Warren Joseph Smith
Warren Joseph Smith, son of Warren Wesley Smith and Margaret Laurene Duree Smith, was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Osceola and died Dec. 28, 2001, at his rural home in Derby following an extended illness. He was 53.
Mr. Smith was raised on the family farm in Clarke, Wayne and Decatur Counties. He graduated from Mormon Trail Community School in 1968.
He married Sandra Marie Collins Sept. 18, 1971, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton. They became the parents of three children, Karri Jo, Jason and David.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith made their home in the Derby area. He farmed and prior to his death was employed at the HyVee Warehouse in Produce and MFA. Mr. Smith enjoyed his work and being with people. He made any actvity fun, his jokes and pranks were enjoyed by all. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He deeply regretted his illness prevented him from Helping fellow neighbors with their projects. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and uncle. He loved being Papa Joe to his three grandchildren.
Mr. Smith was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Francis and Juanita Collins, sister-in-law, Rosemary Celander and nephews, Randy Smith and Frank Uthe.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife; a daughter, Karri Jo Briggs and her husband, Kevin Briggs, of Russell; two sons, Jason Smith and his wife, Shonna Smith, of Lineville and David Smith at home in Derby and his special friend, Amanda Cooper; three grandchildren, Madison and Chandler Briggs of Russell and Logan Smith of Lineville; two sisters Connie Glenn and her husband, Larry Glenn, of Osceola and Rita Audlehelm and her husband, Gary Audlehelm of Van Wert; two brothers, Mike Smith and his wife, Sherri Smith, of Allerton and Steve Smith and his wife, Judy Smith, of Weldon; as well as other family and a host of friends.
A funeral Mass for Mr. Smith was Dec. 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chariton, the Rev. Father Bill Miller, C.P.P.S. Chariton, officiating. Vocalist Dennis Storm sang the musical selections, Love Me and Angels Among Us.
Casket bearers were Frank Baker, Greg Gwinn, Ron Fouche, Gene Shanks, Dan Kent and Denny Rankin. Honorary bearers were Madison Briggs, Chandler Briggs, Logan Smith, Butch Glenn, Chris Smith, Joe Audlehelm, Creighton Smith, Kevin Hall, Russell Turner, Craig Stephenson, Mark Colton and Chase Dawkins. Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Woodburn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Arrangements were through Kale Funeral Homes at Osceola.
Ethelene Annora Jones
Ethelene Annora Jones, daughter of Jerry and Nancy Bradshaw Moran, was born July 1, 1906, near Grand River and died Dec. 25, 2001, at West View Acres Care Center in Leon. She was 95.
She was the third of 13 children in the family and was educated in the rural schools of Decatur County and Grand River High School.
She met Harry Jones and they were married on May 17, 1923, at the Van Wert Methodist Church. The couple became the parents of five children, Harry Wayne, Betty Deloris, Norma Jean, Nancy Jane and Mancel Dwight.
They farmed in Decatur County before moving to Osceola. She devoted her time to her husband, children, grandchildren and her brothers and sisters. She was a Girl Scout leader, teaching the Scouts to sew.
Flowers, gardening, crocheting, quilting, sewing the famous “flannel pajamas and night gowns” for all, baking pies and doing crossword puzzles kept her busy. But she was never too busy to play a game of “cut-throat” pitch with her husband and family. She and Mr. Jones liked the small trips they took with her sister and husband, Evelyn and Joe Saddoris.
Mr. Jones died in November of 1983. After his death, she lived with her sister, Peggy Keller, in Des Moines. She later moved to the Bil-Mar apartments in Leon. As her health declined she moved to West View Acres Care Center.
She was a member of the Osceola United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents; a son, Harry Wayne; a daughter, Norma Jean; a grandson Lonnie Eddy; a daughter-in-law, Joreen Jones Black, a grandson-in-law, Peter Sefton; a sister, Evelyn Saddoris, twin sisters, Peggy Keller and Polly Ladd and Mary and Minnie Moran; seven brothers, Lawrence “Pete”, Dennis “Sam”, Jerry “Buck”, William “Tick”, Woodrow “Woodie” and twin brothers, Ralph “Pop” and Raymond.
Mrs. Jones is survived by a son, Mancel Jones and his wife, Sharon Jones, of Des Moines; two daughters, Betty Eddy and her husband, J.D. Eddy, of Osceola and Nancy Price and her husband, Douglas Price, of Leon; eight grandchildren; Diane Davies of Universal City, Texas, Gary Jones of Des Moines, Scott Price of Lenexa, Kan., Kristine Sefton of Beverly Hills, Calif., Steven Price of Denver, Colo., Julie Kober of Racine, Wis. and Jason Jones of West Des Moines; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Joseph Saddoris of Osceola; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were Dec. 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, The Rev. Jim Louk officiating. Pennie Gonseth, organist, accompanied Diane Davies as she sang, Irish Eyes are Smiling, The Old Rugged Cross and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Gary Jones, Diane Davies, Scott Price, Karen Sassman, Steven Price, Kristi Sefton, Jason Jones and Julie Kober. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola.
