Donald Lorraine Kennedy, son of Ancel and Clara Fry Kennedy, was born March 2, 1917, in Jamison and died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Aug. 6, 2001, at Winterset Care Center North. He was 84.
He attended school in Warren County. He married Vilna Tuttle on Aug. 21, 1943, at St. Charles and they became the parents of 10 children.
Mr. Kennedy served with the Iowa National Guard in Louisiana. He was employed at Solar Aircraft in Des Moines for several years. He was a dairy farmer. Mr. Kennedy also drove a bus for Interstate 35 School District for many years.
He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in New Virginia where he attended faithfully as long as was able. He was also a member of the New Virginia Lions Club.
Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife of 58 years; five daughters, Donna Denly and her husband, David Denly, of Ollie, Marguerite Rockey and her husband, Herb Rockey, of Kennewick, Wash., Phyllis O’Hair and her husband, Jim O’Hair, of Van Wert, Karen Cooley and her husband, Jerry Cooley, of New Virginia and Bonnie Simmerman and her husband, Don Simmerman, of Truro; five sons, Roger Kennedy and his wife, Ginny Kennedy, of Emporia, Kan., Gordon Kennedy and his wife, Sandra Kennedy, of Bedford, Ancel Kennedy and his wife, Cindy Kennedy, of Truro; Leroy Kennedy and his wife, Bev Kennedy, of Lamoni and Jim Kennedy and his wife, Cindy Kennedy, of Washington; 26 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Edwina Foley and her husband, Jake Foley, of New Virginia and Virginia Lympus and her husband, Ernest Lympus, of Ridgeland, Miss.; Helen Blair and her husband, Kenneth Blair, of Osceola; a brother, Herbert Kennedy and his wife, Marilyn Kennedy, of Cedar Rapids; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Kennedy are at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Gary Morris and Merrill Tuttle officiating. Organist will be Anne Johnson and soloist will be Jerry Hilton. Musical selections will be Glory to His Name and Victory in Jesus.
Casket bearers are David Denly Jr., Jesse O’Hair, Shea Kennedy, John Simmerman, Jeff Kennedy and Don Kennedy. Honorary bearers are Justin Kennedy, Mike Kennedy, Pat O’Hair and Brian Kennedy. Interment will be in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church, Alzheimer’s disease research or the family.
Edward J. Snyder
Edward J. Snyder, 81, Virginia, Minn. died Aug. 4, 2001, at the Waters of Park Point in Duluth, Minn.
He was born July 7, 1920, to August and Josephine Schley in Ironton, Minn. He grew up and attended school in Ironton. Following school he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II.
He married Eleanor Lackner on July 14, 1950, in Virginia, Minn. He joined the Virginia Police Force in 1952 and became chief of police in 1976. He retired in 1984. He enjoyed working as a fishing guide at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake after he retired.
He was a member of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, the Minnesota Police Chief’s Association, the Northeast Law Enforcement Council, Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post No. 239 of Virginia, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1992; a brother, Theodore Snyder; a sister, Frances Nord and his parents.
Survivors include two daughters: Mary Jo Krasaway and her husband Peter Krasaway of Virginia and Roberta Enger and her husband, Greg Enger, of Osceola; three grandchildren, Deborah Krasaway of St. Louis Park, Minn., Stephen Krasaway of Virginia and Scot Enger of Osceola; two brothers, Leonard Snyder of White Bear Lake, Minn., Chet Snyder and his wife Betty Snyder, of Baxter, Minn.; a sister, Jewel Popek of St. Paul, Minn. and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Aug. 7 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. John Doyle was the celebrant. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Military honors were accorded by the Virginia Color Guard.
Irene V. Hammons
Irene Vera Hammons, daughter of Allen Edward and Alice Ella Ludwig Comer, was born Sept. 9, 1926, at Osceola and died of cancer Aug. 3, 2001, at her home in Osceola. She was 74.
She received her education in the country schools of Clarke County. She married William Silas Hammons on Dec. 26, 1944, and they became the parents of five children.
Mrs. Hammons lived all of her life in Osceola with the exception of two to three years in California. She worked on the asssembly line at Furnas Electric for more than ten years. She retired in 1986. She served as a volunteer delivering Meals on Wheels for many years.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was well-known within her family for her cooking and the bread she baked. She enjoyed her years babysitting with her grandchildren, gardening, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband in 1987.
