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Miscellaneous Lee County, Iowa
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Clark County, Missouri Obituaries

(Transcribed from Vigen Memorial Home Funeral Records)

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Mary Rush
1922 - 2003
City of Birth: Clark County, Missouri
City of Death: Wayland, Missouri
Mary Gertrude “Gert” Rush, 81, of Wayland, MO died Saturday, July 12, 2003 at her home. She was born January 9,1922 in Clark County, MO, a daughter of John and Edith Dickson Gray. She married Earl Roberts in Kahoka, MO in 1939. He died on March 13, 1975. She later married William “Dick” Rush in 1978. He died in September of 1995. “Gert” had lived in Clark County, MO all her life. She had worked at Sheller Globe in Keokuk, IA for 30 years. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and taking care of her flowers. She is survived by two sons, Rodney Roberts and his wife Georgia and Richard (Rick) Roberts and his wife Marolyn all of Wayland, MO, seven grandchildren, six step grandchildren, five great grandchildren, 10 step great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren, two sisters, Nelda Barbee of Keokuk, IA and Doris Cluney of Oquawka, IL and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one son, Ronald Gilbert, one daughter-in-law, Linda Roberts, two sisters, Gwendolyn Poeverline and Geneva Roberts and one brother, John Gray. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO with Reverend Dan Deatrick officiating. Burial was in the Frazee Cemetery, rural Alexandria, MO. Visitation was held after 1:00 P.M. Monday with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials were made to the Blessing Hospice in Hancock County.

Daryl Roberts (Nov 19, 1946 - Dec 5, 2003)

Tammy Rash (Jul 31, 1966 - Dec 6, 2003)

Marion Ramsey, Jr. (Dec 15, 1929 - Dec 14, 2003)

Dorothy Rude (Mar 1, 1926 - Apr 1, 2004)

Paul Rader
1927 - 2004
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Paul A. Rader was born on January 28, 1927 in Keokuk, IA the son of Kenneth Paul and Catherine Madgeline Dunn Rader. On June 14, 1953 Paul was united in marriage to Mildred 'Midge' Glasgow at the Second Presbyterian Church in Keokuk, IA. Mr. Rader left High School early and enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 to serve his country during WW II. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1949. He then returned to Keokuk to finish school and graduated from Keokuk High School with the Class of 1950. Following graduation he re-enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict from 1950 - 1953. He had been employed at Armour Dial in Ft. Madison, IA for 19 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Keokuk, IA. He often volunteered his time to help with the Meals on Wheels program at the Heritage Center. His hobbies included walking, collecting coins and metal detecting. He enjoyed playing pinochle at the Heritage Center and taking his dog, Charlie, for rides on his motor scooter. Paul A. Rader died Friday, May 14, 2004 at Lexington Square, Keokuk, IA at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Midge, of Keokuk, IA, two sons, Terry Lee Rader and his wife Kathy and Timothy Paul Rader and his wife Peggy all of Keokuk, IA, two daughters, Wendy Jo Helmick of Keokuk and LuAnn Godfrey and her husband Daniel of Kansas City, MO, nine grandchildren, Justin and Jerod Helmick, Paul Rader, Matthew and Haley Godfrey, Katie Kelly, Lindy, Eric and Tiffany Rader, one great granddaughter, Amber Nicole Helmick, two brothers, Edwin Rader and Allen Failkirk, both of Keokuk, IA, two sisters, Ellen Bank of Warsaw, IL and Mary Lee McCamant of Montrose, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Catherine Beller. Graveside services with military rites will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 18 at the Keokuk National Cemetery with Pastor Dale Thomas and Brother Bill Hauser officiating. Memorials may be made to the Keokuk Humane Society or the Alzheimer's Association.

