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IOWA - Clarke County - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 18

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Monday, 14 September 2009, at 12:52 p.m.

R. Dick Hines
R. Dick Hines, 84, of Chariton died of cancer April 8, 2002, at his home in Chariton. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. April 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Chariton where he was a member. The Rev. Gary DeGeest will conduct the service. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Indianola.
The son, of Clyde and Dora Nagle Hines, was born March 20, 1918, in Polk City. He farmed near Patterson until he moved to a farm south of Chariton in 1956.
He loved to travel and do volunteer work. His favorite pastime was playing pitch.
He was survived by his wife, Margaret Hines, who he married in 1992; two sons, Dick Hines of Weldon and Randy Hines of Chariton; three daughters, Jeanne Klaassen of Chariton, Connie Pyron of Cedar Rapids and Jan Spurgeon of Centerville and nine grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to FFA, First United Methodist Church in Chariton or Hospice of Southern Iowa.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11 at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton.

Joe O. Edgington
Joe Orville Edgington, son of Isaac H. and Cora Mae Austin Edgington, was born Aug. 19, 1923, on the family farm near Osceola and died April 7, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 79.
He made Clarke County his lifetime home, most of which was on the farm where he was born. He was a graduate of Osceola High School and the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. He served three years in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He married Maxine Hagy of Richwood, W. Va., on Oct. 17, 1944, and they became the parents of three children, Ruddie, Barbara and Kenneth.
Mr. Edgington was a lifetime farmer. He especially enjoyed caring for his cow herd and starting calves in the lot. He had two occupations during his life. He worked as an accountant. He worked for Hallett construction company and then at Warren Ready Mix for many years. He became the Clarke County Assessor in 1963 and served in that capacity for 13 years until 1976.
He operated a carpenter shop for a few years where he built portable buildings, cattle feeders and other items. Health problems forced him to retire early but he was able to carry on a small antique and collectible business which he enjoyed. He became known over the country as an antique toy dealer.
Mr. Edgington was a member of the Davis-Pence Post No. 69 of the American Legion. He was a Farm Bureau member for many years and served on the board of directors of the Clarke County Feeder Calf Association when it began.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 53 years; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Neva Edgington; a brother, Sam Edgington, a granddaughter, Jennifer Jo Edgington and a brother-in-law, Joe Bown.
Mr. Edgington is survived by two daughters, Ruddie Hayes and her husband, David Hayes, of Osceola and Barbara Reeves of Osceola; a son Kenneth Edgington and his wife, Deanna Edgington, of Seward, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Rick McIntosh of Altoona, Chad McIntosh, Beth Hayes and Amy Reeves, all of Osceola, Stacy Reeves of Marshalltown, Joe Edgington and Jessica Ann Edgington, both of Seward; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Bown of Winterset; a sister-in-law, Joan Edgington of Osceola; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mr. Edgington were at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola on April 11, Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating. Organist Virginia Reynolds accompanied Michele Evink as she sang We Will Rise Again, You Are Mine and Green Leaves of Summer.
Casket bearers were Stacy Reeves, Larry Page, George McCann, Jim Edgington, Joe Edgington and Lavern Van Loon. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.

Ruth Fenimore
Ruth Miriam Fenimore, daughter of David Abbott and Lottie M. Godby Abbott, was born June 18, 1910, in Clarinda and died April 10, 2003, in Tucson, Ariz., at the home of her daughter, Janet Gaspari. She was 92.
She received her grade school education in Clarinda, graduated from Clarinda High School and Clarinda Community College. She also atended Drake University. Mrs. Fenimore was a teacher for many years before she retired from Interstate 35 Community School in 1973.
She married Clair E. Fenimore of Peru on June 29, 1935, in Des Moines. The couple lived on their Scott Township farm until 1997.
Mrs. Fenimore was a long-time member of the Peru United Methodist Church and the Scott Township Community Circle.
Following her husband’s death in 1997, she moved to Tucson and was active in events at Fairview Manor, a retirement facility.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair in 1997, parents and her sister, Greta McCunn.
Mrs. Fenimore is survived by her three children, Janet Gaspari and her husband, Richard Gaspari, of Tucson, J. Bruce Fenimore and his wife, Chris Fenimore, of Springfield, Ill. and Charles L. Fenimore and his wife, Bonnie Fenimore of Mesa, Ariz. ; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Fenimore are today (April 17) at the Peru United Methodist Church in Peru, the Rev. Dennis Shepherd and the Rev. Robert Cummings officiating. Organist Meredith Young Easter will accompany Jane Martens, soloist, when she sings How Great Thou Art, Amazing Grace and In the Garden.
Casket bearers are Donald McCunn, Clayton Kelley, Ed Willrich, Scott Daniel, Dale Lytton and Richard Fenimore. Interment will be in the Peru Cemetery.
Visitation is open after 11 a.m. Wednesday and with the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Kale Funeral Home in Truro.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church or the Winterset Public Library.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kale Funeral Home in Osceola and Truro.

