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Helen Virginia Johnson Sutphen

Helen Virginia (Johnson) Sutphen, daughter of O'Lee and Viola Johnson, was born February 21, 1921 at Centerville, Iowa and died Thursday, November 30, 2011 at Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 90 years.

She grew up in Moline, Illinois. After graduation from high school in 1938, she entered nurses training at Moline Public Hospital and graduated as an RN. She worked as an office and industrial factory nurse before entering the Army Nurse Corp. in 1943. She served as a nurse anesthetist at Wakeman Hospital, Camp Atterbury, Indiana until her honorable discharge shortly before the end of WWII.

Helen married Paul Sutphen in April, 1942, and after both Helen and Paul were discharged from the Army at the end of the war, they moved to Villisca, Iowa. They were blessed with two children: Raymond Lee Sutphen and Lynda J. Hohnbaum.

Helen and Paul operated the Sutphen Funeral Home for many years and Helen was also the Villisca school nurse for 18 years. She served many years on the Montgomery County Public Health Advisory Board, Villisca Housing Board, helped with the local Blood Mobile drives and was a Red Cross nurse for over 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Sutphen: son, Raymond Sutphen; granddaughter, Stephanie Means; brothers: James, Marvin and Charles Johnson; and her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Hohnbaum and son-in-law Don of West Des Moines, Iowa; cousin, Beatrice Sherry of Round Rock, Texas; sister-in-law, Margaret Johnson of Moline, Illinois; brother-in-law, Robert Sutphen of Naches, Washington and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, December 3, 2011 the United Methodist Church in Villisca, Iowa with Rev. Gordon Scott and Rev. Sandra Wainwright officiating. Interment will be at the Villisca Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Villisca United Methodist Church.

Pearson Family Funeral Service of Corning is in charge of the arrangements for Helen Sutphen.

Henry Ankeny

Graveside services for Henry Ankeny, age 83, of Clarinda, Iowa, who entered into peace Sunday, November 20, 2011 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa, were held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Clarinda Cemetery with Reverend Andrew Rubenking officiating. Visitation with the family was be held Wednesday, November 23, 1-2 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Clarinda, Iowa or to the Goldenrod Manor .Care Center. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Henry Leo Ankeny passed away quietly Sunday night at Goldenrod Manor Care Center in Clarinda, Iowa. He was born August 20, 1928 in Hawleyville, Iowa to Edward Milton Ankeny and Esther Hallene Vance Ankeny. He grew up in Hawleyville and then the Villisca area having graduated from Villisca High School in 1946. He married Betty Jean Malvern Ankeny in Clarinda on December 17, 1947. They lived in Creston and Atlantic, Iowa and later moved to Colorado where Henry pursued his interest in radio and served as chief engineer for several radio stations. He had his own radio shows and did some d'jaying. He was a quiet man but was able to be his funny self hidden behind the microphone.

Henry and family moved back to Clarinda in 1959. He worked as police dispatcher and volunteer fireman and later started working for Lisle Corporation. He retired from Lisle's in 1988. He and Betty then did some traveling and spent a lot of time visiting their children and grandchildren. They became involved with the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum and devoted much time volunteering with the museum. He especially like the one-room school house as it reminded him of the school he had attended in Hawleyville. He often told the story of riding his horse three miles to catch the school bus. Henry was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church of Clarinda.

Henry was devoted to Betty and helped her endure the difficulties of living with Multiple Sclerosis. He mourned her loss up to the day he died. He was an honest man and instilled in his children this sense of honesty as a foundation for their lives.

Henry was preceded in death by his father and mother; his sister, Rose Wellendorf and her husband Herb of Ida Grove, Iowa; his granddaughter, Molly Christine McAlpin and the love of his live, Betty.

Henry is survived by two children, Steve (Patricia Ann) Ankeny of New Castle, Indiana and Nancy (Keith) Beattie of Clarinda. Steve has five children, Steven David Ankeny, Susan Marie (Gabriel) Smith, Philip Andrew Ankeny, Angela Michelle Ankeny and Monica (Michael) Dowd. Nancy has two children, Cory (Marla) McAlpin and Molly McAlpin (deceased). Great grandchildren are Anna Grace and Naomi Rose Smith, Allie and Nicole Scott, Connor Dowd, Bryson McAlpin, Wyatt and Rylie McAlpin. Henry is also survived by sister-in-law, Helen Cherry of Perris, California; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported them during their loss. May God bless each with the abundance of love they have felt in these hours.

Nicole Ann Fitzwater

Nicole Ann Fitzwater, the daughter of Jessie Bruce Fitzwater and Barbara Noel Boyce, was born November 16, 2011, at the Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was accepted into God’s hands the same day surround by her family.

Surviving Nicole are her parents Jessie and Barbara of Villisca; grandparents: Roxann Boyce of Corning and Bruce and Jennifer Fitzwater of Villisca; great grandparents: Bill and Chlorina Fitzwater of Villisca and Barbara Coleman of Corning; aunts and uncles: Ashley Fitzwater, Steven Fitzwater, Matthew Boyce, Marcus Boyce, Desiree Burch and Stuart Haley. Baby Nicole is preceded in death by her grandfather Christopher Coleman and uncle Steve Fitzwater.

Funeral services for Nicole were held Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Advent Christian Church in Villisca. Burial followed the service at the Nodaway Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Family of Baby Nicole.

Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rosenia K. "Rose" Sebeniecher

