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Wanda L. McGahuey

April 24, 1926 - June 29, 2016

Wanda Lee (Jeter) McGahuey was born April 24, 1926 near Hatfield, MO to Cordia Jones Jeter and Fred Elmer Jeter. She passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center. She spent her life in and around Hatfield, MO and Ringgold County, attending local country schools, Mount Ayr High School and graduating from Maloy High School in 1944. She was employed at the Mount Ayr...
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Delbert Jackson

October 21, 1925 - June 26, 2016

John Delbert Jackson, second son of Clifford and Sarah Ethel Hunt Jackson, was born at Jackson Corner in RInggold County, Iowa on October 21, 1925. He died in Clearview Home, Mt. Ayr, Iowa on June 26, 2016 after a struggle with cancer. Delbert attended grade school at Rose Hill and graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1944. He volunteered to enter the U.S. Army and was attached to the 3rd...
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Stanley Carlson

October 4, 1939 - June 22, 2016

Stanley Arnold Carlson, son of Arnold & Orril (Gallup) Carlson, was born October 4, 1939 at Red Oak, Iowa. Stan married Marlene Sandstrom and to this marriage, two children were born: Kristina Kay and Kelly Kyle. Stan and Marlene later divorced. Stan was a lifelong farmer in the Lenox area. He married Karen Kay Vorhies on December 13, 1993 in Corning, Iowa. Stan passed away June 22,...
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Virginia R. Albers

March 11, 1936 - June 15, 2016

Virginia passed away June 15, 2016 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was born March 11, 1936, the daughter of Ruth and George H. Mack Jr. Virginia enjoyed needlepoint, drawing, painting, bingo, and fishing. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister. Virginia is survived by her three children; Ronald, Nancy, and Joseph III; eight grandchildren,...
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Larry Bowen

May 17, 1947 - June 13, 2016

Larry Dean Bowen, son of James and Ruby (Smith) Bowen, was born May 17, 1947 at Benton, Iowa. Larry grew up at Benton and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1965. After graduating from high school, he moved to Cedar Rapids where he worked at Collins Radio for a short time until he entered the US Army serving from 1966 to 1968. Larry served in Vietnam. After receiving his honorable...
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John Morrison

February 16, 1955 - June 9, 2016

John Roger Morrison was born February 16, 1955, in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, to Roger and Donna (Ferguson) Morrison. He passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on June 9, 2016. John was baptized as a youth at the Tingley Presbyterian church, and again as an adult while attending First Baptist Church in Savannah, Missouri. He graduated from Mt. Ayr Community High School in 1973, and from...
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Kathleen (Henson) Drake

November 28, 1922 - June 8, 2016

(Lucille) Kathleen Drake, 93, of Blockton, Iowa, passed away June 8, 2016 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. Kathleen, the daughter of Jesse and Roxie (Roudebush) Faubion, was born at her grandparents' home near Blockton on November 28, 1922. Kathleen was united in marriage to Lester Paul Henson on November 28, 1947 in Blockton. To this marriage were born two sons, Robert and Terry. Lester...
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Donella Jean Creveling

August 29, 1927 - June 2, 2016

Donella Jean (German) Creveling was born August 29, 1927 to Clyde Leroy German and Florence (Nobles) German in rural Ellston, Iowa. Donella attended school in Ellston and graduated from Ellston High School in 1944. While attending school Donella meet her best friend, Ray "Lee" Creveling, who she later was united in marriage to on August 30, 1944. Donella and Lee made their home on a farm...
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Marlene Zarr

February 22, 1933 - May 27, 2016

Marlene Joan Giles Zarr was born February 22, 1933, two miles north of Tingley, Iowa to John and Fern (Dunlap) Giles. Marlene passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center on May 27, 2016. Marlene was baptized as a baby at the Tingley Methodist Church and reconfirmed in 1975 in the Grand River near Westerville, IA. She attended Hackberry Country School until the 6th grade and the Tingley...
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Twilla Lininger

September 19, 1920 - May 23, 2016

Twilla Ruth Hall was born September 19, 1920 on a farm near Atkinson, Nebraska, to Leon and Lula (Fullerton) Hall. She passed away May 23, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. The family, including older siblings Marvin and Vienna, moved to Tingley, Iowa when Twilla was three years old. Her twelve years in the Tingley public school left her with many fond memories of operettas, band...
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Loretta Reynolds

February 16, 1934 - May 18, 2016

Loretta Lucille Reynolds, daughter of Billie Moore & Opal Irene (Vanderpool) Robison, was born, in Iowa, on February 16, 1934. Loretta grew up in various Ringgold County communities and attended country schools. Loretta married Francis Marion (Frank) Reynolds on June 1, 1950 at the Christian Church parsonage in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Loretta & Frank later divorced. Loretta lived in south central...
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Margaret Campbell

January 24, 1918 - May 18, 2016

Margaret Louise (Euritt) Campbell was born January 24, 1918 to Everett Euritt and Bernice (Laird) Euritt in Ringgold County, Iowa. She graduated from Mount Ayr School then attended a bible school in Nebraska in 1934. Margaret came back to Ringgold County and taught rural country school for 5 years. She then went to AIB (American Institute of Business), Des Moines, IA in 1941. On October 17...
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Cecil Davenport