Rodney Roberts
1940 - 2004
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Rodney Earl Roberts, Sr., 63, of Wayland, MO died Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA. He was born June 14, 1940 in Keokuk, IA, a son of Earl Eli and Mary Gert Gray Roberts. He married Georgia Brooks in 1960. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Marsha Roberts and her companion Tim Murphy of Hannibal, MO and Denise Steele and her husband Jamey of Alexandria, MO, one son, Rodney (Robbie) Roberts II and his companion Julie Hamilton of rural Kahoka, MO, three grandchildren, Doug Morse and his companion Tara Happs and Tisha Streit and her husband Curt, all of Kahoka, MO and Jamie Lee Steele of Alexandria, MO, six great grandchildren, one brother, Richard (Rick) Roberts and his wife Marolyn of Wayland, MO, one brother-in-law, Pat Brooks and his wife Jeanne of Alexandria, MO, mother-in-law, Gladys Laisle of Alexandria, MO, nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ronald Roberts and one sister-in-law, Linda Roberts. Rodney served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960. He had worked at Sheller Globe for many years, retiring in 1997. He was of the Baptist Faith. He was a member of the Alexandria Gun Club, a social member of the V.F.W., a lifetime member of the NRA and the North American Hunter's Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and riding his Polaris four wheeler which he called his buggy. Rodney loved visiting with his family and friends and having fish fries for them. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 22, 2004 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO with Brother Bill Hauser officiating. Burial was in the Frazee Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 11:00 A.M. Friday with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Donnie Ferguson, Duck Gates, Dan Colwell, Jerry Colwell, Doug Jones and Bud Shipley. Honorary pallbearers were Tim Roberts, Doug Morse, Jamey Steele, Joe Steele and Tim Murphy. Special music selections were "Vacation In Heaven", "Daddy's Hands" and "Something To Believe In". Memorials were made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Wayland Volunteer Fire Department.

Mark Rickert (Jan 20, 1956 - May 28, 2004)

John Rovane (Mar 10, 1929 - Oct 13, 2004)

Robert Redding (Aug 30, 1944 - Oct 23, 2004)

Norma Reed
1923 - 2004
City of Birth: Dumus, Missouri
City of Death: West Burlington, Iowa
Born on November 12, 1923 in Dumus, MO, Norma was the daughter of Charles Samuel and Lottie Mae Marmion Kinkeade. On May 16, 1952, Norma was united in marriage to 'Red' Basil N. Reed in Pocahontas, AR. Norma had been employed at Ft. Hopkins Drug Store and Swifts, both in Keokuk, IA. She enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles and liked to crochet. Norma L. Reed died Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, IA at the age of 80.. She is survived by her husband, 'Red' Reed of Keokuk, IA, one daughter, Carolyn Steele of Keokuk, IA, one son, Joe Reed of St. Francisville, MO, seven grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, one brother, Hubert Kinkeade of Keokuk, IA, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Charlie, Milburn and Earl, two sisters, Grace Frank and Pearl McKay, one great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Nicole, and one son-in-law, Richard Steele. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 29, at the Keokuk National Cemetery with Reverend Ray Gilbert officiating. Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. Thursday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with family meeting with friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Josephine Rebo (Dec 5, 1930 - Dec 31, 2004)

Kenneth Seabold
1925 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Iowa City, Iowa
Kenneth Taylor Seabold was born on October 5, 1925 in Keokuk, IA, the son of Marion Adam and Beatrice R. Taylor Seabold. On October 5, 1949, Kenneth was united in marriage to Mary Loeffler at the First Christian Church in Keokuk, IA. Mr. Seabold graduated from Keokuk High School in Keokuk, IA with the Class of 1943. In his early years, Mr. Seabold farmed in Lee County. He then was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for over 50 years. He had driven 2 million accident-free miles and received a Safe-Driving Award for that accomplishment. He retired in 1987 from Hyman Freightways. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Keokuk, IA and the Teamsters Union. He liked all sports, especially hunting, fishing, football, baseball and stock-car racing. He enjoyed working in his garden and visiting with friends. He was a loving father and grandfather and treasured the times he spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, often remarking that they spoiled him. Kenneth Taylor Seabold died Saturday, January 18, 2003 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Keokuk, IA one son, Kenneth Michael Seabold and his wife Debra of Keokuk, IA, three daughters, Nancy Thorn, Mary Sue Seabold and Jan Seabold all of Keokuk, IA, nine grandchildren, Colby, Clayton and Jeramey Seabold, Nicki and Adam Thorn, Hilary Bryant, Emily Seabold, Sara Wadden and Ben Haskins, five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Payton, Zacchary, Austin and Jaelyn, two sisters, Ruth Ekle of Farmington, IA, Barbara Settle and her husband George of Mexico, MO, one sister-in-law, Laura Jane Seabold of Keokuk, IA, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Seabold, one brother-in-law, Leroy Ekle, one son-in-law, Steve Thorn and an aunt, Ruth Taylor. Funeral services were held at 1 P.M., Tuesday, January 21, at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Reverend Bill Mitchell officiating. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Park in Keokuk, IA. A Memorial was established for the American Cancer Society.

