Memorial services for Earla Rae Balius, 60, of Creston who died Oct. 6, 2000, at her home were there Oct. 10.
FAYE BELLE HUSTED
Faye Belle Husted, daughter of Jacob and Allie Belle Cochran Lewallen, was born Dec. 1, 1897, in Woodburn and died Oct. 4, 2000, at Integrated Health Services in Winterset. She was 102.
Funeral services for Mrs. Husted were Oct. 8 at Kale Funeral Home in Truro, the Rev. Bobby Dickerson of Winterset officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola.
Memorials may be made to Middle River Hospice Service or Integrated Health Services of Winterset.
HERMAN E. ‘BUTCH’ HARGER
Herman Eugene “Butch” Harger, son of Herman and Ada L. Houghton Harger, was born July 27, 1943, in Osceola and died Oct. 3, 2000,when his seimitrailer caught fire near Corydon. He was 57.
Funeral services were Oct. 7 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastors Chuck DeVos of Osceola and Jack Stark of Lineville officiating. Interment was in Bethel Chapel Cemetery in Clarke County.
RICHARD E. SPELLERBERG
Richard Earl Spellerberg, son of Floyd and Helen McNichols Spellerberg, was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Clarke County and died Oct. 1, 2000, at Martin Luther Manor in Bloomington, Minn. He was 69.
Memorial services were held Oct. 6 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, the Rev. James Louk officiating.
WALLACE EUGENE MILLER
Funeral services were Oct. 11 at the United Presbyterian Church in Lone Tree for Wallace Eugene Mueller, 68, of rural Iowa City who died Oct. 9, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He was the father of Jennifer Clark and her husband, Travis Clark ,of Osceola.
The Rev. Ann Rouse officiated. Burial was at the South Scott Cemetery in rural Iowa City.
MYRTLE MAE AKERS
Myrtle Mae Akers, daughter of Frank and Blanche McDowell Bryant, was born August 25, 1899, near Grand River and died Nov. 25, 2000, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was 101.
Funeral services were Nov. 29 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Terry D. Roberts officiating. Interment was in the Grand River Cemetery.
DEE LEE DAVIDSON
Funeral services were Nov. 30 at the United Methodist Church in Bedford for Dee Lee Davidson, 66, former Bedford resident of Mesa, Ariz. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Pastor Ruth Melick officiated the services.Mr. Davidson had not been feeling well and admitted himself to the emergency room at the hospital in Mesa. He was treated for a heart problem and died of a massive heart attack two days later on Nov. 22.
Etta Arleen Elswick, the daughter of James Franklin and Laura Margaret Darlington Barton, was born Nov. 24, 1909, at Woodburn and died Nov. 26, 2000, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She was 91.
Services for Mrs. Elswick were Nov. 29 at the United Methodist Church in Kellerton, Pastor Rick Hawkins officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Lamoni.
JUDY A. BLAKELY FLEENER
Judy A. Blakely Fleener, daughter of Harry and Margaret Doak Blakely, was born June 10, 1942, in Osceola and died Nov. 30, 2000, of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at her home in Minnetonka, Minn. She was 58.
A memorial service for Mrs. Fleener will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Grace Church of Edina, 5300 France Ave. South, Edina, Minn. A memorial has been established in her name.
MARY LOUISE GILNA
Mary Louise Gilna, daughter of Charles and Nellie Garrett Allison, was born Nov. 3, 1915, and died Dec. 1, 2000, at her home in Park Ridge, Ill. She was 85.
Graveside services were Dec. 5 in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola, the Rev. James Louk officiating. Memorials may be given in Mrs. Gilna’s name to the American Heart Association.
ETHEL FRANCES GLASSCOCK
Ethel Frances Glasscock, daughter of John Calvin Hogle and Esther Olivia Smith, was born Oct. 21, 1908, in Concord, Neb. and died Dec. 4, 2000, at Integrated Health Services West in Winterset. She was 92.
No services will be held. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Concord.
MARY KATHRYN HAMILTON
Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Hamilton of Murray, daughter of Wayne and Edna Caves Ahrens, was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Fremont and died Dec. 1, 2000, at Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital in Council Bluffs. She was 73.
A family committal service was held graveside the morning of Dec. 3 at Newlon’s Grove Cemetery southwest of Cumberland.
WARREN EDWARD 'PETE' HANTHORN
Warren Edward “Pete’ Hanthorn, son of Thomas Elmer and Elsie Rosemond Barnts Hanthorn, was born July 11, 1920, in Lincoln, Neb. and died Nov. 27, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 80.
