wright of Tipton, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and her good friend: Margaret Gay of Villisca. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Ivan Case; three brothers: Dayle, Emmet and George Findley; and three sisters: Lucille Walter, Izola Jenkins and Grace Wright.

Funeral services were held at 1:00PM on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Reverend Sandy Wainwright officiated and burial was in Arlington Cemetery. Visitation was held on Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:00PM at the funeral home in Villisca.

Condolences may be sent to:

Don & Jill Case
104 N. 3rd Avenue
Villisca, IA 50864

Joyce & Jim Hyink
5905 Estrellita Del Norte, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

JUDY RAE HANSON

Judy Rae Hanson 49, of Villisca, Iowa, entered into rest Tuesday evening, December 26, 2006 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak following a three year battle with cancer.

Judy was born September 15, 1957, in Madison, South Dakota. The daughter of Clifford B. Hanson and Helen P. (Hewitt). At the age of 8 her family moved to Omaha, NE, at 17 they moved to Villisca and at 18, back to Omaha. Judy had worked at Aksarben as a groom, Hinky Dinky, Nashua Corp, Pamida in Murray and Murray Auto Assembly's, Burcliff Industries in Iowa. She helped start J&J Signs in Arizona with her sister Jacque. She moved back to Villisca in 1997 and worked for Romech in Red Oak in accounting, for Trolley and Wal-Mart in Creston and Casey's in Villisca for a short time, until her health forced her to quit working.

Judy became engaged to Keith Hammers in November of 2005. Her one regret was not being able to marry her soul mate and friend. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, fiancée and friend and will be greatly missed.

Judy is survived by her fiancé: Keith Hammers, mother and step father: Helen and Leroy Eberly of Villisca, IA, stepmother: Gen Hanson of Ralston, NE, sisters and brothers: Gloria Masher and husband Dennis of Farragut, IA, Galen Juel Hanson and wife Cathy of Carter Lake, IA, Barbara Kruse and husband Delwyn of Des Moines, IA, Bonnie Clark and husband Kirk of Omaha, NE, Jerri Otto and husband Mark of Gretna, NE, Janice Roach and husband Robert Roach of Moore, OK, Jacqueline Fisher and husband William of Springerville, AZ and Clifford Paul Hanson and wife Diana of Omaha, NE. Plus 18 nieces & nephews, 30 grandnieces and grandnephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Clifford Hanson, brother Bernard Hanson and grandparents.

Funeral services were held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, at the Beulah Cemetery, near Afton, IA. A memorial is being established.

ORVIS WAGAMAN

Funeral services for Orvis Wagaman, age 87, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Villisca, Iowa, who died Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at Midlands Hospital, Papillion, Nebraska, were held Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at the United Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa, with Reverend Doug Delp, officiating. Interment with military rites accorded by the Ker-A-Vor American Legion Post No. 251 was held in the Villisca Cemetery in Villisca, Iowa. Memorials can be directed to the American Red Cross. Please leave a message of tribute to the Wagaman family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Colonial Chapel, of Omaha, Nebraska and Ritchie Funeral Service of Clarinda, Iowa.

Orvis Austin Wagaman was born April 4, 1919 in Clome, South Dakota, the son of Clevie Austin Wagaman and Ona Mae (Higgins) Wagaman. Orvis served his country during World War II in the United States Army and was a prisoner of war. He was united in marriage January 3, 1946, to Carolyn Nelson at Hiawatha, Kansas. Orvis worked in the Villisca Power Plant after returning from the service. He also farmed until 1970. In addition he sold memberships for Ed Nelson and he also traveled as a salesman for the Power Plants. He was forced to retire from his most recent job as advertising salesman due to a heart attack. Orvis enjoyed working on his computer as a hobby. He was a member of the Faith Westwood Methodist Church, Omaha, Nebraska. He was also a member of the Villisca V.F.W., American Legion Post 251 and Disabled American Veterans.

Orvis is survived by his wife Carolyn of Omaha, Nebraska; daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Robert Boe of Gretna, Nebraska, Brenda and Al Rotella of Omaha, Nebraska, son and daughter-in-law, Jan and Kimberly Wagaman of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; brother, Davis and Sharon Wagaman of Villisca, Iowa; grandchildren, Marc and Molly Miller, Tiffany and John Skokan, Tim Marvin, Nick and Tony Rotella, Austin and Taylor Wagaman; great grandchildren, Meghan and Garrett Miller, Kelsey, Kade, Kiley, and Karson Skokan; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Preceding Orvis in death were his parents; daughter, Barbara Miller; two sisters, Helen Lewis and Lucille Hazelton and three brothers, Fred Wagaman, Harold Wagaman and Charles Robert Wagaman.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn his passing.

FLORENCE WILLIAMS BURNS

Florence (Flo) Williams Burns passed away peacefully on November 8, 2006, in Amarillo, Texas, where she had lived for the past 50 years. Flo was born August 22, 1913, in Villisca, IA. She was the daughter of Dr. Frank Williams and Chloe White Williams and had a sister, Lillian. She earned an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1934 and a Masters degree from New York University in 1935. While at Iowa State, she met Pat Burns and they were married in 1938. Flo was a helpmate to her husband and a wonderful mother to her children, Mary and Mike. She was active in many organizations, but felt especially close to her sisters in PEO Chapter AN and the Antique Club. She loved bridge and had many special bridge friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by her daughter, Mary Burns Stevens and husband Jimmy, of El Paso, TX and son Michael Frank Burns, of Nacogdoches, TX. She also leaves two grandsons, Patrick Stevens and wife, Mieke, of Eugene, OR; and Mike Stevens and wife, Kate Baird, of Brooklyn, NY and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 18, at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel in Amarillo. In lieu of glowers, please make contributions to Opportunity School, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Harrison, Amarillo, TX. 79101.

LORENA OLTMANNS

Funeral services for Lorena Victoria (Johnson) Oltmanns 100, of Villisca, IA will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at the Advent Christian Church in Villisca, IA. Burial will be in the Mamre Cemetery, Stanton, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the service at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be directed to the Advent Christian Church. Wolfe Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

Lorena Victoria (Johnson) Oltmanns, was born September 16, 1906, to Charles and Lilly Johnson, south of Stanton, IA. She was baptized in the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in 1906 and confirmed in 1920. She grew up to womanhood south of Stanton, IA. Lorena had worked for H.C. Houghton for eight years. She married George Lindberg December 22, 1926, he preceded her in death on February 10, 1968. They had lived on a farm south of Elliot, IA. George and Lorena moved to Villisca in 1930. To this union two children were born: George, Jr. in 1931 and Ilean in 1938. Lorena lived around the Villisca area until 2004, when she became a resident of the Red Oak Nursing and Rehab.

In 1933, she became a member of the Advent Christian Church in Villisca. She taught the cradle roll Sunday School Class for several years, attended the afternoon circle and the quilting, which she enjoyed so much. She attended church as long as she was able. Lorena worked at the Green Lantern Café for over twenty years as a cook and at the Villisca Telephone Company for twenty years. On the farm she loved gardening, (canned anything she could) and taking care of the farm animals. In her spare time she was weaving rugs, crocheting and quilting.

On June 5, 1969 she married John Oltmanns, he preceded her in death on July 5, 1984.

Lorena is survived by a daughter Ilean Lewis and husband Lloyd of Red Oak, IA; three grandchildren: Steve Lindberg, Sandy Taylor of Washington, Lori Hall of Colorado: a great granddaughter; Chrissy, great great grandson Camden of Red Oak, great granddaughter Lilly, step children: Kenny Oltmanns & wife Ethel of Villisca, IA, Melvin Oltmanns and wife Bonnie of Colorado and Doris Thomas and husband Cliff of Mineola, IA, a special friend Wanda Kleindienst, many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands George Lindberg and John Oltmanns, son George, Jr. grandson Doug Lewis, brothers Virgil and Bernard Johnson, sister: Evelina Cart and Florinda Warnaca.

Arthur L. Horton

Arther L. Horton, CMSGT, Ret. 57, Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on October 14th. He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Horton, Scottsdale, AZ and is survived by his wife, Sheila Fryer, Scottsdale, AZ, his mother Norma L. Horton-Gangewer, Phoenix, AZ, his sister Mona Johnson, Phoenix, AZ, his brother Garry Horton CMSGT, (Sherrie), Cortland, OH., and many members of his extended family. Services will be held on October 21st, 11:00 AM, Fellowship North Church, 8584 E. Dynamite Blvd., N. Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in his honor to: Air Force Villages, Charitable Foundation, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78245

Pictured is Art with his wife Shiela Fryer. Condolences may be sent to Shiela, VHS Class of '74, at 8018 E Granite Pass Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

FLORENCE PAULINE VICTOR

Florence Pauline Victor 97, of Villisca, Iowa, died Saturday, October 21, 2006, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center, where she had been a resident since September 2001. Florence was born January 8, 1909, in Clarinda, Iowa, the daughter of Harry and Rose (Kelley) Strickland.

After graduating from Stanton High School, Florence finished normal training in Creston and taught for several years in county schools in the Bethesda area. She married Malcolm (Bus) Victor December 31, 1935. To this union one son was born; William.

Florence had raised collie dogs and sheltie collies. She had also raised chickens. Florence belonged to Circle On the Square and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Villisca. She enjoyed listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Florence is survived by her son Bill Victor and wife Pat of Villisca, Iowa, sister Marjorie Nelson and husband Ivan of Red Oak, Iowa, sister in law Charlotte Strickland of Stanton, Iowa and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bus, brothers Harry Strickland Jr. and Lloyd Strickland.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Burial will be in the North Page Cemetery near Villisca. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca E.M.T's or the Villisca United Methodist Church.

HELEN M. ORME

Helen M. Orme, age 96, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at the Stanton Care Center in Stanton, Iowa. Helen Mary Orme was born November 26, 1909 on a farm southeast of Nodaway in Adams County, Iowa the daughter of Albert and Phoebe (Swan) Orme. She attended country school in Adams County and graduated from the Nodaway High School. She was employed in Red Oak until 1952 when she went back to Nodaway to take care of her mother after a stroke. Helen moved to Red Oak in 1970 and most recently was a resident at the Stanton Care Center in Stanton, Iowa.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; brother: William Orme; sister: Edna Orme; and sister-in-law: Rosena Orme. Survivors include her nephew: Don Orme and wife Betty of Minden, Iowa; nieces: Margaret Kraft and husband Carroll of Red Oak, Iowa; and Iola Hedinger of Nodaway, Iowa; 2 great nieces; 2 great nephews; and many great great nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Friday, October 13, 2006 at the Villisca Cemetery in Villisca, Iowa with Pastor Gary Walters officiating. There will be open visitation at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

James Shepherd Honeyman

James Shepherd Honeyman Jr. 87, of Villisca, IA, died Saturday evening September 30, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA. Jim was born September 4, 1919, in Villisca, IA the son of James Shepherd Honeyman Sr. and Emma Marie (Watson) Honeyman.

Jim graduated from Villisca Community High School in 1936. From 1937 to 1939 he attended Iowa State University majoring in Forestry then went to U of I and majored in Pharmacy from 1939 to 1942, he was a member of the Delta Chapter, Rho Chi Society. He then served in the Army during WWII and was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He next went to Guam in 1945 serving at the General Hospital 204. Jim returned home in 1948, and began his pharmacy career with his father. He married Maxine Stackhouse on June 13, 1948, in Stanton, IA. He was recalled to service in 1950 during the Korean Conflict and served at the 64th Medical Base Depot in Korea. In March of 1953, Jim returned to Villisca after his service in Korea. Jim purchased Honeyman Drug Store from his father in 1957. In 1993, Jim celebrated 50 years of practicing pharmacy in Villisca, retiring in the mid 1990's.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca, American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251, and a 60 year member of the V.F.W. Wesley R. Miller Post #8998 and the R.O.T.C.

