Keith R. Jones
Keith R. Jones, son of W.H. and Ruby Albert Jones, was born March 14, 1927, in Murray and died of congestive heart failure Jan. 15, 2002, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 74.
He graduated from Murray High School in 1944 and married Charlotte McGregor on June 25,1945, at Camp Walters in Wheatland, Texas.
A World War II veteran in the U. S. Army he farmed in Adams County north of Stringtown and retired in 1989 as a quality control inspector at Fansteel Corporation in Creston.
Mr. Jones had lived in Murray, Osceola, Creston and Prescott before moving to West Des Moines.
Mr. Jones was a member of the Jordan Creek United Methodist Church, was a former Boy Scout, secondary school teacher, member of the Prescott American Legion, Creston wood carvers and Bluegrass Credit Union.
He enjoyed woodworking, reading and family activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Boyd Jones, granddaughter, Corey Jones and parents-in-law, Sewell and Mary McGregor.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife in West Des Moines; a daughter, Cathleen McAlexander and her husband, Larry McAlexander, of Treynor and two sons, William Jones and his wife, Pam Jones, of Milford, Mass. and Michael Jones and his wife, Linda Jones, of West Des Moines.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Jan. 19 at the United Methodist Church in Creston, the Rev. Clark Finehout and the Rev. Gary Hoyel, Jordan Creek United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment was in the Evergreen Cemetery at Prescott. Military rites were by Ourcq Post No. 117 Corning American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jordan Creek United Methodist Church building fund.
Funeral arrangements were by Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service in Creston.
Leota Mae Moomey
Leota Mae Moomey, daughter of Frank and Viola Maytum McBroom, was born April 16, 1921, in Clarke County and died Jan. 16, 2002, of complications of a stroke at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 80.
She was educated in the Clarke County Schools. She married Donald Moomey on Aug. 14, 1937, in Creston. The couple became the parents of two children, Joyce and Donald.
Mrs. Moomey lived all of her life in Clarke County. A loving wife and mother she was employed as a seamstress for 13 years with Snowdon’s Inc. in Osceola. She retired in 1980.
Mrs. Moomey was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola, Christian Womens Fellowship and the Book Lover’s Club.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband in 1992 and a son-in-law, Dan Johnson.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Johnson of Omaha, Neb.; a son, Donald Moomey and his wife, Florene Moomey, of Osceola; five grandchildren, Veronica Poloncic, Mike Fisher and Tom Fisher, all of Omaha, Neb. Ryan Moomey and Amber Stout of Osceola; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Rex McBroom and his wife, Marilyn McBroom, of Osceola; a sister, Bonnie Weeks and her husband, Wayne Weeks, of New Virginia; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Moomey were Jan. 19 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied Emil Rinderspacher as he sang Whispering Hope, Ivory Palaces and God Be With You.
Casket bearers were Matthew Fisher, Tom Fisher, Ryan Moomey, Criag Stout, Bill Carper and Mike Fisher. Honorary bearers were Roc McBroom, Beth Vollgreacht, Tim Weeks, Marie Terrell and Chuck Weeks. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church.
Fred Wallace Chambers of Leon, son of Clarence Otis and Mable Olive Wallace Chambers, was born June 8, 1933, in Shenandoah and died Jan. 24, 2004, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in Osceola. He was 70.
His mother died when he was small and his father raised him in Terre Haute near Davis City. Mr. Chambers farmed with his dad and later farmed north of Van Wert. He also worked on dairy farms in northern Iowa.
Mr. Chambers served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in infantry combat in Korea and received several service medals. While in the service, He married Betty Marsengill in 1952 and they became the parents of four daughters, Sharon Ellen, Debra Linn, Sandra Kay, and Dorcia Ann. The couple were later divorced.
Mr. Chambers was a heavy-equipment operator, driving bulldozers for road construction all over Iowa. Through his work he traveled a lot and met a lot of people.
He was a loner and enjoyed driving the countryside. He also liked reading and fishing.
For the past five years, he had been a resident of Parkview Apartments in Leon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Robert Keith Chambers and brother, Jack Chambers.
Mr. Chambers is survived by his four daughters, Sharon Michael and her husband, J. D. Michael, of Kansas City; Debbie Courtney and her husband, Mike Courtney, of Leon, Sandra Jones and her husband, Brad Jones, of Garden Grove and Dorcia Brazelton of Des Moines; nine grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services for Mr. Chambers were Jan. 28 at Hebron Cemetery near Weldon, the Rev. Max Carmichael officiating.
Arrangements were through Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon.
Everett Lewis Fenn, the son of Edith Iola Dewey and Orlo Guy Fenn, was born Feb. 19, 1917, in Murray and died Jan. 22, 2004, at the Banner Gardens Hospice house in Mesa, Ariz.
Mr. Fenn graduated from Murray High School in 1935. He married Virginia M. Garrett on May 16, 1943, in Murray. The couple lived and farmed all of their married life on the farm northwest of Murray. He was a member of the Lions Club at Murray and had served as a Troy Township trustee.
