WAYNE LEROY "BUD" COLLIER
Wayne "Bud" Collier, son of Roy and Lela (Allensworth) Collier was born on August 21, 1930. He departed this life on November 4, 1999 at the Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Bud was born in Silver City, Iowa and later moved to Mount Ayr.
Bud served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean War.
On January 21, 1957 he married Alberta Ruckman. To this union were born Diana, Mark, Shelley, Jeffrey and Douglas.
His greatest hobby was working, running his caterpillar with his dog by his side, hunting, fishing, croquet, feeding the birds, raising a garden whether it be vegetables or flowers, and cutting hedge posts in the wintertime. Indoors he enjoyed playing cards, being out in his shop, and in later years he enjoyed his woodworking.
He enjoyed being around his family and friends and his pride was his nine grandchildren.
Bud was diagnosed with lung cancer January 30, 1997. He had been fighting this illness for 23 months.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lela Collier, and one brother Gary Collier.
He is survived by his wife Alberta, his five children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, several nieces, and nephews and a host of friends.
He will be greatly missed.
Services were at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr on Saturday, November 6, 1999 with Reverend Michael Druhl officiating. Nancy Sackett, Mary Webb and Margaret Bickers provided music. Casketbearers were Raymond Hensley, Eric Walter, Carl Gepner, Rollie Cannon, John Worthington and John Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were Carroll Geist, Charles Miller, Allyn Jarred and Mark Wilmas.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr. Military graveside rites were conducted by Emmett Lioles Post #0541 American Legion.
KENNETH ERICKSON, SR.
Kenneth Eugene Erickson, Sr., 79, of Story City, Iowa died of a heart attack Tuesday, October 26 at home.
Mr. Erickson was born in Story City and had lived in Texas, California and Tingley, Iowa before returning to Story City in 1959. He was the retired owner and operator of K. E. Erickson Machinery Co. and a member of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nevada, Iowa, Story City Lions Club and Story City Chamber of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Reba Breckenridge Erickson, formerly of Tingley.
Survivors include a son Kenneth (Dorothy) Erickson, Jr. of Ames, Iowa; a brother Benjamin (Ruby) Erickson of Story City; and three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Friday, October 29, 1999 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Story City with Pastor David Lincoln officiating. Kurt Erickson and Kenny Frette sang musical selections.
Interment was in the Story City Cemetery, Story City.
Soderstrum Funeral Homes of Story City was in charge of the arrangements.
LAVERNE JEROME KLEJCH
LaVerne Jerome Klejch, son of Jerry and Lillian (Jezek) Klejch, was born at the farm home three miles southeast of Diagonal, Iowa on May 14, 1923. He attended the Fairview Country School through the eighth grade and graduated from Diagonal high school in May, 1941.
He farmed and worked at various jobs until called for service duty during World War II when he served in the Army for three years. After his return home, he joined forces with a neighbor, Lewis Slavik, and they installed electrical wiring to many of the local homes and farm buildings as the Rural Electric Association was implemented in this area. He rented farm ground in Washington township and continued to make his home with his parents.
On November 4, 1956, he married Betty Lorraine McNutt. LaVerne and Betty purchased his parents' farm in 1957, and Jerry and Lillian moved to town. During the 14 years they lived there, their five children were born. While farming, LaVerne continued his electrical work and also was a substitute mail carrier for Dean Risser.
In 1971, Betty and he were divorced. After he sold the farm, LaVerne continued to work as a self-employed electrician and became a full-time rural mail carrier. He retired from the Post Office with 27 years of service.
He enjoyed his retirement by fishing and tinkering with cars and electrical appliances. LaVerne was a life-time member of the American Legion, having served as commander, and was also a member of the Rural Mail Carrier Association.
He died Thursday, November 4, 1999, at the Crest Haven Care Center in Creston after a long time struggle with his health.