James Halls
James Lyle Halls of Weldon, son of James Henry and Margaret I. Campbell Halls, was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Wayne County and died April 7, 2003, at the Decatur County Hospital emergency room in Leon. He was 68.
Known as “Jim” and “Buster” he graduated from Leroy High School in 1953 and lived most of his life in the Leroy and Weldon area. He married Janice Colleen Farr of Murray on Sept. 8, 1957, and they became the parents of three children, Shelly, Sherry and Bret.
After the couple were married they lived in Des Moines until 1961 when they moved to the farm near Weldon. Mr. Halls continued to work in Des Moines until 1964 when he started farming full time.
He enjoyed reading, going to tractor pulls, Mormon Trail High School basketball games and meeting his friends for coffee.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Osceola and the Masons in Humeston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Louise Stark and her husband, Donald Stark, and a brother-in-law, Robert Dooley.
Mr. Halls is survived by his wife; two daughters, Shelly Snook and her husband, Jeff Snook, of Carlisle and Sherry Halls of Anchorage, Alaska and a son, Brett Halls of Milo; four grandchildren, Brianna and Adam Snook of Carlisle and Dalton and Jordyn Halls of Milo; a sister, Evelyn Dooley, of Mesa, Ariz.; nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Halls were April 10 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Dorsey Derrick officiating. Musician was Joanie Boggs and musical selections were Whispering Hope and Old Rugged Cross.
Casket bearers were Jake Coffey Jerald Fetters, Don Harper, Darrell Kelso, Bill Moore and Bob Moore. Honorary bearers were Jim Hitt and Ray Jamison. Interment was in the Humeston Cemetery.

Ronald Jones
Osceola native Ronald M. Jones, 62, of Larkspur, Colo. died of cancer April 1, 2003, at Castle Rock Care Center in Castle Rock, Colo.
A graveside service was held April 4 in the Florissant Cemetery at Castle Rock.
He was born on March 28, 1941, to Carl Ray Jones and Dorothy Irene Dean Jones, at home in Osceola.
Mr. Jones served aboard the U.S.S. Edson for some of the time during his service from 1959 to 1963 in the Navy. He worked at Firestone in Des Moines for a number of years as a mechanic.
He left Firestone to farm fulltime. He raised cattle, hogs and sheep as well as corn and soybeans in Jasper County. He became a truck driver in 1988 and drove for various companies in Iowa and Colorado.
Mr. Jones liked to camp, fish and hunt. He also enjoyed working with leather, going to auctions and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Joann Root.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Sheryl Jones of Larkspur; two sons, Troy Jones of San Diego, Calif. and David Jones and his wife Michele Jones of Florissant; two daughters, Cindy Kraft and her husband, Kenny Kraft, of Rockwell City and Darcy Schoenherr and her husband, Rodney Schoenherr, of Gilbert; six grandchildren; a sister, Georgia Carson and her husband, Buck Carson of Osceola; three brothers, Harold Jones and his wife Luella Jones of New Virginia, Kenny Jones and his wife, Janice Jones, of Ackworth and Ardith Jones and his wife, Carmen Jones, of Osceola; and a host of relatives and friends.

Elberta Clark
Elberta G. Clark, daughter of Murrul and Absulum Gooseberry Dorsett, was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Knowlton, east of Diagonal, and died April 12, 2003, at the Creston Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 85.
She married Jack Clark in 1934 at Mount Ayr. She lived in Ellston for 62 years, Afton for five and moved to Creston two years ago. Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and worked at Sun Valley Lake in Ellston and Gits Manufacturing Company in Creston for a short time.
She was affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Ellston.
Mrs. Clark’s first love was her family. She enjoyed having many people around and cooking family dinners. She also loved going to dances on Saturday nights or playing cards.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1973; a son Daniel Clark; a son-in-law, Jasper Shields; an infant brother and sister.
Mrs. Clark is survived by four sons, Otis Clark and his wife, Patty Clark, of Cache, Okla., Jackie Clark and his wife, Joyce Clark, and Keith Clark and his wife, Jill Clark, all of Creston and Dale Clark and his wife, Debbie Clark, of Branson, Mo.; a daughter, Lucille Shields of Cache; 16 grandchildren including Travis Clark of Osceola; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Clark were held April 16 at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Burial was in the Ellston Cemetery.
A memorial was established in her name.

Dorothy Ann "Dottie" DeVore
Dorothy “Dottie” Ann DeVore, daughter of John Roy Graham and Helen Elizabeth Emary Graham, was born Aug. 8, 1936, in Clarke County and died April 18, 2003, at her home in Leon. She was 66.
She graduated from high school in 1955, and from cosmetology college in 1964. She married Charley Davis on Sept. 15, 1956 and they became the parents of two children, Julie and Paul. She married Donald DeVore in 1970 and an infant daughter, Nicol Renee DeVore died at birth.
Mrs. DeVore worked several years as a beautician. She moved to Leon three years ago and before that she lived in Garden Grove, Humeston and Osceola. She enjoyed going to meal sites in area communities and visiting with people. Her favorite pastimes were quilting and crocheting and she especially enjoyed volunteering at the Garden Grove Library.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter.
Mrs. De Vore is survived by a daughter, Julie Ann Jones and her husband, Claude Jones and a son, Paul Davis, all of Garden Grove; two sisters, Charlene Kline of Lenox and Mary Sacco and her husband, Joe Sacco, of Westmont, Ill. three stepgrandchildren, Chris Jones and his wife, B’ann Jones, of Alpha, Minn., Jesse Jones and his wife, Brenda Jones of Estherville and Adam Jones and his wife, Jenny Jones, of Van Wert; two great-stepgrandchildren, Austin and Zachary Jones of Van Wert; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Services for Mrs. DeVore were graveside April 23 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola with the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Casket bearers were Chris Jones, Jesse Jones, Adam Jones, Harold Edwards, Ken Dilley and Forrest Woods. Honorary bearers were Troy Jimmerson and Todd Jimmerson.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Jenks
Richard Reed Jenks, son of Benjamin Jenks and Ruby May McMorris Jenks was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Gentry, Ark. and died April 15, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 69.
He spent his early years in Colcord, Okla., attended the Colcord schools and graduated from Colcord High School.
He had been employed by McDonnell Douglas and Rockwell Industries in Tulsa, Okla. and most recently was employed as a U.S. Postal Carrier. He retired in the late 1970s.
Mr. Jenks lived in Colcord and Tulsa before moving to Iowa in 1993.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 96 in Lorimor, Disabled American Veterans, Fern Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Lorimor. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds, working in the yard and antiques.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Jenks and his parents.
Mr. Jenks is survived by his wife, Darla of Lorimor; a daughter, Debra McConnell and her husband, Les McConnell of Vian, Okla.; a son Stephen Jenks and his wife, Jaynelle Jenks, of Fort McCoy, Wis.; two stepsons, Bill Tripp and his wife, Karla Tripp, of Osceola; and Jerry Tripp and special friend, Jodi Johnson, of Thayer; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Clinton Jenks and his wife, Sue Jenks and Frank Jenks and his wife, Norma Jenks, all of Colcord; a sister, Naomi Owen and her husband, Bob Owen, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Jenks were held April 22 at Floral Haven Cemetery at Broken Arrow, Okla. Visitation had been held earlier at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola. The Rev. Merton Leigh officiated at the service.
Casket bearers were Rick Harrington, Ron Jenks, Gary Scism, Hank Jenks, David McNair, Alan Clingerpeel and Bobby Ochs.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes in Osceola and Truro and Floral Haven Funeral Home at Broken Bow.

Connie Maw
Connie Maw, daughter of William Ezra and Margaret Jane Kirk Evison, was born Oct. 11, 1949, in Osceola and died April 14, 2003, of cancer at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 53.
She grew up on a small farm in Madison County where she attended Interstate 35 schools. She received her education degree from the University of Northern Iowa with double majors in home economics and elementary education. She taught in the Winterset schools for 29-1/2 years. Mrs. Maw had been a fifth grade teacher since 1995 and before 1995 she taught home economics in middle school and high school.
She married Jim Maw on June 8, 1974, and has lived in Winterset since then.
Mrs. Maw was an active member of Grace Baptist Church, was involved in Bible school, the choir and played the piano. She was a member of the Winterset Community Educational Association (WCEA) and the National Education Association (NEA), the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and the Child Welfare Club.
Mrs. Maw’s favorite pasttimes were quilting, music, the piano, sewing, cooking and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Maw of Winterset; two brothers, Rex Evison and his wife, Mary Ann Evison, of Murray and Carol Evison and his wife, DeeDee Evison, of Des Moines and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Maw were April 18 at the First Baptist Church, the Rev. Alex Bauman and the Rev. John Safford of Grace Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Madison Township in Clarke County.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Regular Baptist Church Camp of Clear Lake.
Ochiltree Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Grace Pollitt
Grace Elizabeth Pollitt, daughter of William E. Rice and E. Effie Hillary Rice, was born Feb. 27, 1917, in Allerton, Ill. and died April 15, 2003, at her home in Truro. She was 86.
She spent her early years in Allerton. She married Roscoe Pollitt on Nov. 10, 1934, in Danville, Ill. and they became the parents of three daughters, Peggy, Doris and Carol.
Mr. and Mrs. Pollitt have lived on the family farm for the past 40 years. She spent her life as a homemaker and helping Roscoe on the farm.
Mrs. Pollitt enjoyed quilting, cooking, knitting and gardening and working in her yard.
She attended the Congregational United Church of Christ in Truro.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ernest, Eugene and Charles Rice; four sisters, Marie Scaff, Leona Pollard, Helen Pollitt and Mable Rice; and a grandson, Jeffery Brown.
Mrs. Pollitt is survived by her husband of Truro; three daughters, Peggy Murrow and her husband, George Murrow, of Ellston, Doris Brown of Osceola and Carol Spurlock and her husband, Paul Spurlock, of North Fort Myers, Fla.; five grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-stepgrandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother Roy Rice of Arcola, Ill.; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Pollitt were April 18 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Truro, Pastor Roselyn Harbart officiating. Organist Doris Johnson accompanied vocalist Chelsea Murrow as she sang Amazing Grace and What a Friend and the congregation as they sang In the Garden.
Casket bearers were Bill Brown, Derek Murrow, Bill Shieler, Ken Murrow, Randy Murrow and Terry Thacker. Honorary bearers were Randy Pollitt, Jim Pollitt, Jeffrey Etzel and Jim Spurlock.
Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Indianola.
Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro were in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ritter
Mary Elva Ritter, daughter of Reynolds Smith and Nora Alice Todd Smith, was born Sept. 29, 1906, in Enid, Okla. and died April 14, 2003, at her home in Osceola. She was 96.
She was raised in Union County and attended the Rusk, Dodge No. 7 and Leek country schools in Union County. She married Charles Jackson Ritter on Aug. 8, 1924, in Macksburg and they became the parents of three children Clara and twins Ernest and Art.
Mrs. Ritter has lived in Clarke County since the mid 1970s. She enjoyed tatting and gardening. She became a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Union County when she was a youth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1959; son-in-law, Galen Benbow; a brother Frank Smith; and a sister, Jewel Hagan.
Mrs. Ritter is survived by her children, Clara Benbow of Osceola; two sons, Ernest Ritter of Minnesota and Art Ritter and his wife, Nellie Ritter, of Murray; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ritter were April 19 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Organist Kathie Crandall played the musical selections, Old Rugged Cross and How Great Thou Art.
Casket bearers were Steve Ritter, David Ritter, Eric Ritter, Paul Ritter, Jacob Ritter and Tom Werner. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery at Afton.

William Ward
William Ronald Ward, son of William D. Ward and Myrta Stout Ward, was born Aug. 14, 1930 in Lost Creek, W. Va., and died April 15, 2003 at the Clarke County Hospital Extended Care Unit. He was 72.
He moved with his family at a young age to Detroit, Mich. He graduated from high school in Detroit. He married Shirley Rager in 1957 and they had three children, Bill, Mike and Susan. He married Gayle Shaw in 1988.
Mr. Ward spent most of his life in the Detroit area. He worked for the Sheet Metal Workers Union No. 292 and had been a member for more than 50 years. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion.
Mr. Ward moved to Osceola in 1988 and then moved to Osceola, Mo. in 1995.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Bessie, and his wife, Gayle.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Ward, and his wife, Paula Ward of Van Wert and Mike Ward of Brighton, Mich., and daughter, Susan Ward, of West Bloomfield, Mich.; grandson, Matthew Ward of West Bloomfield; brother, Benson Ward of Kentucky; sister, Kathryn Ward of Alabama, other relatives and friends.
The body was cremated and no local services were held. Kale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Clark
Kenneth Wayne Clark, son of Owen Elbert Clark and Reta Almetta Nickelson Clark, was born Oct. 31, 1931, on the family farm near the Marion County community of Purdy and died April 26. 2003, at his home in Humeston He was 71.
Shortly after his birth the family moved to the Oakley area where he lived and attended school until he was 10 and moved with his parents to a farm east of Derby. He graduated from Derby High School with the class of 1950.
He married Doris Elaine Wolett at the Derby United Methodist Church on Oct. 15, 1950. They became the parents of four children, Sandra Dianne, Allen Wayne, Peggy Melinda and Byron Dean.
Mr. Clark farmed and helped his father with construction work for three years and in 1953, he and Mrs. Clark moved to a farm southwest of Knoxville. His father retired in the spring of 1955 and they returned to the Derby farm until he retired in 1998 and moved to a home in Humeston.
Mr. Clark farmed and did construction work until the fall of 1964 when he began working at Johnson Machine Works. Those were some of the happiest years of his life. After leaving Johnson Machine Works he started his own construction business. Along with the construction business he farmed on the family farm until 1990 when he became employed by Iowa State University McNay Research Farm. He continued working there until he became disabled and retired in 1995.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark spent the first of seven winters at the Trophy Gardens Resort in Alamo, Texas in 1997. He took up new interests including cribbage and shuffleboard. His passion for working with wood continued when he became a woodshop monitor at Trophy Gardens. In February of 2000 the couple purchased their own home at the resort.
Mr. Clark was an avid camper, square dancer, card player and lover of bluegrass music. He first thoughts in spring were of his garden and mushroom hunting. He enjoyed meeting people and made friends easily wherever he went.
He joined the Derby United Methodist Church on April 19, 1960 and later transferred his membership to the Humeston United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.
Mr. Clark’s survivors are his wife in Humeston; four children, Dianne Le Master and her husband, Steve LeMaster of Radcliff, Ky., Allen W. Clark and Cindy Jungles of Galt, Mo., Peggy Rash of Derby and Byron Clark and his wife, Ana Clark of Indianola;10 grandchildren, Shala LeMaster, a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Lexington and Sara Ashley of Radcliff, Adam Clark, Tony and Anna Beliel and Jaimee McCollum of Galt, Mo., Angela Rash of Clive, Andrew Rash, a freshman at North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, Ashley Oakes, Amber Clark and Anita Clark of Indianola.
Funeral services for Mr. Clark were May 1, at the Humeston Christian-United Methodist Church. Casket bearers were Allen Clark, Adam Clark, Byron Clark, Daryl Rash, Andrew Rash and Steve LeMaster. Burial was in the Derby Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church or the American Heart Association.
Fielding Funeral Home of Chariton was in charge of arrangements.

Delbert Davidson
Delbert Nelson Davidson, the son of Elmer Nelson Davidson and Sylina Maude Bashor Davidson, was born March 29, 1920, on a farm near Thayer and died May 3, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 83.
He attended the Murray schools. He married Rose Marie Siefkas on Nov. 24, 1943, in Murray and they became the parents of two children, Jerry and Kathy.
He spent most of his life in the Murray area where he was a farmer and part owner of Davidson and Sons in Murray. Mr. Davidson was a volunteer firefighter and had been fire chief. He was a former Murray City Councilman, a teacher of the Berean Sunday School and a member of the Murray Lions Club. He was a member of the Murray Church of Christ.
He liked to spend time with his family, his garden and yard. Mr. Davidson collected farm toys and cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Kenneth in 2002 and a sister-in-law, Ruth Wolfe in 2001.
Mr. Davidson is survived by his wife in Murray; son Jerry Davidson and his wife, Darlene Davidson, of Helena, Mo. and daughter, Kathy Davidson of Dillon, Colo.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Davidson of St. Joseph, Mo., Stephanie Davidson of Maryville, Mo. Dessa Zamora of Denver, Colo., Kellie Miller of Denver, Colo., Krista Lane and Kyle Lane both of Dillon; five great-grandchildren.; two brothers, Ralph Davidson and his wife, Irma Davidson, of Welaka, Fla. and Richard Davidson of Dover, N.H.; three brothers-in-law, Darrell Siefkas and his wife, Waunita Siefkas and Leonard Wolfe, all of Murray and Jack Siefkas and his wife, Janet Siefkas, of Louisana, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Wanda Davidson of Murray; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Davidson were May 7 at the Murray Church of Christ, Minister Jimmy Miller officiating. Organist was Myrna Dick and musical selections were Amazing Grace and I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.
Casket bearers were Randy Callison, Lyle Jackson, Mike Jackson, David Flaherty, Randy Dunfee and Dean Robins. Honorary bearers were the men of the Friends Sunday School Class. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro.

Mildred Lockwood
Mildred Anna Lockwood of Leon, the daughter of Sherman Jackson and Anna Belle Nickels Hullinger, was born July 25, 1916, in Decatur County, south of the Boothtown School and died April 27, 2003, at Westview Acres in Leon.
She attended country school at Bradney and graduated from eighth grade. She accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age and remained faithful all of her life.
She married Victor Russell Lockwood on Nov. 28, 1934, near Lineville. They became the parents of five children, Beverly Irene, Lyle Reed, John Larry, Linda Norma and Nancy Kay.
Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood farmed near Woodland before moving to Leon. Mildred was employed at the Decatur County Hospital for several years. Mr. Lockwood died Sept. 20, 1984. Mrs. Lockwood lived at Westview Acres for the past 11 months.
She was the driver on long trips that the couple took. Mr. Lockwood helped by giving advice and driving across the long bridges.
Her pride and joy were her eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lockwood enjoyed making lunch for them when they were in school.
Mrs. Lockwood had a good sense of humor. She was a good neighbor and friend. She enjoyed going to jam sessions to socialize and dance. When her eyesight was good, she worked puzzles, embroidered, crocheted pieced quilts and read. Her favorite TV shows were the Price Is Right, the Golden Girls and ball games.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Beverly and Linda, killed in an automobile accident in 1948; a son John killed in Vietnam in 1967; two brothers, Duane and Farrel; two sisters, Pearl and infant Ruby; and a grandson, Joshua Dan.
Mrs. Lockwood is survived by a son Lyle Lockwood and his wife, Carolyn Lockwood, of Stapleton, Neb.; a daughter, Nancy Boyd and her husband, Danny Boyd, of Leon; four sisters, Felma Ditterman of Des Moines, Merle German of Weldon, Hilda Hagan and her husband, Varga Hagan, of Duvall, Wash. and Delores Dingman and her husband, Leland Dingman, of Tualatin, Ore. a brother, Gerald Hullinger and his wife, Margaret Hullinger, of Kettle Falls, Ore.; a sister-in-law, Carolene Leeper and her husband, David Leeper, of Corydon; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lockwood were April 30, 2003, at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Max Carmichael. Musician was Vicki Saxton and musical selections were Old Rugged Cross, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder and Amazing Grace.
Casket bearers were her grandsons, Rick Ackerman, Johnny Boyd, Matthew Boyd, Brett Carney and Joey Helton. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery.

Yvonne Perry
G. Yvonne Perry, administrator of the Clarke Community Hospital for 27 years, died May 2, 2003 at the Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan. She was 80.
The daughter of Hubert C. and Ina M. Smith Larsen, she was born Nov. 3, 1922, in Alta. She attended school in Alta until the family moved to Maxwell in 1934, where she graduated from Maxwell High School in 1940. She and her twin sister, Yvette, were active in school including Girl Scouts, band and basketball. After graduating from high school, she attended Iowa State University in Ames.
She married Marvin Clayton Perry on June 8, 1941, at the home of her parents in Maxwell. One daughter, Barbara, was born to the couple. Shortly after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Perry moved to Woodburn for a short time before making their home in Osceola in 1957.
Mrs. Perry was employed by the Clarke County Public Hospital in 1953 and was appointed administrator in 1957.
She was a member of the Iowa Hospital Association, president of the United Methodist Women, the United Methodist Church in Osceola, Ophir Chapter Number 267, Order of Eastern Star and Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls.
She retired in 1984 and in 1990 she moved to Harlan where she became an backyard neighbor to her daughter and her family. She enjoyed being a active part in the lives of her daughter’s family. She joined the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, was elected president of the United Methodist Women in Harlan and Damaris Circle.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Marvin on Sept. 17, 1964. Survivors include her daughter, Barb English, and her husband, Bob English, of Harlan; grandsons Matthew English of Harlan and Andrew English of Indianola; her sister, Yvette Vande Berg, and her husband, Harold Vande Berg, of LaVista, Nebr., and a sister, Jeri Braun of Newton, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, 2003, at Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan with the Rev. Ed Frank officiating. Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola with Ken Perry, Tom English, Eric Vande Berg, Pat Pattison, Byron Perry and Jerry Johnson serving as casket bearers. Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of arrangements.

Eugene Shanks
Walter Eugene “Gene” Shanks was born March 5, 1950, in Chariton and died of nonsmall cell lung cancer April 30, 2003. He had celebrated his 53rd birthday with family and friends on March 5 at John Stoddard Adult Oncology Center at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
He graduated from Mormon Trail Community High School with the class of 1968 and married Martha Lynne Schilling Shanks at the Last Chance Church on June 20, 1970.
His adult life began with his only residence outside Lucas County when following graduation he moved to Des Moines. He lived with an uncle and aunt, John and Judy Shanks and their five children, while he worked as an apprentice mechanic for White Motors.
Following Mr. and Mrs. Shanks' marriage he drove to his job from Pammel Court at Iowa State University until he tired of the city workplace and he chose to bring his mechanical talents and practical outlook back to the farm in the spring of 1971.
The couple lived in a small house on the Frank Grimes farm just east of Derby. There with the help of his dad, Walter Shanks, Frank Grimes and his grandfather, Albert Halls, he began his career as a Lucas County farmer. They purchased and moved to his Grandfather Ralph Shanks’ farm southeast of Derby in 1975 where he tilled the soil, raised livestock, and cared for his family.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Heidi Lynne Knight and her husband, David Knight of Humboldt and Wesley Eugene Shanks and Lesley Gwinn of Derby.
Other survivors are his father, Walter Dean Shanks and his wife, Nancy Shanks, of Silver Creek, Neb.; his mother Ruth Marie Shanks of Chariton; two grandchildren, George Shanks and Emily Knight; two sisters, Beverly Martin and her husband, Roy Martin, of Boone, and Shirley Shanks of San Francisco, Calif.; a brother, Steve Shanks and his wife, Peggy Shanks, of Chariton.
Funeral services were May 3 at the Christian United Methodist Church in Humeston with Pastor Joan White officiating. Music was provided by vocalist Krista White and organist Sharon Day.
Serving as casket bearers were Kirk Baker, Andy Horton, Jason Smith, Alec Horton, Roger Horton and Chad Stripe. Interment was in the Derby Cemetery.

Elmer C. Cameron
Elmer C. Cameron, son of Alvin Robert Cameron and Alta Emily Brown Cameron, was born April 25, 1938 in Guthrie County and died of cancer at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City on April 18, 2002. He was 63.
He graduated from Patterson High School in 1957 and married Shirley L. Loomis at the Methodist Church in Patterson on June 7, 1959. The couple became parents of five children.
Mr. Cameron and his family moved to Osceola in 1988. He farmed and worked in the maintenance department of Jimmy Dean sausage plant for 20 years. In 1991 he and his youngest son, Gene, started Cameron Construction in Osceola.
Mr. Cameron was a member of the National Guard from 1956-1963 and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Osceola. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and all outdoor activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Esther Lucile Cameron.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Cameron of Osceola; two daughters, Peggy Speakman and her husband, Stanley Speakman, of Princeton, Mo. and Cindy Horney and her husband, Dennis Horney, of Leon; three sons, Alvin Cameron and his wife, Debbie Cameron, of Chillicothe, Mo., Bill Cameron and his wife, Peggy Cameron, of Chillicothe, Gene Cameron and his wife, Jody Cameron, of Osceola; seven grandchildren, and two sisters, Alice Blair of Lorimor and Mary McConnelee of Winterset; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 24, 1:30 p.m., at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola. Pastor Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer officiated and eulogist was Gene Leeper of Pleasanton. Burial was in the Van Wert Cemetery. Casket bearers were Darrell Blair, Mark McConnelee, Brian Loomis, Keith Bennett, Kevin Blair, Danny McConnelee and Carl Kramer.

Ruby M. Davis-Vorrath
Ruby M. Davis-Vorrath, the daughter of Glen and Hazel Elliot Moore was born March 31, 1920, in Monroe Township, Ringgold County, and died of cancer April 20, 2002 at her daughter’s residence at 320 Maple St., Murray. She was 82.
She married George Darrell Davis in 1938 and Floyd Vorrath on Aug. 6, 1959. She lived in Creston most of her life. She moved to Murray a year ago to live with her daughter.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 23, at Coen-Beaty-Pearson Family Funeral Service in Creston. The Rev. Terry Aamen of First Presbyterian Church in Creston officiated and burial was in the Graceland Cemetery in Creston.
Mrs. Davis-Vorrath was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, two sisters, Lois Reeves and Ruth Umbaugh; three brothers, Chet, Hollis and Merral Moore.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Lafferty-Blair and her husband, Max Blair, of New Virginia; Helen Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, of Murray; Nancy Mateer and her husband, Roy Mateer, of Osceola; Sue Howard of Murray; three sons, Jim Davis and his wife, Barb Davis, of Waterloo; Steve Davis and his wife, Rhonda Davis, of Creston; David Moore and his wife, Michelle Moore, of Joyce, Wash.; four sisters, Doris Watts and her husband, Bob Watts, of Tatum, Texas; Ina Chandler and her husband, Paul Chandler, of Sharpsburg; Betty Schrodt and her husband Franis Schrodt, of Tutz, Fla., and Alice Moore of Creston; 21 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.