Roxanne L. Watkins Stephenson
Roxanne Louise Watkins Stephenson, daughter of William Donald Watkins and Irmalee Sharp Watkins, was born June 24, 1962, in Osceola and died Dec. 24, 2001 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident two miles north of Leon on Highway 69.
She attended Winterset schools and graduated from Winterset High School in 1982. Mrs. Stephenson also lived in Warren and Clarke Counties and moved to Osceola where she lived most recently.
Mrs. Stephenson worked at Wal-Mart as a security guard and at Alley Bowl in Osceola. During her spare time she did scrapbooking for her children, collected coins, worked crossword puzzles and collected family heirlooms.
She was affiliated with and attended the Zion Church near Orient.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Abe Sharp, John Watkins and Art Weaklend; a grandmother, Carrie Watkins, great-grandmother, Lillian Beeman; and great-grandparents, Floyd and Effie Alley; aunts, uncles, great-aunts and uncles and cousins.
Mrs. Stephenson is survived by her parents, Bill and Irma Watkins of Osceola; four children, Jess E. Stephenson and fiance, Laura Reynolds of Weldon, Ashley Louise Stephenson and a special friend, Shane Luckett, of Osceola, Samantha Mae Jones of Osceola and Lanny Shaw Jones of Osceola; three brothers, Bill Watkins Jr. and wife, Cathy Watkins, of Norwalk, Dale Lynn Watkins and Brian Lee Watkins of Osceola; a sister, Beverly Vance and her husband, Jim Vance, of Winterset; grandmother, Gladys Ruth Weaklend of Osceola; her friend, Bill Jones of Osceola as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.
Memorial services for Mrs. Stephenson were held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola on Dec. 29, the Rev. Phil Coe of the First Christian Church in Osceola officating.
Honorary bearers were Bill Watkins Jr., Dale L. Watkins, Brian L. Watkins, Jim Vance, Bill Jones and Eric Stephenson.
Stephen “Jamie” Henrichs
Stephen “Jamie” James Henrichs, son of Stephen Randall and Patti Jo Ward Henrichs, was born Dec. 30, 1975, at Creston and died Dec. 23, 2001, of injuries sustained in a pickup train accident in eastern Union County. He was 25.
He attended East Union Schools and graduated from Murray High School in 1995. He married Brenda Sue Rhodes on Aug. 14, 1999, at the Pleasant Valley Church near Thayer. The couple became the parents of a daughter, Rebecca.
Mr. Henry spent his early years in Thayer and had lived in Van Wert and Murray before moving back to Thayer about a year ago. He was employed by Bell Farms Hog Confinement. He attended the Pleasant Valley Church in Union County, was a member of the Thayer City Council and a FFA member when he was in high school.
He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and working on small engines and lawn mowers.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Ward.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Sue, in Thayer; his daughter, Rebecca Dawn Henrichs of Thayer; a stepson, Kyle Scott Rhodes and, stepdaughter, BreAnn Marie Rhodes of Thayer; parents, Stephen and Patti Henrichs of Murray; two brothers, Matthew John Henrichs and his wife, Stephanie Gwen Henrichs, of Thayer and Jesse Joe Henrichs of Murray; grandparents, Dwayne and Darlene Hernichs and Wanita Ward of Thayer; great-grandmother, Falma Beardsley of Murray and parents-in-law, William and Goldie Rhodes, of Ames; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mr. Henrichs were Dec. 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Marty Burgus officiating.
Casket bearers were David Rhodes, Jeff Rhodes, Charlie Cochley, Jerry Henrichs, Ray Negley and David Negley. Honorary bearers were Dwight Welcher, Troy Johnson, Marshall Barkema and Dick Rutledge. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery.
Winston Wood, son of Earl and Luella Wallace Wood, was born Dec. 31, 1925, on a farm four miles east of Weldon and died Dec. 21, 2001, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton. He was 75.
He received his education in the LeRoy schools and graduated from the LeRoy Consolidated School in 1943.
Mr. Wood was a veteran of World War II serving with the United States Navy from December 1943 to April 1946. After his discharge from the Navy he moved to Paonia, Colo. where he lived from 1946 to 1951. During that time he worked in a local coal mine. He also worked for Rio Grande Motorway at Canon City, Colo. in 1956 and 1957.
He met Margaret Jean Sparks and they were married June 27, 1948, in Paonia. The couple became the parents of two children, Marvin and Katherine.
They moved back to the Weldon and Osceola area and farmed for 23 years before they moved to Osceola in 1975. He was a painter for 12 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Wood moved to Newton in 1998, to be closer to their family.
Mr. Wood served on the boards of directors of the Farmer’s Co-op, Clarke Electric Cooperative and the Farm Bureau.
He was a former member of the Smyrna Friends Church and the Osceola Calvary Baptist Church. He later became a member of the Independent Bible Church in Leon. While in Newton has attended the Immanuel Baptist Church.