Surviving Mrs. Hammons are her four daughters, Alice Piercy and her husband, Jim Piercy, Jeanie Coenen and her husband, Raymond Coenen, and Vera Crawford and her husband, Ike Crawford, all of Osceola and Laura Lee Watkins and her husband, Mike Watkins, of Norwalk; a son, William Hammons and his wife, Shannon Hammons, of Creston; 16 grandchildren, Brian Piercy and his wife, Debbie Piercy and Jennie Fedson and her husband, Chris Fedson, Shawn, Brandy and Cameron Martz, all of Des Moines; Judd Piercy, Tammy Roan and her husband, Mark Roan, Jody Coenen and his wife, Michaela Coenen, and Justin Coenen, all of Osceola; Chad Hammons and his wife, Amy Hammons, and Clint Hammons, all of Creston; Donnie White and his wife, Lori White, of Sibley; Tonya Stuart of South Carolina; Casey and Kelsey McNaney of Norwalk and Shane Martz and his wife, Nicki Martz, of Lamoni; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Eugene Comer and his wife, Lucille Comer, of Mount Ayr; a sister, Beulah Brammer of Murray; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services for Mrs. Hammons were Aug. 7 at Kale Funeral home in Osceola, Doug Hamilton officiating. The organist was Pennie Gonseth and the vocalist was Ronda Lowry. Musical selections were Old Rugged Cross, How Great Thou Art and I Will Sing.
Casket bearers were Pat McNaney, Steve White, Weston Wright, Landon Wright, Ben Boyce and Jerod Flaherty. Honorary casket bearers were Rollin Daly, Dale Bonnett, Roscoe Imhoff, Paul Manchester and Dave Samms. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola.
Judy Ann Cannon
Judy Ann Cannon, daughter of Wayne F. Weeter Jr. and Donna Fay Johannesen Weeter, was born June 1, 1951, in Des Moines and died Aug. 1, 2001, at her home in St. Charles. She was 50.
She graduated from Hoover High School in Des Moines and married Winston Homer Cannon on Dec. 7, 1991, in St. Charles.
She was raised in Des Moines but had lived in the St. Charles area for the last 25 years. She was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Des Moines.
Mrs. Cannon worked in all areas of the family business, Cannon Sheet Metal, for eight years. She retired in 1998.
Her grandparents preceded her in death.
Mrs. Cannon is survived by her husband; parents; three children, Samantha Petruso and her husband, Mark Petruso, of Wexford, Pa., Dacia Dutter of Norwalk and Chad Dutter and his wife, Mindy Dutter, of Kansas City; eight stepchildren, John Cannon and his wife, Sharon Cannon, of Nashville, Tenn., Chris Cannon and his wife, Carol Cannon, of Des Moines, Gary Cannon and his wife, Nancy Cannon, of Des Moines, Nancy Titus and her husband, Randy Titus, of Winterset, Mishell Cannon of Winterset, Tom Daniels of Nashville, Tim Daniels and his wife, Patty Daniels, of Norwalk, Cindy Cook and her husband, Jim Cook, of Winterset; four grandchildren, Aubrey and Micheala Petruso of Wexford and McKenna and Jonah Dutter of Kansas City, Mo.; brother Robert Weeter and his wife, Brenda Weeter, of Johnston; a half brother, Britt Johnson of Altoona; two stepsisters; Debbie James of Van Meter and Karen Matysik and her husband, Gerard Matysik, of Clive as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Judy Ann Cannon were Aug. 4 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, with the Rev. Amo Metz of West Des Moines officiating. Organist Pennie Gonseth accompanied Nancy Titus as she sang Just As I Am.
Interment of the cremains will be at a later date in the St. Charles Cemetery at St. Charles.
Lillie M. Springer
Lillie M. Springer, 83, of Indianola died of cancer July 31, 2001, at Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines. Funeral services were Aug. 4 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola. Interment was in the Woodburn Cemetery.
She was born in Lucas. She lived in Woodburn and Des Moines before moving to Indian-ola 18 months ago. She had also lived in Indianola in the 1950s and 1960s. Mrs. Springer was a homemaker and also worked at several cafes and kitchens in Indianola.
She enjoyed embroidery.
Mrs. Springer is survived by two daughters, Charlotte Gonzales and Norma Throckmorton of Indianola; two sons, Danny Throckmorton of Charter Oak and Larry Throckmorton of Wood-burn; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Minnie Charder of Runnells, Jean Box and Frances Lowe of Chariton and Hurmoline Dixoson of Des Moines; two brothers, Charles Rodgers of Woodburn and Donald Rodgers of Loveland, Colo.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kavanagh House on 56th Street, Des Moines.
Overton Funeral Home in Indianola was in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth (Kenny) Donald O’Neall, son of Larry and Martha McCleary O’Neall, was born Dec. 18, 1963, in Osceola and died Aug. 2, 2001, at Murray. He was 37.
