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Bryce D. Bear

October 26, 1944 - November 21, 2014

Bryce Daneen (Carl) Bear was born October 26, 1944 in Jefferson, Iowa to Gordon Harris Carl and Berea Cleda (Sill) Carl. Bryce graduated from Paton High School in Paton, Iowa. After high school she went to X-ray school at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines. During this time she met the love of her life Teddie. On July 24, 1965 she was united in marriage to Teddie Ray Bear in the Paton Methodist...
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Franklin "Hank" J Smith

September 11, 1932 - November 15, 2014

Franklin J Smith, oldest child of Jim and Georgia Smith was born on September 11, 1932 in Mt. Ayr, IA, and went home to Jesus on November 15, 2014 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines, IA. On December 9, 1951 Hank married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Fletchall. They were married over 55 years at the time of her passing. Also preceding him in death are his parents, father-in-law Lee...
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Leo E. "Ed" Worthington

March 29, 1941 - November 15, 2014

Leo Edward "Ed" Worthington passed away November 15, 2014 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. Private graveside service and burial will be held at a later date in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Maloy, Iowa. Ed was born on March 29, 1941 in Maloy, Iowa to James Francis Worthington and Ruby Irene (Lynch) Worthington. Left to cherish his passing are his siblings, Bob Worthington, Debby...
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James E. Jobe

February 21, 1939 - November 7, 2014

James (Jim) Jobe passed away peacefully on November 7, 2014 in Chandler, Arizona surrounded by his family. Jim was born to Genevieve and David Jobe on February 21, 1939 in Tingley, Iowa. He married Glenda Wood on June 8, in 1958 and spent the next 56 years by her side. He is survived by his wife Glenda, son Jeff (Vonna) Jobe of Winterset, daughter, Denise (Paul) Rueschhoff of Leawood, Kansas...
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Dean M. Merrill

September 30, 1924 - November 1, 2014

Dean Mark Merrill was born September 30, 1924 at the ranch his parents, Forrest R. & Millie "Lucile" (McCreary) Merrill, owned near Wray, Colorado. He grew up and was educated at Wray, Colorado. Dean was drafted into World War II in 1942. He served in the European Theater, England, Germany, France, and Belgium. Dean returned to the United States in 1946 and received an honorable discharge. Dean...
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Blanchie Schipper

June 20, 1924 - October 30, 2014

Blanchie Fern Smith Schipper was the 8th child born to Francis Emory and Effie Ollie Belle (Dye) Smith. She was born at 11:00 p.m. on June 20, 1924 in Athelstan, Iowa. She grew up in Athelstan where she attended school there until 10th grade. At that time, she met and married John Clinton Davis. From this marriage two children were born, Emory Eugene and Helen Deloris. The young couple lived on...
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James W. "J.W." Robertson

February 20, 1931 - October 29, 2014

James Walker (J.W.) Robertson was born the 20th of February, 1931, the second of ten children born to Claude Lee Robertson and Ollie Edith Robertson, near Denver, Missouri. On June 27, 1949, he was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Betty Jane Roach, in Grant City, Missouri, before a Justice of the Peace. They celebrated 65 years of marriage this last summer. To this union, five...
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Richard L. Brant

June 3, 1942 - October 23, 2014

Richard Brant passed away October 23, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Graveside service and burial will be held at a later date at the Tingley Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family at P.O. Box 44, Tingley, Iowa. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr is handling the arrangements for Richard. Online condolences may be made at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com. ...
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Judy Cunning

September 5, 1942 - October 23, 2014

Judith Elaine Cunning, daughter of James and Arlene (Ripkey) Shuey, was born September 5, 1942 in Ames, Iowa. Judy grew up in Gilbert, Iowa and was active in basketball, band, and choir, including performing as an All-State soloist. While growing up, Judy and her parents would vacation in Canada; camping, fishing and enjoying nature. In 1956, her parents purchased and started Eva Lake Resort....
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Esther Allen

December 9, 1917 - October 21, 2014

Esther R. Allen, daughter of Forrest & Millie "Lucile" (McCleary) Merrill, was born December 9, 1917 at Kellerton, Iowa. In the 1920's, the family moved to Colorado where her dad raised cattle and wheat. Esther graduated high school in 1935 at Wray, Colorado. Esther returned to Kellerton to care for her grandparents. She also worked in the local doctor's office and a grocery store. On January 17...
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Judy Fifer

January 13, 1946 - October 19, 2014

Judy Kay Fifer, daughter of Michael Homer & Beulah Lorrene (Collins) Fry, was born January 13, 1946 in the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa. Judy attended Central Decatur School. Judy lived in Van Wert, Leon, and Decatur while growing up. She was working at Tripps Nursing Home when she was introduced to a young man named Paul Fifer for a blind date. They enjoyed a night of square dancing...
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John J. Biddle

April 12, 1926 - October 18, 2014

John James Biddle, son of Grant and Vinnie (Clark) Biddle, was born April 12, 1926 in Dallas, Iowa. John graduated from Lacona High School in 1944. John answered the call from God to preach and was a minister of the gospel for the rest of his life. Beginning in Lucas, Iowa in 1947, John pastored Assembly of God Churches in Lucas, IA, Knox City, MO, Cedar Grove-near Brimson, MO, Missouri City,...
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Betty Jo Blessman