He valued his relationship with his Lord, the love of his family and the preciousness of friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Max and Arden Wood and one sister, Wilma Henkle.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife of Newton; a son, Marvin Dean Wood and his wife, Donna Wood, of Del Rio, Texas; a daughter, Katherine Luella Hembry and her husband, Mike Hembry, of Newton; six grandchildren, Michelle Van Hook and her husband, Lieutenant Matthew Van Hook, of Grand Forks Air Force Base in N.D., Christopher and Jeremy Wood of Texas, Lance Corporal James Hembry of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Mark and Bob Hembry of Newton; a sister-in-law, Betty Wood of Canon City; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Dec. 27 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Brain Hardee and Pastor Kenneth Van Loon officiating. Charletta Durell, organist, accompanied vocalists, Fred Cox, Allen Miller, Richard Wheeler and Mike Durell. Musical selections were Victory in Jesus, Old Rugged Cross and Because He Lives.
Casket bearers were Michelle Van Hook, Christopher Wood, Mark Hembry, Jeremy Winston Wood, Bob Hembry and Bill Wood. Honorary bearers were Lance Corporal James Hembry USMC and Lt. Matthew Van Hook USAF. Interment was in Smyrna Cemetery in Clarke County. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leon Bible Church or the Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton.
Donald George O’Grady
Donald George O’Grady, the son of Stephen and Jenny Conwell O’Grady, was born March 23, 1921, in Decatur County and died Jan. 18, 2002, at Lamoni Nursing and Rehab Center in Lamoni. He was 80.
He lived his entire life near Grand River. A farmer, he also did road and other construction for many years throughout Iowa as well as Tule Greenland. At Tule he helped with runway construction in the 1950s. He owned and operated a farm north of Grand River until illness required him to move to Casual Living in Osceola. He later moved to Lamoni Nursing and Rehab Center.
Mr. O’Grady was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Pauline McCann and two great-nephews, Michael and Douglas O’Grady.
Mr. O’Grady is survived by a brother, Eugene O’Grady and his wife, Dorothy O’Grady, also of Grand River and residing in Boulder City, Nev.; a niece, Margaret McCann of Chicago, Ill.; two nephews, Richard O’Grady and his wife, Rosalie O’Grady, of Boulder City and James O’Grady and his wife, Karen O’Grady, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two great-nieces and three great-nephews.
Mr. O’Grady was cared for by Steven and Lauralee O’Grady during his last years at Casual Living and Lamoni Nursing and Rehab.
Funeral services were Jan. 24 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand River, the Rev. Father Thomas Dooley officiating. Pianist Anna Arnold accompanied the congregation as they sang Amazing Grace, Prayer of St. Francis and Be Not Afraid.
Casket bearers were Jim Harris, Rowdy O’Grady, Steven O’Grady, Richard Schwalbe, Joe Shields and Ron Stark. Interment was in O’Grady Cemetery near Grand River.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon was in charge of arrangements.
Mamie Fayteen Reed
Mamie Fayteen Reed, daughter of Albert John and Anna Janssen Folkerts Henrichs, was born Oct. 27, 1908, in Clarke County and died Jan. 25, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 93.
She received her education in the rural schools in the Jamison area and graduated from New Virginia High School. She married Guy Madison Reed on Sept. 2, 1928, at the Methodist parsonage in New Virginia. The couple became the parents of five children. Mr. and Mrs. Reed celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in September 1998.
Mrs. Reed was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Her mother died when Mrs. Reed was a teenager and that left her to be the caregiver of her younger brothers and sisters. After Mr. and Mrs. Reed married their home was always open for family and friends.
She lived all of her life in Clarke County and was member of the Cheery Pal Neighborhood Club, 4-H Club leader, long time member of the United Methodist Church in Osceola, United Methodist Women and an honorary member of Esther Women’s Circle.
Mrs. Reed had a large vegetable garden until the last few years. She loved caring for her children and grandchildren. In the winter when there was no gardening she enjoyed quilting and piecework. She made a quilt for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Ivan, Everett and Harold Henrichs; two sisters, Doris Henrichs and Elsie Sanderson; two sisters-in-law, Edith Garner and Ethel Devol and a son-in-law, Larry Hart.
Mrs. Reed is survived by her husband of 73 years; three sons, Darald Reed and his wife, Bettie Reed, of Winchester, Va., Marion Reed and his wife, Betty Reed, of Fallbrook, Calif. and Ronald Reed and his wife, Linda Reed, of Osceola; two daughters, Marilyn Dorland and her husband, Merrill Dorland and Shirley Hart all of Osceola; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a brother Floyd Henrichs and his wife, Irene Henrichs, of Osceola; a sister-in-law, Jean Henrichs of Osceola; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Reed were Jan. 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. James Louk officiating. Pennie Gonseth, organist, accompanied soloist, Ronda Lowry, as she sang Amazing Grace and My Mother’s Hands.
