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IOWA - Clarke County - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 14

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 14 September 2009, at 12:49 p.m.

Verna Frances Myers
Verna Frances Myers, daughter of Corey Backer and Minnie Orwan Backer was born April 10, 1906, in Murray and died Feb. 18, 2003, at Winterset Care Center South. She was 96.
She graduated from Murray Community High School in 1923 and received her teaching certificate in Des Moines. She taught in rural Clarke County schools from 1924 to 1932 until she married Pearl E. Myers on Jan. 16, 1932, at Bethany, Mo.
Mrs. Myers also worked at the Madison County Mealsite as a volunteer for 20 years.
She moved to Winterset from the Murray area in 1968. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and First United Methodist Church in Winterset.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son Chester Myers and three brothers, Virgil, Orwan and Ward Backer and a sister, Bernita Burns.
Mrs. Myers is survived by a daughter, Beverly Wetzel and her husband, Jerry Wetzel, of Indianola; five grandchildren, Carla Landuyt of Ladora, Margaret Studt and her husband, Scott Studt, of Glasgow, Kan., Martha Jo McConnelee and her husband, Dan McConnelee, of Winterset, Dave Wetzel and his wife, Raylene Wetzel, of Kansas City, Mo.; David Myers and his wife, Chris Myers, of Altoona; 11 great-grandchildren.and a sister-in-law, Susie Backer of Hiawatha, Kan.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at Collins Oak Park Chapel in Winterset, Pastor Bobb Barrick and Pastor Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Burial will be in the Murray Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Visitation is open from 9 a.m. until the service at Collins Oak Park Chapel and family will receive friends from 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Murray School Foundation or Winterset Care Center South Activity Fund.

Elsie Virginia Wagoner
Elsie Virginia Albach Wagoner, daughter of Peter John Albach and Mattie Viola Wheat Albach, was born May 18, 1908, in St. Joseph, Mo. and died Feb. 7, 2003, at her home in Weldon. She was 94.
She received her education in Des Moines and was a graduate of North High School. She married Harry Bertram Wagoner on Nov. 17, 1929, in Omaha, Neb. The couple became the parents of three children, Harry Jacqueline and Carol.
Mrs. Wagoner worked for Northwestern Bell as a telephone operator and at Younkers as a sales clerk as a young woman and then became a homemaker.
Mrs. Wagoner lived in the Weldon area for the past 33 years. Before moving to Weldon she lived in Osceola for a short time and Des Moines for many years.
She was a member of the Christian faith. She loved to paint, knit, needlepoint and dance. She also enjoyed collecting dolls, music and playing the piano and organ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Carl, Herbert C. and Robert E. Albach.
Mrs. Wagoner is survived by her son, Harry B. “Bert” Wagoner and his wife, Beverly Wagoner, of Des Moines and two daughters, Jacqueline “Jackie” Griffiths and her husband, William Griffiths, of Weldon and Carol S. Bogan of Valencia , Calif.;10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as many relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mrs. Wagoner were graveside Feb. 8 at Green Bay Cemetery in Clarke County, her son, Harry Bertram Wagoner Jr., officiating.
Honorary casket bearers were William J. Griffiths Jr., Allen Lee Griffiths, Kenneth M. Griffiths, John Clark Griffiths, Lance W. Bogan and Timothy Wagoner.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Home of Osceola.

Ferdinand "Fred" Nadler
Ferdinand “Fred” Nadler, son of Alexander Nadler and Magdalena Hansel Nadler, was born May 1, 1930, in Yugoslavia and died Feb. 14, 2003, at Greater Community Hospital in Creston. He was 72.
He received his education in Yugoslavia and in 1952 at the age of 22 he moved to the United States. He married Hanny Isle Kupper on March 30, 1957, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines. The couple became the parents of five children, Fred, Ernest, Robert, John and Susan.
Mr. Nadler worked as a butcher for Swift Meatpacking Company in Des Moines and for Jimmy Dean in Osceola. He moved to Osceola from Milo in 1980 and then to Grand River three and a half months ago.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Hanny in 1993.
Mr. Nadler is survived by his companion and special friend, Martha Haberling of Grand River; four sons, Fred Nadler and his wife, Shelly Nadler of State Center, Ernest Nadler of Milo, Robert Nadler and his wife, Laura Nadler, of Des Moines and John Nadler of Winterset; a daughter, Susan Bland and her husband, Dave Bland, of Grand River; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Maria Green of Des Moines and Anna Klenner of Palos Hills, Ill.; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Nadler were at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola on Feb. 18, the Rev. Harold McElwee of Milo officiating. Organist Irene Wright accompanied Cindy Lister as she sang Some Day, The Place Prepared and God Will Take Care Of You.
Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Fred Nadler, Ernest Nadler, Robert Nadler, John Nadler, Dave Bland and Tom Iwed. Honorary bearers were Cody Nadler and Antonio Polkiewicz.