Rosenia K. "Rose" Sebeniecher, age 78, of Red Oak, Iowa formerly Stanton, Iowa, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Rosenia Kathryine "Rose" Sebeniecher was born March 31, 1933 in Clarinda, Iowa the daughter of George and Dora (Engleka) Mascher. She was raised in Clarinda graduating from the Clarinda High School after which she received some nurses training. Rose was united in marriage to Robert Sebeniecher on May 8, 1951 in Bentonville, Arkansas. They lived many different places throughout the United States while Robert served in the military. Their time in Iowa was spent in Clarinda, Hamburg, Waukee, and Manning before moving to Stanton in 1976. Rose was a nurses' aid working at the hospital and Montgomery County Public Health for many years. She also spent time working at her son, Mike's café in Stanton, Iowa, the Wolfe Sale Barn, and the Iowa State University Extension. After retirement, Rose enjoyed volunteering at the Department of Human Services and the ISU extension where she enjoyed working for "Mr. Bill" as she would call Bill Drey. She received the ISU Extension "Friend of 4-H" Award during that time. She also volunteered by selling folding scissors for the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa. Rose loved to cook, crochet, fish, work crossword puzzles, and feed squirrels. She moved to Acorn Acres in Red Oak in 2008 with her best buddy Baxter the cat. Rose enjoyed her time there visiting with her friends and neighbors. Her greatest enjoyment came from the time she spent with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband: Bob in 1979; her grandson: Devin in 1984; her son: Steven in 2005; her sister: Laura; and her brother: Fred. Survivors include her children: Michael Sebeniecher and wife Debbie of Oskaloosa, IA; Rex Sebeniecher and wife Doris of Stanton, IA; John Sebeniecher and wife Angie of Double Oak, TX; and Connie Pendleton and husband Randy of Red Oak, IA; daughter-in-law: Pam Sebeniecher of Elk Horn, IA; grandchildren: Steven of Minnesota; Max of Des Moines, IA; Stephanie Hulgan of Des Moines, IA; Brandie Sebeniecher of Grinnell, IA; Dawn Strueby and husband Eric of Lenexa, KS; Lanette Harrington and husband Nick of Sioux City, IA; Jodi Lovato and husband Matthew of Colorado Springs, CO; Jeff Sebeniecher and wife Katrina of Red Oak, IA; Scot Sebeniecher and wife Kacey of Frisco, TX; Jenni Sebeniecher of Double Oak, TX; and Kylie Pendleton of Red Oak, IA; step-grandson: Robert Sult of Des Moines, IA; great grandchildren: Brianne, Brooklyn, Isaac, Luke, Ian, Logan, Garrett, Katelyn, Benjamin, Sarah, Emily, and Kaleb; sisters: Georgia and Joetta; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 1 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Pastor Terry McClain officiating. Burial will be in the Mission Covenant Cemetery near Stanton, Iowa. Visitation with the family will be held from 5-7 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Red Oak 4-H Clubs.

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

Myrna Ailene Johnson

Myrna Ailene Johnson, the daughter of Russell Santford and Lois Edna (Allen) Hughes was born April 12, 1926 at Clio, Iowa. She passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the Stanton Care Center, Stanton, Iowa at the age of 85 years, 7 months and 8 days.

Myrna was raised in Kellerton, Iowa where she graduated high school. She received an Associate Degree from Graceland College at Lamoni, and her B.A. from Simpson College at Indianola. She earned graduate degrees from U.N.O., including a Master's Degree in Elementary School Administration, Secondary School Administration, Guidance and Counseling, and an Education Specialist Degree in School Administration and Curriculum. She started her teaching career in 1946 teaching junior high at Stanton for two years. Myrna then taught in Villisca for several years before returning to teach at Stanton. She was united in marriage to Robert E. Johnson on August 19, 1951 in Kellerton, Iowa. Myrna continued to teach and serve as guidance counselor and principal in Stanton until 1969 when she became the guidance counselor for Nishna Valley Schools. She worked there until her official retirement in 1988. After retiring, Myrna taught college courses for Buena Vista and Iowa Western, in Clarinda, Shenandoah, and at "Bethesda University". She then returned AGAIN to Stanton to be guidance counselor until 1999. Although she was not even remotely Swedish, she took an avid interest in her husband's Swedish heritage, and was instrumental in initiating Santa Lucia and Svenska Skolen, which are woven into the fabric of life in Stanton. Myrna loved teaching and especially loved her students. She could remember nearly all of them, and would often stop strangers to inquire how their lives had turned out. Inevitably they would turn out to be one of her students, and the discussion would turn to their children, grand children, and perhaps one or more of the "naughty" or "precious" boys or girls that were in the same class. Because she cared so deeply for each of her students, their triumphs and tragedies became her own, and they shaped her life as much as she shaped theirs.

Myrna was a member of Mamrelund Lutheran Church, where she had served as choir director and active in the WELCA. She served on the Stanton Library board, was on the advisory board for the Stanton Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Entre Nous Federated Club.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert E. Johnson on June 26, 2002; brothers: Allen Jackson Hughes and Arlen Franklin Hughes; and son-in-law, Steve Mainquist.

Myrna is survived by her daughter, Sheila Mainquist of Red Oak, IA; son, Neil Johnson and wife Terese of Waverly, NE; five grandchildren: Christine and John Mainquist, Christopher, Lynnea and Alyson Johnson; brother, Russell "Arvid" Hughes and wife Julie of Salisbury, NC; and sister, Myna Ione Gibbens of McFarland, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

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

Celebration of Life Service were held on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Stanton, Iowa. Burial in Mamre Cemetery, Stanton with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, Officiating. Visitation with the family present on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home. Memorials to: Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Stanton Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center or Stanton Library. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com

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

Margaret L. Posten

Memorial services for Margaret L. Posten, 96, of Villisca, Iowa, were held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the Villisca United Methodist Church. There will be a private burial of ashes in the North Page Cemetery at a later date.

Margaret Lois (Williams) Posten was born March 28, 1915 in Montgomery County, Iowa to Harry and Ethel (Fisher) Williams. She attended and graduated in the class of 1931 from Villisca High School. She attended college at Tarkio College in Missouri and obtained her Bachelors degree. After graduating from college, Margaret started her career as a school teacher. She married Leonard Posten on December 21, 1936 in Red Oak, Iowa and to this union were born two children: Pamela Ann and John Leonard. In the late 50’s, Margaret wrote an Iowa history book call “This is a Place Iowa” which was used in the Iowa State Public School System. She also wrote three children’s books. She was active in the Methodist Church.

Margaret passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Leonard.

Surviving Margaret are her children: Pamela Abel and husband Bill Hinshaw of Boulder, Colorado and John Posten and wife Margaret of Villisca, Iowa; grandchildren: Whitney Clarkson and husband John of Berthoud, Colorado and Jan Posten and wife Heather of Villisca, Iowa; great grandchildren Kenyon and Tristan Clarkson of Berthoud, Colorado.

Sharon Lynn Fisher Loutzenhiser

Sharon Lynn Fisher Loutzenhiser was born September 3, 1938 at Fort Dodge, Iowa and passed away at the Longview Farm near Villisca, IA, on November 3, 2011. Her parents were Frederick and Icle Fisher. Sharon graduated from Villisca High School in 1956 and then attended Aurora University for 1 year. She worked 4 years for an oral and plastic surgeon. Working with the plastic surgeon got her interested in speech therapy so she went to the University of Nebraska and received her BS in 1966 and then worked for the Omaha Public Schools for 3 years. Sharon started a program in Taylor and Adams Counties and during the summers did MTI work at the University of Nebraska where she received her MS degree in 1974. While teaching in Bedford she met Robert Loutzenhiser. In November, 1972, they were married at the Villisca Presbyterian Church. They made their home in Blockton until 1975 when they moved to the Fisher Family Farm near Villisca. Sharon had a real fondness for four legged animals especially Tristan, her Siamese cat, as well as Snoopy, Pal, Stinker 1 and 2 and most recently Mugs, the dogs. She liked being outside helping Robert with the farm and working in her flower beds. When Sharon married Robert she also got 4 kids, David, Dee, Greg, and Gary.

