Villisca Community

Obituaries for 2006 may be found one the Obituaries 2006 page

Merrill V. "Red" Erickson

Merrill V. "Red" Erickson, age 77, of Villisca, Iowa, formerly of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Monday, December 31, 2007 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center. Merrill Vance "Red" Erickson was born September 23, 1930 in Montgomery County, Iowa the son of Vance and Signe (Lonn) Erickson. He was raised in Montgomery County graduating from Stennett High School in 1948. As a young man he raised hogs on the family farm and later worked for the elevator in Stennett. Merrill was a people person, always loving to visit with everyone. He enjoyed going for car rides, playing pitch, working word puzzles, fishing, watching western movies, and loved baseball. For the past several years Merrill has been a resident of the Villisca Good Samaritan Care Center. He was united in marriage to Louise Richie on January 16, 2005 in Villisca.

Survivors include his wife: Louise Erickson of Villisca, Iowa; sister: Joan Westerlund and husband Gene of Villisca, Iowa; step-brother: Clyde Jones and wife Naomi of Red Oak, Iowa; step-son: William Keesler and wife Roxanne of Des Moines, Iowa; step-grandchildren: Ryan Conart; Bert Conart; and Pearl Conart all of Des Moines, Iowa; 9 step-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Rev. Kevin Skipworth officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. There will be open visitation at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Memorials are suggested to the Villisca Good Samaritan Center Activity Fund or the Villisca Public Library.

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

Frank Holmes "JIM" Boggess

Jim Boggess was born September 16, 1924, at Villisca, Iowa, the son of Willis Glenn and Ruth Fryer Boggess. He was named Frank Holmes after his two grandfathers, but was called Jim from day one! Jim spent the first two years of his life in Storm Lake where his father managed a shoe store. It was there that his brother, Robert Glenn, was born.

In 1927 the family moved to a farm southeast of Villisca owned by Grandfather Fryer. Jim attended Sunny Slope country school and drove a Model A to Villisca High School where he was a charter member of the Reno Smith FFA Chapter, played basketball, and took part in drama and music, graduating in 1942.

In 1946 Jim married Effie Lee Narigon at the Nodaway Methodist Church. He was always very proud of their seven children, all of whom graduated from Villisca High School and various universities. He was an enthusiastic supporter of his children's school and 4-H activities and received the Honorary 4-H Award.

Jim was active in community affairs. He was an officer in both the Villisca School Parents Association and the Booster Club. He served on the Villisca Community School Board. He was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star. Jim was a long-time supporter of the Villisca Theatre, acting in two plays. He especially enjoyed emceeing the variety shows at the theatre for several years.

Jim was an active member of the Villisca United Methodist Church. He served in several capacities on the board and taught an adult Sunday School Class for many years. This class was the foundation of several community projects, including the Villisca Inter-Church Scholarship. Jim became a lay speaker and for a number of years filled in at area churches in the absence of the pastor.

Jim was supportive of farm organizations and was named a Master Pork Producer. He served on a local co-op board for several years and held many offices, including president and voting delegate, for Page County Farm Bureau. He was elected to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, representing Southwest Iowa's District 9 from 1981-1985, and received the Page County Service Award in 1984.

Jim was interested in political affairs. He served as chairman of the county Republican Party organization, and worked on campaigns for various candidates. In 1985 he became Agricultural Aide to newly elected Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot, a position he held for 10 years. He spent the next 10 years assisting Effie as she served in the Iowa Legislature in Des Moines and was tireless as chauffeur and "gofer."

Jim enjoyed people and made friends easily. He and Effie enjoyed traveling, representing Farm Bureau and Congressman Lightfoot, or visiting children and grandchildren as they found career opportunities across the country.

Jim's greatest enjoyment was family and neighborhood outings--wiener roasts, potluck suppers, winter sledding events, or family get-togethers. He proudly hosted a farm party when the Fryer/Boggess farm reached the 100 year milestone. The highlight of all events was the player piano. He relished playing for children, grandchildren, or friends as they sang along with the piano roll. Jim also liked listening to big band music, and writing "pomes." Friends and family received his rhymes under the pen name "Taylor County's Best Beloved Pomeist, B.S. Rubble!"

Jim and Effie lived on the farm until 1999 when a tornado destroyed the buildings at which time they moved to Clarinda. The family still owns the farm and enjoys the native prairie established there on the old home site.

Jim entered into rest on December 22, 2007, at Clarinda, IA. He is survived by his wife Effie, Clarinda, IA, and children Marilyn Collister (John), Denver, CO; Susy Clayton (Dallas), Villisca, IA; Bill (Carolyn), Corvallis, OR; Dick (Pat), Newton, IA; Mark (Heather), Villisca, IA; Jane (Chris Morreale), San Leandro, CA; and Jim (Diane), Springfield, MO. He is also survived by eighteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, by his sister-in-law, Joan, Villisca, IA, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Glenn Boggess, and by his brother Bob.

Funeral services for Jim were held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 at the Villisca United Methodist Church in Villisca, IA. Interment was at the Villisca Cemetery. The Boggess Memorial Fund has been established in his name. Donations may be given to the family or to Bank Iowa in Clarinda or Villisca. Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Joseph R. Farlin

Joseph Raymond Farlin, the son of Leo R. and Sharon L. (Baker) Farlin was born May 10, 1967 in Corning, Iowa. He died suddenly on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at Creighton Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 40 years, 7 months, and 8 days.

Joseph was born in Corning, IA, and throughout his childhood he and his family lived in Villisca, Creston and Emerson, IA. Joseph was a 1985 graduate of Nishna Valley High School. Following high school, Joseph attended and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO in l990. After graduation, he began working for Continental General Insurance and World Insurance both of Omaha, NE. Later, he moved to Des Moines, IA, where he worked for the Amerus Group. Joseph was united in marriage to Hana Buchtova on August 23, 2003 at Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic. Joseph and Hana relocated from Des Moines to Emerson, IA in May of 2005. Recently, he was employed with the U. S. Postal Service as a relief Postmaster. Joseph was a devoted race car fan; he faithfully watched and cheered on his St. Louis Cardinals baseball team; was a baseball card collector; and loved trains. Joseph was also an avid Nebraska fan. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo.

Joseph is survived by his wife: Hana Farlin of Emerson, IA; daughter: Ema; mother: Sharon Farlin of Emerson, IA; brother: Darrell Farlin of Emerson, IA; many aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives, along with friends.

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

Funeral Service will be held Friday, December 21, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Advent Christian Church in Villisca, IA. Burial in Arlington Cemetery, rural Villisca, IA. Rev. Kevin Skipworth, Officiating

A Memorial is being established in Joseph's name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Neva "Ruth" Moritz

Neva "Ruth" Moritz, the daughter of Harry and Wealthy Jennie Warrick Schenck was born October 15, 1917 in Page County, Iowa. She passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center, Villisca, Iowa at the age of 90 years, 1 month and 23 days. ???

Ruth lived her childhood on a farm south of Villisca. In 1936, she graduated from the Villisca High School and then completed Normal training in Maryville, MO. Ruth taught in the rural Page County schools of Nile, Swisher and Vandevender. Ruth met her husband, Elvin L. Moritz where they were in the 8th grade. They were engaged before Pearl Harbor and married on February 3, 1942 in Mt Holly, NJ in a double ceremony with her brother Earl and Genny Schenck, before the 168th Infantry Company F was sent overseas during World War II.

Ruth continued to teach in rural Page County schools while her husband was stationed overseas and was devoted to her students. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, they lived in Clarinda where their two children were born. In 1950, they purchased and moved to a farm near Nodaway, IA. Ruth was employed as a bookkeeper for the local telephone company and served as the school board secretary. In 1957, Ruth was employed at the Union Carbide in Red Oak and the family moved to Villisca. After sixteen years, she retired, and resided in Villisca until 2002, when they moved to Red Oak. Ruth was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church, a Guild group member, and a former member of the Villisca Progress Club. After retirement, Elvin and Ruth spent several years traveling by RV trailer, mostly in the winter months. They enjoyed gardening and Ruth canned the produce; she was a wonderful cook. Ruth raised beautiful flowers and took much pride in them, and enjoyed ceramics as a hobby, but most of all she loved all her family. Ruth became a resident of the Villisca Good Samaritan Center in June 2004.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Vernon, Earl and infant Donald; and daughter-in-law: Sandra Campbell Moritz.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Elvin Moritz, of Villisca, IA; two children: Evon Carlson and husband Ron of Red Oak, IA; Clark Moritz and wife Roberta of Waterloo, IA; four grandchildren: Lynette Fast and husband Rodney of Lincoln, NE; Brian Carlson and wife Mary of Red Oak, IA; Corey Moritz and wife Paula of Dublin, OH; and Brigette Moritz of Waterloo, IA; ten great-grandchildren; sister-in-law: Genny Schenck of Clarinda, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Villisca United Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa. Burial in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa Rev Gordon Scott and Rev Nancy Schultz, Officiating Visitation will be held with the family present on Tuesday, December 11 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Sellergren Lindell DeMarce Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Villisca Methodist Church

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

Betty Crawford

Funeral services for Betty Crawford, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, who died Saturday, December 8, 2007, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa, were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend John Clark officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the church with an Eastern Star service at 5:00 p.m. prior to the visitation. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church or to the Nodaway Valley Historical Society. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa was in charge of the services.
Betty Blyth Shields was born August 27, 1924 near Siam, Iowa, the daughter of Frank Walter Shields and Fannie Reid Shields. Betty passed away at the Clarinda Regional Health Center on Saturday, December 8, 2007.

Betty grew up in the Siam area and graduated from New Market High School in 1941. She attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri and received her Normal Training Certificate. She taught rural school both at the Hardee School and the Nixon School (Buchanan Township) in Page County. On June 6, 1942 in Albany, Missouri she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Clark Crawford. Betty lived with her parents until Clark returned home from the Service. Betty and Clark lived their entire married life in or around Clarinda, but never forgot their Taylor County roots.

In her life, Betty most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She reveled in cooking, baking and opened her kitchen and home to all who entered. Betty would often smile and tell wives that the best way to a man's heart was through his stomach! Clark and Betty's home was always filled with company and the family often joked that they ran a hotel and restaurant. Betty loved her home and was very proud of her role as a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She also loved her church, the church family and gave much of her time and energy to its activities. Betty was also very proud of her community and made sure that she always supported the local merchants. Betty was an active volunteer at the Nodaway Valley Museum and was so proud of its purpose. She loved playing all games and was
quite a whiz at Scrabble, cards and crossword puzzles.

