Betty Lou Webb
Betty Lou Horton Webb, daughter of Harry and Velma Hoover Horton, was born in Clarke County on July 11, 1931 and died of a heart attack Aug. 11, 2002, at at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 71.
She married John D. Webb on Oct. 17, 1950, and they became the parents of Dana Jeanne Webb. The couple lived in rural Osceola.
Mrs. Webb was a farm wife and homemaker. She was a 4-H leader and was active in her church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola. She loved to sew and made her own wardrobe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, parents-in-law, Jaunita and Japtha Webb; brother-in-law, James Webb and a niece, Mary Jeanne Helms.
Mrs. Webb is survived by her husband; daughter, of Lees Summit, Mo.; twin grandsons, Chase and Shadoe Miller of Lees Summit; a sister Loraine Brimm and her husband, Richard Brimm, of Weldon; a brother, Robert Horton and his wife, Jan Horton, of St. Louis, Mo.; brother-in-law, Jerry Webb and his wife, Sharon Webb, of Osceola; three sisters-in-law, Anne Welker and her husband Dwayne Welker of Murray, Lola Carson and her husband, Everett Carson of Johnston and Wilma Helms and her husband, Larry Helms, of Old Fort, N.C.; as well as nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Webb were Aug. 14 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. J.R. Wheeler of Osceola officiating. Organist Carol Wheeler accompanied soloist, Shellie Webb, who sang Amazing Grace and Jesus Lives, the Victory Is Won.
Casket bearers were Dan Brimm, Sam Brimm, James Brimm, Jeff Webb, Brandon Brimm and Mike Gasick. Honorary casket bearers were Mike Kelly, Gary Eckels, Tim Busby, Marvin Ellis Jr., Dwayne May and Dick Webb. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
James E. Gilreath
James E. “Jim” Gilreath, 70, of Coolidge, Ariz., was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Grand River. He was the son of E. Dale Day Gilreath and Harold Gilreath. He died Aug. 16, 2002, in Casa Grande, Ariz. He graduated from high school in Grand River and joined the Army. He received the Silver and Bronze Stars for service in the Korean War and Bronze Star in Vietnam. He also received a Purple Heart and retired as a Sergeant Major. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Coolidge. Mr. Gilreath was an avid golfer.
Survivors include a brother, William Gilreath and his wife, Doris, of Greeley, Colo.; a niece, Mary C. DiManna and her daughter, Dominique, of Thornton, Colo., other relatives and friends.
Interment of the cremains will be Friday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m., at the O’Grady Cemetery, north of Grand River. The Rev. Lyle Peters will officiate. Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Leon, is in charge of arrangements.
Lillian Maxine Goodrich
Lillian Maxine Saddoris Goodrich, the daughter of Charles Saddoris and Lena Marks Saddoris was born Dec. 22, 1912, in Clarke County and died Oct. 6, 2002 at the Rose Vista Home in Woodbine. She was 89.
She received her education in the Clarke County Schools and began teaching in rural schools in 1931. She pursued a nursing career in Chicago and worked for a doctor,
She married Carl Goodrich on Sept. 6, 1937, in Kansas City. They spent most of their lives in Clarke County except for 12 years in Omaha and Council Bluffs. The couple became the parents of three sons, Kendall, Carmen and Randol.
Mrs. Goodrich became a member of the Osceola Assembly of God in 1954 and accepted Jesus as savior. She enjoyed seeing the new church facilities built.
Mrs. Goodrich took great joy in the activities of her family and watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow through the school years, later education, getting married, having families and seeing them involved in church.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1975; her parents and parents-in-law; two brothers, Richard and Lyle Saddoris; a sister Juanita Mateer; a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Goodrich and a great-granddaughter.
Mrs. Goodrich is survived by her sons, Kendall Goodrich and his wife, Janet Goodrich, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Carmen Goodrich and his wife, Sandra Goodrich, of Woodbine and Randol Goodrich and his wife, Cynthia Linder Goodrich, of Elkhart; nine grandchildren, Lynn and Leana Goodrich and Wayne and Jessica Goodrich, all of Woodbine; Michelle Goodrich of Littleton, Colo., Katrina Watson and her husband Val Watson, of Colorado Springs, Sonia Johnson and her husband, Chris Johnson, of Ames, Stephanie Berglund and her husband, Scott Berglund, of Afton, Wyo. and Randi Goodrich of Elkhart; four great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and twelve great-stepgrandchildren ; a sister, Charlene Jones and her husband, Clifford Jones, of Osceola; as well as brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Goodrich were held Oct. 9 at the Osceola Assembly of God, Pastor Carmen Goodrich and Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating.