He is survived by three sons, Kevin Lee (wife Bobbi) of Creston, Charles Jerome of Diagonal, and Curtis Allen (wife Karen) of Creston; two daughters, Rebecca Lorraine (husband Brian) of Leon and Kristy Joyce of Martensdale; eight grandchildren; a brother, Norman (wife Doris) of Mount Ayr; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services were at the United Church of Diagonal on Monday, November 8, 1999 with Reverend Pam Farren officiating. Musicians were Judy Newton, Janis Taylor and Dixie Taylor. Casketbearers were Charles Fletcher, Mack Moffitt, Bill Bentley, Brian Cook, Cory Kounen and Bob Graham. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Sobotka, Bernard Sobotka, Junior Jezek, Eddie Austin, R. A. Beymer and A. J. Kessler.
Interment was in the Bohemian Cemetery, Diagonal. Military graveside rites were conducted by Morris-Herrold Post #395 American Legion.
EDWIN R. "ED" POORE
Ed passed away peacefully on October 3, 1999 having spent his last day with friends and family.
Ed was born November 5, 1934 to Alvin and Katie Poore in Beaconsfield, Iowa. He spent his youth in Iowa farming, working many jobs and playing varsity football, basketball and baseball. He graduated from high school in 1953 and studied for a year at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
After serving two years in the army, Ed obtained his bachelor of science and masters degree in agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota.
Ed married Mary Margaret Hood of Mount Ayr, Iowa in 1957. Ed and Mary had two children, Elizabeth Janelle born in Hudson, Wisconsin in 1960, and David Robert born in Winnepeg, Manitoba in 1965. Elizabeth currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, near Mary. David currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In 1963 Ed and his family moved to Winnepeg, Manitoba where he took a position with the faculty of agriculture at the University of Manitoba. Ed also worked with the Department of Agriculture where he would have a long career until his retirement.
While at the University of Manitoba and with the Department of Agriculture, Ed wrote many articles and published the textbook "Principles and Practices of Commercial Farming."
Ed was the director of the Planning Secretariat for the Department of Agriculture until 1978. He then moved to the Manitoba Agriculture Credit Corporation (MACC). Ed was the director of Program Planning Development and Evaluation until his retirement at the end of 1991. He continued working as a consulting agrologist with his consulting business, Worth Consulting.
In addition to a professional life, Ed took pleasure in many other activities. He coached youth baseball between 1970 and 1977, was the treasurer at Christ Memorial and Prince of Peace Lutheran churches and was a leader in the Cub Scouts.
Perhaps Ed's greatest pleasure in life was being with children. Family life brought great joy to him. Also, Ed spent a great deal of time with and was a great friend to all the children in his neighborhood, particularly in his retirement.
Ed's love and compassion will be remembered fondly by his children, the children around him and all his friends and family.
A memorial was held on Monday, October 11, 1999 at Neil Bardal Inc., Winnipeg.Memorials may be made to the Victorian Order of Nurses, who provided much appreciated care and compassion to him, at V. O. N. Winnipeg, 301-831 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0N6.
JOHN WASHINGTON PUTNEY, SR.
Funeral services for John Washington Putney, Sr., 63 were held Monday, November 1, 1999 at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home Chapel in Santa Maria, California with Pastor William Barber of the First Baptist Church of Santa Maria officiating.
Mr. Putney passed away October 28, 1999, in Santa Maria, California. He was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa on December 14, 1935, to Olie and Mildred Putney. He was raised and attended elementary and middle school in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to California and completed high school, earning an A. A. degree from Compton College.
In Paramount, California he met Mary Farmer. They were married in 1960 and moved to Santa Maria.
He was employed for 30 years by the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers Local 433, as a steel construction worker.
Mr. Putney was president of the Orcutt Fire Protection District, Orcutt, California since 1983. In 1963, he joined the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria. He also joined Orcutt Lions Club in 1973 and was an active member of the club. He devoted his time helping his fellow club members in the community services throughout the Santa Maria and Ventura areas.
Mr. Putney was preceded in death by his wife Mary Putney on September 10, 1994; parents, Olie and Mildred Putney; and his stepson Richard S. Nichols.
