Floyd Henry Spellerberg
Floyd Henry Spellerberg, son of Fred and Margaret Burgus Spellerberg, was born June 18, 1904, in Madison Township, Clarke County and died Aug. 19, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 98.
He received his education at Valley Forge (Spellerberg) country school. He married Helen Naomi McNichols on Aug. 26, 1925, in Osceola. The couple became the parents of three children, Leona, Betty and Richard.
Mr. Spellerberg lived on the home place in Madison Township, Clarke County for 78 years. He was three when he moved with his family to the farm and lived there until he retired in 1985. He lived in Murray for a year after he retired and before he moved to Osceola. He had a garden until a few years ago and liked to share the produce with family and friends.
He joined the Madison Chapel Church when he was 14. He served as Sunday School superintendent and secretary-treasurer. Mr. Spellerberg changed his membership to the Murray United Methodist Church in 1946 and was an active member until he gave up driving. He continued to worship by watching religious TV programs, reading the Bible and daily devotions.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife in 1986; son Richard in October 2000; two brothers, Oscar Fields and Louis; and a nephew, Donald Spellerberg.
He is survived by two daughters, Leona Wolfe and her husband, Elva Wolfe, of Osceola and Betty Porterfield and her husband Chuck Porterfield, of Kettering, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Jean Spellerberg of Minneapolis, Minn.
Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Jim Wolfe and his wife Jennifer Wolfe, of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Janice Reynolds and her husband Keith Reynolds, of Norwalk; Julia Kerns and her husband, Bill Kerns, of Murray; Greg Porterfield of Minneapolis, Minn., Lt. Colonel T. J. Porterfield and his wife, Mary-Jane Porterfield of Yorktown, Va., Donald Spellerberg and his wife, Holly Spellerberg, of Burnsville, Minn. and Melanie Spellerberg of Minneapolis, Minn.; ten great-grandchildren; a stepgrandson, Damon Reynolds. of Des Moines; a great-stepgrandson; three great-great-granddaughters; a niece Edna Parker of Truro and a nephew, Merrill Spellerberg of Murray; as well as other relatives and friends.
There will be an open visitation after 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, with the family present from 7-8 p.m.
Funeral services for Mr. Spellerberg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor John Tunnicliff of Afton and Pastor Marty Burgus of Osceola officiating. Organist Barbara Audlehelm accompanied Larry and the Messengers as they sang Beyond the Sunset, How Great Thou Art and Happy Days.
Casket bearers are Mr. Spellerberg’s grandsons, Charlie Grout, Greg Porterfield, Lt. Col. T. J. Porterfield, Keith Reynolds, Bill Kerns, Jim Wolfe and Don Spellerberg. Honorary casket bearers are great-grandsons, Sean Porterfield, Ben Porterfield, Lukas Spellerberg, David Spellerberg, Jacob Wolfe, Joshua Wolfe and Jeremy Wolfe.
Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Clarke County.
Daisie Clark Whitson, 78, of Chariton died of complications of a stroke Aug. 13, 2002, at the Lucas County Health Center there. Services were Aug. 17 at Fielding Funeral Home with burial in the Chariton Cemetery.
Mrs. Whitson was born in Russell and lived in Lucas County most of her life. She lived in Newton before returning to Chariton in 1968. She owned and operated The Spot, a bar in Woodburn, for many years. Her favorite pasttimes were sewing, gambling and fishing.
She is survived by her husband Dean “Trigger” Whitson; three sons, Harold Clark of Chariton, Jess Clark of Murray and Wilbur Clark of Woodburn; three daughters, Caroline Allbee of Marshalltown, Donna Bentley of Lorimor and Irene Halferty of North Richland Hills, Texas; a brother, Raymond Elliott of Williamson; seven sisters, Beulah Beadle, Thelma Rafferty, Myrtle Hamilton and Helen Sims, all of Chariton; Beverly Buckalew of Hamburg; Mary Ann Gold of Clarinda and Ethel Pierce of Ames; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association of the American Cancer Society.
