Watson - Armstrong Funeral Home

Our Obituaries

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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Staci Lynn Palmer

October 26, 1981 - April 4, 2014

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

November 9, 1919 - March 31, 2014

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

July 16, 1934 - March 31, 2014

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

December 25, 1935 - March 29, 2014

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

June 22, 1919 - March 24, 2014

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

January 18, 1962 - March 8, 2014

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

November 17, 1933 - March 1, 2014

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

August 6, 1920 - February 24, 2014

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

November 3, 1946 - February 21, 2014

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

January 15, 1960 - February 20, 2014

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

April 7, 1956 - February 15, 2014

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

March 3, 1916 - February 14, 2014

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

February 16, 1930 - February 9, 2014

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

January 5, 1912 - February 1, 2014

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

April 24, 1927 - January 24, 2014

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

July 29, 1926 - January 19, 2014

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

July 10, 1922 - January 16, 2014

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

November 20, 1942 - January 10, 2014

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

December 28, 1926 - January 8, 2014

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

October 12, 1923 - January 7, 2014

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

June 12, 1922 - December 28, 2013

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

September 16, 1922 - December 27, 2013

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

October 29, 1922 - December 26, 2013

Helen passed away at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She has been cremated and services & burial will be held in the Spring of 2014 in the Leon Cemetery.
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Gabriel "Gabe" Boeckman

October 22, 1943 - December 25, 2013

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

October 15, 2013 - December 19, 2013

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

May 17, 1938 - December 4, 2013

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

June 15, 1939 - December 2, 2013

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

September 2, 1926 - November 21, 2013

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

November 19, 1956 - November 17, 2013

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

January 10, 1925 - November 16, 2013

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

May 2, 1923 - November 15, 2013

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

December 12, 1946 - November 15, 2013

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

April 3, 1919 - November 7, 2013

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

February 7, 1941 - November 3, 2013

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

November 8, 1918 - November 3, 2013

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

March 8, 1934 - November 1, 2013

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

November 13, 1933 - October 28, 2013

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

April 25, 1921 - October 16, 2013

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

March 3, 1925 - October 15, 2013

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

March 4, 1950 - October 15, 2013

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

October 29, 1918 - October 9, 2013

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

February 1, 1926 - September 30, 2013

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

July 13, 1921 - September 26, 2013

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

July 10, 1912 - September 19, 2013

Frances M. Bullock of Creston died September 19, 2013 at the Afton Care Center. Frances Bullock, daughter of Della Angela Oliver and James Lawrence Parker, was born July 10, 1912 in Redding, Iowa. She grew up in the Redding area and graduated from Redding High School. On May 14, 1932 she married William Sidney Bullock in Redding, Iowa. Frances spent the last 55 years of her life in...
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Donnie Ross

December 16, 1971 - September 17, 2013

Donnie Gene Ross entered into rest at his home on September 17, 2013 at the age of 41 years, 9 months, and 1 day. His beautiful soul found its way to heaven after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Donnie was born December 16, 1971 in Loveland, Colorado to Jackie Edward and Bonnie Kay (Reed) Ross. He has a twin brother, Ronnie Lee, an older brother, Rickie Edward and a sister, Vickie Kay....
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Hazel Walker

December 12, 1921 - September 12, 2013

Hazel F. Walker, 91, of SunnyBrook Assisted Living in Fort Madison, formerly of Mount Ayr, passed away September 12, 2013 at Fort Madison Community Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa. Hazel, daughter of Torgen Madsen "John" Skow and Katie Annie Christensen Skow, was born December 12, 1921 at Bradgate, Humboldt County, Iowa. Hazel graduated from Gilmore City High School. On March 28, 1942, Hazel...
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Lois Newby

August 3, 1936 - September 1, 2013

Lois Arlene Newby, daughter of Edgar & Neva (Milligan) Harris, was born August 3, 1936 at Siam, in Taylor County, Iowa. Lois grew up with 1 brother and 4 sisters in Taylor County. When Lois was 16, she met and fell in love with Willis Gene Newby. They were married on December 20, 1952 in Bedford, Iowa. They lived for a short time at Glenwood, Iowa and returned to Taylor County before moving to...
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Bradley West