He graduated from Murray High School in 1982 and attended Southwestern Community College.
He had been a welder and fabricator at Paul Mueller Co. in Osceola for the last seven years.
Mr. O’Neall was married to Mary Ann Olson, and they were parents of a daughter, Kaira Danielle.
He enjoyed the farm and was living on the family farm south of Murray. Some of his best times were spent riding his motorcycle and visiting with family and friends. He was a member of the Murray Church of Christ and the Farm Bureau.
Mr. O’Neall was preceded in death by his grandparents, Donald O’Neall and Dick and Neta McCleary.
He is survived by his daughter, Kaira of Cedar Rapids; his parents, Larry and Martha O’Neall of Osceola; two sisters, Dianna Robins and her husband, Doug Robins, Kathy Flaherty and her husband, Pat Flaherty all of Murray; a brother, Douglas O’Neall of Creston; grandmother, Dorothy O’Neall of Murray; nephews, Kyle and Lucas Robins and Patrick Flaherty of Murray; nieces, Rachel and Amy Flaherty of Murray; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Kale Funeral Home on Aug. 6, with the Rev. Dwayne Henricks of Thayer, officiating. Organist Myrna Dick played His Eye Is On The Sparrow.
Casket bearers were Herb Burgus, Chris Boor, Brian Nadolsky, Dan Rinner, Victor Morrison and Duane Phillips. Honorary casket bearers were John Geyer, Billy Dick, Charles Bland, Ed Miller, Craig Justice and Tim Summers. Burial was in the Murray Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Murray First Responders or the Murray Church of Christ.
R. F. Stevens
Retired Lt. Colonel Robert F. Stevens, 85, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001, at Naples, Fla.
The son of Roy O. and Cecile L. Fleming Stevens, he was born in Albia on Nov. 8, 1915. He grew up in Osceola and graduated from Osceola High School. He attended the University of Tulsa.
“Bob” also known as “Steve” by many of his friends, was in the Air Force for 22 years, serving as a pilot in World War II and the Korean War. He lived in Tulsa, Okla. for many years before moving to Naples.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy L. Stevens of Naples; two daughters, Maureen Shedenhelm of Columbus, Ohio and Gail Tippett of Naples, Fla.; a sister, Jean Hunsberger of Des Moines; and two stepsons, Samuel G. Kennedy of Longboat, Fla. and Richard L. Kennedy of Bonita Springs, Fla.
Graveside services will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. Mr. Stevens’ nephew, the Rev. Warren Hunsberger Jr. will officiate. Kale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Naples, Inc., 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Fla. 34105.
Paul Julian Snyder
Paul Julian Snyder, son of Carl and Zoa Gammon Snyder, was born Nov. 30, 1920, and died July 22, 2001, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon. He was 80.
After his father died when he was five his Grandma and Grandpa Gammon became important people in his upbringing. He also became fond of stepfather, Walter Blakesley, who his mother married in 1939 when Paul graduated from Leon High School.
Mr. Snyder worked for three years on a defense crew as a surveyor. He met Venita Landphair and they were married in 1941. The couple became the parents of two daughters, Connie and Kay. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August.
Mr. Snyder farmed south of Humeston. He loved working the soil and nurturing his livestock, but his passion was driving horses. He did this early in his life out of necessity and later for pure pleasure.
Mr. and Mrs. Snyder were members of the First Baptist Church in Humeston for many years. After he retired in 1987 they moved to Corydon and transferred their membership to the First Baptist Church in Corydon.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Harl Landphair.
Mr. Snyder is survived by his wife, Venita; daughters, Connie Snook and her husband, Jim Snook, Corydon and Kay Frizzell and her husband, John Frizzell, Osceola; two granddaughters, Kelly Frizzell, Ames and Katie Frizzell, Des Moines; a sister, Ada Belle Burrell, Mount Ayr; two nephews, Paul and Robert Burrell, Aurora, Colo.; a stepbrother, George Blakesley and his wife, Joyce Blakesley, Des Moines; five sisters-in-law, Doris Landphair, Weldon; LaVern Cowles, Leon, Blanche Gifford and her husband, Jim Gifford, Westminister, Colo., Helen Piper and her husband, Dean Piper, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; and Macyl Reeves and her husband Richard Reeves, Council Bluffs; three brothers-in-law, Wilbur Landphair and his wife, Nela Landphair, Mount Ayr, Don Landphair and his wife, Rene Landphair, Maple Park, Ill. and Charles Landphair and his wife, Deleta Landphair, of Humeston; and a host of nephews and nieces.
