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Juanita Matthews

January 22, 1923 - April 27, 2015

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 at the United Church of Diagonal with Rev. Ed Shields officiating. Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal. Juanita will be laid to rest in the Diagonal Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Diagonal Printing...
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Richard Franklin

April 27, 2015

Master Chief Petty Officer Richard Dwain Franklin, U.S. Navy (Retired), passed from this life on April 27, 2015 at the age of 84. He was born in Union County to Orville and Frances (Shifflett) Franklin, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Mildred (Keller) Franklin, his daughter Monica and husband Gary Patience of Windsor Heights, daughter Lori Franklin of Mount Ayr, son...
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Eileen Mason

July 17, 1934 - April 24, 2015

Eileen Mason, daughter of Ralph F. & Helen Lucille (Clouse) Pritchett, was born July 17, 1934 at home in rural Diagonal, Iowa. The family moved to the Delphos area and Eileen graduated from Delphos High School. Eileen moved to Longmont, Colorado in 1954 where she lived until 1990. She was a bookeeper and and worked at Sullivan Drug Company, JC Penney Company, and Slack-Horner Foundry company....
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Jim Ruby

September 30, 1942 - April 22, 2015

James Doyle Ruby, son of Doyle Warren & Betty Jo (French) Ruby, was born September 30, 1942 at Kellerton, Iowa. Jim grew up at Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in May of 1961. While in high school, Jim was doing custom baling for area farmers. After graduating from Diagonal, he enrolled in, and completed, auto body repair schooling in Omaha, NE. Soon after, Jim served 6 years...
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Richard Webb

March 4, 1928 - April 12, 2015

Richard Lee Webb was born March 4, 1928 on a farm in Ringgold, County, Iowa to Charlie Dee Webb and Jessie May (Marshall) Webb. He attended country school in Ringgold, County. Richard was united in marriage to Lola Faye Warner on April 9, 1947. To this union were six children, Linda, Shirley, Danny, Judy, Richard E. and David. Richard worked for Billy Finch Produce, Hutchinson Fur and...
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Bill Anderson

September 25, 1927 - April 11, 2015

Bill was born to Wilma Ina Mosley and Kenneth West Anderson in Clarinda, Iowa on September 25th 1927. His parents were divorced when Bill was an infant, and after the divorce, he and his mother lived mostly with his grandparents. He remembered fondly Saturday evenings walking around the town square with his grandfather. When he was 13, his mother married Doctor C.F. Richey of Clarinda. He...
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Marilyn R. Richards

September 3, 1931 - April 10, 2015

Marilyn Rose (Denhart) Richards, daughter of Lloyd James Denhart and Lela Pearl (Blunck) Denhart, was born September 3, 1931 in Mount Ayr, Iowa and passed away on April 10, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr with her family by her side. Her high school principal told her 'if you look your best, you will act your best.' Marilyn took this advice to lead a life of style and grace. She graduated...
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Junior Dredge

June 23, 1928 - March 31, 2015

Junior Arlen Dredge was born June 23, 1928 in Tingley , Iowa to Arlen Hubert Dredge and Arzetta Colter Dredge and passed away March 31, 2015 at the age of 86. On July 31, 1948 he was united in marriage to Roena Faye Reynolds. This union was blessed with four children, Duane, Donna, Dawnette and Dan. Junior was an area farmer and he loved his cattle. Junior was also a mechanic at several...
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Forest Colt Cropper

May 4, 1992 - March 19, 2015

Forest Colt Cropper was born on the Llano Estacado of Amarillo, Texas on May 4th, 1992 to Sherri Lynn Cropper and Michael Leroy Barnes. Forest grew up with his half siblings near Canyon and Fritch, Texas enjoying family canoe trips and nature exploration at Lake Meredith. After relocating to the Midwest, Forest returned to public school after several years of home schooling to attend school at...
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Marion "Zeke" Stark

July 29, 1938 - March 7, 2015

Marion Lavern Stark, son of Wilbert "Neil" and Goldie (South) Stark, was born on a farm north of Grand River, Iowa on July 29, 1938. Marion better known as "Zeke" to family and friends was raised on farms around Grand River and graduated from Grand River High School. On April 19, 1958, he was united in marriage to Donna Lee Reed and they were able to celebrate 56 years of marriage. ...
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Earl "Peanut" Brand

December 10, 1924 - March 4, 2015

Earl Kenneth Brand was born December 10, 1924 on a farm in Union County to Lewis and Madge Crittenden Brand. He attended country school in Union and Ringgold County. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1943. He took teacher training, passed the state boards, and received his teaching certificate. He didn't begin teaching as this was during WWII and one of his brothers was drafted and...
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Freda Shields