June 11, 1939 - May 16, 2016

Cecil Owen Davenport was born on June 11, 1939 in Benton, IA to Roy Richard Davenport and Sylvia Ellen (Spencer) Davenport. After finishing country school, Cecil graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1957. He later attended NWMSU in Maryville, MO. Cecil went on the wheat harvest and worked for various farms before marrying the love of his life. On March 29, 1963, Cecil and Betty Kay...
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Donna Scott

January 27, 1939 - May 13, 2016

Donna Lee Scott, daughter of Herbert Ryder & Alma (Robertson) Knapp, was born January 27, 1939 in Wisconsin. The family soon moved to Des Moines and Donna grew up and lived most of her life on the East side of Des Moines. For the last 15 years, Donna has made Mount Ayr her home. Donna enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She will be forever remembered for her big heart and kind...
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Vera Daughton

April 5, 1915 - May 8, 2016

Vera Emma Gibson was born April 5, 1915, the oldest of three daughters of Nile Huston Gibson and Edith Esther (Campbell) Gibson. She passed away at the age of 101 years on May 8, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Vera attended rural one-room schools until she entered high school in Grand River, Iowa, graduating in 1933. She took a Normal Training course at Simpson College during the...
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Charlie Case

October 23, 1943 - May 4, 2016

Charles Rolland Case was born October 23, 1943 in Osceola, Iowa to Vaughn Andrew and Betty Louise (Dusenberry) Case. He lived on a farm south of Ellston, Iowa and attended school in Ellston until it closed and then he attended Mount Ayr Community Schools. In January of 1961 he joined the US Navy stationed on the USS Bennington CVS 20 Aircraft carrier until October 1964. On July 31, 1965...
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Raymond Godden

February 17, 1947 - April 28, 2016

Raymond LeRoy Godden, son of Glen & Viola (Laird) Godden, was born February 17, 1947 at Creston, Iowa. Raymond grew up in the Kellerton area and attended country school at Grand River before graduating from Grand Valley High School. Raymond's lifelong career and love was for trucks: red Peterbuilts in particular. At 16 years of age, Raymond began driving a rock truck for Charlie Gorman. He...
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Raymond Shorty Umbarger

October 15, 1924 - April 22, 2016

Raymond "Shorty" Umbarger was born October 15, 1924 to Bishop Walter Umbarger and Letha (Poe) Umbarger in Fairfax, Missouri. In his younger years he enjoyed spending time with his horses on the farm. Shorty attended and graduated from the Irish Grove Country School in Fairfax, Missouri. In 1945, Shorty was united in marriage to Helen Fern Rinehart. In 1951 Shorty and Helen moved to a farm...
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Nina Powell

June 14, 1932 - April 20, 2016

Nina Ruth Powell, daughter of Omar and Jenny (Kinder) Holtzman, was born June 14, 1932 at Mount Ayr, Iowa. Nina grew up at Mount Ayr and attended local schools. Nina married Bill Johnson and to this union, one son, Howard, was born. Nina and Bill later divorced. Nina married Rolland D. Powell and to this marriage was born a son, Buddy. Nina worked for Billy Finch in her early years before...
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Betty Ruby

January 29, 1922 - April 20, 2016

Betty Jo (French) Ruby, daughter of Howard E. and Amy L. Havely French, was born on January 26, 1922 in Monroe Township, Ringgold County. Betty passed away on April 20, 2016 at Mount Ayr Health Care Center at the age of 94. Betty graduated from high school in 1940 and became fast friends with her future husband, Doyle "Bob" Ruby. Betty looked for a school to teach after graduation but went to...
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Jack Padgitt

February 27, 1937 - April 1, 2016

Jackie Joy Padgitt, known to many as Jack, was born February 27, 1937, in Bartlett, Iowa, to Burbin and Viola (Asman) Padgitt. He departed this earthly life on April 1, 2016, at 79 years of age, in Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1941 the family moved to a farm southeast of Kellerton. He grew up milking Jersey cows and learning the love of farming alongside his family. Jack...
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Dolores Irene Fletcher

April 2, 1946 - March 30, 2016

Dolores Irene Fletcher was born to Bertha and Homer Day on April 2, 1946 near Diagonal, Iowa, on the Day farm, in Ringgold County, Iowa. She graduated from Diagonal High School at age 19, in 1965. She married David Ray Fletcher on June 6, 1965. After honeymooning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, David and Dolores decided that was the place they would move to and begin a family. It was a drier...
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Joseph Snethen

July 13, 1922 - March 27, 2016

Joseph "Joe" Willard Snethen, son of Albert Hosea and Grace Eugene (Dant) Snethen, was born July 13, 1922 in Ringgold County, Iowa and departed this life on March 27, 2016. Joe will be remembered for his contagious grin, straight-talking demeanor, walking all over town well into his final years, and having the ability to connect and earn trust from all those he encountered. Upon...
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Retha Ness

December 4, 1934 - March 27, 2016

Retha Jean Ness, daughter of Ray & Hazel (Davenport) Middleton, was born December 4, 1934 at home near Mount Ayr, Iowa. Retha grew up at Mount Ayr and she graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1953. Retha was baptized into the Community of Christ Church as a young lady. Her relationship with her Lord was always an important part of her life. Retha graduated from the nursing program at...
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Donald W. Campbell