September 20, 1979 - August 22, 2013

Bradley Marion West was born in Leon, Iowa on September, 20, 1979 to Sandi Jo (Smith) West and Marion Everett West. Brad has always enjoyed farming and as a child played tractors and loved anything John Deere. He loved the snow and playing outside. At the age of 5, Brad's mother Sandi married Richard Mandell and he, along with his brother Mathew, gained two new siblings, Catherine and Mark...
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Roger Horne

October 14, 1941 - August 8, 2013

Roger Allan Horne, son of Stanley and Mary (Hoover) Horne, was born October 14, 1941 in Mount Ayr, Iowa. After Roger graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1960, he went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University, and his Master's degree from Oklahoma State University. Roger taught for 37 years and retired from Hickman Mills High School. ...
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Cleta Force

June 6, 1920 - August 5, 2013

Cleta Lavaun Force, daughter of Guy Ora & Ada Belle (Brown) Burch, was born June 6, 1920 at home in Liberty township, Ringgold County, Iowa. Cleta moved with her family to Benton when she was 3 years old and she grew up there and attended and graduated from Benton High School. On August 14, 1938, Cleta and Clifford Force went to Creston, Iowa and were married. They returned home to tell their...
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Raelin Sumpter

October 22, 2012 - August 5, 2013

Raelin Jo Sumpter, daughter of Desirae Sumpter, was born at 6:32.52 p.m. on October 22, 2012 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She entered this world at 6 pounds, 6.7 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. Raelin may not have lived a long life but she was loved by all who knew her. Raelin passed away at 4:00 p.m. on August 5, 2013 in her home surrounded by a loving family. Those...
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Gladys Faris

August 4, 2013

Gladys Elizabeth Wickett Faris was born February 1, 1914 on the family farm near New Virginia, Iowa, and passed away August 4, 2013 in Santa Rosa, California, at the age of 99. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Gladys grew up and went to school in New Virginia. After graduating from high school, she attended Iowa Beauty College and later worked as a beautician in Mount...
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Garry Bjustrom

June 3, 1960 - July 25, 2013

Garry Cecil Bjustrom was born June 3, 1960, in Algona, Iowa, to Francis Dale and Carole Sue (Becker) Bjustrom. Garry graduated from Algona High School in 1979 and began working on the family farm. Garry moved to Mt. Ayr, Iowa, to start farming in 1981. He had farmed full-time in the Mt. Ayr area for nearly 30 years, raising row crops and managing a cow-calf operation and swine confinements....
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Pauline Wood

May 28, 1919 - July 22, 2013

Pauline Wood, 94, of Mount Ayr, formerly of Ellston, died July 22, 2013, at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. Mrs. Wood, daughter of Frank and Mary Gray, was born May 28, 1919 in Ellston. She graduated from Ellston High School in 1936. On October 23, 1937 she married Donald "Breezy" Wood in Tipton, Iowa. She taught in a country school, was a homemaker and worked in her later years in the...
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Lavon Thomas

May 1, 1913 - July 21, 2013

Lavon Thomas, of Mount Ayr, IA, died after a short illness on July 21, 2013 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Narcissus Lavon, named for her grandmother, was born to William and Mary Scott (Richardson) Burchett on May 1, 1913 in rural Ringgold County, IA, and was welcomed by four older brothers, Charles, Hugh, Cleo, and Howard Burchett. At the age of five, her family moved from the farm into the town...
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Catherine Crawford

September 19, 1918 - July 20, 2013

Mary Catherine Dahlgran Crawford, the only child born to Annas and Anna Williamson Dahlgran, was born September 19, 1918 and passed away July 20, 2013 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She lived there for 3 1/2 years and really enjoyed the home and all the staff. To her mother's dismay, Catherine learned to play the violin instead of learning to play the piano which her mother taught lessons...
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Patricia Clark

May 22, 1932 - July 17, 2013

Patricia Louise Clark, only child of Albert & Edith (Wahl) Brady, was born May 22, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. Patricia graduated from East High in Des Moines and went to college in Washington and Missouri. Patricia married Ray Kirkman and later Leonard Clark, both whom preceded her in death. Patricia was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She would go without in order to...
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Walter Putney