September 27, 1922 - October 15, 2014

Betty Jo Blessman, age 92 September 27, 1922 – October 15, 2014 Betty was born to Harry and Blanche Stamper in Diagonal, Iowa where they lived until the family moved to Mount Ayr in 1935. Betty graduated from Mount Ayr High School and met the love of her life, Leroy Blessman from Clearfield, at the local roller rink. After high school, she moved to Des Moines and worked for the Iowa Driver...
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Kenneth Newby

July 21, 1956 - October 2, 2014

Kenneth Eugene Newby, son of Willis and Lois (Harris) Newby, was born July 21, 1956 in Ringgold County, Iowa. His children remember him as a passionate, loving father and Pappy to his Grandchildren. To his daughters he was fun and hilarious, and very quick witted. He knew how to fix anything from a toaster to a car, he could tell his girls what the problem was, just by them telling him what...
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Allen E. Kimberlin

March 16, 1944 - September 29, 2014

Allen Edward Kimberlin was born March 16, 1944 in Diagonal, Iowa to Nemel Alton Kimberlin and Mary Uretta (Dunn) Kimberlin. Due to being handicapped Allen lived most of his life at the Glenwood Resource Center in Glenwood, Iowa. He later moved to Mosaic in Osceola before moving to the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center in 2010. Allen passed away on September 29, 2014 at the Atlantic Nursing and...
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Kenneth Driftmier

December 21, 1920 - September 25, 2014

Kenneth Driftmier was born December 21, 1920 in Page County Iowa. He graduated from College Springs, Iowa High School. Kenneth served in the Air Force in World War II. Kenneth and Dorothy Burns were united in marriage on July 17, 1944. They moved to Beaconsfield, Iowa where he was Farm Manager for the Iowa State University until he retired when he was 70. They then moved to their retirement...
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Barbara J. Hutton

July 14, 1950 - September 18, 2014

Barbara Jeanne Harl Hutton was born to Jim and Wilma Harl on July 14, 1950 in Centerville, Iowa. After a long bout with cancer, she passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 18th, 2014. Barb was raised in Casey, Iowa. She attended school in the Adair-Casey School District and graduated in 1968. While in high school, Barb played basketball and showed cattle in 4-H. Upon graduation, Barb...
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Vickie J. Kimble

November 15, 1960 - September 16, 2014

Vickie Jane Kimble was born on November 15, 1960 in Maryville, Missouri to Larry and Mary Ellen (James) Kimble. Sixteen months later she was joined by her brother Kurtis. From day one she assigned herself the responsibility of caring for her brother. Over the years they shared all things – toys, friends, school activities, farm chores, secrets, problems, achievements, and love for each other....
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Kyle Shaha

July 10, 1950 - September 11, 2014

Kyle Rex Shaha was born July 10, 1950 to Rex Owen Shaha and Vesta Opal (Wardrip) Shaha in Creston, Iowa. Growing up, Kyle attended Saltzman Country School through fourth grade. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1968 and attended Universal Trade school in Omaha, Nebraska. Kyle was an active member in 4-H, Boy Scouts and the Ringgold County Saddle Club where he enjoyed barrel racing and...
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Lawrence "Bish" Bishop

May 6, 1934 - September 11, 2014

Lawrence E. "Bish" Bishop, son of Merwin & Ruby (Robinson) Bishop, was born May 6, 1934 at Lewis, Iowa. Bish served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan. On November 21, 1960, he married Florence Osborn in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Her sister, Angeline, and father, Lawrence Osborn, stood up with them. The family moved from Lewis, Iowa to Tingley in 1968 and lived a short time with...
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Linda King

January 5, 1948 - September 4, 2014

Linda F. King, daughter of Lawrence & Mary (Turner) Joe, was born January 5, 1948 in Independence, MO. Linda grew up in St Joseph, MO. She married Larry King on August 20, 1966 in Grant City, MO. Together they had a child, Kelly Sue King, who passed away before the age of 3. Linda and Larry were a trucking team for 30 years, traveling in all the lower 48 states. Mount ayr has been their home...
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Ula Hays

January 6, 1944 - September 4, 2014

Ula Agnes Hays was born January 6, 1944 in Mt. Ayr to Charles Wade Hampton and Cleo Helen Stringham. Ula attended Mt. Ayr School. She was united in marriage to Orval Franklin Hays on May 6, 1977. Ula worked many different places throughout the years at the Elm's Club in Creston and most recently ran the Creston laundrymat for several years. She enjoyed meeting and talking with customers. Ula...
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Keith Cole

December 13, 1924 - September 3, 2014

Jacob Keith Cole, son of Lloyd and Blanche (Downy) Cole, was born December 13, 1924 at Lamoni, Iowa. Keith grew up in Benton and graduated from Benton High School in 1942. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed on the East Coast. Upon returning home, Keith ran utility lines. On November 28, 1948, Keith was united in marriage to Betty L. Johnston at Grant...
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Georgia Etta "Grandma GG" Kinne

March 26, 1921 - August 22, 2014

Georgia Etta Kinne was born March 26, 1921 to Roy Francis and Geneva Elnora (Neely) Hainey in Barnard, Missouri during a blizzard. She departed this life on August 22, 2014. The Hainey family ran a family dairy business with Georgia Etta serving the role of delivery girl. She graduated from Barnard High School and attended some college in Maryville. On March 30, 1940, she was united in...
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Judy Fletchall

June 24, 1949 - August 22, 2014

Judy Ann Fletchall, daughter of Albert R. and Helen G. (Hamilton) Stevens, was born at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri on June 24, 1949. Judy grew up at Grant City and on June 1, 1965, she married Charles Leroy Fletchall. Judy and Charlie lived in Grant City and she worked at the Grant City Cap Factory before the birth of her son, Jeff. Shortly after the birth of Jeff, the family...
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Jerry "Oscar" Bowen