Services for Everett Lee Ross, 74, of Winterset were Aug. 22, at the Church of the Nazarene in Winterset with the Rev. Bill Branson officiating. Mr. Ross died of a heart attack Aug. 19, 2001, at Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset.
Burial was in the Winterset Cemetery with military graveside services by American Legion Post 184 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8142, Winterset.
Everett Ross was born March 9, 1927, in Jasper County to Harry Smith and Mabel Tice Ross. He married Violet Florence Sheldon on Feb. 19, 1948, at Monroe.
Mr. Ross lived in Jasper County until he moved to Winterset 53 years ago. He was a retired road maintenance worker for the Madison County Secondary Roads department, and was an army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8142, Winterset.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ernest Harold Ross, two sisters, Ruby Carlson and Helene Ross and a grandson, Shane David Maxwell.
Mr. Ross is survived by his wife, Violet; a son Harry Lee Ross of St. Joseph; Mo.; a daughter, Jeannette Harrison and her husband,, John Harrison, of Osceola; five grandchildren; and two sisters, Zola Wilson of Loveland, Colo., and Dorothy Smith of Rapid City, S.D.
Memorials contributions may be made to the Friends of the Winterset Public Library.
Collins Oak Park Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Services were Aug. 20 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Winterset for Harold “ Red” Wycoff, 76, of Winterset who died of a heart ailment at his home. Burial will be in the Grand River Cemetery.
Mr. Wycoff was born in Grand River and had lived in Sioux City before moving to Winterset 36 years ago. He was a retired truck driver, an Army veteran of World War II and a former post commander and adjutant of American Legion Post 184.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Wycoff; a son, William Wycoff of Mason City; three stepdaughters, Sheryl Nichols of Norwalk, Becky Leazenby of Amarillo, Texas and Patty Wycoff of Norwalk; six grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Tate of Lebanon, Ore.
Lois Fullerton Alvarez
Lois Marie Fullerton Alvarez, the daughter of Wayne and Alta Margaret Johnston Fullerton, was born Oct. 8, 1940, in Clarke County and died Aug. 11, 2001,at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 60.
She graduated from Van Wert High School as valedictorian in 1958. She attended airline training classes in Minnesota. Her first job was in New York. While there she met and married Raphael “Ray” Alvarez in February 1962. They became the parents of two daughters.
Lois and her daughters moved to Des Moines in 1968 where she was a bookkeeper for West Des Moines Tool and Die, Garmer Construction and other companies in the Des Moines area. She retired in 1988 because of her health.
Mrs. Alvarez lived in her own home until two years ago when she moved into her daughter, Linda Alvarez and her family’s home.
Lois enjoyed painting, reading, crafts, jigsaw and word search puzzles. She had been a member of TOPS.
Preceding her in death were her parents, an infant son and a brother, Donald Fullerton.
Mrs. Alvarez is survived by her two daughters, Donna Cornett and her husband, Lewis Cornett, of Griffith, Ind. and Linda Alvarez and her husband, Dale Jones, of Des Moines; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Deerr and Doris Atkinson and her husband, Charles Atkinson, all of Des Moines; four brothers, Gerald Fullerton and his wife, Carol Fullerton, of Beaverton, Ore., Harold Fullerton and his wife, Sandra Fullerton, of Van Wert, Carl Fullerton and his wife, Carolyn Fullerton, of New Virginia and Gary Fullerton and his wife, Kathy Fullerton, of Red Oak, Texas; two stepbrothers, Tim Fullerton and Joe Fullerton; other relatives and friends.
Services for Mrs. Alvarez were Aug. 16, at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, the Rev. Terry D. Roberts officiating.
Casket bearers were Richard Atkinson, Ray Cornett, Doug Deerr, Donald Fullerton, Ronald Fullerton and Matthew Jones. Interment was in the Grand River Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Generations, a home health aide service in Des Moines.