Garnet St. Clair
1909 - 2003
City of Birth: Kahoka, Missouri
City of Death: Kahoka, Missouri
Garnet Marie St. Clair, 93, of Kahoka, MO died Saturday, February 01, 2003 at the Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka, MO. She was born November 20, 1909, southeast of Kahoka, Missouri in the Honey Creek neighborhood, the daughter of Arch and Leota Lehman McNally. She married Richard E. St.Clair of Wyaconda, MO on May 27, 1930. He preceded her in death on January 25, 1975. Her educational training began in the Diamond School near her home. Her high school education was obtained at Kidder Institute, an Acadamy sponsored by the Congregational Church in Kidder, MO. She attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, Kirksville, MO, before teaching a short time at Gem Rural School in Clark County. Garnet became a member of the Honey Creek Congregational Church at the age of 12. When Dick’s school work brought them to live in Kahoka, they became members of the St. Paul United Church of Christ. She was an active member of the Women’s Fellowship and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class, having been a Class teacher for many years. She helped make many quilts over the years to be given to families in need. She also made quilts for each member of her family. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was a special interest of hers, having been president and secretary at various times as long as it remained an active organization in Kahoka. For a number of years she owned and maintained an outstanding herd of Registered Hereford Cattle and served on the Board of Directors and as president of the Northeast Missouri Hereford Association. She followed her husband as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kahoka State Bank and served as secretary. She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Marie Hoffmann of Fort Collins, CO, her grandson and his wife, Robert and Mary Hoffmann of Windsor, CO and their daughters, Kelsey and Stephanie and her granddaughter Lisa and her husband Paul Nelson of Golden, CO. She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister, two sons-in-law and her great granddaughter Carly Hoffmann. Funeral services were held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at the St. Paul United Church of Christ, Kahoka, MO, with Reverend Ken Beckmann officiating. Burial was in the Kahoka Cemetery. Visitation was held after 1:00 P.M. Monday with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 P.M. at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO. Memorials were made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Nellie Seward (Jul 11, 1902 - Feb 19, 2003)

Truman Stephenson
1912 - 2003
City of Birth: Alexandria, Missouri
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Truman E. Stephenson was born June 2, 1912 in Alexandria, MO, the son of John and Carrie Stephenson. He first married Lollie Baker in 1942. He married Etta Dunn Jones in 1955 in Edina, MO. Mr. Stephenson had been employed at Hubingers in Keokuk, IA for 32 years retiring in 1974. He loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar, harmonica, banjo, violin and piano for his family. He was a good mechanic and liked to work on his cars. Truman was a loving husband and devoted his life to care for his wife. Truman E. Stephenson died Saturday, March 15, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife Etta, of Keokuk, IA, two sons, Edward (Gene) Stephenson and his wife Cynthia of Burlington, IA, and Marion Stephenson and his wife Judith of Ft. Madison, IA, one daughter Augusta (Shirley) Vancil of Ft. Madison, IA, eleven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, two great nieces and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter in infancy, Augusta Maybelle Stephenson, one great-grandson, one brother John Henry Stephenson and one sister, Nellie Saner. Funeral services were held at 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, March 19 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Reverend Preston Smith officiating. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Park in Keokuk, IA. A Memorial was established for the Alzheimer's Association.

Etta Stephenson
1911 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: West Point, Iowa
Born on October 24, 1911 in Keokuk, IA. Etta was the daughter of William Monroe and Cora Ethel Bunyan Dunn. She first married Glen Jones on July 5, 1934. She then married Truman Stephenson on May 27, 1955 in Edina, MO. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2003. Etta had lived most of her life in Keokuk, IA. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing with her husband, Truman. Etta M. Stephenson died Monday, May 12, 2003 at the West Point Care Center in West Point, IA at the age of 91. She is survived by two step-sons, Edward (Gene) Stephenson and his wife Cynthia of Burlington, IA and Marion Stephenson and his wife Judith of Ft. Madison, IA, one step-daughter, Augusta (Shirley) Vancil of Ft. Madison, IA, thirteen step-grandchildren, twenty four step great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and two great-nieces whom she raised, Cherie Colwell and Vicky Kerfoot both of Keokuk, IA. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Madeline Nye, Helen Six, Mary Best, Essie Hackard and Mattie Coop, one brother, Joseph Dunn and one nephew. Funeral services were held at 1 P.M., Friday, May 16, at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Preston Smith officiating. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Park in Keokuk, IA. Memorials were established for the Alzheimer's Association and the West Point Care Center.