Corda Nadine Bright
Corda Nadine Bright, daughter of Harvey Phipps and Velma Penn Phipps, was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Clarke County and died Feb. 15, 2002, of heart failure at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 74.
She graduated form Osceola High School in 1945 and married Charles Arthur Bright on June 5, 1947, at the First Christian Church parsonage in Osceola. The couple became the parents of four children, Chuck, Bob, DeAnn and Sharon.
Mrs. Bright was a lifetime resident of Osceola. A wife, mother and grandmother and great-grandmother she worked at Furnas Electric in Osceola for 13 years. She retired in 1992.
She was a member of of the First Christian Church in Osceola and a former member of the Osceola Fire Department Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, traveling and attending her grandchildren’s activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charles Arthur Bright in 1979.
Mrs. Bright is survived by two sons, Chuck Bright and his wife, Marlene Bright, of West Des Moines and Bob Bright and his wife, Connie Bright, of Weldon; two daughters, DeAnn Cowling and her husband, John Cowling and Sharon Harriman, all of Osceola; 11 grandchildren, Brian Bright and his wife, Christa Bright, Brad Bright and Traci Bright all of West Des Moines, Jared Bright and his wife, Angela Bright, of Overland Park, Kan., John Cowling of Bethany, Mo., Ryan Bright and his wife, Gina Bright, of Cedar Rapids, Jerry Cowling and Kayla Harriman, Ashley Harriman all of Osceola and Lisa Cowling of Indianola and Kari Bright of Weldon; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Clifford Phipps and his wife, Cheryl Phipps, of Nevada; two sisters-in-law, Verda Wolfe and her husband, Don Wolfe and Doris Kentner and her husband, Harold Kentner, all of Osceola; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bright were Feb. 18 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied soloist, Rhonda Lowry as she sang Living For Jesus, One Day At a Time and Precious Memories.
Casket bearers were her grandsons, Brian Bright, John Cowling, Jerry Cowling, Jared Bright, Ryan Bright and Brad Bright. Honorarry casket bearers were her granddaughters, Traci Bright, Lisa Cowling, Kari Bright, Kayla Harriman and Ashley Harriman.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola..
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Care Center in Creston.

Charles Edward ‘Ed’ Swaney
Charles Edward “Ed” Swaney, son of Albert Maurice Swaney and Dorothy Jean Swinford Swaney, was born March 24, 1944, in Maryville, Mo. and died Feb. 17, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 57.
He graduated from North Nodaway High School in Hopkins, Mo. and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville in 1966. He spent his early years in Pickering, Mo. and moved to Osceola in 1966.
He married Mary Margaret Barrett on June 1, 1968, in Skidmore, Mo. and they became the parents of two daughters.
Mr. Swaney began his teaching career at Clarke Community Schools in Osceola and taught there until he retired in 1999. During the 33 years at Clarke he taught introduction to business, business law, accounting, COE, and keyboarding. He also coached track and football and was the athletic director for a time.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era from 1969 to 1971.
Mr. Swaney was a volunteer fireman from March 1974 to August 1985 with the Osceola Fire Department. He was an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoyed hunting deer and turkey with his daughters. He covered many miles with his dad and brother hunting arrowheads. He loved writing stories and poems and painting and liked to spend time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Mr. Swaney is survived by his wife, Margaret in Osceola; two daughters, Lori Miller of Lincoln, Neb. and Dyan Dortbudak and her husband, Alper Dortbudak, of Milwaukee, Wis.; parents, Albert and Jean Swaney of Maryville; two granddchildren, Kyle and Daniel Miller of Lincoln; a brother, Gary Swaney and his wife, Barbara Swaney, of Sioux City; two nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Swaney are at 2:30 p.m.today (Thursday) at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Glenn Mitchell, preacher will officiate with Tom Meyer, eulogist. Organist Pennie Gonseth will accompany soloist Emil Rinderspacher as he sings Peace In the Valley and How Great Thou Art.
Casket bearers are Shane Miller, Garth Swaney, Kevin Swaney, Alper Dortbudak, Rick Glazebrook and Greg Kent. Honorary bearers are Tom Meyer, Paul Chesnut, Gary Chew, Mike Byerly and Frank Riley. Interment is in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ed Swaney Scholarship Fund.

Thomas Wilbur Hatfield
Thomas Wilbur Hatfield, son of Grant Hatfield and Elizabeth Collins Hatfield, was born Aug. 23, 1912, in Van Wert and died Feb. 15, 2002, at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. He was 89.
He lost his father at 13 and at 16 Wilbur and younger brother, Burbank, rented their first farm. He lived on that farm until he married Evelyn Robins on Oct. 23, 1937, in Chariton. They became the parents of a daughter, Joyce Ann.
Mr. Hatfield was a long time resident of Clarke and Decatur Counties. He farmed and worked for Donahue farms near Lacelle for 25 years before he retired in 1977.
As a young man he loved to hunt and trap. He also enjoyed music.Mr. Hatfield learned to play the violin when he was 12. He played with a group called the Ridge Runners for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in December 1999; two brothers, Dewey and Alva Hatfield; five sisters, Pearl Schuldt, Edith Boles, Merle Davis, Jesse Lee and Nealy Murphy.
Mr. Hatfield is survived by his daughter, Joyce Hughes and her husband, Rae Dean Hughes, of Humeston; two grandchildren, Mitchell Ramsey and his wife, Donna Ramsey and Shellie Sponsler all of Osceola. six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Boles and Irene Neff, both of Osceola; a brother, Burbank Hatfield of Osceola; a sister-in-law, Myrtle Hatfield of Van Wert; as well as other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Hatfield were Feb. 19, at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe of Osceola officiating. Pennie Gonseth, organist, accompanied soloist, Emil Rinderspacher, as he sang The Old Rugged Cross and Precious Memories.
Casket bearers were Jerry Hatfield, Robert Hatfield, John Webb, Boyd Schuldt, Jerry Ramsey and Garrett Hatfield. Honorary bearers were Richard Hatfield, John Donahue, Paul Sanders and Ardath Hall. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Osceola Public Library.