Pianist was Leana Goodrich. Musical selections were Peace written and performed by Leana Goodrich, Peace In the Valley by Sonia Johnson accompanied by Chris Johnson and Mansion Over the Hilltop by Pastor Chuck and Helen DeVos.
Casket bearers were Michelle Goodrich, Lynn Goodrich, Wayne Goodrich, Craig Mateer, Lanny Jones and Brian Stuva. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola.
Memorials may be made to the Osceola Assembly of God in her name.
Arrangements were made by Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.
Raymond P. LeFebvre
Raymond Paul LeFebvre, son of Walter Ismal LeFebvre and Ella Mae Leitzen LeFebvre, was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Mapleton and died Oct. 6, 2002, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 71.
He received his education in the Mapleton schools and then served his country as a company clerk in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Following his time in the service he was married to Gloria Colleen Morgan on Dec. 28, 1954, in Mapleton. The couple became the parents of four children, Karla, Kary, Kelly and Kurt.
Mr. and Mrs. LeFebvre lived in Mapleton and Correctionville for short periods of time before moving to Cherokee where they lived for two years. They lived in Charles City for 11 years and Ottumwa for four years before moving to Caroll for seven years. Mr. LeFebvre retired from Fareway Grocery Stores in 1991 and they moved to Osceola to make their home.
Mr. LeFebvre was a member of Saint Bernard Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, both in Osceola and Herndon Oehlert American Legion Post No. 157 in Woodburn.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife in 2001; grandson Brandon Ray Phillips in 1978 and grandson Eric Jason Phillips in 2001.
Mr. LeFebvre is survived by a daughter, Karla Bassett and her husband, Rod Bassett, of Osceola; three sons, Kary LeFebvre and his wife, Karen LeFebvre of Cresco; Kelly LeFebvre of Osceola and Kurt LeFebvre and his wife, Mary LeFebvre of Grimes; seven grandchildren, Jerad Phillips of Iowa City, Kayla, Kameron and Kolby LeFebvre of Cresco, Morgan and Taylor LeFebvre of Grimes and Kristen LeFebvre of Des Moines; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mr. LeFebvre will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, the Rev. Lyle Peters officiating. Organist will be Anne March and vocalist will be Karen LeFebvre and musical selections will be Ava Maria and On Eagle’s Wings. Interment of the cremains will be in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola. Graveside rites will be by Herndon-Oehlert Post No. 157 American Legion of Woodburn.
Memorials may be made to Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Mr. LeFebvre’s name.
Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.
James L. Oaks
James L. Oaks Sr., son of James E. Oaks and Gladys Alma Burr Oaks, was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Guthrie Center and died Oct. 2, 2002, at his home in Murray after a lengthy struggle with cancer. He was 67.
He attended grade school in Guthrie Center and high school in Excelsior Springs, Mo. He married Mary Ellen Knight on Dec. 26, 1958, in Des Moines. The couple became the parents of two children, Jim and Penny.
He spent his early years in Guthrie Center and had lived in the Murray area for the last 32 years. He was a heavy equipment operator for Clarke County Secondary Roads for 23 years. He retired in August of 1997.
Mr. Oaks liked restoring antique tractors, deer hunting, camping and spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed people and loved supporting the town of Murray and the Murray Community School. He was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed,
He was a member of the Murray Community Development Corporation, past member of the Murray Fire Department and a member of the Murray Athletic Booster Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister Clara Bell in infancy.
Mr. Oaks is survived by his wife, Mary of Murray; a son, Jim Oakes Jr. and his wife, Kim Oaks of Murray; a daughter, Penny Van Huss and her husband, Brandon Huss, of Churchill, Tenn.; three grandchildren Jesse and Shawn Oaks of Murray and Emma Van Huss of Churchill; two sisters, Audrey Rudd and her husband, Tom Rudd, of Arkansas City, Kan. and Alice Coffman and her husband, Vaughn Coffman, of Tamarac, Fla.; a brother, Noah Oaks and his wife Mary Oaks, of Brookville, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Pat Metzler and her husband Bruce of Kenosha, Wis. and Georgia Paulsen and her husband, Rich Paulsen, of Creston; his mother-in-law, Mary Baker of Afton; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Oaks were held Oct. 5 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Brian McCrackenof Murray officiating. Organist was Pennie Gonseth.