August 28, 1948 - August 19, 2014

Jerry Max Bowen, better known as Oscar or "Big O", was born at the home in Benton, Iowa on August 28, 1948 to James and Ruby (Smith) Bowen. After graduating from Mount Ayr High School, Oscar lived and worked in Cedar Rapids and Fort Madison, Iowa. He returned to Mount Ayr and operated the Phillips 66 for several years. Oscar married Donna Powell and they have a son, Clint. They later divorced....
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Gerald R. "Newt" Gardner

November 8, 1922 - August 11, 2014

Gerald Roy Gardner, better known as Newt, passed away in the Mount Ayr Health Care Center August 11, 2014 at the age of 91. Gerald, one of five boys born to Roy and Madge Gardner, was born November 8, 1922 in Mount Ayr, IA. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1940 and on January 22, 1950, was united in marriage to Mary Jane Huddleston in Hiawatha, Kansas. They were blessed with five children,...
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Helen Banks Padgitt

June 14, 1938 - August 7, 2014

Helen Mae Banks Padgitt was born June 14, 1938 in Leon, Iowa, to Glen and Hazel (Harris) Banks. She passed away at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on August 7, 2014 at the age of 76. Helen suffered an injury at birth, which caused her lifelong physical disability. Though she battled physical limitations, they never dampened her enjoyment of life or her many accomplishments. Not...
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Vera M. Carson

August 6, 1918 - August 2, 2014

Vera Madeline was born August 6, 1918 to John F. and Anna C. (Holms) Haidsiak in the family farm home near Bedford, Iowa. There were two world-wide crisis at this time – World War I and the deadly flu epidemic, but Vera made the world better bringing sunshine and happiness to her parents and six older siblings. She had always heard that her siblings had all been born in Nebraska and on her...
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Charles E. Black

June 9, 1938 - July 29, 2014

Charles E. Black, 76, of Canton, Illinois passed away at 8:23 pm Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton, Illinois. He was born June 9, 1938 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa to Ernest and Sadie (Hensley) Black. They preceded him in death. Surviving are two children, Missy (Joel) DeTella of Mokena, Illinois and Craig (Annie Kormick) Black of West Peoria, Illinois; two grandchildren,...
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Darlene L. White

May 2, 1928 - July 27, 2014

Darlene Louise, the 3rd child of Opal Faye Waddell & Glenn Ernest Keller was born on May 2, 1928 at home on a farm northeast of Tingley in Ringgold County, Iowa. She attended several country schools, including Corn Stalk College, and Monroe No. 5. She attended Kellerton high school her freshman and sophomore years and walked 6 miles with suitcase in hand to school on Monday mornings where she...
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Maxine Werner

March 27, 1921 - July 27, 2014

Maxine Eloise Henderson Werner, the daughter of Ruth Henderson Culver and Carl Henderson was born March 27, 1921 in rural Kent, Iowa. She passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Mt. Ayr Health Care at the age of 93. Maxine graduated from Creston High School in 1939 and received her teaching certificate in 1940 from Creston Community College and her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from Graceland...
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Elizabeth C. Lynch

November 11, 1922 - July 22, 2014

Elizabeth Caroline Butler was born in Lotts Creek Township, Ringgold County, IA, on November 11, 1922 to Murray Abraham and Clara Acenitha Jones Butler. In her early years she lived in Irena and Eagleville, MO before moving to a farm in Lotts Creek Township where she attended school at the Ringgold School house. She walked 2 ¼ miles each way to school, stopping at her Butler grandparents home,...
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Anita Hayworth

November 11, 1935 - July 16, 2014

Anita Joyce Hayworth, age 78, of Mt Ayr, who died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Clearview Home in Mt Ayr, Iowa. Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 20, 2014 with family present from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Pastor Terry Roberts will officiate the service. Open visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the Watson...
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Richard Gene Lilienthal

July 31, 1937 - July 13, 2014

Richard Lilienthal, 76, of Kellerton, passed away July 13, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton. Pastor Skip Rushings will officiate the service. Visitation will be held after services at Richard's home at 208 N. Decatur Street in Kellerton. Burial will be at the Maple Row Cemetery...
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Sherman "Sherm" Bathurst

January 24, 1954 - June 27, 2014

Sherman L. Bathurst, son of Samuel Sherman & Phyllis LaVon (Gaule) Bathurst, was born January 24, 1954 in Creston, Iowa. Sherm was raised at Clearfield and attended Clearfield and Lenox schools. In 1987, he moved to Creston where he lived the remainder of his life. Sherm worked at Sheltered Workshop, which later became Innovative Industries and had also worked at McDonalds. Sherm was a fun...
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Orlin R. Henson

August 30, 1926 - June 20, 2014

Orlin Henson, 87, of Blockton, passed away June 20, 2014 at the Liberty Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Liberty, Missouri. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Blockton Christian Church. Pastor Scott Marcum and Pastor Bill Farrens will officiate the service. Open visitation and luncheon will follow the memorial service at the Blockton Community Building. Private...
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Judy Pottorff