Sharon is survived by her four stepchildren, David (Mary Kay) of Blockton, Dee (Dave) Qualls of Long Beach, CA, Greg of Des Moines and Gary (Martha) of Santee, CA; four granddaughters: Tammy (Vincent) Jorgensen, Cindy (Chet) Brandenburg, Crystal Loutzenhiser, Peggy (Ben) Roed: three grandsons: Jorge, Kevin and Alan Loutzenhiser (fiancé, Danielle), three great granddaughters: Viola, Aubrey, and Elana, and one great grandson Kepler. She also has a sister, Dorothy Tucker of Blair, NE: a sister-in-law, Bonnie Fisher of Bettendorf, IA; nieces: Sandra Gray, Stacey Fisher-Meyers and Kate Fisher; great niece Elizabeth Myers; nephews Duane Gray and Frederick Gray and many cousins.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Charles F. Fisher, and her husband Robert Loutzenhiser.

Sharon was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Villisca, IA for 60 years after joining in 1951. She served as deacon for 16 years and taught junior high Sunday school some of those years. She served as secretary for almost 30 years - keeping the office going during times when the church was without a pastor. Both she and Robert had been members of the choir. She was active in the Presbyterian Women when her health allowed, serving for a time as President.

Sharon was also a member of PEO Chapter CH in Villisca, serving as President for a period of years. Honorary Pall Bearers: Jim Kasha, Henry Kasha, Jim Waldron, Mark Herzberg, Ray Reineke, Elmer Grashorn, Chris Nelsen, Carol Wilhelm, and Lynn Wiechman.

Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca is in charge of arrangements. www.WolfeVillisca.com

Marvin L. Ward

Funeral services for Marvin L. Ward were held on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Villisca United Methodist Church followed by burial in the Villisca Cemetery. Pastor Gordon M. Scott officiated. Marvin Ward, 86, of Villisca died October 30, 2011 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center. Memorials are suggested to the Strand Lutheran Church or the Villisca Good Samaritan Society.

Marvin LeRoy Ward, the son of Freeman LeRoy and Hazel Rebecca (Vallier) Ward, was born on December 30, 1924 in Pottawattamie County, Neola, Iowa. He was raised on the same farm where he was born, being the third generation living on the “home place.” He attended the rural school near to his home and then to Beebeetown where he graduated from Beebeetown High School in 1944. After graduation he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1944-1946 in the India-Burma Theatre, World War II, stationed in India. After being discharged from the Army, he returned home to farm with his parents until his marriage.

Marvin was united in marriage to Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Marsh December 10, 1949, at the Villisca United Methodist Church. Their marriage was blessed by three children: Gregory, Kurt, and Jan Denise. After their marriage, the couple farmed near Underwood, Iowa. In 1951 they moved to the Guss area south of Villisca and in 1955 they moved to their farm in the Strand area of Adams County. Marvin turned the farming over to son Gregory in 1984 because of health concerns. Later when Greg died, the land was rented out. Marvin and Betty remained in their farm home until December 1997 when they moved to their current home in Villisca.

Marvin was a member of Strand Lutheran Church having served on the church council, many different committees, and was a trustee on the Strand Cemetery board. He also served on the Hackle Barney Watershed and the Rockdale School Board in Adams County. He was an OsGold-Asgrow Seed salesman for forty years. He liked to make things. His hobbies were woodworking and metal work. Marvin was a farmer and his interest in agriculture never wavered.

In 2007 Marvin moved to the Villisca Good Samaritan Center where he received excellent care. He loved his family and was still able to enjoy all their special times together. Marvin and Betty were blessed to celebrate their 61st Wedding Anniversary in 2010. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, son Gregory in 1986, brother Jack Ward, nephew John Ward, and niece Deborah Ward. He is survived by his wife Betty Ward of Villisca; son Kurt Ward of Glendale, Arizona; daughter Jan Denise (Bill) Barr of Villisca; daughter-in-law Jona Ward (Randy) Nelson of Villisca; six grandchildren: Shane (Kara) Ward of Kansas City, Missouri, Renae (Steve) Sunquist of Stanton, Melissa (C.J.) Dolph of Villisca, Brandie M. (Reed) Good of Denver, Colorado, Brice Blank of Perry, Oklahoma, and Brian (Penni) Blank of Ora Valley, Arizona; twelve great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Shirley Ward of Omaha, Nebraska; many other relatives and friends.

Dorothe Marie Johnson

Dorothe Marie Johnson, 89 of Villisca, Iowa passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. She was born August 5, 1922 in Villisca, Iowa the daughter of Henry G. Kernen and Mary Jarman Kernen.

Dorothe went to country school through 8th grade. She stayed at friends’ homes in Villisca while attending high school and graduated from Villisca High School in 1939. She attended Parson’s College in Fairfield, Iowa and began teaching after graduation. She taught in the Grub Ridge, Morton Mills and Findley country schools from 1941 to 1943. She also worked at Cox Produce in Villisca as a bookkeeper. After moving into town she worked part-time at the Villisca Public Library and the Villisca City Hall.

On December 3, 1944 she was united in marriage to Stanley Johnson. After moving a few times, they purchased a farm northeast of Villisca where they lived for 25 years. They then built a new house and moved to Villisca.

When Dorothe and Stanley were younger they enjoyed dancing, horse racing at Aksarben in Omaha, and later going to the casinos. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, latch hook, and jigsaw puzzles. As she got older and began to slow down, she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and hand held computer games.

Dorothe was a survivor by beating cancer, sustaining many falls, one involving a head injury and another causing a broken hip. She lived the last two years of her life at the Good Samaritan Center in Villisca where she was well taken care of before spending her final days at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by daughter Jane Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri; son Bob and wife Sue of Omaha, Nebraska; and daughter Ann Murphy of Marshalltown, Iowa; three grandchildren: Matt of San Francisco, California, Molly of Omaha, Nebraska and Staci of Marshalltown, Iowa; two brothers Kenneth and Henry Jr. Kernen; several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Villisca, Iowa. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in charge of arrangements.

LaVon E. Larson

LaVon Elaine Larson, the daughter of Abner and Leona (Proehl) Nelson was born November 9, 1934 in Montevideo, Minnesota. She passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 25 days.

LaVon was raised in Montevideo, MN. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior Lutheran Church of Montevideo. In 1952, LaVon graduated from Montevideo High School and attended Jr. College at Rochester, MN, earning a medical secretary certificate. She moved to Omaha, NE and worked in the radiology department at Methodist Hospital for three years. On June 8, 1957 LaVon was united in marriage to Kenneth D. Larson in Montevideo, MN. Kenneth was a farmer and they lived on farms near Bethesda and Essex before 1964, when they bought and made their home on a farm north of Bethesda, IA. Along with helping Kenneth, LaVon worked at the Stanton Care Center for 15 years, as an aide and with laundry, but for most of the time with the dietary department. She was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, serving as a Sunday school teacher, and quilting with the ladies of the church. LaVon enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, sewing and playing cards. She was also involved in many neighborhood clubs and was still a regular with the Merry Mixers. LaVon treasured her family and loved to attend and support her grandson's school activities, along with other local events.