Mr. Fenn was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lucile Eggink, and a brother, Richard Fenn.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Murray; a son, Max Fenn of Murray; a daughter, Kathy Robertson and her husband, Dan Robertson, of Louisburg, Kan.; two grandchildren, Daren Robertson and his wife, Kelly Robertson, of Kansas City, Kan., Jennifer Clearwater and her husband, Chris Clearwater, of Belton, Mo.; four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Brooke Robertson, and Derrick and Ethan Clearwater; one brother, Clarence Fenn of Murray; two sisters, Helen Hale and Her husband, Harley Hale and Alice Edwards, all of Osceola.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the United Methodist Church in Murray with the Rev. John Tunnicliff officiating. Burial was in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Murray Lions Club.
Powers Funeral Home of Creston was in charge of arrangements.
Philip Lloyd Hobbs, son of Marilyn Joan Sellman Hobbs and Delbert Francis Hobbs, was born March 29, 1960, in Geneva, Ill. and died Jan. 21, 2004, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 43.
He grew up in Illinois and attended Little Woods Elementary School in St. Charles, Ill. The family moved to Clarke County in 1974 and he attended Clarke Community High and a trade school in Washington, D.C. and served in the U.S. Army for several years before transfering to the Army Reserves.
He married Chae “Jenny” Hyon So in Korea on Sept. 29, 1986 and they became the parents of two children, Jimmy and Angela.
Mr. Hobbs had been a Weldon Volunteer Fireman for many years. He was a member of Christ’sway Church in Osceola.
He was an outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing, hunting and in his youger days, camping. He also liked metal detecting, gardening, antique collecting, and cooking outdoors, especially barbecuing and grilling.
Mr. Hobbs was preceded in death by his father-in-law; grandparents, Otis and Ethel Hobbs and Alice and Lloyd Reed; and aunt, Carolyn Dugger; and uncle Ralph Tredup Sr. and a cousin, Ralph Tredup Jr.
He is survived by his wife; son, Jimmy So Hobbs, daughter, Angela Marilyn Hobbs and parents, all of Weldon; three brothers, Mike Hobbs and his wife, Jolanta of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Hobbs and Jonathan Hobbs, both of Osceola; grandfather, Arthur Wayne Sellman and his wife, Zelda Sellman of Peoria, Ill.; mother-in-law, Yong Hee So; brother-in-law, Sang Hoon So; sister-in-law, Sun Hee Yates, all of Newport News, Va.; sister-in-law, Cho Joung Sook and brother-in-law, Yang Hoon So, both of Bowie, Maryland; as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.
Services were held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola on Jan 24, Pastor Carl Brandt of Christ’sway Church in Osceola officiating. Mr. Hobb’s son Jimmy’s band, Analog, performed the musical selections March 21 and An Ace’s King.
Casket bearers were Larry Caylor, Doug Downard, Franklin McBroom, Dustin Ashley, Mike Adair, Leonard Leiser, Jason Roth and Josh San Miquel.
Milo Reno Johnston, 72, of Leon, and son of Paul and Iva Ellen McLain Johnston, was born March 26, 1931, in Ringgold County and died Jan. 22, 2004, following open heart surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
He grew up and attended school in Malloy. He moved with his parents to Lucas County in 1950 and farmed with his folks. In 1962 they moved north of Decatur and in 1965 they moved to their farm north of Leon.
Mr. Johnston farmed with his parents until his dad’s death and then he and his mother took care of each other until her death.
He was a farmer all of his life and he loved it. He liked doing his own thing and made it on his own farming without any government assistance. At the time of his death, he still had cattle.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, swimming in the pond, chopping wood, and riding his Pug cargo ATV.
Mr. Johnston enjoyed visiting with people of all ages and was well-liked.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Louise Johnston as a small girl and Ruth Beauchamp.
Mr. Johnston is survived by his brother, Delano Johnston and his wife, Leora Johnston, of Chariton; a brother-in-law, Eldon Beauchamp of Newton; five nieces and nephews, Cindy Dannels of Newton, Randy Johnston of Chariton, Rhonda Johnston of Mount Ayr, Debra Romero of Osawatomie, Kan. and Daniel Johnston of Melcher-Dallas; 11 great nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Johnston were Jan. 26 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Pastor Dennis St Lawrence officiating. Pianist was Virginia Webb. Vocalists, Marion and June Thomasson sang Precious Memories and Living By Faith.
Casket bearers were Randy Johnston, Dan Johnston, Brad Johnston, Kenny Joy, Brady Hixson, Chris Dannels and Brett Dannels. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.
Frank W. Landreth of Afton, formerly of Lorimor, was born on Jan. 16, 1911, in Beaconsfield, the son of Lizzie Fouser and Finn Landreth. He died of cancer on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston. He was 93.
He graduated from the Thayer High School in 1929. During the Depression, he was a farm laborer in California. He married Doris E. Montgomery on Sept. 1, 1938, in Osceola. He co-owned the Landreth Dairy in Murray from 1937 until 1942 when the couple moved to the Lorimor area where he farmed for approximately 35 years. The couple moved to a farm north of Afton before moving into Afton in October of 1998. He was a former member of the Thayer Methodist Church. He and Doris spent their winters in Silver Springs, Fla., for 20 years.