Richard Stebbings
1921 - 2003
City of Birth: Des Moines, Iowa
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Richard L. Stebbings was born on July 9, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Lee W. and Myrta Smith Stebbings. On February 25, 1943, Richard was united in marriage to Virginia (Penny) Penquite. Mr. Stebbings was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific. He was an insurance agent in Keokuk, IA for thirty years, retiring in 1986. Mr. Stebbings was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of Keokuk as well as a number of civic and fraternal organizations. He enjoyed his hobby of photography and often traveled to take pictures. Richard L. Stebbings died Sunday, March 16, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife Virginia (Penny) of Keokuk, IA a son, William Stebbings and his wife, Deanna of Stillwater, MN, a daughter, Sue Breitenbucher and her husband Jim of St. Paul, MN, three grandchildren, Ken Stebbings and his wife Taryn, Kurt-Erich and Elana Breitenbucher, a cousin, Howard Smith and his wife Merna of Eden Prairie, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Lloyd Stebbings. A memorial service was held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, March 19 at the United Presbyterian Church in Keokuk, IA with Reverend Brian Rihner officiating. Burial was in the Keokuk National Cemetery. A Memorial was established for the United Presbyterian Church.

James Stutes (Jul 26, 1927 - Apr 13, 2003)

Diena Stutz
1921 - 2003
City of Birth: Wyaconda, Missouri
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Diena Marie Stutz, 81, of Kahoka, MO, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA. She was born September 11, 1921 in rural Wyaconda, MO, the daughter of Lester Carl and Millie Izetta Billings Lipper. On June 29, 1940, Diena was united in marriage to Bradley Howard Stutz in Kahoka, MO. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1983. She is survived by one daughter, Louise McCoy and her husband Robert of West Liberty, IA, one son, Ronnie Stutz of O’Fallon, MO, one grandson, Michael Scott McCoy of Austin, TX, four sisters, Delila Evermon and her husband George of Wyaconda, MO, Nelda Mae Overhulser of Kahoka, MO, Twila Elders and her husband James of Burlington, IA, Willa Merle Bronstine and her husband Virgil of Canton, MO, two brothers, Kenneth Lipper and his wife Mary of Kahoka, MO, Clayton Lipper and his wife Carol of Sperry, IA, three sisters-in-law, Bessie Lipper of Hamilton, IL, Marjorie Lipper of Montrose, IA and Mildred Lipper of Burlington, IA. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Raymond, Dean and Delbert Lipper and one brother-in-law, Wayne Overhulser. Diena had lived in Clark County all her life. She was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Sugar Creek Social Club. She was a devoted housewife, helping her husband on the farm. She was an excellent cook and seamstress. She enjoyed quilting, was an avid gardener and loved white cats, believing they brought her good luck. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 9, 2003 at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka, MO with Reverend Ken Beckmann officiating. Burial was in the St. Paul Cemetery in Kahoka, MO. Visitation was held after 11:00 A.M. Thursday with the family meeting with friends from 6 – 8 P.M. at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO. Memorials were made to the St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Donor’s Choice. The Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Spring (Mar 18, 1974 - Aug 19, 2003)