LaVon was preceded in death by her father, Abner; husband, Kenneth on July 23, 2005 and sister, Wanda Flickinger.

LaVon is survived by daughters: Lori Miloni and husband Tony of North Little Rock, AR; and Lynn Meier and husband Dennis of Villisca, IA; grandsons: Daniel Meier and special friend Jackie Carlson; and David Meier; mother, Leona Nelson of Clarkfield, MN; nephews: Ronald Falk and wife Connie of Columbus, NE; and Scott Flickinger and wife Debbie of Andover, MN; nieces: Carol Falk of Tucson, AZ; and Sheryl Bednar and husband Paul of Imperial, PA; other relatives and a host of friends.

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

Funeral Service was held Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., Bethesda Lutheran Church, Bethesda, IA, Burial in the Bethesda Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Lamb, Officiating. Visitation with the family present on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home Family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to the Bethesda Lutheran Church. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com

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

Willis Dean Baker

Willis Dean Baker, the son of Samuel L. and Jessie I. (Fail) Baker was born September 19, 1937 in Page County, Iowa. He passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 74 years and 23 days.

Willis lived in the Page and Montgomery County area, graduating with the Villisca High School class of 1956. He entered the Iowa Army National Guard, Red Bull Division, Co "C" 2nd Bn 168th Infantry of Villisca on December 15, 1954. He was activated to federal service during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was discharged on July 1, 1964. Willis was united in marriage to Regina L. "Jean" Ellis on October 28, 1956 in Villisca. Totaling 21 years, Willis was a meat cutter in Nodaway for Raymond Spring & Veryl Ellis and Villisca locker and HVAC for Eldon Mikesell. Later, Willis worked for Oakland packing house. In 1984, Willis began an 18 year career with RO MECH in Red Oak as maintenance supervisor, retiring in 2002. Willis loved baseball and played for the Nodaway town team along with helping coach little league. Willis was a member of the Villisca Advent Christian Church, Iroquois #590 Masonic Lodge of Nodaway being initiated April 4, 1967, Southwest Iowa Senior Golf Association and past Nodaway Volunteer Fire Department. Willis was a devoted Iowa Hawkeye and Dallas Cowboy's football fan. In his spare time, Willis enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, shooting and playing the lottery. He was an excellent woodworker and loved refinishing furniture. Willis was an avid reader of Western books and was always keeping up on current events. He had a love affair, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for D & L, RO MECH and its employees and products up until his passing.

Willis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Albert and Don; sister, Dorothy and other infant siblings.

Willis is survived by his wife, Regina "Jean" Baker of Red Oak, IA; sons: Jerry Baker and wife Rhonda of Red Oak, IA; Mike Baker and wife Michelle of Arlington, NE; and Brad Baker of Red Oak, IA; 4 grandchildren: Zoey & Macy Baker, Tyler Baker and wife Sara, and Trey Baker; sisters: Evelyn Salway of Villisca, IA and Sharon Farlin of Emerson, IA; nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends.

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

Celebration of Life service was held Monday, October 17, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak, Iowa. Burial in Villisca Cemetery, Villisca, IA with Rev. Gordon Scott, Officiating. Masonic Services will be held at the graveside. A Memorial is being established in Willis's name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com. Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

William Charles Anderson

William "Bill" Charles Anderson of Lake Monticello, Virginia, 75, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Bill lived in Fluvanna County, Virginia for the last 18 years where he was an active partner in the Enviro-Klean Company and Starlite Park. During those same years Bill participated in the Fluvanna County government, holding positions on the Planning Commission and the Zoning Appeals Board. He also served on the Lake Monticello Board of Directors and various committees related to the governance of his community. One of the things he enjoyed most during was writing a weekly column for his hometown newspaper, The Villisca Review. This weekly "job" reconnected him with so many old friends and distant relatives, and he made many new friends.

Throughout his life, Bill was always involved in volunteer activities. Since boyhood he was passionately involved in GOP politics. Recently, he enjoyed working with the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce and the Fluvanna County Arts Council.

He was born and raised on a farm between Villisca and Stanton in Montgomery County Iowa. Bill graduated from Wichita State University in 1959 where he worked as the TV Editor of the Wichita Beacon. After graduation, he moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa where he became a county Farm Bureau membership organizer. A promotion to Information Director of the Minnesota Farm Bureau prompted a move to St Paul in 1961. In 1967 he moved his young family to Virginia to begin his long lobbying and political career in Washington, DC. He worked for the American Farm Bureau Association until 1976 when he started lobbying for the "wildcatters" at the Independent Petroleum Association of America. In 1989, Bill went to work for the National Republican Congressional Committee working to help elect GOP Members of Congress. That led to a position as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Congressman Jim Saxton, and two years later to a job with U.S. English, trying to get Congress to make English the official language of the U.S.

He was predeceased in death by his parents Wayne C. and Thelma Wheeler Anderson, his sister Chatham Anderson Hills, and his grandson Ryan Anderson.

Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years Annette Nelson Anderson; his daughter Desiree Anderson of Ashburn, Virginia; son Mike Anderson of Fluvanna County, Virginia; son Jack Anderson of Ocean View, Delaware. He is also survived by his granddaughter Christian Anderson of Ivy, Virginia and grandson Taylor Anderson of Fluvanna County, Virginia. Bill, is survived by many other family members and friends to0 numerous to name, and he loved them all deeply.

Burial will take place on Saturday, November 12 in Stanton, Iowa at 10:30 am, with the funeral service following at 11:00 am at Mamrelund Lutheran Church. A "Celebration of Life" will be held on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 pm at Starlite Park in the Crossroads Auto Center at Zion Crossroads, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, there are 3 charities that my father supported for many years, that I ask that you consider giving a donation to: Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 410 Eastern Avenue, Stanton, Iowa 51573; Stanton Historical Society, 410 Hilltop Avenue, Stanton, Iowa 51573; or Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, 14 Slice Road, Palmyra, Virginia

 

Norma D. Kemery

Norma Dean Kemery died Thursday, October 20, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, after a brief illness. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at the Villisca Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will follow, at 2:00 p.m., at the Church, with the Rev. Sandy Wainright-Rossander presiding. Burial at Snow Hill Cemetery in Coin, Iowa, will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Villisca Public Library or the Villisca EMTs. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa

Mrs. Kemery was born Norma Dean Bradley on September 1, 1924, on a farm near Gravity, Iowa, to Leah (neé Monahan) and Lloyd Bradley. She attended country school near Gravity until the family moved into the town of Gravity. She graduated from Gravity High School in 1941. She continued her education at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College and completed a teachers' certificate program.