Mr. Landreth was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Milo Landreth.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Landreth, of Afton; one brother, Charles Landreth, of Afton, many nephews and nieces and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Jan. 24 at the Powers Funeral Home in Afton. The Rev. Dwayne Henrichs officiated and burial was in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Valley Hospice and the American Cancer Society.
June Nadine Lauvstad, daughter of William Archer and Eva Paletta Johnson Archer, was born June 20, 1925, in Round Mountain, Ark. She died Jan. 23, 2004, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 78.
She grew up in Round Mountain and then moved to Osceola when she was seven, to live with Nellie Bonham, after her parents died. She graduated from Osceola High School. She married Edward E. Lauvstad on Nov. 14, 1945, in Osceola and they became the parents of two children, Chris and Kurt.
Mrs. Lauvstad spent most of her life in Osceola. She was a homemaker and had worked as a secretary. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of several bridge clubs. She taught Sunday School and worked with church youth groups. Mrs. Lauvstad enjoyed going on vacations, especially the 14 years that she and her husband went to Green Valley, Ariz. for the winter after he retired.
She was a member of P.E.O. and a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola.
Mrs. Lauvstad was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, “Salty” Charles, “Bud” Don, Earl and a sister, “Sis” Doris.
She is survived by her daughter, Chris Marshall of Osceola; her son, Kurt Lauvstad of Raymore, Mo.; a brother, “Babe” Clifford Archer and his wife, Diane Archer of Lyons, Kan.; a brother-in-law, Walt Lauvstad and his wife, Marilyn Lauvstad, of Seattle, Wash.; three grandchildren, Stevie Jackson and husband Matt Jackson of Osceola, Darby and Blair Lauvstad of Raymore; a great-grandchild, C.J. Jackson; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Graveside services for Mrs. Lauvstad and interment of the cremains are at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Soloist Emil Rinderspacher will sing Amazing Grace.
Honorary bearers are Dick Brown, Dennis Wilken, Mel Miller, George Lewis, Jim Sitzman and Emil Rinderspacher.
Visitation was Wednesday at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Iowa Medical School.
Margaret Winona Little, the daughter of Della Florence Irwin Jones and Herman William Jones, was born June 18, 1929, in Burlington Junction, Mo., and died Jan. 18, 2004, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines. She was 74.
Mrs. Little, known as “Nonie” by her family, attended country schools near Burlington Junction and Maryville, Mo. She married Charles Elmer Little on April 6, 1963, in Maryville. During their early married life, they lived in Maryville. They moved to Osceola in 1967 where she attended the Osceola United Methodist Church. She was a production worker at Murray Products for 20 years and also worked as a waitress in the Osceola area for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles, in 1970; sister, Betty I. Gray; and a brother, Fred L. Jones.
Survivors include her sister, Helen Marie Williamson and her husband Harold Merlyn Williamson, of Stockton, Calif.; sister-in-law, Eva J. Jones of Conception Junction, Mo,; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Little was cremated and no services were held at her request. Kale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be sent to the funeral home.
Galen Earl “Mac” McCormick, the son of Dorothy Lawson and Harold McCormick, was born July 7, 1929, in Illinois, and died Jan. 20, 2004 at Chino Hills, Calif.
He grew up in Osceola and was a graduate of the Osceola High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 51 years, Irene Collinson McCormick, who died in 2003.
Survivors include cousins, Jeanne and Dean McCuddin, of Osceola; brother-in-law, Jerry Collinson and his wife, Carol Collinson, of Chula Vista, Calif.; and Mr. McCormick’s primary caregiver, nephew Rodney Hill and his wife, Laurie Hill, of Chino, Calif.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 30, at the Santa Ana Cemetery in Santa Ana, Calif.
Kenneth A. McKee, formerly of Van Wert, of Lakeland, Fla., died of pneumonia Jan. 9, 2004, at Lakeland Hills Center. He was 95.
Mr. McKee was born on Aug. 15, 1908, in Massena. He moved to Lakeland from Van Wert in 1977. He was a farmer. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge in Iowa. He was a member of Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater.
Mr. McKee was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia McKee.
He is survived by his son, Barry McKee, Mooresville, N.C.; a daughter, Nancy McChesney, Lakeland; a brother, Bill McKee, Highlands, Calif.; four sisters, Delores Follman, Greenfield, Elnora Follman, Anita, Arlene Kluever, Atlantic and Charlotte Garside, Massena; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date in Massena.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Trinity Christian Church in Bridgewater 50837.
Gentry-Morrison Northside Funeral Home of Lakeland is in charge of arrangements.
Leola Grace Tuttle, the daughter of Ollie Carolina Jane Audlehelm and Roy Loomis, was born Nov. 9, 1913, in Clarke County and died Jan. 25, 2004, at the Madison County Hospital in Winterset. She was 90.