August 15, 1932 - March 26, 2016

Donald Campbell, 83, of Shannon City passed away March 26, 2016, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Ayr. Rev. John Rutz will officiate the service. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 8...
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Eddie Overholser

June 29, 1949 - March 19, 2016

Eddie Eugene Overholser was born to Forest and Lucille (Coverdell) Overholser on June 29th, 1949 at their home near Shannon City, Iowa. He was called home to be with the Lord on March 19th, 2016. Eddie graduated high school in 1968 from Mt. Ayr High School. He then went to work for Wilbur and Cleo Lynch farming for several years. Eddie was united in marriage to Jan Johnson on June 5th, 1971. ...
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Roxie K. Fletcher

March 8, 1954 - March 18, 2016

Roxie Kaye Fletcher, daughter of Cecil Joseph & Vesta Maxine (Keller) Smith, was born at home near Diagonal, Iowa on March 8, 1954. Roxie graduated from Diagonal High School in 1972. Roxie married Charles Phillip Fletcher on July 21, 1976. They made Diagonal their home where they raised their three children; Robert, Charlotte, and Danny. Roxie loved being a mother and she was home for...
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Barbara Deardorff

March 18, 1932 - March 17, 2016

Barbara Jean Deardorff, daughter of Pearl (Bower) & Virgil Deardorff, Sr, was born at home on March 18, 1932. Barbara graduated from high school and began a long and rewarding career as a nurse's aid at Clearview Home in Clearfield. Barbara did not have children of her own so she became a 'second mom' and extended grandma to many throughout the Clearfield community. She enjoyed hosting Easter...
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David Wiley

November 18, 1938 - March 14, 2016

David Irvin Wiley was born November 18, 1938 on a farm north of Diagonal to Donald Ivol Wiley and Lela Marie (Bunker) Wiley. Dave had an older sister Donna Lee and was later joined by a brother Wayne Willis. The family moved to a farm 4 miles east of Diagonal. Dave would live there and farm with his father until he was married in 1959 to Carole Elizabeth Pine, daughter of Orville and Margaret ...
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Johnny Hamblen

December 30, 1947 - March 6, 2016

Johnny Alfred Hamblen was born December 30, 1947 at the family farm just outside of Allendale, Missouri. He was called home on March 6, 2016 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. John was the 3rd of 4 children born to Henry & Cora (Scott) Hamblen. John attended Allendale area school before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps on December 5, 1967. It was shortly after John...
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William Marvin Morse

October 27, 1951 - February 27, 2016

William Marvin Morse was born October 27, 1951 at Saint Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri. He was welcomed into this world by his parents, Everett Leroy Morse and Opal Adell (Jones) Morse and one older brother Franklin Leroy Morse. He was born with a few health issues/special needs. Marvin never acted like he was different or disabled in any way. Rural Mount Ayr was his first home. He...
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William Bill Kleckner

March 3, 1936 - February 23, 2016

Bill Kleckner, 79, of Creston passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at his home. Bill's wishes were to be cremated and a private graveside service will be held. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., in Mount Ayr is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Creston Animal Rescue Effort or American Lung Association. Online condolences may be left at www...
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Betty Robertson

March 2, 1932 - February 22, 2016

Betty Jane Robertson was born the 2nd of March, 1932, the third of seven children born to Jesse and Lucy Barnhart Roach, near Allendale, Missouri. She passed away peacefully at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, on the 22nd of February, 2016. On June 27, 1949, she was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart, James Walker (J.W.) Robertson, in Grant City, Missouri, before a...
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Helen Blunck

July 24, 1913 - February 20, 2016

Helen Margaret (Reece) Blunck was born July 24, 1913, in Xenia, Illinois, to Martin & Loula (Ernest) Reece. She passed from this life on February 20, 2016, at the age of 102, in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Helen attended schools in Bedford and Mount Ayr, Iowa. She married Roy Beal and to this union, a daughter, Jean Louise, was born. They later divorced. Helen married Roy Blunck on July 19, 1934, in Grant...
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George Dailey

September 18, 1923 - February 6, 2016

George LeRoy Dailey was born August 18th, 1923 to Clearance and Florence Dailey of Benton, Iowa. George passed away February 6, 2016 at the Ringgold County Hospital. He was the oldest of five children. George loved sports and played on his high school basketball, baseball and track teams. He graduated from Tingley, Iowa in 1942. On May 20th 1944 he married Alverta Briner, they had two...
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Frances Saltzman

July 26, 1917 - February 3, 2016

Frances Jeanette Sheumaker Saltzman passed away on February 3, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Frances was born on July 26, 1917 to Roy and Goldia Sheumaker on a homestead near Malta, Montana. The family remained in Montana for 10 years and then moved to the Redding, Iowa area where she attended school through 8th grade. She then attended Mount Ayr High School and graduated in 1936...
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Amon Hunt

February 24, 1925 - January 29, 2016

Amon Lee Hunt, son of George and Orilla Hunt, was born February 24, 1925 on the family farm in Worth County Missouri. He departed this life on January 29, 2016 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. On October 21, 1944 he married Lois Randolph. To this union five children were born: Kenneth, Keith, Margaret, Marjorie, and Rebecca (deceased). Amon spent his life farming in southern...
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Virginia Stephenson