Casket bearers were Cole Page, Cass Page, Parker Edgington, Kevin Dorland, Gary Reed and Merlyn “Bud” Jones. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarke County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Florence, M. Thornton, daughter of Clayborn Thornton and Dora Wiley Thornton, was born May 13, 1906, in Osceola and died Jan. 25, 2002, at Westbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Winterset. She was 95.
She spent her childhood in the Osceola area, attended the Osceola schools and graduated from the Osceola High School in 1925.
Ms. Thornton began her career as a secretary at a law firm in Osceola. During World War II, she worked as a secretary for the United States Government in Washington D.C.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola. She was also an active member of Christian Women’s Fellowship, and served as past president. She enjoyed playing the organ in her spare time.
Ms. Thornton lived in Winterset for seven years and had also lived in Des Moines and Clinton while working for the government.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers, Russell and Harry Thornton.
Ms. Thornton is survived by a sister-in-law, Edith Thornton of Osceola; two nephews, Merrill Thornton and his wife, Lou Thornton, of Urbandale and Nelson Thornton and his wife, Mariann Thornton, of Winterset; seven grand nephews and nieces; as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.
She was cremated and memorial services and burial of her cremated remains will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church in Osceola or Middle River Hospice in Winterset.
Bessie Irene Mason
Bessie Irene Mason, the daughter of John Leslie Stark and Esther Merle Cole Stark, was born March 6, 1923, on a farm near Grand River and died of cancer April 13, 2002, at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston. She was 79.
She married Alfred Junior Mason on Nov. 28, 1958, in Osceola. She worked as a records department supervisor for Continental Insurance Company for more than 30 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Mason lived in Burbank, Calif. from 1958 to 1992 when they moved to Hewitt, Texas. They moved to Osceola this past month.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Noel, Dale Clifford and Donald Stark; three sisters, Ruby Stark, Ruth Camp and Marjorie Akes and an infant brother.
Mrs. Mason is survived by her husband; three brothers, Neil Stark and his wife, Goldie Stark, of Grand River, Edgar “Ted” Stark of Creston and Merlyn Stark and his wife, Lois Stark, of Eagle Grove.; five sisters, Oneta Redman and Doris Redman, both of Osceola; Martha Reasoner of Indianola, Ellen Peterson of Grand River and JoAnn Brink of Kansas City, Mo.; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mason were April 16 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Organist was Pennie Gonseth and musical selections were In the Garden and How Great Thou Art.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Janice Kay Peterson
Janice Kay Peterson, daughter of Robert H. Gumtau and Lillian A. Sigler Gumtau, was born Nov. 8, 1940, in Webster City and died April 12, 2002, of cancer at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 61.
She grew up in Stanhope and graduated from Stanhope High School in 1958. She married Geryle “Jerry” Eugene Peterson on Dec. 13, 1958, in Stanhope and they became the parents of three children, Jeff, Diana and Craig.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson lived in Ames and Grand River before moving to Murray 22 years ago and then to Osceola eight years ago. She was an avid reader and she enjoyed sewing and quilting and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Peterson worked as a bookkeeper for Friday Insurance Agency in Osceola for the past 16 years.
She attended the First Christian Church in Osceola.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Craig Eugene.
Mrs. Peterson is survived by her husband; a son Jeff Peterson of Wills Point, Texas; a daughter, Diana Wilkey and her husband, Steve Wilkey, of Gretna, Neb.; her parents, Robert and Lillian Gumtau of Boone; three grandchildren, Dan and Amy Wilkey of Gretna, Neb. and Kristeen Peterson of Wills Point, Texas; as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Janice Kay Peterson were held at the First Christian Church on April 12, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Organist Belva White accompanied Emil Rinderspacher as he sang Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.
Interment was in Lawn Hill Cemetery at Stanhope. Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.
Mildred Louise Watson
Mildred Louise Watson, the daughter of Emory Steele and Phebe Atkinson Steele, was born March 23, 1920, in Clarke County and died of complications of a stroke April 13. 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 82.
She graduated from Osceola High School in 1937. She married Gerald Watson on April 1, 1939 and they became the parents of three children.
Mrs. Watson was a homemaker and lived her entire life in Clarke County. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola. She enjoyed gardening and family activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Jean Ann Gross and son-in-law, George Gross.
Mrs. Watson is survived by her husband; a son Randy Watson and his wife, Nola Watson; a daughter, Becky Adkins and her husband Mike Adkins of Evansville, Ind.; four grandchildren, Danielle and Taylor Adkins of Evansville, Kim Mead and her husband, George Mead, of Lexington, Ky., Kevin Gross and his wife, Darah Gross, of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Wayne Steele of Corydon; a sister-in-law, Lena Watson of Pleasant Hill; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Watson were April 17 at Kale Funeral Home, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied soloist Emil Rinderspacher as he sang The Old Rugged Cross and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Myron Manley, Condon Clark, Ron Van Winkle, Billie Chase, Eldon Graves and Dennis Stearnss. Honorary bearer was Robert Taylor. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Christian Church in Osceola, Home Aide Services and or Green Valley Hospice.