Betty was a member of the First Christian Church in Clarinda, the Siam Eastern Star, the Nodaway Valley Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the American Legion Auxiliary, Semper Fidelis Sorority, the Clarinda Hospital Auxiliary, the Humane Society and many other local civil organizations.

Betty and Clark were blessed with three children, John (1945), Gloria (1947) and George (1954). There are eleven grandchildren: Clark M. Crawford, Carrie Crawford James and husband Kevin, Corey Crawford and wife Alice, Callie Crawford Porter and husband Mick, Aaron Kline and wife Beth, Adam Kline and wife Jen, Holly Kline Gillespie and husband Doug, Mark Kline and wife Autumn, Eric Kline and wife Kelly, Holly Crawford and Hunter Crawford. There are also 13 great grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her children, John Crawford of Clarinda, Iowa, Gloria Kline and husband Richard of Villisca, Iowa, George Crawford and wife Katie of Clarinda, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Wilma (Billie) Rollstin and husband Robert; sister-in-law, Waive Shields; brother-in-law, Ralph Crawford and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents and grandparents; husband, Clark Crawford; granddaughter, Heather Kline, sister, Ruth Shreck; brother, Reid Shields; brothers-in-law, C.J. Shreck, Dale Crawford and Wade Crawford; sisters-in-law, Mabel Crawford and Lucille Crawford.

Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Clarinda and the Nodaway Valley Historical Society in Clarinda.

Betty's kindness, love and generosity will be missed by all.

 

Gordon "Butch" Jones

Gordon “Butch” Jones was born December 9, 1946 at South Bend, IN to John “Jack” Jones and Louise Knoll Jones. He passed away Thursday, November 29, 2007 at Creighton Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Gordon graduated from Le Grand High School in Le Grand, IA in 1965. He then served in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam war on the U.S.S. Grapple as a radioman. Following his military service he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. He taught at Mallard, IA for one year and then continued his teaching until his retirement in 1999 at the Villisca Community School District teaching junior and senior high history and social studies classes. Gordon coached all sports – basketball, football, golf and baseball.
On November 12, 1983 he and Gloria Bumsted were married at the Villisca United Methodist Church. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and ride his motorcycle from coast to coast and border to border as well as travel with his family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeff Jones and mother, Louise Knoll Jones.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Gloria, of Villisca, IA; daughter, Laurie Jones and significant other Patrick Hillman and his son Lucas of Sedalia, MO; sons Justin Bumsted of Elliott, IA and Shane Bumsted and wife Molly of La Pine, OR; grandchildren Cole Bumsted of Elliott, IA and Barrett Bumsted of La Pine, OR; brother John Jones and significant other Dee Koch of Gilman, IA; sisters, Cheryl Gunderson and husband Rex of Melbourne, IA, Jerri Ann Frye of Marshalltown, IA, and Kim McCrary and husband Kendall of Le Grand, IA; father, Jack Jones and wife Julie of State Center, IA; nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec 4 at the Villisca United Methodist Church with interment at 3 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, IA. Memorials are suggested to Gordon Jones Scholarship Fund or United Parkinson Foundation. Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Fisher

Charles, a resident of Bellevue, Iowa and formerly of Bettendorf, Iowa was born in Omaha,Nebraska, the son of Frederick Francis & Icle Liken Fisher. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

Charles was a retired accountant. Prior to his business career he was a linguist who mastered languages in the Air Force Military Language School at Monterey & the University of Syracuse, New York. He served the armed forces in this capacity for eight years, spending five years in other parts of the world.

Over the years, Chuck was active in community clubs and the America Legion. He was a life-long Presbyterian and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa.

His passion for Dixie land music was appreciated by his immediate family as he relaxed with his private home concerts.

On Friday morning at the age of 65 years, 3 months & 7 days, Charles died at Trinity Medical Center, North Campus of the VA hospital in Davenport following an extended illness.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughters & son-in-law, Stacey & Dennis Meyer of Bellevue and Kathryn Fisher of Northfield, Minnesota, his granddaughter, Elizabeth Meyer, and his sisters: Dorothy Tucker, Omaha, Nebraska & Sharon Loutzenhiser, Villisca, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Ellen Louise Holmes

Ellen Louise Holmes, the daughter of Edward and Ada (Fike) England was born March 25, 1932 in Red Oak, Iowa. She died on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Clarkson Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 11 days.

Throughout Ellen's childhood she lived in Red Oak and several other communities in Iowa. Following high school, she worked different jobs in southwest Iowa and later Omaha, Nebraska. Ellen was united in marriage to Gary Holmes on September 4, 1976 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After their wedding and during Gary's military career, they made their home wherever he was stationed. In 1995, they returned to Villisca. Ellen enjoyed cooking, making crafts and quilting. She loved painting porcelain and ceramic dolls, which she would then sell. Ellen and Gary have been busy raising their great-granddaughter, Starla Bohrer.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; 2 children: Bobby and Catherine; 2 grandchildren; 2 sisters: Jodie and Edna; 4 half sisters: Elizabeth, Mae, Della and Christina; 4 half brothers: Herman, Joe, Lawrence and Roy.

Ellen is survived by her husband: Gary Holmes of Villisca, IA; sons: James Black of IA; Terry Larsen of Omaha, NE; William McCoy and wife Brenda of MO; Ralph McCoy of Corning, IA; daughters: Vickie Blair and husband Arnold of Omaha, NE; Debra Saxton and husband Tom of Wichita, KS; Angela Humphrey of WA; Sandy Henke of Wichita, KS; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother: Edward England of Bolivar, MO; sister: Nadine Hardeman of Hooper, NE; other relatives and a host of friends.

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

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial service will be held Monday, December 10, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. At Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak.,Rev. Kevin Skipworth, Officiating

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.

Betty Lois Wigg Guffey

In loving memory of Betty Lois Wigg Guffey, who was 83, lived in Springfield, and passed on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center with her family at her side.

Mrs. Guffey was born November 2, 1924 in Villisca, Iowa, the daughter of Jacob M. and Ruth Marie Larson Wigg. They preceded her in death.

Survived by: One Daughter - Janell (Richard) Rankin of Rocheport, MO
One Son - Rodney (Lois) Guffey of Williamsville, IL
Three grandchildren - Randy (Teri) Tomaw of Dawson, Leah Guffey of Williamsville and Jacob (Barb) Guffey of Williamsville
Seven Great-grandchildren -
Cody & Abby Tomaw of Edinburg, Kayla & Kelsey Hurley of Williamsville and Jacob, Drexel, & Cherish Guffey all of Williamsville.
Sister - Virginia Walton of Reno, NV
Sister-in-laws - Elizabeth & Mary Guffey, and Martha Heckert all of Red Oak, IA
Several Nieces & Nephews

She married James B. (Jack) Guffey on December 21, 1943 in San Leandro, CA. Mr. Guffey preceded her in death on April 10, 2000. She is also preceded in death by a brother Roy Wigg.
She went to California to work for Caterpillar as a part of the war effort then followed her husband to Biloxi, MS and worked at a guest house at Kessler Field taking care of GI families. They later moved to Denver, CO, then back to Iowa, and finally settling in Williamsville where she was a farm wife & child care provider. She and Jack farmed in the Williamsville area for 46 years before retiring in 1984 then later moving to Springfield.

She enjoyed many trips across country visiting friends and family. Mrs. Guffey devoted most of her life to caring for children, researching her family's genealogy, and taking care of her family.

Mrs. Guffey received her teaching certificate in 1941 and taught in a one-room school house in Iowa. She also substituted at Sherman Elementary as well as Kiddie Kollege, Sparc, Oaktree Learning Academy, as well as at home with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an assistant 4-H leader of North Sangamon 4-H club, was active with Boy Scouts & Girls Scouts, as well as the Williamsville United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women & church choir.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Williamsville United Methodist Church with Memorial Services following at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. Dick Piscatelli officiating. Mott & Henning Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Cremation rites were accorded with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Nyman, Iowa on December 1, 2007 at 1:00 P.M.

Memorials can be made to the Williamsville United Methodist Church

Ben Junior Richardson

Ben Junior Richardson, 82 of Villisca, Iowa passed away Monday, November 19, 2007 at the Veteran's Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born December 19, 1924 at Corning, Iowa to Ben and Mattie Bennett Richardson.

Ben attended Grant county schools. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving his country in Australia and the Philippines.

On September 13, 1945 Ben married Irene Wright in Omaha, Nebraska. This union was blessed with five children: Caroline, Connie, James, Cleva, and Jerri.

Ben farmed in his early years. He also worked for many years as a foreman at rock quarries in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota. Ben was VFW Post # 8998 Commander during the 80's.

Ben is survived by his children Caroline King and husband Bob of Rockford, IA; Connie Lennie of Harvey, IA; Cleva Donohue of Hiawatha, KS; Jerri Orr of Villisca, IA; and companion Betty Reed of Villisca as well as grandchildren Sarah, Kelly, Steven, Bill, David, Laura, Brian, Jason, Brad, Chris, and April. He was preceded in death by his wife Irene in 1998, his parents, son James Richardson and his son-in-law Harvey Lennie.

Memorial services for Ben J. Richardson, 82, of Villisca were held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, Iowa. Pastor Gordon Scott officiated. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa.

Gerald Skahill

Gerald Skahill, age 83, of Villisca, Iowa passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center after an extended illness. Gerald Skahill was born July 13, 1924 in Imogene, Iowa the son of Thomas and Carmelita (Hughes) Skahill. He was raised near Imogene and started farming with his Dad at a young age. Gerald was united in marriage to Joyce Bateman on March 4, 1946 at St. Patrick's Church in Imogene. They moved to a farm near Villisca, Iowa in 1948 where they lived all of their married life before moving into Villisca in 1996. Gerald had a strong faith in God and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council and also as a trustee. Over the years he was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Iowa Cattleman's Association. Gerald loved watching baseball and going to the College World Series. He was an Iowa State Cyclone fan as well as an Atlanta Braves fan. He was particularly proud of his Irish heritage and was able to travel to Ireland in 1995. Gerald was most proud of his family. He was a GREAT husband, dad, and grandpa. He will be missed by all.

Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers: Kenneth and Patrick Skahill. Survivors include his wife of 61 years: Joyce Skahill of Villisca, Iowa; children: Jerry Skahill and wife Mary of Ames, Iowa; Judy Casey and husband Duane of Villisca, Iowa; Nancy Chapman and husband Don of Lenox, Iowa; Janet Scholey and husband Fred of Villisca, Iowa; Mike Skahill of Lenox, Iowa; Susan Lindberg and husband David of Clive, Iowa; Mark Skahill and wife Alyson of West Des Moines, Iowa; David Skahill and wife Elizabeth of Villisca, Iowa; and Donna Robinson and husband Jim of Villisca, Iowa; 24 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers: James Skahill and wife Marie of Glendora, California; Jack Skahill and wife Arlene of Covina, California; Thomas Skahill of Springfield, Missouri; and Francis Skahill of Pomona, California; sister: Bonnie Sturm of Shenandoah, Iowa; sister-in-law: Irene Lantz of Urbandale, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 AM Monday, November 12, 2007 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Red Oak, Iowa. Burial will be in the Arlington Cemetery near Villisca, Iowa. There will be a prayer service and recitation of rosary at 5:30 PM, Sunday, November 11, 2007 at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Sunday, November 11, 2007 at Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Villisca or the Alegent Hospice of Corning, Iowa.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN L. PRUGH

Helen L. Prugh, 83, entered into the presence of Jesus her Savior Friday, October 12, 2007 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston due to heart failure. She was born May 8, 1924 in York, Nebraska the daughter of George and Effie Scott.

Following her graduation from Omaha Baptist Bible College in 1950, Helen served in children's missionary work in Montana and Iowa. In 1963 she returned to the college, earned a B.S. degree and held the position of dean of women at the college for many years. Helen moved to Ankeny with the college, now Faith Baptist Bible College, in 1967. At that time she became an active member of Ankeny Baptist Church.

She united in marriage with Don A. Prugh in 1969. They enjoyed 30 years of marriage.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and three brothers, Dr. Virgil Scott, Richard Scott and Leo Scott. She is survived by a step-daughter, Jeanine Sage and family of Scottsdale, AZ and a step-son, Don W. Prugh and wife Sandy.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday at Ankeny Funeral Home with a memorial service at 7:30 pm Tuesday. A graveside service will be held 11 am Wednesday at Villisca Cemetery in Villisca, Iowa.

Memorials gifts may be sent to Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, Iowa.

JEANIE MOORE PRICHARD

Jeanie Moore was born in Villisca, Iowa, on May 24, 1926, to Collis and Gladys Osborn Moore. When Jeanie was three years old, her birth mother passed away and Collis married Ruby Wissler, who raised Jeanie and her two sisters. Jeanie was a member of the Class of 1944. Upon graduation she attended college in Omaha and worked for the Omaha District Attorney.

Responding to the 1945 patriotic call to duty, Jeanie moved to Washington DC and worked for the Navy Department Bureau of Yards and Docks. A few short months later, she obtained a secretarial position on the Senatorial War Investigative Committee. Jeanie married Midshipmen Reuben Parker Prichard on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1947, in the Naval Academy Chapel. This began a 60 year adventure as a Navy wife and the challenge of raising a family of five children in eleven different homes as Park was stationed on both coasts and Texas. After retirement from the Navy, the couple settled in McLean, VA.

Jeanie served as church secretary and elder at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean and also served on the Board of Directors that created and ran the Lewinsville retirement residences.
Jeanie is survived by two sisters; Mary Lissandrello (Gene) of Oneonta, NY, and Linda Moore of Villisca, IA; her husband Reuben Prichard; her children Paige Kennedy (Charles) of Loganville, NS, Polly Lehtonen (Alfred) of Columbia, MD, Reuben Prichard, III (Sepi D.) of Raleigh, NC, Priscilla Merrill (Steven D) of Northwood, NH, and Richard Prichard; six grandchildren; Logan (Leo) Chloe, Liana, Benjamin, Matthew and Mark; two step grandchildren; Kristal and Nicholas and a host of relatives and friends. Jeanie's first great-grandchild, Abigail Louise Unglaub, the daughter of Jeanie's first grandchild Logan and husband Leo of Montreal, Canada entered this world a few hours prior to her great-grandmother leaving it.

Barbara R. Bontrager Crussell

Barbara R. (Bontrager) Crussell was born October 18, 1933, to Roland Dale Bontrager and Grace Margarete (Hutchison) Bontrager in Nodaway, Iowa. Barb passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. She graduated from Villisca High School in 1952 and attended one year of nurse's training at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

On August 20, 1953 she was united in marriage to Andrew Crussell in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Their union was blessed with two children, Jeff and Wendy.

Barb and Andy spent most of their working life in California. She drove a school bus for 5 years during which time she enjoyed dressing up to fit the season. Many times her Halloween costumes would startled the children so much that they would not get on the bus because they did not recognize the driver. She also worked 10 years as a daycare provider before her retirement in 1995.

That same year Barb and Andy returned to Villisca to enjoy their retirement. She was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Villisca Lions' Club, and Crimestoppers. Her hobbies were oil painting, quilting, and sewing. She had a small business called "Mole-in-the-Hole" where she decorated sweatshirts. The name came about because she felt like a mole in the hole while sewing in the basement. She and Andy also enjoyed collecting eagles.

Barb is survived by her husband Andy Crussell, her son Jeff Crussell of Orange, CA; her daughter Wendy Casteel & husband Fred of Beaumont, CA; 5 grandchildren Garrett Shanks & wife Shelia, Drew Casteel, Blake Crussell, Nicole Crussell, & Kaitlan Crussell; 2 great-granddaughters Emma Rose & Isabella Victoria Shanks ; one sister Judy Dale Hodgson & husband Ron of Riverside, CA; and nieces Shannon, Kelly, & Brady.

Memorial services for Barbara R. Crussell, 73, of Villisca were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at the Villisca United Methodist Church in Villisca, Iowa. Pastor Gordon Scott officiated. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa.

ALAN F. MEIER

Alan F. Meier, age 68, went to be with his Lord 9-6-07. Funeral Monday 10 am Cross Road Fellowship Bible Church, 7315 W. 13th St., burial White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Derby, KS.

He was born to Howard W. Meier & Martha L. Beattie on July 8, 1939 in Avoca, Iowa. Alan was a retired Gas Service supervisor and part time McConnell Air Force Base Services print shop.

He is survived by his wife Brenda, sons and daughters in law, Scot & Erika Meier, Trinity, FL, Greg & Suzanne Meier, Wichita, grandchildren, Emily & Madeline Meier, Wichita, Savannah & Eriksen Meier, Trinity, FL, mother in law, Lucille Beaver, Derby, sister in law, Mary Ellen Meier, Cedar Falls, Iowa, nieces, Susan Rusk, Linda Messick, and Mary Martha Meier. Alan was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Don. In lieu of flowers memorials to Cross Road Fellowship Bible Church, 7315 W. 13th St., Wichita, KS 67212. Send condolences and view video tribute at smithfamilymortuaries.com

FERN M. MATYA

Ferne M. Matya, 81, of Corning passed away at her residence on Wednesday, August 15, 2007. She was born on September 25, 1925 to Emory Oscar and Gladys Irene (Clauson) Patton in Nodaway, Iowa. She graduated from Villisca High School in the Class of 1943.

Ferne married Herman Sprague on July 21, 1945 in Villisca. They added three children to their 4th Street, Villisca home: Tom, Richard, and Carol. She worked as a waitress at Milligan's Café, Sierp's Café, and Marsh's Café, all in Villisca, and attended the Villisca Methodist Church.

After Herman's death she married Thomas E. Matya on June 20, 1977. They moved to Bushville, Iowa (9 miles south of Corning). In 2003 they sold their home and moved to Corning, Iowa.

Ferne loved cooking, gardening, country music, and her family. She was also an avid NBA basketball fan. She played basketball in high school and made a point of teaching her children to play the game.

She was preceded in death by husband Herman Sprague; brother Frosty Patton; sisters: Lola Richie, Jean Haley, and Luella Bailey; brothers-in-law: Dale Richie, Delmar Haley, Delmar Kernen, Bob Sprague, and Glen Doan.

She is survived by her husband Thomas Matya, sons: Tom & wife Jeanie Sprague and Richard & wife Marilyn Sprague, daughter Carol & husband Larry Tener, step-children: Tom and wife Rebecca Matya, Kathy and husband John Ecklin, Nancy and husband Joe Voge, Maureen and husband Richard Weaver, Michelle and husband Kevin Behlers, 10 grandchildren, 10 great grand-children, 16 step-grandchildren, 8 step-great grand-children, and sisters-in-law: Mildred Doan, Joan Patton, Maryann & Em Ridone, Angeline Anderson, and Delores Miller.

Her services were held on Monday, August 20, 2007, at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, IA, with interment in the Arlington Cemetery outside Villisca.

THEOLA NORRIS

Funeral services for Theola Norris, age 84 of Bedford, who died Monday, June 18, 2007, at the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center were held Friday, June 22, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home. Burial was held in the Bedford City Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Central Iowa, the Bedford Ambulance or the Ahren's Memorial Park. Memories can be shared with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Theola Natalie (Hardee) Norris was the youngest child born December 16, 1922, in Nodaway, Iowa to Walter Hardee and Amy Gertrude (Hays) Hardee. She grew up attending grade school in Nodaway, graduating from the Villisca High School with the Class of 1942. On December 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gerald C. Norris. This loving union was blessed with the birth of two children, Connie Roberta and Ronnie Lee.

Theola was a loving mother who nurtured everyone, including several neighborhood children for whom she babysat. She worked as a waitress in various restaurants for over thirty years, making many lifelong friendships with fellow employees and customers along the way. Theola was an active member of the Bedford American Legion Auxiliary for over fifty-four years, holding several offices within the organization, including being Chairman of the Poppy Sales. She was also active in the membership drives and the collection of hospital equipment. Theola was a H-U-G-E Elvis Presley fan. She loved country music and collecting salt and pepper shakers. She was an avid reader of Danielle Steele novels, and enjoyed watching professional wrestling, Wheel of Fortune and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on television. Above all, Theola was dearly loved and lived for her family. She worked hard and made many sacrifices over the years for her children and extended family and friends.