January 7, 1929 - January 23, 2016

Virginia Ann (Barnes) Stephenson, age 87, was born January 7, 1929 near Denver, Missouri to the late Wayne and Audene Barnes. She passed away January 23, 2016 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri. Virginia owned and operated the Dairy Sweet in Mount Ayr for several years. She was also a nursing assistant at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr in addition to...
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Lois Smith

November 3, 1931 - January 23, 2016

Lois Elaine Bierlein Smith was born in her parent's farm home in Harrison County, Missouri, near Andover, on November 3, 1931 to Jacob and Bertha Stoll Bierlein. She departed this life January 23, 2016 at Oakridge Nursing Home in Plattsburg, Missouri. Lois completed Jake and Bertha's family being welcomed by her big brother, Don. Bertha was happy as she dearly wanted a little girl. Lois...
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Loren Spencer Elliott

March 16, 1923 - January 22, 2016

Loren Spencer Elliott, son of Mark and Ilah Malinda (Spencer) Elliott, was born March 16, 1923 on his parent's farm in Rice Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. Loren was a twin to Lois. Loren graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1941. He worked for a short time at Mt. Ayr Security State Bank. He was involved in Mount Ayr High 4-H and FFA farm projects. He attended Iowa State College on a Sears...
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Chester V. "Chet" Munyon

December 22, 1931 - January 18, 2016

Chester Vane Munyon was born December 22nd, 1931 to Merle Mary Munyon in Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa. He graduated from Kellerton High School in 1950. He worked for Powers Produce through high school and after graduation. In 1951 he joined the United States Air Force in support of the Korean War effort. On February 14, 1954 he married Norma Jean Reed in Kellerton, Iowa. During his...
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Ruth M. Saville

October 25, 1928 - January 16, 2016

Ruth Marie Downing, daughter of Anna Lela Huff and Joseph Beryl Downing was born in Worth County, MO on a farm they named the White House on October 25, 1928. She went home to heaven at the Ringgold County Hospital on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the age of 87 years, 2 months, and 22 days. Her long life can be attributed to her deep faith in the Lord and an ornery, stubborn attitude! Ruth...
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Virginia "Ginny" Mae Richards

October 28, 1938 - January 15, 2016

Virginia Mae (Bowman) Richards was born on October 28, 1938 on a farm near Stanton, Iowa to Charles L. and Dorothy (Brees) Bowman. She was the oldest of five children. During Virginia's school years her family lived in the Red Oak and Stanton area. She attended country school through the sixth grade. Then attended Stanton School then Red Oak High School until the her sophomore year. Virginia...
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Nick Grose

March 3, 1985 - January 10, 2016

Nick's story began like most stories do, March 3, 1985, with two anxious parents at a bustling hospital in Casper, Wyoming. From there the commonality of Nick's story with others diverges into his own unique journey. His arrival was early, impatient in true Nicholas Daniel fashion, eager to meet his parents, Kenny (New Cambria, MO) and Brenda, (Mount Ayr) and two siblings, Niccole (Swank) and...
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Darlene Minnick

February 26, 1930 - January 9, 2016

Darlene Frances (Black) Minnick was born February 26, 1930 to Frank and Harriet (Lane) Black in Webb, Iowa. Welcoming Darlene to the family were her sisters Kay, Maxine and Joyce. The girls were later joined by sister Betty. Darlene attended school through the 8th grade. After finishing 8th grade, Darlene began her long life of working. She worked several jobs in her lifetime. Some of...
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Naomi Been

July 23, 1927 - January 2, 2016

Naomi Leontine (Minnick) Been, 88, passed away January 2, 2016 surrounded by loved ones at the Des Moines Mercy West Lakes Hospital. Services will be held at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, Iowa with visitation Tuesday, January 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the funeral service on Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at Watson-Armstrong...
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Doris South

July 1, 1914 - January 1, 2016

Doris Elfreda (Jarvis) South was born July 1, 1914 in Carnigee, Oklahoma. While still a baby, her family moved to the Maloy, Iowa area where she grew up along with her six brothers and sisters. She was the daughter of James & Mary Belle (Fertig) Jarvis. Older brothers were James Eldon Jarvis, Phillip Howard Jarvis; sisters were Fern Authula (Jarvis) Quick, Florence Irene (Jarvis) Richmond German,...
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Elmer Baker

October 20, 1941 - December 28, 2015

Elmer Eugene Baker was born October 20, 1941 in Mount Ayr on the family farm to Doyle and Laura (Barchus) Baker. He attended Mount Ayr Schools. On December 24, 1958 Elmer married Lois Janette Hays and to this union two daughters were born, Debra Lynette and Dixie Lea. They later divorced. On June 15, 1974 Elmer was united in marriage to Mary Jo (Brown) Herring and three children, Rhonda...
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John Holmes

August 24, 1947 - December 28, 2015

John Wilson Holmes of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, passed away at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, Iowa on December 28, 2015, at the age of sixty-eight years. John was born in Kellerton, Iowa, on August 24, 1947, to the union of Wilson Henry Holmes and Amy Ruth (Dady) Holmes. He attended the Kellerton Elementary School. Being the youngest of four children, Johnny was the apple of his family's...
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Dorothy Sobotka

September 30, 1920 - December 22, 2015

Dorothy Irene Sobotka was born September 30, 1920 at the family home south of Diagonal to Otto and Albena (Jezek) Sobotka and passed away December 22, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center. Dorothy attended school until sixth grade in Diagonal then went to Siloam Country School until eighth grade. Dorothy had many memories of those trips to and from school. Mud roads and traveling to and...
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Edith Wood