Clayton Steenberg, Sr.
1923 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Clayton Wallace Steenberg, Sr., was born on October 12, 1923 in Keokuk, IA, the son of Vernon and Vallie May Russell Steenberg. On June 30, 1944, Clayton was united in marriage to Retha Gail Brice in Keokuk, IA. Mr. Steenberg had been employed by the Corps of Engineers for 30 years, retiring in 1978. He had also owned and operated Hamilton Ornamental Iron Works from 1958 - 1960. He enjoyed carpentry and iron work. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Clayton Wallace Steenberg, Sr., died Friday, August 29, 2003 at his home at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife, Retha, of Keokuk, IA, three sons, Gary S. Steenberg and his wife Jean of Keokuk, IA, Clayton W. Steenberg, Jr. and his wife Teri of Mountain Home, AR, and Mike Steenberg of Keokuk, IA, one daughter, Sue McDeid and her husband Jerry of Fond Du Lac, WI, five grandchildren, Wendy Toll, Denise Steenberg, Kyra Steenberg, Jessica Steenberg and Donovan Steenberg, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Blaine Steenberg and Estel Steenberg, one sister, Alice Lucille Swift and a sister in infancy. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M., Monday, September 1 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Reverend Merlin Ackerson officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk, IA. Visitation will be held after 1 P.M., Sunday with the family meeting with friends from 7 - 9 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Lucille Solomon
1927 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Iowa City, Iowa
Born on April 16, 1927 in Keokuk, IA Lucille was the daughter of Martin 'Roy' and Irene Lambert Washburn. In 1977, Lucille was united in marriage to Larry Solomon in St. Petersburg, Florida. She attended the St. Peters Catholic School in Keokuk. She was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk, IA Lucille was employed at Sheller-Globe in Keokuk for 26 years before her retirement in 1975. She enjoyed reading and loved to dance, especially ballroom dancing. Lucille E. Solomon, of Montrose, IA, formerly of Keokuk, IA, died Tuesday, September 2, 2003 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, IA at the age of 76. She is survived by one son, Aaron Roberts of Hollywood, Florida, two grandchildren, Kim Roberts and Richard Roberts, six great grandchildren, seven sisters, Vivian Mahoney and her husband Elmer of Keokuk, Ilene Robertson of Keokuk, Delores Wadden of Keokuk, Shirley Dodge and her husband Ken of Hamilton, IL, Kathleen Boltz and her husband Robert of Keokuk, Sharon Cockrell of Keokuk, and Sheila Kay and her husband John of Keokuk, three brothers, Glen Washburn and his wife Jean of Keokuk, Patrick Washburn and his wife Sandra of Des Moines, IA, and Keith Washburn and his wife Diane of Keokuk, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry in 1996, one sister, Ruth Giannaris, three brothers, Carl Washburn, John Washburn and Anthony Washburn. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 A.M. Monday, September 8, at the All Saints Catholic Church with Father Christopher David officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, IA. Visitation was held after 1 P.M. Sunday with family meeting with friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA. A Christian vigil service was held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial was established for the All Saints Catholic Church.

Betty Stevens
1935 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Evansville, Indiana
Born on April 14, 1935 in Keokuk, IA, Betty was the daughter of Wallace H. and Mary E. Young Larson. On October 31, 1952, Betty was united in marriage to Delbert Wayne Stevens in Keokuk, IA. Betty received her B.A. degree in Business and Psychology from Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO in 1976. Betty had been the owner and operator of the A & W Restaurant in Keokuk, with her husband Delbert, for 28 years. Following her husband's death, she continued to operate the A & W for one more year and retired in 1992. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk and the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the AAUW, the PEO, the Wednesday Book Club, and a charter member of the Iowa A & W Operator's Association. She was an original member of the Keokuk Convention and Tourism Bureau and had served on the board from its conception in 1986. She had served as a member of the City Planning Commission, served on the board for the Swing Easy Benefit Foundation and was a volunteer for the Keokuk Hospital Auxiliary. Betty was the recipient of the 2003 Marilyn Pohorsky Lifetime Achievement Award. She had also been awarded Special Mission Recognition by the United Methodist Women. Betty enjoyed singing in the church choir and reading. She was very artistic and enjoyed making pottery. Betty A. Stevens died Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at the Good Samaritan Home in Evansville, Indiana at the age of 68. She is survived by one daughter, Tammy Foster and her husband Jeff of Riverside, IA, one son, Delbert Wayne Stevens, Jr. and his wife Milagros of Evansville, IN, five grandchildren, Alyssa Foster, Tayler Foster, Brent Foster, Delbert Wayne Stevens, III, Alexander Stevens, one-step-grandson, Danny Mourice and one brother, Larry Larson of Keokuk, IA. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Delbert, on August 14, 1991, one son at birth, Harvey Stevens and one brother, William Larson. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, September 15 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Keokuk, IA with the Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Dass and Reverend Bill Olmsted officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Mound Cemetery in rural Keokuk, IA. :: Memorials were established for the A.L.S. Association or the Trinity United Methodist Church Music Program.