She taught in country schools in Taylor County, Iowa, both before and after her marriage to John B. Kemery on January 30, 1943. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Bedford, Iowa, and their two children were born there. They moved their family to Villisca, Iowa, in 1952. Mrs. Kemery stopped teaching after World War II, and she worked as a homemaker while her children were young. She later worked at the Villisca Public Library for several years. While she was working at the Library, she accepted a part-time position with the Nodaway Valley National Bank in Villisca. Over the years, she became a full-time employee and rose through the ranks to become an officer and member of the board of the Bank. She retired from full-time employment when the Bank was sold to Citizens State Bank (now Bank Iowa) in 1989.

Mrs. Kemery enjoyed life in the small-towns of Iowa. Long after her own children were grown, she followed the activities of her friends and their children in the community and the local schools for many years. They in turn looked after her, and she was able to remain in her own home until her health seriously deteriorated in 2008. In 2009, she moved to an independent retirement apartment near the homes of her children in St. Louis, Missouri, and she continued to live there until her death.

Mrs. Kemery was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Kemery, Sr., her granddaughter, Rebecca Lynne Kemery, and her parents. She is survived by her son, J. Barton Kemery, Jr., (and his wife, Barbara) and her daughter, Barbara Kemery, both of St. Louis. In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren, Elizabeth Kemery Sipes (Brian) of Denver,Colorado, Jennifer Kemery Couch (Gary) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Michael D. Kemery (Kelli) of Seattle, Washington, and by her great-grandchildren, Tennyson D. Sipes, Mackenzie A. Couch, Jayden A. Kemery, Madelyn A. Kemery, Huxley A. Kemery, and Baby Kemery due in November.

Maveline McConnell

Dorothy Marveline McConnell was born April 20, 1917, northwest of Villisca, Iowa. She was one of four daughters born to John L. and Mabel E. (Nelson) Hultquist. She graduated from Villisca High School in the class of 1934. On March 17th of that year she was united in marriage to Kenneth E. Andrew. They farmed in the Villisca area until moving into Villisca. She taught in rural schools in Montgomery, Page and Adams counties; and she served one year as president of the Page Count Rural Schools. She, also, served as the assessor for the City of Villisca and she worked at the Villisca Veterinarian Clinic. Kenneth died in 1969.

She was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church teaching Sunday school classes in Villisca and Morton’s Mill churches.

In 1971 she graduated from IWCC School of Practical Nursing at Clarinda, Iowa with the Highest Honors. She worked as an LPN at the Villisca Good Samaritan Nursing Home and at the Stanton Care Center retiring in 1979.

She married Eugene McConnell on September 4, 1971. This union added three step-children Peggy, Wesley, and Stanley into her life. She and Eugene continued to share their lives until he died in 1999.

Marveline enjoyed traveling, reading and her family. She was able to continue living in her home on 4th Avenue until she entered the Villisca Good Samaritan Center in September.

Marveline is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Kenneth (1969), her husband Eugene (1999), her sister Florence Mosman, and step son-in-law Dick Pierson.

She is survived by her step-children Peggy Pierson of Oakland, Iowa, Wesley (Betty) McConnell of Canton, South Dakota, and Stanley (Phyllis) McConnell of Indianola, Iowa; 8 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great grandchildren; 1 step great-great grandchild; sisters Viola Johnson of Creston, Iowa, and Fern Brown of Corning, Iowa; 10 nieces and nephews as well as great and great,great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Marveline McConnell, 94, of Villisca, Iowa, were held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Villisca United Methodist Church with burial in the Arlington Cemetery. Pastor Gordon M. Scott officiated. Mrs. McConnell passed away Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Villisca Good Samaritan. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca assisted with the arrangements.

Eleanor "Verne" Gourley

Mrs. Eleanor "Verne" Grouley, 93, of Villisca, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Villisca Good Samaritan Center. A memorial service for Mrs. Gourley will be held at a later date. Wolfe Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothe Marie Johnson

Dorothe Marie Johnson, 89 of Villisca, Iowa passed away Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa. She was born August 5, 1922 in Villisca, Iowa the daughter of Henry G. Kernen and Mary Jarman Kernen.

Dorothe went to country school through 8th grade. She stayed at friends’ homes in Villisca while attending high school and graduated from Villisca High School in 1939. She attended Parson’s College in Fairfield, Iowa and began teaching after graduation. She taught in the Grub Ridge, Morton Mills and Findley country schools from 1941 to 1943. She also worked at Cox Produce in Villisca as a bookkeeper. After moving into town she worked part-time at the Villisca Public Library and the Villisca City Hall.

On December 3, 1944 she was united in marriage to Stanley Johnson. After moving a few times, they purchased a farm northeast of Villisca where they lived for 25 years. They then built a new house and moved to Villisca.

When Dorothe and Stanley were younger they enjoyed dancing, horse racing at Aksarben in Omaha, and later going to the casinos. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, latch hook, and jigsaw puzzles. As she got older and began to slow down, she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and hand held computer games.

Dorothe was a survivor by beating cancer, sustaining many falls, one involving a head injury and another causing a broken hip. She lived the last two years of her life at the Good Samaritan Center in Villisca where she was well taken care of before spending her final days at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by daughter Jane Johnson of Kansas City, Missouri; son Bob and wife Sue of Omaha, Nebraska; and daughter Ann Murphy of Marshalltown, Iowa; three grandchildren: Matt of San Francisco, California, Molly of Omaha, Nebraska and Staci of Marshalltown, Iowa; two brothers Kenneth and Henry Jr. Kernen; several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Villisca, Iowa. Wolfe Funeral Home of Villisca in charge of arrangements.

Velma Elizabeth Neumayer

Velma Elizabeth Neumayer was born January 11, 1921, in Breda, IA, the daughter of Frank and Rosalia (Brinker) Fee. She graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1938. While helping out in her parent's restaurant, Velma also worked as a relief telephone operator for the Breda Telephone Company and then took a job at the Breda Post Office. Being the oldest daughter in the family of seven children, many of the household duties and caring for her younger siblings became her responsibility.

On August 1, 1945, Velma was united in marriage to Herb Neumayer in St. Bernard's Catholic Church at Breda, IA. Together with Pork and Elaine, they operated a tavern In Arthur, Iowa and in 1948 returned to Breda where she became a full time wife and mother. In 1952, the family moved to Bancroft, Iowa. After 4 years, Velma and Herb moved to a farm east of Mallard where they farmed until 1967. They then moved into Mallard where she began working at Berkley Manufacturing in Emmetsburg until Herb's death in 1979. Following this, she cleaned the elevator and bank in Mallard until her retirement.