July 24, 1914 - December 21, 2015

Edith L. Wood, formerly of Tingley, Iowa passed away December 20, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr at the age of 101. She was born July 24, 1914 in Good Hope, Missouri to Alvah and Laura Hammond. She married her husband, Keith, in November of 1939. To this union three children were born: Sandra (Leland) Dolecheck of Osceola, IA, Barbara (Don) Corll of Estero, FL and Terry (Cindy) Wood of...
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Patricia Scott Braby

July 31, 1937 - December 20, 2015

**DUE TO BAD WEATHER ON MONDAY, PAT'S SERVICES HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2016 AT 1:00 p.m..** Patricia Lee Rusk was born July 31, 1937 in Mount Ayr, Iowa to Earl and Opal (Ceciel) Rusk. Pat grew up in Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School. On December 30, 1956 she was united in marriage to Kenny Scott. To this union four boys were born, Jackson, James,...
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Barbara S. Novak

October 25, 1917 - December 15, 2015

Barbara passed away December 15, 2015 in Sterling, Virginia. Barbara is the wife of Robert Novak formerly of Ringgold County, Iowa. Graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 21, 2015 at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Maloy.
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Paul Campbell

January 11, 1919 - December 13, 2015

Paul Vere Campbell was born January 11, 1919. He was the ninth of ten children born to Frank Campbell and Mary Elizabeth (Kauble) Campbell of Athelston, Iowa. He had fond memories of his father who died when Paul was only eight. His mother moved to Blockton with her three youngest children and Paul left school in his early teens to help support his mother and family. He remained very close with...
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Judy Hansell

January 7, 1944 - December 11, 2015

Judy Ann Hansell, 71, of Creston, passed away December 11, 2015 at Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa. Judy was born January 7, 1944 at the hospital in Creston, Iowa to Ivan and Arlene (Shrimpton) Hansell. Judy grew up at Diagonal and while attending school, she was a member of the student council and was the prom queen. Judy graduated from Diagonal High School in 1963....
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Ivan C. Groff

June 3, 1925 - December 5, 2015

Ivan Clifford Groff, son of Harold Groff and Ruby (Hardisty) Groff, was born June 3, 1925 on the family farm in Taylor, County. Ivan departed this life on December 5, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center due to suffering several strokes. He grew up in the Corning, Carl, and Brooks area, attending country schools and Corning High School. Ivan was drafted at age 18, October 15, 1943,...
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Rhoda Johnston

December 27, 1919 - December 2, 2015

Rhoda Lois Baker Johnston was born December 27, 1919, near Blunt, South Dakota, one of seven children of Edward and Lena Baker. In 1920 the family moved to the Clearfield area to reside again on the Baker farm. Rhoda graduated from Clearfield High School in 1938, and began in-home care for Estes Johnston in Veril Johnston's home. Thus began the courtship of Vern and Rhoda Johnston. On March 8...
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Janice Lindeman

July 15, 1941 - November 28, 2015

Janice Jean Lindeman, daughter of Morris Joseph LaVern & Laura Gweneth (Morgan) Carlson, was born July 15, 1941 in the Ogden Hospital in Ogden, Iowa. Janice was raised in Boone County. She began her education in a country school and finished by graduating from Ogden High School. Janice married Harold Lindeman in Story County, Iowa in 1962. They farmed in Story County until moving to Ringgold...
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Vernon "Sonny" King

January 8, 1941 - November 28, 2015

Vernon "Sonny" King, son of Glen & Mary (Stringham) King, was born January 8, 1941 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Sonny graduated from high school. He served his country in the US Army for 3 years and 6 months. He was with John Deere in Afton and had his own construction company. Sonny passed away November 28, 2015 at Creston Specialty Care in Creston, Iowa. Survivors include a brother and many...
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Lee Faris

July 8, 1936 - November 26, 2015

Everett Lee Faris, 79, passed away on Thursday morning, November 26, 2015 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Lee was born July 8, 1936 at home to Wilbur and Eva Sawyer Faris near Mount Ayr. Lee attended country school and then graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1954. During high school, he was active in 4-H and FFA. He earned the National Farmers Degree in FFA and...
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Marjorie Pauline (Fisher) McFarland

June 23, 1922 - November 20, 2015

Marjorie Pauline Fisher McFarland, daughter of Keith and Inez Fisher, was born June 23, 1922 near Redding, Iowa and departed this life November 20, 2015 at the age of 93. On August 16, 1941 she was united in marriage with John H. McFarland in St. Joseph, Missouri. To this union were born two children, a daughter, Melanie Lane (Marvin) of Overland Park, Kansas and a son, John Keith (Katherine)...
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Dorothy Clough

September 13, 1941 - November 13, 2015

Dorothy Clough, 74, was born September 13, 1941 at Shenandoah, Iowa to Cecil and Mary Hummel Dukeshier. As the result of a bad fall due to the effects of Alzheimer's, Dorothy became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr and she passed away there on November 13, 2015. Dorothy married Al Clough on August 6, 1960 at Grace Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. They lived a few years in...
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Marvin Wyer