August 12, 1931 - July 13, 2013

Walter Marion Putney, Sr., son of Olie Walter & Mildred Kathleen (Mosier), was born August 12, 1931 at the home place in Poe Township, Kellerton, Iowa. After growing up on the farm, Walt drove a coal truck in Des Moines and later moved to Omaha, NE where he hauled equipment. Walt returned to Des Moines and was a house mover. In the early 1950's Walt married Norma and they had two children Steve...
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Bernard R. Routh

December 20, 1931 - July 12, 2013

Bernard R. Routh, 81, of Whiting, Iowa entered into rest Friday, July 12, 2013, at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa. Bernard Roe was born December 20, 1931 in Clearfield, Iowa, the son of Addis and Gladys "Sue" (Bailey) Routh. He graduated from Clearfield High School. Bernard was united in marriage to Marilyn Stewart on August 16, 1964 in Clearfield, IA. Bernard was...
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Maxine Smith Kean

January 24, 1920 - July 8, 2013

Maxine Smith Kean passed away July 8, 2013 at Mt. Ayr Health Care Center in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Maxine was visited daily by her loving brother Paul Jennings Smith, formerly of Blockton, Iowa. Maxine Smith Kean, the oldest child of Bertha (Jennings) Smith and Samuel Jesse Smith, was born on the family farm near Blockton, Iowa, in Ringgold County, close to the Missouri border, January 24, 1920. That...
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Lola Peppmeier

May 17, 1918 - July 3, 2013

Lola Winona Peppmeier, 95, peacefully met Jesus on July 3, 2013 at Sunnyview Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa. She had resided there since October 2012. She was born to John and Clarissa Vanderflught on May 17, 1918 in Beaconsfield, Iowa. Growing up, Lola enjoyed life on the farm and playing with her sister Doris (Hutchinson) while later learning to operate farm equipment as a help to her parents....
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Colleene Saville

December 12, 1933 - June 27, 2013

Ruth Colleene Saville, daughter of Merrill and Ruth (Harbold) Skinner, was born December 12, 1933 in Mills County, Iowa. She was welcomed by an older brother Donald and her younger sister, Alice, would complete the family. Colleene graduated from Redding High School in 1953. On September 18, 1955, she married Algie Saville and they were blessed with a daughter Vickie Lea Saville. Vickie was a...
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John Snedeker

June 1, 1939 - June 24, 2013

John Mack Snedeker of Mt Ayr went to be with our Lord at his home Monday June 24, 2013. John was born June 1, 1939 in Leon, Iowa to Donald (Mick) and Maxine (Terwilliger) Snedeker. He lived his entire life in Mount Ayr, Iowa. In 1964 he married Karen Ann Cole of Diagonal. He raised three boys while farming and working for Phillips 66 service station in Mount Ayr and Diagonal before health...
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Norma Smith

August 24, 1923 - June 19, 2013

Norma Marie Searle Smith On August 24, 1923 Harry Ransome Searles and Ida Marie Simpson Searles welcomed a second daughter Norma Marie into their lives. A baby brother would join them a few years later. She grew up on a Blockton area farm where she spent a happy childhood helping her father milk cows, gather eggs and play on the horses. Norma graduated from Blockton High School with the class of...
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Connie Huff

February 14, 1932 - June 19, 2013

Constance Margarette Feeback, daughter of Winnie Clyde and Orpha Estella Kelly Feeback, was born February 14, 1932 at home near Afton, Iowa. Connie moved with her family to Arispe, Iowa, near the Melrose School then later to a farm north of Ellston, Iowa. When she was 17, she met the man she would spend 62 ½ years of her life with, Teddie Donald Huff, Jr. After a short courtship they married...
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Fred Barker

January 25, 1947 - June 17, 2013

Frederick (Fred) H Barker, 67, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He was born Janruary 25, 1947 to Weldon and Lois Barker of Mount Ayr, Ia. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1966. After high school Fred attended Des Moines Vocational School, learning the Machinist Program. Fred found that setting and watching machines work was not for him. He began...
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Ruth Noftsger