Jim had played the trumpet during his high school years in the band, was a member of the marching band during college and had played for traveling dance bands and other bands around the area. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling, tea dances and was an amateur photographer. Jim loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his son Doug Honeyman and wife Diane of Seattle, WA and daughter Susie Peterman and husband Stan of Villisca, IA, grandchildren: Cooper Honeyman of Seattle WA, Adam Peterman and friend Holly Puetz of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Amber Sunderman and husband Philip of Villisca, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, wife Maxine on May 5, 2006, infant brother James Jr. and brother William Honeyman.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2006, at the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca, IA. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. A memorial is being established. Wolfe Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family:

Susie & Stan Peterman, 1232 V Avenue, Villisca, IA 50864
Doug & Diane Honeyman, 4750 46th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

RUTH OLIVIA SPENCER

Ruth Olivia Spencer 91, of Villisca, IA, died Tuesday evening September 26, 2006, at the Stanton Care Center, where she had been a resident since August of 2006.

Ruth was born October 29, 1914, in Butternut, Minnesota, the daughter of Ole T. and Rachel (Svandal) Thompson. She graduated from Crystal Lake, Minnesota and graduated from Waldorf College. After college she taught second and third grade in Nodaway for three years. She then married Wayne Edward Spencer on July 20, 1941, in St James, Minnesota; they had celebrated their 65th wedding Anniversary this July. Ruth had been a substitute teacher for 14 years for the Villisca School system. Ruth worked as a secretary for the Villisca Good Samaritan Center from 1970-1976. She had also been a paraprofessional at the Enarson Elementary School in Villisca for 6 ½ years, she retired in 1983.

Ruth was a member of the United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Patience Circle, Retired Teachers Coffee, was past Sunday School Teacher and had folded the Church Newsletter for many years. She was a Blue Bird & Camp Fire Girls leader and had been a volunteer for the Bloodmobile.

She enjoyed sewing, making quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, canning and baking, her specialties were Angel food cake, cinnamon rolls and candy and Ruth also collected bells and Santa's. She and Wayne loved Sunday afternoon drives and bird watching. Wayne and Ruth were great supporters of children and were honored by being Grand Marshalls for the 2001 Homecoming. The joy and love of her live was spending time with her family.

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, sisters; Olga Johnson, Martha Rollings and Alma Jones, and infant brother and two half sisters; Laura Storsen and Rose Cordill.

She is survived by her husband Wayne Spencer of Villisca, IA, daughters; Judy Westerman and husband Gary of Omaha, NE, and Rachel Jacobs and husband Bill of Villisca, IA. Grandchildren: Chad Jacobs and wife Nicky of Villisca, Scott Jacobs and wife Dani of Villisca, IA, Jeff Jacobs of Des Moines, IA, Amy Westerman of Indianapolis, IN and Eric Westerman and wife Amy JO of Basalt, CO and great grandchildren: Olivia & Rylee Jacobs & Kaylee, Kaden & Colin Jacobs, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be were held Saturday, September 30, 2006 at the United Methodist Church in Villisca. Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Methodist Church, Villisca Public Library or the Villisca High School Defibrillator Fund.

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ROGER M. POSTON

Roger M. Poston, 65, of Villisca, IA died Saturday, September 2, 2006 at the Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, NE. He was born February 18, 1941, in Villisca, Iowa the son of Malcolm Starr and Florence Loretta (Cooney) Poston.

Roger graduated from Villisca High School in 1959. He married Mary Lynn Rusk on July 6, 1968, at the United Methodist Church in Villisca. To this union two children were born, Jason and Whitney.

Roger farmed near Villisca all his life. He was well known for his volunteer spirit, cheerful attitude and caring heart. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help where needed. He was a member and volunteered his time to many organizations, some of which include: Volunteer E.M.T., Charter Member of Villisca United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, Yard and Garden Club, Optimist Club, Theatre Board, Farm Bureau, Iowa Army National Guard Company F, 34th Infantry, and he took residents of the nursing home to church on Sundays. He was "Citizen of the Year" in 1991, a dedicated race fan, and a wonderful Papa.

Roger's favorite time was spent with his family: wife Mary Lynn, children and their spouses: Jason, Darci, Whitney & Scott, his grandchildren: Hunter and Karsyn Poston, and mother-in-law Lois Rusk Lane. He also enjoyed spending "coffee shop" time with friends.

Roger is survived by his wife Mary Lynn of Villisca, IA, son Jason Poston and wife Darci of Villisca, IA; daughter Whitney Bogdanski and husband Scott of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Hunter and Karsyn Poston; sister-in-law Ruth Poston, mother-in-law Lois Rusk Lane, one niece and three nephews and friends too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Paul Poston.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Villisca. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church Window Project or the Villisca E.M.T.'s.

condolences may be sent to his wife, Mary Lynn '63 at 2953 265th Street, Villisca, IA 50864 or to
his son, Jason Poston '92 at
2911 265th St., Villisca, IA 50864
his daughter, Whitney Bogdanski '96 at
1510 - 47th St
Des Moines, IA 50311-2435

 

 

Villisca services available
to those who grieve

Churches:
Advent Christian Church, Rev. Chris Hall, Pastor
712-826-4662 - acchurch@netins.net

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
712-826-7202

Presbyterian Church, Rev. Sandy Wainwright, Pastor; 712-826-3372 - villpres@netins.net

St. Joseph's Catholic Church
712-826-8841

Strand Evangelical Lutheran Church
712-826-8117

United Methodist Church, Rev. Gordon Scott, Pastor
712-826-3132 - gmscott@netins.net

Funeral Home
Wolfe Funeral Home
201 E. 4th Street, Villisca, IA 50864; 826-4142

Lodging

Villisca Guest House

Located at 119 West 3rd Street, the residence is has a fully equipped kitchen, a living-dining room, 2 bedrooms and two baths. It is furnished with cable television, bed and bath linens. It can accommodate up to 8 persons.

Per night rental rates are $115 a night for 1-6 persons; $135 for up to 8 persons. Weekly rentals are $525 for 1-6 persons; $600 for up to 8 persons. There is no smoking in the residence and pets are not allowed.

Contact Donna Robinson at 712-826-2865 or by e-mail at jndrob@netins.net.

Florist

The Flower Basket - 826-2484

Catering

Villisca Foods and The Bank
826-2142 - Gene & Peg Munstermann, Owners
They can provide catered meals at your location or you can use the facilities at The Bank

Food Services

Breadeaux Pizza Inc. - 826-9272

Casey's General Store - 826-9962

D&D Bar and Grill - 826-934

V-Bar, American Legion - 826-2702

WILMA JANE PERRY

Wilma Jane Perry 88, of Villisca, IA died Friday, September 1, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center in Red Oak, IA. Wilma was born September 14, 1917, in Scioto County, Ohio the daughter of Paris and Louella (Carr) Walker. She married Waynard Perry September 4, 1934. He preceded her in death on August 1, 1958.

Wilma had delivered mail on horseback, milked cows, worked as an nurses aide at the Shady Lawn Nursing Home from June of 1967 until the nursing home closed in 1972, she then worked at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center from 1973 until 1976. She had a big heart and was often helping others and stray animals. Her hobbies were quilting, gardening, playing bingo and going to the Casino's. Wilma loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Wilma is survived by her children: Ulysess Perry and wife Carol of South Bloomingville, Ohio; Laura Hanners & husband Carl of St. Petersburg, FL; Pauline Conley of Columbus, Ohio, Barb McNichols & husband Floyd of Londonderry, Ohio, Russ Perry & wife Marty of Tulsa, OK; Sam Perry & wife Lou of Tulsa, OK; Mary Currin & husband Russ of Red Oak, IA; Deb (Mattson) Wyllie and husband Marlin of Villisca, IA & Jann Elwood & husband Rusty of Villisca, IA. Twenty six grandchildren, forty four great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. One sister Dora Mayer & husband Richard of Coopers Hawks, Ohio, half brother and sister Paris Walker & Hester Walker both of Lucasville, Ohio, plus many other relatives and friends.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Waynard, daughters: Lily Faye and Reva Fooce, brothers: Carl, Jerry and Paul Walker, sisters: Dorothy Arledge and Marie Sullivan, grandsons: Michael Perry and Adrian Perry and sister in law Sadie Perry.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2006, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 7 to 8 at the Wolfe Funeral Home. Viewing will begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society.

HAROLD L. ENARSON

Harold L. Enarson, President Emeritus of the Ohio State University and respected national leader in higher education, died July 28, 2006, in Port Townsend, Washington. He was eighty-seven years old.

Dr. Enarson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Audrey Pitt Enarson, of Port Townsend; daughter Merlyn Prentice and son-in-law Geoffrey Prentice of Arlington, Virginia; daughter Elaine Enarson and son-in-law Carl Hering of Brandon, Manitoba; daughter Lisa Enarson and son-in-law Randy Kraxberger, of Port Townsend; four grandchildren, and one great grandchild and many cousins, some still in southwest Iowa.

Born on a Montgomery County, Iowa farm on May 24, 1919, Enarson was of the generation that endured the Depression, an experience that drove him forward in his personal resolve to succeed in life. His only brother and sister, Glen and Ruby, both students at Villisca High School died of tuberculosis early in his life. Soon thereafter he and his parents, John and Hulda (Thorson) Enarson moved to New Mexico, where John also died from tuberculosis. Although he never lived in Iowa again, Harold did not forget his Iowa roots and he strongly valued the importance of family.

Young Harold worked before and after high school to help his widowed mother. He graduated from Albuquerque High School, class of 1936, and was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico. In 1940 he earned the bachelor of arts degree.

During WWII, Enarson served in the Army 342nd Infantry Regiment, the Blackhawks, from early 1943 to his honorable discharge in early 1946 after being seriously wounded in Germany. He served with distinction in the Pacific and European campaigns, receiving among other medals, the Purple Heart in 1945.

In 1965 he was appointed president of the newly formed Cleveland State University, where he served until 1972. There, during the tumultuous and sometimes violent times on American university campuses, Enarson was ahead of his time, encouraging students' voices and participation. Dr. Enarson was president of The Ohio State University from 1972 to 1981. Enarson is remembered by some as the president who fired the popular OSU football coach, Woody Hayes, after an unfortunate incident involving a player of an opposing team. The University's ninth president, he was a tireless advocate for protecting funding for the University's academic programs and faculty during an era of state budget cuts.

His lifetime of hard work was acknowledged by many college and university honorary degrees and awards, culminating in 1992 when in recognition of his outstanding leadership on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Enarson received the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges "Distinguished Service Award" as the Public Higher Education Board Member of the Year.

Harold Enarson's cremains will be returned to Montgomery County for burial at Arlington Cemetery beside his parents and siblings at a later date.

ERMA EVELYN (PETERSON) SANDERS

Erma Evelyn (Peterson) Sanders, 92, died Thursday August 10, 2006, at the Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, IA. She was the second daughter of Edwin C. Peterson and Julia A (Wigg) Peterson, was born May 4, 1914 on a farm west of Morton Mills, Iowa. She lived there until her parents moved to a farm south east of Morton Mills where she grew to womanhood.

On November 8, 1937, she married Darlie V. Sanders. To this union one daughter Darleen V. was born.

Darlie passed away November 3, 1947. Erma moved to Des Moines, IA in 1953, and had also lived in Council Bluffs, IA.

She worked at different hospitals and also made furniture for 15 years. After retiring she moved back to Des Moines to be near her daughter, who passed away August 19, 1984. Erma main joy in life was helping others. She was a member of the Advent Christian Church, in Villisca.