September 22, 1937 - November 4, 2015

Marvin Dale Wyer was born September 22, 1937 to John & May (Wickman) Wyer. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on November 4, 2015 at the age of 78. Marvin attended Neiger Country School near Denver, Missouri and later received his G.E.D. Marvin worked for several farmers until he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February 1957. Marvin was united in marriage to Ann...
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Naomi R. Hosfield

June 18, 1933 - November 3, 2015

Naomi Ruth Robison was born June 18, 1933, to Forrest David Robison and Lily Adalene Trisler Robison, in Ellston, Iowa and departed this life on November 3, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. On February 26, 1952, Naomi Ruth Robison married George Allan Hosfield, the youngest of four sons, born to Guy Livingston Hosfield and Lena Ellen (Pieper) Hosfield at the Tingley...
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John R. Kelley

March 13, 1941 - November 1, 2015

Dr. John R. Kelley, 74, of Marion, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. John was born to Dale and Catherine Kelley on March 13, 1941 in Hepburn, Iowa. He was baptized in the Methodist Church. After a few moves, his parents bought a farm near Graham, Missouri. John was in sixth grade at the time and his younger, and only sibling, Jerry, was in third...
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Socorro Waugh

February 18, 1925 - October 28, 2015

Socorro Pulido Waugh was born on February 18, 1925 to Maria Ramirez, in Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico. Her childhood years were spent growing up and attending school in this village while working alongside her mother as household staff for an affluent family. In 1947, Socorro left her mother and her home and traveled 440 miles to Monterrey, Mexico to take advantage of an opportunity to attend...
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Ronald D. Abbott

February 13, 1938 - October 28, 2015

Ronald "Ron" Dwaine Abbott, 77, of Diagonal, Iowa, passed away, Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Des Monies, Iowa. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 31 at the Church of Diagonal, 400 Adams St., Diagonal, IA 50845. Lunch will be served after the service. Memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ron was born February 13, 1938 in Union...
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Lloyd Miller

April 20, 1942 - October 23, 2015

Sheridan Lloyd Miller, 20 April 1942 - 23 October 2015. "Bub" as he is affectionately known by siblings lead a full and remarkable life. He grew up in a single family home to mother Cora Miller along with his one brother Ronald "Buck" Miller and his four sisters Martha "Sis" Miller (Williams), Rosalie "Rosey" Miller, Donna Miller and Janet "Toot" Miller (Reidy). Lloyd, as he preferred to...
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Julia A. Stephens

February 12, 1948 - October 7, 2015

Julia Ann (Haley) Stephens was born February 12, 1948, in Creston, Iowa, to James Calvin Haley and Dorotha Olive (Lane) Haley. Julia passed away October 7, 2015, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 67. Julia graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1966. She was united in marriage to Donald Lee Stephens at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr on December 19,...
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John Stephens

July 26, 1941 - September 25, 2015

John E. Stephens, son of Dwight F. & Mary B. (Brown) Stephens, was born July 26, 1941, on the farm that his great grandfather homesteaded, south of Mount Ayr, Iowa. The family moved to Martensdale, Iowa where John graduated from high school. John served in the US Navy from October 26, 1959 until October 25, 1963 when he entered the Navy Reserves; receiving an honorable discharge in 1981....
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Kathryn R. Chartrand

December 22, 1927 - September 23, 2015

Kathryn Ruth (Faust) Chartrand was born December 22, 1927 to Ruth Louise (Linn) Faust and John Edward Faust in Winterset, Iowa. She was the baby of the family joining her parents and two brothers, Claire and Howard. Kathryn passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Mount Ayr Healthcare Center. Kathryn lived on the farm until the 3rd grade when her family moved into Winterset. She...
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Glenn I. Gardner

June 5, 1920 - September 21, 2015

Glenn Ivan Gardner, 95, died peacefully at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston, Iowa, on September 21, 2015. He was born June 5, 1920 in Ringgold County near Tingley, Iowa to Roy and Madge Gardner. He graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1938. After high school he worked on the family farm and as a farmhand near Tipton, Iowa. He then joined his uncle in the construction of power...
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Opal Oveda Watson

May 21, 1933 - September 12, 2015

Opal Oveda (Hall) Watson, 82, daughter of Albert Milton Hall and Cora Amanda (Fertig) Hall, was born on May 21, 1933 at home in rural Ringgold Co., Iowa. Oveda passed away from this life September 12, 2015 at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston. Oveda grew up in Ringgold Co., Iowa. She graduated from Benton Community High School in 1950. She was an outstanding basketball player...
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Lowell Hickman

August 24, 1929 - September 8, 2015

Melvin Lowell Hickman, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, after a short illness. Lowell was born Aug. 24, 1929, to Charles W. and Edith Liese Hickman in Lafayette County, Mo. He graduated from Corder, Mo., High School in 1949. He and Janet Hudson were married Aug. 25, 1957, in the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Their son, Mark, was born Feb. 21,...
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Virginia M Sharp

July 26, 1934 - September 6, 2015

Virginia Mae Sharp, daughter of Fred & Cordia (Jones) Jeter, was born July 26, 1934 in Harrison County, Missouri. Virginia married Lyle Sharp and to this marriage was born one son, Lonnie. They would later divorce. Virginia was known as Ginny to close friends and family. In her adult life, Virginia lived in Bedford, Cresco and Mount Ayr, Iowa. She worked at Hy-Vee in the meat dept. and as a...
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Duane Blades

March 30, 1956 - August 31, 2015

Duane Allen Blades, son of Harold Roger & Vera May (Jimmerson) Blades, was born March 30, 1956 in the Decatur County Hospital in Leon. The family soon moved to Mount Ayr where Duane would live his life. Duane was always a winner, even at an early age, when he won photography contests. This set the stage for many accomplishments including sports in high school, with wrestling being his sport of...
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John Larson, Jr.