November 15, 1932 - June 16, 2013

Ruth Noftsger, 80, of rural Kellerton, IA, recently residing in Mt. Ayr, passed away with her family by her side June 16, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Ruth was born on November 15, 1932, in rural Monroe County. She was the oldest of six children born to Morris and Lenna (Frazier) Lemonds. She graduated from Leon High School in 1951. Ruth worked through high school in Leon, and...
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Jerry Lawrence

April 24, 1941 - June 13, 2013

Gerald Eugene Lawrence, son of Kate and Ed Lawrence, was born April 24, 1941 at Blockton, Iowa. He passed away at his home in Perry, Iowa on June 13, 2013 after a lengthy illness. Jerry attended Blockton Public School and lived in Blockton most all of his life. He was united in marriage to Corina Hoffman in Blockton, Iowa on November 23, 1964. To this union one son, Mark Eugene, was born. ...
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Evalee White

June 8, 1929 - June 10, 2013

Evalee was born June 8, 1929 in Allerton, Iowa to Guy and Ina (Owen) Casey. She graduated from Allerton High School in 1947. She married Donald Eugene White of Kellerton at the Leon Chapel on February 28, 1949. They had one daughter Diana Lee. Evalee and Donald lived in Davenport while raising their daughter. Evalee was a shipping clerk for Oscar Mayer Foods for 43 years. She was an excellent...
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Donna Morrison

March 24, 1934 - June 8, 2013

Donna Joyce Morrison, 79, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital. She was born March 24, 1934, in Tingley, Iowa, to George and Iola Ferguson. She attended school in Tingley, graduating in 1952, and played in the state girls' basketball tournament her senior year. After high school, she was a secretary in Newton, Iowa, and in...
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Mabel Shields

May 8, 1922 - June 3, 2013

Mabel Lucille (Florea) Shields, daughter of Nancy Marie (Smith) Florea and Barton Allen Florea was born May 8, 1922 on the Florea family farm south of Blockton, IA. At a young age, Mabel gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized in the Platte River at Blockton. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1939 at age 17 and attended college at Maryville, Mo where she received her teaching...
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William "Bill" Duke

April 2, 1953 - May 26, 2013

William (Bill) Edwin Duke was born on April 2, 1953 to William Ernest Duke and Ruby Marie Duke in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He passed away on May 26, 2013 at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Bill was raised and educated in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had one year at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Lake Side High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Bill participated in swimming and basketball...
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Annabelle Sweeten

March 9, 1925 - May 26, 2013

Annabelle L. Sweeten, 88 passed away on 5/26/13 at The Village in Indianola, IA. Annabelle Louise Taylor Sweeten was born on March 9, 1925, in Mount Ayr to Faye Davis Taylor and Leo H. Taylor. She attended the Mount Ayr Public School and graduated in 1942. Annabelle won many music honors in high school. She was a lover of music and participated in many music activities in Mount Ayr, Des Moines,...
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Irene Bohn

June 9, 1928 - May 26, 2013

Irene Marie Bohn was born June 9, 1928 to Homer and Marie Todd near Diagonal. In 1938 the family moved to Mount Ayr where she finished her education. She taught in rural schools in Ringgold County. On June 15, 1950 she was united in marriage to Wayne C. Bohn at Diagonal. She made her home in rural Diagonal and Kellerton until moving to Fort Madison in 1956. She did temporary employment throughout...
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Forrest Shields

November 5, 1926 - May 16, 2013

Forrest Wayne Shields, 86, was born on November 5, 1926 to Claude (Bill) Shields of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Lula (McLain) Shields from the Davis City, Iowa area. Forrest attended rural school at Wolf Valley. He attended rural churches in Caledonia and Pleasant Hill. As a confirmation of faith Forrest was baptized in Junior Shields' pond. Forrest was active in the Assembly of God Church for many...
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Cleola Geist

November 9, 1925 - April 20, 2013

Cleola Marie, third child of Hugh and Gladys Reynolds Burchett was born on November 9, 1925 and died on April 20, 2013 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Cleola was raised in the vicinity of Ringgold and Caledonia, Iowa. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in the year of 1943 and started teaching school in the fall of that year and continued for 5 years. On August 26, 1948...
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David "Boug" Stewart