Left to cherish Theola's memory are her loving and devoted children Connie Gilreath and husband Bart; and Ronnie Norris all of Bedford; a sister-in-law, Lena Rinehart of Mission, Texas; and a very special 'Grand-dog Gusto' along with several nieces, nephews relatives and friends.

Preceding Theola in death are her parents Walter and Amy Hardee; her husband Gerald in 1991; two sisters, Thelma Sparks in 2000; and Trevia Young in 2001; a brother Truman Hardee in 2002; and a special nephew, Carroll Young in 2005.

Momma ~
Thank you for being our MOM ~ you will live in our hearts forever!

PAULETTE KAY MOATES

Paulette (Paula) Kay Moates, 62, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 6, 2007, at Westridge Quality Care & Rehab in Clarinda, Iowa. Paulette was born to John Harold Johnson and Glady (McCoy) Johnson on August 6, 1945, in Cherokee, Iowa.

Paulette graduated from Victor High School. On June 5, 1987 she married Clarence "Jay" Moates in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker primarily but did work as a nursing aide for several years.

She is survived by son Gary McLennan of Villisca, son Brian and wife Denise McLennan of Sacramento, CA; granddaughters Angelina and Tiffany; brother Donald and wife Marty Johnson of Minneapolis, MN; step- son Clarence Jay Moates, Jr. of Bentonville, AK; and step-daughter Margie (Randy) Kuhn of Red Oak, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Graveside services were held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2007, at Arlington Cemetery. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca is responsible for the arrangements.

MINNIE FINDLEY

Minnie Findley, 89, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 6, 2007, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center, Villisca, Iowa. Minnie Marie Findley was born to Leonard Larson and Hilda Swanson Larson on August 30, 1917 in Stanton, Iowa.

Minnie graduated from Stanton High School. She was married to Bill Findley. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the Villisca Elevator for 23 years.

She is survived by her two sisters Myrtle Larson and Irene Robinson both of Villisca and a niece Linda Ridenour of Atlanta, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Hilda (Swanson) Larson, husband Bill, brothers Dennis Larson and Weldon Larson, nephew Larry Robinson, and brother-in-law Don Robinson.

Memorial may be directed to the family. Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, August 9, 2007, at the Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, Iowa, with burial at the Arlington Cemetery outside Villisca.

MARVEL GRACE NEEDHAM

Marvel Grace (Brown) Needham, daughter of Albert and Daisy (Friman) Brown, was born September 10, 1917, in Turner County, South Dakota. At age 89, she passed away June 23, 2007, at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. Visitation withe the family present will be Tuesday, June 26th from 6 to 8:00 P.M. at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca. Her funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at 2:00 P.M at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, Iowa.

Marvel's early years were spent in Turner County, South Dakota, later moving with her family to the rural Villisca area. She could speak from personal experience of the hardships of farm life during the depression. As was common for young girls then, she worked as a hired girl for the Tyler and the MacIntosh families. It was during those years that she met and married Marion Needham on December 6, 1938, in Red Oak, Iowa. They later became the parents of two daughters, Shirley Jean and DyAnn June. Together, Marvel and Marion devoted their lives to their family and business, Needham Garage and Blacksmith Shop, which served the Villisca area for thirty-seven years.

Over the course of her lifetime, Marvel enjoyed giving selflessly to church and community organizations including Blue Birds and Campfire Girls, Band Mothers, PTA, Christian Women's Club, Election Board, Community Blood Drives, Advent Christian Church and Evening Circle. Marvel loved contributing to community and organizational projects, especially when they involved cooking or baking. During the 1950's and 60's, she baked, decorated, and delivered wedding and anniversary cakes, birthday cakes, cookies, rolls and other goodies as requested for many area celebrations. She sewed clothing and costumes for her children as well as other children in the community, loved to embroider, crochet, piece quilts, refinish furniture, and redecorate. Her book keeping skills were an integral part of the business. Marvel?s many gifts, enhanced by precision and creativity, will certainly be missed nearly as much as the quiet kindness she extended to all.

Marvel is preceded in death by her husband Marion, parents and brother Russell.

She is survived by her daughters Shirley and husband Curt Frey of Oskaloosa, DyAnn and husband Charles Richards of Red Oak, grandchildren Debra Wheeler and husband Shawn of Fort Scott, Kansas, SSG Daniel Webster and wife Ina of Radcliffe, Kentucky, Heidi and husband James Frey of Salem, Massachussetts, great-grandson Luke Wheeler and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorials are for the Advent Christian Church and the Villisca EMS.

DONALD EUGENE MEANS

Darwin Earl and Esther Margaret (Windom) Means were proud to announce the birth of their first child, Donald Eugene, on April 9,1924, in Adams County, Iowa. Don was one of four children.

In 1927 the Means family purchased and moved to a farm near Tenville in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Iowa.

Don attended Hazel Dell Country School. He graduated from Villisca, Iowa Schools in 1941. As a youth, Don was active in 4-H and FFA. Villisca's FFA Chapter began in December, 1939. Donald was a charter member & vice president that year.

On July 1, 1944, Don was united in marriage to Elvera Belle Stoneking in Red Oak, Iowa. To this union, four children were born; Carol Sue, Stanley Dean, Norma Jean, and Linda Kay.

Don was a life long farmer in the Tenville area. He was known for his ruler straight, weedless crop rows. Don took great pride in a well-maintained farmstead and in his machinery. In 1958, Don's family received the honor of being selected as WOW TV's Farm Family of the Week. Don was active in Farm Bureau and served as a 4-H leader and school board member. He was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church & Methodist Men's group. Don was a past member of the Athletic Booster Club. He enjoyed attending his children's school and 4-H activities. Each new generation to the family brought a special delight to Don's life.

In 1982 Don and Elvera moved to Villisca. He continued to farm until his health forced him to retire in 1998. In December of 2002, Don became a resident of the Villisca Good Samaritan Care Center. Don was a highly respected farmer and his love of farming never ceased. At his death, Don and Velma Betts Bradley had been married for 19 years.

Don was preceded in death by daughter Linda in 1972, mother in 1982, father in 1986, wife, Elvera in 1986, great granddaughter Kaitlyn Cecilia Gay in 1993, and brother Max in 2005. Also preceding Don in death were three sisters-in-law and nine brothers-in-law.

Don is survived by wife Velma and children Carol Gilleland, Stanley D. and wife Stacy, Norma Garland and husband Phil, all of Villisca. Other survivors are seven grandchildren; Troy & wife Jenny, Donna & husband Brian, Perrie and wife Michelle, David and wife Ronda, Patrick and special friend Brenda, Brian & wife Tinelle, and Amber; 11 great grandchildren, three step children Roland Bradley and wife Nancy of Town Country, Missouri, Patricia Baack and husband Dudley of Bloomfield, Nebraska, and Curtis Bradley and wife Denise of Corning, Iowa. six step grandchildren; Matt, Nate & wife Brooke, Mikaela, Jeff, Tim, and Crystal. and one step great grandchild. A brother Leland and wife Jean of Fresno, California, sister Florence Martin of Thurmont, Maryland, sister-in-law Pat Means of Villisca, other family members and many friends. Don will be missed by all.

Donald died at the age of 83 on Father's Day, June 17, 2007, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M. on June 20, 2007, at the Villisca United Methodist Church with Pastor Gordon Scott officiating. Burial was in Arlington Cemetery which overlooks the Means family farm. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

MARGE COON OBIT

Memorial services for Marge Coon were held on June 9, 2007 at Oasis Family Church, Albuquerque, NM., with Reverend Tom Undieme officiating. She went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2007.

Marjorie Alice Coon was born October 4, 1929 in Villisca, IA., to Fen and Hazel (Winter) Fisher. Marge attended public school in Villisca, graduating from Villisca High School in 1948. After high school she worked at several jobs, mostly as a telephone operator and PBX operator, in Omaha, NE., Los Angeles, CA. and San Jose, CA.

She married Marvin Coon on October 20, 1955, in the First Presbyterian Church in Omaha, NE. After her marriage, she and her husband lived in Roswell, NM where Marv was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. In 1957 they moved to Albuquerque, NM., when Marv joined Sandia National Laboratories. She was an excellent homemaker, devoting her time and energy to her family and church activities. Marge loved children, possessing a unique ability to put them at ease and gain their cooperation. She was especially fond of her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She also enjoyed animals, be they pets, farm animals or wild, never tiring of visiting zoos during their travels.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Daniel Oltmanns; brothers Ed Fisher and Bill Fisher; and sisters-in-law Jean Fisher and Helen Fisher.

Marge is survived by her husband, Marvin; daughters Nancy of Fort Worth, TX., and Peggy Irwin and husband, Scott, of Bossier City, LA., grandchildren Tyler Oltmanns of Fort Worth; Amelia Irwin and Jeffrey Irwin, both of Boosier City; great granddaughter Madison Oltmanns of Fort Worth; brother Tom Fisher of Omaha; sister-in-law Helga Fisher of Show Low AZ; niece Rochelle Fisher; nephews Greg Fisher, Alan Fisher, and Bart Fisher; grand-niece Lydia Fisher and grand-nephews Nathan Burch and Daniel Fisher.

Arthur "Art" Gray

Graveside services for Arthur "Art" Gray, age 84 of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of Villisca, Iowa, who died Saturday, June 9, 2007 at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa was held Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the North Grove Cemetery, rural Villisca, Iowa Reverend Walden Paige officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at the United Methodist Church, Clarinda, Iowa and also 9-10 a.m., Wednesday morning prior to leaving for the cemetery. Burial was in the North Grove Cemetery, rural Villisca, Iowa with military rites by American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251, Villisca, Iowa. A memorial will be established. You may share memories with the family on our web page, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa.

Arthur Russell Gray was born January 7, 1923 in Canton, South Dakota, the son of Otis Lee Gray and Iva Ellen (Walters) Gray. His family moved to Iowa in 1930. He attended Baker Cut rural school south of Villisca and Villisca High School. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy on the USS McCoy Reynolds destroyer escort. He was united in marriage to Mary Robinson. To this union five children were born, Russell, Gail, Gary, Kevin and Kyle.

Art's occupation was road construction with heavy machinery. He was also employed at Wilson Foods in Clarinda until his retirement. Art then returned to construction, running a caterpillar. Art enjoyed working with horses and mules and was a member of a saddle club. He was also a member of the American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post #251, Villisca, Iowa. Art enjoyed fishing and especially liked playing pitch during his stay at Westridge Care and Rehab Center.