Services were held July 25, at the First Baptist Church in Corydon with Pastor Dean Meyer officiating. Musicians were Rose Hook and Marketta Haines and vocalist were Kelly Alexander and Deleta Landphair. Musical selections were In the Garden and Face to Face.
Casket bearers were Robert Burrell, Charles Landphair, Don Landphair, Paul Burrell, Wilbur Landphair and John Brown. Honorary bearers wre Richard Reeves, Jim Gifford and Dean Piper. Interment was in the Leon Cemetery.
Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon was in charge of the services.
Richard W. Sloan
Richard Wesley Sloan, son of Lishe Perkins Sloan and Jessie Ada Dean Sloan, was born March 9, 1917, at Murray and died July 30, 2001, at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center from complications from diabetes. He was 84.
He spent his youth in Murray and attended the Murray school.
Mr. Sloan married Mabel Irene Wolfe on May 5, 1940, at the Christian Church parsonage in Winterset. The couple had four children, Mary, JoAnn, Barbara and Donna. After their marriage they lived in Murray until 1942 when they moved to Des Moines. They moved to Osceola in 1948.
He was a truck driver for the E. I. Sargeant Quarries until he retired in 1979. After retirement he continued to operate his Sloan Sharpening Service until he retired from this business in March.
Mr. Sloan enjoyed anything with wheels on it. He enjoyed being home with his family, playing cards and making a drive around town. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Barbara Jean in 1975; brother-in-law, Bart Funkhouser; sister, Mary Funkhouser; brother-in-law, Leo Wolfe and sister-in-law, Marie Craig.
Mr. Sloan is survived by his wife, Mabel Sloan of Osceola; three daughters, Mary Schwartz and her husband, Lou Schwartz, of Kansas City, Mo., JoAnn Strubhar and her husband, Larry Stubbar, of Marion, Donna Sloan of Osceola; three grandchildren, Jeff Schwartz of Kansas City, Linda Klein and her husband, Steve Klein, of Marion, Brian West and companion, Josie Johnston, of Des Moines; four great-grandchildren, Brandina Klein of Marion, Brittany West, Patricia Johnston, Dominique Johnston, all of Des Moines; five stepgrandchildren, Darla, Cindy, Eleanor, Jeff and Sue; three nieces, Rita Doyle and her husband, Mike Doyle, Connie Preston and her husband, Stan Preston, Sandra Bisbee and her husband, Tom Bisbee, and their families as well as other relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held at Kale Funeral Home Aug. 1 with the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Music was provided by organist Loretta Carper who accompanied Emil Rinderspacher who sang The Old Rugged Cross and In The Garden. Interment of cremains was in the Murray Cemetery.
Delmer O. Bryant
Delmer O. Bryant, son of Fred O. and Frances Brewer Bryant, was born Jan 23, 1910, on a farm north of New Virginia and died Aug. 7, 2001, at the Marengo Memorial Hospital in Marengo. He was 91.
He received his education in Warren County, graduating from New Virginia High School in 1930. He and his twin brother, Elmer, were accomplished musicians. They played the trumpet and trombone and participated in state music contest during their four years in high school.
He married Mary T. Woods at the First Christian Church in Osceola and they became the parents of a daughter.
Mr. Bryant farmed in Decatur and Clarke Counties for 16 years and in 1949 became district sales manager for Pioneer Hybrids International Inc. He retired after 23 years in 1972. During that time he received two sales awards.
Mr. Bryant was a member of Unity Lodge No. 212 A.F.& A.M. at Woodburn for more than 50 years and served as Master of the lodge. He was a member of Eastern Star-Chapter No. 342 in Woodburn for 40 years. He joined the First Christian Church in Osceola in 1956 and served on the property and finance committees and was a deacon for several years.
Mr. Bryant’s hobby was buying and restoring antique clocks. He enjoyed fishing and he and Mrs. Bryant spent several winters in Florida. He spent most of his life in Clarke and adjoining counties. He moved to Marengo in 1989 to be closer to his immediate family.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1979; his mother and father; his twin brother and older brother, Cleo; sisters-in-law, Ada and Verna and several other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his daughter, Delma Spence and her husband, Gary Spence, three grandchildren, Susie Smith, Sandra Kinzenbaw and Doug Spence, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, all of Marengo; a sister, Thelma Foreman of Denver, Colo.; brother-in-law, Johnny Woods and his wife, Juanita Woods and two sisters-in-law, Maxine Woods and Dorothy Woods of Osceola; other relatives and friends.