May 28, 1940 - May 30, 2014

Judith Elaine Jobe Pottorff was born at home, north of Mount Ayr, to David Lyle and Genevieve (Lockwood) Jobe on May 28, 1940. In 1941, the family moved to Tingley, IA where she lived until her marriage. Judy attended all of her school years in Tingley; graduating in 1958. Judy married Greg Wood in 1958 and one son, Michael Greg, was born to this union. In 1963, Judy and Jim Pottorff were...
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Norman Klejch

January 30, 1928 - May 21, 2014

January 30, 1928 marked the birth of Norman (Norm) Dean Klejch, son of Jerry and Lillian Klejch. Birthplace was the farm home southeast of Diagonal, Iowa. He was welcomed by an older brother, Laverne. Norm grew to adulthood in the Diagonal community, attending the rural Fairview School and later graduating as valedictorian with the Diagonal High School class of 1947. After completing a 2 year...
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Kathryn Adams

May 2, 1927 - May 20, 2014

Kathryn Louise Adams was born May 2, 1926, to Orval Ray and Mildred (Wilson) Rinehart. She grew up on a farm near Hatfield, MO and graduated from Hatfield High School in 1945. Kathryn was united in Marriage to Melvin D. Adams on February 27, 1946 in Hiawatha, KS. Kathryn was a homemaker much of her life, but occasionally held various jobs working at the restaurant in Allendale, MO, at the Mt....
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Lyle Hull

June 19, 1937 - May 18, 2014

Lyle Leo Hull, 76, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Clearview Home. On May 22, 2014, at 3 pm, a beautiful graveside service was performed at the Tingley Cemetery where he was laid to rest. Following the service, family and friends gathered at the Tingley Community Building to celebrate Lyle's life and share personal memories of him. Walter Eugene and Mary Louisa (Perry) Hull were blessed with twin...
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Joe Haley

June 4, 1957 - May 11, 2014

Joseph "Joe" Paul Haley was born June 4, 1957 to Harry Howard Haley and Ruth Annella Roudybush in Creston, Iowa. Joe was raised in rural Diagonal and lived in Afton for a short while. He currently resided at the Ringgold County Group Home in Mount Ayr. Joe was active in the Special Olympics once serving as torch bearer at Drake, RCSS Bowling League, attending church and other community...
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Pat Potts

December 19, 1956 - May 5, 2014

Patrick Gene Potts, 57, of Diagonal, Iowa, formerly of Des Moines, passed away May 5, 2014 at his home. Pat, son of Doris Jean (Creveling) and Robert LeRoy Potts, Sr, was born December 19, 1956 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Pat grew up in Des Moines and was All City Football at Des Moines Lincoln. He graduated from Lincoln in 1975. Pat worked for Meredith Publishing for a...
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Robert Bob Martin

September 1, 1932 - May 5, 2014

Robert Dudley Martin, 81, son of Ila Fern (Brown) Martin and Albert M. Martin was born September 1, 1932 in rural Tingley, Iowa. Bob passed away in Mount Ayr, Iowa on May 5th, 2014 after a heroic battle with cancer, with his family at his side. Bob attended country school; kindergarten through 8th grade, then attended Mount Ayr Community School where he graduated in 1950. He then enlisted...
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David Woollums

October 29, 1957 - May 2, 2014

David Alan Woollums, son of Marvin Clair & Freida Pauline (Moler) Woollums, was born October 29, 1957 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. David grew up at Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1976. He married Julie Bonnett and three children were born. In his earlier years, David worked as a mechanic for Case I-H and with Vermeer Manufacturing north of Greenfield and later at Pella. He...
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Larry Haffner

January 3, 1937 - May 1, 2014

Larry Lee Haffner, son of Norvell Forrest & Verna Belle (West) Haffner, was born January 3, 1937 at Muncie, Indiana. Larry grew up at Muncie and serviced his country in the U.S. Navy. Larry was a truck driver and drove for 33 years; most of that time he drove a truck for Smith Trucking of Worthington, Minnesota. Larry drove a million plus miles and earned certificates for his achievements. On...
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Shirley Karr

July 25, 1936 - April 29, 2014

Shirley Sue (Sickels) Karr was born July 25, 1936 in rural Ringgold County, Iowa to Rex and Mildred Lavon (Wherle) Sickels. Shirley passed away peacefully with family by her side at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on April 29, 2014. Shirley started school in Delphos, later moving North of Mount Ayr and attended Walnut Valley country school from 2nd to 8th grade. She graduated from Mount Ayr...
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Rodney Rod Cloud

June 25, 1939 - April 27, 2014

Rodney "Rod" Harold Cloud passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr. Rod was born June 25, 1939 to Harold Ralph Cloud and Mildred Irene (Stranberg) in Galva, Iowa. Rod was educated in Dayton and Storm Lake Schools. He served in the National Guard from 1958 to 1964. Rod moved to Mount Ayr in 1965 while working for Evans Construction putting in direct...
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Ada Stanley

July 12, 1916 - April 22, 2014

Ada Elizabeth (DeGryse) Stanley, 97, of Mount Ayr passed away on April 22, 2014 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center. Ada was born July 12, 1916 in Stoneham, Colorado to Edmond DeGryse and Bessie (Lybarger) DeGryse. In 1934, Ada graduated from high school in Snyder, Colorado. Ada was united in marriage to Ray M. Stanley on December 25, 1936 in Snyder, Colorado. Ada and Ray settled in...
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Arlene Burdette

June 1, 1930 - April 18, 2014

Arlene M. Burdette of Mt. Ayr, Iowa peacefully passed from this life on April 18, 2014 surrounded by family and loved ones. Arlene was born in her grandparents' home, to parents Albert and Maurine Brockman, in Floyd, IA on June 1, 1930. Arlene was swept off her feet at a tender age, marrying Jim Burdette on August 29th, 1948 in Waterloo, IA and quickly became mother to three children. She and...
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Lawrence Osborn