Phyllis G. Brown
Services were April 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola for Phyllis G. Brown,62, of Indianola who died of a heart ailment April 17, 2002, while she was visiting family in Denver, Colo.The Rev. David Clark conducted the service. Casket bearers were Jim Allen, Jim Archibold, Dave Deane, Jerry Delay, David Elkin, William Ketch and Dan Newbury. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens Cemetery there.
Mrs. Brown was born in Des Moines and moved to Indianola 36 years ago. She graduated from Des Moines East High School and from Graceland College at Lamoni. She was a teacher at Emerson Elementary School in Indianola Community Schools.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Indianola. Mrs. Brown was interested in antiques and her hobbies included walking golf and shopping.
Survivors include her husband, David Brown of Indianola; three sons, Brian Brown of Denver, Eric Brown of Indianola and Ryan Brown of Norwalk; a grandson, Parker Brown of Norwalk; mother and stepfather, Shirley and Donald Hector of Ankeny; stepmother, Enid Baker of Osceola; a brother, David Baker of Hiawatha; four sisters, Paula Baker, Brenda Parsons and Lesley Dorland, all of Osceola and Christine Kooiker of Holland, Mich.
Overton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to emerson Preschool-speical Education or the Indianola First United Methodist Church.
John F. Trevillyan Sr.
A memorial service was held Friday, at Dunn’s Funeral Home in Des Moines for John F. Trevillyan Sr., 62, who died at his home April 8, 2002. The body was cremated and burial was Saturday in the Lorimor Cemetery.
Mr. Trevillyan was born in Des Moines, grew up near Lorimor and returned to Des Moines where he has lived for the past 30 years. He was a retired customer engineer in the southern Iowa area for IBM and later a delivery person at Auto Body Supply. He was an Air Force veteran and a a member of the First United Methodist Church and Norwalk Masonic Lodge.
He found enjoyment in landscape painting, gardening and wildlife.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Merry Ann Smith Trevillyan.
Mr. Trevillyan’s survivors include a daughter, Noelle Zmolek of Des Moines; a son, John Trevillyan Jr. of Ames; a sister, Phyllis Williams of Winterset; and five brothers, Jerry Trevillyan and Delbert Trevillyan, both of Winterset, Raymond Trevillyan of Lorimor, Charles Trevillyan of Des Moines and Richard Trevillyan of Bozeman, Mont.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or Animal Lifeline.
Wilma Mae Fry
Wilma Mae Fry, the daughter of Clarence John and Birdie June Herbeth Glendenning was born May 30, 1926, at Montezuma and died April 9, 2002, at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. She was 75 and a resident of Van Wert.
She grew up in the Montezuma area. She married David Drew Fry in Bethany, Mo. on June 5, 1943. They became the parents of three sons, Garry, Larry and Ronnie.
She spent her life as a wife, mother and homemaker. Mrs. Fry enjoyed gardening, yardwork and baking.
She was a member of the Van Wert Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on July 21, 1995; a daughter-in-law, Linda Fry, on Jan. 14, 1993 and a sister, Erma Parmer.
Mrs. Fry’s survivors include her three sons, Garry Fry and Ron Fry and his wife, Beverly “Bunny” Fry, all of Van Wert; and Larry Fry and his wife, Jennie Fry, of Murray; five grandchildren, Randy Fry of Decatur, T.J. Fry of Truro; Sami Fry of St Charles; Aaron Fry of Van Wert and Carrie Gilbert of Van Wert; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Beverly Glendenning of Galesburg, Ill.; a brother, Sam Glendenning of New Sharon; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Fry were April 13 at the Van Wert Assembly of God Church in Van Wert, Pastor Ramon Booth officiating. Musician was Becky Danley and music selections were Precious Memories and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Aaron Fry, T. J. Fry, Steve Gilbert, Gerald Parmer, Chet Reed and Bobby Tompkins. Interment was in the Van Wert Cemetery.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Fry’s name to the Van Wert Assembly of God Church.
Irene Mae Abell
Irene Mae Abell, daughter of William McElroy Sevier and Ella Matilda O’Dell Sevier, was born June 10, 1902, in Union County and died May 26, 2002, at the Afton Care Center. She was 99.
She was educated in Union County country schools. She married Ernest Ray Abell, on Dec. 25, 1920, in Creston.
After their marriage, she worked as a homemaker and farmwife. She did extensive gardening. She also did house cleaning and wall papering at homes in Union County. She sold Avon products for many years. Mrs. Abell also worked as the custodian for the Arispe United Methodist Church for 45 years and took many friends and neighbors on errands.
The couple worked and farmed at a number of places while rearing their family. In 1957, they moved to Arispe. Mr. Abell died on Dec. 11, 1965. She continued to live in their home until she moved to the Afton Care Center in September 2001.
Mrs. Abell was a member of the Arispe United Methodist Church where she was active with the United Methodist Women, serving in every office and diligently working with the quilting group.