August 30, 1925 - February 22, 2015

Freda Darlene Shields was born August 30, 1925 south of Mount Ayr to Claude (Bill) and Lula (McLain) Shields. She later welcomed younger brother Forrest. Freda attended country school in Caledonia through the 8th grade. She graduated from high school in Delphos in 1943. After graduation, Freda traveled to Des Moines, Iowa where she attended college studying business. While at college she...
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Wayne Ward

December 28, 1959 - February 19, 2015

Rodney Wayne Ward was born December 28, 1959 in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Robert Lawrence and Deloris Marie (Abell) Ward. Wayne graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1978. Wayne was united in marriage to Charlotte Lott on July 18, 1981 in Mt. Ayr. To this union three daughters were born, Natasha, Stacia and Heather. They later divorced. Wayne was a very loving father. He cared for his three...
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Dick Green

October 14, 1938 - February 9, 2015

On October 14th, 1938, Dick Lee Green was born to Jacob Thomas and Neva Pearl Green near Sharpsburg, Iowa. He was the seventh of eight children and spent his growing up years on a farm west of Blockton, Iowa. During his elementary school years, Dick attended school at Athelstan, Iowa. After graduating from eighth grade, he went on to Blockton High School. There he graduated in 1957. The...
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Harold Brown

May 5, 1926 - January 31, 2015

Harold Rawleigh Brown, son of Ellree & Mary (Greenland) Brown, was born May 5, 1926 at Grand River, Iowa. Harold graduated from Grand River High School in 1943. Harold was united in marriage to Eloise Walters on October 7, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Harold was a lifelong farmer and lived around Tingley all of his adult life. Harold was a man of many interests and loves...
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Richard E. Davison

December 24, 1934 - January 29, 2015

Richard Edwin Davison passed away on January 29, 2015. He was born on December 24, 1934 to Harlan and Hilda (Mendenhall) Davison on a farm west of Hopkins, Missouri. He married Carole Kay Cross on Easter, April 21, 1957 at the Wray Memorial Methodist Church in Hopkins. To this union, four children were born – Diana, Brenda, Rodney and Robert. Richard grew up on the farm and...
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Marjorie Mae Werner

December 4, 1920 - January 24, 2015

Marjorie Werner, 94, of Tingley, Iowa, passed away January 24, 2015, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. She was born December 4, 1920, in Lenox, Iowa, to Joshua "Joker" and Merzetta (Fender) Hillebran. She attended school in Beaconsfield through the 11th grade. She graduated from Tingley High School in 1938. She married Elton Werner on March 16, 1941, in Shannon City,...
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Triston Ackley

August 30, 1998 - January 24, 2015

Triston Wayne Ackley, 16 years old, of Tingley Iowa, was born on August 30, 1998 in Maryville, Missouri and passed away on January 24, 2015. Triston spent the first 5 years growing up in Grant City, Missouri. In September 2003, Jason and Julie combined their families and made their home in Tingley, Iowa. Triston was a sophomore at Mount Ayr Community School. He was active in football,...
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Rebecca Hunt

October 21, 1956 - January 22, 2015

Rebecca June Hunt was born October 21,1956, in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the Ringgold County Hospital to Amon and Lois (Randolph) Hunt. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1974. Rebecca attended Southwestern Community College and Graceland University. Her life was full of joy and sorrow. Rebecca married Larry Saville and was filled with the warmth of his love. Rebecca moved to Florida...
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Beulah Hutchinson

October 11, 1935 - January 14, 2015

Beulah C. Hutchinson, daughter of Joe and Betty (Alsbury) Hill, was born October 11, 1935 at the family home just outside Allendale, Missouri in Worth County. Beulah attended rural schools through the Eighth grade and then graduated from Grant City High School in 1953 at the age of 16. The caption under her senior picture stated, "Like a stream bubbling over". The summer that Beulah was 14,...
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Helen Terry

November 16, 1929 - January 11, 2015

Helen C. Terry, of Mt. Ayr, IA died on January 11, 2015, in Des Moines, IA, after a short battle with breast cancer. She was 85. Helen Ann Copenhaver, daughter of Robert George and Mary Loretta (Johnson) Copenhaver, was born in Freeport, IL on November 16, 1929. She was very proud of growing up on the family farm on the outskirts of Polo, IL, where she enjoyed raising and riding horses. She...
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Shirley Miller

March 5, 1929 - January 9, 2015

Shirley Rhea Miller passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015 at Journey Care in Woodstock, Illinois. She was born March 5, 1929 in Amarillo, Texas. Shirley is survived by her brother and best friend, Elbert (Jay) Irving of Afton, Iowa and her three children: Annette Verchota of McHenry, Illinois, Wendy (Don) Eames of Round Rock, Texas, and Timothy (Carmen) Miller of Spring, Texas. Shirley had...
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Hazelee Saxton