Muriel Annalee Mitchell
Muriel Annalee Mitchell, daughter of Arthur Clell and Edna Christina Luth Thomas, was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Burlington and died Aug. 15, 2001, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 76.
She attended Sperry Consolidated School and graduated from Sperry High School before attending and graduating from Burlington Nursing Academy.
Mrs. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of Burlington and New London except for the past two months when she lived in Osceola.
A licensed practical nurse, she worked in nursing homes in New London and at the Elm View nursing home in Burlington.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Burlington. Mrs. Mitchell enjoyed growing plants, crocheting and knitting. Fishing was a favorite pastime.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by three daughters, Christina S. McLaury of Huntsville, Ala., Linda Porter and her husband, Robert Porter, of Osceola, and Dawn D. Holmes of Burlington; a son, Thomas W. Dowell and his wife, Jullian L. Dowell, of Rock Island, Ill.; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Howard Thomas of Jacksborough, Texas; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held for Mrs. Mitchell on Aug. 22 at the First Assembly of God Church in Burlington, Pastor Don Crawford of Burlington officiating. Carrie Bloomer, pianist, accompanied Dawn Holmes, soloist, as she sang Where Could I Go.
Honorary casket bearers were Rex McLaury, Chad Evans, Annissa Evans, Tara Holmes, Dustin Holmes, Laura Holmes, Kandi Munoz, Kara Dowell and Jake Dowell. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery in Burlington.
Catherine ‘Cay’ Culbertson
Catherine “Cay” Culbertson, daughter of Austin Francis and Jessie Canavan was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Kankakee, Ill. and died Aug. 20, 2002, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was 64.
She grew up in Osceola, graduated from Osceola High School and attended Simpson College in Indianola where she received a bachelor of education degree.
She married Vernon Culbertson on June 17, 1961, in Creston and moved to Phoenix in June 1970. Mrs. Culbertson started working at the Phoenix Public Library in December 1986 as a library technical assistant at Central Library. She received her master of library science degree from the University of Arizona in May of 1998. During her library career, she was dedicated to special public service projects that included translating print to Braille, obtaining assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired and maintaining the toybrary, a library of toys to help children with special-needs.
Mrs. Culbertson was a member of the Arizona Library Association, and was Arizona State President of P.E.O.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Austin Francis and Jessie Canavan, of Osceola.
Mrs. Culbertson is survived by sons: Michael and John, daughter: Amy and their father, Vernon Culbertson, daughters-in-law, Sandra Culbertson and Janet Culbertson, and a grandson, Austin John Culbertson, all of Phoenix; a brother, John Albert Canavan and his wife, Doris Canavan, of Westminster, Colo.; cousins, Don and Cheryl Clow, of Ramona, Calif., and sixteen nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the, family asks that donations be sent to the Phoenix Public Library Foundation, Cay Culbertson Memorial Fund, 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Donations will fund the Cay Culbertson Children’s Library Program, serving children with special needs. Foundation contact is Rita Marko, Development Officer, (602) 534-6618.
Memorial services were held August 24, at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church in Phoenix where she was a member. A graveside memorial service will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola sometime in late November.
Charlotte May Fleming
Charlotte May Fleming, the daughter of Jennie K. Scholl and William Perry Camp, was born May 21, 1918 in Murray, and died Aug. 20, 2002, at the Friendship Home in Audubon. She was 84.
She grew up in Murray and graduated from Murray High School in 1936. She married Elmo A. Fleming on March 1, 1938. The couple became the parents of three children, Junior, Barbara and Wanda May.
Mrs. Fleming lived most of her life in Cumming and Des Moines. She had lived in Berthoud, Colo., from 1991 until October, 1998, when she lived in Hamlin. She moved to the Friendship Home in 1999.