Mrs. Tuttle married Elby Earl Tuttle on Dec. 13, 1932. The couple moved to Winterset from Clarke County in the 1960s. She cleaned houses for a living and worked at Longenecker Jewelry Store until she retired.
Graveside services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Murray Cemetery, the Rev. Dwayne Hendricks, officiating.
Mrs. Tuttle was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elby; son, Larry Gail; and brothers, Clarence Loomis and Carl Loomis.
Survivors include a niece, Shirley Cameron and her husband, Elmer Cameron, of Osceola, and other nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Winterset, where Mrs. Tuttle was a member.
Collin Oak Park Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Arden E. White, the son of Florence Stoner White and George Dewey White, was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Afton and died Jan. 22, 2004, surrounded by his family, at his home in Osceola. He was 76.
He grew up in Afton and graduated from the Afton High School in 1946.
Mr. White married Doris Pauline Wolf on June 22, 1949. The couple became parents of five children, Barbara, Debbie, Ron, Greg and Jeff. The couple have lived in Osceola for 44 years where they owned and operated the Eastgate Oil Limited fuel delivery service for 25 years. They sold the business and retired in 1993.
As an active member of the Osceola Lions Club, Mr. White designed and built numerous structures around Osceola, including the lookout tower, gazebos and shelters at East Lake Park. He received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award from the Lions in 1993 and the Osceola Community Service Award in 1982.
He was a longtime member of the Osceola United Methodist Church. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. He looked forward to every family gathering but especially the annual White/Cheers camp outs. He greeted each new member of the family as if he had known them forever. He loved playing games with family and friends and kept his competitive nature all the years of his life. He always thought that if you couldn’t fit seven people in a pitch game, you weren’t trying, and if you couldn’t “shoot the moon” on three trumps, you didn’t understand the fine points of the game.
After he retired he and Doris enjoyed spending their winters in Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elvin White.
Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Osceola; daughters, Barbara DeVore and her husband, Doyce DeVore, of Osceola; Debbie Owen and her husband, Mike Owen, of West Branch; sons, Dr. Ron White and wife, Sue White, of Ames; Greg White and wife, Donna White, of Marietta, Ga.; Jeff White and his wife, Kim White, of Olathe, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne White and wife, Charlotte White, of Des Moines, and Gordon White of Gilbert, Ariz.; sisters, Ardella Waller of Centralia, Ill.; Wanda Whitehead and her husband, Duane Whitehead, of Cocoa, Fla.; Norma Cheers and her husband, Carl Cheers, of Runnells; and Veda Hamilton, of Moline, Ill.; sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dot” White of Sun Valley, many nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Monday at Kale Funeral Home with the Rev. Hugh Stone of the Osceola United Methodist Church officiating. Organist Denise Williams accompanied Emil Rinderspacher who sang How Great Thou Art and Crossing the Bar.
Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Afton. Casket bearers were Ron White, Greg White, Jeff White, Chad DeVore, Chris DeVore and Brady White. Honorary casket bearers were Trevor White, Alex White, Dylan White, Andy Owen, Joe Cooley and Devin DeVore.
Memorial contributions may be made be made to the Osceola Lions Club, Osceola United Methodist Church, or to the American Lung Association.
Bernice Opal Haller was born in Bucklin, Kan. on June 29, 1915, to George Alfred and Sarrah Isabelle Woods Haller and died Jan. 31, at Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa where she lived since 1990. She was 88.
She started country school in Kansas. When she was eight she moved with her parents to Colorado. She and her family moved to Iowa when she was nine and she finished ninth grade.
She married Howard S. Bowers on Jan 25, 1933, in Osceola. The couple lived in or near Osceola all of their married life until June 1990 when they moved to Oskaloosa to be near their son, Don, because of Mr. Bower’s health.
Mr. and Mrs. Bowers were the parents of five children, Robert Lee, Virgil Eugene, Russell Howard, Alene Isabelle Bowers Nordin and Donnie Dean.
Her hobbies were camping, sewing, crafts, and gardening. Her family was very important to her.
Mrs. Bowers was preceded in death by her father in 1953; mother in 1975; brother, Johnie, in 1978 and her husband in 1995.
She is survived by her five children, the Rev. Robert Bowers and his wife, Darlene Bowers, of Creston, Virgil Bowers of Spirit Lake, Russell Bowers of Oskaloosa, Alene Nordin and her husband, John Nordin of Des Moines and Don Bowers and his wife, Vicky Bowers, of Oskaloosa; 24 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; a brother-in-law, Russell Bowers of Waterloo; sister-in-law, Vivian Misenhelter of Richmond, Mo; many other relatives; friends and loved ones from church.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bowers were Feb. 4 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Bruce Thompson of Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa officiating. Musical selections were performed by her grandchildren, Dawn Brough, In the Garden; Cheryl Lewis, It Is Well With My Soul; Bill Dobson, Precious Lord Take My Hand and David Dobson, Safely Home. They were accompanied by granddaughter, Grace Dobson. Congregational hymn was Meet Me There.