December 8, 1973 - April 12, 2014

Lawrence William Osborn, son of John Eugene & Laura May (Brant) Osborn, was born December 8, 1973 in Iowa City, Iowa. Lawrence grew up at Tingley and attended Mount Ayr Community School. Lawrence was a truck driver and drove a rock truck in his earlier years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and tormenting his cousins and nephews. Lawrence was a loving father and grandfather and loved spending...
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Alice Deane Gardner

February 12, 1928 - April 12, 2014

Alice Deane (Waugh) Gardner, 86, died peacefully on April 12, 2014. Alice Deane was born February 12, 1928 in Worth County, Missouri to Clifton Verne Waugh and Alta (Miller) Waugh. She was united in marriage to Glenn Gardner on June 9, 1946 in the Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. Alice graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1947. Alice and Glenn lived in Crete, Nebraska, Mt...
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Tim Becker

April 10, 1946 - April 9, 2014

Timothy Edmund Becker, son of Edmund and Ella Becker, was born April 10, 1946 in Aberdeen, SD. He left this life to join his parents as he passed away at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA on April 9, 2014, the day before his 68th birthday. Tim graduated from Clearfield High School in 1965 and served with the National Guard, doing an 18 month tour in Germany. Following his service time...
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Homer Rinehart

March 1, 1917 - April 9, 2014

Homer Eldon Rinehart, 97, of Mount Ayr, passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center under the care of HCI Hospice Care Services on April 9, 2014. He was also known as "Homer Ben" or "Ben" for many years. Homer was born on March 1, 1917 to Ira Rinehart and Pearl (Montgomery) Rinehart near Allendale in Worth County, Missouri. He attended the Butler rural school. In 1941 Homer was united in...
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Gerald Scott

March 26, 1921 - April 8, 2014

Gerald Verne Scott, son of Raymond Verne & Edna Maude (Bissell) Scott, was born March 26, 1921 in rural Villisca, Iowa. He graduated from Corning High School in 1938. He farmed with his dad until he was drafted in the US Army in 1942. On August 1, 1942, he was united in marriage to Lois Brown in Grant City, MO. While in the Army, he was an officer in the Artillery as a forward observer. After...
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Scott Munyon

June 16, 1971 - April 5, 2014

William Scott Munyon, son of William Gary & Bettie Jean (Axtell) Munyon, was born June 16, 1971 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Scott graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1989. In April of 1991, he was united in marriage to Sheila Trower and to this marriage, 2 sons were born; William Jared Munyon & Brandon Scott Munyon. Scott kept busy with carpentry work and was a guide at the Lodge for several years...
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Ruth W. Chandler

October 4, 1920 - April 4, 2014

Family members are sad to announce the death of Ruth W. Chandler on April 4, 2014 at the age of 93. Ruth was born October 4, 1920 in rural Iowa near Titonka to Mary and Garret Welhousen. She had one older brother John, deceased. She graduated from Titonka High School and Iowa State Teachers College and met her future husband, Herman, in Kellerton Iowa while teaching. During World War II she...
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Staci Lynn Palmer

October 26, 1981 - April 4, 2014

Staci Lynn Palmer was born October 26, 1981, in Creston, Iowa, daughter of Richard L. and Margaret C. (Phillips) Palmer. She passed away April 4, 2014, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, her home for the past 13 years. She was 32. Staci grew up in Tingley, Iowa, graduating from Creston High School in 2003. While growing up, Staci loved going to Tingley Christian Church and playing...
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Lyle Nichols

November 9, 1919 - March 31, 2014

Lyle R. Nichols, 94, of Mount Ayr, Iowa passed away Monday, March 31, 2014. Lyle was born November 9, 1919 in Ringgold County, Iowa to John Thomas and Verda Morgan Nichols. He was one of four children; he had two brothers, Donald and Lyndon and a sister, Betty. Lyle was educated in rural schools and later graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School with the class of 1938. After graduating...
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Harold Ness, Sr.

July 16, 1934 - March 31, 2014

Harold Ness, Sr., son of Joseph Edward Ness, Sr. and Hilda Grace Bolinger Ness, was born July 16, 1934 in Carroll County, Westminster, Maryland. Harold served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and spent one year deployed to Saudi Arabia. On March 5, 1971, he married Retha Middleton in the Community of Christ Church in Davis City, Iowa. Harold was the custodian at Mount Ayr Community...
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Mary Ann Mathany

December 25, 1935 - March 29, 2014

MaryAnn (Hoff) Mathany was born December 25, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey to George Arthur and Margaret Mary (Kilmurray) Hoff. Her siblings included Joseph George, born 12/23/1928; Florence Marie, born 9/15/1930; Elizabeth Jane, born in 1932; and Patricia Ann, born 3/11/1943. She attended Our Lady of Peace and Saint Mary's Catholic schools in South Amboy, New Jersey. She passed away on March 29,...
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Everett D. King

June 22, 1919 - March 24, 2014

Everett Denton King, son of Ernest and Reva P. Waldrip King was born June 22, 1919 in Jefferson Twp. near Blockton, Iowa and departed this life on March 24, 2014. He lived most of his life in Blockton. Everett attended the Blockton School and graduated in 1937. He was very active in all sports. Everett became a member of the Blockton Christian church while a young boy. Everett was...
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Shelley Bolles