She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper at Drake University from 1951 until she retired in 1980. She enjoyed latch hook and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies baseball teams.
Mrs. Fleming was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmo in 1971; infant daughter, Wanda May; and grandson, Rex A. Fleming.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Pace and her husband, Lee Pace of Mesquite, Nev.; son, Junior Fleming and his wife, Carol Fleming of Audubon; grandson, Donald Moen and his wife, Kelley Moen of Mead, Colo; granddaughters, Cynthia Beurman and her husband Frank Beurman, of Greeley, Colo., Crystal Franklin and her husband Steven Franklin of Ralston, Neb., Kelley Christensen and her husband, Brad Christensen of Hamlin, Kimberly Vestal and her husband, Brian Vestal, of Des Moines, and Rhonda Lozano and her husband, Marc Lozano, of San Antonio; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Cox of Nevada, Edith Fleming and Jean Hunter, both of Murray; brother, Galen Camp of Murray, as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Aug. 24 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola with the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Burial was in the Union Cemetery with the following casket bearers, Donald Moen, Bryce Christensen, Michael Moen and Brett Christensen.
Roy Ferman Hitt
Roy Ferman Hitt was born Feb. 7, 1908, on a farm a mile and a half from the town of Last Chance. He lived his entire life farming in the area. He died at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 94.
He was the third child of Mollie Gertrude James and James Willard Hitt. He attended country school at Round Tap and White Hall and was baptized into the Church of Christ at Last Chance in 1922 when he was 14. He served the church well while he was able.
He married Sarah Georgia Hotron on Dec. 31, 1926, at the Baptist Church on North Main Street in Osceola. The couple enjoyed 53 years together before Mrs. Hitt died Aug. 16, 1979, at their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Hitt became the parents of two sons, James Horton and Donald LeRoy. They accepted their daughters-in-law, Marilyn and Ann as their very own daughters. The couple’s happiest moments were when their grandchildren came to play and they enjoyed watching them grow up.
Mr. Hitt married Jessie Zoe Powell on Nov. 1, 1988, at the Christian Church in Woodburn.
In addition to his first wife, Georgia in 1979, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Elizabeth in 1998; his father in 1952 and his mother in 1958; a sister, Verla Dora in 1909 at age 11 and two brothers, Glen Edward in 1969 and Walter in 2002.
Mr. Hitt is survived by Jessie, his wife of almost 23 years of Osceola; two sons Donald Hitt and his wife, Ann Hitt of Woodburn and James Hitt of Humeston; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Services were Aug. 23, at Last Chance Cemetery, Pastor Gary Freeland officiating. Serving as casket bearers were David Birlingmair, Alan Hitt, Richard Fry, Barry Hitt, Garrett Hitt and Jamie Hit.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodburn Christian Church.
Services were conducted by the Fielding Funeral Home of Chariton.
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alden for William H. Jass who died of pneumonia Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at North Iowa Health Center in Mason City. He was 72.
Mr. Jass was born in Wilke and lived in Alden most of his life. He was a semi-retired farmer. He had been president and a director of the Alden Cooperative and served as an usher, trustee, elder and building committee member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Doris; three sons, John Jass of Van Wert, Michael Jass of Allerton and David Jass of Alden; a daughter, Jane Dunning of Alden; a brother, Victor of Alden; two sisters, Margaret Block of Webster City and Ann Jass of Marshalltown; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Surls Funeral Home in Alden is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Kenneth A. Johnson of West Des Moines, a former Osceola businessman, died of a heart ailment Aug. 20, 2002, at home. He was 63.
Mr. Johnston was born in Des Moines and had lived in Winterset, Osceola and Ankeny before moving to West Des Moines 14 years ago.
He leased and operated Bob Byers restaurant (now Family Table) while in Osceola. He was a longtime chef, and was a former member of the Culinary Arts Program and enjoyed food preparation. He also enjoyed fishing. He was a retired exterminator with Hawkeye Pest Control Co. in Des Moines.