Casket bearers were Bill Carper, Mike Jackson, Bill Arnold, Bill Kerns, Rod Adams and Wayne Phillips. Honorary casket bearers were Ted Nowakowski, Lynn Paddleford, Jerry Brown and Clarke County Secondary Roads Employees. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Murray Community Schools.
Guy Madison Reed
Guy Madison Reed, son of William Reed and Samantha Twyford Reed was born July 27, 1905, in Clarke County and died Oct. 1, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 97.
Mr. Reed was educated in the Clarke County rural schools and married Mamie Fayteen Henrichs on Sept. 2, 1928, at the Methodist parsonage in New Virginia. The couple became the parents of five children, Darald, Marion, Marilyn, Ronald and Shirley.
Mr. Reed lived all of his life in Clarke County. He was a lifelong farmer and his lifelong hobby was raising cattle. He loved playing the violin and banjo. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Osceola.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; a son, Marion Reed; sisters-in-law, Edith Garner and Ethel Devol and son-in-law, Larry Hart.
He is survived by two sons, Darald Reed and his wife, Bettie Reed, of Winchester, Va. 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; a daughter-in-law, Betty Reed, of Fallbrook, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Floyd Henrichs and his wife, Irene Henrichs, of Osceola; a sister-in-law, Jean Henrichs of Osceola; other relatives and a host of friends.
A funeral service for Mr. Reed was held Oct. 5 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. James Louk officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied soloist, Pastor Chuck DeVos, as he sang Daddy’s Hands and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Cass Page, Cole Page, Parker Edgington, Tyler Edgington, Gary Reed, Kevin Dorland and Jacob Dorland. Honorary casket bearers were Barry Henrichs, Merlyn “Bud” Jones and Kelly Page. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association-Guy Reed Memorial, 919 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1000, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676.
James LeRoy Rumley
James LeRoy Rumley, son of LeRoy and Helen Rose Snyder Rumley, was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Decatur County and died of a heart attack Oct. 4, 2002, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 73.
He graduated from Leon High School. Mr. Rumley worked in Kansas City and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in Korea for a year and four months.
After the service Mr. Rumley worked as a superintendent for Stewart Sand in Kansas City. He drove a dredge down the Missouri River. He remained in Kansas City until 1971when he moved to the Des Moines area. As a custodial engineer for the City of Des Moines he took care of community centers all over the city.
Mr. Rumley married Beverly Jeanne Lumadue in 1974. After he retired he and Mrs. Rumley made their home in Runnells from 1991 until 2000. They moved to Van Wert two years ago and he was elected to the Van Wert City Council.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 69 of Runnells. He was a “socializing expert.” Jim liked talking to people and going to auctions and garage sales.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ray Rumley; infant son James Patrick Rumley and two great-grandchildren, Dakota and Riley Emery.
Mr. Rumley is survived by his wife; three daughters, Gracie Myers and her husband, Rick Myers, of Austin, Texas, Martha Myers and her husband Dennis Myers, and Marlena Emery and Steve of Des Moines; three sons Mike Rumley of Creighton, Mo., Marvin Rumley and his wife, Kelly Rumley, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Mark Rumley and his wife, Tami Freeman, of Kernersville, N.C.; four stepchildren, Gene Carter and his wife, Debbie Carter, of Des Moines, Valeria Curry and her husband, Scott Curry, of Indianola, Ron Carter and his wife, Ann Carter, of Carlisle and Dannella Awtry and her husband, Bob Awtry of Harvey; 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gene Rumley and his wife, Mary Anne Rumley of Osceola and Ron Rumley and his wife, Linda Rumley, of Van Wert; a sister-in-law, Mary Louise Blodgett of Mount Pleasant; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
A funeral service for Mr. Rumley was Oct. 7 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon. Henry Short officiated.
Casket bearers were Bob Awtry, Gene Carter, Ron Carter, Nathan Kentner, Roger Kentner and Rodney Rumley. Interment was in the Garden Grove Cemetery.