Marie Boles
Leta Marie Hatfield Boles, the daughter of Elizabeth Collins Hatfield and Grant Hatfield, was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Decatur County and died June 13, 2002, in Osceola. She was 85.
She married Zell Boles on Nov. 12, 1937, and they became the parents of two daughters.
Before she was married she worked at the Landis Cafe at the Weldon Corner. Later she worked for her daughter, Colleen, at Kastlers Kove in Van Wert.
Mr. and Mrs. Boles lived and farmed near Van Wert for may years before they moved into town. She was a hardworking farmwife who did a lot of canning from the large gardens she and her husband raised.
She enjoyed mushroom hunting, playing Bingo and various card games. She enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Boles spent all of life in Decatur and Clarke counties. She had lived with her daughter, Caroleen, for the past four years.
Mrs. Boles was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Colleen Kastler; two sons-in-law, Dally Clifton and Howard Kastler; five sisters, Pearl Schuldt, Jessie Lee, Marle Davis, Edith Boles and Nealy Murphy; brothers, Dewey Hatfield, Alva Hatfield and Wilbur Hatfield; as well as many sisters and brothers-in-law of her husband’s family.
Mrs. Boles is survived by her daughter, Caroleen Clifton of Osceola; two granddaughters, Tina Jensen and her husband, Jim Jensen, of Leon and Christine Misel and her husband, Chris Misel, of Cowgill, Mo.; a great-granddaughter; two great-grandsons; a sister, Irene Neff of Osceola; a brother, Bunk Hatfield of Osceola; a sister-in-law, Mertle Hatfield of Van Wert; as well as many sisters and brothers-in-law of Zell’s family; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Terry Roberts officiating. The organist Virginia Webb played Precious Memories and Beyond the Sunset.
Casket bearers were Corwin Cox, Herman Gracey, Randy Jones, Kevin Schuldt, Gene Surber and Ross Wootan.
Honorary bearers were Ransom Whitham, Billy Whitham, Bernell Boles, Garry Boles and Christopher Misel.
Interment was in Wheells (Tennessee) Cemetery, north of Grand River.

John LeRoy Fees II
John LeRoy Fees II, son of John LeRoy and Carla Jean Moore Fees, was born March 6, 1963, in Des Moines and died June 12, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 39.
He received his education at Interstate 35 schools and graduated from high school in 1981. He attended Southwestern Community College in Creston for two years.
Mr. Fees lived in the Medora area before moving to New Virginia where he lived for several years before moving to Osceola. Mr. Fees and his wife, Barb Fee, have made their home in Osceola for the past 15 years. He was employed as group leader of the maintenance engineering department of Siemens Energy and Automation in Osceola.
He especially enjoyed the company of his grandchildren. He liked to restore lawn mowers and tractors in his spare time. He also enjoyed working with children, fishing, hunting deer and pheasants, camping and working with his computer. He loved to help anyone in need.
Mr. Fees was a member of the National Rifle Association.
His maternal and paternal grandparents preceded him in death.
Mr. Fees is survived by his wife, Barbara Fees of Osceola; his parents, John and Carla Fees of Des Moines; two daughters, Michelle McBride and her husband, Jimmy McBride, of Osceola and Crystal Lynn Fees and Matthew Jacobe of Truro; a son, Kevin Fees of Osceola; three grandchildren, Tyson Fees McBride and Samantha McBride of Osceola and Kolby Jacobe of Truro; a sister, Jean Laverty and her husband, David Laverty, of Indianola; mother-in-law, Beverly Heathcote of Casey; brother-in-law, Luther Larsen, of Casey; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mr. Fees were held June 18 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. David Clark of Indianola officiating.
Casket bearers were Bob Marts, Dan Brimm, Larry Dittmer, Craig Barcus, Joe Flowers and Robert Moore. Honorary casket bearers were Luke Larsen, Kevin Fees, Matt Jacobe, Brandon Moore, Austin Laverty, Bill Dittmer, Jim McBride, David Johnson and David Laverty. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be decided later.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.

Thomas Isaac
Memorial services were held June 18 for Thomas R. Isaac, 56, of New Virginia who died of a kidney ailment June 14, 2002, at his home. The services were at Martensdale Community Church and scattering of the cremains will be private.
He was born in Des Moines and lived there until he moved to the New Virginia area 26 years ago.
Mr. Isaac was an attorney and had been a Polk County sheriff’s deputy.
Survivors include his wife, Beth Isaac of New Virginia; three sons, Nathan, Noel and Nile, all of New Virginia; two grandchildren; two sisters, Janna Baker of Indianola and Gwen Isaac of Des Moines; other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church, the Martensdale Community Church. Caldwell-Raddatz Funeral Home and Crematory in Urbandale was in charge of arrangements.

Antone Kubik
Services for Antone Kubik, 73, of Osceola, who died of cancer June 10, 2002, at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck were at 10 a.m. June 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Traer. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Kubik was born near Traer and had lived in the Clutier area many years before moving to Osceola. He had been a farmer and taught school in North English and Garwin. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church near Clutier, K.D. Lodge 130 in Clutier and the Kubik-Finch American Legion No. 142 in Traer. He served on the North Tama County School Board.
He enjoyed playing cards and checkers and attending dances and concerts.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy; two sons, Nicholas A. Kubik of Toledo and Jason A. Kubik of of Charleston, S.C.; four daughters, Mary Ellen Bader of Denver, Colo., LeAnn Heitkamp of Johnston, Lynne L. Kuldell of Swansea, Ill. and Paula S. Harrington of Centerville; three brothers, Freddie Kubik of Clutier, Rudy Kubik, of Independence and Robert Kubik of Springfield, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Hand Funeral Home in Tama.

