M. Marlene Ferguson, 74
Funeral services for M. Marlene Ferguson, 74, of Marshalltown, were held Friday afternoon at Mitchell Family Funeral Home with Rev. Kerry Jech of New Hope Christian Church officiating. She was laid to rest in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were VFW Harry C. Harter Post #839 Honor Guard in Marshalltown.
The Mitchell Family Funeral Home was entrusted with her arrangements.
Rayleen Raveling, 57
Memorial services for Rayleen Raveling, 57, of Albion, were held Saturday afternoon at Albion United Methodist Church with Pastor John Hall officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. Mitchell Family Funeral Home was entrusted with her arrangements.
William Thomae, 74
Memorial services for William “Bill” Thomae, 74, of Rhodes, were held Saturday afternoon at Rhodes United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeffrey R. Frese officiating. He was laid to rest in a Saturday morning service at Maple Hill Cemetery at Gladbrook with full military honors by Gladbrook American Legion Ehrig McTurk Post. Mitchell Family Funeral Home was entrusted with his arrangements.
Max R. Higgason Sr., 91
ELDORA — Max R. Higgason Sr., 91, of Eldora, died from natural causes on Oct. 27, 2007, at Eldora Nursing and Rehab Center in Eldora, while under the care of Hospice of North Iowa.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eldora, with Pastor Corey Larson officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memory Gardens in Eldora, with military honors provided by Walter-Sayer Post 182 of the American Legion and Roll-Harless Post 3974 of the VFW. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora. Memorials may be directed to First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eldora Nursing and Rehab Center or Hospice of North Iowa. To send messages of condolence, visit www.abelsfuneralhomes.com
Max was born March 18, 1916, in Union, Iowa, son of Walter and LaVera (Hammer) Higgason. He attended country school near Union then high school in Eldora. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the U.S. Marine Corp in the Pacific Theater. On Oct. 1, 1937, Max was united in marriage to Gladys N. Clark at Mt. Pleasant Church, rural Eldora. He worked as parts manager at Wood Auto of Eldora for over 50 years, and many nights and weekends were spent at the dealership fixing his children’s cars. Max retired in 1978.
He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eldora where he served as a deacon and trustee, Walter-Sayer Post 182 of the American Legion, Roll-Harless Post 3974 of the VFW and Pine Lake Country Club. Max enjoyed gardening, and during retirement cutting firewood, golfing and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Gladys; sons, Max (Nancy) Higgason Jr. of Eldora, Jerry (Dee) Higgason of Urbandale and Denny (Linda) Higgason of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his sister Bettie Dix of Iowa Falls; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Avonelle, Frances and Arlene; and brothers, Wallace, Orville, Verne, William and Ronald.
Clifford Harmer, 89
Clifford Harmer, 89, a resident of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, died there Oct. 26, 2007.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown, with Masonic Rites conducted. He will be laid to rest in the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery, with full military honors. Friends may call at Mitchell Family Funeral Home from noon until the service time on Tuesday.
Left to celebrate his life are his children Barbara Whittle, Robert Harmer and Mary (James) George of Huxley; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and his IVH family.
Josephine Scott, 82
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Josephine Scott, 82, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of State Center, died Sept. 24, 2007, in Los Angeles.
Graveside memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hillside Cemetery in State Center, with Pastor Karen Cluts of Elim Lutheran Church in Marshalltown officiating. There will be no visitation. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Josephine and her family.
Left to cherish her memory are her brother Robert (Dorothy) Scott of Gilman; nephew David (Charisse) Scott of Gilman; and niece Kathy (Van) Switzer of Conrad.