Randall Ray Andrew, son of Ralph and Rayola Andrew, was born Aug. 6, 1942, at Osceola and died June 24, 2003. He was 60.
He grew up in Grand River and received his elementary education in Grand River. His family moved to Osceola in 1958 and he graduated from Clarke Community High School in 1960.
He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War and served his country with the United States Army in the Corps of Engineers.
He married Linda Joyce Morris on April 30, 1972, at Las Vegas, Nev., and they became the parents of four children, Richard, Rodney, Clay and Jeana.
Mr. Andrew began working for his parents when he was 14 and was in the construction business for 46 years but purchased Andrew Construction Company 25 years ago. He and Mrs. Andrew also owned and operated the NAPA Auto Parts Store in Osceola for 17 years.
Mr. Andrew was an avid hunter, He enjoyed hunting elk, deer, moose and caribou. He also enjoyed cutting, welding and restoring antique construction equipment and cars. He even built the first pipe bedder machine, which was later manufactured by Simco and was sold by Andrew Construction.
He was a private pilot; a member of the Clarke County Old Iron Club; Historical Truck Society; Historical Construction Equipment Association; former member of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Posse; the Rambling Riders Motorcycle Club and the United Methodist Church in Osceola.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Andrew, grandmother, Goldie Adams Boles; aunt, Agnes Graves; two uncles Vern and Ray Andrew and an aunt, Dorothy Scudder.
He is surived by his wife, Linda of Osceola; three sons, Richard “Rick’ Andrew and his wife, Nicki Andrew, of Osceola and their children, Taylor and Sara; Rodney Andrew and his wife, Andrea Andrew, of Ankeny and their children, Haley and Sydney; Clay Andrew and his wife Jodi Andrew, of Osceola and their daughter, Maeci; his daughter, Jeana DeRoos and her husband, Dan DeRoos, of Coralville; his mother, Rayola Andrew of Osceola; his mother-in-law, Mary Morris of Osceola; an uncle Donald Andrew and his wife, Marie Andrew, of Des Moines and aunt, Margaret Andrew of Leon; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Andrew were June 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Hugh Stone of the Osceola United Methodist Church officiating. Organist Barb Audlehelm accompanied Larry Versteegt as he sang How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace, Wind Beneath My Wings.
Casket bearers were Gary Morris, Steve Jurshak, Doyle Curnes, Travis Wright, Mike Fry and David Curnes. Honorary bearers were Charlie Uecker, Dan Hooper, Mick Gable, George McCann, Taylor Andrew, Kenny Wilder, Mark Crawford, David Graves and Con Smith.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola. Military rites were presented by Davis Pence Post No. 69 Osceola.
Edna Stansell Atha died on June 3, 2003, at her home in Canon City, Colo. She was 92
She was born Feb. 26, 1911, in Osceola to Andrew Thomas and Lotta Bell Stansell. She was educated in the Osceola public schools and taught there for eight years. She also taught in the Chariton schools for 35 years.
She married Basil W. Atha of Chariton on Feb. 25, 1940. They became the parents of two children.
Later in life they moved to Canon City. After she retired in Canon City Mrs. Atha taught people who could neither read nor write. She loved to china paint and was a beautiful painter , winning awards at the state fair. She was a member of the First Christian Church throughout her life.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband; two sisters and their spouses and three brothers and their spouses. A brother and sister-in-law, M.T. “Sport” and Esther Stansell were lifetime residents of Osceola.
Mrs. Atha is survived by two sons, Tom Atha of Canon City and Eric Atha, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Several nieces and nephews survive. Local area nieces, include Ann Diehl of Osceola and Linda Ruble of Des Moines.
Memorial services for Mrs. Atha were June 8 at the First Christian Church of Canon City. In lieu of flowers, children’s books may be donated in her name to the Canon City or Osceola Public Library. Other memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Hospice, P.O. Box 1796, Canon City, CO 81212-1796.
Avery Ray Gould, the son of Frank and Beulah Mustain Gould was born Sept. 14, 1917, at Otis in Washington County, Colo., and died June 20, 2003, at Fort Meade Veterans Administration Medical Center in Sturgis, S.D. He was 85.
He attended the Lone Star School in Colorado and moved with his family to Murray when he was 13.
After completing his education he was a truck driver.
