RUSSELL DEAN GRAY
Funeral services for Russell Dean Gray will be held Friday, October 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Home in Corning, IA, with the Pastor Tim Maxa officiating. Burial will be in the North Grove Cemetery in Page County with military honors. Visitation is on Thursday with family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Russell Dean Gray was on February 15, 1947 in Clarinda, IA, to Mary Ellen Robinson and Arthur Russell Gray. He graduated from Clarinda High School in 1965 and received his bachelor's in business from CMSU in 1983. He was married to Carolyn Louise Inman in 1968, a 17 year union. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served 12 years with the U.S. Airforce. He was a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, a member of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association and volunteered with the Nodaway Corn Carnival and the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers.
Gray served as deputy sheriff in Adams County for the last five years. He had also served as a Villisca City Policeman and a part-time deputy sheriff in Cass County.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his mother; a son, Jason Arthur; a brother, Kyle Gray; and a sister, Gail Thurman. He is survived by his father, Arthur Gray of Clarinda; his significant other, Barbara Joynes of Kent, IA; and his son, Gabe Gray of Marshall, MO.
Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service, Corning, in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Lucille Chandler
Mildred Lucille Chandler, 76, of Poteau, OK., passed away on Thursday, September 18, 2003, at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau. She was born on August 3, 1927, in Grady County, OK to Charlie H. and Annie (Garrison) Lowry. She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and the Poteau Pearls (a quilting club). She was a homemaker at the time of her death, but had retired from the Mojave, California, Unified School District and Wal-Mart in Poteau. She loved quilting, crafting and gardening. Her parents preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, William D. (Dub) Chandler, Jr. of the home; 4 daughters and sons-in-law, Cathie and Jim Knight of Hoschton, GA, Anna and Joel Fengel of Villisca, IA, Theresa Mace of Lawrenceville, GA, and Carolyn and Charles (Bud) Brannam of Huntington, AR; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Leslie Chandler of Poteau, David and Carla Chandler of Quartz Hill, CA, and Tom and Tammy Chandler of Wasilla, AK; a sister, Wanda Shafer of Poteau; 18 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of beloved friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 23 at the Southside Baptist Church with the Reverend Dale Rogers officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Eric Fengel, Ian Knight, Cody Chandler, Brian Chandler, Christopher Knight and Michael Chandler. Interment was in the Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.
Verda Verlee Narigon
Funeral services for Verda Lee Narigon, Red Oak, formerly of Villisca, were held Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at the United Methodist Church in Villisca. Burial was at the Villisca Cemetery.
Verda Lee Narigon was born on March 14, 1924, on the Waage home farm in Douglas Township, Montgomery County, Iowa, and was the youngest of ten children, born to Sam H. and Mary Emma (Rupp) Waage. She died Friday, September 19, 2003 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, IA.
In the 1940's, Verda moved to Villisca with her mother and worked at the Candy Kitchen. She was employed as dental assistant for Dr. Harold Sidwell in Villisca. Many years later, Verda managed the Villisca City Variety Store and was a checker and meat cutter at Weiner's grocery store.
On October, 31, 1944, Verda married Lt. Dwain Narigon in Villisca at the Methodist parsonage. During their years of military service, they lived at Fort Carson, Ft. Benning, St. Louis, Ft Dix, Ottawa and Burlington, IL, and a tour of Heilbronn, Germany.
Verda and Dwain retired on an acreage just north of Villisca in 1964 and moved to Red Oak in 1989. During their retirement, they spent many winters in southern Texas. She was a member of the Villisca United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Dwain, in July 2001; her parents and all nine of her brothers and sisters - Harry, Ernest, Arthur, Russell, Ralph and Fay Waage, Mabel Govig, Lela Mullen and Cleo Calkins.
She is survived by her daughter, Nicky Eickerman, son-in-law Kim Eickerman, and granddaughter Hanna, all of Vancouver, WA; brother-in-law Kenneth Narigon and wife Gelda of Wildomar, CA; sister-in-law Winona Narigon of Ft. Madison, IA; sister-in-law Freda Waage Schenck of Red Oak, IA; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Wolfe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Daniel Ryan Oltmanns
Funeral services for Daniel Ryan Oltmanns were held Monday, September 15, 2003 at 2 pm at Laurel Land cemetery on Crowley Rd. in Fort Worth, Texas. Daniel, 16, a junior at North Crowley High was born June 12, 1987 in Dallas, Texas to Nancy Coon and Kenneth Oltmanns and died September 9, 2003.