Jimmy Edward Mentzer
Jim Mentzer, son of Ray Osbern and Emma Viers Mentzer, was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Des Moines and died of pneumonia June 12, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 73.
He attended Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. He married Susie Nickodemus in 1948 and on March 31, 1977, he married Janice Marie Clark.
Mr. Mentzer was an optician and a musician. He was very inventive. He spent 40 years as an optician and was manager of his own stores.His last optical store was in Lewiston, Idaho.
He had been a musician since he was nine. He and his wife, Jan Mentzer, had a band named the Night Owls for 10 years. They played in Iowa, Idaho, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. They played in many locations in Des Moines including the Mirrors Image Lounge for five years.
Mr. and Mrs. Mentzer had lived in Osceola since 1988. He was a past member of the Eagles.
Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, Russell and Morse and a brother-in-law, Dick Boesen.
Among Mr. Mentzer’s survivors are his wife; two sons, Micheal Mentzer and his wife, Karen Mentzer and Jimmie Mentzer, all of Spokane, Wash.; four daughters, Leslie Helen Walker and her husband, Craig Walker, of Little Elm, Texas, Linda Blasedale and her husband, Bert Blasedale and Diana Wood, all of Spokane; Vickie Weidenhammer and her husband, Rick Weidenhammer of Alanson, Mich.; stepdaughter, Diana Hein and her husband, Larry Hein, of Osceola; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven stepgranddaughters; 12 great-stepgrandchildren; a brother, Raymond Dale Mentzger and his wife, Phyllis Mentzger, of Mountain Home, Ark.; two sisters, Shirley Boesen of Las Vegas, Nev. and Sally Riekena and her husband, Ron Riekena, of Osceola; other relatives and a host of friends.
The body was cremated and no visitation or services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Songwriter’s Association-International Iowa Chapter.

Juanita Alice Gentry
Juanita Alice Gentry, daughter of Jeff Grimes and Vannatta Ruth Gordon Grimes, was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Winterset and died Feb. 17, 2002, at the Arbor Manor in Fremont, Neb. She was 74.
She attended school in Truro and Winterset. She has lived in Fremont for the past 49 years where she worked in the housekeeping department of the Dodge County Hospital for 15 years. She retired in 1985.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law, Clarke Bartholomew and nephew Rick Bartholomew.
Mrs. Gentry is survived by three sons, Terry Gentry and his wife, Cheryl Gentry and Brad Gentry and Rose Schiferl, all of Fremont and Randy Gentry of Austin, Texas; a sister, Darlene Bartholomew of Stephensville, Mont.; four grandchildren, Tina Gentry of Fremont, and Brian, David and Mark Gentry, all of Austin, Texas; a great-grandchild; a niece and nephew; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Gentry will be at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at Kale Funeral Home in Truro, the Rev. L. Duane Churchman of Osceola officiating. Doris Johnson, organist, will play the musical selections, The Old Rugged Cross and Amazing Grace. Interment is in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.

Lloyd Swartz
Lloyd H. Swartz, 84, of Afton died of a heart ailment at his home Feb. 15, 2002. Services were Feb.18 at the Afton United Methodist Church, with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Afton. Pastor Joyce Smith conducted the services.
He was born Feb. 23, 1917, in Taylor County to Claude Ray and Ethel Mae Hill Swartz. He graduated from Lenox High School and married Thelma Mae Dady on May 27, 1939, at the Methodist parsonage in Afton.
Mr. Swartz lived in Adams and Taylor County and near Thayer on farms and lived in Murray before moving to Afton in 1984.
Mr. Swartz was a farmer and worked for Harley Hale Implement. He also worked at the Harry Strubhar Gas Station on Highway 34 west of Thayer and the Union Gas Station at Murray. He retired in 1980.
Mr. Swartz was a member of the Thayer Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Bill Boyer.
Mr. Swartz is survived by his wife, Thelma of Afton; a son, Larry Swartz and his wife, Diane Swartz, of Early; a sister, Claudine Boyer of Lenox.; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Mildred Kimes McCullough
Mildred Doreen Kimes McCullough, daughter of William G. Taylor and Nina E. Langfitt Taylor , was born June 18, 1909, on a farm northeast of New Virginia and died Feb. 13, 2002, at the Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny. She was 92.
She was educated in the Big Rock Country School and graduated from New Virginia High School.
She married Raymond C. Kimes on Oct. 9, 1929, in Osceola and they became the parents of three children. She married Stephen E. McCullough on Aug. 30, 1957, in Des Moines.
Mrs. McCullough was a clerical worker at the Iowa State Motor Vehicle Division in Des Moines for 9-1/2 years. She was a member of the Women’s Relief Corp. in New Virginia, Wilson Thursday Club near Garden Grove and the R.S.V.P. in Huxley. She was a member of the Methodist faith and was baptized in the New Virginia Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; Stephen McCullough in 1969; daughter, Dorothy Van Buren in 1999; three brothers, Frank , A. Lawrence and Paul E. Taylor and a sister, Doris Dickinson.
Mrs. McCullough is survived by her daughter, Leona F. Lohner of Grimes; a son William C. Kimes and his wife, Donna Kimes, of Ankeny; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Elmer Van Buren of Osceola and a niece, Geneva Smith of Indianola; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. McCullough were Feb. 15 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. L. Duane Churchman officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied soloist Emil Rinderspacher as he sang The Old Rugged Cross and In the Garden.
Casket bearers were J. D. Lohner Jr., Jay Lohner, Derek Lohner, Glenn VanBuren, Chris Boal, Brian Doombos and Bob Johnson. Interment was in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny.