Services for Mr. Bryant were Aug. 11 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Organist Carol Wheeler accompanied Ruth Ellis as she sang How Great Thou Art, Whispering Hope and One Day At Time.
Casket bearers were Ron Woods, Charles Woods, John Woods, Jerry Woods, Jim Woods and R. Dean Woods. Honorary bearers were Keith and Ginny DeBerg, Dan and Nancy Routson, Dale Keller, Wayne Skidmore and Harry Reed. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Masonic services were conducted by Unity Lodge No. 212 A.F. & A.M. Woodburn.
Helen Patricia Edgington
Helen Patricia Edgington, daughter of Ruby Praver Dyke and Aaron Dyke, was born April 18, 1927. She died on July 30, 2001, in Stewart, Fla. of heart failure. She was 74.
She was educated in Ottumwa and on Sept. 28, 1945 she married Clyde Arthur Edgington in Troy, Kan. Seven children were born to this union.
Mrs. Edgington lived in Osceola for many years before moving to Florida two years ago to be near her children.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Clyde Sr.; son, Clyde Jr.; four brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her children, Gary Leroy Edgington of Stewart; Daryl Eugene Edgington of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Ronnie Dean Edgington of Hobe Sound, Fla.; Sherry Ann Essink of Silverthorne, Colo.; Ricky Allen Edgington of Hobe Sound; and Sandra Kay Pfieffer of Hobe Sound; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Dyke of Drakesville; a sister, Myrtle May White of Garden Grove, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held at Maple Hill Cemetery on Aug. 13, 2001. The Rev. Phil Coe officiated.
Hazel Charlotte Hembry
Hazel Charlotte Hembry, daughter of Alma and Charlotte Hullinger Poole was born Nov. 18, 1909, in Decatur County, baptized in the New Salem Baptist Church and died Aug. 10, 2001, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 91.
She married Leonard V. Hembry on Nov. 7, 1928, at Chariton. The couple became the parents of seven daughters and four sons.
A lifelong resident of Decatur and Clarke Counties she devoted her life to farming, gardening and raising her large family. Later in life she was a cook for the Osceola Country Club, Eagles Lodge and Clarke Community School.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; an infant daughter; two grandsons; three sons-in-law and a brother.
Mrs. Hembry is survived by six daughters, Elouise Bethards and her husband, Harry Bethards, of Seymour, Lois Gray and her husband, Wiley Gray, of Altoona, Imogene Beardsley of Midway, Ark., Lucille Baughman of Osceola, Betty Halsted of Des Moines and Kay Fenn and her husband, Jim Fenn, of Nevada; four sons, Doyle Hembry and his wife, Lola Hembry, of Creston, Gail Hembry and his wife, Dana Hembry, Fred Hembry and Gary Hembry, all of Osceola; 25 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; eight great-stepgrandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Opal Blevins of Knoxville; a brother, Edwin Poole and his wife, Jeri Poole, of Promise City; four sisters-in-law, Grace Poole of Osceola; Marjorie McClure of Leon Opal Shultz and Pauline Greenhalgh of California; a brother-in-law, Leo Hembry of Van Wert; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hembry were Aug. 14 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. John Schmidt of Lincoln, Neb. officiating. Organist,Pennie Gonseth accompanied soloist, Rhonda Lowry as she sang The Old Rugged Cross and When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder.
Casket bearers were her grandsons, Darrell Bethards, Donnie Hembry, Ronnie Hembry, Tim Hembry, Larry Baughman, Lonnie Baughman, Rick Baughman, Terry Baughman, Dale Hembry and Jimmy Fenn. Interment was in the Decatur Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clarke County Hospital-Acute Care Unit.
Juanice Dill Niestadt
Juanice Yvonne Dill Niestadt, daughter of Rea Cecil and Opal Gertrude Mayfield Dill, was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Shamrock, Texas and died Aug. 8, 2001, at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 65.
She received her elementary and high school education in Sweetwater, Texas. She attended Abilene Christian College for two years and received her bachelor of arts degree from Harding College in Searcy, Ark.
She married John Frank Niestadt on December 18, 1955, in Sweetwater. The couple became the parents of three children, Jonathan, Jeremy and Jennifer. Following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Niestadt lived in Henderson, Tenn., spent three years in Philadelphia, Pa.; nine years in New York City and four years in Searcy before moving to Osceola in 1972.
Mrs. Niestadt was the Neighbors page editor and a copy editor for the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune for the past ten years. She was a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, former chairwoman of the Clarke County Cancer Society and volunteered in other efforts in Clarke County. She spent 10 days on a mission trip to Romania last year; enjoyed teaching children’s Bible class and loved to talk with and about her grandchildren.