Funeral services for Mr. Hanthorn were Nov. 30 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Roger Wolsey officiating. A Masonic service was by Grand River Lodge No. 78 A.F. & A.M. Leon Interment was in the Leon Cemetery with military honors by Cowl-Scott Post No. 80 and the V.F.W. of Leon.
EUGENE C. POWELL
Eugene Clark Powell, the son of Laurel C. and Ardis Wanda (Page) Powell, was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Woodburn, and died of a heart ailment Dec. 4, 2000, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 75..
Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 7, 2000, at 1:30 p.m., at Samuelson Funeral Home. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
Pauline Leota Sharp, daughter of William Cody and Lillie Leota Branson Johnson, was born Jan. 27, 1911, in Jefferson Township, Taylor County and died Nov. 28, 2000, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 89.
Funeral services were Dec. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Bedford, Pastors Jamie Mogler and Ed DeHass officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.
ELIZABETH ANN SIMON
Elizabeth Ann Simon of Winterset, daughter of Herron Miner Eckels Sr. and Vera Bauman Eckels, was born May 9, 1933, in Lake City and died of cancer Nov. 24, 2000, at Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. She was 67.
Funeral services were Nov. 28 at the First Baptist Church in Winterset. Interment followed in the Murray Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Middle River Hospice in Winterset.
Ava Itah Miler, daughter of John Jefferson Harris and Lou Ella Vanderpool, was born May 18, 1904, in Cainesville, Mo. and died April 12, 2001, at Westview Acres Care Center in Leon. She was 96.
She attended schools in rural Missouri and Southern Iowa. She married Alfred Pettit on June 22, 1922, in Osceola. They became the parents of a daughter, Mildred.
She married Frank Lewis Miler on April 12, 1930, in Ottumwa. They became the parents of three children, John, Louise and Don.
Mrs. Miler was owner and operator of the Guest Home in Osceola from 1959 to 1990. She spent most of her life in Clarke and Decatur Counties.
Mrs. Miler loved to crochet and was well-known for the many afghans she crocheted for her family and friends.
She was a former member of the Four Square Church in Osceola.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husbands, Alfred Pettit and Frank Miler; two brothers, Melvin Harris and Clarence “Chick” Harris; a grandson, Terry Thompson and great-grandson, Michael Brannon.
Surviving Mrs. Miler are two daughters, Mildred Brannon and her husband, Marion “Bud” Brannon and Louise Thompson and her husband, Wayne “Red” Thompson, of Osceola; two sons, John Miler and his wife, Dee Miler and Don Miler of Osceola; a foster son, Martin Monroe Ellis and his wife, Joan Ellis, of Des Moines; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; a brother, George Harris of California; many nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Miler were April 17 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied soloist Emil Rinderspacher as he sang Sweet Bye and Bye, No Night There and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Butch Brannon, Tom Earls, Donnie Thompson,
Johnny Miler, Tom Cole and John Britt. Honorary casket bearers were her great-grandchildren. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Osceola Assembly of God.
Wilma Bernice Briner
Wilma Bernice Briner of Grand River, daughter of Clarence and Rosa Davidson Houser, was born May 2, 1914, in Humeston and died April 12, 2001, at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. She was 86.
Her parents lived in several locations, in search of work, while Wilma was growing up. When she was 12 years old she lost her mother while living in Minnesota.
She married Lloyd R. Briner on May 11, 1932. They were married for 59 years. The couple became the parents of three children, Lavone, Eugene and Jack.
Mrs. Briner was a homemaker and also a cook at the Grand River School for 21 years from 1955 until 1976. She made a home for her son, Jack, for several years after her husband’s death.
She loved to crochet and she crocheted pieces for all the family and many friends.
Mrs. Briner liked retirement, especially when family and friends dropped in for a visit. She looked forward to Thursdays when she went to Osceola to the hairdresser and shopping with the girls.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lloyd, in 1991; a daughter, Lavone Binning in 1994; a sister, Glenys Jenkins; stepmother, Minnie Houser; two stepsisters, Ruth and Pauline; a stepbrother, Dale Edgington and a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Briner.