Elvina Sheets
Elvina Mae Sheets, daughter of Harry H. and Minnie Kohnlechner Peterson, was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Union County and died Feb. 18, 2002, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 83.
She lived in Union and Ringgold Counties and attended Union County schools for most of her school years.
She married Arthor LeRoy Sheets on Jan. 15, 1949, in Afton. They became the parents of four children, Gary, Donald, Mary and Elva.
The family moved to Osceola where she worked as a cook at the Clarke Community Elementary School for almost 20 years before she retired in 1982.
Through the years, she liked many things including cooking, canning, embroidering, quilting and gardening, but she most enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, LeRoy, a daughter, Mary; a son, Donald, a sister, Waunite; two brothers, Rocarol and LeRoy and a grandson, Daniel Sheets.
Mrs. Sheets is survived by two sons, Gary Sheets and his wife, Leila Sheets, of Havre, Mont. and Elva Sheets and his wife, Debbie Sheets, of Osceola; six grandchildren Mark Sheets and his wife, Jennifer Sheets and David Sheets, all of Chicago, Ill., Mathew Sheets and his wife, Jennifer Sheets, of Kansas City, Mo., Trudy Chittum and her husband, John Chittum, of Havre and Bryan Sheets and Justin Sheets, both of Osceola; nine-great-grandchildren; three brothers, John Peterson and his wife, Lila Peterson, of Osceola, Henry Peterson of Mount Ayr and Clifford Peterson and his wife, Mildred Peterson, of Murray; two sisters, Leota James and her husband, Paul James, of Murray and Leon Holland, of Murray; many other relatives and friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be Friday at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola with family greeting friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Kale Funeral Home, Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating. Terry Smith will sing The Old Rugged Cross and Will There Be Any Stars.
Casket bearers will be Mark Sheets, Matthew Sheets, John Chittum, Bryan Sheets, Justin Sheets and David Sheets. Interment will be in Murray Cemetery.

Esther P. Rydel
Esther P. Rydel, 96, former Creston resident, of Downer’s Grove, Ill. died there Feb. 17, 2002. Services for Mrs. Rydel were Feb. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Terry Amann officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery at Creston.
The daughter of Emil and Emma Nagel Wach, she was born on July 4, 1905, in Menomonee Falls, Wis. She married John Andrew Rydel on Feb. 26, 1928 at Wilcox, Neb.
Mrs. Rydel lived for a short time in Rogers, Neb. and then in Weldon and Humeston before moving to Creston where she lived for 26 years before moving to Downer’s Grove.
A homemaker she was a member of the Iowa Presbyterian Women’s Association, Regency Housing Board, Creston Women’s Club, and cancer foundation. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian women’s group in Creston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband on June 20, 1996; son John E. Rydel; daughter-in-law, Georgia Mae Rydel and three brothers, Norman, Ervin and Gilbert Wach.
Mrs. Rydel is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Harvey and her husband, Dale Harvey, of Downer’s Grove and Lillian Reed and her husband, James Reed, of Carefree, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Rydel and his wife, Mardell Rydel of Sherwood, Ark.

Helen Irene Rose
Helen Irene Rose, the daughter of Tracy Raymon and Eula Violet Combs Bigley Sr., was born Feb. 5, 1921, at Leon and died at her home in Leon Feb. 19, 2002. She was 81.
She married Elmer Franklin Rose on Dec. 1, 1938, in Princeton, Mo.and they became the parents of eight children.
The family lived in various locations throughout Iowa. After her husband’ death in 1975, Mrs. Rose moved back to Leon. She was a homemaker and spent her life as a wife and mother. She worked at some local nursing homes and in later years at Green Thumb.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three infant children, Charles Franklin, Wanda Kay and Billy Dean and her sister, Dorothy Clark.
Mrs. Rose is survived by five children, Martha Anderson and Bob Davis of Grand River, Joe Rose and his wife, Sandra Rose, of Plano, Texas, Gary Rose of Iowa City, Ranae Mansfield and her husband, James Mansfield, of Manilla and Ric Rose and his wife, Chris Rose, of Lexington, Okla.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Tracy Bigley Jr. and his wife, Arlene Bigley, of Jefferson; a sister, Pauline Moscowitz of Ormond Beach, Fla. other relatives and friends.
The funeral service for Mrs. Rose was Feb. 23 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Larry Owens officiating.
Casket bearers were Mike Atkinson, Don Baker, James Mansfield, Barry McClaran, Garret Nyman and Charles Petty. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Friday
Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Friday, daughter of Anthony Dankbar and Zelda M. Croker Dankbar, was born March 21, 1940, in Marshalltown and died Feb. 25, 2002, at the Kavanagh House on Grand in West Des Moines. She was 61.
She received her early education in Marshalltown where she graduated in 1957 from St. Mary’s Catholic High School. She continued her education at Richland College in Decatur, Ill. where she graduated in 1978.
Mrs. Friday has lived in Osceola for the past four years. She lived in West Des Moines from 1980 until she came to Osceola. She worked as an accountant for the Archdiocese of Des Moines for nine years and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines.
She married Noel Friday on Oct. 12, 2000, in Ames.
Mrs. Friday enjoyed playing bridge with a club in West Des Moines and dancing at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1980.
Mrs. Friday is survived by her husband; a daughter, Lisa Kritz and her husband Kyle Kritz, of Dubuque; a granddaugther, Alexis Kritz of Dubuque; two brothers, Robert Dankbar and his wife, Mary Dankbar and James Dankbar and his wife, Sue Dankbar, all of Marshalltown; a stepdaughter, Suzanne Coulthard and her husband, John Coulthard, of Lamoni; a stepson John Friday and his wife, Nancy Friday, of Irvington, Va.; 10 stepgrandchildren; two nephews, Todd Dankbar and his wife, Julie Dankbar, and David Dankbar, all of Marshalltown; a niece, Debbie Allaire and her husband, Charles Allaire, of Marion; as well as other relatives and many friends.
A Funeral Mass will be said for Mrs. Friday at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown, the Rev. Father Lewis Jaeger officiating. Organist Marilyn Spafford will acompany soloist Dan Good as he sings He Touched Me, On Eagles Wings and Just a Closer Walk With Thee.
Casket bearers are Kyle Kritz, Todd Dankbar, David Dankbar and Chuck Allaire. Interment is in Riverside Cemetery at Marshalltown.
Open visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kale Funeral Home in Osceola and continues with family greeting friends 1 hour before the Funeral Mass on service day at St. Henry’s.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa.