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents; three daughters, Margaret in infancy, Maxine Jones and Wilma Vanderpluym; three granddaughters; seven brothers, Warren William, Vernard Sevier, Clarence Sevier, Harold Sevier, Lloyd Sevier, Cecil and Eugene Sevier; a sister, Pauline German.
Mrs. Abell is survived by two sons, Lavel Abell and his wife, Carolyn Abell, of Murray and Bill Abell and his wife, Ferne Abell, of Arispe; a daughter, Carol Perry and her husband, Darrell Perry, of Osceola; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Sevier of Greenfield; a sister, Ruth Graham of Creston and two sisters-in-law, Elnora Sevier of Blue Springs, Mo. and Betty Sevier of Creston.
Funeral services were May 29 at the Arispe United Methodist Church, the Rev. Lynn Garrison and the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Arrangements were by Powers Funeral Home in Creston. A memorial has been established.
F. Eugene ‘Gene’ Baethke
Floyd Eugene Baethke, known by most as “Gene”, the son of Floyd Wilmer Baethke and Phyllis Jane McCay, was born Dec. 18, 1953, at Sigourney and died May 26, 2002, of cancer at Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines. He was 48.
He was raised in Montezuma and received his early education in Montezuma Community Schools where he graduated in 1972. He graduated from William Penn College in 1976 with a degree in education.
Mr. Baethke married Karen Lynn Fleming on Aug. 3, 1974, in Montezuma. The couple became the parents of two daughters, Jennifer and Brianna. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Baethke moved to New Virginia where he began his teaching and coaching career at Interstate 35 Schools.
Through the years, he has been very involved in coaching. He started as assistant girls basketball coach and later became head girls basketball coach. He was then the assistant boys basketball coach. Throughout his coaching tenure, he was also the I-35 assistant football coach. Mr. Baethke was currently the head boys basketball coach.
He was a member of the Iowa State Education Association, National Coaches Association and was involved with the weightlifting program at I-35. He loved sports and enjoyed attending all of the sporting events at the school, especially when his girls were playing. He also liked ESPN and if it could be labeled as a hobby, it was his.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents; a brother, Phillip and two sisters, Pamela and Janine, all three in infancy.
Mr. Baethke is survived by his wife, Karen Baethke, of New Virginia; two daughters, Jennifer Baethke of New Virginia and Brianna Baethke of Iowa City; his parents, Floyd and Phyllis Baethke of Montezuma; three brothers, Mark Baethke and his wife, Lizz Baethke, of Urbandale, Larry Baethke and his wife, Denise Baethke, of Williamsburg and Greg Baethke and his wife, Dawnetta Baethke, of Spencer; nieces and nephews, Chad, Autumn and Calvin Baethke of Urbandale, Tyler, Dustyn and Cody Baethke of Williamsburg and Cade, Payton, Carson and Kramer Baethke of Spencer; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were May 29 at the Interstate 35 High School Gymnasium in Truro, the Rev. Skip Rushing of New Virginia officiating.
Musicians, Tim and Kelly McKinney and Anne Johnson performed the musical selections Amazing Grace, I Will Remember You and Spirit in the Sky.
Casket bearers were Dick Sulentic, Tim Bogs, Everett Kephart, Randy Calvert, Jeff Douglas and Brandon Kelly. Honorary bearers were Tyler Baethke, Dustyn Baethke, Cody Baethke, Cade Baethke, Payton Baethke, Carson Baethke, Kramer Baethke, Chad Baethke, Autumn Baethke and Calvin Baethke. Interment was in New Virginia Cemetery. Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes-Osceola and Truro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Kavanagh House, 900-56th in Des Moines or Interstate 35 Little League.
Vera Gardner, 92, of Carlisle died May 16, 2002, of heart failure at the Carlisle Care Center where she had lived for the past 3-1/2 years.
Mrs. Gardner was born in Mondale. She graduated from Van Wert High School and married Orval Newton Gardner also of Van Wert in 1930 at Ames. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner operated a grocery store in Woodburn for several years before moving to South Gate and Visalia, Calif. in 1955. .
Mrs. Gardner moved back to Iowa 10 years ago and lived at Crestview Retirement Center in Des Moines before moving to the care center in Carlisle.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Kay Johnson.
Mrs. Gardner is survived by a daughter, Twyla Davis of Carlisle; four sons, Dean Gardner of Clifton, Colo.; Don Gardner of Broken Arrow, Okla., Phillip Gardner of Alexandria, Va. and David Gardner of Castle Rock, Colo.; a sister, Mildred Joy of Willits, Calif. and a brother, Robert Lee of St. Charles.
A visitation was held at the Richardson Funeral Home in Carlisle for Mrs. Gardner on May 19. Graveside services were May 22 at Rose Hills Cemetery, in Whittier, Calif., the Rev. Randy Gardner officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in in Mrs. Gardner’s name to the Woodburn Community Center.