He married Helen Margaret Pinckney on Sept. 5, 1937, at Osceola. He was drafted and served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Cowpens for 1-1/2 years.
After his discharge he returned to Murray where he attended school on the GI bill and worked for an implement shop. He also continued trucking until 1949.
The family moved to Rapid City,S.D., where Mr. Gould worked at Pete Lien’s for a time and later the Murray-Hanson garage as a mechanic. He worked for James Motors for 13 years before operating a service station and garage on Mount Rushmore Road for eight years. He worked in construction and also in Piedmont,S.D., for Paterson Equipment after retiring.
Mr. Gould operated his own farm in Piedmont since the early 1950s.
He milked and raised chickens and pigs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a son.
Mr. Gould is survived by his wife, in Piedmont, S.D.; six sons, Virgil Gould, Piedmont, Leland Gould, Rapid City, Avery James Gould, Vacaville, Calif., Edwin A. Gould, Eaton, Colo., Donald Gould, Spearfish, S.D. and Gary Gould, Kaneohe, Hawaii; five daughters, Sharon Bennett, Zeeland, Mich., Linda Archuleta, Piedmont, Mary Knutson, Creston, British Columbia, Gina Gould, Bremerton, Wash. and Vicki Simmons, Clearwater, Fla.; 38 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Ross Gould of Osceola; three sisters, Hazel Archer of Aurora, Colo., and Bessie Patrick and Nila Husted, both of Osceola.
Funeral services were June 23 at Grace United Methodist Church, Piedmont, the Rev. Dan Freed officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Piedmont Cemetery.
Wilma Charlene Heston, daughter of Perry Ruble and Mary Wright Ruble, was born July 1, 1925, in Warren County and died June 24, 2003, at her daughter’s home in Colfax. She was 77.
She attended a Warren County country school. She married Allen Heston on March 25, 1944, in Osceola and they became the parents of two children, Perry and Sandra.
Mrs. Heston lived near Woodburn in Clarke County until eight years ago when she moved to Colfax to be with her daughter.
Mrs. Heston was a teller for First State Bank in Chariton until she retired. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Woodburn and the First Baptist Church in Chariton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Arthur and Willard Coffman and Ivan Ruble and two sisters, Bertha Sloan and Iva Irvin.
Mrs. Heston is survived by her husband of Woodburn; son, Perry Allen Heston and his wife, Reva Heston, of Southwest City, Mo.; a daughter, Sandra DeRaad and her husband, Verlan DeRaad of Colfax; four grandchildren; Jodi Davenport, Michael Heston, Shelly Veldhuizen and Dustin DeRaad; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Vivian Herndon of Osceola; two brothers, Dwight Ruble of Memphis, Tenn., and Bob Ruble of Nevada; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Heston were June 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Organist Belva White accompanied Gilbert Garton as he sang How Great Thou Art and Beyond the Sunset.
Casket bearers were Michael Heston, Brian Veldhuizen, Perry Heston, Scott Davenport, Dustin DeRaad and Verlin DeRaad. Interment was in Ottawa Cemetery near Woodburn.
Ruth Lorene Overholtzer Hopkins Myers, the youngest daughter of John and Eunice Varner Overholtzer, was born Aug. 23, 1908, on a farm six miles north of Leon in the Fairview Community. She died June 21, 2003, at Westview Acres Care Center in Leon. She was 94.
She received her education in the Fairview rural school and Leon High School. She confessed her faith when she was 12 and became a member of the Fairview Methodist Church. She was secretary of the Decatur County Sunday School Association for several years and secretary of the Iowa Sunday School Association for 10 years.
She moved to Osceola in 1935 and later moved her parents there. They died in 1947. She was employed at JC Penney, Snowden, Inc. and the last 13 years before moving to Leon, was cashier at General Telephone Company.
She married John Hopkins on Jan. 7, 1945. He preceded her in death April 2, 1961. She married Dr. J. D. Myers on April 19, 1964. He preceded her in death on May 16, 1980. She lived the rest of her life in Leon.
Mrs. Myers was a member of Loving Chapel United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem in Leon.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Mrs. Myers was preceded in death by two sisters, Carrie Luce and her husband, Miles Luce, and Gladys Fight and her husband Rollie Fight; a brother Lynn Overholtzer and his wife, Mildred Overholtzer, a niece Jeanne Luce Cherington and her husband, Allison Cherington; and a nephew John Luce.