Scott Alan Hollingsworth
Scott Alan Hollingsworth, son of Kenneth Hollingsworth and JoAnna Nimmo Hollingsworth, was born March 25, 1948, in Newton and died of cancer Feb. 25, 2002, at his home in rural Clarke County. He was 53.
Mr. Hollingsworth grew up in Monroe and graduated from Monroe High School. He moved from Monroe to Clarke County 16 years ago.
Mr. Hollingsworth was a superintendent for Excavators Inc. in Des Moines and was a member of Operators Union Local No. 234 of Des Moines.
He loved being in the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, his dogs, spending time with friends and being on his land.
Mr. Hollingworth was preceded in death by his grandparents and is survived by his wife, Paula of Osecola; a son Dustan Holtry of Osceola; a daughter, Jennifer Holtry of Murray; parents, Kenneth and Joanna Hollingsworth of Monroe; a sister , Cindy Kern and her husband, Steve Kern, of Monroe; a nephew, Mark Donahue and his son Cody, of Monroe; a niece, Shanna Donahue of Monroe; parents-in-law, Harold and Lou Jones of New Virginia; other relatives and many friends.
A funeral service was held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola for Mr. Hollingsworth on Feb. 27, the Rev. Skip Rushing of New Virginia officiating. Cremation followed the service.

Dave D. Bailey
Dave D. Bailey of Winterset, the son of Lester and Lucille Tharp Bailey, was born Jan. 9, 1937, in Floris and died Feb. 26, 2003, of cancer at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. He was 66.
He married Ronda Hayes on July 3, 1992, in Carlisle. He lived in Osceola and Des Moines until he moved to Winterset in 2001. A self-employed carpet layer, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and racing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Kurk, two sisters and three brothers.
Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife in Winterset; three daughters, Robin Douglas, Wendy Huss and her husband, Kevin Huss, all of Des Moines and Donna Frost and her husband, Jeff Frost, of Walcott; three sons, Jeff Bailey and his wife, Christina Bailey, and Scott Bailey and his wife, Eileene Bailey, all of Carlisle and Jamie Bailey and his wife, Kelly Bailey, of Osceola; 17 grandchildren; a sister Patty Poindexter and her husband, Grant Poindexter of Indianola and a brother, Dennis Bailey and his wife, Judy Bailey, of Des Moines.
Funeral services for Mr. Bailey were March 3, 2003 at Ochiltree Funeral Service and Aftercare in Winterset, Pastor John Shaull officiating. Burial was in the Winterset Cemetery.

Bethel Joan Burrell
Bethel Joan Burrell, daughter of John Wesley and Madge McGuire Brand, was born July 23, 1936, in Clarke County and died March 2, 2003, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. She was 66.
She received her education in Clarke County and graduated from Osceola High School in 1954. She married Carl Bernard Burrell on April 4, 1954, in Hedrick and they became the parents of three children, Rick, Dave and Jane.
Mrs. Burrell, a lifetime resident of Clarke County moved to Des Moines in July 2002. She was a floor supervisor at Snowdon Company in Osceola for 26 years and then worked at Jimmy Dean Meat Company as a quality contol supervisor for 10 years.
A member of the Osceola Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 3495, the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary and the First Christian Church in Osceola, Mrs. Burrell loved to travel, read and play dominoes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in infancy and her stepfather, Russell Smith.
Mrs. Burrell is survived by her husband of Des Moines; two sons, Rick Burrell and his wife, Jackie Burrell, of Sandy, Utah and David Burrell of Des Moines; a daughter, Jane Sweeney and her husband, Tom Sweeney, of Granger; five grandchildren, Jessica and Davey Burrell of Des Moines and Danielle, Brooke and Taylor Sweeney of Granger; a brother, Richard Brand and his wife, Rosalie Brand, of Murray, as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Burrell are at today (March 6), 1:30 p.m., at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton of Osceola officiating. Musical selections are Go Rest High On That Mountain and To Where You Are.
Casket bearers are Richard “Clem” Brand, Jessica Burrell, Pat Carroll, Marlin Boor, Davey Burrell and Mike Burrell. Honorary bearers are Danielle Sweeney, Brooke Sweeney and Taylor Sweeney. Interment is in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.