William Stonehouse
1938 - 2003
City of Birth: Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
City of Death: West Burlington, Iowa
William Richard 'Dick' Stonehouse was born on August 1, 1938 in Mt. Pleasant, IA, the son of Richard and Marjorie Holliday Stonehouse. He first married Carol Ann Fuget. He later married Shirley Tull Peterson on June 8, 1984 in Keokuk, IA. Mr. Stonehouse was a retired veteran of the United States Army. He first enlisted in the Army at age 18. After three years of active duty he continued to serve in the Army Reserves. In 1984, he returned to active duty and was stationed in Lafayette, IN as an Army Recruiter. He retired from the military in 1998. Following his retirement he moved to Montrose, IA and worked part-time for the City of Montrose. He was a member of the American Legion Post #41 of Keokuk, IA. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed yardwork and tending to his plants and flowers. He grew over 2000 Hostas from cultures that he started in his freezer. He also enjoyed cooking and baking. William Richard 'Dick' Stonehouse, 65, of Montrose, IA died Friday, September 19, 2003 at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, IA. He is survived by his wife Shirley of Montrose, IA, one daughter Jeanne Stonehouse of Mt. Pleasant, IA, three sons, Will Stonehouse and his wife Virginia of New London, IA, Tim Stonehouse and his wife Kim of Eldon, IA, and Steve Stonehouse and his wife Pam of Burlington, IA, one step-daughter Kim Peterson of Milwaukee, WI, ten grandchildren, Jamie Moore, Joshua Moore, Alan Stonehouse, Jason Holmes, Richard Stonehouse, Justin Stonehouse, Danielle Stonehouse, Steven Stonehouse, Tiffany Stonehouse and Zachariah Stonehouse, three sisters, Louise Harvey and her husband Glenn of New Boston, IA, Joan Elmore and her husband Allan of Houston, TX, Sharon Stonehouse of Burlington, IA, one brother, Rodney Stonehouse and his partner Mark Simmons of Iowa City, IA and special nephews, Bert and Ernie. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services with military rites were held at 10 A.M., Monday, September 22 at the Keokuk National Cemetery with minister Harold Hamner officiating. Memorials were established for the American Cancer Society or the Lee County Hospice.

Arveda Smith
1918 - 2003
City of Birth: Clark County, Missouri
City of Death: Mantachie, Mississippi
Arveda “Bea” Smith, 84, of Amory, Mississippi, died Thursday, September 25, 2003 at the Countrywood Plantation Care Center in Mantachie, MS. She was born October 2, 1918 in Clark County, MO, a daughter of Walter Clarance and Elizabeth Jane Austin Forquer. She married Herbert J. Smith on September 26, 1960. He survives. She had lived in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Monroe County for several years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and flower gardening. Other survivors include two sons, Tom Rossi and his wife Hattie Mae of Amory, MS and Roger Rossi and his wife Delores of Hereford, AZ, one brother, Jesse Forquer and his wife Wilma of Wyaconda, MO, 11 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren and several other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were held in Amory, MS on Friday, September 26, 2003. Local funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 29, 2003 at the Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO with Reverend Dan Deatrick officiating. Burial was in the Kahoka Cemetery. Visitation was held after 9:00 A.M. Monday with the family meeting with friends one hour prior to the service from 1-2 P.M. at the funeral home. The Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO was in charge of arrangements.

Kevin Schmid (Jun 22, 1962 - Oct 9, 2003)

Louise Stutenberg (Sep 24, 1915 - Oct 17, 2003)

Mina Sommers
1925 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Quincy, Illinois
Mina M. Sommers, 78, of Canton, MO died Monday, October 20, 2003 at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL. She was born March 26, 1925 in Keokuk, IA, a daughter of Paul and Carrie Webster Winters. She married Bayne Sommers on February 21, 1944 in Kahoka, MO. He died on March 26, 2001. Mina was a graduate of Canton High School. She was a member of the Bluff Springs United Methodist Church and the Eagles Club. She helped Bayne with their businesses, Midway Antiques, the Auction House and on the farm. She enjoyed drawing and painting. She also liked to read and sew. Above all else, she was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. The love and wonderful memories she has created with her family will never be forgotten. Survivors include one daughter, Marsha Allison and her husband Larry of Canton, MO, five sons, Michael Sommers and his wife Charlotte of rural Canton, MO, Mitchell Sommers of Luray, MO, Johnnie Sommers and his wife Dian of Canton, MO, Max Sommers and his wife Lee of Nappanee, IN and Marty Sommers and his wife Debbie of Williamstown, MO, 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, October 23, 2003 at the Bluff Springs United Methodist Church with Reverend Stacey Nicholas officiating. Burial will be in the Bluff Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 4:00 P.M. Wednesday with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 P.M. at the Bluff Springs United Methodist Church. Friends may register at the Vigen Memorial Home Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. until 2:30 P.M. Memorials may be made to the Bluff Springs United Methodist Church or the Bluff Springs Cemetery. The Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Standley
1924 - 2003
City of Birth: Alexandria, Missouri
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Born on June 25, 1924 in Alexandria, MO, Lois was the daughter of Albert and Hilda Fredelake Reed. On August 16, 1941, Lois was united in marriage to Dean M. Standley. She was a member of the Southside Boat Club in Keokuk. She enjoyed going to yard sales and auctions and liked to cook. She was a loving mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family. Lois I. Standley died Thursday, November 6, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital at the age of 79. She is survived by two daughters, Marian Karaff and her husband Lloyd of Donnellson, IA, and Joyce Protsman and her husband Frank of Keokuk, IA, seven grandchildren, Kip Standley, Audrey Walls, Angela McGuire and her husband Kevin, Bronson Karaff, James Karaff, Stacey Protsman, Brandy Magray and her husband Tony, five great-grandchildren, Allyson Standley, Amy Walls, Luke Magray and Jerry and Haley McGuire, two brothers, Cecil Reed and his wife Joan of Prairie Village, KS and Basil (Red) Reed and his wife Norma of Keokuk, IA, nieces and nephews. :She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean, on January 26, 1985, one son, Jerry Standley, one grandson, Troy Dean Standley, one sister, Marian Scott, and four brothers, Marshall (Mac) Reed, Herschel (Dub) Reed, Edsel (Pert) Reed and Russell Reed. Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 10 at the Keokuk National Cemetery with Reverend Sylvia Tillman officiating. Memorials were established for the Lee County Hospice or God's Way Christian Center Soup Kitchen.