Casket bearers were Dan Bowers, Doug Bowers, Steve Bowers, Dave Dobson, Chris Nordin, Bill Dobson, Matt Dobson, Rusty Bowers, Mike Bowers and Brian Bowers. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Cecil Travis Gaddy, son of Bobby Gaddy and Denise Roberts Gaddy, was born April 8, 1984, in Des Moines and died Jan. 31, 2004, in Osceola. He was 19.
He grew up and attended school in Murray. He had lived in Osceola for the past few years. He worked as a farm hand and repaired small engines. He taught himself to play the guitar and enjoyed playing and writing songs. He spent time on the computer and was good at fixing any problem anyone had with their computer.
He had attended the Baptist Church in Murray.
He loved spending time with his niece and nephews.
Mr. Gaddy was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Gaddy and great-grandfather, Cecil Montelle Chew.
He is survived by his mother, Denise Gaddy and her friend, Kirk Sanderson of Osceola; two sisters, Teresa Luncsford and Alicia Gaddy of Osceola; special niece and nephews, Candace, Eathan and Logan; grandparents, Russell and Beverly Roberts of Truro; great-grandmother, Mildred Chew of Osceola; several aunts, uncles and cousins; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mr. Gaddy are at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Hopeville Methodist Church, Pastor Dwayne Henrichs and Alan Rusk officiating.
Honorary bearers are Cody Fulkerson and Ryan Fulkerson. Interment of the cremains is in the Hopeville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to his family.
Open visitation was after noon on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.
Martha Elizabeth Tietz, daughter of Leonard ‘Mac” McClellan and Lena Larson McClellan, was born May 14, 1927, in Glenwood and died Jan. 31, 2004, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 76.
She grew up and attended school in Glenwood. She married Norbert Otto Tietz and they became the parents of a daughter, Ruth.
Mrs. Tietz was a homemaker and had lived in Des Moines before moving to Decatur in 1976 and then to Osceola in 1979.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters, Brittany and Jordyn. She also liked going to church and sitting outside during warm weather.
Mrs. Tietz was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Leonard “Bud” McClellan; and five sisters, Alice Donaldson, Ada Johnston, Nora McClellan, Ruth McClellan and Lois McClellan.
She is surivived by her daughter, Ruth Bethards and her husband, Kevin Bethards, and two granddaughters, Brittany and Jordyn Bethards, all of Osceola. three sisters, Rose Cade of Simi Valley, Calif., Mary Hartley of Bishop, Texas and Esther Ross and her husband, Marion Ross, of Stanton; a sister-in-law, Donna McClellan of Decatur City; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Tietz were Feb. 3 at the Osceola Assembly of God, Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating. Interment was in the Decatur Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to her family.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola and Truro assisted the family with arrangements.
Richard T. "Dick" Bell
Richard Thurlow Bell, son of Ralph William Bell and Olive Thurlow Bell was born March 6, 1923, in Osceola and died of chronic obstructive pulmomary disease (COPD) Feb. 3, 2003, at his home in Osceola. He was 79.
Mr. Bell was a farmer and Angus breeder, whose herd was founded in 1937 with his father and brother. He was an avid promoter of the Angus breed. He was an active member of local, state and national Angus associations and served two terms on the American Angus Association board and was elected president of the board in 1976 and 1977. He was honored recently by induction into the Angus Heritage Foundation for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Angus breed.
He married Lucille Margaret Kerns in 1940 and they became the parents of three children.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents and two sons, Bill and Dave.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Williams of Akron, Ohio; two granddaughters, Lisa and Mindy Bell of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandsons, Bret and Bart Bell of Des Moines and Chad Switzer of Michigan; and four great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert William Bell and his wife, Kathryn Bell, of Osceola.
Funeral services for Mr. Bell are at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (today) at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating.
Casket bearers are Fred Wood, Jack Cooley, Jeff Wade, Ronald Fouche, Darrel Kelso and John Camp. Honorary bearers are Sidney Gross, Brian Oswald, Fayne Reynolds, Kendall Brammer, Jim Emary, Ged Lazear, Warren Bachman and Arthur Johnson. Interment is in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to Green Valley Hospice in Creston.
Ruby Lorraine Farr
Ruby Lorraine Farr, daughter of Carl and Lillie Layton, was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Osceola and died Feb. 3, 2003, of respiratory failure at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas. She was 71.
Mrs. Farr lived in Osceola for many years before moving to Salisbury., Mo. She and Mr. Farr spent their winters in Donna and Alamo, Texas. They also lived in the Kansas City area for a period of time.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Carl and Vernie Layton and a sister, Mildred Schultz.
Mrs. Farr is survived by her husband, James of Salisbury; two daughters, Judy Schrodt of Des Moines and Karla Hosting of Indianola; a son, David McKinney of Des Moines; 13 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two great-stepgrandchildren; three sisters, Wilma Weaklend and Barb Schneider of Osceola and Alice Reed of Liberty Center.