May 8, 1975 - August 29, 2015

John Larson, Jr was born May 8, 1975 in Juneau, Alaska to Catherine Helene Larson. John passed away on August 29, 2015 in Lake Stevens, Washington. John was greeted home by an older sister, Tami, and later a younger sister, Cindi Jo, and a brother, Fredrick. John and his family moved from Juneau, Alaska to Kellerton, Iowa in 1980. John graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1994. John...
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Nioma Gaule

October 20, 1923 - August 29, 2015

Nioma Gaule passed away August 29, 2015 at Clearview Home in Clearfield, IA at the age of 91. Nioma Lane, the first of three children, was born October 20, 1923 to Isaac Reuben and Almina Baker Lane on a farm 1 mile East on the cemetery road and 2¾ miles North of Clearfield, IA. She attended Clearfield Community Schools, graduating with the class of 1941, where she enjoyed singing and playing...
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Leo "Jocko" Hacker

June 12, 1913 - August 26, 2015

Leo "Jocko" Hacker, age 102 passed away August 26, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born June 12, 1913 to Roy Hacker and Ida Louise Hosford Hacker on a farm in Ringgold County, Iowa. He was the youngest of five children and the last to join them in the hereafter. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Vern (Vera), Hod, Cleo (Esther), sister, Velma (Gail) Jarred, first wife...
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Maxine (Barnett) Norris

April 15, 1918 - August 22, 2015

Maxine (Barnett) Norris passed away August 22 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She will be missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and B.K. Showalter and her large and extended family, many friends, and former students. At her request, there will be no services. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Mount Ayr Library or Creston Gibson Memorial Library.
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Ronald Simpson

December 28, 1939 - August 17, 2015

Ronald A Simpson was born on December 28, 1939 in Creston, Iowa to Rex A and Helen Mickle Simpson. He passed away on August 17, 2015 at the age of 75. Ron graduated from Shannon City High School in May of 1957 and attended Iowa State University. He lived his entire life on the family farm outside of Shannon City, farming and dairying, first with his dad, Rex A, and family and later with his...
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Lawrence Tony Driskill

July 11, 1932 - August 16, 2015

Lawrence "Tony" Driskill, age 83, of Tingley passed away Sunday, August 16 . Tony was born on July 11, 1932 in Decatur County, Iowa to parents Martin and Evelyn Goodwin Driskill. Tony graduated from Shannon City High School in 1950. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and became an Air Policeman. During his tour in the Korean War, he kept in constant touch with...
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James Norman Hale

February 7, 1940 - August 13, 2015

James Norman Hale, 75, of Orlando, Florida, passed away August 13, 2015 at his home in Orlando. Jim, son of Lorene Hale Brenizer and Glen Rupert Hale, was born February 7, 1940 in Mount Ayr. Jim graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School and would later earn his Associates Degree from SWCC in Creston. Soon after graduating from high school, Jim joined the US Navy. He met and married...
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Eric Melvin Fuller

May 10, 2006 - August 12, 2015

Eric Melvin Fuller, son of Mickey Joe & Kimberly Rae (Handy) Fuller, was born May 10, 2006 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Eric along with mom, dad, and his sister Lilly, moved to Kellerton about 3 years ago. Eric completed third grade at Mount Ayr Elementary School. Eric was active in Cub Scout Troop #39 in Mount Ayr and he aspired to be in the military. Eric loved to be outdoors....
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Oleeta Scott

July 2, 1921 - August 9, 2015

Oleeta Mae Scott, daughter of Alfred and Marie (Parrot) Weese, was born July 2, 1921 at Gentryville, Missouri. Oleeta married James Eldon Scott and to this union one daughter, Ina Lee, was born. After James passed away, Oleeta married Richard D. Scott. Oleeta and Richard lived in Maysville, Missouri for 19 years before moving to Mount Ayr in 2005. Oleeta was a homemaker. She kept a...
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Edward Schirm

October 20, 1963 - August 6, 2015

Edward Lawrence "Ed" Schirm of Citrus Springs, Florida, was born October 20, 1963 in Creston, Iowa, to the proud parents Rev. Harold Edward & Lena Mae "Lea" (Weaklend) Schirm. He was welcomed home by his big sisters Suzanne and Kathryn. Four years later, little sister Sharon was born and completed the family. Being a preachers kid meant Ed attended several schools over the years: Paton-Churdan...
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Wayne George

December 22, 1930 - August 2, 2015

Robert Wayne George left this world on August 2, 2015, with is loving wife of 64 years at his side and surrounded by his family. Wayne, as he was called, was born December 22, 1930 at his family home north of Kellerton, IA. He was the son of Robert William & Ethyle Marie (Mitchell) George. Wayne was later joined by a little sister, Bonnie Marie. Wayne met the love of his life, Theda JoAnn...
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Louise Ann Sackett