Erma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Darlie, daughter Darleen, sisters May Doll and Inez Peterson.

She is survived by her grandson: Pat O'Keefe of Grimes, IA, two great granddaughters: Keeley Nichole O'Keefe and Shanna Kerri O'Keefe of Grimes, IA and one brother Howard Peterson of Morton Mills, IA.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2006 at the Arlington Cemetery, near Villisca, IA Visitation will be held Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be directed to A.L.S. Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca were in charge of arrangements.

 

KATHLEEN S (BELDING) BRUCE

Kathleen S. (Belding) Bruce 76, of Villisca, IA, died August 10, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. She was born the daughter of Emmett Belding and Ethel (Fidler) Belding on May 3, 1930, in Page County, IA.

Kathleen was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Red Oak, IA. Earlier in her life she had candled eggs and worked for Dr. Cooper in Villisca. Her joy in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and sister Dorothy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George Bruce, granddaughter Donnel Dresser, sister Maxine Lehman and ex husband Paul Dresser.

Kathleen is survived by her children: Carolyn Olson and husband Bernard of College Springs, IA, Donnie Dresser and wife Nelda of Villisca, IA, Georgene Rasmussen and husband Jon of Tulsa, OK and George A. Bruce and wife Carrie of Red Oak, IA. Sister; Dorothy Baldwin of Villisca, IA brother Duane Belding of Auburn, NE; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2006, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Visitation will be open starting Monday after 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Guss, IA. Memorials are being established.

JIRD MALVIN FIDLER

Celebration of Life Services for Jird Malvin Fidler 74 of Villisca will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 11th at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. At a later date Jird's ashes will be scattered at sea with full military honors, by an active duty naval vessel. Memorials may be directed to Aid Military Families.

Jird Malvin Fidler was born in Taylor County, Iowa, on April 13, 1932, the son of Charlie Bluford and Permelia (Mauderly) Fidler. After a long and valiant fight with cancer Jird passed away at his home in Villisca on August 5, 2006.

During his early childhood he lived in Iowa, Colorado and Nebraska. His family returned to Villisca where he completed high school in 1952.

Jird joined the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Recruit after graduation, and went to live in San Diego, California. He married Shirley Guss there in the Navy Chapel, at the Naval Air Station, North Island, on October 28, 1954. Four beloved daughters were born to this union. Whenever he was teased about having all girls, Jird was fond of saying "If the Lord thought I needed another man in the house, he'd have sent us one."

During his early service years in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jird received official recognition for designing specialized camera pods and nuclear protection shields for pilots in Special Weapons Aircraft. While serving with the Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 2, aboard the U.S.S. Hornet, Jird invented seven different modifications on Sikorky Helicopters. These inventions were patented by the Navy and have been implemented on all SH-3A helicopters. During the course of his naval career, Jird advanced to the rank of Chief Warrant officer II and made four cruises on various aircraft carriers to the Far East, Korea and North Vietnam.

Naval retirement came in 1973 after 20 years of active duty. During his last year of naval service he was approached by the United States Treasury Department, Bureau of Customs to lead the maintenance division of the Narcotics Air Interdiction Unit. He was in charge of procuring all their aircraft and the implementation of maintenance sites along the Mexican border. Jird was very proud of being on the front lines of our nation's War on Drugs for 10 years.

Jird and his wife Shirley returned to their hometown of Villisca in 1084. Where he owned and operated Fidler's Small Engine Clinic for the next 15 years. In 2000, Jird finally retired permanently, enjoying the free time to go fishing, travel and spend time with family and close friends.

Jird was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Junior and Joe Fidler, sisters; Deo Marie and Cleo.

Jird is survived by his wife Shirley and their four daughters: Cheryl and special companion, Ronald Classen; Pamela Cass, Trina Johnson and husband Tracy and Janeen Hall and husband Vernon, all of Villisca, IA. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Kristine Benton of Cleveland, OH, Abigail Cass of Richlands, VA, Benjamin Jird Cass of Warrenton, VA, Sonja Govig and husband Travis of Clarinda, IA, Katie Wagaman and husband Kaleb of Red Oak, IA, Nichole Wesbrook and husband George of Villisca, Jesse O'Briant and wife Crystal of Villisca, IA, Jeremiah Burton of Maryville, MO and Kirstin Hall of Villisca, IA. Five great grandchildren; Annie, Drake, Dakota Jird, Maxamas and Piper. He is also survived by one sister Ida Auxier of Auburn, NE, an Uncle Kenneth Fidler and wife Annabell of Villisca, IA and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Jird Fidler was a member of the Class of 1952. Condolences can be sent to his wife Shirley at 119 North 3rd Ave. Villisca, IA 50864 or at write2jird.netins.net

 

Hallene Farlin Mattson

Graveside memorial services for Hallene Farlin Mattson 96, of Camarillo, California will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 24, 2006, at the Villisca Cemetery, with lunch following at the United Methodist Church in Villisca. Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca are in charge of arrangements.

Hallene Farlin Mattson was born in Villisca, Iowa, May 7, 1910, the daughter of Thomas Claude Farlin and Marguerite (Maggie) Almira Wainwright. She died June 3, 2006, at her home in Camarillo, California, with her son by her side. She lived most of her life in Iowa and helped her Dad with the farming where she learned to love gardening and did so all her life. She played the ukulele and sang as a young girl. Hallene raised Gerald and was a loving mother. She was a wonderful dancer and attended dances from her teens until her death.

She married Edward (Pete) Mattson also of Villisca in 1936. They had a loving marriage for 68 years. They had many hobbies together: they bowled, grew beautiful flowers, canned and traveled together. Hallene was a beautiful seamstress and made many dresses and dance costumes for her granddaughters. She quilted and made exquisite quilts. Her dream was to go to Hawaii. They finally went with their son and family, which was her first airplane flight. She was a Methodist all her life and belonged to the Methodist Federated Women's Club and Pacific Junction Iowa Bridge Club. She worked at the Iowa State Institution in Glenwood, IA.

Hallene is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Pete who died in 2002.

She is survived by her son Gerald Hollis and wife Dawn of Camarillo, CA five grandchildren: Starr Hollis Gotzen of Alice Springs, Australia, Cathy Hollis Wandell of Somis, CA, Kelli Hollis Maki of Agoura, CA, Michelle Hollis McCarty of Camarillo, CA and Mark Hollis of Gilchrist, OR. Nine great grandchildren and two great great grandsons in Australia. Two sisters: Mabel Mings of Grove, OK and Evie Ellis of Clarinda, IA. She leaves many nephews, nieces other relatives and friends. She was loved and will remain in our hearts forever.

Dencil Keith Brenton

Memorial services for Dencil Keith Brenton were held August 8, 2006 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Sherwood, OR.

Dencil Keith Brenton was born June 25, 1916 in Villisca to Oliver and Goldie Brenton, and died August 2, 2006 in the Veteran's Hospital, Reno, NV.

He was one of nine children. He married Vera Henry on August 5, 1941 in Marksville, LA. He served with Villisca's Company F in World War II from 1941 to 1945 in Northern Africa, Italy and Ireland. The Brentons moved to Sherwood, OR in 1953. Living on his farm for more than forty years, and also working at Pitti Bone Mercury as a welder and machinist.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, John and Lyle Brenton; and four sisters, Darleen Hays, Agnes Mitchell, Carol Scott and Lucille King.

Survivors include his son Rennie Brenton of Jacksonville, FL; his daughter Loretta Jane Brenton of Reno, NV; two granddaughters, Abigal Brenton of Milwaukee, WI and Tyler Brenton of Titusville, PA; two sisters, Kathryn Olson of Corning, IA and Fern Gutherie of Oakdale, CA; sister-in-law Marjorie Henry Dale of Osage Beach, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

Cards and remembrances can be sent in care of Loretta Brenton, 12 Riesling Loop, Reno, NV 89512.

Memorials may be directed to the Villisca American Legion, 321 East 4th Street, Villisca, IA 50864.

Frances Louise Gray

Frances L. Gray, 88, of Villisca died on Friday, July 28, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center in Villisca, IA where she had been a resident for almost two years.

Frances Louise (Penwell) Gray was born May 1918 to the late Clarence (Bud) Aaron Penwell and Helen (Watt) Penwell near Hepburn, Iowa. Frances attended country schools and graduated as valedictorian from Nodaway Consolidated School. She attended Grinnell College and transferred to Aurora College in Aurora, IL, graduating in 1939. She returned to Villisca and married her hometown love, Neal A. Gray, on June 29, 1940.

They are survived by their two sons: Dr. Richard Allen Gray of Austin, TX and Douglas Kent Gray and wife Bonny; and Frances and Neal's only grandson Alexander Tice Gray also of Austin, TX. In addition, Frances is survived by sisters: Carol Penwell Eichelberger of Aurora, IL, Marjorie Penwell Rucker and husband Chuck of Burlington, IA and Patricia Penwell Lopp and husband Gary of Chapel Hill, N.C. Sisters in law: Violet Gray Taylor of Oakdale, CA, Sharon Gray Ayers of Houston, TX area, and Elizabeth Gray of Villisca, IA, plus many loving nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents and husband Neal.

Giving to the community was the hallmark of Frances' rich life. She taught elementary school in Villisca for 35 years, touching the lives of generations of children. She was a lifetime member of the Villisca Advent Christian Church, serving in many leadership capacities and playing both the piano and organ for over 60 years. She also played for many weddings, funerals and other occasions in the community. She and Neal supported and attended the community school activities and sporting events as long as they were able. Frances was a member of the Inter-Church Council for many years. She was a member of the Chapter CH of the P.E.O Sisterhood for 54 years, a long-time member of Progress Club, the Literary Club, Retired Teachers Group and Christian Women's Club.

Frances was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was proud of her sons and their achievements, but the light of her life (and of Neal's) was her grandson Alex. Frances and Neal spent the winter months for several years in New Braunfels, TX to be near their family and enjoy Alex's activities, especially soccer.

We will also remember Frances as a loving sister, aunt, friend, educator, church member and community leader. We are thankful for our many memories.

The Family would like to thank friends in the community for their thoughtfulness and support, for the loving care of the staff at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center and especially cousins Vince and Judy Else for their continued care and communication on behalf of Frances.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at the Advent Christian Church in Villisca with Pastor Chris Hall officiating. Tina Anderson, a special friend and Jeff Rucker, a nephew are soloists. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Memorials may be made to the Advent Christian Church or to the Inter-Church Scholarship Fund 407 East 1st Street, Villisca, IA 50864.

THOMAS SHAPCOTT

Thomas Shapcott, age 72, of Villisca, Iowa, died Tuesday evening, July 25, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa with Rev. Gordon Scott officiating. Visitation with the family will be 7-8 p.m., Friday evening, July 28, 2006 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, Iowa with military rites by American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251. Memorials may be directed to American Diabetes Association or the Villisca EMT. Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.walker-merrick-wolfe-barr.com.