Funeral services for Mrs. Farr will be Feb. 8, at the Summerville Funeral Home in Salisbury, the Rev. Mary Biesemeyer will officiate. Burial will be in the Salisbury City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury City Cemetery Association.
Clyde Orville Fulton
Clyde Orville Fulton of Lamoni, the son of Albert Jefferson and Kathrine Amanda Smith Fulton, was born Feb. 19, 1915, in Decatur County and died Jan. 28, 2003, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 87.
He was raised in Decatur County and attended rural schools. He farmed and worked for the county on the “bridge gang.”
He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy where he was wounded. He was proud of being a veteran and serving his country.
He married Mary Ellen Owen on Feb. 19, 1951, and they became the parents of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on Sept. 15, 1994; three sisters, Opal Warner, Dorothy Ryan and infant Harriet. and a brother Paul Fulton. Mr. Fulton had a sister, Fern and twin brothers, Gerald and Harold who died with the flu during the epidemic of 1919. He was also preceded in death by his lifelong friend, Lester “Leck” Dunham.
Mr. Fulton is survived by a daughter, Susie Short and her husband, Dale Short, of Decatur; three sons, Alphie Fulton and his wife Kathy Fulton, of Villisca, Jimmie Fulton and his wife, Dena Fulton, of Osceola and Terry Fulton and his wife, Candy Fulton, of of Lamoni; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Leslie Fulton and his wife, Twyla Fulton, of Leon; other relatives and friends including Madline Dunham.
Funeral services for Mr. Fulton were Jan. 31 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Max Carmichael and Pastor Dale Short officiating.
Casket bearers were Kenny Bevard, Maurice Fulton, Rick Fulton, Ron Fulton, Don Rumley and Donald Warner. Honorary bearers were Tommy Barlean, Bill Cook, Coy Dale, Lyle Gray, Bill Owens, Charlie Petty and Loren Rumley. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery with military honors by Mr. Fulton’s veteran friends.
Tami Sue Hook
Tami Sue Hook, daughter of Granville Paul “Bud” Hook and Connie Lee Keeler Hook, was born July 27, 1959, in Osceola and died Feb. 1, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 43.
She did not attend a formal school during her life. She did attend Jefferson Development School in Creston until she was 21. Although she did not work for monetary gain or self support she clearly did have a purpose in life and her work was not unnoticed by those who knew and loved her. Her role in life was to teach patience, understanding, trust, love and joy by a smile or a pat on your hand without uttering a word. Her ability to express the most basic human need was unsurpassed and that is love. In this she excelled and will forever be a shining beacon in hearts of all whom she touched.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Kim Anthony Hook; a grandfather, Harold Hook; a grandmother, Ferne Elizabeth Blake Hook; an uncle, Robert Blake Hook and a cousin, James Rodney Hook.
She is survived by her parents; a sister, Bambi Cohagan and her husband, Denny Cohagan, of Abingdon, Ill.; a brother, Scott Alan Hook and his wife, Chris Hook, of Earlham; nieces, Shae Nicole Cohagan and Cicily Cheyene Hook; nephews, Jacob lee Cohagan and Gannon Keeler Hook; grandparents, Maurice and Leah Keeler of Weldon; aunt and uncle, Eula and Eddie West of Weldon; and aunt, Opal Irene Dillard of Indianola; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Tami Sue Hook are today (Thursday), 11 a.m., at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Ed West of Weldon officiating.
Casket bearers are Jim O’Hair, Richard “Toad” Lainson, Jason Kiger, Kevin West, Larry Nish, Kurt Nish, Mark West and Robert Hook. Honorary bearers are Geoff West, Justin West, Geron West, Eric West, Letha Nish, Barb Parmer, Dee Ann Leach and Justin Elkin. Interment is in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Visitation is open after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 o’clock in the evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to her family.
Leland Wesley Mitchell
Leland Wesley Mitchell, son of Everett James and Blanche May Simpson Mitchell, was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Lamoni and died Feb. 1, 2003, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan. He was 74.
He graduated from Lamoni High School in 1946 and attended two years of junior college. He was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He married Clara Mae Woods on Sept. 12, 1948, in Lamoni. They moved to Fresno, Calif. in 1949 where he worked in marketing for the Standard Oil Company.
He served on the USS Manchester while he was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from December 1951 to October 1955.
Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell returned with their two children to the Midwest in 1958. He worked for Standard Oil Company of Indiana in Kansas City, Des Moines and Minneapolis. He retired in 1983.
Mr. Mitchell loved to travel, do woodcrafts, garden and be with his family. He loved sports and the outdoors.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Kenneth Mitchell and a grandson, Tyrel Smith.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife of Overland Park; a daughter, Cynthia Smith and her husband, Galyn Smith of Fertile, Minn.; a son, James Mitchell of Kansas City; two granddaughters, Jacque Smith of Mankato, Minn. and Katie Smith of Fertile; a great-grandson, Alexander Smith of Fertile; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Mitchell were Tuesday at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Lamoni, Elder Bill McElroy officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Lamoni.