Survivors include three sons, Jeff Johnson of Auburn, Wash., Dave Johnson and Tim Johnson of Johnston, and 14 grandchildren.
The body was cremated and no services were held. Hamilton’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Nadine Marie Redman
Nadene Marie Redman, daughter of Ray Elmer Lantz and Sarah Alice Leffler Lantz, was born July 19, 1913, in Van Wert in Decatur County and died Aug. 20, 2002, at her home in Osceola. She was 89.
She received her education in the country schools at Van Wert and graduated from Van Wert High School in 1930.
She married Raymond Allen Redman on Feb. 10, 1931, at Osceola and they became the parents of five children, Norman, Jerry, Mardell, Marlene and Ben.
Mrs. Redman, a lifelong resident of Clarke and Decatur counties, was a homemaker. Her family lived on a farm south of Van Wert until 1986 when she moved to Murray. She lived there until she moved to Osceola to make her home in 2002.
Mrs. Redman was an avid reader. She also enjoyed history, flowers, watching sports and current events. She liked to share her memories with her grandchildren.
She was a member of the Van Wert Methodist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary in Van Wert, the Ladies Aide at her church and various neighborhood clubs over the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Flora Lantz; husband, Al Redman in 1978; a sister, Esther Watson; stepsisters, Arlene Holmes and Thelma McDowell.
Mrs. Redman is survived by three sons, Norman Redman and his wife, Phyllis Redman, of Osceola, Jerry Redman and friend, Jan Ehlers, of Gold Canyon, Ariz. and Ben Redman and his wife, Sherri Redman, of Edwards, Mo.; two daughters, Mardell Shell and friend, David Boles, of Morgan Hill, Calif. and Marlene Nash of Murray; 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a stepsister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Horace Redman of Van Wert and sister-in-law, Marie Baker of Salinas, Calif.; as well as other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Redman were Aug. 23 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Brian McCracken of Murray officiating.
Casket bearers were Randy Redman, Rodney Redman, Tim Shell, Jeff Lukaszewski, Jay McAlear, Jerry Ray Redman and Davey Redman. Interment was in the Van Wert Cemetery.
Mildred Tuttle of Rhodes, a former area resident and a sister of Linda Reed of Osceola, died of a heart ailment Aug. 20, 2002, at the State Center Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 86.
Mrs. Tuttle was born in Osceola and lived in Northwood,Weldon, Osceola and Murray before moving to Rhodes in 1956. She had farmed with her husband, James Tuttle, worked for the Donnelly Mfg. Co., and was a nurse’s aid at the State Center Manor and Marshall County Care Facility before retiring. She was a member of the United Methodist Church Women.
In addition to her sister, she is survived by two daughters, Judith Ann Schroeder of Davenport and Karen Marie Groves of Kellogg; five sons, Richard Tuttle of Albert Lea, Minn., Jerry Tuttle of Wellsburg, Ronald Tuttle of Melbourne, Danny Tuttle of State Center and George Tuttle of Rhodes; two brothers, Lavere Smith of Phoenix, Ariz. and Dick Smith of Davenport, 26 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Tuttle.
Funeral services were held Aug. 24 at the United Methodist Church in Rhodes, of which she was a member. Burial was in the Eden Cemetery in Rhodes. Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home in Marshalltown was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Marguerite Musgrave White
Marguerite Musgrave White, the daughter of Ross Everett and Ada Mae Turner Musgrave, was born Aug.13, 1914, at International Falls, Minn. and died Aug. 17, 2002, at Corydon. She was 88.
She lived in Ontario, Canada and numerous towns in Iowa and Missouri when she was a child.
She graduated from Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo., attended Pittsburgh Teacher’s College and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1939.