January 6, 1946 - January 9, 2015

Hazelee Saxton, 69 of Mount Ayr, Iowa, died on January 9, 2015, at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr. She was born January 6, 1946, in Shannon City, Iowa to Richard and Bernice O'Dell. She graduated from Grand Valley High School in 1964. She married Larry Saxton in 1965, having three children. They later divorced. Hazelee had worked at Mount Ayr Healthcare Center for a few years, then...
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Valiere Stewart

June 11, 1918 - January 6, 2015

Valiere Stewart, daughter of Floyd & Lela (Whitson) Creveling, was born June 11, 1918 on the family farm south of Ellston, Iowa. She lived most all of her life in this home, with the exception of a few years living within a 2 mile radius. Valiere graduated from Ellston High School in 1936. On August 12, 1936, in Clearfield, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Aden R. Stewart. To this marriage,...
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Lois Pettis Terzis

July 9, 1920 - January 3, 2015

Lois Josephine Pettis Terzis, 94, passed away from complications of influenza on January 3, 2015 in Bay Village, Ohio. A native and proud Iowan, Lois was born to Bessie and Joseph Pettis on the family's farm in Ringgold County on July 9, 1920. She is preceded in death by her parents and her four siblings, brothers Clive and Otto, and sisters Alice Pettis, and Doris (Sug) Johnson. She is survived...
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Carmeta Shields

August 19, 1934 - December 28, 2014

Carmeta Joye Thomas Shields, age 80, the first born child of Lester Earl and Mildred Opal Weddle Thomas, was born on August 19, 1934 at the Hall place west of Grant City, MO. Her parents soon moved to north of Grant City where Lester built and operated a garage and gas station. Carmeta went to kindergarten at the Hass country school north of the station. Later on they moved northeast of Grant...
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Eileen Lesan

March 24, 1920 - December 26, 2014

Mary Eileen (Yashack) Lesan was born March 24, 1920 in Mount Ayr, Iowa the daughter of Andrew Howard and Bessie May (Stuck) Yashack. Eileen was the oldest of four children. When Eileen was five years old the family moved to Lomax, Illinois for one year. Then they moved Peoria, Illinois until the depression hit and they moved back to rural Mount Ayr. In the summer of 1933 the family moved to...
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Larry Grace

June 26, 1961 - December 17, 2014

Larry Lee Grace, son of Lawrence Russell & Lois Marie (Hutchinson) Grace, was born at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr on June 26, 1961. Larry grew up at Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1979. Larry worked road construction all of his life. He was a concrete paver for the last several years and he traveled all over the Midwest. In addition, he did some farming on...
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Larry Lee Hull

June 19, 1937 - December 9, 2014

Larry Lee Hull, son of Walter Eugene & Mary Louisa (Perry) Hull, was born June 19, 1937 near Afton, Iowa. Larry married Judith Shelburg in 1960 and together they had four children; Vickie, Larry, Lawrence, and Roscoe. Larry and Judy later divorced. The family lived in West Des Moines for several years. Larry worked for the city of West Des Moines in maintenance, driving a truck. In 1981,...
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Earle M. Schad

July 25, 1917 - December 8, 2014

Althea Ramona Hineline was born in Florence, Nebraska to James F. and Martha Green Hineline on January 30, 1922. She received her education in the Florence schools through 10th grade. She took a GED course and graduated with her youngest son at the old Afton high school. She was the fifth child of nine children. She had four brothers and five sisters. Three brothers and two sisters preceded...
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Doris M. Rule

July 18, 1925 - December 6, 2014

Doris Mae Main was born July 18, 1925 on the Main family farm in Liberty Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. She was one of 11 children born to the late Corwin Ernest and Mabel Mae Wood Main. She attended country school in the county through the eighth grade and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1941. Doris was united in marriage to Elza Lee Fetty on February 10, 1946. To this union were...
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Elon "Shorty" Swanson

June 15, 1924 - December 3, 2014

Shorty (Elon) Swanson, son of Earl Ruben & Hazel Agatha (Irwin) Swanson, was born on June 15, 1924 in Palmer, Nebraska. Shorty grew up at Palmer and served his country in the US Army from April 17, 1945 until he was honorably discharged on October 28, 1946. Shorty married Mary Louise Myers on February 3, 1945 in St. Paul, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Louis and Helen. For...
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Faye LaDene Brown

March 25, 1933 - November 26, 2014

LaDene never drove Faye LaDene McKinney Brown, age 81, passed away November 26, 2014 at the West Bridge Care & Rehabilitation in Winterset, Iowa. She was the daughter of Faye and Percy McKinney of Macksburg, Iowa. LaDene was born March 25, 1933 in Downey, Barnock County, Idaho. She married Ronald Joe Brown on August 28, 1960 in Creston, Iowa. He was the son of Arthur Brown and Jesse Swain. He...
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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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