Mrs. Briner is survived by two sons, Eugene Briner and his wife, Linda Briner, of Seattle, Wash. and Jack Briner of Grand River; a son-in-law, Gene Binning and his wife, Norma Binning, of Grand River; five grandchildren, Janice Miller and her husband, Bill Miller, of Van Meter, Ronnie Binning and his wife, Linda Binning, Richard Binning and his wife, Fay Binning, all of Grand River, Joyce Hoppes and her husband, Rex Hoppes, of Indianola and Darren Briner, and his wife, Mary Briner, of Seattle; 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a stepsister, Wilma Bales of Ottumwa; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were April 14 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Terry Roberts officiating. Organist Charletta Durell played Old Rugged Cross and How Great Thou Art.
Casket bearers were grandsons, Jon Binning, Darren Briner, Richard Binning, Aaron Hill, Ronnie Binning, Rex Hoppes, Dan Bockman and Bill Miller. Interment was in Grand River Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Gladys Luce Cherington
Gladys Jeanne Luce Cherington, daughter of Leon and Carrie Over-holtzer Luce, was born Jan. 20, 1929, in Decatur County and died Dec. 9, 2000, in Gilbert, Ariz.
She graduated from Leon High School in 1946, where she received her teacher certificate. She later attended Drake University in Des Moines for additional classes.
She married F. Allison Cherington on Nov. 30, 1946, at the Christian Parsonage in Osceola.
They lived on the family farm in Osceola where he farmed and eventually she started working as a nurse’s aide at the local hospital.
Because of health problems the family moved to Chandler, Ariz. in January of 1960. They moved to Mesa, Ariz. in June 1960.
Mrs. Cherington received her registered nurse degree and associate of arts degree from Mesa Community College in 1973. She retired in 1988 after working 25 years at Mesa Lutheran Hospital.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Al Cherington.
Mrs. Cherington is survived by a daughter, Linda J. Cherington of Mesa; three sons, Randy Cherington of Scottsdale, Ariz., Ronny Cherington and his wife, Karen Cherington, of Mesa and Ricky Cherington and his wife, Judy Cherington, of Gilbert; three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; a brother, John Luce and his wife, Mildred Luce, of Decatur; a sister, Marie Kendall and her husband, Jack Kendall, of Cedar Rapids; an aunt, Ruth Overholtzer Myers of Leon; a brother-in-law, Danny Cherington and a sister-in-law, Jean Ramsey, both of Osceola; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Dec. 16, 2000, at Melcher’s Chapel of the Roses in Mesa, the Rev. Jack Kendall officiating. Private burial was March 8, 2001, at Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale.
Dannie Lee Cherington
Dannie Lee Cherington, son of Floyd Lyle and Edna Pauline Diehl Cherington, was born Feb. 14, 1920, at Orient and died at his home in Osceola on June 25, 2002. He was 82.
He received his education in the rural Clarke County schools and from Murray High School. He was married to Lali Noreen Smith on March 10, 1940, in Princeton, Mo. They became the parents of two children, Gayla and Floyd.
Mr. and Mrs. Cherington lived most of their married life near Garden Grove in Decatur County where they farmed from 1942 to 1987. After the couple retired in 1987 they moved to Osceola where they have lived for the past 15 years.
Mr. Cherington attended the Methodist Church in Garden Grove, High Point and most recently in Osceola.
He was an avid collector of watches and silver dollars.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Allison Cherington.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Gayla Shay of Loveland, Colo.; a son, Floyd Cherington and his wife, Beverly Cherington, of Carrollton, Texas; five grandchildren, Rocinda Green and Rochelle Cochran and her husband, Jeremy Cochran, all of Loveland, Colo., Rolanda Redman of Weldon, Stacy Cherington and his wife, Lynette Cherington, of Houston, Texas and Jodie Bloys of Austin, Texas; 12 great-grandchildren; a great-great- grandson; a sister, Jean Ramsey of Osceola; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Cherington were held June 29 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton and the Rev. James Louk, both of Osceola, officiating.
Casket bearers were Stacy Cherington, Marvin Ellis Jr., Randy Cherington, Joshua Snook, Kevin Cline and Phil Clarke. Honorary bearers were Rocinda Green, Rolanda Redman, Rochele Cochran, Lynette Cherington, Jodie Bloys, Paula Jo Green, Kelli Green, Jacob Snook, Joseph Snook, Alexander James Nevins-Snook, Jeremy Cochran, Jordan Cochran, Erin Cochran, Kathryn Grace Cherington, Emily Faith Cherington, Garrett Bloys, Alyssa Bloys and Nathan Bloys.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Kale Funeral Home of Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to Green Valley Hospice in Creston.