She married Charles Erbentraut White on March 22, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo. They became the parents of a daughter, Joan and a son, Bruce Everett. Mrs. White lived most of her married life in Prospect Heights, Ill., Burlington and Northbrook and Glenview, Ill. before she retired to Paducah, Ky. Following the death of Mr. White she moved to Tennessee and later to Iowa to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter.
Mrs. White was a schoolteacher. She liked to say that at one time or another she taught every grade, except kindergarten, including home economics in high school and junior college. During the last years of her career she taught special education in a self-contained classroom. She was a devoted and innovative teacher who mentored numerous elementary education student teachers. She created many learning and diagnostic tools in math and reading. Mrs. White was remembered as one of the toughest and best teachers. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teaching sorority. She did volunteer tutoring for children and adults after she retired.
Mrs. White strove for perfection in all she did. She was a life-long member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent and Bible School director for many years. She sang in the choir and was on numerous church committees.
She was an avid reader, never wanting a best seller to go unread. She especially enjoyed historical novels and political histories.
During her years in high school she served in the drum corp and played cello in the orchestra. She became interested in genealogy about 40 years ago and worked on the Turner, Musgrave and White family trees as long as she was able. Mrs. White was a member of the Women’s Club and was always busy with one project or another.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Ruth Helene in infancy, her husband on Feb. 2, 1990, and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.
Mrs. White is survived by her daughter, Joan White of Humeston; a son, Bruce White of Silver Spring, Md.; two grandchildren, Krista Deanna White of Humeston and Christopher Everett White and his wife, Robin White of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a sister. Marion Musgrave Faust and her husband Howard Gregory Faust, of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Ross Everett Musgrave Jr. and his wife, Betty Musgrave, of Highland, Ind.; nieces and nephews; and other relative and friends.
A memorial service was held Aug. 21 at the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church for Mrs. White, the Rev. Phil Coe of Osceola officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Conference Center in Newton in Mrs. White’s memory.
Arrangements were made through the Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home of Leon and Lamoni.
Jacki Alery Everett
Memorial services for Jacki Alery Everett who died of acute respiratory failure Aug. 22, 2001, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola were Aug. 27 at Liberty Cemetery in Liberty Township.
Ms. Everett, the daughter of Everett and Teeny Alery, was born Nov. 30, 1959, in Des Moines. She had lived in Osceola since 1984.
She liked horses and gardening.
Ms. Everett was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Osceola.
She is survived by a daughter, Carly Mae Everett of Floris; her parents; Everett and Teeny Alery of Liberty Township; a sister, Vicki Simmerman of Murray; a brother, Michael Alery of Woodburn; other relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacki Alery Everett Memorial Fund.
Richard “Dick” Howard
Richard “Dick” Stephen Howard, son of Esmond E. and Jennie E. Wise Howard, was born July 17, 1924, in St. Charles and died Aug. 24, 2001, at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. He was 77.
He grew up in St. Charles and attended school there.
Mr. Howard married LaMarian McFarlin on Nov. 17, 1945, in Des Moines and the couple became the parents of two daughters, Sandra and Shelly. Mr. and Mrs. Howard lived in St. Charles until 1978 when they moved to Des Moines.
He was a salesman for Consolidated Supply in Des Moines. He was a member of the St. Charles Lions Club, a 50-year member of the Model Lodge No. 315 A.F. & A.M. at St Charles and a member of the Royal Order of the Jesters and the ZaGaZig Shrine in Des Moines. He was also a board member of the Bidwell Riverside Commu-nity Center in Des Moines.
Mr. Howard was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, LaMarian in 1984; and two brothers, Wayne and Earl.
Mr. Howard is survived by two daughters, Sandra Smith and her husband, Fred Smith, of St. Charles and Shelly Whitmore and her husband, Jim Whitmore, of Englewood, Colo.; six grandchildren, Brad Smith of Denver, Colo., Ryan Smith of West Des Moines, Sara Smith of Ankeny, Mitchell Whitmore, Abigail Whitmore and Emma Whitmore, all of Englewood; a brother, Elmer “Bim” Howard of Indianola; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Aug. 28 at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, the Rev. William Steward and the Rev. Jackie Bradford officiating. Organist David Kvernstoen accompanied Mary Seibert as she sang Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art.