Mrs. Myers is survived by a stepdaughter, Marilyn Overton and her husband, Lloyd Overton of Leon; three stepgrandsons, Kim Overton and his wife, Sheila Overton of Van Wert; Tracy Overton and his wife, Cathy Overton of North Liberty and Kip Overton and his wife, Angie Overton, of Adel; six great-stepgrandchildren; four nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Myers were June 26 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Jud Stover and the Rev. Jack Kendall officiating. Pianist Marilyn Bohnker accompanied soloist Terry Roberts as she sang How Great Thou Art, Beyond the Sunset and I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone.
Casket bearers were Gerald Luce, Jason Luce, Kim Overton, Jason Overton, Tracy Overton and Kip Overton. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery.
Roger “Rocky” Allen Price, son of Ernest Price Jr. and Mary Westin Price, was born Dec. 13, 1950, in Clarke County and died June 23, 2003, at his home in Osceola. He was 52.
He received his education in the Clarke County schools and graduated from Clarke Community High School in 1968.
He was the father of four children, Shawn, Andrew, Amy and Meghan.
He was a lifetime resident of Clarke County except for the short time he spent in Palm Beach, Fla. Mr. Price, a talented craftsman, worked in the Osceola area as a carpenter and contractor for many years.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Mr. Price is survived by his children, Shawn Price and his wife, Jamie Price and Andrew Price, both of Palm Beach, Fla. Amy Price of Boca Raton, Fla. and Meghan Price of Osceola; mother and stepfather, Mary and Don Butcher of Des Moines; three sisters, Darlene Handrock of Osceola, Vicki Moore, of Payson, Ariz. and Vera Draper and her husband, David Draper of Norwalk; two brothers, Denny Mason and his wife, Donna Mason, of Sanford, N.C. and Bob Mason and his wife, Sandy Mason, of Osceola; one grandchild, Devon Price of Osceola; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
A graveside service and interment was held May 27 in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola, Pastor Rick Titus of Creston officiating.
Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro was in charge of arrangements.
Alberta Louise Werner, the daughter of Harry Bryant and Georgie Palmer Bryant, was born Feb. 12, 1932, in New Virginia and died June 27, 2003, at Midwest City Regional Medical Center in Midwest City, Okla. Mrs. Werner, 71, was a resident of Luther, Okla.
She married Henry I. Graham in December 1952 and they became the parents of four children. Later the couple were divorced.
Mrs. Werner raised miniature poodles and loved animals of all kinds. She loved to cook and spoil her grandchildren. In addition to Iowa Mrs. Werner had also lived in Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Bryant, a son Darrell Graham on June 26, 1957 and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Werner is survived by her husband William Werner of the home; two sons, Merlyn Graham and his wife, Doris Graham, and Roger Graham and his wife, Dana Graham, both of Loveland, Colo.; a daughter, Verlene Stephenson and her husband, Tim Stephenson, of Osceola; her mother, Georgie Bryant of Osceola; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Survivors also include two sisters, Lois McNeal of Pueblo, Colo. and Isabel Lathrum of Truro; a brother, Ralph Bryant of Osceola; four stepsons, Phil Werner of Des Moines and Joseph Werner, Thomas Werner and David Werner, all three of Murray; two stepdaughters, Rose Carson of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Deborah Ashby of Murray; nine stepgrandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services and interment were at 11 a.m. July 2 at the Murray Cemetery, Pastor Marty Burgus officiating. Kale Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of local arrangements and arrangements in Oklahoma City were arranged by Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home.
Ora “Ileen” Brierly, daughter of Wesley and Florence Lowe, was born Nov. 27, 1913, in Weldon and died Aug. 13, 2003, at the Indianola Good Samaritan Center. She was 89.
She attended Weldon schools and graduated from high school in 1931. She married Charles Daniel Brierly on Dec. 22, 1933, in Osceola and they became the parents of three children, Flo, Wendell and Twyla.
Mrs. Brierly was a homemaker. She loved to embroider, do crossword puzzles and garden. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ophir Chapter 267 in Osceola. She was also a former member of the White Shrine and attended the Christian Church in Weldon.
Mrs. Brierly lived in Weldon until she moved to Des Moines to live with her daughter for three years before moving to the Indianola Good Samaritan Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1998; and a sister, Lois Fairall.