Harry C. Horton
Harry Clark Horton, son of Jesse LeGrand and Fairie Elizabeth McCarl Horton, was born May 11, 1910, in Franklin Township in Clarke County and died May 23, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 92.
He attended country school in Franklin Township and graduated from Osceola High School and Osceola Junior College.
He married Velma Loraine Hoover on Jan. 12, 1931, in Clarke County and they became the parents of three children, Betty, Loraine and Robert.
Mr. Horton was a teacher in the country schools and worked for the City of Osceola in the wastewater department. He also worked at the Iowa Ordnance Plant and the munitions factory during World War II. He helped build the detonator for the atom bomb.
After the war Mr. and Mrs. Horton moved to Millard, Neb. where they lived for a number of years and he did construction work. The couple returned to Osceola in 1965 where he owned and operated a mechanic shop, H and V Service.
Mr. Horton was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Osceola and a member of the Osceola Volunteer Fire Department for many years. His favorite pastimes were fishing and woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a brother, Edward.
Mr. Horton is survived by two daughters, Betty Webb and her husband, John Webb, of Osceola and Loraine Brimm and her husband, Richard Brimm, of Weldon; a son, Robert Horton and his wife, Janet Horton, of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester Horton and his wife, Arlene Horton, of Osceola; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mr. Horton were held May 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Doug Hamilton officiating. Musical selections, by the Church of Christ Singers, were Sweet Bye and Bye and Take My Hand Precious Lord .
Casket bearers were Jim Brimm, Dan Brimm, Sam Brimm, Tom Nolan II, Mike Gasick , Brandon Brimm and Kooper Brimm. Honorary bearers included Shadoe Miller, Keegan Brimm, Zachary Gasick, Chase Miller, Konner Brimm, Joshua Gasick and Kooper Brimm. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Horton’s name to the Church of Christ or the Osceola Volunteer Fire Department.
Arrangements were made by Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.
Sally Ann Hunsaker
Sally Ann Hunsaker, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Jamerson Marthini, was born July 30, 1931, in Seattle Wash. She was adoped and raised by William and Hazel Hill in Chicago, Ill. She died May 23, 2002, at her home at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She was 70.
As a young adult she moved back to the west coast and got to know her natural family. She moved and traveled many places before settling in Iowa in 1988.
She married Dee Leon Hunsaker in 1974.
Through out Mrs. Hunsaker’s life she enjoyed car racing motorcycles, crocheting, traveling and the Internet. She also enjoyed working on her family genealogy and investigating different religions.
She was preceded in death by both sets of parents; her husand on Dec. 21, 2001, and many of her brothers and sisters.
Surviving are her three children, John Hill and his wife, Mary Paul, of Colchester, Vt.; Lisa Ward and her husband, Mike Ward, of Grand River and Mike Owens and his wife, Jennifer Owens, of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Shawn Hill and his wife, Sheri Hill, Christopher Hill and his wife, Heather Hill, all of South Burlington, Vt., Britanee Ward and Mike Ward of Grand River and Sean Owens of Phoenix; two great-granddaughters; two brothers; two sisters; and other relatives and friends.
Services were graveside May 28 in Greenlawn Cemetery at Afton, Pastor Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Casket bearers were Wayne Barnes, Ron Brown, Jesse Henrichs, Matt Henrichs, Mike Marshall and Jeff Ward.
Arrangements were by Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home at Leon.
Robert Reed Sponsler
Robert Reed Sponsler, son of Francis Reed and Madge Almeda Spencer Sponsler, was born on Oct. 17, 1925, in Wayne County and died May 8, 2002, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon.
He graduated from Humeston High School in1943.
Mr. Sponsler married Muriel Ilene DeVore on July 24, 1950, at the Christian Church parsonage at Chariton. They became the parents of four children, Kathryn, David, Kristin and Doyce.
He started farming at a young age. Farming was something he liked and work that needed to be done after his father’s early death. He continued until his own retirement with great attention to detail and the love of his occupation.
Mr. Sponsler was an advocate of soil conservation. After retirement his green thumb was directed to his garden where he grew abundant fruits for family and friends. He liked his garden and flowers, birds, reading and collecting bells.
He was baptized into the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church with his wife.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Alice Wells and a brother, James Sponsler.
Mr. Sponsler is survived by his wife of Humeston; two daughters, Kathy Heckman and her husband, Glenn Heckman, of Osceola and Kristin Sponsler of Denver, Colo. ; two sons, David Sponsler and his wife, Patty Sponsler, of Chariton and Doyce Sponsler and his wife, Diana Sponsler, of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two brothers, John Sponsler and and his wife, Virginia Sponsler, of Lakeville, Minn. and Joe Sponsler and his wife, Phyllis Sponsler, of Atlantic; a stepsister, Mary Ann Storm and her husband, Keith Storm, of Chariton; sisters-in-law, Virginia Sponsler of Humeston and June Halferty of Numa; brothers-in-law, Bill Wells and his wife, Choral Wells, of Eustis, Fla., Rex DeVore and his wife, Sue DeVore, of Williamson and Paul DeVore and his wife, Dorothy DeVore, of Russell; aunts, Margaret Throckmorton of Chariton and Mildred Stevenson of Story City; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were May 14 at the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church, the Rev. Joan White officiating. Burial was in Humeston Cemetery.