Bonnie Lou Weeks
Bonnie Lou Weeks, daughter of Frank Ellis McBroom and Viola Pauline Maytum McBroom, was born Jan. 31, 1938, in Osceola and died of cancer on Jan. 29, 2002, at her home in New Virginia. She was 63.
She spent her early years in Clarke County. She attended Clarke County schools and graduated with the class of 1956.
She married Donald Wayne Weeks on Oct. 30, 1958, in Osceola and they became the parents of three children, Chuck, Tim and Marie.
Mrs. Weeks had lived in the New Virginia area for the past 42 years. She liked crocheting, especially afghans and taking vacations with the “ girls”, Marie and Shelly. Mrs. Weeks also enjoyed music, especially playing the piano and singing at church.
She was prceded in death by her parents and most recently her sister, Leota Moomey.
Mrs. Weeks is survived by her husband of New Virginia; two sons, Chuck Weeks of Des Moines and Tim Weeks and his wife, Shelly Weeks, of New Virginia; a daughter, Marie Terrell and her husband Jim Terrell, of Lincoln, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Amy, Justin and Chelsi Weeks of Indianola, Rachel, Sarah and Leah Terrell of Lincoln and Caitlin Weeks of New Virginia; a great-grandson, Mikah Stroughter of Lincoln; a brother, Rex McBroom and his wife, Marilyn McBroom, of Osceola; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Weeks were Feb. 2, 2002, at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied Marjorie Horton as she sang In the Garden, Amazing Grace and Because He Lives.
Casket bearers were Justin Weeks, Everett Kephart, Jerry Hilton, Mike Taylor, Brent Baughman and Bill Chittenden. Interment was in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Donald Lee Dougherty, the son of Marion Dougherty and Helen Ruth Hatfield Dougherty, was born April 26, 1939, in Bedford and died of Huntington’s disease Jan. 29, 2002, at the Bedford Nursing and Rehab Center.
He grew up and attended school in Bedford where he graduated from high school in 1957. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. in 1961 and earned his masters degree from Drake University in Des Moines.
He married Julia K. Meikle in Bedford on Aug. 20, 1961. Mr. Dougherty started teaching at Osceola High School that fall. He taught American history, physical education and government along with coaching everything he could. He served there as athletic director for many years. In 1988, his health failed and he retired from teaching. He was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease. He moved to Bedford to be closer to his family and help his parents.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford and various high school coaches’ associations.
Mr. Dougherty enjoyed coaching in the Dougherty Baseball Tournaments in the mid 1980s where he competed against his three brothers, Bob, Jerry and Max.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting pheasant and quail and always had a good bird dog. He was a well-read man, especially in United States history. A staunch Democrat he had a keen interest in politics. He wrote a paper about Governor Turner from Corning that is still used at Drake University in the library.
He liked traveling and old time country music especially, George Jones and Johnny Cash. He was a huge St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and had a passion for life.Whether he was teaching, coaching, hunting or involved in politics he gave it his all.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Dougherty is survived by his daughter, Kelly Munger and her husband, Leonard Munger, of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Douglas Dougherty and his wife, Beth Dougherty, of Washington, D.C. and Scott Dougherty and his wife, Tina Dougherty, of Central, S.C.; two grandchildren, Kylar and Payton Dougherty of Central; three brothers, Max Dougherty, and his wife, Donna Dougherty, and Bob Dougherty and his wife, Suzanne Dougherty, all of Bedford and Jerry Dougherty and his wife, Ellen Dougherty, of Forsyth, Mo.; a sister, Karen Brown and her husband, Bill Brown, of Clarinda; along with other family members and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Dougherty were Feb. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Bedford, Pastor Jamie Mogler officiating. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery in Bedford .
Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Disease Society of America.
Arrangements were made by the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford.
Kenneth Eugene Davidson, the son of Elmer N. Davidson and Maude Bashor Davidson was born April 25, 1924, on a farm near Murray, He died Jan. 29, 2002, of cancer at his home in Murray where he and his wife of 44 years lived. He was 77.
During World War II Mr. Davidson was stationed in Lavenham, England. He proudly served in the 8th Army Air Force with the 836th Squadron of the 487th bomb group. He returned to Murray in the late 1940s.
He married Wanda Anne Palmer on May 24, 1950, at the Murray Church of Christ. They were the parents of a son, Mark Alan.
He was proud of Davidson & Sons,, the business he helped grow with his father and brother Delbert. Through the years they sold feed, farm machinery and gasoline. Mr. Davidson was a great mechanic who loved to fix things.
Mr. and Mrs. Davidson enjoyed spending time with their son, Mark and his wife, Lori, and their grandchildren, Jessalyn and Zachary. They all vacationed together every year in Minnesota. Mr. Davidson loved to entertain Jessie and Zach by playing his harmonica, banjo and singing old songs.
He also loved to work with wood, repair antique furniture, read and tend his garden.