January 18, 1962 - March 8, 2014

Shelley Jean Collier Bolles (Mo) was born on January 18, 1962 in Mount Ayr, IA to Wayne and Alberta Collier. Shelley has three brothers, Mark, Doug, and Jeff and one step-sister, Diane. Shelley attended high school at MACHS, where she was active in basketball, softball, and track. She was known for her fast pitch, lay up, and shot put throw. Her exceptional pitching placed Mo into the Iowa...
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Beverly Joan Freemyer

November 17, 1933 - March 1, 2014

Beverly Joan (Abarr) Freemyer was born November 17, 1933 in Blockton, Iowa to Ardith Abarr and Marietta (Bruner) Abarr. Joan attended school in Blockton and Clearfield, Iowa. On August 25, 1950 she was married to Wesley R. Freemyer at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield, Iowa. Wes and Joan enjoyed more than 63 wonderful years together. Joan began as a homemaker and later worked in retail...
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J.R. Miller

August 6, 1920 - February 24, 2014

J.R. Miller was born August 6, 1920 to Ralph and Opal (Stamper) Miller. He graduated from Benton High School in 1938. He was a veteran of World War Two serving in North Africa and Italy, 3rd Convalescent Hospital – from December 1942 until December 1945. After leaving the service he lived a short time in Des Moines. He then moved to San Diego, California in November, 1947 where he was...
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Diana Vicker

November 3, 1946 - February 21, 2014

Diana Lynn Vicker, youngest child of A.J. and Beryl D. (Miller) Weber, was born November 3, 1946 in Creston, Iowa. Diana grew up at Shannon City and was involved in sports and other activities. Diana graduated from East Union High School in 1965. Diana was united in marriage to John E. "Jack" Vicker on April 8, 1967. Diana furthered her education at Southwestern Community College...
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Randy Pratt

January 15, 1960 - February 20, 2014

Randall (Randy) Alan Pratt was born January 15, 1960 in Mount Ayr, IA to Robert Larry and Karen Kay Watson Pratt. He was later joined by his two brothers Rick Allan and Robert Allen. Randy went home to the Lord on February 20, 2014 in Tempe, AZ. During his elementary school years Randy enjoyed playing baseball in youth leagues with his brother Rick. During middle school and high school...
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Kelly Monaghan

April 7, 1956 - February 15, 2014

Kelly Joseph Monaghan was born April 7th, 1956 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr to Robert and Ruth Ann (Ward) Monaghan. Kelly was welcomed in by older twin brothers, Mike and Pat and later joined by younger siblings Casey & Katie. The family lived in Mount Ayr through Kelly's childhood; a childhood filled with cub scouts, swimming, skating, and sports like tennis and basketball at...
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Nova Giles

March 3, 1916 - February 14, 2014

Nova Edna Giles, 97, of Mount Ayr, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday February 16 at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Pastor Lowell Houts will officiate the service. Burial will be at the Tingley Cemetery. Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 2:00 p.m. to 4...
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Rena Smith

February 16, 1930 - February 9, 2014

Rena Rae Smith, daughter of Hugh Ord and Louise Miriam Walters, was born February 16, 1930, near Ellston, Iowa, and passed away February 9, 2014, at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 9 days. On August 12, 1950, she was married to Billie Jean Smith at the Methodist Church in Tingley, Iowa. A daughter, Terry Jean, and a son, Teddy Hugh, were born to this union. Though Rena had several jobs over...
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Lorabel Taylor

January 5, 1912 - February 1, 2014

Lorabel Taylor passed away February 1, 2014 at Clearview Care Center in Clearfield, Iowa at the age of 102. She was born January 5, 1912 in Benton, Iowa to Guy and Julia Denhart Cornelison. She graduated from Diagonal High School in 1929. Lorabel moved to Maryville Mo. with her parents in 1933. She was united in marriage to Clifford Sylvester Taylor on January 24, 1935 in Maryville Mo. ...
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Edna Scott

April 24, 1927 - January 24, 2014

Edna Scott was born in southern Ringgold County on April 24, 1927 to Charles and Elsie (Brooner) Pearce. She passed away at Mt. Ayr, Iowa, on January 24, 2014. Edna was raised and lived on a farm southwest of Kellerton with her siblings; May, Mary, Betty and Jim. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1945. Edna worked in Des Moines at Babe's Restaurant after graduation. In February 1946,...
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Jodene Brown

July 29, 1926 - January 19, 2014

Jodene Laverne Schuster was born July 29, 1926 in Athelstan, Iowa to Honey and Ralph Schuster. She departed this life on January 19, 2014 at the Creston Hospice House at the age of 87. Jodene attended school in Blockton and Maloy. She graduated from Maloy with the class of 1942. On May 10, 1946 she was united in marriage to Elton Bruce Brown. They moved to Clearfield where all three of their...
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James Kenneth Clough

July 10, 1922 - January 16, 2014

JAMES KENNETH CLOUGH James Kenneth Clough was born on July 10, 1922, near Blackmore Corner in the town of Ellston, Iowa. He was the son of Harold Frederick and Dora Annabelle (McMillan) Clough. James passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, in West Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 91 years. His parents, family, and friends called him Kenneth and Kenny. Later in life he was known as...
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John Worthington