April 18, 1926 - April 14, 2013

David Drexel "Boug" Stewart was born in Platteville, IA on April 18, 1926 the son of David Alfred Stewart and Amy Belle (Matheny) Stewart. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 14, 2013 in Des Moines, IA at the age of 86 years old. David spent his childhood living on farms in Taylor County with his 6 siblings who were quite adventurous. He attended area schools and...
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Dianna Peters

September 1, 1945 - April 6, 2013

Dianna Lyn (Hill) Peters, age 67, died peacefully on Saturday morning, April 6, 2013, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Dianna was born in Muscatine, Iowa on September 1, 1945 to Merle and Anita (Bell) Hill. Growing up, she worked hard in her parent's grocery store and was a great older sister to her brother, Arthur (Artie) and sister, Debbie. After graduating from Muscatine...
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Max Greimann

April 12, 1928 - March 25, 2013

Max Elton Greimann son of Nicholas Lyle and Z. Florence (Messinger) Greimann entered this world on April 12, 1928 in a farmhouse in Ringgold County Iowa, just ¾ of a mile south of where he would one day farm for over 60 years. He attended grade school at a country school, then later went to school in Ellston and graduated from high school in 1946 in Arispe after his parents moved to a farm...
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Maurice "Jake" Hunt

October 30, 1929 - March 21, 2013

Maurice "Jake" Hunt was born October 30th, 1929 to George R. and Ruth Orilla (Ewing) Hunt in Worth County, Missouri. He departed this life on March 21st, 2013 in the Ringgold County Hospital. He was married to Helen Louise Sickels on February 19, 1956 and was the proud father of David Lee and Randy Lynn. Having been born the first day following the stock market crash, Jake's childhood was...
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Geraldine "Jerri" McDaniel

March 11, 1926 - March 17, 2013

Geraldine May Wainwright McDaniel was born March 11, 1927 in Creston, Iowa to Robert Reese and Ethel May Howie Wainwright. Jerri excelled in school and was on the honor roll. In 1937 when she was 10 her father passed away leaving her mother to raise three girls. Her three favorite sayings; "Don't get discouraged and give up", "Don't judge", and What you can't fix, you endure"; was what she lived...
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Robert "Bookie" Erickson

July 14, 1935 - March 15, 2013

Robert Allen Erickson, son of Helen (Stroup) and Dale Erickson, was born July 14, 1935 at Harkin Hospital in Osceola, IA. He graduated from Lorimor High School in 1953. Robert married Shirley Strange on December 6, 1957 at the Presbyterian Church in Creston, IA. To this union they had a son, Mark Allen, on July 5, 1959. After graduating, he went into the US Army and was stationed in Japan for...
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Joe Jackson

April 19, 1932 - March 4, 2013

Joe Andrew Jackson was born April 19, 1932 to Clifford and Sarah Ethel Hunt Jackson at Jackson Corner in southern Ringgold County, Iowa. He attended Rose Hill Country School and graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1950. He was very proud of having been a member of an undefeated high school football team coached by Joe McNeill. Joe married Carmeta Fletchall in 1950 and then served in the Army...
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Virgil Main

August 17, 1927 - February 16, 2013

Virgil L. Main, age 85, of Fremont, NE died Saturday, February 16, 2013 at his home in Fremont. He was born August 17, 1927 on a farm in Ringgold County, IA to Corwin E. and Mabel M. (Wood) Main. He grew up on several farms around Mt. Ayr, IA and graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1944. He farmed and worked for R.E.A. in Iowa and then moved to Blair, NE where he met and married Jeannine...
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Calvin Gregg

October 6, 1928 - February 15, 2013

Calvin Lee Gregg was born October 6, 1928 to Alvin and Jenny Gregg in Hatfield, MO. On August 25, 1945, Calvin was united in marriage to Fern Louise Hanks at Troy, Kansas. To this union was born 9 children. He farmed for 33 years and moved off the farm to town in 1979. He pastored for 14 years, 13 of those years at Kellerton Assembly of God and 1 year at Mt Ayr Assembly of God. Calvin was...
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Vernice Shields