Velma was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Christian Mother's and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards, doing embroidery, working crossword puzzles, and reading. She was an excellent cook and baker and canned many vegetables. Velma treasured family gatherings and any time spent with her grandchildren. She always had a treat for them.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Velma passed away at the Muse-Norris Hospice Home in Mason City, Iowa, at the age of 90.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Nancy Johnson and her husband, Carl of Villisca, IA, Sandra Leonard and her husband, Gary of Emmetsburg and Gary Neumayer, and wife, Mary of Ida Grove, IA; brother, Keith Fee, and his wife, Rosemary of Rochester, MN; sister, Patricia Brandt and her husband, Don of Marietta, CA; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Glen (Stoney) Neumayer and his wife, Bonnie of Carroll, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herb; granddaughter, Connie Ruddy; great-granddaughter, Mikayla Neumayer; two brothers: Iver and Virtus "Red" Fee; two sisters: Elaine Fee Neumayer and Phyllis Mae Fee Neumayer; five sisters-in-law: Ella Mae Fee, Dorothy Bohnenkamp, Rita Fee, Mary Neumayer and Ila Mae Neumayer; and four brothers-in-law: Jerry, Roland "Pork", and Kenny Neumayer, and Myron Bohnenkamp.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Velma Neumayer, 90, of Mallard was held Sept. 24th at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mallard. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery, Mallard.

Joel Embree Taylor

Joel was born in Fairfield, Iowa to Geneva and Harry Taylor and grew up in the small town of Villisca, Iowa with his sister Jean and his mother. He attended grade school and high school in Villisca, and after graduating worked part time for the State Highway Commission as a surveyor while attending Clarinda Community College. Joel maintained the friendships formed in his childhood for the rest of his life. Always athletic, Joel received a football/basketball scholarship to Iowa State, but lost it due to a back injury and was forced to drop out of school and work full time for the State Highway Commission.

His life changed dramatically when he was drafted by the United States Army to serve during the Korean War. He became a sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as a surveyor in Korea from 1950 - 1952. After his service, he and Bob Chapel, his army buddy and friend for life, come to Bob's home in California and attended Compton Community College. The GI Bill enabled Joel to graduate from California Sate University Fresno in 1955 with a degree in Criminology. Most important, Fresno is where Joel met his future wife, Dana Wilson, who attended school there a well. They were married in 1955.

Joel and Dana moved to Walnut Creek, California later that Fall, so Joel could begin his career with State Farm Insurance. His first daughter, Susanne was born in 1959, and the small family moved shortly thereafter to Anaheim, California as Joel was promoted further into the company. His second daughter, Stephanie was born in 1961, and with her birth, the family was complete. The friends Joel and Dana made early in their marriage, both in Walnut Creed and Anaheim, remain friends for life.
Joel continued to flourish at State Farm and the family moved from California to Bloomington, Illinois and several years later, moved back again to Anaheim. After State Farm opened a regional office in Westlake Village, California, Joel moved his family to Thousand Oaks where he and Dana lived for the next 27 years. During his tenure with State Farm, Joel was appointed to serve on the California Fair Plan for several years, and led the organization as its chairman from 1981 - 1982. Joel retired from State Farm after 36 years where he gained the respect of his employees and co-workers as a hard working, loyal and intelligent member of the State Farm family. The relationships Joel developed during his long career remain lifetime friends.

In 1996, several years after retirement, Joel and Dana made the decision to move to Fresno, California to be near their daughters, sons-in-laws and grandchildren. It is cosmic coincidence that Joel and Dana ended up in the town in which they met almost 60 years ago. During the relatively short time that Joel loved in Fresno, he became involved with the Sirs Organization, Branch 179, where he made many new golf buddies. He and Dana also became members of Saint James Anglican Cathedral, where; as is his nature, Joel developed more valued relationships. The greatest beneficiaries though, of the move to Fresno, have been Joel and Dana's grandchildren, Max, Mel, Leah and Alex. All four have been so lucky to have had such a close relationship to both Grandma and Grandpa. Their lives are forever richer and continue to be influenced by the love of their grandparents.

Joel had many health scares over the years and he somehow soldiered through them all. But after declining health during the last 6 months, on August 12, 2011, Joel died peacefully, at home, with Dana by his side.

Helen Strong

Hellen went to be with the Lord she loved, Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the age of 86.

She is survived by her daughter Carole (Glen) Gruenemeier; granddaughters Sheri Hartman and Holly (Michael) Anderson; great-grandsons Joshua (Jody) Sexton and Jacob Sexton; great-granddaughter Kaylie Anderson; great-great-grandchildren Tiler and Hailey Sexton; and a host of other family and friends who loved her and whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents Rex and Hazel McNeal and the precious aunt who raised her Bonnie Ritnour, her brother Russell McNeal and sister Doris Clark.

Hellen was loved by us all and will be greatly missed. Services were held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the Vistoso Funeral Home, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ. Sign the online guestbook at www.vistosofuneralhome.com. For information call 520-544-2285.

Alice D. Bergren

Alice D. Bergren, age 59, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Alice Donna Bergren was born March 24, 1952 in Villisca, Iowa the daughter of Jim and Wilma (Sebenecher) Lewis. She graduated from Villisca High School in 1970 and started work at the Clarinda Mental Health Facility. She was united in marriage to Richard Dozier and two children were born to this union: Tina and Richie. Alice moved to Red Oak in 1980 and was united in marriage to Gary "Pee Wee" Bergren on November 27, 1983. Over the years Alice worked for Williams Recreation, D & L, Eatons, TRACO, and most recently Merry Maids until January of this year. She was a former Red Oak Eagles member. Her family describes her as thoughtful, generous, considerate, loving, a joker, and hard working. Pee Wee also says that she was "Perfect". Alice loved collecting anything relating to Indians and loved eagles and angels. She also was known for all her decorations at the holidays whether it was Christmas or Halloween and others.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her infant sister: Treiva; and her father-in-law: Dale Bergren. Survivors include her husband: Gary "Pee Wee" Bergren of Red Oak, Iowa; daughter: Tina Bressler and husband Tim of Red Oak, Iowa; son: Richie Dozier and wife Dawn of Red Oak, Iowa; grandchildren: Brittany Hartfield and husband Lincoln of Shenandoah, Iowa and David James Zwerk of Red Oak, Iowa; and expecting her first great-grandchild; sister: Coleen Herren and husband John of Red Oak, Iowa; brother: Duane Lewis of Colorado Springs, Colorado; mother-in-law: Lois Bergren of Red Oak, Iowa; sister-in-law: Joy Bergren of Des Moines, Iowa; brothers-in-law: Tom Bergren and wife Denise of Villisca, Iowa; and David Bergren and wife Shelley of Red Oak, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 AM Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dale Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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

 

Merlin Ralph Vetter

Merlin Ralph Vetter, the son of Ralph and Louise (Lindner) Vetter was born December 24, 1936 in Montgomery County, Iowa near Grant. He passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 29 days.