Kenneth ‘Nicky’ Turlock
Kenneth “Nicky” Turlock, 41, of Corning died May 21, 2002, in Adams County. Services were May 25 in Oak Hill Cemetery at Corning with the Rev. Ken Rummer of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Memorials may be given in his name.
He was born April 3, 1961, in San Francisco. He moved to Las Vagas when he was 10 and moved to Iowa in 1991.
He worked for Fansteel Wellman Dynamics in Creston since 1998 as a lead man.
He loved music and playing tennis and was an avid morel mushroom hunter.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Danielle Turlock who died at age 10 on Feb. 14, 2000.
Mr. Turlock is survived by his mother, Lynn W. Shepherd of Lorimor; fiance, Simone Skowronek of Corning; three children, Aaron Turlock, 10, and Tayler Turlock, 8, both of Corning and Brice Turlock, eight months, of Murray.
Francis E. Gray
Francis Earl Gray, the son of Emmor and Ethel L. Cartwright Gray was born Dec. 15, 1916, in Montgomery County and died July 19, 2002, at North Shore Health Care Facility in Loveland, Colo. He was 85.
He married Grace I. Lamb in Marysville, Mo., on June 23, 1938, and they farmed in Osceola and Murray. They moved from Murray to Loveland in 1961 and Mr. Gray worked as a carpenter for several years and then did custodial work for the Thompson School District.
He liked being out of doors, fishing and camping in the mountains.
He was preceded in death by his wife Grace Gray who died on Oct. 31, 2000, five brothers, Gilbert, Bill, Lester, Victor and Bob Gray and two sisters, Evelyn Woodard and Doris Kutchar.
Mr. Gray is survived by three sons, Keith Gray and his wife, Rebecca Gray, of Boulder City, Nev., Larry L. Gray and his wife, Juanita Gray, of San Antonio, Texas and Lonnie L. Gray and his wife, Donna Gray, of Loveland; two brothers, Marvin Gray and his wife, Bernice Gray, and Rolland Gray and his wife, Kathy Gray, of Osceola; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Gray were at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home with the Rev. Glen Schlect of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland offciating. Burial was in Loveland Burial Park.
Gale Dean Kindred
Gale Dean Kindred, son of Clarence Oliver Kindred and Beulah Faye Hagan Kindred, was born Feb. 11, 1948, at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon and died Aug. 8, 2002, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 54.
He attended a country school, finished grade school in Weldon and graduated from Clarke Community High School in 1966. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Mr. Kindred grew up on a farm northeast of Van Wert where they raised up to 40,000 turkeys at a time.
He married Donna Leann Cole on June 10, 1966 and they became the parents of three children. The couple moved to a farm east of Osceola in 1973.
As a youth Mr. Kindred was active in FFA and served as chapter president. He earned a state poultry award and the Iowa Farmer Degree. He was active in organizing the Iowa Young Farmer Organization and was a charter member.
Mr. Kindred served a three-year term on the Clarke Community School Board. He devoted a lot of time to building a new softball field at the high school. He was a member of Clarke County Old Iron.
In addition to farming Mr. Kindred worked the past six years for Mail Contractors of America. He received their top driver of the year award in 1998.
He loved to work on the farm and build things out of old farm machinery and restore old tractors. Two of Mr. Kindred’s other interests were history and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; father; a brother, Ronal Gene Kindred and a nephew, Douglas Stephen Cole.
Mr. Kindred is survived by his wife; a son, Greg Kindred and his wife, Tina Kindred, of Osceola; two daughters, Lori White and her husband, Donnie White, of Sibley and Jennifer Kindred and her fiance, Brent Parrott, of Norwalk; his mother, Faye Kindred of Osceola; two sisters, Reva Beers and her husband, Ed Beers of Leon and Neva Lee McDowell and her husband, Orval McDowell, of Osceola.
Other relatives include his seven grandchildren, Carrie, Amanda and Audrey Kindred of Osceola, Taylor and Kaylee White of Sibley and Madison and Alexander Kim of Norwalk; parents-in-law, Don and Virginia Cole of Osceola; two brothers-in-law, Dennis Cole and his wife, Verla Cole, of Osceola and Dan Cole and his wife, Deb Cole, of Urbandale as well as nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 12 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. John Tunnicliff of Afton and the Rev. Phil Coe of Osceola officiating.
Casket bearers were Jim Emary, Mark Combs, Chuck Bright, Stephen Garmon, Lanny Robins and Randy Diehl. Honorary casket bearers were Oval McDowell, Ron McDowell, Gerald Pedersen, Charlie Morgan Merle Patterson, Ed Beers, Leland Dolecheck, Jim Asmus and Matt Diehl. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola.