Gerald “Jerry” Wolfe, was born June 10, 1906 at Allerton and died May 13, 2003, at the Clarke County Hospital. He was 96.
He received his education in the Allerton schools and served in the Army as a medic during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Osceola.
He married Nellie Marjorie Pennington on March 2, 1949 in Atlanta, Ga. He and his wife operated the Osceola Rexall Drug Store for 20 years. After they retired they continued to make their home in Osceola. His wife died in 1991.
Mr. Wolfe is survived by two nieces, Connie Mellencamp of Missouri and Nancy Howell of Aurora, Ill., friends and neighbors.
Graveside services were held May 17 at the Clarinda Cemetery in Clarinda with Scott Smith officiating. Emil Rinderspacher sang How Great Thou Art. Kale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Tena Selma Wolfe, daughter of Anne T. Jetmonson and Ole Tom Olson, was born March 10, 1906 at Dows and died May 18, 2003, at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 97.
She married Jay Wolfe on June 4, 1924, at Nevada. The couple had four children, Betty, Tom, Pete and Nila.
Mrs. Wolfe had lived in the Osceola area for more than 60 years and had worked at the local telephone company for more than 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son, Tom.
Survivors include her two daughters, Betty Raker and her husband, Don Raker, of Des Moines, Nila Groves of Longmont, Colo., and son, James “Pete” Wolfe and his wife, Maxine, of Chariton; 10 children, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, May 21, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Pastor Chuck DeVos officiating. Kale Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
DONALD LABAR SONES
Donald Labar Sones, son of Molly Pedigo and Ira Watson Sones, was born on May 3, 1907, on a farm near Norwood and died at home of a heart attack May 25, 1999. He was 92.
Funeral services were May 29 at the Norwood Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Max Johnson officiated. Honorary minister was the Rev. Gladys Martin. Interment was in the Norwood Cemetery.
WILLIAM HAROLD MORAN
William Harold Moran, son of William and Eva Kane Moran, was born Nov. 26, 1902, in Clarke County and died May 24, 1999, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 96.
A memorial graveside service was held May 28 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, the Rev. Terry Roberts officiating.
DOYLE LESTER MC CONNELL
Doyle Lester McConnell was born April 22, 1925, in Clarke County and died May 26, 1999, at Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 74.
Services were May 29 in Osceola. Pastor Dwayne Henrichs officiated. Interment was in the Murray Cemetery.
Mary C. Lippold, 87, of St. Marys died of a heart ailment May 29, 1999, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. Services were at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of which she was a member. Burial was in St. Marys Cemetery.
Bernadine Simmerman, daughter of James H. and Anna E. Drummond Stickle, was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Marion County and died May 30, 1999, at her home after a short illness. She was 84.
Services were June 2 at Saint Bernard Catholic Church, the Rev. John Frost officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.
ANNA MARY MCKNIGHT
A. Mary McKnight, daughter of Adam Thomas and Mattie E. Lingle, was born April 29, 1919, in Osceola and died May 28, 1999, at home in Osceola. She was 80.
Funeral services for Mrs. McKnight were June 1 in Osceola, the Rev. Dale Bean officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Owen Alva Beaman, son of Edward Elmer and Mary Ellen Smock Beaman, was born March 6, 1912, near Hopeville in Clarke County and died May 29, 2003, at Greater Community Hospital in Creston.
He attended Clarke County rural schools. He married Margaret Lucille Hudson on Jan. 16, 1943, in Grant City, Mo.
Mr. Beaman worked for the Union County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator for more than 30 years. He retired in 1974.
He lived most of his life in the Arispe area and served as mayor of Arispe and was on the Arispe City Council.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8882 of Afton and the American Legion Ringgold Post No. 172 of Mount Ayr. He served in the European Theater of Operation, Company B, 5th Armored Division, 15th Armored Infantry Battalion and received two Bronze Stars with oak leaf clusters and the Purple Heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Ralph Adams.
Mr. Beaman is survived by his wife of Arispe; two daughters, Lonna McDonough of Osceola and Arlinda Abell of Creston; a brother, Cecil Beaman of Shannon City; a sister, Grace Lewis of Afton; five grandchildren, Colin McDonough and his wife, Joni McDonough, of Greeley, Colo., Eron and Kylie McDonough of Osceola, Karrie Darnold and her husband, Tim Darnold and Tami Martin and her husband, Jason Martin, all of Creston and three great-grandchildren, Shane Abell and Sydney and Jessie Martin of Creston.
Funeral services for Mr. Beaman were at Powers Funeral Home in Creston, the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery at Afton.
A memorial will be established in his name.
Betty Jean Squier Bennett
Betty Jean Squier Bennett, the daughter of Alfred Edward and Margaret E. Bird Squier, was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Downers Grove, Ill. and died May 9, 2002, in Oroville, Calif. She was 75.
She grew up in Osceola and attended school at Leslie and graduated from Osceola High School. She worked for Bell Telephone Company and Snowdons before moving to California.
She married Robert Bennett and they became the parents of four children, Robin, Daniel, Andrew and Candace.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Jane in infancy; a sister, Ethel Smith and brother-in-law, Hugh Smith; two brothers, George Squier and John Squier and sister-in-law Yvonne Squier; and nephew, Mickey Glenn.
Mrs. Bennett is survived by her husband; four children, Robin Hanson of Oroville, Daniel Bennett of Los Angeles, Andrew Bennett of Bakersfield, Calif. and Candace Bennett of Nashville, Tenn.; eleven grandchildren; a sister, Edna Glenn and her husband, Forrest Glenn, a brother, Ralph Squier and his wife Betty Squier and a sister-in-law, Ruby Squier, all of Osceola; eight nephews and four nieces; other relatives and friends.
Dorothy Hazel Bone, daughter of Dora Ellen and Frank Smith Bone, was born Dec. 12, 1906, and died May 5, 2002, in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was 95.
She was reared and educated in the Grand River community and obtained her teaching degree from Iowa State College at Ames. She returned to teach in the Grand River public schools. She later left the area and taught in Chicago Heights, Ill. and Detroit, Mich.
Ms. Bone always returned to the family homestead to spend the summers with her parents, her local siblings and nieces and nephews. During the summers she could always be found in some garden, vegetable or flower.
After the death of her father in 1957, she moved her mother to Michigan with her and they lived in Detroit until Ms. Bone retired from teaching. They then moved to an acreage in Paw Paw, Mich. Her mother died in 1974 and several years later Ms. Bone moved to Friendship Village in Kalamazoo where she lived the rest of her life.
She was very active at Friendship Village where she had her own garden plot, and was responsible for several flower rows on the property. She sorted mail for the residents at the complex. She was an avid bridge player and would challenge anyone to a game of pool. She participated in many other activities at the complex and she also traveled frequently with friends. Ms. Bone was also active in the Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. She enjoyed a long and full life and until only recently was quite active.
Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were all of her siblings, Boyd, Odessa, Garry, Donna and Doris and a nephew, Robert.
Ms. Bone had a significant impact on her eight surviving nieces and nephews, Frank “Bill” Smith Bone II of Council Bluffs, James Bone of Davenport, Dennis Bone of Cedar Rapids, Connie Neeley of Waterloo, Jane Pallas of San Francisco, Calif., Peggy Christianson of Omaha, Neb., Linda Drake Van Wyck of Tucson, Ariz. and Stephen Young of San Francisco. She is also survived by 11 great-nieces and two great-great-nephews, other relatives and friends.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 7 at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon. A committal service will follow at Grand River Cemetery.
Funeral services for Charles William Borrall, 92, of Afton, were June 5 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines.
Mr. Borrall was born in Osceola and lived in Des Moines for 46 years before he moved to Afton in 1997. He worked for Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel Company before he retired. He also farmed.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Lucile.
Mr. Borrall is survived by four daughters, Frances Oxford and Betty Malloy, both of Sigourney, Emma Lou Phillips of Lorimor and Esta Rae Knapik of Topeka, Kan.; a son, Norman Borrall of Afton; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to Afton Care Center.
Vera Zella Brown
Vera Zella Brown, the daughter of Elaska and Irene Ellen Kier Harger, was born Dec. 13, 1906, in Decatur County and died at the Clarke County Hospital May 29, 2002. She was 95.
She spent her early life on farms. At age 11 she moved with her family to Grand River graduated from Grand River High School in 1925.
She married Lloyd Madison Brown on Feb. 12, 1927, and they became the parents of five children.
Mrs. Brown worked at Swift and Company in Clarinda after she was married. Mr. and Mrs. Brown moved back to Grand River where they owned and operated a produce, creamery and hardware store. While delivering goods to Chicago, the couple was hit by a train; neither of them was seriously injured.
Mr. Brown died at age 49 of a heart attack in 1952. Mrs. Brown moved to Portland, Ore. and worked as a nurse in a hospital until she retired in 1974. She lived in El Cajon, Calif. until 1989 when she moved into a home she shared with her son, Ed, in Grand River.
Mrs. Brown was active in the American Legion, White Shrine, Eastern Star and Grand River community activities. She was the Decatur County Republican Committee Woman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Ed and Floyd Harger; a sister, Nellie Skidmore; a grandson, Patrick David Harrison Jr.; a granddaughter, Toni Dianne Kumpf and son-in-law Pat Harrison.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her five children, Dick Brown and his wife, Donna Brown, of Sun City, Ariz., Ed Brown of Grand River, Carol Ray and her husband, Jim Ray, of Rogers, Ark., Mary Jane Siegel and her husband, LeRoy Siegel, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Ron Brown and his wife, Judy Brown, of Cannon City, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Brown were June 3 at the United Methodist Church in Grand River, Pastor Rick Hawkins officiating. The message was presented by Grandson Rick Kumpf, a poem by Grandson John Harrison and family memories by Grandson Joe Harrison.
Organist Charletta Durell and pianist JoAnn Boles accompanied Terry Roberts as he sang Beyond the Sunset and How Great Thou Art. Congregational hymns were When We All Get To Heaven and When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder.
Casket bearers were Wayne Brown, Bob Burchett, Jim Overholtzer, Jim Ray, Richard Reel and Richard Schwalbe. Honorary bearers were James Brown, Mark Brown, James Gardner, Dan Hobbs, Ron Jansen and Greg Wolff. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery, near Grand River.
Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon was in charge of arrangements.
Samuel Dwight Caldwell
Samuel D. Caldwell, former Osceolan, died March 14, 2002, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center in Madison, Wis. He was 89.
He was born July 18, 1912, in Chicago to Isaac and Esther Caldwell. They were students at Moody Bible Institute.
Mr. Caldwell graduated valedictorian of the Osceola High School class of 1930. His father was pastor of the M.P. (Methodist Protestant) Church in Osceola during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The church, long gone now, was located on the east side of Main Street about a block south of the railroad tracks. The church along with other protestant churches in town held Revival Meetings for a week every year.
He graduated from Wheaton College and headed for St. Louis, Mo. to marry his college sweetheart, Lucille. He had hoped to support his wife as a chemistry teacher, but found himself digging ditches and learning how to build a house from his father-in-law.
In 1976, the couple moved to Madison, joined Covenant Presbyterian Church and continued to host international students through Madison Friends of International Students until Mrs. Caldwell died in 1987.
For 23 years after “retiring” Mr. Caldwell worked with the Meridian Group, staying in touch with the 250 employees through his personal correspondence.
In 1994, he met Emma Myer at Attic Angel Tower and they were married on Aug. 11, 1994.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his first wife of 51 years, was his sister, Margaret.
Mr. Caldwell is survived by his wife, Emma of Madison; two daughters, Norma Madsen and her husband, Doug Madsen, of Madison and Suzanne Marshall and her husband, John Marshall, of Olympia, Wash.; two sons, John Caldwell and his wife, Mary Caldwell, of Castro Valley, Calif. and Burt Caldwell and his wife, Diane Caldwell, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marion Craig and Ruth Peterson of Carol Stream, Ill.; two brothers, Gordon Caldwell and his wife, Mary Caldwell, of Houston, Texas and Paul Caldwell and his wife, Ruth Caldwell, of Carbondale, Ill.
A memorial service was held March 23, 2002 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the endowment fund he hoped to establish: Hospice Care Staff Continuing Education Endowment Fund, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, Wis. 53711.
Paul Joseph Flanery, the son of Edward Franklin and Catherine Wiesensee Flanery, was born April 13, 1923, in Sioux Falls, S.D. and died of a heart ailment June 2, 2002, at the Madison County Hospital in Winterset. He was 79.
He married Betty Jean Corbin on Jan. 16, 1943, at Sioux Falls, S.D.
He grew up in South Dakota, received his pharmacy degree from South Dakota State College in Brookings, S. D. and lived in various towns until he moved to Mason City. He moved to Winterset in 1962 where he owned and operated Flanery Pharmacy until 1978. He worked for Montross Pharmacy and then did relief pharmacy until 1996.
Mr. Flanery served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of the Winterset American Legion Post No. 184 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8142, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winterset.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five brothers, George Flanery, Leon Flanery, John Flanery, Edward Flanery and William Flanery and two sisters, Marcella Bowersox, Minnie Lass ad Mary Flanery.
Mr. Flanery is survived by a son, Dan Flanery and his wife, Deb Flanery, of Stewartsville, Minn.; a daughter, Nancy McKnight and her husband, Vern McKnight, of Osceola; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winterset, the Rev. Father Chris Hartshorn officiating. Music was by the St. Joseph Music Ministry.
Burial was in the Winterset Cemetery with military graveside services by American Legion Post No. 184 and VFW Post No. 8142-Winterset.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church.
Collins Oak Park Chapel of Winterset was in charge of arrangements.
Maxine Henry died from a heart attack May 29, 2002, at her home in New Virginia. She was 82.
She was born in Ellston and lived in Indianola from 1961 until 1975 when she moved to rural New Virginia.
Mrs. Henry was a teacher in Eagle Grove and Indianola before she retired.
She was a member of the New Virginia United Methodist Church.
She was also a member of the National Silver Haired Congress in Washington, D.C., vice president of the National Council of Silver Haired Legislators, and president of the Iowa Aging Coalition.
Mrs. Henry served for 23 years in the Older Iowans Legislature, serving as house speaker for a time.
She was a member of the Clarke County Retired School Personnel Association and president of the Osceola Women’s Club. She was legislative chair for both the retired teachers and the statewide General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
She was president and secretary for the Warren County Democrats, president of the trustees for Heather Manor and served on the Iowa State Education Association executive board.
She was a member of the education sorority Kappa Kappa Iota and served as scholarship chair at her church.
Mrs. Henry was serving in her fourteenth year on the board of the Annett Nature Center.
She was a volunteer extraordinaire. She was a retired teacher, environmentalist, volunteer and politician. She helped in getting support for national bills on Capitol Hill, working in politics, both at the state and federal level.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Clinton P. Henry in 1985 and a grandson, Scott Henry.
Mrs. Henry is survived by a daughter, Nancy Henry Wright of Indianola; two sons, Bruce Henry of Des Moines and Jerold Henry of Sartell,Minn.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were June 1 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Indianola.
Memorial contributions maybe made to the Henry Scholarship at New Virginia United Methodist Church or Friends of Warren County Conservation.
Doris Bell Huston
Doris Bell Huston, daughter of John W. and Rosalie Slayden Bell, was born Sept. 24, 1912, in Madison County and died May 28, 2002, at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in Osceola. She was 89.
Mrs. Huston graduated from Peru High School in 1930. She married George Frank Huston on Oct. 4, 1932, in Bethany, Mo. The couple became the parents of two children.
Mrs. Huston lived in Lorimor and Winterset before moving to Osceola in 1994. She was a homemaker, treasurer of the United Methodist Women and a member of the United Methodist Church in Lorimor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, eight brothers and sisters and a stepgrandson.
She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Davison and her husband, Ed Davison, of Osceola; a son Ronald Huston and his wife, Dianne Huston of Tacoma, Wash.four grandchildren;Gary Huston and Sue Huston of Tacoma, Daniel Davidson of Thayer, Jennifer Offield of Murray; four stepgrandchildren, Dawn Harrell of Jessieville, Ark., Breanna Vandemark and Jenna Davison, both of Centerville and Jim Hope of Andrews Air Force Base; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were Friday in the Peru Cemetery, the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs of Thayer officiating. Casket bearers were Norville Huston, Ron Goering, Dan Davidson, Ed Davison and Ron Huston.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Lorimor.
Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Home in Osceola.
Kenneth Thomas Lewis
Kenneth Thomas Lewis, the son of Charles Williams Lewis and Lillian Amanda Thurlow, was born Feb. 2, 1906, in Knox Township near Lacelle and died May 30, 2002, at Adel Acres Care Center in Adel. He was 96.
He attended Knox Township schools and graduated from Osceola High School in 1924. He attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant for a year.
Mr. Lewis was a farmer and resident of Clarke County most of his life except for four years when he traveled for a greenhouse construction company in Chicago as a glazer and painter. He returned to Iowa in 1930 and began farming.
He married Helen Kindred on June 16, 1938, in Indianola and they became the parents of two children.
Mr. Lewis and his family purchased a farm north of Woodburn and he lived there until he retired in 1970 when he moved to Osceola.
He was a member of the Farmers Union, served on the Farmers Home Administration committee for several years and was active in organizing, operating and serving on the board of the Osceola Senior Center. He also served as the Sergeant of Arms at the Iowa State Senate in the early 1960s.
Mr. Lewis was originally a member of the Lacelle United Methodist Church and currently was affiliated with the O sceola United Methodist Church.
He loved to fish and was well-known by his family for his "Kennethisms" which demonstrated his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Helen in 1995; four brothers, Frank R. Lewis, Harold H. Lewis, Carl W. Lewis, Hayse Lewis; six sisters, Kitty M. Bacus, Princess Pool, Rose E. Hunt, June E. Adamson, Dorothy M. Johnson, Doris Todd and a son-in-law, Richard Marlin.
Mr. Lewis is survived by a son, Chuck Lewis and his wife, Linda Lewis of Urbandale; a daughter, Jan Marlin of West Des Moines; four grandchildren, Lisa Tetrick and Chad Lewis, both of Waukee, Allie Welch of Eden Prairie, Minn. and Wendy Marlin of St. Paul, Minn.; seven great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Chester Kindred of Leon; a sister-in-law, Fleta Lutjens of Lamont; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Lewis were June 3 at Kale Funeral home in Osceola, the Rev. James Louk officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied Emil Rinderspacher as he sang Precious Memories and Just a Closer Walk with Thee.
Honorary casket bearers were Lisa Tetrick Allie Welch, Ashly Marlin, Jason Tetrick, Austin Marlin, Aaron Tetrick, Jonathan Lewis, Chad Lewis, Wendy Marlin, Samantha Lewis and Lindsey Tetrick.
Burial of the cremains will be in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola at a later date.
Steven Michael Weaklend, son of Deborah and Steven Weaklend of Lacona, was born May 25, 2002, in Des Moines and died of a heart ailment May 29, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was five days old.
He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Nickolas and Kyle; a sister, Nicole, all of the home; grandparents, Wilma Weaklend of Osceola and Raymond Weaklend of Osceola, Mary and Donald Lamb of Cottonwood, Ariz., Wanda and Walten Collins of Granville, Ohio and his great-grandmother, Iva Musselman of Lamoni.
Services were June 3 at Mosher Funeral Home in Lacona, with burial at Cochran Cemetery near Lacona.
Long-time Lucas County resident,Wayde Clair Black, son of George Clarence and Clara Jane Walker Black, was born July 15, 1915, in Woodburn and died June 8, 2003, at his home in Chariton. He was 87.
Mr. Black married Othella Fern Allen in 1935 at Liberty and they farmed near Chariton. In addition to farming, Mr. Black was a school bus driver and worked for E & D Vault for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Othella Black of Chariton; a son, Stan Black and a daughter, Martha McVey of Chariton; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Coffman of Broken Bow, Neb. and Lois Culbertson of Osceola; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were June 11 at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Burial was in the Chariton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Union Church or the Senior Citizens Center in Chariton.
Frank Brice Reasoner, the oldest child of Brice “Babe” Reasoner and Estella Landes Reasoner, was born Sept. 18, 1921, at home northwest of Beaconsfield and died June 2, 2003, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr where he had lived for a short time. He was 81.
He lived most of his life near Beaconsfield in the home where he was born. He graduated from Beaconsfield High School in 1938.
On Jan. 23, 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served in the 7th Air Force 11th Bomb Group in the Pacific Theatre Campaign. He was proud to have served his country and remained active in their reunion association. He was honorably discharged from the military on Sept. 2, 1945.
Mr. Reasoner married Mary Louise Peterson on June 4, 1945, in Page, N.D. They returned to Beaconsfield where he joined his father at Reasoner Garage and Implement, a business his father started in 1935.
He served on the Beaconsfield School Board, held various positions with the Beaconsfield United Methodist Church and was a member of the American Legion in Grand River.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife on March 16, 1986, and an infant sister, Jeanette Reasoner on Dec. 25, 1932.
Mr. Reasoner is survived by a daughter, Lois Schultz and her husband, John Schultz, of Indianola; two sons, John Reasoner and his wife, Diane Reasoner, of Beaconsfield and Robert Reasoner and his wife, Glenda Reasoner, of Osceola; seven grandchildren, Laura Marquardt of Ankeny, Nathan, Jeremy and Dan Reasoner of Beaconsfield, Andrea, Lindsey and Travis Reasoner, of Osceola; a sister, Mescal Gilbert; his dear friend Marie Watson of Mount Ayr; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were June 5 at the United Methodist Church in Beaconsfield, the Rev. Rick Hawkins officiating. Musicians were Gloria Faust and Garry Palmer. Nathan Reasoner played Taps and Melvin Ploessel played the bagpipes. Musical selections were In the Garden and The Lord’s Prayer. The congregation sang How Great Thou Art.
Casket bearers were Nathan Reasoner, Dan Reasoner, Bill Hynek, Jeremy Reasoner, Travis Reasoner and Nick Morrell. Honorary bearers were Duane Poore, Wayne Palmer, Rex Walters, Albert Hewlett, Raymond Jones, Kenneth Driftmier, Jim Stumpf, Keith Whitson, Lee Baker, Ron Willey, Jim Smith, Jean Manning, Don Keller, Richard Hohl and David Jennings.
Military rites were by Ringgold Post No. 172 American Legion.
Interment was in the Oliver Cemetery in Kellerton.
Marjorie Fear Reasoner
Marjorie Marie Boord, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Boord, was born May 14, 1916, near Leon and died June 19, 2002, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. She was 86.
She graduated from high school in 1934. She married Dean Fear on July 14, 1939, and lived south of Grand River. Several years later they moved into town. The couple became the parents of four daughters, Mardean, Carol, Rita and Virginia. Mr. Fear died in 1957.
She married Myrle Reasoner in 1960 and moved to a farm in rural Tingley where they farmed until they retired in 1971 and moved into town. Mrs. Reasoner was a member of the Tingley United Methodist Church, and was secretary of the United Methodist Women for several years.
She enjoyed cooking family dinners, grandchildren visiting, writing poetry, playing the harmonica and assisting the Tingley Meal Site kitchen.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a sister, Merlin Hembry; three brothers, Howard in infancy and Calvin and Cloyd Boord, two daughters, Mardean McCutchan and Carol Evans; a great-grandson, Cassidy Powell.
Mrs. Reasoner is survived by two daughters, Rita Adkisson and her husband, Mike Adkisson, of Afton and Ginny Young and her husband, Allen Young, of Toledo; three stepchildren, Bob Reasoner, Karen Cope and Cindy Cavender; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Reynolds of Marysville, Mich. and Mary Baker of Mount Ayr; two sons-in-law, Rodney Evans of Harrison, Ark. and Kermit McCutchan of Huxley; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Reasoner were Saturday at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon with Pastor Sue Thomas officiating.
Casket bearers were Doug Adkisson, Michael Adkisson, Monte Adkisson, Jerry Boord, Joe Boord and Allen Young. Interment was in the Grand River Cemetery at Grand River.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tingley Meal Site in Mrs. Reasoner’s name.
Paul Joseph Kosman
Paul Joseph Kosman, son of David Francis and Cecilia Ann Craig Kosman, was born July 22, 1963, in Des Moines and died June 9, 2002, at the Decatur County Hospital in Leon as the result of injuries sustained when the tractor he was driving rolled over near Weldon. He was 38.
Mr. Kosman lived near Weldon in Decatur County most of his life with the exception of a brief time near Albia in Monroe County. He received his education in the Clarke schools in Osceola. He was a farmer and a welder at Paul Mueller Company in Osceola for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Kosman was an independent, strong and caring man. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed deer hunting and raising cattle. He also loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand River.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; an uncle, Leo Craig, and two aunts, Arlene Craig and Pauline Richmond.
Mr. Kosman is survived by his parents; two sisters, Regina “Jeannie” Marean and her husband, Thomas Marean, and Denise Marean and her husband, Matthew Marean, all of Indianola; three brothers, Dan Kosman and Lala Davidson and Ben Kosman and his wife, Misti Kosman, all of Indianola and Kevin Kosman and his wife, Beth Kosman, of Weldon; other relatives and a host of friends.
A funeral mass for Mr. Kosman will be held at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Osceola, the Rev. Lyle Peters and the Rev. Tom Dooley officiating. Deacon is Fred Comwell of Anita.
Casket bearers are Doug Garrett, Tracy Eivens, Jerry Henrichs, Daniel Kosman, Kevin Kosman and Ben Kosman. Honorary casket bearers are Terry Miller, John Jackson and Joe Cooley. Burial is in the Leon Cemetery at Leon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.
Visitation is open after 9 a.m. June 12, with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m.