Mrs. Brierly is survived by two daughters, Flo Blanchard and her husband, Russell Blanchard, of Des Moines and Twyla Polvani and her husband, Tony Polvani of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Wendell Brierly and his wife, Linda Brierly, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Joel Brierly and Leslie Brierly of Springfield, Mo., Angel Blanchard, Lisa Onder, and Bob Blanchard of Des Moines, Michelle Crosson and Dan Easter of Scottsdale, Ariz., Stacy Mason of Phoenix, Ariz., Teri Acosta of Tucson, Ariz,; twenty great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a brother, Uriel “Wendell” Lowe of Sun City, Ariz. as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Brierly were Aug. 18 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Hugh Stone of the Osceola United Methodist Church officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied Emil Rinderspacher as he sang Amazing Grace and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Robert Blanchard, Shawn Blanchard and Troy Onder. Eastern Star services were presented by Ophir Chapter No. 267 Order of the Eastern Star. Interment was in Chaney Cemetery in rural Clarke County.
Tressie Mae Brown, daughter of Asa and Margaret Ellen Ramsey West, was born May 5, 1920, on the family farm southwest of Lacelle. She died Aug. 13, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital Extended Care Unit in Osceola. She was 83.
Mrs. Brown grew up attending the Brushwood country school in Clarke County and graduated from Grand River High School in 1938. She married W. H. “Bill” Brown at the United Methoidst Church in Leon. The couple became the parents of two children, Merrill and Louise.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown spent their entire married life farming within a few miles of her childhood home. In later years she worked as an inspector for the Snowdon Company in Osceola. She retired from Snowdons after 19 years in 1974.
Following her husband’s death in 1974 Mrs. Brown remained on the farm until 1976 when she moved to a home near the high school in Osceola. She gave up her home in 2001 and moved to Casual Living in Osceola where she lived until June of 2002 when her health required her to move to the Extended Care Unit of the Clarke County Hospital. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Mount Zion Christian Church which was near the family farm. She was also a member of the Osceola Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 3495. She enjoyed her garden, strawberry beds, truck patch, flowers and raising chickens. However, some of her greatest moments were spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at family gatherings and dinners.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1974; a sister, Opal West; a brother, Burton West; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Snyder is survived by her son, Merrill Brown and companion, Joyce Snyder, of Grimes; her daughter, Louise Halls and her husband, Jim Halls, of Osceola; six grandchilden, Darrin Brown of Grimes, Chris Brown of Winterset, Ted Halls of Murray, Patty Crain of Hartford, Denny Halls of Osceola and Montey Halls of Bloomfield; 14 great-grandchildren; a cousin, Dale West of Grand River; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mrs. Brown were Aug. 15 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Marty Burgus of Osceola officiating. Organist was Virginia Reynolds. Vocalist Ronda Lowry sang Precious Memories and Just a Closer Walk With Thee.
Casket bearers were Darrin Brown, Chris Brown, Ted Halls, Denny Halls, Montey Halls and L.D. Crain. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola assisted the family with arrangements.
Viola May Brown, daughter of Otto White and Mary Minerva Clark White, was born Sept. 27, 1920, and died Aug. 14, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 82.
She was educated in the Leslie country school in Clarke County. She married Charles David Brown on June 1, 1941, at Bethany Mo. They became the parents of five children.
She spent her entire life in Clarke County and worked at a nursing home in Osceola and also did various household cleaning work in the area.
Mrs. Brown enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, flower and vegetable gardening, making crafts, traveling and wintering in McAllen, Texas for the past 15 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son, Darrell David Brown; two grandsons, Darin and Jeff Brown, six brothers, Albert, Ernest, Raymond, Clifford, Elmer and Milford White.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her two sons, Larry Brown and his wife, Sandy Brown of Afton; Francis Brown and his wife, Janice Brown, of Osceola; two daughters, Twyla Smith and Patricia Jones, both of Osceola. 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald White and his wife, Nida White, of Des Moines and Jerald White and his wife, Jeannie White, of Norwalk; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Brown were Aug. 19 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Rod Rindahl of Osceola officiating.
Casket bearers were Marty Oehlert, Ron White, Jim Tracy, Dennis White, Steve White and Mike Blanchard. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Veva Clevenger, 87, died Aug. 10, 2003, in Escondido, Calif. A Ramona, Calif. resident since 1984, she was born March 18, 1916, in New Virginia.