December 31, 1942 - July 17, 2015

Louise Ann (Burchett) Sackett was born December 31, 1942, in Leon, Iowa, to William Allen and Inez Mary (Jones) Burchett. She grew up in Ringgold County and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1961. On September 23, 1961, Louise was united in marriage to Larry Joe Sackett at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. To this union two children were born, Randy Joe and Laurie Suzanne....
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John David Walkup

March 4, 1957 - July 16, 2015

John David Walkup, son of Annabel (Haidsiak) and Harold John Walkup, was born March 4, 1957 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Two older brothers, Mike (6) and Dale (4) welcomed and loved him. John David received his formal education in Mount Ayr Community Schools. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1975. Because he was hospitalized, he was unable to attend his 40th class reunion....
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LaViece Barker

February 27, 1920 - July 12, 2015

Vera LaViece (Main) Barker, (known to everyone as LaViece), was born on February 27, 1920 on the Main family farm in Liberty Township in Ringgold County Iowa. She was one of 11 children born to the late Corwin Ernest Main and Mabel Mae (Wood) Main. She attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1938, having the honor of being the class...
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Joyce Estes-Andrews

September 21, 1942 - July 9, 2015

Joyce Ann Estes-Andrews, daughter of Katherine D. Raymo and Charles R. Allen, was born September 21, 1942 in Chillicothe, Missouri. Joyce grew up around Chillicothe & Trenton, Missouri, graduating from high school in Weston, Missouri in 1961. On July 10, 1961, she married David Estes, Sr. in Platte City, MO. Joyce drove a truck with David and they traveled with the carnivals. Joyce and...
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Colleen Knight

August 22, 1927 - July 3, 2015

Colleen was born August 22, 1927 in Promise City, Iowa to Corydon Minor and Lora Anderson. She had six siblings: Enid, Ellis, Clare, Karolyn, Fra and Naomi (who died as an infant). As a child Colleen was blessed with a beautiful voice. At the age of 2 she could sing 32 songs and was inducted into Ripley's Believe It or Not for her special gifted voice as the "Child Wonder". She also knew...
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Kenny Markley

January 31, 1948 - July 3, 2015

Kenny Michael Markley, son of Kenneth Kyle and Lillian Catherine (Novak) Markley, was born January 31, 1948 at Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa. Ken grew up in Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1966. He furthered his education at Creston Community College and transferred to Graceland University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Education. Ken...
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Paul J. Smith

September 5, 1923 - June 30, 2015

Faith, family, friends and farming… that was Paul Smith. Paul Jennings Smith passed away June 30, 2015 at the Mt. Ayr Healthcare Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Paul Jennings Smith, son of Bertha Johanna (Jennings) and Samuel Jesse Smith, was born September 5, 1923 on the family farm near Blockton, Iowa. Paul loved living on the farm and enjoyed teasing his two older sisters, Maxine and Gayle. ...
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Lillie Matlage

December 21, 1932 - June 28, 2015

Lillie Marie Matlage, the 12th child born to Earl and Lillie (Pearson) Dawson, was born December 21, 1932 at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillie grew up on the southeast side of Des Moines and graduated from Lincoln High School. Soon after graduating, Lillie met Clem Edward Matlage while he was home on leave from the US Navy. Lillie and Clem were united in marriage on September 30, 1950 in Des...
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John R. Brown

February 27, 1945 - June 6, 2015

John Rolla Brown, the fourth child of Leonard and Arlie May Brown was born on February 27, 1945 in Loveland, Colorado. The family moved back to the Grand River area soon after, where he lived until he was a young man. When John was 5 years old, after returning home from his first day of Kindergarten, he was playing with matches and set a leaf pile on fire. He rode his little red wagon...
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Gilbert "Bill" Webb

December 5, 1926 - June 5, 2015

Gilbert "Bill" Samuel Webb, Jr. was born December 5, 1926, on a farm near Mt. Ayr, Iowa to Gilbert and Edna (Surface) Webb. Bill went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2015, at the age of 88. Gilbert attended school at Shannon City, Iowa through the 7th grade and then attended 8th grade at a country school called Silver Point. In 1946, he graduated from Mt. Ayr High School. Following graduation...
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Ray Uresk

July 9, 1951 - June 4, 2015

Raymond Edward "Ray" Uresk was born on July 9, 1951 to Raymond D. and Marguerite (Marks) Uresk in Kingston, New York. Ray joined the United States Air Force in 1971 and was honorably discharged in 1974. During his service he married Shirlene Love and they settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming. To this marriage, there were three children; Teri, Dia, and Jason. In 1987 Ray married Gerri, and together...
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Wayne McGehee

June 9, 1920 - May 28, 2015

Charles Wayne McGehee, 94, of Mount Ayr, passed away on May 28, 2015 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Wayne was born June 9, 1920 in Ringgold County, Iowa, the son of Ward and Lotte (Dugan) McGehee. He graduated from Tingley High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Army in 1941, stationed in Panama as a surgical technician and working with the Peacekeeping unit. He was discharged in 1945....
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Jeff White

October 3, 1962 - May 27, 2015

Jeffrey Lynn White, son of Raymond C. & Imogene (Eastland) White, was born October 3, 1962 at Omaha, Nebraska. Jeff was raised on a farm southeast of Mount Ayr. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1981. He enjoyed farming and working with horses. When he did get off the farm, he took his pride and joy, his '72 Chevy Camaro, to town. Jeff worked for his dad at the family body shop and...
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