Juanice was a devoted member of the Church of Christ in Osceola.
She was preceded in death by her parents; aunts, Ann Bickham and Doris Nixon; brother-in-law, Frank Niestadt and an uncle, Nick Nixon.
Mrs. Niestadt is survived by her husband of Osceola; two sons, Jonathan Niestadt and his wife, Lisa Niestadt, of Louisville, Ky. and Jeremy Niestadt and his wife, Kathleen Niestadt, of Louisville, Ky.; a daughter, Jennifer Bennett and her husband, Don Bennett, of Fairbanks, Alaska; nine grandchildren, Brandi, Autumn, Michaela, Kayla and Terry Niestadt of Louisville and Brittany, Brianna, Donny and Erika Bennett of Fairbanks; two sisters, Dorothy Morgan and her husband, Lucian Morgan, of Los Altos, Calif. and Sandra Toubassi and her husband, Tony Toubassi, of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; two brothers, Preston Dill and his wife, Marie Dill, of Houston, Texas and Terry Dill and his wife, Marie Dill, of Austin, Texas; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joe and Mary Rizzo of Punta Gorda, Fla.; sister-in-law, Hilde Niestadt of Middle Village, N.Y. and other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Niestadt were Aug. 13 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Doug Hamilton of the Church of Christ officiating. Vocalists were the Church of Christ Quartet. They sang Oh Master Let Me Walk With Thee, Now the Day Is Over, and In Heavenly Love Abiding.
Casket bearers were Gary Pollan, Bill Killebrew, Ken Wright, Doug Newcomb and Jerod Flaherty. Honorary bearers were Terry Dill, Preston Dill, Tony Toubassi, Lucian Morgan, Jonathan Niestadt, Jeremy Niestadt and Don Bennett. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Chronicle and Romanian Hospital Fund.
Merlyn Clell Krutsinger
Merlyn Clell Krutsinger, son of William Clell and Margaret Crooks Krutsinger, was born Aug. 1, 1937, at Oakley and died July 31, 2001, at Lucas County Hospital in Chariton. He was 63.
He was raised in Des Moines. He attended and graduated from Des Moines Technical High in 1955.
Mr. Krutsinger was a wrestler in high school and participated in Golden Glove Boxing and boxed in the Marines.
He joined the Marines in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1958. He was proud to be a Marine and to serve his country.
Everyone called him “Mert”. He had been fighting respiratory problems for several years, but still kept his sense of humor.
He liked to read, fish, camp and spend time with his family and friends. His pride and joy was his grandson, Cameron.
Mr. Krutsinger worked at Roberts and Dybdahl Inc., a wholesale lumber company in Des Moines, until he retired.
He met Janet Westbrooke in 1985 and they became and remained companions. They moved to Lucas in 1987.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a nephew, Bill Gillaspy.
Mr. Krutsinger is survived by his companion, Janet Westbrooke of Lucas; a daughter, Kristine Zinnel of Lucas; a stepson, James Zinnel of Chariton; a grandson, Cameron Zinnel of Lucas and a granddaughter, Breanna Zinnel of Chariton; two sisters, Judy Larrington and her husband, LaVern Larrington, of Osceola and Timmy Wright and Don Survis of Chariton; a brother, Wayne Krutsinger and his wife, Carol Krutsinger, of Thatcher, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were Aug. 11 at Mount Zion Cemetery in Lucas County. Mosher Funeral Home of Chariton was in charge of arrangements.
Florence Marie Manchester of Leon, the daughter of Maude Anna McCormick Anderson and James William Anderson, was born Dec. 16, 1903, at Emerson in Mills County. She died on Aug. 11, 2001, at the Decatur County Hospital. She was 97.
When she was five years of age, she moved with her parents to a farm south of Leon and remained a resident of Decatur County throughout her life. She graduated from Leon High School and taught school in Decatur County for five years until she married Morris Maynard Manchester on March 27, 1927. They became parents of three children, William James, Paul Maynard and Florence Joan.
The couple made their home on a farm near Davis City. Mrs. Manchester moved to her present home in Leon in 1975. She liked the outdoors, enjoyed gardening and taking care of her livestock. She was an active member of the Davis City Garden Club. She was baptized into Christ and remained faithful until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Clella; brother, Kenneth; and her husband, Maynard, who died on Nov. 28, 1960.