Charles Self
1930 - 2003
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Charles Walton Self was born on April 4, 1930 the son of Walton Guy and Margaret Lucretia Honeycutt Self. He first married Pearl Stewart. He then married Janet J. Eder in 1969. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1985. On August 5, 1997 he was united in marriage to Denise Marie Turner in Keokuk, IA. Mr. Self graduated from Keokuk High School in Keokuk, IA. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Keokuk and the North American Hunting Club. He had been employed at the Iowa Ordinance Plant in Middletown, IA and at the Hubinger Co. in Keokuk, IA for several years. He worked at Freuhoff in Ft. Madison IA, for 10 years as a Pinkerton Guard. Most recently he had been a cab driver for the Keokuk Cab Company retiring in 1995 after 20 years of service. As a boy he was a pin setter for bowling alleys in Keokuk. This began his love for bowling and he enjoyed being on many bowling leagues throughout his life. He loved music and had played the clarinet in high school and then in a band at the Tee-Pee Bowling alley in Keokuk. He enjoyed hunting and reading gun & hunting magazines, watching cartoons and roller-skating. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs. Charles Walton Self, 73, of Keokuk, Iowa died Monday, November 17, 2003 at the Keokuk Area Hospital. He is survived by his wife Denise, of Keokuk, IA, five sons, Russell Lee Glasscock of TN, William G. Self and his wife Mary of Keokuk, IA, Craig A. Self and his companion Mary of Keokuk, IA, Charles W. Self, Jr. of Pulaski, IA, and Keith Self of Rhode Island, two daughters, Teresa Ann Glasscock of Keokuk, IA and Tina Marie Burrows of Kalona, IA, one brother, Robert 'Bert' Self and his wife Martha of Loveland, CO, one sister, Norma Hartwig of Hamilton, IL, numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three children in infancy, one nephew, Rick Self and one brother-in-law, George Richard Hartwig. A private graveside service will be held on Friday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Ronnie Braggs officiating. Burial will be in the Little Mound Cemetery in rural Keokuk, IA. Visitation will be held after 1 P.M. on Thursday with the family meeting with friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the New Bethel Church in Keokuk, IA or to the family.

Genevieve Sevcik (Nov 11, 1918 - Jan 11, 2004)

Neil Starr (Sep 3, 1912 - Jan 11, 2004)

Earnest Steele (Aug 21, 1946 - Mar 21, 2004)

Cheryl Stice
1954 - 2004
City of Birth: Keokuk, Iowa
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Born on September 27, 1954 in Keokuk, IA, Cheryl was the daughter of Melvin E. and Naomi Hawley Davis. She graduated from Keokuk Senior High School with the Class of 1973. She had been employed at Metzler Automotive in Keokuk for twenty-eight years. She was a member of the Freedom in Christ Christian Center in Keokuk. Cheryl was a loving mother and grandmother and cherished the times she spent with her family. Cheryl Louise Stice died Friday, March 26, 2004 at her sister's home in Keokuk at the age of 49. She is survived by one daughter, Lena Davis of Warsaw, IL, one grandson, Quentin Clark of Warsaw, IL, her mother, Naomi Davis of Keokuk, IA, five brothers, Randy Davis and his wife Diana of Keokuk, IA, Denny Davis of Keokuk, IA, Craig Davis and his wife Stephanie of Keokuk, IA, Melvin Davis, Jr. and his wife Stephanie of Keokuk, IA, and John Davis and his wife Heather of Montrose, IA, three sisters, Melva Hardman of Keokuk, IA, Diana Pennington of Keokuk, IA and June Davis of Keokuk, IA, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, her grandparents, one nephew and one great-niece. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 29 at the Freedom in Christ Christian Center in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Bonnie Horner, Pastor Doug Horner and Pastor Tony Nye officiating. Burial will be in the Wythe Congregational Cemetery in rural Warsaw, IL. Visitation will be held after 1 p.m., Sunday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA with the family meeting with friends from 7 - 9 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Freedom in Christ Christian Center Youth Group.