Casket Bearers were Wayne Howard, Dwayne Howard, Rich Howard, Bill Seibert, Walter Seibert and Rich Anderson.
Masonic Graveside Rites were by Model Lodge No. 315 A.F. & A.M. Interment was in St. Charles Cemetery. Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes, Osceola and Truro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bidwell Riverside in Des Moines.
Leo C. Mitchell
Leo C. Mitchell, son of Marion and Martha Wright Mitchell, was born Jan. 7, 1930, at home in Lucas and died Aug. 23, 2001, at his home in Lucas. He was 71.
He served in the United States Army from 1948 until 1960. He was a Foreign War Veteran proudly serving his country during the Korean War.
While in the Army, Leo learned to be an electrician. He toured California, Virginia, Japan, Germany and France. While stationed in France, he helped landscape General Eisenhower’s chateau. He became a close friend of General Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie and their son, David.
Mr. Mitchell was discharged from the U.S. Army in October 1960. He enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves in February 1964 and learned about atomic weaponry and received additional training. He was discharged on Feb. 1, 1965.
He married Myrtle Spoon on April 20, 1957. The couple became the parents of five children, Matthew, Timothy, Brice Wesly, Martha and Naomi.
In 1968, Mr. Mitchell and his family moved back to the house in Lucas where he was born and he lived there until he died.
He worked many places and was a jack-of-all-trades. His last job was at Jimmy Dean Packing Plant in Osceola where he retired in 1992.
Mr. Mitchell was a member of the New Life Full Gospel Church in Humeston and was a Cub Scout Master of Pack 148 and Boy Scout Chief of Troop 149 of Lucas.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers and sisters and four grandchildren.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Myrtle Mitchell of Lucas; three sons, Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Anita Mitchell, of Milo, Timothy Mitchell and his wife, Colleen Mitchell, of Lucas and B.W. Mitchell and his wife, Shelly Mitchell, of New Virginia; two daughters, Martha Smith and her husband, Steve Smith, of Milo and Naomi Rickard of Lucas; 13 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a sister, Lena LaRue of Chariton; many other relatives and friends.
A private family service followed cremation. Overton Funeral Home of Indianola was in charge of arrangements.
Martin Edward Northway
Martin Edward Northway, son of George and Ida Walker Northway, was born April 7, 1927, in Boone and died Aug. 22, 2001, at his home in Osceola. He was 74.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Rose Marie Goodrich on April 2, 1955, at Indianola. The couple became the parents of six children.
Mr. Northway was a bookbinder for Meredith Publishing Company in Des Moines. He retired in 1985 after working for 45 years.
Mr. and Mrs. Northway lived in Des Moines, Truro and New Virginia before they moved to Osceola in 1977.
Mr. Northway was a member of the Church of Christ at Osceola and served on the board of directors at Bethphage.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Rose, on Aug. 11, 1997.
Mr. Northway is survived by two sons, Steven Edward Northway and his wife, Dixie Northway, of Osceola and Robert Northway of Corpus Christi, Texas; four daughters, Claudette Mix and her husband, Larry Mix, of Clear Lake, Linda Coe of Twisp, Wash., Sandy Jane Baldwin of Osceola and Loretta Mae Keller of Ottumwa; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Georgia James of Altoona, Mary VanCannon of Madrid and Mae Keith of Newton; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Aug. 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Doug Hamilton of the Church of Christ officiating. Vocalists were the Church of Christ Quartet. They sang Old Rugged Cross and It is Well.
Casket bearers were Daniel Keller, Jeffery Dowding, Christopher Elben, Bret Northway, Marc Gregerson and Richard Headrick. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Romanian Children’s Fund.