Survivors include her three children: Bill Manchester and his wife, Glada Manchester, of Davis City; Paul Manchester and his wife, Lois Manchester of Osceola; and Joan Bolon and her husband, Gary Bolon of Davis City; five grandchildren, Glen M. Manchester and his wife, Lana Manchester, of Avinger, Texas; Sharon Kleinbeck and her husband, Jeff Kleinbeck of Murray; Gaylen Manchester and his wife, Anna Manchester, of Grapevine, Texas; Holly Crandell and her husband, Scott Crandell, of Bellevue, Neb.; and Carrie Berg and her husband, Bill Berg, of Topeka, Kan.; eight great-grandchildren, Dayne and Darya Manchester of Avinger; Erin and Alyssa Kleinbeck of Murray; Jeremy, Amy, Justin and Emily Manchester of Grapevine; a sister, Audrey Campbell of Leon, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 14, at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon with Glen M. Manchester, Doug Hamilton and Hubert Hacker officiating. Hymns sung by the congregation -- Phil Miller, song leader -- were Walking Alone at Eve, How Great Thou Art and Be With Me Lord.
Casket bearers were Gaylen Manchester, Jeremy Manchester, Dayne Manchester, Gary Bolon, Scott Crandell, Bill Berg. Honorary bearers were Marvin Barth, Duane Burchett, Albert Cotterill, Charles Imhoff, Chester McDaniel, Jack McDaniel, Mike Richardson and Danny Warren. Burial was in the Leon Cemetery.
Ward R. Lane
Ward Rochelle Lane, the son of Ralph Eugene and Mae Naomi Patterson Lane, was born Sept. 12, 1917, at Prescott and died Aug. 10, 2001, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 83.
He attended school in the Creston area through sixth grade when he began helping his dad. The stock market crashed when he was 12 and at age 14 with $1.50 in his pocket he hitchhiked to northern Iowa and worked 16-hour days as a hired hand for 50 cents a day and room and board.
He met Alberta Helen Pearson in Swea City when she was in high school and they dated for about one and a half years. They were married on Sept. 8, 1943, in Grant City, Mo. one day before Mr. Lane was shipped to Tennessee. They did not see each other again until the World War II ended 3 years later. Dad said the dangers of the war were not as bad as being away from his wife, his parents, brothers and sisters and his country.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane had a daughter, Darla, born in May 1947. The crops were bad that year but Mr. Lane said gaining a daughter meant a lot more than money. Their second daughter, Carolyn “Kay”, was born in August 1948.
The family moved from northern Iowa to Truro in 1962. He farmed near Truro until he retired in 1987. They moved to their home in Truro in 1986.
He was a member of the National Farmers Organization for three years, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8142 and Truro Lions Club.
Mr. Lane had many hardships throughout his life but he said the hardest of all was losing his wife in 1996.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Orval and Daryl Lane and two sisters, Naomi Myers and Bernice Henry.
Mr. Lane is survived by two daughters, Kay Johnson and her husband, Mike Johnson, of Winterset and Darla Lane of Truro and a sister, Helen Skaggs of Earlham.
Funeral services for Mr. Lane were Aug. 14 at Kale Funeral Home in Truro, Pastor Dennis Shepherd and the Rev. Sandy Mercer officiating. Organist was Joyce Larson and vocalist was Pat Nelson. Musical selections were Just a Closer Walk and Take My Hand Precious Lord.
Casket bearers were Eric Hughes, Gene Braddock, Ivyl Ransom, Lyle Scott, Adam Allsup and Martin Mease. Honorary bearer was Lee Parker. Military rites were presented by Winterset Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.8142. Special music, Amazing Grace, was presented by Mel Ploessel, bagpiper. Interment was in the Peru Cemetery.
Evelyn Conwell Mahrenholz
Evelyn Mahrenholz, daughter of Luke and Alma Barrett Conwell, was born on a farm north of Grand River and died July 3, 2001, in Des Moines. She was 82.
She graduated from Grand River High School with the Class of 1936. She married Jack Mahrenholz of Ellston in December 1946.
The couple moved to Des Moines in 1956 and she was a longtime employee of Younkers department store before she retired.
Her husband preceded her in death in in 1973.
Mrs. Mahrenholz is survived by a daughter, Sherry Mahrenholz of Des Moines; a brother Robert Conwell of Atherton, Calif.; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Des Moines. Interment was in Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Bert Julious Anderson
Bert Julious Anderson, the son of Earl Orville and Anna Armilda Fesler Anderson, was born July 9, 1932, in Decatur County and died Aug. 11, 2002, at his home in Van Wert.
He married Ethel Marie DeVore on Nov. 19, 1954, and over their 18 years of marriage they became the parents of five children, Dale, Julie, Jane and twins, Jill and Jerry.