Thomas Marion Shapcott was born at Emerson, Iowa, December 25, 1933 to Calvin and Irma (Shook) Shapcott. He went to school and was raised in Emerson, Iowa and was a big part of his Dad's farming and machinery business. In January, 1952, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in Korea. He spent 2 years at sea and 2 years stationed in Pearl Harbor. Tom was discharged December 21, 1955 and was in the United States Navy Reserves until January 6, 1960. While he was in the service his Mom and Dad moved to Villisca and when he was discharged, he went to be with them and help his Dad in the machinery business. From 1960 on, he went into the buying and selling of farm machinery and tractors. He partnered with Cal to form Shapcott Implement Company of Villisca. The business grew to become the largest short line farm implement dealership in Southwest Iowa. In 1975, Tom bought the business from Cal. Tom was united in marriage September 2, 1956, to Phyllis Marie Anderson. To this union two children were born, Chris Allen Shapcott, October 18, 1957 and Brenda Lea Ingersoll, December 31, 1959. They raised their children in Villisca.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; Cal and Irma Shapcott.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years on September 2, Phyllis Shapcott of Villisca, Iowa; son, Chris Shapcott and his wife Juli of Underwood, Iowa; daughter, Brenda Ingersoll and husband Bill of Villisca, Iowa; four grandchildren, Skylar Winterstien, Erin Shapcott, twins, Lauren Shapcott, Kyle Shapcott; step grandchildren, Ben and Beth Ingersoll; brother, Bill Shapcott of Murfeesboro, Tennessee; sister, Madeline Burmeister of St. Petersburg, Florida; niece, Calla Acree and nephew, Ked Burmeister.

RICHARD C. BECKETT

Richard Calvin Beckett, 80, of Villisca, died July 13, 2006 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA.

Richard C., son of Grace Pearl Ginn and George Albert Beckett, was born on September 24, 1925 in Gooding, Idaho.

The family returned to Iowa in 1928 and settled near Gravity, Iowa. Richard attended and graduated from Gravity High School. He served in the US Army during WWII as a machine gunner 1st class. In 1947 he was married to Marjorie Clark, to this union two sons were born, Gregory James and Jeffery Allen. After the war he worked for Stockstill Phillip 66 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Dick and Marge moved to Villisca after two years and he began to work at the Farmers Coop. Dick later owned and operated Beckett Oil Co. and station. After retiring from the station, Dick kept busy by working for the city of Villisca until the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie, sons Greg and wife Brenda, and Jeff of Council Bluffs, Iowa, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace; sisters, Martha Mendenhall and Dorothy Walker; brothers, Robert and George Jr. Beckett.

Dick will always be remembered by his Tootsie Pops and the DX slogan ' known by the customers we keep'...

Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Villisca Cemetery with Rev. Gordon Scott and Rev. Jo Anne Johnson officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Villisca city park playground fund. Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.

MARTHA MENDENHALL

Graveside memorial committal services for Martha Mendenhall, age 92 of Bedford who died Friday, June 9, 2006 at the Good Samaritan Home in Villisca were held Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Memorials can be given in her name. Please leave a message of tribute to the Mendenhall family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Martha Ellen (Beckett) Mendenhall was born March 29, 1914, in Gooding, Idaho the daughter of George Beckett and Grace (Ginn) Beckett. The family returned to Iowa in 1928 and settled near Gravity. She grew up attending school in Bedford, because her brother went to school there. However, graduated in 1932 from the Clarinda High School. After graduation she worked in Bedford at the Hamburger Inn. In 1938, she was united in marriage to Robert Anderson. Bob was in the service and they moved to several different Army bases. After World War II they returned to Bedford where Bob worked for the lumber yard and Martha worked for 25 years in the office on Main Street of Iowa Power. In 1963, Bob passed away and Martha continued working in Bedford. In 1968, she was united in marriage to S.K. “Kelite” Mendenhall who owned the Taylor County Motor Ford Garage. Upon their marriage, Martha quit working outside the home. She and Kelite truly enjoyed their nightly trips to check out the farm and cattle operation. Martha enjoyed knitting, sewing, reading and playing bridge. She was her ‘own person’, always pretty ‘spunky’! She was known for doing things her way! The true passion in Martha life was her sister Dorothy. Over the years the two of them were so close, that they were truly inseparable.

Left to cherish Martha’s memory are her brother Richard Beckett and wife Marge of Villisca; two step-daughters, Kae Eberle of Bedford; and Jean Killam and husband Herbert of Bedford; three nephews Gary Beckett of Des Moines; Greg Beckett and wife Brenda Lee of Villisca; and Jeff Beckett of Council Bluffs; a niece Barbara Beckett-Collier of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a step-granddaughter Victoria Guilliatt and husband Dick of Bedford and their children Stefanie and Timothy; and a sister-in-law Marion Anderson of North Platte, Nebraska; along with many friends.

Preceding Martha in death were parents George and Grace Beckett; her first husband Robert Anderson; her second husband Kelite Mendenhall; two brothers, George Jr. and Robert Beckett; and a dear sister, Dorothy Walker.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Martha’s passing.

 

JEAN ROSALIE MILLER

Jean Rosalie Miller, 78, of Wimberley, Texas, passed away Sunday June 11.

Jean was born November 25, 1927 on a farm north of Villisca, near Siola, to Raymond C. and Estella B. Danielson Retland. She graduated salutatorian from Villisca High School in 1945. She taught country school in the Villisca area for two years. On December 21, 1948, she married William E. (Bill) Miller at the Villisca Methodist Church. The couple resided in Omaha, Nebraska, for the next fifty years before relocating to Wimberley, Texas. While in Omaha, Jean was a charter member of Rockbrook United Methodist Church and an active member of Chapter GB of the P.E.O. sisterhood. While living in Wimberley, Jean was a member of Chapel of the Hills Church and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was also active in the Wimberley Womens Club, and she was a charter member of Chapter IF of P.E.O.

After Bill’s retirement, the couple spent their summers on Lake Belle Taine near Nevis, Minnesota. Jean is survived by her husband Bill; son Kent Miller of Dallas, Texas; daughter Kathy Rusch of Muscatine, Iowa; granddaughters Gretchen Rusch of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Sarah Moore of Iowa City, Iowa; sister Joyce Minnig of Omaha, Nebraska, sister-in-law JoAnn Miller of Villisca, Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be held on Thursday June 15 in Wimberley, Texas with burial at Strand, Iowa on Monday June 19. A visitation time with the family will be held on Sunday June 18, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca.

Memorials may be directed to the Methodist Church, in Villisca

WILLIAM A. FISHER

Funeral services for William A. Fisher, age 73, were held in Show Low, AZ, his home for the past several years. Bill died May 12, 2006 after losing a battle with cancer. He was born September 7, 1932 in Villisca, Iowa to Fen and Hazel (Winters) Fisher. He was the youngest of their four children with older brothers Ed and Tom and sister Marjorie.

Bill attended grade school at the old Lincoln Building and graduated from Villisca High School in 1950, lettering in basketball. While working several jobs, he took college courses at Clarinda Junior College and at Tarkio, MO.

He served in the army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fairbanks, AK. Upon returning, he attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, graduating with a four-year degree in Business and Accounting. He immediately went to work for the Western Electric Company as an accountant and auditor at their new plant in Omaha.

After several years, he was transferred to their head office in New York City. After about 8 years there, he was transferred to their new plant near Denver, CO. from which he retired. Bill is survived by his wife, Helga, his daughter, Rochelle and his grandson, Nathan of Denver, his sister Marjorie and husband Marvin Coon of Albuquerque, his oldest brother Tom of Omaha, and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Edward and his wife Helen, of Santa Cruz, CA. and his sister-in-law Jean (Gray) Fisher of Omaha.

ANGELINE ERMA GAUNT

Funeral services for Angeline Gaunt, age 78, of Villisca, Iowa, formerly of Nodaway and Griswold areas, were held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Church of Christ in Griswold, Iowa. Chris Hall and Tony Kafka officiated the service. Burial was in the Nodaway Cemetery.

Angeline Erma Osborn, was born at Tipton, IA, on January 29, 1928, the daughter of Lawrence E. and Myra Ada (Meixner) Osborne. The family moved to the Atlantic, IA, area and she attended school in Atlantic. On August 17, 1945, she married Jack Eugene Gaunt, in Atlantic. She first worked at the Whitney Hotel, in Atlantic, as a waitress and laundry person. They moved to Diagonal, IA, and later moved to Nodaway. While living in Nodaway, Angeline worked as a CNA at the Corning Nursing and Rehab Center. She later took care of people in their homes, working as a home care aid. She moved to Griswold in 1991, where she worked beside her daughter, Patty, at the Chuckwagon Café and later at Eckles Grocery until her illness left her unable to work. Angeline was active in the Pony Express Riders of Iowa.

Survivors include, her children Sharon Hoyt and husband, Robert, of Yorktown, IA; Karen Pafford and husband, Robert, of Nodaway; Gary Gaunt and friend, Becky Myers, of Clarinda, IA; Larry Gaunt and wife, Kathy, of Villisca, IA; and Patty Eckles, and husband Doug, of Griswold; 27 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Jonny Osborn and wife, Laura, of Tingley, IA; and Leslie "Lucky" Osborn and wife Linda, of Wiota, IA; her sister, Florence Biship and husband, Lawrence, of Tingley.

Preceding Angeline in death were her parents, husband, Jack in 1984, her granddaughters, Angela and Susan Hartley, her grandsons, Casey Gaunt and Nathan Hunter; two brothers, one in infancy and Walter Osborn; and sister, Mary Krueger.

 

GLENNA MAE ROBINSON

Glenna Mae Robinson 87, of Villisca, Iowa died Tuesday, May 09, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. She was born May 12, 1918, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of Henry & Stella (Welsh) Freuck.

Glenna Mae graduated from Villisca High School in 1934. Glenna married Harold Everett Robinson on November 25, 1941, in Papillion, NE to this union three children were born: Judy, Joan and Jim.

Glenna Mae taught school in Taylor County from 1936 to 1942. After teaching she became a dedicated farmwife and mother. She had enjoyed bowling, square dancing, golfing and spending time with family. Glenna Mae was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca.

She is survived by her children: Judy Mikkelsen and husband Lance of Santa Fe, N.M., Joan Schrader and husband Drew of Dataw Island, S.C. and Jim Robinson and wife Donna of Villisca, IA: grandchildren, John Mikkelsen, Mark Mikkelsen, Andrew Schrader and wife Julie, Adam Schrader and wife Michelle, Jodi Robinson and Jennifer Robinson; great grandchildren Tyler Mikkelsen, Christopher Schrader, Courtney Schrader and Gavin Schrader.

Glenna Mae was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold on December 14, 1005, sisters, Geneva Horton, Ethel Vanalstine, Faye Spencer and Fern Firkins.


Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2006, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca Alumni Association or the First Presbyterian Church.

MAXINE HONEYMAN

Maxine Honeyman 84, of Villisca, Iowa, died Friday, May 5th, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA.

Maxine was born March 14th, 1922 in Montgomery County, Iowa the daughter of Clyde and Florence (Johnson) Stackhouse. She married James Honeyman June 13, 1948, in Stanton, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Douglas Lee, and Susan Kay.

Maxine graduated from Villisca High School in 1939. She moved to Los Angeles, California where she worked as "Rosie the Riveter" during the early years of World War II at a North American Aviation Manufacturing plant in Englewood, California, where she helped assemble P-51 Mustang fighters as bomber aircraft. After the sudden death of her mother she returned to Villisca, and started working as a soda fountain clerk for Honeyman Drug Store. She and Jim would later own and operate the Honeyman Drug Store for over 50 years.

Maxine became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca on December 26, 1954; she was also a member of the Presbyterian Women's Circle and a fifty-year member of P.E.O. Chapter CH. She and Jim enjoyed big band music, dancing, tea dances, golfing and traveling. She was a wonderful cook and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Maxine is survived by her husband Jim of Villisca, son; Doug Honeyman and wife Diane of Seattle, WA, daughter; Susie Peterman and husband Stan of Villisca, IA; grandchildren: Cooper Honeyman of Seattle, WA, Adam Peterman of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Amber Sunderman and husband Phillip of Villisca, IA nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers; Elwin and Clifford Stackhouse.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca, with Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 7-8 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca Fire and Rescue, First Presbyterian Church or the Villisca Swimming Pool.