November 20, 1942 - January 10, 2014

On November 20, 1942, James and Ruby (Lynch) Worthington, and older siblings Laverne, Helen, and Ed, welcomed Judy and John Thomas into the home. John attended school in Maloy and Mt. Ayr, leaving school at the age of 17 years old to join the United States Navy in 1959. Upon leaving the Navy in 1962, John finally found his nitch when he bought the Southside Bar & Grill in Mt. Ayr. John sold his...
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David Irving

December 28, 1926 - January 8, 2014

David Julian Irving, son of George Oliver and Marjorie Eloise (Ritz) Irving, was born December 28, 1926 in Lizton, Indiana. Dave lived his life at Mount Ayr and he graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1945. While in high school, Dave lettered 4 years in baseball, 4 years in basketball, and 2 years in football. He was a member of the 1944 undefeated football team; playing guard on offense and...
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Eunice Myers

October 12, 1923 - January 7, 2014

Eunice Irene Atherton was born October 12, 1923 in West Branch, Ogemaw County, Michigan. She was the daughter of John Eugene Atherton and Leora Eunice Twining Atherton, and sister of Joseph and Dean Atherton. She lost her father at the age of five from an accident, and her mother later married Henry Carl Gussman who was a wonderful stepfather. This union produced three more brothers: Robert,...
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Mildred Nichols

June 12, 1922 - December 28, 2013

Mildred L. Nichols, 91, passed away on December 28, 2013 in Cabot, Arkansas. Mildred was a lifelong resident of Mount Ayr but had moved to Arkansas in 2006 with her husband, Lyle, to be near family. Mildred was born on June 12, 1922 in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Charlie Raymond and Rossie Schlapia Trimble. She was one of three children, Charles Wilbur, Melvin Earl and Mildred Louise. Mildred was...
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Mildred Beymer

September 16, 1922 - December 27, 2013

Mildred Irene Cole Beymer was born in Atchison County, Missouri, on September 16, 1922. She passed away on December 27, 2013, at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, where she had lived for a year. She was the first of 10 children born to Worley and Josephine (Kellison) Cole. She graduated from high school in Hamburg, Iowa, in 1940. She worked in a drug store in Randolph, Ia, and had a war service...
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Helen Campbell

October 29, 1922 - December 26, 2013

Helen Lucile (Manchester) Campbell was born to Charles Leroy and Susan Raleitha (Perks) Manchester on October 29th, 1922 in rural Decatur County. Helen passed on December 26th, 2013 in Mount Ayr. Helen married Glenn Garland Campbell at Bethany Mo. July 6th, 1938. The marriage was blessed with four children, Gary Leroy, Sheryl Ann, Dennis Glenn and Susan Dianne. Helen enjoyed living on the...
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Gabriel "Gabe" Boeckman

October 22, 1943 - December 25, 2013

Gabriel Edward Boeckman was born October 22, 1943 and passed away on December 25, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, V. Jean Boeckman; both parents; and three siblings Donna Mae, Michael, and Joseph. He is survived by their three daughters and their families; Cheryl and Brian, Dylan and Trevor; Amanda and Steve; Barb and Randy, Ryan and Becca; and nine siblings Patricia,...
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Maddox Matthew Starmer

October 15, 2013 - December 19, 2013

Maddox Matthew Starmer, the son of Matthew Lee and Melissa Leigh Starmer, was born October 15, 2013, at the Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Maddox was born with a congenital heart defect and after battling this condition for two months and four days died December 19, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. During his life, Maddox spent his days...
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Shirley Martin

May 17, 1938 - December 4, 2013

Shirley Mae Martin, daughter of Clarence & Violet (Allen) Blauer, was born May 17, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa. She lived all of her life in Ringgold County; mainly the Tingley, Washington, and Liberty townships. She graduated from Tingley High School in 1956. Shirley married Howard LeRoy Martin on August 17, 1969. Shirley was so much more than a farm wife and mom. She helped Howard in all aspects...
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Doyle Murphy

June 15, 1939 - December 2, 2013

G. Doyle Murphy was born June 15, 1939 in rural Redding, Iowa to Olin "Pat" E. Murphy and Emma I. Still. He graduated from Redding High School in 1959. Doyle never married and farmed with his father on the family farm for many years. His mother Emma passed away when Doyle was two years old. Later his father Olin married Gladys Guthrie who was an excellent second mother to his six children. ...
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Merlin Clement

September 2, 1926 - November 21, 2013

Merlin Duane Clement, son of Carl & Stella (Jerome) Clement, was born in Central City, Nebraska on September 2, 1926. Merlin lived most all of his life in and around Hopeville, Iowa. In 1957, he married Gertrude L. Lawrence and became a dad to Nadine and Joe. Joe passed away at the age of 5 from the German Measles. Merlin was also known as "Whiskers" or 'Goatman" around Hopeville. Over the years...
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Linda Manning

November 19, 1956 - November 17, 2013

Linda Susan Manning, daughter of Jack & Phyllis (Holland) Manning, was born on November 19, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa. Linda attended Woodlawn Elementary School; Monroe Elementary School's Talented and Gifted Program; Meredith Middle School; and Hoover High School, graduating in 1975. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master's and Specialist degree from Iowa...
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Charlotte Cunning

January 10, 1925 - November 16, 2013

Charlotte Rice Cunning, daughter of Douglas A. and Minnie Minnick Rice, was born January 10, 1925 at Mount Ayr, Iowa. Charlotte attended country school and later was proud to graduate by GED. On March 2, 1947, Charlotte married Dwight D. Cunning in Lenox, Iowa. Charlotte and Dwight settled on a farm south of Mount Ayr where their son, Bradford Mark, was born on November 30, 1948. A daughter,...
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Dorothy Main