Leo Quayle, son of Claude and Edna Quayle, was born July 9, 1934, in Weldon and died Aug. 23, 2001, at Southwest Mississipi Regional Medical Center in McComb, Miss. He was 67.
He attended Weldon schools and graduated from Weldon High School in 1953.
He retired as a Lt. Commander of the U.S. Navy after 20 years and retired from Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center as a nurse anesthetist after 21 years. He studied at Caraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Annapolis. Md.
Mr. Quayle was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in McComb.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Mr. Quayle is survived by his wife, Cindy Quayle of McComb; his mother, Edna Quayle of Weldon; a son, Chris Quayle and his wife, Dawn Quayle, of Clinton, Miss.; a daughter, Jennifer Quayle Eisler and her husband, John Eisler, of Picayune, Miss.; three grandchildren, Andrew and Adam Eisler and Brittany Quayle; two brothers, Jerry Quayle of Fort Worth, Texas and Theodore Quayle of Weldon; a sister, Dorothy Willis of Clio and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Aug. 25 at Hartman Chapel, the Rev. Don Bishop and Dr. David Millican officiating.
Casket bearers were Waymon Watkins, Renan Richmond, Don Richmond, Gary Felder, Charlie Culetta, Ralph Jones, Sanfred Sheffield and Charlie Dunagin. Honorary bearers were Jesse Singleton, Gary Jacobs, Wayne Johnson, Paul Smith, Royce McKee, John Medeiros and Price Wilson. Burial was in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb.
Benjamin “Ben” Gleckler, son of William Perry Gleckler and Lenora Irwin Gleckler, was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Des Moines and died Aug. 31, 2003, at Village Retirement Center in Indianola. He was 84.
He grew up in the New Virginia area and graduated from New Virginia High School in 1936. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Grace Marilyn Clipson on June 3, 1945, in Kent and they became the parents of four children, Susan, George, Lois and Mary.
Mr. Gleckler farmed in the New Virginia area and was bank manager in New Virginia, Indianola and Norwalk. His love of music was evident through out his life. He also enjoyed camping and traveling and volunteering as a Boy Scout leader for many years.
He was a 50-year member of the New Virginia Neophyte Lodge No. 301 A.F. & A.M., a member of the New Virginia Neophyte Chapter No. 206 Order of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the New Virginia Lions Club, a member of the Warren County Historical Society, a former member of the Warren County School Board, a former member of the Warren County Conservation Board, a former member of the Iowa Methodist Board of Camps and was a lifetime member of the New Virginia United Methodist Church.
Mr. Gleckler was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
He is survived by three daughters, Susan Scott and her husband, Fred Scott, of Muscatine, Lois Downs and her husband Craig Downs, of Boone and Mary Morton and her husband, Dave Morton, of Marion; a son George Gleckler and his wife, Susan Gleckler, of Mitchell, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; in-laws, Phyllis and Tom Rittgers of Ames and Joyann and Jack Moore of North Ridge, Calif; as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Gleckler will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 6.) at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Jim Patrick and the Rev. LeRoy Moore officiating. Organist will be Ann Johnson. Musical selections will be Thy Word and God Be With You Till We Meet Again by the Gleckler grandchildren. Congregational hymns will be The Churches One Foundation and O For a Thousand Tongues To Sing and a special selection by daughter, Lois Downs, On Eagles Wings.
Casket bearers will be Fred Scott, Craig Downs, Dave Morton, Will Scott, Richard Irwin, Andy Scott, Kevin Marshall and Bill Cochran. Honorary bearers will be Ken Voltmer, Frank Barnard, Vernon Proudfoot, Tom Rittgers, Jim Patrick, LeRoy Moore, Paul Keller and Glen Bulard. Interment will be in the New Virginia Cemetery.
Masonic services will be held at 6 p.m. at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola and military rites will be presented at the cemetery.
Visitation will be open to the public after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home in Osceola with the family present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.