ELIZABETH (Ialeen) FRESHOUR

Elizabeth (Ialeen) Freshour 82, of Villisca, Iowa died Friday, May 5, 2006 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA. Ialeen was born February 22, 1924, in Carbon, Iowa, the daughter of Robert and Lucy Luvida (Rodman) McKee.

Ialeen married Hollis Garthe Freshour January 24, 1946, in Hiawatha, Kansas. To this union six children were born; Connie, Marjorie, Donna, Rita, Hollis Jr. and Linda Sue.

Ialeen was a member of the Advent Christian Church and a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary in Villisca. She enjoyed spending time outdoors; fishing and camping. She liked to travel and took several trips with her sister Marjorie. Ialeen crocheted, spent time reading and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She liked spending time with family and going to family reunions.

She is survived by her daughters: Connie Houser of Maple Valley, WA; Marjorie Long of Lenox, IA; Donna Baker and husband Donald of Villisca, IA and Rita Booher of Shenandoah, IA. Twelve grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren. Sisters: Marjorie Miller of Knoxville, IA and Diane Dock and husband Tony of Jordan, MN, one brother Bob Mckee of Omaha, NE and one sister in law Nola Comstock of Omaha, NE.

Ialeen was preceded in death by her parents, husband Hollis on July 7, 1979, son Hollis Jr. May 7, 2000, infant daughter Linda Sue, great granddaughter Alexandria Howard, brothers: Willard and Byron McKee and sister in law Marvel McKee.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Quincy, IA. Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca Fire and Rescue or the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.

MARGARET M. HOLWELL

Funeral services for Margaret M. "Margie" Holwell, 85 of Sundance, will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, May 1st at Worden Chapel with Pastor Wayne Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so Monday, May 1st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Worden Chapel. Memorial contributions to the Skull Creek Community Hall or Sundance Ambulance Service would be equally appreciated by her family.

Mrs. Holwell died Thursday, April 27th at Rapid Regional Hospital

Margie was born February 13, 1921 at Massena, Iowa, the daughter of Harley C. and Fern L. Darnold (Erickson) Antisdel at Masena, Iowa. She attended country school and rode her pony for transportation everywhere. She graduated from Villisca High School in Iowa. After high school, Margie attended Boyles Business College in Omaha and went to work for the headquarters of the Union Pacific Railroad. She enjoyed traveling extensively on her railroad pass during those years and met her future husband on a trip to Wyoming.

She married Hugh Holwell November 9, 1947 at Omaha, NE. Following their marriage, they lived in Osage, WY for about a year while making arrangements to purchase and move to the ranch on Skull Creek where they ranched for over 50 years. While on the ranch she was very active in the Skull Creek Extension Club and most community activities. She also participated actively in the ranch, working cows, calving, horseback riding, driving the tractor and other equipment while working in the fields. She enjoyed gardening, arrowhead hunting and raising animals of all kinds. Mrs. Holwell had a reputation for being able to put together a wonderful meal for a crowd on short notice. She maintained an extensive array of frozen home baked goods as well as home canned items. She was the "official" family photographer, maintaining and cataloging a very large collection of photo albums. She was also an avid scrapbook organizer.

In later years deafness hampered her social interests, especially involving crowds, but she learned to utilize modern conveniences such as telephone for deaf and later obtained a cochlear implant with which she was doing very well. She was also communicating very effectively with her computer and enjoyed surfing the internet. She adapted to the new technical age quickly.

Survivors include a brother, James C. Antisdel of Myrtle Beach, SC and sister in law Bonnie Antisdel of Louisburg, KS.

She was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Holwell, a brother, Robert A. Antisdel, and sister in law Mary Ellen Antisdel...

Guests may also leave tribute and sign the guestbook for Margie at www.wordenfuneraldirectors.com.

HENRIETTA HUTCHINSON BAKER

Henrietta Hutchinson Baker died April 2, 2006, in Aurora, Colorado of Cancer. She was born May 14, 1925, in southwest Iowa. As a small child she found a loving home with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bontrager of Villisca, Iowa.

In September 1930, Henrietta entered kindergarten at the Lincoln school in Villisca. Here she found friends who remained close to her all her life. She graduated from Villisca High School in May of 1943. That year she starred as “Penny” in the senior class play, “Don’t Take My Penny.” It was during her high school years that Henrietta acquired the affectionate nickname “Dopey,” but later in life she preferred to be called Henri.

She was married to Dan Baker, who preceded her in death, as did her adoptive parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Bontrager of Villisca, brother R.D. Bontrager of Garden Cove CA. and sister Cecyl Dunn of Denver CO.
Henri was a skilled typist and stenographer; but her career was cut short some twenty years ago by a speeding car which left Henri, a pedestrian, disabled for the remainder of her life. Whenever her health permitted, she attended the reunions of the Class of 1943. Fifteen years ago, Henri initiated a “round robin” letter, which still circulates among eight of her childhood friends and classmates. This letter will continue, as a memorial to her.

Henrietta leaves a brother, Robert Hutchinson, his wife Margaret, and their children, of Arvada, CO. In Villisca, Iowa she leaves an adoptive niece, Mrs. Barbara ( Andrew) Crussell.

Gifts in Henrietta’s memory may be sent to Hospice of Metro/ Denver, 501 S. Cherry St., Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246-1328.

DOROTHY ELAINE REYNOLDS

Dorothy Elaine Reynolds 95, of Villisca, Iowa died April 12, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. Dorothy was born January 20, 1911, in Page County, Iowa, the daughter of Ellsworth and Avis (Hamm) Squier. She was the oldest of three children. She attended school in Villisca for eight years, High School in Carthage and graduated from Newton, Iowa. After graduation she attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids and Lenox College in Hopkinton, Iowa, studying for her teaching degree.

Dorothy was married to Edward E. Reynolds on September 14, 1936, in Atlantic, Iowa. Edward preceded her in death on November 22, 1990. She had worked for the Villisca Telephone Company as a telephone operator, Meadowgold (Beatrice Foods) and at Sierp Oil Company as a bookkeeper from 1948 to 1964. Dorothy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca and a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and served as a warder. She had been a resident of the Villisca Good Samaritan Center for over four years.

Dorothy loved animals and always had Chihuahua dogs to love over the years. She was a ham and enjoyed acting in theater productions in the community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward, two brothers; Don and Herb Squier.

Dorothy is survived by her siste- in-law Bette Squier of Montgomery, Illinois and two nephews Dale Squier and wife Cynthia of Oswego, Illinois and Steve Squier and wife Renee of Rockford, Illinois plus four grand nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Villisca Cemetery with visitation held from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, with Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church in Villisca. Wolfe Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

SGT DANIEL L. SESKER

Sgt. Daniel L. Sesker, 22 of Ogden, Iowa died Thursday, April 6, 2006,in Baghdad Iraq as the result of a roadside bomb explosion.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday April 18, 2006 at the Ogden High School Gymnasium 732 W. Division St, Ogden. Chaplin MAJ Klavetter will officiate. Burial will be a private ceremony at the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, Iowa. Visitation will be Monday April 17, 2006 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ogden High School Gymnasium. Carson Funeral Home in Ogden is in charge of arrangements.

Daniel LaVerne Sesker was born on April 15, 1983, in Boone Iowa, the son of Mysty Harper-Stumbo and Dennis Sesker. He graduated with the Ogden High School class of 2001 and attended college at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Dan enlisted as a Calvary Scout in B Troop 1-113 Calvary in August of 2000. He was deployed to Kosovo in 2003 as part of Operation Joint Guardians. In July of 2005 Dan who was a Soldier of B Troop 1-113 Cav. Volunteered to be attached to C Troop 1-113 Cav. out of LeMars Iowa, for the Iraqi Freedom Mission. While in Iraq, he served as a gunner in the Task Force 49th Military Police Personnel Security Detachment. Between the Kosovo and Iraq tours of duty, Dan worked as a counselor at the Woodward Academy and as a part-time police officer in Gowrie, Iowa. At the time of his death, Dan was serving on the same base in Iraq as three Ogden High School classmates, Sgt. David Bollenbaugh, Spc.Shane Sinn and Spc. Michael Fraser.

Some of the things Dan enjoyed doing and is remembered for is his love of a good game of pool. He really liked bowling, hunting, fishing and most of all he loved living life.

Dan is survived by his mother and stepfather, Mysty (Harper) and Marvin Stumbo of Ogden Iowa; father Dennis Sesker of Boone Iowa, Fiance Angelique Garey of Ogden Iowa; brother and sister-in-law Pfc. Thomas and Sara Sesker stationed in Hawaii; sister Jennifer Sesker of Ogden, Iowa, stepsister Amie Stumbo and Sandston, Virginia and stepbrother Brian Stumbo of Cedar Rapids Iowa, grandparents Jean Harper of Boone Iowa, and Bud and Diane Harper of Creston, Iowa, several other family members and many friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents Stanley and Violet Sesker.

Memorials may be directed to :
In Memory of Dan Sesker
City State Bank
217 W. Mulberry St.
Ogden, IA, 50212
515-275-2420

GINGER L. YATES

Ginger L. Yates, age 21, of Villisca, IA, formerly of Clark County, MO, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 26, 2006 in Red Oak, IA.

She was born April 15, 1984, in Springdale, AR, a daughter of Jeff and Mary Miller Herring.

On September 13, 2004, she was united in marriage to Kyle A. Yates in Las Vegas, NV, and they were the proud parents of Delaney Marie.

She is survived by her husband, Kyle, and precious daughter, Delaney, of Villisca, IA; her parents, Mary and Cleo Hemingway of Lancaster, MO and Jeff Herring of Bentonsville, AR; her in-laws: Mark Yates of Keokuk, IA and Tammy and Dustin Kirchner of Bowling Green, MO; her grandparents: Betty Miller of Keokuk, IA and Sarah and Terry Remley of Garfield, AR; Kyle’s grandparents: Bill and Melba Yates of Luray, MO, Ruby Davis of Warsaw, MO, Jean Hunter of Keokuk, IA,Mary and Jerry Campbell of Alexandria, MO, and Gary and Gretchen Kirchner of Kahoka, MO; also, Kyle’s great-grandparents: Dorothy Kirchner and Grace and Wayne Hodges, all of Kahoka; two brothers: Darrell Herring and his companion, Natoshia Risher of Wyaconda, MO and John Herring of Lancaster, MO; two sisters, Sarah and Eric Stewart of Luray, MO and Michelle Herring of Memphis, MO; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Kala Yates of St. Louis, MO, and, Janna Yates and Kody Yates, both of Kahoka, MO; nieces and nephews: Ethan Herring, Luke and Sierra Stewart, Ryan Kerfoot and Mary Kellum; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lyle Miller.

Ginger attended most of her school years at Wyaconda, graduating from Clark Co. R-1 High School in 2003. For the past three years she had lived in Villisca where she was employed at the Stanton Care Center as a CNA.

She loved taking pictures and scrapbooking which became more important after having Delaney. She also enjoyed sewing and reading and doing things outdoors. She was a loving wife and more than anything, loved being a mother to Delaney and caring for her home.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 31, 2006 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with Rev. Kenneth Beckmann and Rev. Ernest Deatrick officiating. Mrs. Ida Ross was organist and special music were recordings "Ten Thousand Angels" by Martina McBride, "She’s My Kind of Rain" by Tim McGraw, and, "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton.

Pallbearers were Dustin Parker, Gordon McAlpin, J. D. Morgan, Eric Stewart, Matt Peterson, and, Kevin Anderson.

Burial was in Kahoka Cemetery.

Visitation was held after 10 a.m. Thursday at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Kyle and Delaney. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.