Helen Louise Cooley
Helen Louise Cooley, daughter of Charles Richards and Augusta Mariah Furlong Richards, was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Weldon and died on Feb. 28, 2003, at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. She was 79.
She grew up in Weldon and graduated from Weldon High School. She married Robert Calvin Cooley on Nov. 5, 1942, in Tucson, Ariz. and they became the parents of two children, Jack and Jane.
Mrs. Cooley has lived the past 58 years in Clarke County and the past 53 years on the farm she called home. She enjoyed spending time with family and loved the time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing golf and playing bridge and other card games.
Mrs. Cooley was a member of the Osceola Country Club, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie No. 3495 in Osceola and various bridge clubs. She had been a member of the Weldon United Methodist Church and was a member of the Osceola United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1988; infant grandson, Ross; three sisters, Ina Mae Richards, Mary Richards and Nadine Richards; and two brothers, Max Richards and William Richards.
Mrs. Cooley is survived by her son Jack Cooley and his wife, Rosemary Cooley, of Osceola; a daughter, Jane Redman and her husband, Dave Redman, of Leon; five grandchildren, Chris Redman and his wife, Karyn Redman, of Rochester, N. H., Jenifer Opie and her husband, Scott Opie, of Kansas City, Mo., Joe Cooley and his wife, Natalie Cooley and Jim Cooley and his wife, Marcy Cooley, all of Osceola and Sarah Middleton and her husband, Todd Middleton, of Shawnee, Kan.; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Richards of Grass Valley, Calif. and Charles “Chuck” Richards of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Betty Smith of Osceola; her lifetime friend, Mamie Roberts of Le- Roy; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cooley were March 4 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. James Louk of Osceola, officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied Rhonda Lowry as she sang Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.
Casket bearers were Jim Kilkenny, Charlie Morgan, Darrel Kelso, Merrill Hamilton, Orlin Moran and Craig Fetters. Honorary bearers were Jim Cartwright, Larry Van Werden, Myron Graff, Ken Baker, Jim Emery and Leland Hunt. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.

Violet J. Gaffey
Violet J. Gaffey, 90, of Iowa City died March 1, 2003, following a lingering illness, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services were March 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Iowa City Hospice, First United Methodist Church of Iowa City or the Alzheimers Association.
Violet Jane Gaffey was born on December 28, 1912, in Jamison to Byrd and Etta Jane Wright Pressly.
She graduated from Osceola High School and married Leo Gaffey in February of 1942. She was a wife and mother who raised her children in their younger years before she began working outside the home at S.S. Kresge Five and Dime Store in the soda fountain as a waitress.
Mrs. Gaffey was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Iowa City and the Women’s Circle at the church. She enjoyed her family, reading, plants and sewing. Her children will remember her calm and steadfast nature along with her favorite saying “good grief.”
Her parents, husband, three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Her family includes a daughter Wanda Gaffey of Iowa City, a son Leo W. Gaffey of Lawson, Mo., two granddaughters, Jennifer Steward of Kansas City and Tiffany Phillips of Hermitage, Mo., a great- great-granddaughter, Jordan Mackenzie of Hermitage, sister Pearl Spaulding and her husband, Cliff Spaulding, of Olympia, Wash., along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Larry Lee Linhart
Larry Lee Linhart, the son of Charles Joseph Linhart and Edith Helen Clark Linhart, was born Dec. 12, 1942, in Waterloo, and died Feb. 26, 2003, of cancer, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. He was 60.
He married Karen Kearney in Council Bluffs on Mary 27, 1961, and the couple became parents of three children, Shiela, Curtis and Kenney.
Mr. Linhart served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, including a tour in Vietnam. After being stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, he and his family moved to New Virginia in 1977. He was a tool and die maker and worked for Siemens in Osceola for 26 years. He was a tool room supervisor and manufacturing engineer.
He was a member of Broadhorn Community Church. He and his wife founded and are co-directors of Jesus’ Right Hand Ministries in New Virginia and Ames. He designed the building that houses the ministry.
He was past president of the New Virginia Lions Club and a member of the American Legion post at New Virginia. He enjoyed remodeling, woodworking, camping, fishing, using his computer and spending time outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; daughter, Shiela Pierce and her husband, Donald Pierce, of St. Charles; son, Curtis Linhart and his wife, Laurie Linhart, of Urbandale; son, Kenney Linhart, and his wife, Neja Linhart, of Ankeny; foster daughter, Kim Gaul and her husband, Danny Gaul, of Milo; three grandchildren, Andrew Pierce of St. Charles, Amber Baudler of Truro, and Vincent Linhart of Indianola; one great-granddaughter, Callistra Baudler of Truro; six sisters, Bonnie Schadler and her husband, Robert Schadler, of Tucson, Ariz., Shirley Williamson and her husband, Ron Williamson, Marie Merrick and her husband, John Merrick, and Sharon Kempf and her husband, Frank Kempf, all of Waterloo, Linda Weaver and her husband, Garry Weaver, of Plymouth, Ill., Janice Ebbert and her husband, Kerry Ebbert, of Bushnell, Ill., other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were March 3 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola. Pastor Tom Pitts, Osceola, of Broadhorn Community Church, officiated. Musical selections were recorded by his wife, Karen.
Burial was in the New Virginia Cemetery. Military grave rites were conducted by the New Virginia American Legion. Casket bearers were Don Pierce, Dean Rosenthall, Kenney Linhart, Chuck Linhart, Curtis Linhart, Andrew Pierce and Vincent Linhart.