Mr. Anderson drove a cream route, worked at Montgomery Wards auto service department, hauled garages for Midwest Builders, recapped tires and did tire service and was self-employed doing odd jobs for hire.
He lived most of his life in the Des Moines and Van Wert areas. He lived with his mother in her later years.
Mr. Anderson enjoyed mechanical work, woodworking, fishing, cooking and socializing with his friends. He was a member of the Van Wert Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Vona Chaney and Pearl Stiles.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his children, Dale Anderson and his wife, Vickie Anderson, Jane Fors and her husband Bill Fors and Jerry Anderson, all of Des Moines,Julie Mott and her husband, Perry Mott, of Omaha, Ark. and Jill Marchant and her husband, Ed Marchant, of Elm Springs, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, a sister, Joyce DeVore and her husband, Gerald DeVore of Osceola; nieces and nephews; companion Norma Honn of Van Wert and her five children; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
A memorial service for Mr. Anderson was held Aug. 14 with the Rev. Terry D. Roberts officiating. Interment of the cremains will be in the Van Wert Cemetery at a later date.
Dale L. Chidester
Dale L. Chidester, son of Paul Chidester and Louva Bell Allen Chidester, was born March 8, 1926, in Eagle, Neb. and died Aug. 19, 2002, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines. He was 76.
He grew up in Eagle, Neb. and moved with his family to a farm west of LeRoy when he was 15. He graduated from LeRoy High School in 1943. Mr. Chidester served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He married Beverly Rose Curnes on Aug. 17, 1947, at the Osceola First Christian Church. The couple moved to a farm east of Weldon. They became the parents of four children, Mary, Christine, David and Donald. Mrs. Chidester died at their home on Oct. 3, 1997. Mr. Chidester was still living in his home.
Mr. Chidester was a farmer and worked as a soil conservation technician for the Soil Conservation Services for 30 years. He was a member of the Smyrna Friends Church. He served as a Smyrna Cemetery trustee for many years.
In addition to his wife Mr. Chidester was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Donald and a sister Eva Bell Everett.
He is survived by his two daughters, Mary Suko and her husband, Aaron Suko, of Oregon and Christine Mortenson and her husband, Dan Mortenson, of Urbandale; a son, David Chidester and his wife, Kathy Chidester, of McCallsburg; four grandchildren, Aaron Mortenson of Urbandale, Christopher Chidester, Rebecca Chidester, and Elizabeth Chidester, all of McCallsburg; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 24 at Smyrna Friends Church at Smyrna with Pastor Erwin Cook officiating. Organist,Virginia Reynolds will accompany Kay Hayden as she sings In the Garden.
Interment of the cremains will be in the Smyrna Cemetery with Kale Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Darrell DeWayne Dale
Darrell Dewayne Dale, the son of Bernard Arnot and Velma Belle Holland Dale, was born Sept. 5, 1932, in Decatur County and died Aug. 7, 2002, at his home in rural Leon. He was 69.
His parents raised their children in and around the Lineville and Pleasanton area. Mr. Dale was the second oldest of ten children.
He was in the U.S. Army from Janurary 1953 to January 1955. He served most of the time in Germany. After the Army he started driving a semitruck which he did for most of the rest of his life.
He met and married Louva Gale Toney Green and became a caring loving father to her daughter, Valerie Kay and her son, Billy Ray. Mr. and Mrs. Dale became the parents of a son, Randall Dewayne.
Mr. Dale purchased and ran the Davis City gas station for several years. He bought a farm in 1973 and moved his family there. Farming was something he loved but he continued to drive truck. He said he knew he had missed out on a lot with family when he was an over the road driver. The last few years of his life he also drove a school bus for Central Decatur School District.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Donald, Derwin and Dick and a sister-in-law, Jo Ann Dale.
Mr. Dale is survived by his wife; a daughter, Valerie Ramirez and her husband Luis Ramirez, of Des Moines, two sons, Billy Green and his wife, Jindra Green, of Chariton and Randy Dale and his wife, Teresa Dale, of Altoona; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two great-grandsons; a great-stepgranddaughter.
Other survivors include five sisters, Darlene Hamilton and her husband Darrell Hamilton, of Leon, Diane Michael and her husband, Bill Michael, of Winston, Mo., Sharon Fry and Beverly “Bunny” Fry and her husband, Ron Fry, all of Van Wert and Barbara Mickael of Grand River; a brother, Danny Dale, of Kirksville, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Sandy Dale of St. Joseph, Mo.; other relatives and and friends.
Funeral services were held at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon on Aug.10, the Rev. James Sheesley officiating. Burial was in the New Salem Cemetery in Decatur County.