 

LEMOYNE (BUD) FRANCIS SALWAY

Lemoyne (Bud) Francis Salway 77, of Villisca, Iowa, died at his home in Villisca, IA, on Sunday, March 26, 2006. He was born January 7, 1929, in Lead South Dakota, the son of Nicholas and Mamie (Fern) Salway.

Bud graduated from Hot Springs, South Dakota. He lived on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations until he entered the Air Force on November 22, 1948. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Baker on December 24, 1955 in Villisca, Iowa at the Presbyterian Manse.

During Buds life he had worked in construction, carpentry, cement work and after retiring had worked for Browns Sanitation. Bud was proud of his Sioux Indian heritage. He spoke the Sioux Indian Language and Korean. During the service he trained troops on jet aircraft. Bud enjoyed watching sports and movies and reading westerns. His main enjoyment was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Bud and his family appreciate all that Pam Cass did for he and his family.

Bud is survived by his wife Evelyn Salway of Villisca, IA, daughter Shala Scott and husband Roy of Villisca, IA and son Jeffrey Salway of Villisca, IA. grandchildren: Natasha Salway and Dustin Baird of Des Moines, IA, Jessica Salway of Villisca, IA, Nicholas Scott of Villisca, IA, Dawson Salway of Clarinda, IA, great grandchildren: Adrien Salway and Landen Salway of Villisca, IA. Extended family Elishia Anderson of Villisca, IA, Norma Rae Wolfe of Kellerton, IA, and Brandi Bisbee of Lincoln, NE, brother in laws and sisters in law: Donald Baker and wife Donna of Villisca, IA Sharon Farlin of Emerson, IA and Willis and Jean Baker of Red Oak, IA, plus nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents two brothers and one sister.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2006 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Visitation will be held from 7-8 Wednesday evening at the Wolfe Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Hall officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date.

 

SHERRYL L. WILLIAMS

Sherryl L. Williams died peacefully at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames on March 7, 2006. There will be no funeral service. Memorials will be used to establish a scholarship in Sherryl's name at Villisca High School for students entering those professions dedicated to the care of others.

Sherryl was born on November 9, 1939, to Clifford and Della Stevenson of Humboldt, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University where she met Don Williams. They were married on December 17, 1960, and then went to farm in Villisca where they resided for many years. More recently, Sherryl and Don divided their time between homes in Villisca and Ames to enjoy their grandchildren and their many activities.

Sherryl is survived by husband Don; son Tom and family of Villisca (wife Cindy, daughters Michelle and Renee); daughter Cynthia Feller and family of Ames (husband John, children Andrew, Ben and Jessica); son Rod Getting and family of Lincoln, NE (wife Mary, sons Travis and Braden); sister Pam Evans and husband Paul (Lexington, KY); and brother Braden Stevenson and wife Nancy (Des Moines). She is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews stretching from Florida to California and numerous great- nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by infant grandson Kyle (Tom and Cindy) and both her parents.

Early in their marriage, Sherryl and Don were a shelter for many troubled foster children. She was good at welcoming them, making them feel safe and sending them on their way stronger than when they arrived. Sherryl was also a talented person as demonstrated by her hobbies of weaving and basket making, just to name a few. She leaves behind a group of fellow weavers known as the Wildwood Weavers who are very special and gave her many fond memories. Another important group in her life was her Pi Beta Phi sorority sisters. They have kept in touch for over 40 years, laughing and crying together.

Sherryl will be remembered for her willingness to help others, her great love of family and friends, and her strong determination. She was a treasured wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed by many.

Sherryl's family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Michael Guffy and his entire staff (McFarland Clinic in Ames) for their care and dedication.

JAY L. CLARK

Jay L. Clark, 75 of Villisca, Iowa, the son of Lee H. and Edna (Hammer) Clark was born June 15, 1930, at the farm home just north of Hawleyville, IA. He died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at his home in Villisca.

Jay grew up in Page County, Iowa. He graduated from Villisca High School in 1949. After which he attended Southwest Community College in Clarinda, until the whole basketball team decided to enlist. Jay served in the U.S. Air Force as a medic and dental tech, while in Korea.

In 1953 he was united in marriage to Donna Hughes of Shambaugh, IA. They have one son; Don and two daughters; Debra and Diane. The first year of marriage they were stationed at Sioux City, IA. They then moved to the Villisca area in 1954.

Clark Construction was started in 1955, when Jay bought the first backhoe in the area. This was quite a change because everything was previously dug by hand. Customers could not believe the digging could be done by machine so quickly.

Jay enjoyed his farm and timber. Of course his grandchildren were the most special to him. They always put a smile on his face. Jay was a member of the United Methodist Church in Villisca.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Lee and Edna (Hammer) Clark, brother in law Wendell Meyer, father and mother in law; Floyd (Tad) and Isa Hughes and brother in law Charles Hughes.

Jay is survived by his wife Donna of Villisca, IA, son Don Clark and wife Alice of Villisca, IA, daughters Debra Franson and husband Greg of Grant, IA and Diane Burns and husband Chris of Alexandria, VA. Grandchildren; Kyle and Brian J. Franson, Conor, Shannon and Brogan Burns; two-step grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren. Sisters; Joyce Meyer of Clarinda, IA, Birdice Targove of Denver, CO and Barbara Des Jardien of Clarinda, IA, plus nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Villisca with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Military rites were by the Villisca American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church or the Heartland Hospice. Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca were in charge of arrangements.

GLEN MELVIN ASKLOF

Glen Melvin Asklof, son of Swedish immigrants, C.A. and Hulda O. (Edstrom) Asklof, was born on March 21, 1916, on the family farm in Frankfort Township, Montogomery County, Iowa. He passed away on Monday, February 27, 2006, at the Montgomery County Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 89. He was baptized at home in Montgomery County, Iowa. He was confirmed at Tabor Lutheran Church in Wallin, Iowa where he was an active member and served as Sunday School Superintendent. Glen was proud of his Swedish heritage.

He attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Villisca High School with the Class of 1933. Following graduation he farmed in the Stanton and Villisca area. On October 6, 1944, Glen was united in marriage to LaDonna Mae Ruth at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa. To this union were born three daughters and one son. He was employed by the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Nyman Electric in Stanton until 1965, they moved to Essex and he became manager of the Farmers Telephone Company. He retired in 1981.

Preceding Glen in death were his parents; three sisters; four brothers and one grandson, Marc Creger. Survivors include his wife LaDonna Asklof of Essex, IA.; three daughters, Rita Oberg and husband Dave of Shenandoah, IA., Ruth Fridolfson and husband Lyle of Somers, IA., Linda Wolfe and husband John of Shenandoah, IA.; one son Gene Asklof and wife Desi of Ames, IA.; ten grandsons, Lane and Brandi Oberg of Layton, UT., Eric and Dawn Oberg of Valparaiso, IN., Jeffrey and Stacy Creger of Northwood, IA., Grant Creger and fiance’ Andrea Hansen of Perry, IA., Matthew and Mandy Creger of Ft. Dodge, IA., Mike Creger of Covington, GA., James Wolfe of Omaha, NE., Joseph Wolfe of Shenandoah, IA., and Geoffrey Asklof and Ryan Asklof of Ames, IA., one great granddaughter and seven great grandsons; one brother, Helmer Asklof of Villisca, IA.; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 3, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Essex. Words of comfort were given by Pastor John Swenson. Organist was Judy Lundgren. Daughter, Ruth Fridolfson, sang the first verse of "Children Of The Heavenly Father" in Swedish and the congregation sang verses one through four in English. The Congregation also sang "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". Caring for the flowers were Max and Lucille Carlson and Phillip and Shirley Rattenborg. Attending the memory register were Fred and Becky Streitenberger. Casket bearers were Lane Oberg, Eric Oberg, Jeffrey Creger, Grant Creger, Matthew Creger, Michael Creger, James Wolfe, Joseph Wolfe, Geoffrey Asklof and Ryan Asklof. Ushers were Larry Glasgo and Marvin Wickersham. Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Nyman. Memorials are being directed to St. John's Lutheran Church or Essex Fire & Rescue. The Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.hackettlivingstonfuneralhome.com on the web.

LUCILLE JOHNSON

Lucille Johnson, 87, of Nodaway, Iowa died Wednesday, February 22, 2006, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center in Villisca, Iowa, where she had been a resident since November 3, 2003.

Lucille was born December 24, 1918, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of Clarence Edmond and Alla Eugenia (Tharp) Blacklock. She married George Walter Johnson October 7, 1943, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lucille was a member of the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, the U.M.W., the Calico Maids and Helping Hands clubs and the Rose Ann Auxiliary in Corning. She was active in the church, serving as Sunday school teacher, directing Christmas programs, singing for funerals and weddings and helping wherever needed. Lucille enjoyed crafts, flower arranging and spending time with family and friends. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman.

She is survived by her husband George Johnson of Nodaway, IA; children: Donald Paul Johnson and wife Lilian of Story City, IA; Carol Ann and husband Terry Krone of Denver, CO; Kay Louise and husband Gilles St. Pierre of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Joyce Lynn and husband Clifford Koch of Omaha, NE; Keith Edmund Johnson and wife Denise of Mission, KS; Jan Leigh and husband Steve Rawson of Colorado Springs, CO; Kurt Wesley Johnson and wife Deanne of Gravity, IA; and Chris Tina and husband Timothy Howe of Russellville, AR; eleven grandchildren: Lynnay and husband Erich Hites of Story City, IA; Darren Johnson and wife Sarah of Ames, IA; Coquina Koch of Omaha, NE; Regina Quaas and husband Michael of Shawnee, KS; Jeremy Johnson of Dallas, TX and fiancée Tracy Langston of Topeka, KS; Heidi Johnson of Mission, KS; Hannah and John Rawson, both of Colorado Springs, CO; Justine, Michael and Natalie Johnson, all of Gravity, IA; four great grandchildren: Isaac, Danny, Karissa, Madison and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Julia Blacklock and Agnes Lovil and brother Oscar Blacklock.

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2006, at the Maple Grove United Methodist Church in Guss, IA. Burial was in the Guss Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Maple Grove United Methodist Church. Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca were in charge of arrangements.

BARBARA STEVENS

Barb Stevens, age 59, of Clarinda, Iowa died Friday, February 24, 2006, at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab Center, Clarinda, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Rev. Walden Paige officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Monday, February 27, 2006 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, rural Villisca, Iowa. A memorial will be established. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Ann Stevens was born August 20, 1946 at Red Oak, Iowa to Harley B. Bangston and Wilma B. (Buffington) Bangston. She was a 1964 graduate of Villisca High School. Barb graduated from William Penn College, Oskaloosa, Iowa with honors in 1968. On October 19, 1974, she was united in marriage at Villisca, Iowa to Robert Stevens. Barb taught at Lone Tree, Iowa. She also had worked at the Glenwood State School and Clarinda Mental Health Institute and most recently had worked some at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab Center. Barb had assisted with the Faith, Food and Fellowship group. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Barb enjoyed history. Following her mother's death in 1972, Wilma (Miller) Bangston later became her devoted second mother.

Preceding Barb in death were her parents; two infant children. David D. Stevens and Timothy L. Stevens; step daughter, Rachelle Stevens; step son, Paul A. Stevens. Survivors include her husband Robert Stevens of Clarinda, Iowa; son, Robert J. (Robbie) Stevens of Clarinda, Iowa; step-son, Danny Stevens of Canada; brother, Richard Bangston of Omaha, Nebraska; sister, Dr. Martha L. (Marty) Shockey and her fiancé, Keith Eckles of St. Louis, Missouri; step-mother, Wilma E. Bangston of Villisca, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

JOHN S. BAKER

John Sherman Baker 106, of Villisca, Iowa died Monday, February 20, 2006, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center in Villisca, Iowa, where he had been a resident since November 8, 2001. He was born December 25, 1899, in Montgomery County, Iowa, the son of George W. and Eva (Dunn) Baker.