Art is survived by his sons, Gary Gray and his wife Beth of Villisca, Iowa, Kevin Gray of Clarinda, Iowa; brothers, Donald Gray of Clarinda, Iowa, Robert Gray and wife Lorena of Emerson, Iowa; sisters, Thelma Stamps and husband Jack of Clarinda, Iowa, Lois Trybom and husband Donald of Red Oak, Iowa; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Art in death were his parents; wife, Mary Gray; sons, Russell Gray and Kyle Gray; daughter, Gail Lee Thurman; grandchild, Jason Gray; brothers, Carroll Gray and Max Gray.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Art's passing.

Clyde V. Williams
(One of Grace's boys)

Clyde V. Williams, 73 of Chandler, Arizona, passed away May 16, 2007, at his home. Burial was at the East Resthaven Memorial Park, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Clyde was born in Adams County, Iowa, to Clyde and Chassie Williams. After the death of his parents, Clyde and his brother Don lived with their foster parents, Ted and Grace Kennedy on a farm east of Nodaway, from the time he was six years old until graduation from Nodaway High School Grace Kennedy would often speak of Clyde and Don as "her little boys".

Clyde married Dorothy Briggs and is survived by his son, Gary and daughter, Sandra, of Chandler, Arizona. Additional survivors include his brother Don and sister Dorothy, Darlene and Deloris.
Clyde was a member of the Chandler Presbyterian Church.

Evaleen May Sprague

Funeral services for Evaleen May Sprague, 70, of Villisca, Iowa, were held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, June 4, 2007, at the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, Iowa. Dr. Charles Peterson officiated the service. Evaleen passed away Friday, June1st at the Red Oak Rehab and Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice. Service arrangements were handled by the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, Iowa.

Evaleen May Sprague was born on February 11, 1937, in rural Taylor County, Iowa, to Carl and Florence Eva (Jones) Sparks. She attended schools in New Market, Iowa. On August 16, 1957, Evaleen and Robert Sprague were united in marriage in Maryville, Missouri. She worked in the Everready plant in Red Oak, retiring after 37 years of service.

She was an active mother and cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She wasn’t shy, letting everyone know that "she ran the show". She enjoyed sewing, quilting, mending the clothes, cooking and was known for her recipes.

Evaleen is survived by sons Rick and wife Vickie Sprague of Bedford, Randy Sprague and special friend Deb, three step-sons Montie, Mike and Kenny Sprague, sister Doreen Drennen of New Market, brothers Frank and wife Karlyne of San Mateo, California, LeLand of San Francisco, California, Oliver of Red Wood City, California and Jerry and wife Janie of Benton, Kentucky, sister Linda and husband Marty Williams of Clarinda, three grandchildren Jodi and husband Kenny McGargill of Randolph, Jenni Livengood and friend Wade Belt of Council Bluffs, Kevin Sprague and friend Faye of Shambaugh, three great grandchildren Luk Miller of Randolph, Elizabeth Livengood of Council Bluffs and Emma Belt of Council Bluffs. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceding Evaleen in death were her parents, husband Robert in 1994, and two brothers Darwin and Carl Sparks. Evaleen will be remembered for her ornery personality.

VIOLA NELLIE FINDLEY

Funeral services for 87 year old Viola Nellie Findley were held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 23, 2007, at the Villisca United Methodist Church. Pastor Gordon Scott officiated the service. Viola passed away Saturday, May 19th at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca United Methodist Church and/or the Villisca Public Library. Service arrangements were handled by the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca.

Viola Nellie Findley was born on January 17, 1920, in Villisca, Iowa to Andrew Zane and Nellie Roxanne (Bowen) Scott. She graduated from Villisca high school with the class of 1936 and attended one year at Northwest Missouri. Viola and Glen Roland Findley were married on August 5, 1939, in Maryville at the First Methodist Church.

She worked at Union Carbide and was a waitress in the family business and other Villisca restaurants. She treasured her family and home.

Viola is survived by her children Joanne and husband Conrad Amons of Wichita, Kansas, James and wife Natalia Findley of Villisca, Joy and husband Rick Johnson of Villisca, seven grandchildren Deborah and husband Jamie Pinkston, Michelle and husband Jerry Osborn, Michael and wife Sherry Amons, J. Matthew and wife Penny Amons, all of Wichita, Kansas, Joseph and wife Heather Findley of St. Louis, Missouri, Casey and husband Mike Gromer of Minnesota and Lane Johnson and fiancé Erin Focht. She is also survived by eleven great grandchildren and one brother Warren Scott of Portland, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen in 2000, brothers Vern, George, Orville, Harry, Earl Scott, sisters Vivian Shepherd, Olive Fidler, Mable Geary, Martha Brooks, a brother in infancy, grandson Conrad Joseph Amons and an infant granddaughter.

Lavanna "Bannie" May Golay

Funeral services for 89 year old Lavanna "Bannie" May Golay of Villisca, Iowa, were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca, Iowa. Pastor Gordon Scott of the Villisca United Methodist Church officiated the service. Lavanna passed away Friday, April 27, 2007, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. Lavanna "Bannie" May Golay was born in the family home in Villisca, Iowa, on November 4, 1917, to Lee and Mary (Coy) Stallings.

Lavanna attended and graduated from Villisca High School with the class of 1938. In January of 1942, Lavanna and David Golay were united in marriage in Missouri. Lavanna, being a house wife, devoted much of her time raising her family and tending to her flowers. She also liked to can the fresh vegetables from her garden. She enjoyed cooking and watching her soap operas. After her husband Dave retired, they spent several years camping and fishing at several lakes around the area. She was a member of the Villisca VFW Auxiliary.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Mary Lee and husband Glen Sharp of Bedford, Linda Golay of Clarinda, grandchildren Debra and husband Doug Maher of Stanton, Dan Sharp of Bedford, Diana Clark of Red Oak, David Sharp of Bedford, great grandchildren Kris Maley, of Stanton, Kyle and Amber Sharp of Bedford, Paige and Ethan Clark of Red Oak, brother-in-law George Golay of Iowa, sister- in-law Erma Stallings of Arizona and Alice Garvin, of Des Moines; nephew Russ and wife Debbie Acton of Villisca and numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Lavanna was preceded in death by her parents, husband David in 1995, son Bobbie, sisters Dessie Acton and Eunice Moore, and brother Brainard "Lee" Stalling; Ashley Maley and Brook Maley .

Memorials may be directed to the family. Service arrangements were handled by the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, Iowa.

DeWitt Talmadge Haley II

DeWitt Talmadge Haley II, 72, of Nodaway, Iowa, passed away April 10, 2007, at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

DeWitt was born on December 21, 1934, to DeWitt Sidney and Edith (Eledge) Haley in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

DeWitt and Marjorie Hoschar were married on April 4, 1959, in Plattsmouth, Nebraska.

Memorials may be directed to the family. No services were scheduled. Arrangements were handled by Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca, Iowa. He attended schools in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. DeWitt was self employed working in construction. He owned Marges Pool Hall in Villisca for 10 years prior to retiring. DeWitt is survived by his wife Marjorie of Nodaway, daughters Laura and husband Dennis Newton of Creston, Becky and husband Larry Pond of Nodaway, sons Wade Haley of Villisca, Boyd Haley of Nodaway, eight grandchildren three great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Lloyd Haley, DeWitt Haley III, brothers Jimmy Haley, LaVern Haley and sister Patricia Paben.

LaDONNA J. FOCHT

LaDonna J. Focht, age 47, of Villisca, Iowa passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak. LaDonna

Jean Focht was born March 19, 1960 the daughter of Jerry and Shirlene (Brown) McKenzie. Her father passed away when LaDonna was very young. Her mother was then united in marriage to William “Bill” Crabtree who raised both LaDonna and her sister, Deb. LaDonna graduated from Red Oak Community High School in 1978 and attended Northwest Missouri State University for a short period of time before returning to Red Oak where she worked at Montgomery County National Bank. She was united in marriage to Mark Focht on March 21, 1981 in Red Oak. They lived in Morton’s Mill for 4 years before moving to their current home. LaDonna worked for the bank through several name changes and later was employed by Security State Bank now known as Great Western Bank. In September of 2006, she started working in the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office. She was a member of the Tabor Lutheran Church at Wallin where she was in the choir and was a member of WELCA. She also was a former member of the YMCA Board, Relay For Life Committee member, Booster Club member, Music Booster Club member, and enjoyed bowling for many years. Her greatest love was her family and watching her kids in all sporting events.

LaDonna was preceded in death by her father: Jerry McKenzie; her mother: Shirlene Crabtree; an infant brother; and several grandparents.

Survivors include her husband: Mark Focht of Villisca, Iowa; children: Andrew Focht and friend Karla Horihan of Villisca, Iowa; Aaron Focht, Ryan Focht, and Amanda Focht all of Villisca, Iowa; her Dad: William “Bill” Crabtree of Red Oak, Iowa; sister: Deb Liebig and husband Mike of Gretna, Nebraska; grandmother: Edith McKenzie of Red Oak, Iowa; Aunts: Anamary Gustin and husband Wayne of Red Oak, Iowa; and Doris Lockhart of Wyoming; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Marvin and Barbara Focht of Villisca, Iowa; two brothers-in-law: Jeff Focht and wife Nora of Omaha, Nebraska; and Rod Focht of Stanton, Iowa; sister-in-law: Sue Reynolds and husband Dennis of Griswold, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Lindsay, Shelby, and Cassady Sunderman all of Gretna, Nebraska; Grant, Greg, and Ally Focht all of Stanton, Iowa; Dakota Reynolds of Griswold, Iowa; and Bryan Leary and wife Andrea of Wylie, Texas; great niece and nephew: Karlee Leary and Riley Leary both of Wylie, Texas; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Fire and Rescue Department of your choosing in the area.

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

In Loving Memory
Arlene Marie Eno
April 4,1925 - March 30, 2007

Fred, loving husband, sadly informs you of the peaceful passing of Arlene Eno at the age of 81.