October 31, 1918 - February 5, 2013

Vernice Mae Banner Shields was born October 31, 1918 to Delno and Lola Banner on the family farm near Ellston, Iowa and died February 5, 2013 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Victor Shields March 5, 1938 in Mount Ayr. To this union were born three children, Mary Lou Goetz of Norwalk, Gary (DeAnn) of Marion and Jerry (Norma) of Mount Ayr. Vic and Vernice farmed...
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Jesse Alan Minnick

December 9, 1937 - February 4, 2013

Jesse Alan Minnick, son of Lellan F. & Iva J. (Main) Minnick, was born December 9, 1937 near Delphos, Iowa. Alan grew up at Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1955. On December 18, 1956, in Kellerton, Iowa, he married Carolyn LaVon Keller; in a ceremony performed by LaVon's great grandfather, John K. White. Alan was a hardworking man, who was intelligent and very mechanical....
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Jack Hartman

August 24, 1922 - February 2, 2013

Jack E. Hartman was born August 24, 1922 to Clarence and Bertha Moreland Hartman in Union County, Iowa. After attending rural schools for 2 years in Union County, the family moved to Adair County where he attended Orient school. In his senior year, his family moved near Greenfield where he graduated in 1940. In 1942, he married Beulah Parkis. To this union, two children were born; Richard and...
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Virgil Findley

October 7, 1926 - January 26, 2013

Ganum Virgil Findley was born on October 7, 1926 in Grayson, MO. The son of a farmer and teacher, Ganum Alvin Findley, and his wife, Mary Leora Findley, Virgil shared their rural home with his sister, Mary Margaret, until her death at age 2 ¾ years on July 28, 1937 at a Kansas City hospital. After 3 years of high school in Worth County, MO, Virgil and his father traveled to Wichita, KS, where...
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Duane Poore

July 1, 1932 - January 24, 2013

Duane Orville Poore, son of Orville & Pauline Mae (Stetzler) Poore, was born on the family farm south of Beaconsfield, Iowa. Duane graduated from Beaconsfield High School in 1949. While in high school, he acquired his nickname "Sleepy" Poore, which was given to him by his friend, Ralph Jones. He was known as Sleepy to those who knew and loved him. On June 10, 1951, he married his high school...
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Herbert Jackson

January 6, 1929 - January 11, 2013

Herbert Ray Jackson, son of Millard & Alice Jackson, was born January 6, 1929 on the farm near Kellerton, Iowa. Herb lived a rich and full life. Herb graduated from Kellerton High School in 1947. He married his sweetheart, Vivian, on January 20, 1950 in Maryville, MO. They established their home on a farm near Kellerton and raised six children. During his many years of farming, he, along with...
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Lorraine Lesan

July 21, 1924 - January 7, 2013

Lorraine Drake Lesan was born July 21, 1924 in rural Iowa near Kellerton to Elgie L. and Mable Ray Drake. She loved and devoted her life to God and to her family. In 1944 Lorraine married Robert R. Lesan in West Palm Beach, Florida, where Bob was stationed in the service. They enjoyed more than 50 years together. Lorraine enjoyed her life as a farm wife, West of Mount Ayr, where she and Bob...
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Lenore King

May 7, 1919 - January 5, 2013

Mable Lenore King, daughter of Frank & Mable (Severens) Zollman, was born May 7, 1919 at New Virginia, Iowa. Lenore's family lived in Blockton, Iowa during her early childhood and after spending a few years in Henry, Nebraska the family returned to Blockton where she graduated from Blockton High School in 1937. Lenore was united in marriage to Everett D. King on August 25, 1938 in Maryville,...
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Marsha Fehrenbacher Luckett-Smithson

April 18, 1941 - December 22, 2012

Marsha June Luckett-Smithson, daughter of Charles & June (Ponader) Smithson, was born April 18, 1941 at Paterson, New Jersey. Marsha graduated from high school and college. Marsha's husband was in the U.S. Army and she lived in several cities and military bases all over the world. Most recently, she has lived in Omaha, Nebraska and Ames, Iowa. While in Ames, she taught at different times at both...
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