Hazel Simpson (Jul 5, 1923 - Apr 4, 2004)

Bobby Sawyer
1926 - 2004
City of Birth: Medill, Missouri
City of Death: Keokuk, Iowa
Bobby Lee Sawyer was born May 14, 1926 in Medill, MO, the son of Leslie and Velma Cole Sawyer. On August 5, 1947, Bobby was united in marriage to Dorothy Hornung in Keokuk, IA. Mr. Sawyer was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific during WW II. He had been employed at Thomas Truck in Keokuk and later at Sheller Globe in Keokuk for twenty-two years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed going camping and fishing. Bobby especially loved getting together with his family and visiting with friends on the phone. Bobby Lee Sawyer died Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at Lexington Square in Keokuk, IA at the age of 78. He is survived by two half brothers, four half sister, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy on January 3, 2002 and one half-sister. Memorials may be made to the Scandinavian Cemetery of the Lee County Hospice.

Ruby Schenk
1908 - 2004
City of Birth: Middletown, Missouri
City of Death: Memphis, Missouri
Ruby Lou Schenk, 96, of Memphis, MO died Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis, MO. She was born February 17, 1908 in Middletown, MO, a daughter of Herman Harvey and Asenath Frances Patterson Sturgeon. She married Paul S. Schenk on August 24, 1933 in Montgomery City, MO. He survives. Other survivors include one son, John Schenk and his wife Laura of Memphis, MO, two daughters, Mary Jean Schenk of San Francisco, CA and Esther Webber of East Peoria, IL two brothers, Harvey Sturgeon of Gulfport, MS and Francis (Frank) Sturgeon of Spain, five grandchildren, Phillip Patterson and his wife Amy of Park Hills, MO, Caroline Morrison and her husband Roy of Lakewood, CO, Curtis Webber and his wife Laurie of Greenwood, IN, Alison Schenk Closser and her husband Joseph of Memphis, MO and Joshua Schenk of Lincoln, NE, three great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Joanna Patterson Turner Russell, on March 1, 2004, three brothers and four sisters and her four legged faithful friend 'Bud'. Ruby was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Memphis, MO. She had been a member of the Missouri Flying Farmers, was a longstanding memeber of the Friendly Neighors Extension Club, and a member of the Scotland County Historical Society. She was a onetime member of the John Patterson Chapter (an ancestor) of the DAR of Florissant, MO. She graduated from Vandalia High School and later Kirksville Normal School (currently Truman State University). She worked as a Dr. assistant, a School teacher and a special education teacher. She was also a caregiver. Ruby kept busy gardening, doing yard work, making floral arrangements, homemaking and doing work for the church. She was a very empathetic, compassionate person, ministering to family, friends and strangers as much as she possibly could throughout her life. She was very nurturing, taking stray animals and critters under her wing. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family. The love and wonderful memories she has created with her family, neighbors and friends will never be forgotten. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 24, 2004 at the Presbyterian Church in Memphis, MO with Reverend Charles McCracken officiating. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery. Visitation was held from 10-11 A.M. Monday at the church. Pallbearers were Phillip Patterson, Joshua Schenk, Nevin Martin, Joseph Closser, Curtis Webber and Tom Owings. Organist was Connie Courtney. Soloist was Dorothy Hunolt. Special songs were "In The Garden", "Amazing Grace", "When They Ring Those Golden Bells", "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross". Memorials mwere made to The Presbyterian Women or the Presbyterian Church in Memphis, MO. The Vigen Memorial Home in Kahoka, MO was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Stedman (Nov 24, 1937 - Jun 27, 2004)

L.E. Stewart (Jun 5, 1928 - Jul 8, 2004)

Wendell Smith (Feb 15, 1918 - Aug 5, 2004)

Albert Shark (Jan 25, 1926 - Aug 30, 2004)

Gerry Sawyer (Jul 21, 1936 - Dec 5, 2004)


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