Mary Miler
Mary Catherine Miler was born Oct. 26, 1913, in South Hart, N.D. and died on Feb. 17, 2003, at Cottonwood, Ariz.
Mrs. Miler was a resident of Arizona for 57 years, she and her husband Samuel Miler were both pastors and served at several churches over the years,
Mrs. Miler was a graduate of the Life Bible College in Los Angeles. She and Mr. Miler were both ordained in 1945 in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
They pastored in Fort Morgan, Colo., that same year at the Foursquare Church. They served from 1947 to 1973 at the Community Full Gospel Church in Flagstaff, Ariz. which they pioneered and built. During the 1970s she served at the Foursquare Church in Cottonwood.
Mrs. Miler enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning and attending socials.
Mrs. Miler is survived by a daughter, Mercedese Phipps of Riverside, Calif.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Adriana Seltzer of Bloomington, Ill.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral and burial were Feb. 20 at the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. Walter Hillsman was the officiant.

Leona Bernice Platt
Leona Bernice Platt, daughter of Otto Karstens and Ana Kuhr Karstens, was born Jan. 3, 1912, near Avoca and died March 2, 2003, at the Heartland Regional Medical Center West in St. Joseph, Mo. She was 91.
She graduated from Avoca High School and received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College. Mrs. Platt taught for many years in several different communities including Bee Bee Town, Nemaha and Weldon. She retired from teaching in 1974.
She married George Darrell Platt on Feb. 12, 1947, in Hiawatha, Kan. They were the parents of three children, Ron. Karen and Julie.
Mrs. Platt was well known for her piano playing. She played the piano in nursing homes and at community events in Leon, Weldon and Osceola.
Mrs. Platt was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Christian Women’s Fellowship. She had been a member of the Red Haw Campers and several other community organizations. She had been a member of the Weldon Christian Church and was currently a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1985; a sister, Ethel Doll and a nephew Craig Doll.
Mrs. Platt is survived by her son, Ron Platt, of Overland Park, Kan.; two daughters, Karen McGovern and her husband, Sam McGovern, of Taneyville, Mo. and Julie Pluth of Hollister, Mo. 11 grandchildren; 15 great-granchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and hundreds of appreciative parents and students.
Funeral services for Mrs. Platt are today (March 6) at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe of the church officiating. Organist Belva White will accompany G.P. “Bud” Hook as he sings Amazing Grace.
Casket bearers are Chad Platt, Mark McGovern, Jason McGovern, Billie Chase, Bart Griffith and Harold Kentner. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. following the service in Early Community Cemetery at Early.
Visitation is open after 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church or the Clarke County Hospital Extended Care Unit at Osceola.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes in Osceola and Truro.

Geraldine Robins
Geraldine (Sissy) Robins, the daughter of Allie Robins and Minnie May Huddleson Robins, was born in Clarke County on Dec. 1, 1913, and died on March 2, 2003, at Osceola Nursing & Rehab Center. She was 89.
Ms. Robins had been a resident of the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center for more than 26 years. While there, she enjoyed her stuffed animals and the music that was played by many over the years. Even though she was confined for so many years, she touched many lives of those whom she came in contact with.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Kenneth. She is survived by several nieces and cousins.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, Iowa. Kale Funeral Home was in charge.

Marianna P. Secrest
Marianna P. Secrest, the daughter of Hermann and Dorothy Thompsen Jurgensen, was born Jan. 7, 1916, in DeSoto and died March 1, 2003,from complications of a stroke at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 87.
She spent her childhood in the Van Meter, DeSoto and Earlham communities. She completed her education to the 12th grade.
She married Leslie Secrest on April 22, 1933, in Earlham and they became the parents of three children, Shirley, Ellen and Greg.
Mr. and Mrs. Secrest moved to Stuart in 1948. They opened Secrest Plumbing and Heating in 1956. Marianna served as bookkeeper for the business for more than 27 years. She also worked in the cafeteria of the Stuart school system until she retired in 1983.
Mrs. Secrest found pleasure in china painting, gardening and traveling. She was a member of the Stuart Firebelles and was a lifelong Member of the Congregational Church in Stuart. Mr. and Mrs. Secrest were married for 62 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Shirley Shaw; a great-grandson, Christopher Blythe and her parents.
Mrs. Secrest is survived by her daughter, Ellen Bertsch and her husband, Bob Bertsch, of Griffith, Ind.; a son, Greg Secrest and his wife, Deb Secrest, of Hot Springs Village, Ark. a son-in-law, Leland Shaw of Murray and two sisters, Audrey Paullin of Des Moines and Florine Quinn of Rock Island, Ill.
Other survivors include 11 grandchildren, Teresa Blythe of Columbia, S.C., Gary Bertsch of Sierra Visita, Ariz., Brian Bertsch of Grant Park, Ill., Steve Shaw, Susan Shaw, and Linda Redman, all of Osceola, Jim Shaw of Murray, Jody Britz of Ramsey, Minn., Jon Secrest of Killeen, Texas, Curt Secrest of Tulsa, Okla. and Cyndi Secrest of Minneapolis, Minn.; 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Secrest were March 4 at the First Congregational Church of Stuart. Pastor John Bryden officiated and the Rev. George Thurman offered a time of sharing. Mrs. Secrest’s son, Greg Secrest sang How Great Thou Art and Amazing Grace accompanied by he wife, Deb Secrest at the piano.
Casket bearers were Matt and Lance Deihl, Erica Redman, Jordan Redman, Andrew Redman, Danielle Redman, Jamie Shaw, Adam Staff, Joshua Sheldon, Derek Blythe. Honorary bearers were Lindsey Dill, Candace Shaw, Elizabeth Shaw, Jeremy Shaw, Abigail Shaw, Alex Shaw, Duston and Travis Secrest, Andrea Currier, Casey Staff, Amanda and Alyssa Bertsch and Cheryl Blythe. Burial followed the service at South Oak Grove Cemetery in Stuart.
Cramer-Link Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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