Merlin was raised in rural Montgomery County near Grant, Iowa. He graduated from Griswold High School in l954 and began farming. Merlin was united in marriage to Janice Swanson, daughter of Harry and Aura Swanson on April 6, 1958 in Red Oak, Iowa. Merlin served many years on the board for Noble Township Mutual Insurance and was a longtime member of the Pilot Grove United Methodist Church. Merlin loved farming and working in his shop, and was known as a wonderful neighbor and friend who could fix anything. He also enjoyed refurbishing guns, hand-crafting beautiful wood stocks. Merlin and his late wife, Jan traveled extensively with their dear friends, Allen and Charlene Hines, and spent many Sunday evenings together planning their next trip or reminiscing about their last one.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Louise Vetter; wife, Jan on March 25, 2006; and two sisters: Loretta Barr and Maxine Orstad.

Merlin was most proud of his family and is survived by one daughter, Barb Allen and husband, Mark of rural Stanton, IA; two sons: Greg Vetter and wife, Lisa of rural Red Oak, IA and Gary Vetter and wife, Kris of rural Elliott, IA; eight grandchildren: Brayton Allen and wife, Lindsey of Stanton, IA; Bryce and Kara Allen, of Stanton, IA; Mallie Kludt and husband, Steve of Sioux Falls, SD; Mandie Reynolds and husband, Joshua of Council Bluffs, IA; Sydney Vetter of Sioux Falls, SD; Jacob Vetter and fiancé, Jordan Ecklin of Atlantic, IA and Jordan Vetter of rural Elliott, IA; three great-grandchildren: Alexis Kludt, Maven Allen and Ayden Vetter; and sister, Dorothy Gridley of Villisca, IA; along with many other relatives and friends.

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

Celebration of Life Service held Monday, April 25, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home, Red Oak, Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, Rev. Gordon Scott, Officiating

Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home on Sunday evening, April 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to your local Fire & Rescue Department in Merlin's name. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com. Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

James Robert Carmichael

James Robert Carmichael, age 81 of Ft. Myers, Florida, was born June 17, 1929 in Montgomery County, Iowa to George W. Carmichael and Ruth Elizabeth (King) Carmichael and died March 16 at 9:20 pm in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Bob grew up on the family farm 4 1/2 miles Northeast of Villisca, Iowa and graduated from Villisca High School in 1947. He attended Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri and Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served 42 months on active duty. He last duty station was at the Far East Air Command Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan during the Korean Conflict. He married Betty Jane Stratton on June 6, 1954. He then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Bob was a consummate salesman and strived to be professional and fair in all his dealings with people. He stressed honesty and integrity and service to others throughout his lifetime. He spent 10 years as a Sales Supervisor with the Cornhusker Motor club (AAA) in Nebraska. Real Estate and financial investments became the focus of the major part of his career. He was a licensed Real Estate salesman for 40 years. He was the President of an NASD Securities firm in Omaha for 2 years and the President of BC Investments, Inc. in Lincoln, Nebraska for 11 years. In Florida since 1985, he raised investment capital for the purchase of land and for initial funding for start-up companies as well as other investment opportunities. He always had a project on his desk and his interests were many and varied.

Bob loved people and could talk to anyone because he was genuinely interested in them. He was a charter member of The Church of the Cross - formerly the Pilgrims Church - in Ft. Myers. He was a member of a Kiwanis Club in Ft. Myers and served as its President in 1988. Bob enjoyed all sports, but only participated in basketball in high school and college and at golf ever after; although never more than as a hacker. He loved playing golf with Betty and his children. Bob was an avid reader as well as a fan of crossword puzzles. He worked them wherever he found one unworked. Bob had friends all over the USA and Canada and counted them as his most precious possessions. Bob loved people, but his family was always the center of his life.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in August of 1995, by his father, George W. Carmichael, the very next day in August of 1995 and by his mother, Ruth E. Carmichael who passed away on December 15, 2003. He is survived by his children; Cristie S. Carmichael , Ft. Myers, Florida, Jeffrey C. Carmichael, Ft. Myers, Florida and by Dr. Joel P. Carmichael and wife, Cheryl who are the parents of Bob's three granddaughters, Kelsey and her husband, Scott McGregor and their daughter Mycah, McKenzie and Whitney. Bob leaves many relatives and scores of friends whom he loved very much.

Memorial Services will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 19 at The Church of the Cross, 13500 Freshman Lane, Ft. Myers, FL 33912, (239) 768-2188.

 

Janet Kay Higgins Murphy

A Celebration of Life service for Janet Kay Murphy (Higgins), wife of Lawrence J. Murphy and daughter of Kenneth and Audrea Higgins, formerly of Villisca, is scheduled for 16 March, at 2:00 p.m. at the Villisca United Methodist Church. Janet passed away on December 2, 2010, in Tucson Arizona.

 

Howard B. Peterson

Howard B. Peterson, the son of Edwin C. and Julia A. (Wigg) Peterson was born September 22, 1920 west of Morton Mills in Washington Township of Montgomery County, Iowa. He passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Good Samaritan Society, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 90 years, 5 months and 7 days.

Howard was six months old when his family moved to a farm west of Strand. For over 84 years, Howard lived on and famed the family farm, until 2004 when he became a resident of Good Samaritan Society in Red Oak. Howard was baptized at the Strand Lutheran Church and attended Hobson Country School. He became a member of the Sciola Church where he was one of the pianists, and later a member of the Morton Mills Church. Howard touched many lives for over 50 years as a Sunday school teacher. He held a special place in his heart for dogs, especially his dog Molly. Howard loved his nieces and nephews and was always willing to help them.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Inez Peterson, Erma Sanders and May Doll; nephews: Orin Doll, Lee Doll, Paul Eugene Doll, Galen Doll and Patrick O'Keefe; and niece: Darlene Sanders O'Keffe.

Howard is survived by nieces: Mary Baker of Stanton, IA; Ellen Havens of Villisca, IA; Joyce Cherry of Missouri Valley, IA; Eula Hiatt and Carol Graham both of Council Bluffs, IA; great-nieces & nephews; great-great-nieces & nephews; along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Morton Mills Church; Burial at the Strand Cemetery, Adams County, IA; Rev. Fred Bryson, Officiating

A memorial is being established in Howard's name.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.sldfuneralhome.com. Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Donna Weston Obituary

Funeral services for Donna G. Weston, 78, of Grant, Iowa were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6th at the Grant United Methodist Church with interment in the Grant Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Donna's name.