Helen L. Graham
Helen Lovina Graham, daughter of William Edward and Emma Ellen Shoemaker Burk, was born Dec. 30, 1914, in Mount Pleasant and died April 17, 2002, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was 87.
She married Arno Graham on Dec. 6,1932, in Unionville, Mo. They raised 10 children and a grandchild while living on the farm south of Murray. After moving to Osceola, she was employed at The Family Table Restaurant until she retired in 1977. She continued to work part time at various restaurants. Later in life Mrs. Graham moved from Clarke County to Clearview and Mount Ayr.
During her early years on the farm she liked to garden, can and help with the dairy farm. She was well-known by her family for her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Her grandchildren called her the “chicken noodle grandma.” In later years she enjoyed traveling and watching country music shows.
She was a member of the Four Square Bible Church in Osceola where she was baptized.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; former husband, Arno Graham; son Ronnie Graham and two daughters-in-law, Donna Graham and Vickie Graham and a great-grandson, Steven Hubbard.
Mrs. Graham is survived by four sons, Henry Graham and Billy Graham and his wife, Rhonda Graham, all of Loveland, Colo., Dean Graham and his wife, Donna Graham, of Osceola and Donnie Graham of Garden Grove; five daughters, Ruby Halliburton and her husband, Kenny Halliburton, of Sturgeon, Mo., Arnolene Hull and her husband, Lyle Hull, of Mount Ayr, Shirley King and her husband, Dennis King of Loveland, Colo., Carolyn Eblen and her husband, Don Eblen, of Creston, Patsy Istas and her husband, Dick Istas, of Loveland; a granddaughter, Betty Spire and her hsuband, Bill Spire, of Conception Junction, Mo.;
Other survivors include 26 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Fern Burk of Fairfield; a special friend, Orville Green of Osceola; other relatives and friends.
A graveside service was held April 22 in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola for Mrs. Graham. Pastor Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer officiated. Casket bearers were Don Eblen, Dick Istas, Larry Halliburton, Dennis King, Bill Spire and Dick Hall.
Kale Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge of arrangements.

John C. Aringdale
John Carl Aringdale, son of Denzel J. Aringdale and Helen Elizabeth Cashman Aringdale was born Oct. 27, 1937, in Clarke County and died April 18, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 64.
He was educated in the Clarke County Schools and Osceola High School. He left high school in his junior year and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He returned to graduate from Osceola High School and continue his education at a lab technician school in Minneapolis, Minn. He worked as a lab technician in Ely, Nev. for a year and returned to Osceola to work as a lab technician at the Clarke County Hospital. He retired about 15 years ago.
Mr. Aringdale loved to hunt and fish and especially liked helping his friends whenever he could. Mr. Aringdale was baptized in the United Methodist Church at Lacelle and was a member of the Osceola Eagles Lodge No. 3495.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Aringdale is survived by two sons, Shane Boundy of Reno, Nev. and Jon J. Boundy of Elko, Nev.; a grandson; two sisters, Beverly Miller of Creston and Ila Remy and her husband, Jim Remy, of Winslow, Ariz.; a brother, Richard Aringdale and his wife, Mary Ann Aringdale of Ankeny; nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
A memorial service was held April 23 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola for Mr. Aringdale with the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs conducting the service.
Honorary casket bearers were Ron Reed, Merne Hammitt, Don Graham, Bud Jones, Brad Benson and Lendell Foland. Interment of the cremains was in Maple Hill Cemetery with military rites by Davis Pence Post No. 69 American Legion.

Keith Dale Wishmeyer
Keith Dale Wishmeyer, son of Gerald Eugene and Audree Eleanor Halls Wishmeyer, was born Dec. 4, 1944, at Chariton and died April 13, 2002, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon. He was 57.
He was a farmer at heart from an early age. His mother carried him as she drove a team of horses in the field. Later when they had a Farmall B he rode between his dad’s or brother’s legs until he was big enough to reach the pedals.
He worked as a farmhand for Hubert Wilson from 1960 until 1972. During this time he also drove a livestock truck for Wilson, worked at the Corydon Lumberyard and began working at Central Tractor in Corydon. Wishmeyer graded from Corydon High school in 1963.
He later traveled through the south and southeast United States in his red 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 setting up stores for Central Tractor.
He began farming in 1971 with Keiffer Garton. During this time he drove a rock truck for Dean Williams for 18 years before he started his own ag lime trucking business.
Mr. Wishmeyer restored the 1957 Farmall 450 which he started farming with to go on the WHO Great Iowa Tractor Ride for the last three years with area tractor friends.
He met Suzanne Marie Gunzenhauser in 1983. They were married in Osceola on August 12, 1989. They lived in Humeston.
He loved the Iowa State Fair and worked there as a security guard for several years. Later he enjoyed helping drive the fair shuttle buses for the Clearfield Lions. Mr. and Mrs. Wishmeyer had camped at the fair for the last 12 years where they had great times with friends.
Mr. Wishmeyer loved his dog, Shasta, who faithfully went everywhere with him in the lime truck or pickup.
He liked his vehicles,visiting and joking with people, NASCAR racing, going to coffee at the restaurant, collecting cap...