Daniel enjoyed hanging out with his friends, going to the mall,driving, lifting weights and working out at the YMCA. He enjoyed his life to the fullest and will be missed by many. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Coon; father, Kenneth Oltmanns; stepfather, Lennel Barksdale and brother Tyler Oltmanns. Grandparents, Marvin and Marjorie Coon, Kenneth and Ethel Oltmanns; several aunts, uncles and cousins; numerous friends and classmates.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to The Daniel Ryan Oltmanns Memorial Scholarship Fund and sent to The Daniel Oltmann Family, 8336 Auburn, Fort Worth, Texas 76123. The scholarship fund will be for the North Crowley High School Class of 2005.
Aneitta Elizabeth Figgins
Funeral services for Aneitta Elizabeth Figgins were held Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at the Wolfe Funeral Home in Villisca with the Pastor Albert Baker officiating. Burial was at the Nodaway Cemetery.
Aneitta Elizabeth Figgins was born on October 15, 1927, in Macon County Missouri, to Matt Dorr and Abbiegail Sunken Dorr. She died Saturday, August 30, 2003 in Lincoln, NE. She graduated from high school in Norwalk, IA. Later, she moved to Nodaway, where she met Ronald Figgins. They were married on December 9, 1947, in Atlantic, IA. To this union, two children were born: Lola Marie and Larry Earl.
Ronald and Aneitta farmed in Adams County for over 44 years. During this time, she worked two years for the NFO, three years for Tenville Oil, and 11 years for Union Carbide. Aneitta and Ronald retired in 1991 and moved into Villisca. Aneitta had helped in the Antique and Furniture store; her main activity has been working at Breadeaux Pizza for the past few years.
Aneitta enjoyed visiting with people, bowling, painting, playing cards, her favorite hobby was fishing and telling fish stories.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ada Sprague; an infant brother; and a brother, Virgil Dorr.
Aneitta is survived by her husband Ronald of Villisca; daughter Lola Marie Babiak and her husband Michael of Cleveland, OH; and son Larry Figgins and wife Dee of Villisca. Also four grandchildren: Jason Woods and wife Candy of Essex, IA; Justin Woods of Red Oak, IA; Richard Figgins and wife Shannon of Villisca; and Chantel Figgins Konz and husband Todd of Villisca. Plus seven great-grandchildren: Kyle Konz, Kody Konz, Austin Woods, Jadon Ayres, Jace Ayres, Jordyn Figgins and Marcus Burk. One brother Glendon Dorr and wife Ruth of Texas; step-sister Velma Timmerman of Corning; and nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Diabetes Association. The Wolfe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Marvin Pierson, age 85, of Wichita, Kansas, formerly of Stanton, Iowa, died Thursday, September 4, 2003 at the Robert Dole Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 8, 2003, at the Mamrelund Cemetery, Stanton, Iowa with the Rev. Dr. George Hooper officiating. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
Marvin Carlyle Pierson was born April 8, 1918, in Montgomery County, Iowa to Oscar Pierson and Mae (Samuelson) Pierson. Marvin was a graduate of Red Oak High School and attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He served his country during World War II in the United States Army. Marvin received disabling injuries during the war and continued to live in the Wichita, Kansas area after his honorable discharge from the service.
Preceding Marvin in death were his parents; sister, Mildred Waymire; brother, Rolland Pierson; sister, Irene Ruggles; and an infant brother, Orville. Survivors include cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside services for Dorothy Maxine Emary of Kennard, NE were held Thursday, August 14, 2003 at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, IA with Rev. Hugh Stone officiating.
Dorothy Maxine Emary was born March 11, 1924 in Villisca, IA, to Jesse and Pearl (Donner) Briggs, and died August 11, 2003 in Kennard.
She attended school in Earlham, IA. On March 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Walter Emary in Omaha, NE. He preceded her in death on December 29, 1984. Dorothy was a homemaker all of her life. She had lived in Kennard the past six years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Walter; son, Donald; two sisters and one brother.
Surviving are her two sons, Michael Emary and wife Barbara of Overland Park, KS and Steven Emary and wife Elizabeth of Kennard; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and sister, Lois Frazee of Villisca.