He leaves his long time friend and companion Judy Core of Ventura, California; son and daughter-in-law John W. and Leticia Putney, Jr. of Orcutt, California; stepsons Kenneth D. Nichols of Orcutt and Michael D. Nichols of Garden Grove, California; brother Walter M. Putney of Kellerton, Iowa; sister Barbara K. (Putney) Weaver of Carlisle, Iowa; brother-in-law Maynard Farmer of Paso Robles, California; two granddaughters and nine stepgrandchildren.
Interment was in the Santa Maria Cemetery, Santa Maria, California.
LUCY VIOLA ALLEN
Lucy Viola Allen was born December 2, 1916 near Hatfield, Missouri. She was the daughter of Rauben Tull and Minnie Pearl (Everly) Smith Tull. Lucy passed away on November 30, 1999 in Corning, Iowa at the age of 82 years.
Lucy grew up near Hatfield, attending Longbranch country school and graduating from Hatfield high school. On October 9, 1934 she was united in marriage to Troy Lee Allen in Bethany, Missouri.
They lived their life in Ringgold county, Iowa, living in the Caledonia area before moving to the Delphos area in 1948. They farmed and raised their family and retired into Redding. Troy passed away on September 8, 1991 and Lucy moved to the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa in 1998. Lucy was a member of the Redding Assembly of God.
Lucy loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed working in her garden and caring for her flowers. Her cooking was enjoyed by many with fond memories of her homemade egg noodles. She made and shared her many quilts.
Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Rauben and Minnie Tull; her husband Troy; one grandchild and one great-grandchild as well as her seven brothers and sisters.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Dean Allen of Redding, LaVon Moss and her husband Eugene of Lenox and Patsy May Hashberger and her husband Robert of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one brother Alvin Tull of Creston, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held at the Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr, Iowa on Saturday, December 4, 1999 with Reverend Michael Druhl officiating. Nancy Sackett and Mary Webb and Margaret Bickers provided music. Casketbearers were Keith Hashberger, Ronald Allen, Robert Moss, Daniel Hashberger, Doug Privett, Timothy Hashberger, Roger Young and Jeremy Browning.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
WILLIAM H. BURCHETT
William H. Burchett was born July 17, 1907 to William and Mary Burchett in Ringgold county, Iowa, into a family of eight, six who preceded him in passing.
He graduated from high school in 1926 in Kellerton, Iowa and united in marriage to Neola E. Foster on April 28, 1927. To this union were born two children, a son, Foster H. Burchett, who preceded him in death, and a daughter, Goldie Lee Wilkerson.
He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter and son-in-law, Goldie and Ronald Wilkerson; one remaining sister, Lavon Thomas of Mount Ayr, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Maude Burchett of Balitmore, Maryland. He is also survived by grandchildren and their families, Donald and Laurel Wilkerson of Bosque Farms, New Mexico, Mark and Vickie Wilkerson of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Sherry Wilkerson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Howard and Twila Burchett of Phoenix, Arizona, Greg Burchett of St. Johns, Arizona and Sonya Necastro and Debbie Burchett of Phoenix, Arizona; 24 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Howard became a member of the Church of Christ about 1950 and was a faithful member for almost 50 years. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, honesty, hard work and Christian example. Whatever he pursued, he did with dedication and integrity.
Howard passed from this life at the age of 92 years and four months on November 11, 1999 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Goldie L. and Ronald D. Wilkerson.
A service was held at Sandia Funeral Care of Alburquerque with John Phillis of Northeast Albuquerque Church of Christ officiating. Pallbearers were Don, Mark and Shane Wilkerson, Howard and Greg Burchett and Jason Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Beaty, Ray Kig, Cliff Walkup, Ancle Lee Wishard and John Tribble.
Interment was in the Memory Lane Park in Roswell, New Mexico on Monday, November 15. Graveside services were conducted by D. G. Wilkerson of Duncan, Arizona and Elton Dilbeck of Roswell.
Memorials may be made to Northeast Albuquerque Church of Christ Library Fund, 4120 Glen Canyon Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.