Gail Goodrich
Gail “Chub” Goodrich, son of Frank and Josephine Tolley Goodrich, was born Aug. 3, 1936, in Indianola and died April 26, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 66.
He attended Clarke Community Schools. He married Shirley Hensley on Dec. 23, 1955, in Nebraska City, Neb. and they became the parents of two children.
Mr. Goodrich was a heavy equipment operator for Clarke County secondary roads until 1996 when he retired.
He played softball for Woodburn and baseball for Osceola when he was younger. He was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapshooting, going to auctions and spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.
Mr. Goodrich is survived by his wife; a daughter, Tammy Morris of Osceola; a grandson, Erik Morris of Des Moines; his mother-in-law, Darlene Alexander of Osceola; a brother-in-law, Ron Hensley of Olathe, Kan.; nieces and nephews; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Goodrich were April 29 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Randal Goodrich of Elkhart officiating. Organist Belva White accompanied Emil Rinderspacher as he sang He Touched Me and Precious Memories.
Casket bearers were Wayne Reynolds, Terry Lewis, Corey Garner, Myron Manley, Curt Garner and Tom Fry. Honorary bearers were Bill Davenport, Virgil Townsend, Marion McKinney, Kevin Townsend, Jerry Garner, Butch Stills and Lyle Goodrich.
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.

Irma Hindes
Irma Lillian Hindes, daughter of Arthur Emm and Ada Belle Miller Emm, was born Jan. 15, 1909, in Clarke County and died April 25, 2003, at the Afton Care Center in Afton. She was 94.
She graduated from high school in 1925 and completed her normal teachers training. She taught school in the Woodburn country school for a few years before she married Harold Hindes on Sept. 10, 1930, in Murray. The couple became the parents of two children, Myrna and James.
During the 1930s you were not allowed to teach school if you had children, so Mrs. Hindes stayed home to raise her children. The day that her daughter Myrna started school she returned to teaching. She taught school in Osceola for a few years before going to the Murray school system. Mrs. Hindes took correspondence courses and summer school until she received her degree from Drake University in 1967. She taught school for 40 years before retiring; she loved teaching and missed it when she retired.
Mrs. Hindes loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved music and played the piano and organ for many years. She was the organist for the Church of Christ in Murray where she was a member.
She was a member of the Iowa State Education Association and the National Education Association and a member of her church circle.
Mrs. Hindes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1991; son, James Arthur Hindes in 1987 and a brother Virgil Emm.
She is survived by her daughter, Myrna Dick and her husband, Charles Dick, of Murray; five grandchildren, Bill Dick of Tampa, Fla., David Dick of Mexico, Mo., Michael Hindes of Dallas, Texas, Linda Kopera of Kenosha, Wis, and Debbie Perlini of Chicago, Ill.; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother Charles Emm of Des Moines; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hindes were held at the Murray Church of Christ, Minister Jimmy Miller officiating. Organist was Marlene Burgus. Dennis Jeter, soloist, sang His Eye Is On the Sparrow and It Is Well With My Soul.
Casket bearers were David Dick, Gene Burgus, Elvin Soll, David Flaherty, John Henderson and Gary Robins. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro.

Charles Dick
Charles Gaylord Dick, son of Charles Gaylord and Nondace Tuttle Dick, was born Jan. 27, 1939, in Osceola and died July 3, 2003, at Greater Community Hospital in Creston. He was 64.
He received his education in the Murray schools and graduated from Murray High School in 1957. H attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. and received his A & P (airframe and power plant) license from Ottumwa Heights Community College in Ottumwa. He married Myrna Hindes on July 23, 1961, in Murray and they became the parents of two sons, Bill and David.
Mr. Dick entered the U.S. Army in 1962 and served until 1964. He was a paratrooper with the 101st Division. He also played in the Army Airborne Band.
He was a lifetime resident of the Murray community, except for the nine months he spent in Colorado. He was a longtime farmer and was also employed by the maintenance department of Kraft at Creston.
Mr. Dick was a faithful member of the Murray Church of Christ in Murray. He loved music and especially enjoyed singing at church and playing trumpet for military services. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying. A special part of his life was his grandchildren with whom he loved spending time. He also enjoyed water skiing and camping.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Dick is survived by his wife Myrna of Murray; two sons, Bill Dick and his wife, Rhonda Dick, of Lakeland, Fla., and David Dick and his wife, Stacy Dick, of Mexico, Mo.; five grandchildren; a sister, Elaine Francis and her husband, Neil Francis, of Joplin, Mo.; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Dick were July 7 at the Murray Church of Christ. The service was officiated by Minister Jimmy Miller of Murray. Organist was Jim Hoffman and vocalists were Elaine and Neil Francis. Musical selections were Precious Lord Take My Hand, Precious Memories and Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown.
Casket bearers were Jim Hoffman, Wayne Boor, Gene Burgus, Herb Burgus, John Henderson and Gary Robins. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Jonathan, Abigail and Nathaniel. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery with military rites by William-Lochrie Post No. 405 of the American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Murray Church of Christ.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes of Osceola and Truro.

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