Robert F. Kelderman, 70
Robert F. Kelderman, 70, of Marshalltown entered into eternal life Oct. 29, 2007, at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Faith Assembly of God Church in Marshalltown, with Pastor Duane Moraine officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Pursel-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the Kelderman family at www.purseldavis.com
Born on Nov. 21, 1936, on a farm between Pella and Knoxville, Robert was the son of Cornelius and Zella “Pearl” (Kingery) Kelderman. He grew up in Marion and Marshall counties and attended public schools there. On Aug. 7, 1954, he was united in marriage to Janet Kay Barker at Open Bible Church in Marshalltown. The couple made their home in Marshalltown where he was a bakery manager at Smitty’s Foods and at Econo-Foods. Robert owned and operated Kelderman’s Bakery on 13th Street from 1977-1983. They moved to Texas for eight years where he was bakery manager for Skagg’s Alpha Beta. After returning to Marshalltown in 1991, he managed the bakery at Econo-Foods before retiring in August 2001.
He was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church, the Y.M.C.A., past member of the Moose Lodge and past chairperson of the Kelderman reunion in Pella. Bob was proud of his Dutch heritage which he passed on to his family with great pride. He loved his family, friends and his church. He was involved in church services and the men’s ministry at every opportunity. He loved golfing, bowling, family gathering and travel. His favorite travel spot (besides Texas to see his family and enjoy the warm weather) was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
He will be missed by his wife of 53 years, Janet of Marshalltown; daughters, Debra Kay (Robert) Kelderman-Freeman of The Colony, Texas and Sheri Lynn (Douglas) McCann of Marshalltown; sons, Marty Wayne Kelderman of Marshalltown and David Ryk (Erica) Kelderman of Mingo; 13 grandchildren, Michelle Lei (Jeff) Simpson, Hilari Autumn (Lewis) Scott, Lawrence Duane Brown II, Matthew Wayne Kelderman, Nichole Lee Kelderman, Jennifer Lynn Kelderman, Shane Alan Kelderman, Dustin Tavis Kelderman, Tara Beth Kelderman, Kylie Nicole Kelderman, Natasha Skye Kelderman and Robert David Kelderman; three great-grandchildren, Brieanna Micaeyla Simpson, Tyler Raymond Simpson and Emma Lauren Page Simpson; sisters, Katherine Janet Mills and Leona Mae (Clare) Carlson; and brothers, Corwin La Verne (Rose) Kelderman and Delbert Lee (Anaye) Kelderman.
In eternal life, Robert has been reunited with his parents; son, Robert LeRoy Kelderman; daughter, Shelle Lynn Kelderman; paternal and maternal grandparents; brother, Charles DeWayne Kelderman; grandson, Ryk David Kelderman; mother-in-law, Lillian Laura Scovill Barker; and step-father, Floyd James Petrie.
Ernest C. Herink, 99
VINING — Ernest C. Herink, 99, of Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama and formerly of Vining, died April 21, 2006, at Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center following a short illness.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hrabak Funeral Home in Belle Plaine, with Rev. Dewey Grimes officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery in Vining. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com under “obituaries.”
Lester Wolter, 85
A funeral mass for Lester “Les” Wolter, 85, was held Monday morning at St. Mary Catholic Church, with Fr. Jim Miller as celebrant. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, with military honors by the Harry C. Harter Post 839 of the VFW.
Estel Perrin Avey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary A. Hill, 68
TOLEDO — Mary Ann Hill, 68, of Marshalltown, most recently of Country Living Estates in Toledo, died April 21, 2006, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Bobby Shomo officiating. Private family interment will be at a later date. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Mary and her family.
Alice Otto, 86
Alice Otto, 86, of Marshalltown, died April 24, 2006, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.
Funeral services are pending at Estel Perrin Avey Funeral Home, where friends may call for further information.
Maxine H. Abbe, 97
TOLEDO — Maxine Harriet Abbe, 97, of Toledo, died April 22, 2006, at Grandview Acres in Toledo following a short illness.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Garwin, with burial preceding services in Rose Hill Cemeterym north of Toledo, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kruse Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa River Hospice.
Thelma G. Cheville, 90
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. — Thelma G. Cheville, 90, of Laurie, Mo., died April 22, 2006, at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Marshalltown. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Watchtowers Society. To send sympathy emails to the family visit www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell Garber Funeral Home of Laurie, Mo.