Mr. Davidson was a member of the Murray Church of Christ, William Lochrie American Legion Post No. 405 in Murray, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Murray Housing Corporation. He served as past president and member of the Murray Community Boosters and was a former Murray fire chief.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife; son, Mark Davidson and his wife, Lori Davidson of Blair, Neb.; two grandchildren Jessalyn and Zachary of Blair; three brothers, Delbert Davidson and his wife, Rose Davidson, of Murray, Ralph Davidson and his wife, Irma Davidson, of Welaka, Fla., Richard Davidson of Dover, N.H.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and Florence Dick of California, Elizabeth Palmer of Truro, Waunita and Dale DeLong of Omaha, Neb., Glen and Marilyn Palmer of Omaha Neb. and Gale and Dixie Palmer of Weatherford, Okla.; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Kenneth Davidson were at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola on Feb. 1, Pastor Brian McCracken officiating. Organist Virginia Reynolds accompanied soloist Dennis Jeter as he sang In the Garden and When the Role Is Called Up Yonder.
Casket bearers were Randy Callison, David Flaherty, Lyle Jackson, Bill Kerns, Mike Jackson and David Burgus. Honorary bearers were Ron Jackson, Frank McConnell, Dale O’Neall, Darrell Flaherty, Wayne Phillips, G.F. Hoffman, Raymond Johnston and Raymond Rider.
Military rites were by William Lochrie Post No. 405 of the American Legion Murray. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to William Lochrie Post No. 405 or the Murray Community School.
Raymond Warner Card
Raymond Warner Card, son of Raymond LeRoy Card and Mabel Irene Ward Card, was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Des Moines and died of cancer Feb. 2, 2002, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. He was 70.
He graduated from Webster City High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He returned to Iowa and graduated from Webster City Junior College and attended Drake University.
He married Carol Jean Story on July 29, 1956, in Webster City. They became the parents of four children, Lori, Steve, Tomi and Ann.
Mr. Card has lived for the past seven years in the New Virginia area. Before moving to New Virginia he lived in the St. Marys and Norwalk area and the Des Moines area.
He worked as an insurance adjuster for U.S.F. & G. Insurance Company and before that the Hartford Insurance Company.
Mr. Card was a member of the New Virginia American Legion Post No. 281, the Eagles Lodge No. 3495 in Osceola, the National Rifle Association, The C.C. Rifle and Pistol Association and the Iowa Quarter Horse Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, John Sandholm.
Mr. Card is survived by his three daughters, Lori Mendenhall, Guymon, Okla., Tomi Cooney and her husband, Mike Cooney, and Ann Bagley and her husband, Frank Bagley, all of Des Moines; a son, Steve Card and his wife, Peggy Card, of Cumming; seven grandchildren, Samuel and Ashley Mendenhall of Guymon, Kelly and Whitney Card of Cumming, Abigail and Rose Cooney of Des Moines and Emily Hephner of Des Moines; two sisters, Jeanne Sandholm of Newton and Carolyn Bossen and her husband, Lee Bossen, of Clinton; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Feb. 5 at Kale Funeral Home, the Rev. Skip Rushing of New Virginia officiating.
Casket bearers were Gary Morey, Mike Cooney, Frank Kirk, Sam Mendenhall, Frank Bagley and Steve Karnes.
Military rites were under the direction of the New Virginia Legion Post No. 281. Interment was in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines.
Teresa Mechelle Mc Burney
Teresa Mechelle McBurney, daughter of William Thomas Jay I and Norma Joan Thomas Jay, was born June 8, 1959, in Des Moines and died of pneumonia Feb. 2, 2002, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. She was 42.
She grew up and received her education in Des Moines. She married Gregory LeRoy McBurney on May 16, 1986, in Des Moines and they became the parents of two daughters, Amanda Dawn and Sarah Johanna.
Mr. and Mrs. McBurney moved to Murray from Des Moines in January of 1993.
Mrs. McBurney was a homemaker for the past five years. Before that she worked as deputy clerk for the city of Murray, and a quality control inspector for a furniture manufacturer in Winterset for four years. She had also worked in various hotel and motel chains as a manager and assistant manager in housekeeping.
Mrs. McBurney was a member of the Peoples Holy Spirit Filled Church in Grand River.
Her parents and stepfather-in-law preceded her in death.
Mrs. McBurney is survived by her husband of Murray; two daughters, Sarah Johanna McBurney and fiance, Todd Kint and Amanda Dawn McBurney, all of Murray; two grandchildren; three sisters, Cheryl Wilson and Bobbie Jo Wurtzel and her husband Michael Wurtzel, all of Murray and Ruth Luncsford and her husband, Don Luncsford, of Osceola; a brother, William Thomas Jay II and his wife, Diane Jay, of Des Moines; a half-brother, Mike Thibodeau of Connecticut; mother-in-law, Dorothy Mae Erickson of Des Moines; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. McBurney are today (Feb. 7) at 1:30 p.m. at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Brother Gary Majavec and Brother Johnny Deckard officiating.
Casket bearers are Todd Kint, Joshua Wilson, Cody Wurtzel, Josh McBurney, Bobby Jay and Donald Luncsford III. Honorary bearers are John Jay and Daniel Luncsford. Interment is in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to the family.