John married Helen Dilley on May 7, 1921, in Corning, Iowa, she preceded him in death on June 25, 1983. John was a member of the United Methodist Church in Villisca. He farmed in the Villisca area for most of his life. John lived in Washington State for six years and in Alaska for one year. He was an avid deer hunter and shot his last deer when he was 92 years old. He wrote a book of his memories when he was in his eighties. He also served in the Army National Guard for four years during WWI.

John is survived by his daughter: Gwendolyn Anderson and husband Arthur of Bend, Oregon and son Laurence Baker and wife Charlotte of Stanton, Iowa. Four grandchildren: Craige Baker and wife Kathy of Palmer, Alaska, Becky Parkhurst and husband Jack of Lincoln, NE, John L. Baker and wife Cheri of Villisca, Iowa, and Chris Lipscomb and husband Dennis of Bend, Oregon, eight great grandchildren, twelve great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen, son John L. Baker, great grandson Brian Baker, daughter in law Dorothy Baker four brothers: Frank, Archie, Carl and Chester and two sisters: Avon and Nina.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2006, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Visitation will be held before services from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in the Arlington Cemetery, near Villisca, IA. Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church or Villisca Fire and Rescue. Wolfe Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

RONALD D. KAMMERER, SR.

Ronald D. Kammerer, Sr., age 68 of Nodaway, Iowa, the son of William and Christina (Jackson) Kammerer was born July 19, 1937 at Shenandoah, Iowa. He died on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at Villisca Good Samaritan Center, Villisca, Iowa at the age of 68 years and 7 months.

Ron grew up in the Imogene area. In 1952, he moved to Red Oak. On June 14, 1957 he was united in marriage to Christine Foreman. To this union was born 3 sons and 3 daughters. They lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa from 1960 to 1988; Elliott, Iowa from 1988 to 1993 and then moved to Nodaway, Iowa in 1993. He served in the Army Reserves. Ron was a carpenter by trade. He enjoyed the Nodaway Corn Carnival where he was a member and had served on the board.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Christine on March 29, 1998; son, William Kammerer; grandson, Robert Glade Edie and son-in-law, Jack Henderson.

Ron is survived by sons Ronald Kammerer, Jr. of Red Oak, IA; Shawn Kammerer and friend Heather Newkirk of Villisca, IA; daughters Elizabeth Morrell and husband Mike of Elkhorn, NE; Tammy Kammerer of Nodaway, IA; Sherry Smith and husband Scott of Hudson, CO; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; brothers Terry Kammerer of Red Oak, IA and Randy Kammerer and wife Vicki of Council Bluffs, IA; sister Marlene Jones and husband Warren of Treynor, IA; other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 1:00 PM
Sellergren Lindell DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak, IA. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, Pastor Paul Wichmann, Officiating

Visitation with the family present will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 from 7:00-8:00 PM at Sellergren Lindell DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak

Memorials may be directed to the family. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Sellergren Lindell DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak

DANA NEAL

Funeral services for Dana Neal 49, of Villisca, IA, will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday February 7th at the Advent Christian Church in Villisca, IA. Burial in the Villisca Cemetery. Visiting time with the family will be Monday evening from 7-8 at the Wolfe Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca E.M.T.'s, Advent Christian Church or the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Dana was born November 17, 1956, in Corning, Iowa the son of Dennis Frederick Neal and Margaret Lorene (Rainey) Neal. He died suddenly Friday, February 3, 2006, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

Dana started his law practice in Red Oak, IA in 1993 and started serving as magistrate judge for Montgomery County soon after. He graduated from Villisca High School in 1975. He was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Villisca were he served as a deacon. Dana was co-chef for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the Advent Christian Church. He was also a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Dana enjoyed traveling, playing string instruments; guitar, mandolin, banjo. Dana greatly enjoyed Irish music. He was an avid reader, walker, enjoyed cooking and had a great sense of humor.

Dana is survived by his mother Lorene Neal of Villisca, IA, Aunts and Uncles: Mary Jane & Virgil Boyer of Hurst, TX, Luella Kernen of Villisca, IA, Lois Bergren of Red Oak, IA, & Bob & Evelyn Neal of Villisca, IA many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and infant brother Dennis Robert Neal.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Advent Christian Church in Villisca. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca E.M.T.'s, Advent Christian Church or M.C.M.H. Foundation. Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca are in charge of arrangements.

DENNIS WAYNE CARLSON

Born in Red Oak, Iowa 8/29/1946 and Died in Elkhorn, Nebraska 2/1/2006

Dennis Carlson was born on a farm in Villisca, IA and attended elementary and high school there. He was the 4th of 5 children (Bob, Nancy, Ron and Deb) of Wayne and Mildred Carlson. In high school he was President of the FFA, President of the Student Council, and active in basketball, football, and track. The Carlson family enjoyed many fishing trips and vacations to Spicer, MN.

Denny, went to Clarinda Community College where he met Connie the 1st day of English Class. They dated on and off during college and after two years of Community College he went to Central Missouri State and Graduated with a teaching degree while Connie went to Concordia College. The two married in August of 1969 and 6 months later he was drafted into the Army. Connie and Denny lived in Augusta, Georgia for several months before Denny was deployed to Posen, Korea for a year. Upon his return he continued his teaching and coaching career at Odebolt-Arthur High School, in Odebolt, IA. He taught social studies and physical education for 9 years as well as various positions coaching wrestling, football, basketball, and baseball until 1979. He was the Head Football Coach for 3 years and was named Iowa High School Football Coach of the Year in 1976 and was also the Athletic Director at O-A. He finished his Master's Degree in Administration at Northwest Missouri State University over two summers while the family lived with Connie's parents in Clarinda, IA. In 1979, he joined New York Life Insurance Company and was an agent for two years. In 1980 he was named new agent of the year. Denny went into management in 1981 and the family moved to Sioux City. In 1995, Denny was transferred to the Omaha, NE office where he was the Senior Sales Development Manager. During his career he attained his CLU and ChFC degrees, he was the Life Star Trainer of the Year in 1999 and won the Personal Mentorship Award from the American College in 2001 in addition to other various degrees and awards. The Omaha office has recently dedicated the conference training room in honor of Denny.

Connie and Denny were married for 36 ½ years and have 3 daughters. Jeree Kristi married John Menning and live in Gretna, NE with their 2 sons: Keegan 3 ½ and Tyas 15 months. Brandi Lynn married Ryan Kluender and live in Moville, IA with their sons Dallas 2 years and Drew 8 months. Jama Sue Carlson lives in Omaha, NE. Much of their time as a family was spent with the girl's various activities from dance and piano to basketball and softball. Denny took a very active roll in helping develop the Siouxland Youth Athletics Organization and all of its softball programs. He also drew up original plans for the Riverfront ball complex that was developed around 1984. He took Jeree to various pitching clinics and spent much time helping her improve her pitching to a college level and then he passed all that time and information down to Jama when it was her turn to begin pitching. He coached both Brandi and Jama's Jack Pinney and Long Lines select travel teams. When they moved to Omaha, he continued coaching Jama's Sizzle Teams. With the travel teams, the family developed many close friends and memories not to mention many van miles. As the girls grew older Connie and Denny took short trips to see family and friends and they took the family on vacations down the Niobrara, to Okoboji, and their newest favorite was Yankton.

In addition to his immediate family, he is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: Bob Carlson and Judy of Crescent, IA, Ronald Carlson and wife Evon of Red Oak,IA, Nancy Knudson and husband Lowell of Nixa, MO and Deborah Johnston and husband Forrest of Hornick, IA; mother-in-law Vera Wellhausen of Clarinda, IA, sister-in-law Lynette Palmer and husband Larrie of Shenandoah, IA and brother-in-law Keith Wellhausen and his wife Dana of Clarinda, IA as well as many nieces and nephews.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Mildred Carlson and father-in-law Walter Wellhausen.

Denny is probably most remembered for his kindness, compassion, generosity, coaching abilities, impeccable organization, and of course Christmas Cookies. Before he left us he made sure that there were no strings left untied. Please know that Denny was comforted by your many visits, card, calls, prayers, and e-mails. No words can truly express our gratefulness to each of you. Many of you know that we have been keeping a website feel free to visit it and leave any messages you would like for the family. You can log onto it at www.caringbridge.org visit: dennycarlson

LEO RAYMOND FARLIN

Leo Raymond Farlin 65, of Emerson, IA was born November 28, 1940, in Montgomery County, Iowa, the son of Joseph Allen Farlin and Marguerite (Philpott) Farlin Smith and died Friday January 27, 2006, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.

Leo graduated from Villisca High School in 1959. He was married to Sharon Baker on March 27, 1965, in Red Oak, IA. To this union two sons were born: Joseph and Darrell. Leo served in the Air Force from August 11, 1960 until April 28, 1964 during the Vietnam Era. He started working for C.B. & Q Railroad which later changed to Burlington Northern Railroad in 1964 and retired in 1993. He was a member of the Emerson American Legion. Leo enjoyed spending time with family, collected coins and railroad memorabilia and was very involved in genealogy.

He is survived by his wife Sharon of Emerson, sons: Joseph Farlin and wife Hana, and Darrell Farlin and one granddaughter Ema all of Emerson, IA, mother Marguerite Smith of Stanton, IA, sisters: Joyce Anson of Brea, CA, Mary Ann Cook of Nodaway, IA, Bonnie Wilson and husband Lloyd of Brookhaven, MS, Connie Arnold of Raymond, MS, brothers: Clarence Peterson and wife Evie of Villisca, IA, Claude Peterson of Stanton, IA, George Peterson and wife Ellen of Grand Prairie, TX, Earl Peterson of Seattle, WA, David Smith of Villisca, IA, brothers in law and sisters in law: Evelyn Salway and husband Bud of Villisca, IA, Willis Baker and wife Jean of Red Oak, IA and Donald and wife Donna Baker of Villisca plus many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Leo was preceded in death by his father Joseph and one brother John (Duane) Peterson.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 7:00 -8:00. Burial will be in the Arlington Cemetery, near Villisca. A memorial is being established.

DONALD PAUL HEFFLEFINGER

Donald Paul Hefflefinger was born October 22, 1932 in Grand Junction, IA, the son of Mildred Helen (Blum) and John Lester Hefflefinger; and died January 22, 2006.

Don graduated from Villisca High School. He then attended one year at Simpson College. He was a member of the United States Army from November of 1952 until October of 1954. On October 30, 1955 he was united in marriage to Betty Marie Groff at the United Methodist Church in Corning. They were blessed with two children, Steve and Sheila.

He was a member of the Fairview United Church of Christ (a senior trustee), Corning Instruction Lodge #275, Nodaway Iroquois Lodge #590, Za-Ga-Zig Shrine, Karousel Cut Ups, Holt Township Clerk, Royal Arch, and former Corning school board member.
Don loved farming and spent his life raising livestock and crops. Don loved being with his family and treasured his grandkids. Don enjoyed flying, boating, going out to eat with his friends, and attending his grandchildren's school activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Keith Hefflefinger and brother-in-law Keith Gourley.

Don is survived by his wife, Betty Hefflefinger of Corning; son, Steve Hefflefinger and wife Lori of Corning; daughter Sheila DeVore and husband Randy of Prescott; brother, LeRoy Hefflefinger and wife Edith of Perry, IA; sister, Clara Gourley of Villisca; sister-in-law Avonelle Hefflefinger of Des Moines; 4 grandchildren, Stephanie DeVore of Iowa City; Rick DeVore of Pella; Megan Hefflefinger of Corning; and Jason Hefflefinger of Corning; plus many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

CECIL MARVIN PETERSON

Funeral services for Cecil Marvin Peterson, of Villisca, IA, were held Monday, January 9, 2006, at the United Methodist Church in Villisca, with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Burial was in the Villisca cemetery.