Arlene was born in Ladoga, Iowa. She was the eldest child of Carl and Elva Prather. She lived on a farm in Taylor County and attended country school through the eighth grade. The following year she moved to Clarinda, Iowa and attended Clarinda High School graduating in 1942. Following graduation she worked at F.W. Woolworth and later worked as a bookkeeper at Greenbay Lumber Company and at a seed company. In 1944 she moved to Monterey, California and became a dental assistant. In 1947 she moved back to Clarinda and worked for Dr. Eller as a dental assistant. She married Fred on October 3, 1948.

They made their home in Villisca, Iowa where two sons were born. Kurt Charles on July 15, 1950 and Mark Fredrick on December 14, 1953. Three grandsons were born. Layne, son of Kurt and Denice Eno and Scott and Blake, sons of Mark and Carol Eno.

Arlene enjoyed being a mother and grandmother and had a love for writing to friends, golf, reading and decorating her home and playing an active role in the family furniture store business.

In February of 1987 Fred and Arlene retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas. In 2001 Fred and Arlene moved to Green Valley, Arizona. Arlene moved to Desert Pines Eldercare in April of 2004 and was cared for by Vista Hospice in this lovely assisted living home where she received loving care.

Arlene loved her family and friends and cherished the cards and phone calls.

Arlene is survived by her husband, Fred of Green Valley, Arizona and her son and his wife, Mark and Carol Eno of Shenandoah, Iowa; two grandsons, Scott of Sidney, Iowa and Blake of Fort Collins, Colorado and one sister, Phyllis Jamison of Clarinda, Iowa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kurt and grandson, Layne.

Arlene's wishes were to not have a memorial service and they are being fulfilled. We celebrate her life and the inspiration she was to all.

Memorials may be made to any Hospice or to Vista Care, 6420 East Broadway Blvd., Suite B-200, Tucson, Arizona 85710.

Thank you for being a special part of her life. ~~Fred, Mark, Carol, Scott and Blake Eno

WAYNE SPENCER

Wayne Edward Spencer, 85, of Villisca, Iowa, passed away on March 19, 2007, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa.
Wayne was born to Herbert and Mary (Parcher) Spencer on July 14, 1921, in Adams County near Nodaway. He was raised by his grandparents, Martha and Frank Parcher. He graduated from Nodaway High School with the class of 1940. He married Ruth Olivia Thompson on July 20, 1941, in St. James, Minnesota. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past July.
Wayne served as a radio operator and mechanic in the Air Force during World War II. He had worked as a parts manager for a Ford garage. He was employed by Meadow Gold Dairy and then was a parts manager for Lane Implement until 1975. He worked for an aluminum foundry from 1974 to 1983. He then worked part time for Kendrick & Heard and part time on the farm for his son-in-law Bill Jacobs.

He was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church, Methodist Men and the Villisca American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251. He served on the Villisca Light Plant Board and was as former city council member. He enjoyed fixing things for the children and grandchildren, bird watching and Sunday afternoon drives. He helped the boys with their Pine Wood Derby cars. He and Ruth supported their children and grandchildren’s activities and were honored as the Grand Marshalls for the 2001 Villisca Homecoming Parade. He was the 2007 Valentine King at the Stanton Care Center.
He is survived by daughters Judy and husband Gary Westerman of Omaha, Nebraska and Rachel and husband Bill Jacobs of Villisca. Five grandchildren: Chad and wife Nicky Jacobs of Villisca, Scott and wife Dani Jacobs of Villisca, Jeff Jacobs of Des Moines, Amy Westerman of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Eric and wife Amy Jo Westerman of Basalt, Colorado, brother Carroll and wife Louise Spencer of Lincoln, Nebraska, sister Marge and husband Gene Burr of Guthrie Center, and five great grandchildren, other relatives and friends

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Spencer, his grandparents Martha and Frank Parcher, his parents Herbert and Mary Spencer and a sister Maryellen Pryor.

The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Villisca United Methodist Church and /or the Villisca American Legion Ker-A-Vor Post 251.

PAMELA JO GRASHORN-HEDLUND

Funeral services for 47 year old Pamela Jo Grashorn-Hedlund of Emerson, Iowa, formerly of Villisca, Iowa, were held Thursday, March 22nd at 10:00 A.M. in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Villisca. Pam passed away Sunday, March 18th at her residence. Interment was in the Villisca Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca.

Pamela Jo Greshorn-Hedlund was born on August 6, 1959, in Norfolk, Nebraska, to Elmer and Catherine (Moser) Grashorn. She graduated from Villisca High School with the class of 1977 and received her Bacholors’ of Science Degree from Midland Lutheran College in Freemont, Nebraska. In 1999 Pam received her business degree from Iowa Western College. On October 24, 2005,Pam and Paul Hedlund were married in Red Oak, Iowa. Pam worked at CDS in Red Oak and at various Pizza Huts in Nebraska. She enjoyed bingo, arts and crafts, traveling, fishing and camping.

Pam is survived by her husband Paul, parents Elmer and Catherine Grashorn, daughters Nykkohl and Britnee Hedlund of Emerson, sister Becky and husband Gary Kriekemeier of Bellwood, Nebraska, brother Lonnie Grashorn of New Market, sister Patty Grashorn of Clarinda, sister Margaret Grashorn of Clarinda, and brothers Terry Grashorn of Villisca and Clayton and wife Chaundra Grashorn of Blanchard.

Pam was preceded in death by her brother Bernard Grashorn.

CLARENCE C. McCUEN

Clarence C. McCuen, age 62, of Stanton, Iowa passed away Friday, March 9, 2007 at his home in Stanton. Clarence Charles McCuen was born September 6, 1944 in Villisca, Iowa the son of Clarence C. and Elsie P. (Pierson) McCuen. He was raised in the Nodaway and Villisca area. Over the years Clarence has farmed, worked for the railroad, worked for the Adams County Secondary Roads Dept., and for most of his life he was an over the road trucker. His most recent employer was Sub Zero Trucking. Clarence was united in marriage to Ann White on March 12, 1966 and to this union was born two children: Jule and Jessica. He was later married to Joyce McKinley and to this union was born one child: Summer. Clarence was united in marriage to Mable Wilson on June 25, 2005 at Hackelbarney Park. They made their home in Stanton, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife: Mable McCuen of Stanton, Iowa; children: Jule McCuen and wife Lori of Villisca, Iowa; Jessica Avila and husband Luis of Corning, Iowa; and Summer Chafa and husband Andrew of Corning, Iowa; grandchildren: Michele, Micheal, and Sara Avila all of Corning, Iowa; Morgan and Logan McCuen of Villisca, Iowa; Chase and Haley Poort of Corning, Iowa; and Spencer and Wyatt Chafa of Corning, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Monday, March 12, 2007 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gordon Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington Cemetery near Villisca, Iowa.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel, Red Oak, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY ANN FRANK

Dorothy Ann Frank, a longtime resident of Villisca, Iowa, passed away on February 8, 2007, at her residence in Gainesville, Fl. The cause of death was attributed to complications of diabetes.

Dorothy was born in Mound City, Missouri, on November 30, 1926, to Bryan J. and Louise Williams. She had taught school in the Mound City area, and for many years operated "Dorothy Ann's Flower Shop" in Villisca until retiring in 2003 and moving to Florida. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert W. Frank, her parents, two sisters, Betty Lee White and Theresa Williams, and one brother, Edward K. Williams and his wife, Betty Jean. She is survived by one brother Norman Williams and wife, Marjorie of Lake City, Florida, and five nephews, Kenny Williams, Brian Williams, David Williams, Bill White and Dan White, and three nieces, Grace Getz, Patty Williams and Kathy Renaud, plus numerous great nieces and nephews.

The body is being cremated and memorial services will be held in Atlantic, Iowa on March 24th at 5 o'clock PM in Fellowship Hall at The First Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116-8034, or to Norman Williams, 1235 SW Bedenbaugh Ln, Lake City, FL, 32025.

EVELYN ODSON

Evelyn Odson, of Villisca, died February 23, 2007 at Villisca Good Samaritan Center.

Evelyn was born November 22, 1915, Douglas Township, Adams County, Iowa to Henry Martin and Julia (Anderson) Peterson.

She was married November 22, 1934 to Elmo Edward Odson. To their union three children were born - daughters Marilyn, Sherry and Janice. In later years they also made a home for 3 grandchilren: Matt, Terri & Mark Johnston.

Evelyn attend Corning High School. She was a member of the Strand Church, Strand Ladies Aid and spent Wednesdays at the church quilting to help prepare for the yearly church bazaar. She enjoyed neighborhood get-togethers, playing cards, having parties for weddings, showers and birthdays, flowers & bird watching. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed trips with both family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband in 1992; brother, Harold Peterson; Son-in-law, Herbert Phillis Brothers-in-law: Paul (Mildred) Odson, Marvin (Mary) Odson, and Merle (Lola) Odson.

She is survived by daughters Marilyn (Jerry) Barnard, Corning, IA, Sherry (Roger) Stanbaugh, Hemet, CA, and Janice Phillis, Villisca, IA. Brother-in-law, Glen (Dorothy) Odson, Corning, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 13 great, great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service in Corning, Iowa with Rev. John Swenson officiating. Burial was at Stand Cemetery in Adams County.

Memorials may be made in memory of Evelyn Odson. On-line condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com

AUDREY M. RIGGLE

Audrey M. Riggle, age 85, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at the Good Samaritan Care Center after a long illness with Alzheimers. Audrey May Riggle was born April 30, 1921 in Buxton 19, Iowa the daughter of Fred Wesley and Rose May (McCan) Swinscoe. She spent most of her younger years in the Chariton, Iowa area. Audrey was united in marriage to Fred Riggle on July 9, 1949 in Corning, Iowa. Audrey and Fred lived in the Morton's Mill and Grant area since 1956. They moved into Red Oak in 1975. Over the years, Audrey worked as a Dietary Cook for Vista Gardens and cooked at McDonalds until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Fred Riggle in 1988; son Fredrick James Riggle in 1960 at the age of 17; daughter: Sherry Dee Reineke in 1997 at age 47; Christan Nathan in 1953 at age 6 months;
brother-in-law: Charles Riggle in 1995; and sister: Margaret Riggle in 2004.