May 2, 1923 - November 15, 2013

Dorothy (Bird) Main was born to Fred and Ollie (Driskell) Bird on May 2, 1923 in Filer, Idaho. The family, which included her sister, Margaret, moved back to their roots in Ringgold County, Iowa where Dorothy lived most of her entire life. She passed away on November 15, 2013 at the age of 90. After attending country schools, Dorothy graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1940....
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Beverly Moore

December 12, 1946 - November 15, 2013

Beverly Jean Moore, daughter of Jack Edgar and Vera Florence (Austin) Moore, was born December 12, 1946 in Creston, Iowa. Bev's twin sister, Barbara Jane, died at birth. Bev was born with Cerebral Palsy and had other physical burdens but she did not let them hinder her. She attended Mount Ayr schools and was able to walk until 16. While still a teenager, Bev was baptized into the family of God....
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Mildred Shields

April 3, 1919 - November 7, 2013

Mildred Robinson Shields, daughter of Glenn David and Mary Ellen (Wolfe) Robinson, was born April 3, 1919 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She graduated from Kellerton High School and furthered her education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Mildred taught for a short time in country schools. In 1939, she was united in marriage to Lyndell G. "Chubb" Shields and her passion and...
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Dale Quick

February 7, 1941 - November 3, 2013

Dale Elbert Quick, 72, of St. Paul, MN, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Our Lady of Peace Home and Hospice. He was born to the late Frank Glen and Ella Maude Quick, February, 7, 1941, in Redding, Iowa. Dale graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1959. He enlisted with the United States Army and spent much of the time in Germany. After being honorably discharged from the army, he worked at...
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Kathleen Freed

November 8, 1918 - November 3, 2013

Kathleen Thomas Freed, daughter of Glen and Bernice (Maloy) Thomas, was born November 8, 1918 and passed away November 3, 2013 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Kathleen was born in rural Redding, Iowa and resided in and around the area for most of her life. She received her Associates degree at N.W.M.S.U. and then graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education from Drake University. Kathleen taught...
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Thelma Belle Tipton

March 8, 1934 - November 1, 2013

Thelma Tipton, 79, of Mount Ayr, passed away Friday, November 1, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Pastor Chuck Weiman will officiate the service. Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr from 2:00 p.m...
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Mary Jane "Janie" Armstrong

November 13, 1933 - October 28, 2013

Mary Jane Armstrong, daughter of John William & Marie Evelyn (Kinnan) Frederick, was born November 13, 1933 in Cedar Bluff, Iowa. Janie graduated from Tipton High School in 1950 while still 16 years old. Janie fell in love with Grant H. Armstrong and while Grant was stationed in Boston, MA, she traveled to him and they were united in marriage on August 16, 1952. Following Grant's discharge, they...
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Evelyn Bonnell

April 25, 1921 - October 16, 2013

Evelyn W. Bonnell was born to Floyd and Opal (Overholtzer) Walters on April 25, 1921. Evelyn attended Tingley High School graduating in 1939. She moved to Des Moines, IA and graduated from AIB College of Business. After graduation she became a secretary for Newton Manufacturing, making all types of promotional products. They are still in business today. Evelyn also worked briefly for a stock...
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Marie Campbell

March 3, 1925 - October 15, 2013

Marie Campbell was born Mildred Marie Weaver on March 3, 1925 in Blockton, Ia. Her parents were Raymond Weaver and Dicey Fern (Golliday) Weaver, lifetime residents of Iowa. Marie remembered loving moments spent with her mother, but sadly she was only six when her mother died. There was great sadness and confusion at the time of this untimely death and as the family struggled to reorganize Marie...
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Frank Leroy Morse

March 4, 1950 - October 15, 2013

Franklin Leroy Morse son of Everett & Opal (Jones) Morse, was born at home near Conway, Iowa on March 4, 1950. He grew up in Ringgold County and went to Mount Ayr Community School. Leroy worked at Gummy Bears factory in Creston for 15+ years and did farm work on the side. He loved to spend time with the grandkids and the grandsons even got him to play video games. He enjoyed Bike Rallys and the...
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Dwight Cunning

October 29, 1918 - October 9, 2013

Dwight David Cunning, son of William and Mamie Elizabeth (Nickle) Cunning, was born October 29, 1918 near Clearfield, Iowa. When Dwight was a child, he contracted scarlet fever and lost most of his hearing. After high school, Dwight lived in Indiana for a couple of years and worked in a fig cookie factory. He returned to Iowa and worked the wheat harvest as well as working on his parent's farm...
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Bill Rusk

February 1, 1926 - September 30, 2013

John William (Bill) Rusk, 87, completed his journey Monday, September 30, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 1, 1926 in Newton, Iowa just as the 7:00 o'clock Maytag whistle blew. He was welcomed by his parents, Opal and Earl Rusk, and his sister Glendoris. Bill grew up in Ringgold County since the age of 6 years. He moved to Mt. Ayr to join his fifth grade classmates....
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Bertha Day

July 13, 1921 - September 26, 2013

Bertha Anna Day was born to Anna and William Ricker on July 13, 1921 near Diagonal, Iowa in Ringgold County. She graduated from Mt. Ayr High School at age 17, in 1939, and attended college in Maryville, Mo where she received her teaching certificate. She taught Primary-8th school for 5 years at Fairview and Grant Township. She married Homer Day on July 15, 1944 and to this marriage a daughter...
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