Marvin, son of Cecil and Stella (Carmichael) Peterson was born March 6, 1928, on a farm northeast of Villisca, Iowa.

Marvin was united in marriage to Deloris Hendrickson, daughter of Marion and Grace (Groff) Hendrickson, on June 26, 1949, at the Nodaway Methodist Church, in a double wedding ceremony with Mary Ann (Hendrickson) and Benny Dunkin. They celebrated their 56th Wedding Anniversary in 2005.
Marvin and Deloris became the parents of three children; Peggy, Neal and Lori. He lived in the Villisca and Guss area all his life, graduating from Villisca High School in 1946. Marvin and Deloris lived on their farm northeast of Villisca for 55 years where they raised their three children, with the exception of two years spent in Estes Park, CO. He was employed with the Villisca Housing for twelve years.

Marvin was active in the Villisca United Methodist Church, where he was a member of many years. He held offices on the Church Board as well as being a Charter Member of the Methodist Men. He was a member of the Villisca Lions Club. Marvin has served for many years as trustee for East Township as well as serving on the ASCA Committee and past member of the Montgomery County Pork Producers. He was a 4-H Leader for several years. Marvin was named Outstanding Young Farmer of Montgomery County in 1962.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Peggy and son-in-law Dan Rapp and infant brother Carroll.

Marvin is survived by his wife Deloris Peterson of Villisca, IA, son Neal Peterson and wife Cathy of Shenandoah, IA, daughter, Lori Focht of Stanton, IA. Grandchildren: Nathan Rapp of Independence, MO, Megan Link and husband Aaron of Chicago, IL, Abby Medeiros and husband Yarden of Omaha, NE, Grant, Greg and Ally Focht of Stanton, IA, step granddaughter Amy (Rapp) Vance and husband Kip of Independence, MO, two step great grandchildren; Avery and Regan Vance of Independence, MO. Sisters: Deloris Adams and husband Darrell of Griswold, IA and Margaret Shipley and husband Joe of Essex, IA. Sisters-in-law; Mary Ann Dunkin and husband Benny and Janis Davis and husband Lowell of Fort Collins, CO, plus many nieces, nephews relatives and friends.

Marvin and Deloris enjoyed playing golf, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. After his retirement Marvin enjoyed spending time in the coffee shop and elevator with his many friends. His outgoing personality was an inspiration to everyone he met.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Villisca.

Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca was in charge of arrangements.

FRIEDA FERN FIRKINS

Frieda Fern Firkins, 100, of Villisca, IA was born October 18, 1905, in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Iowa, the daughter of Henry Christopher Freuck and Stella (Welch) Freuck and died Monday, January 23, 2006 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center in Villisca.

Fern attended rural school in Taylor County, Iowa and graduated from Villisca High School in 1923. She taught rural schools for several years in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

Fern joined the Guss Maple Grove Church and was among the early Cradle Roll membership and later taught Sunday School Classes. She was a member of the Church Board and Guss U.M.W.

Fern married Paul Eugene Firkins on June 3, 1925 in Nodaway, Iowa. To this union was born one daughter: Bonnie Marie. They made their home farming in Nodaway Township, Taylor County, until retiring in 1973, when they moved into Villisca

She was employed at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute for 15 years as a nurse's aide. Since moving to Villisca she helped with organizing Senior Citizens Congregate Meal Site and was an active member. She was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church and U.M.W. and attended the Sunday School Classes.

In 1985 Fern and Paul received the "Good Neighbor" citation from Knights of Aksarben in Omaha, NE.

Fern is survived by her daughter Bonnie Garey and husband Bill of Villisca, IA, six grandchildren: Linda Wilberger and husband Dave, Shirley Maxwell and husband Doug, Sandy Peterson and husband Doug, Allan Garey and wife Phyllis, Randy Garey and wife Jolene, Cathy Jochimsen and husband Ron. Eleven great grandchildren, twelve great great grandchildren and one sister Glenna Mae Robinson of Villisca, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters: Geneva Horton, Ethel VanAlstine and Faye Spencer and grandson Douglas Garey.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2006 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Burial in the Guss Cemetery, Guss, IA. A memorial is being established.

MARGARET CLEO BRANAN

Margaret Cleo Branan, age 71, of Marshalltown, Iowa, formerly of Villisca, Iowa, died Saturday, December 24, 2005, at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa. Memorial graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2005 at the Guss Cemetery, Guss, Iowa with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Scattering of ashes will take place at the cemetery. A memorial will be established. Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret Cleo Branan was born July 20, 1934, at Villisca, Iowa to Charley Fidler and Permilia (Mauderly) Fidler. She was a graduate of Villisca High School. Cleo was united in marriage in 1966, to Clifford Branan. Her family was very special to her and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford Branan (1977); infant sister, Deo Marie Fidler; brothers, Charles Fidler, Jr. and Don Fidler. Survivors include her children: Shawn Branan and wife Becky of Oregon, Richard Branan and wife Angie of Toledo, Iowa, Cindy Branan and Troy Kent of Marshalltown, Iowa, Charley Branan of Marshalltown, Iowa; fifteen grandchildren, Brett, Justin, Shawn Jr., Erica, Andrew, Trever, Tyler, Taylor, Baylee, Deven, Chase, Jesse, Damien, Laci and Aubrey Anna; two great grandchildren, Vincent and Haydin; brother, Jird Fidler and wife Shirley of Villisca, Iowa; sister, Ida Auxier of Elkhorn, Nebraska.

LETHA MAE ROSSANDER

Letha Mae Rossander, the daughter of Roy V. and Mallie (Watkins) Negly, was born January 17, 1934 in Scott City, Kansas. She died on Sunday, December 25, 2005 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 8 days.

Letha grew up in Western Kansas and moved to rural Elliott, Iowa when she was quite young. She was active in 4H and church as she grew up. She was elected as Homecoming Queen her senior year at Elliott High School. After graduating, she began her working career at Red Oak Hospital as a Nurse's Aide. Letha was united in marriage to Robert 'Ross" Rossander on April 4, l954 at the Pilot Grove Methodist Church. He was then a member of the United States Air Force and remained in service for over 41 years as a military member and then civilian employee. In 1968 Letha, began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and worked in various hospitals and care centers around the world. She was very active in the church, boy scouting, 4H, and little league. She always enjoyed entertaining family and friends whenever they would visit. She was a member of the Villisca Presbyterian Church. Letha also enjoyed genealogy and was the family historian for both sides of the family. She traced the family trees back to Germany, France, and Sweden. Letha also enjoyed cooking and sewing. Letha and Ross traveled for the last decade to Hot Springs, California for the winter months. She was a wonderful wife, loving mother, a friend to all and a dedicated Christian. Letha leaves a worldwide legacy of love and caring. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Letha is survived by her husband, Robert "Ross" Rossander of Stanton, Iowa, two sons, Harry Rossander and wife Victoria of Urbandale, IA, and Carl Rossander and wife Debbie of Clearfield, UT, a foster son, Bjorn Dworen and wife Pia of Taby, Sweden, a foster daughter. Kozuco in Japan, 6 grandchildren, Jared Schoepp, Adam and Holly Rossander, Jonathon, Joachim, and Alicia Dworen, a sister, Vivian Karwal and husband Paul of Elliott, IA, nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 10:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Villisca, in Villisca Iowa Burial will be held at the Pilot Grove Cemetery, with immediate family only. Rev. Sandy Wainwright, Officiating

Memorials to the Villisca Presbyterian Church or Stanton Fire & Rescue.

No Visitation or Viewing will be held

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Harold E. Robinson

Harold Robinson, age 87, of Villisca, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 17, 2005 at Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa with Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2005 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Villisca Cemetery with military rites.

Harold Everett Robinson was born August 17, 1918 in Montgomery County, Iowa to Vern Taylor Robinson and Belvia Mae (Means) Robinson. Harold was a 1935 graduate of Villisca High School. On November 25, 1941, he was united in marriage to Glenna Mae Freuck at Papillion, Nebraska. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He participated in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. His rank was that of First Lieutenant. Harold began farming in Montgomery County in 1946. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Villisca, Iowa. Harold was also a member of the Villisca V.F.W., American Legion and the Masonic Lodge.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don Robinson; sister, Rachel Lyle. Survivors include his wife, Glenna of Villisca, Iowa; daughter, Judy Mikkelsen and husband Lance of Santa Fe, New Mexico; daughter, Joan Schrader and husband Drew of Dataw, South Carolina; son, Jim Robinson and wife Donna of Villisca, Iowa; grandchildren, John Mikkelsen, Mark Mikkelsen, Andrew Schrader and wife Julie, Adam Schrader and wife Michelle, Jodi Robinson, Jennifer Robinson; great grandchildren, Tyler Mikkelsen, Christopher Schrader, Courtney Schrader, and Gavin Schrader.

Memorials may be directed to Villisca EMT or to the Villisca Alumni Association.

Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

IRVIN SIERP

Funeral services for Irvin Sierp 88 of Forest City, Iowa formerly of the Villisca area will be held 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, IA. Irvin died December 3, 2005 at the Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, IA. He was born July 10, 1917 in Page County, IA the son of Carl J. and Effie Pearl (Fulton) Sierp.

Irvin married Lucille Overman on October 21, 1939 in Des Moines, IA. Irvin and Orie Sierp had owned and operated gas stations and delivered oil in the Villisca , Tenville and other area stations for several years. He and Lucille moved to Forrest City area where he also operated gas stations and delivered oil. Irvin retired in 1972.

He was a member of the Villisca Presbyterian Church and was currently a member of the Villisca Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife Lucille of Forrest City, son Robert Sierp and wife Marcia of LaCrosse, WI daughter Marlene Huff and husband Marion of Rockwell, IA, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren, plus other relatives and friends.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents two sisters and four brothers.

Memorials may be directed to the Villisca Fire Department or the Hospice of North IA.

GERALDINE HEUER

Geraldine Heuer, age 77, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away, Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. Geraldine Ilene "Gerry" Heuer was born September 20, 1928 in Bedford, Iowa the daughter of Jay and Anna (Larson) Loghry. She graduated from the Villisca High School. Gerry was united in marriage to Frederick Heuer on November 5, 1944 in Clarinda, Iowa. Gerry lived in Guss, Corning and Villisca areas until moving to Red Oak in 1960. While in Red Oak Gerry owned and operated Heuer Accounting. She and Fred moved to Estes Park, Colorado in 1976 where Gerry managed the Fisher Hunt CPA office until her retirement in 1983. After retirement, Gerry and Fred moved to Sun Lakes, Arizona until returning to Red Oak in March of 2005 to be near many lifelong friends. Geraldine was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers: Earnest and Doyle Loghry; and a sister: Kathern Evison. Survivors include her husband: Fred Heuer of Red Oak, Iowa; daughter: Diane Gregg and husband Mark of Red Oak, Iowa; grandchildren: Shellie Ruge and husband Randy of Peoria, Arizona; Shad Sellers and fiancé Kelly Sharp of Apache Junction, Arizona; David Gregg and wife Stephanie of Berthoud, Colorado; and Mark Gregg and wife Bobbie of Banks, Oregon; 6 great grandchildren; sisters: Connie Loghry and her partner Trudy Gensheimer of Sun Lakes, Arizona; Elva Franklin and husband Russel of Chandler, Arizona; and Dona Wittman of Denver, Colorado; brother-in-law: Francis Heuer and wife Donna of Farragut, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorials services will be held 10 AM Saturday, December 3, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Nancy Shultz officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.