Survivors include her daughter: Shelia Wilcoxon and husband Delbert of Grant, Iowa; grandson: Nathan Wilcoxon and wife Kelly of Red Oak, Iowa; granddaughter: Kimberly Gross and husband John of Red Oak, Iowa; great grandchildren: Bryan Nathan Gross of Red Oak, Iowa; and Spencer Fred Lee Wilcoxon of Red Oak, Iowa; sisters: Emma Nussbaum and husband Orval of Chariton, Iowa; and Imogene Boothe and husband Dwaine of Chariton, Iowa; 5 nieces; 3 nephews; and several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday, February 24, 2007 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Pastor Gerald Wiser officiating. Burial will be in the Grant, Iowa Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 PM Friday, February 23, 2007 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Morton's Mill Church or the Grant United Methodist Church.

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

DON WILLIAMS

Don A. Williams died peacefully at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames on February 18, 2007. At Don's request, no funeral will be held, but the family is planning a memorial open house at a later date. Memorials will be used to continue a scholarship previously established in his wife Sherryl's name at Villisca High School for students entering those professions dedicated to the care of others.

Don was born on November 30, 1938, to Paul and Pauline Williams of Villisca, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University where he was a member of Farm House Fraternity. While at Iowa State, he met Sherryl Stevenson. 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.

He is survived by his 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); brother Robert and wife Kathy (Clarinda, IA); brother David and wife Corrine (Villisca, IA); and brother John and wife Janet (Stockton, CA). He is also survived by 1 great-grandson (son of Travis), as well as 18 nieces and nephews stretching from Florida to California and numerous great- nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Sherryl, infant grandson Kyle (Tom and Cindy), and both his parents.

Don will be remembered for his dedication to education as shown by his many years of service on both the Villisca School Board and Iowa Association of School Boards, where he served one term as president. Don served as a director on many boards over the years, including the Page County Fair Board, Page County Pork Producers, and the Iowa Civil Liberties Union. He also had a long-term interest in land stewardship and conservation. But most importantly, Don was a treasured father, grandfather, and a trusted friend who will be deeply missed by many.

Condolences may be sent to his children as follows: Tom Williams, 2876 102nd St., Villisca, IA 50864; Cynthia Feller, 3017 Diamond St., Ames, IA 50010 and Rod Getting, 2010 N. 62nd St., Lincoln, NE 68505

Genevieve Andrew

Genevieve Wanetia Pendergraft was born in Douglas Township, Page County, Iowa September 2, 1918, the daughter of Rena (Hamilton) and Cleveland M. Pendergraft. They moved to Hepburn, Iowa when she was a small child. Genevieve attended Hepburn school and Clarinda High School.

She married Maynard Andrew December 25, 1940. The couple lived on a farm southeast of Villisca until 1973 when they moved to Villisca.

Genevieve was a clerk at Lines Central Market, Honeyman Drug, City Variety, and the dietary department at Villisca Good Samaritan. She retired from Villisca Good Samaritan Center in 1981.

She entered into rest Saturday, February 17, 2007 at Villisca Good Samaritan Center, Villisca, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, husband Maynard in 1995, and sister-in-law Garnet Pendergraft..

Genevieve is survived by her brother Ronald L. Pendergraft and wife Judith of Mesa, Arizona, three nephews, one niece, several cousins, and many friends.
Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2007 at Wolfe Funeral Home, Villisca, with interment at Villisca Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Villisca Fire & Rescue or Villisca Library. Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOY A. CARLSON

Joy A. Carlson, age 69, of Red Oak, Iowa passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa. Joy Ann Carlson was born September 13, 1937 in Red Oak, Iowa the daughter of Richard and Blanche (Jackson) Burnison. She attended school in Coburg graduating in 1955. That same year she was united in marriage to Richard Carlson on September 4. They lived in Alabama while Richard was in the military then moved to Creston, Iowa and later Red Oak where they have lived most of their lives. Joy worked at Vista Gardens Care Center and Nishna Productions as well as working in the home health field. She was a member of the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman. Joy's greatest accomplishment and enjoyment was her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son: Gary Carlson in 1982; sister: Lois Garwood; and sister-in-law: Beverly Westenburg. Survivors include her husband Richard Carlson of Red Oak, Iowa; children: Richard D. Carlson, Jr. and wife Mi Chong of St. Cloud, Minnesota; Cynthia Tucker and husband Richard of Winterset, Iowa; Stephen Carlson of Red Oak, Iowa; Susan Geer and husband Scott of Stanton, Iowa; and Carrie Rinehart and husband Brian of Anamosa, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and was expecting a great grandchild; 5 sisters: Karen Pridemore and husband Harold of Florrisant, Missouri; Phyllis Roseland and husband David of Springfield, Nebraska; Sandra Currie and husband George of Essex, Iowa; Linda Malerbi and husband Larry of Omaha, Nebraska; and Janet Vallone of Clearwater, Florida; 3 brothers: Richard Burnison and wife Leta of Stanton, Nebraska; Lowell Burnison and wife Jan of Red Oak, Iowa; and Larry Burnison and wife Cheryl of Lawton, Oklahoma; brothers and sisters-in-law: John Garwood of Jefferson City, Missouri; LaDonna Raney and husband James of Villisca, Iowa; Marcia Sierp and husband Bob of Onalaska, Wisconsin; Darrell Carlson and wife Mary of Red Oak, Iowa; William Carlson and wife Carol Ann of Clarinda, Iowa; Roger Carlson and wife Mary Jo of Marion, Iowa; Daniel Carlson of Red Oak, Iowa; and Barbara Carlson of McCallsburg, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends including her special dog: Heidi.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, February 19, 2007 at the Fremont Lutheran Church at Nyman, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Nyman, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held from 3-5 PM Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Cass County Memorial Hospital Hospice or the Fremont Lutheran Church.

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

JIMMIE M. JOHNSON

Funeral services for Jimmie M. Johnson, 85, Tucson, AZ, were Monday, January 15, 2007, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Tucson, AZ. Graveside ceremony was at South Lawn Cemetery at 5401 S. Park, Tucson.

Jimmie M. Johnson, the son of Milton Sr. and Alice M. (Larson) Johnson was born March 23, 1921, in Montgomery County, Iowa north of Villisca. He passed away January 9, 2007, in Tucson, AZ.

Jimmie graduated from Villisca High School in 1939. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy's Seabees from March 1943, to November 1945. He married Virginia MacLean in Chicago, May 11, 1945. Jimmie retired from Western Electric Co. in 1979, after 38 years of service. A 33rd Degree Master Mason, he joined the Masonic Fraternity in Villa Park, Illinois in 1956 and held many Masonic offices after moving to Arizona in 1960. These included Master of Builders Lodge No 60 in 1966, Charter Master and Master of Nelson C. Bledsoe Lodge No 74 in 1976 and 1977, and Grand Master of the State of Arizona in 1989. He married Doris J. Anderson January 26, 2003.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia (5/1/01), grandson, Sgt. Bryan E. Hicks (2000), 4 brothers; Marion, Leonard, Barton and Milton Jr. (Buddy) and 6 sisters; Bessie Johnson, Ruby Acquirre, Stella Brewer, Leona Anderson, Eleanor Parker and Julie Johnson.

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Doris; daughters, Ginger (Thomas) Cullen, Pamela (Richard) Carvalho and Andrea Johnson; grandson, Sean and Patrick Cullen, great-grandchildren, Nathan and Rebecca Hicks and stepchildren, Alynne (John) Wells, Karen (Steve) Meyer, Jeanne (Michael) Grant and Kenneth (Dennese) Anderson; as well as numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

 

DONALD LeROY BAKER

Donald LeRoy Baker was born Aug 4, 1946 at Clarinda, IA to Samuel Lewis and Jessie Isabel (Fail) Baker. He entered into rest Thursday, Feb 1, 2007 at Mercy Hospital, Council Bluffs, IA.

Donald worked for Waldo and Jerry Penton on the farm, Fullerton Lumber Yard, Brown Sanitation, and most recently was area maintenance supervisor for Motel 6.

Donald served from 1976 to 1997 on the Villisca Fire Department. He especially enjoyed country music, the Christmas holidays and decorations for the kids, Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Chiefs. Donald was a lifelong member of the Advent Christian Church having been baptized and married there. On June 25, 1988 he was married to Donna Freshour at the church. His family was very important to him and was always there when needed. He had a special love for his daughter, Jaden Baker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Albert Baker; sister Dorothy Hamner; brothers-in-law Lemoyne Salway, Leo Farlin, Max Hamner; and infant sisters Martha and Catherine Baker.

Donald is survived by his wife, Donna of Villisca, IA; sisters Evelyn Salway, Villisca, Sharon Farlin, Emerson; brother Willis Baker and wife Jean of Red Oak, IA; sister-in-law Rita Booher, Shenandoah, IA; stepchildren Donald Sexton and special friend Connie Gaunt, Villisca, IA, Teresa Nelson and fianc‚ Mike Farley, Onawa, IA, Stephanie Gay, Tulsa, OK; adopted daughter, Jaden Baker, Villisca, IA; step grandchildren Kyle Gay, Heather Baker, Daniel Sexton, Cheyenne Nelson, Shelby Nelson, Dominick Sexton, Olivia Sexton, Christian Sexton; nieces and nephews Joe and Darrell Farlin, Jeff Salway, Shala Scott, Mike, Brad and Jerry Baker, Bill Oetken, and Becky Myers; and many friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb 5, 2007 at Advent Christian Church, Villisca, IA, with Pastor Chris Hall officiating. Burial was at Arlington Cemetery with processional led by the Villisca Fire Department. Memorials are suggested to Villisca Fire & Rescue. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca was in charge of arrangements.

ESTHER HOWARD HEDSTROM

Esther Howard was born Feb. 6, 1917, on a farm north of Nodaway, the fourth child of Henry and Clara Hyzer Howard. She started to school at Nodaway Consolidated School in the new brick building in Nodaway. Her last two years of high school were spent in Villisca where she graduated with the VHS class of 1934.

She married Arvin Hedstrom and they were the parents of three children. Esther lived the life of a farm wife for the first 14 years of the marriage, picking corn by hand, milking 20 cows by hand, raising and dressing chickens, planting a large garden, canning, all of the work typical of the times. She then began teaching country school at Vandevender School in Page County, went on to Grant, Essex and Treynor schools and ended her teaching career spending 12 years as a reading specialist at Lewis Central Middle School in Council Bluffs. Esther loved learning; she began her teaching career with only a high school normal training certificate and ended with a Master's Degree. She encouraged her grandchildren to go on to higher education.