Donna Glee Weston was born on January 29, 1933, the daughter of Charles Robert Hensel and Dorothy Mae Starlin Hensel. She was born at home in the rural Grant area. She attended the Science Vale Country School and finished 8th grade at Grant. She completed her high school education in Villisca graduating in the class of 1950. She was united in marriage to Teddy J. Weston on September 9, 1951. Six children were born to this union: Robert Dean, Roxanna Rae, Rebecca June, Teresa Lynn, George Rodney and Cynthia May. They lived near Grant all their married life.

Donna enjoyed being a housewife and mother for her family. While her children were growing up she upholstered furniture, sewed for Bordeaux in Clarinda, and worked at Delong’s Sportswear, retiring at 65.

After retirement, she worked with the Grant Community Preservationist Group to restore the Masonic Lodge. She served as their president for several years.

She enjoyed working in her yard with her flowers and bird watching. She was hooked on quilting after she made her first quilt for a fund raiser. She and Teddy attended the Country Music Jams where she would sing and he would play the guitar.

Donna is survived by her husband of 59 years Teddy Weston of Grant; her children: Robert (Georgia) Weston of Edgewood, New Mexico; Roxanna (Gail) Peterson of Creston; Rebecca (David) Westover of Grant; Teresa Knudson of Omaha, Nebraska; George (Laura) Weston of Elliott; and Cynthia (Wallace) Harvey of Topeka, Kansas; grandchildren: Robert Weston, Wennifer Duskus, Juliette Weston, Jeremie Peterson, Jodie Heinemann, Jesse Westover, Jude Westover, Callie Westover, Nathan Knudson, Colby Weston, Jebediah Weston, Madeleine Weston, Gwendolyn Weston, Jennifer Eblen, Tiffany Murchison, and Jessica Cooper; 25 great grandchildren; brother Robert (Doris Jean) Hensel of Atlantic; sister Jacky (Bob) Samuelson of Clarinda; sister-in-law Peggy Weston of Grant; and brother-in-law Lawrence Foote of Red Oak and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mona Delfs.

Wolfe Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Rita J. Kasha

Funeral services Rita J. Kasha were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011 at Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca with interment at Arlington Cemetery.

Rita Joan Kasha, 57, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2011. She was born in Corning, Iowa on April 25, 1953 the daughter of Keith M. Gourley and Clara L. Hefflefinger Gourley. She graduated from Villisca Community High School in 1972 and attended Iowa Western Community College earning both an Associate of Arts degree and a secretarial degree.

Rita was united in marriage to Henry E. Kasha on November 20, 1976 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Villisca, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Ted and Phillip. Rita worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Kasha’s Garage and for the farming operation. She was active in her community serving for several years as coordinator for Villisca Soccer, as manager of the Villisca swimming pool and as a long-time member of the Villisca Theater Board.

She is survived by her husband Henry Kasha; children: Ted Kasha of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Phillip Kasha and wife Brittney of Villisca; grandson Jacob Kasha of Villisca; mother Clara Gourley of Villisca; brothers: Wendell Gourley and wife Jeannine of Stanton and Ray Gourley of Omaha, Nebraska; sister Kathy Meier and husband Larry of Niobrara, Nebraska; uncle Roland Gourley of Corning; mother-in-law Patricia Kasha of Villisca; brothers-in-law James Kasha of Villisca and Patrick Kasha of Portland, Oregon; and sister-in-law Frieda Leasia of Portland, Oregon.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Robert and Theola Gourley and Lester and Mildred Hefflefinger, her father Keith Gourley, and her father-in-law Vlatimer Kasha.

 

Marvin Eugene Focht

Marvin Eugene Focht, the son of Fred and Belva Irene (Gourley) Focht was born August 12, 1931 in northeast Montgomery County, Iowa. He passed away on February 1, 2011 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 79 years, 5 days and 20 days, after a 24 month courageous and hard fought battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Marvin grew up in northeast Montgomery County graduating from Villisca High School in l948. Marvin entered active duty in the U. S. Army on January 24, l952 during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany during his active enlistment. After leaving active duty, he joined the Army Reserves and served in Stanton, Creston, Council Bluffs, Omaha, Sioux City and Des Moines. In 1967, he was recognized by the Des Moines Register for Outstanding Achievement as the U. S. Army Reservist of the Year for the State of Iowa. Marvin was qualified in Infantry, Quarter Master, Inspector General and Finance, and retired after 33 years with the rank of Colonel.

Upon leaving active duty on December 31, 1953, Marvin started his farming career near Wallin, Iowa. Marvin was united in marriage to Barbara Linn on November 24, 1957 in Red Oak. In the late 70's and early 80's their sons, Mark and Rod joined the family farming operation. With their help, they built a long lasting family farming operation that now includes some of Marvin's grandsons. Marvin was very actively involved in this operation until 2011 and being a good farmer was one of his greatest passions in life. Marvin loved watching his children and grandchildren in all of their sporting events. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and also enjoyed hunting and his dogs.

While involved in the farming operation, Marvin also took a very active role in local, county and regional boards and organizations. Some of the boards that he served on included the Tabor Lutheran Church, Stanton School Board, the Stanton COOP, 33 years on Southwest Iowa REC, East Central Iowa CIPCO, Iowa Area Development and 17 years on the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital board. In many instances, Marvin took a leadership role on these boards and often served as chairman of these organizations.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, sister LaVonne, and daughter-in-law LaDonna Focht.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbara of Villisca, IA; sons: Jeff (wife Nora) of Omaha, NE; Mark (special friend Michelle) of Villisca, IA; Rod of Stanton, IA; and daughter Sue Reynolds (husband Dennis) of Griswold, IA; sister Janice Lewis (husband Dwight) of Villisca, IA; grandchildren: Andrew Focht (wife Karla), Aaron Focht (special friend Rachelle), Ryan Focht (special friend Jennifer), Amanda, Grant, Greg and Ally Focht and Dakota Reynolds; step-grandchildren: Bryan Leary (wife Andrea), Amanda and Drew; great-grandchild Lilly Focht; step-great-grandchildren: Riley, Karlee and Aubree Leary; nieces and nephews, many friends and his special dog, Charlee.

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

Funeral Service will be held Friday, February 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, Stanton, Iowa. Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli and Rev. Gordon Scott, Officiating
Private Family Burial will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Mortons Mill Cemetery with Military Rites by the American Legion Ernie Johnson Post #406 of Stanton.

Visitation with the family will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton.

Memorials can be directed to the Tabor Lutheran Church, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Foundation, or Fire & Rescue in Stanton, Villisca or Grant.

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

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements, Red Oak, Iowa

 

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