She was an active member of the First Christian Church of Ramona, taught school for 10 years and had volunteered at Pioneer Hospital in Norwalk, Calif. She loved to crochet, garden and was a wonderful cook. She will be remembered as generous and giving.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Clevenger, in 2002.
Mrs. Clevenger is survived by daughters, Myrna Poortinga and her husband, John Poortinga, of Ramona and Karen Collin and her husband, Andy Collin, of Cerritos; a son, Craig Clevenger of Bakersfield; two sisters, Wanda Sargent and Jane Baker of Iowa; a special daughter, Donna Kottom and her husband, Ken Kottom, of Ramona; six grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at the First Christian Church in Ramona. Interment followed in the Nuevo Memory Gardens.
Edward Bruce Neidt, son of Agnes Flaherty Niedt and Lysle Austin Niedt, was born in Murray on March 12, 1926, and died Aug. 17, 2003, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 77.
He graduated from Murray High School in 1943 and was a lifelong resident of the Murray community. He was a member of the Murray Church of Christ and was a U.S. Army veteran. He served in both World War II and the Korean War.
He married Nola McCollum on Nov. 5, 1944, in Murray and they became the parents of a daughter.
Mr. Niedt drove a gasoline transport for Threlkeld of Chariton until he retired. He had many friends and acquittances in the communities where he delivered gasoline. He loved visiting with other truckers.
Gardening was his favorite summertime activity. He enjoyed the challenge of fixing things. He liked to fish and take trips to other parts of the country. He visited almost all of the United States during his life.
His father Lysle Niedt, his mother Agnes Niedt Johnson, his stepfather, Harold Johnson and two brothers-in-law, George McNeal and Wayne Gookin, preceded Bruce in death.
He is survived by his wife and daughter, Annita Niedt, both of Murray; an adopted granddaughter, Agie Sparks of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister Audrey Clayton and her husband, Clayt Clayton of LaMirada, Cailf; two sisters-in-law, Merle Gookin and Edrie McNeal of Urbandale; eight nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
Graveside services and burial were Aug. 20 at the Murray Cemetery, Pastor Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to William Lochrie American Legion Post No. 405 in Murray.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of arrangements.
Patricia “Trish” Ann Klein Scadden, daughter of Jack and Helen Klein, was born May 25, 1958, in Des Moines and died Aug. 13, 2003, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 45.
She graduated from Clarke Community High School in 1976. She married Kenny Scadden on Nov. 5, 1983, in Osceola. She was the mother to two children whom she adored, Jeramy McMillen of Des Moines and Chelsey Scadden of Osceola.
Mrs. Scadden was very gifted at sewing and ran her own sewing and alteration business, The Sewing Room. She enjoyed meeting new people through her business. She could sew anything and especially liked tough sewing challenges.
When she was in high school she belonged to the Order of Rainbow and was active in chorus. Mrs. Scadden was a Girl Scout leader and loved working with children. She enjoyed her birds, working with flowers and canning for the Iowa State Fair competition. Most of all, she liked to go camping and spending time with her children and family.
She was preceded in death by a niece, Dana Klein; her grandparents and her mother-in-law, La Vaun Scadden.
She is survived by her husband of Osceola; a son, Jeramy McMillen and his fiance, Tisha Hopkins, both of Des Moines; a daughter Chelsey Scadden of Osceola; her parents of Woodburn; a brother, Leonard Klein of Woodburn; three sisters, Cyndi Klein and her fiance, Ross Bland, of Woodburn, Linda Klein and friend, Janet Malmborg of Des Moines and Kathy Obermeier and her husband, Mike Obermeier, of Woodburn.
Other family members include four nephews, Christopher Klein of Noel, Mo., Kory Underhill of Des Moines, and Darren and David Obermeier of Wooburn; two nieces, LaDeena Green of Glenwood and Amy Klein of Woodburn; a great nephew; special friend, Diana Burdess of Osceola and a host of friends and family.
Funeral services for Mrs. Scadden were Aug. 16 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Chuck DeVoss officiating.
Casket bearers were Larry Wieland, Shawn Clarke, Craig Barcus, David Downing, Kenny Woltz and Jon Stearns. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.