After retirement, she enjoyed having more time to spend with family, traveling with friends, swimming class, reading, craftwork, online shopping, collecting bears and church work. After moving to the Good Samaritan Center last year, she returned to her teaching background and created a job for herself as "Hall Monitor" keeping track of all the coming and going of the residents and visitors. She maintained her good mind and her spirit and was still "giving orders" up to her last breaths.

Her parents, her husband, her brothers, Andrew and Dr. Fredrick Howard; sister, Elizabeth Swanson and daughter Mary Lou Albertson preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter Susie Enarson and husband Tom; son Harold Hedstrom and wife Sandy, all of Villisca, and son-in-law Jim Albertson of Carroll; 8 grandchildren and spouses, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren also survive her. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be directed to Nodaway United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2007 at the Nodaway United Methodist Church in Nodaway. Reverend Gordon Scott will officiate and burial will be in the Nodaway Cemetery. Visitation is 4 until 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca.

JOHN RAY STRAND

John Ray Strand was born December 9, 1957 to Charlotte and Raymond Strand in Council Bluffs, Iowa and passed away at his home in Osage Beach, Missouri, on January 18, 2007 after a lengthy illness due to cancer. John donated his body to the Genesis Research Program, which studies his type of cancer amongst other medical conditions.

John was a member of the Harper Chapel Methodist Church in Osage Beach, Mo. John was an avid reader, spending a great deal of time doing so. He as well loved doing woodwork, and spending time out on the lake with his family. John graduated from the Villisca Community High School in 1977. On July 5th, 1980 he married Connie Smith of Clarinda, Iowa. Most of their married life they lived in the Northwest Missouri area. John was employed as a truck driver for over 15 years, then at a marina in Osage Beach for the last 2 years.

He is survived by his wife Connie and 4 children, Jett, Jovi and Sean Strand at home in Osage Beach MO and Traci Strand of Pensacola, FL, and her daughter Lilli. Mother, Charlotte Dunkin, of Clarinda IA, Sisters; Barbara and Leonard Wingerd of Glenwood IA, Kathy Clark of Villisca, IA, Joyce and Steve Howery of Glenwood, IA, Jona and Randy Nelson of Villisca, IA, and Robin Strand of Red Oak IA. Mother-in-law Lenora Smith Columbia MO, In-laws, Rick and Sheryl Smith of Maryville, MO, Roger and Kyle Smith of Runnels, IA, Randy and Roxy Smith of Clarinda, IA, and Lisa Brayman of Columbia, Mo

He was preceded in Death by his father Raymond Strand, Sister-in-law, Barbra Peterson, and father-in-law, Adrian Smith,

A memorial service is being planned for February. Memorials may be sent to the Strand Educational fund, 806 Malibu Road, Osage Beach 65065.

Letters of condolence can be sent to Mrs. Connie Strand at 806 Malibu Road, Osage Beach, MO 65065.

THELMA ARLEAN THOMPSON

Thelma Arlean Thompson, 77 of Villisca died on Sunday, January 21, 2007 at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha. She was born on March 14, 1929 in Shenandoah, Iowa; a daughter to the late Clark and Pearl Irene (Jackson) Stephens.

Arlean married Kenneth Blank in 1947 and he preceded her in death in 1982. She then married Richard Thompson in 1994 in Villisca.
She worked for eight years at Villisca Good Samaritan Center and was employed at the Villisca American Legion for eleven years until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Eagles in Atlantic and Arlean headed up the American Red Cross Blood Drive for many years. When Arlean was a teenager, she and her sisters sang together on KMA960. Arlean enjoyed her new house for the last 3 years. She enjoyed crafts and collected TY Beanie Babies, angels and toothpick holders.

Her family members include her husband: Richard Thompson of Villisca; her daughter: Vickie (Richard) Cosaert of Logan, Iowa; three sons: Kenneth Blank of Villisca, Curtis Blank of Villisca and Robert (Teri) Blank of Red Oak; twelve grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; her beloved pet: Buddie and two sisters: Opal Maxine (William) Danielson of Desert Hot Springs, California and Iva (Howard) Connor of Salem, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister: Hazel Darrlean Allumbaugh.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30AM on Wednesday, January, 24, 2007 at the Wolfe Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th St., Villisca. Reverend Gordon Scott will officiate and burial will follow at the Villisca Cemetery. The family will greet guests on Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00PM at the funeral home in Villisca.

Memorials may be made to the Villisca Fire and Rescue.

JAMES L. BLACK

James L. Black, 71 of Mesa, AZ passed away Wed. Jan. 17, 2007 in Mesa, AZ. He was born Nov. 25, 1935 in Braddyville, IA to Velda Shipley & Ernie Fleharty. Jim graduated from Villisca High School in 1954 then joined the Navy where he served from 1954-1958. Jim married Sandra K. Edwards in 1961. Jim and Sandy resided in Red Oak, IA until 1993 when Jim retired from AT&T/Qwest after 31 years of service and they moved to Mesa, AZ to be close to their 2 sons.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother: Velda, father: Ernie, step father: Sonny; half brothers: Leonard, Micky & Terry and a half sister Connie.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years Sandy; sons: Corey and his wife Brenda, Brian and his wife Josephine and grandson: Hayden; sisters: Shirley Vest of Overland Park, KS.and Mavis DiMaro of Omaha, NE ; brothers: Dennis Black of Villisca, IA and Randy Mattson of Red Oak, IA and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel in Mesa, AZ.

 

DAVIS DELVER WAGAMAN

Funeral Services for Davis Wagaman, age 76 of Villisca, Iowa who died Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at Immanuel Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska were held Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa. Visitation with the family was at the Methodist Church 9:30 A.M. until service time. Interment was held in the Villisca Cemetery in Villisca, Iowa with military rites by Detachment 2, Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Hospital. Memories can be shared with the family on our web site at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Service, Clarinda, Iowa.

Davis Delver Wagaman was born May 14, 1930, to Cleve Austin and Ona May (Higgins) Wagaman in Clarinda, Iowa, the youngest of seven children. Davis married Sharon Draper, June 24, 1955, at the Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa. To this union three children were born; Kurt Alan, 1957, Lori Jene, 1958 and Lisa Ann, 1962. All were born in Denver, Colorado.

Davis was a 1949 Villisca High School graduate and joined the National Guard when they were first Federally Recognized in 1947 into Company F-2nd Battalion-168th Infantry 34th Division and retired after twenty one years out of what was then, Detachment 1-Company A Battalion 1-168th Infantry as a Staff Sergeant. He enjoyed his time at Guard Camp, two weeks a year and "fighting" the floods and the "Weeny War" at the Rath Meat Packing Plant in Waterloo, Iowa. He was a Mason in Colorado, a member of the Villisca American Legion and the United Methodist Church, Villisca, Iowa. He enjoyed playing cards, gardening and yard work (until he was unable to do so), reading, traveling, telling stories, horseback riding and hunting. Davis especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He worked for Draper Produce in Villisca; Rainbow Bread Company; Puritan Pie Company and Randy's Meat Company; all in Colorado and owned and operated an A & W Restaurant in Evergreen, Colorado. He moved his family back to Villisca in 1974 and worked as a machine operator for Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah, Iowa for eighteen years before retiring.

Left to cherish Davis's memory are his wife, Sharon Wagaman of Villisca, Iowa; children, Kurt Wagaman of New Market, Iowa, Lori Wagaman of Villisca, Iowa, Lisa Sparks of Glenwood, Iowa;five grandchildren, Andrea Emery of New Market, Iowa, Jessica Kamerman and husband Tyler of Playa Del Rey, California, Kyle Wagaman of Tarkio, Missouri, Cheyenne Sparks of Villisca, Iowa, Cody Sparks of Glenwood, Iowa,; three great grandchildren, Shalori Bond of Parnell, Missouri, Zackary Bond of New Market, Iowa, Tristen Emery of Parnell, Missouri; many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Davis in death were his parents; sisters, Lucille Hazelton and Helen Lewis; brothers, Fred Wagaman, Harold Wagaman, Robert Wagaman and Orvis Wagaman; sisters-in-law, Amy Wagaman, Maxinne Wagaman, and Nina Wagaman; brothers-in-law, Glen Hazelton, Clyde Lewis, and Grant Whitney and his step mother, Ella Wagaman.

May God grant comfort and strength to those who mourn Davis's passing.

LINDA McFARLAND

Linda McFarland, 63, of Percival, Iowa, formerly of Omaha passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2007. She was born on June 12, 1943; a daughter of the late Brock and Dorothy (Strain) Williams. She graduated from the Villisca High School Class of 1961. Linda worked for seventeen years for the Western Electric Co. before going to work for the Campbells Soup Company for another seventeen years. She enjoyed gardening and bird feeding and loved the outdoors.

Her family members include her husband: Douglas McFarland of Bedford; her son: William McFarland of Omaha; her daughter: Shirley (Stan) Smedra of Papillion, Nebraska; three grandchildren: Brock, Caitlin and Cadance; two brothers: Darwin (Julia) Williams of Villisca and Jerry Williams of Nebraska City, Nebraska and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister-in-law: Judy Williams; her brother-in-law: Richard McFarland and a nephew: David Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at Wolfe Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th St., Villisca. Reverend Gordon Scott will officiate and burial will follow at the Villisca Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until the time of services at the funeral home in Villisca. A memorial fund has been established.

Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. Darwin Williams
114 West High Street
Villisca, IA 50864

STERLING A. WISECUP

Sterling A. Wisecup, 84, of Raymond, IA, died Wednesday, January 3, 2007, at Allen Memorial Hospital of complications from pneumonia.

He was born July 18, 1922 in Adams County, Iowa, son of Fred and Pauline Livingston Wisecup. Sterling graduated from Villisca High School in 1940. He married Etta Mauderly October 16, 1942 in Marysville, Missouri.

He served in the army during World War II in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. Wisecup was employed by John Deere & Company PEC for 37 years, retiring in 1983.

Survivors include his wife, Etta, of Raymond; a daughter, Linda (Steven) Wachal of Dunkerton; a brother, Sherold (Gayle) Wisecup of Lincoln, CA; four grandchildren, Aaron (Alycia) Bruns of Harpers Ferry, Jeremy Wachal of Duluth, MN, Jason (Jodi) Wachal of Independence, Ashley Wachal of Jesup; and a great grandson, Alex of Jesup.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to Raymond United Methodist Church.

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