Thursday, November 17, 2016

John Rash Obituary

John Faris Rash was born to Howard J. and Florence S. (Faris) Rash at home on May 18, 1928 in Zearing, Iowa. John was one of six children.
John attended and graduated high school in Union, Iowa.  During that time he gathered many friends and memories playing basketball and baseball.
John met the love of his life in school and married Margaret C. Hager on August 6, 1950. This union was blessed with six children Douglas, Dwight, Daryl, Darla, Donavon and DaLene.
John spent his life on the farm we he instilled a work ethic in his children. He would only go to town twice a year, once to the cattleman’s banquet and once to the W.W.F wrestling match.
Upon retiring he enjoyed fishing, going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, which continued onto his great-grandchildren’s events.  He also became a great socializer splitting his time between the Chariton Feed and Grain “The Gossip Shop” and the Eastridge Animal Clinic.
John also enjoyed his professional sporting events. He didn’t care who won or lost he just wanted a good game.
Time apart was not meant to be as one month to the day of losing his wife of 66 years they were reunited for eternity.
Preceding John in death are his parents, wife Margaret, son Donavon, grandsons Robert and Matthew, siblings Dave, Ruth and Margaret.  Left to cherish his memory are his children Douglas of Chariton, Iowa, Dwight (Janet) of Kearney, NE, Daryl (Dixie) of Avoca, Iowa, Darla (Doug Adrian) of Russell, Iowa, DaLene (Mark) Kahler of Cambridge, Iowa, brother Joe Rash of Union, Iowa and sister Milicent “Ann” Woodward of Conrad, Iowa. As well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Marion Allen Obituary

Marion J. AllenServices for Marion Allen, 96, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be at the Chariton Cemetery.

Memorials in Marion's memory may be made to HCI of Knoxville, an Animal Rescue League of your choosing, or the First Baptist Church in Chariton.

Marion James Allen, 96, formerly from Russell and Chariton, Iowa went to be with his Heavenly Father November 12, 2016 at the Accura Nursing Home in Knoxville where he was a resident. Marion was born July 14, 1920 in Monroe County, Iowa on the farm of his parents, Charles and Ruth (Cessna) Allen.

As a child he attended Sunday School at Hayden Chapel near the family home. Later he became a believer, was baptized, and became a member of the Christian Church in Albia, Iowa .He was a member of 4-H and showed his prized white face steer at the Iowa State Fair in 1939. He played the trombone in the Albia High School Marching Band.

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1943, he married Thelma Grace Calhoun whom he had met the first day they entered Albia High School, the Class of ’39. To this union a daughter Nancy Kaye and a son James Gene were born.

In 1951, they moved to a farm in Lucas County. In about 1954, they became members of the First Baptist Church in Chariton, Iowa. Marion was quite active. Marion and Maxine Randall taught the 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class for nearly twenty years. He and Grace were the leaders for high school youth fellowship along with Telfer Epp for nearly twenty years. He also served as a deacon many years.

In August 2003, Marion and Grace moved to Chariton to the little yellow house. After Grace passed away in 2008, he purchased a three wheeled recumbent bicycle which he drove all around town. In August 2011, Marion moved to North Ridge Assisted Living in Chariton. From there he moved to the Accura Nursing Home in Knoxville in May 2015.

Marion was a farmer and loved his garden but still had a full time job also (including on the line at Morrell Meat Packing, John Deere, and Solar Aircraft, as a bookkeeper at Russell Produce and the Coop in Chariton, as a bus driver for Russell School, and in maintenance at the Hy-Vee offices in Chariton). He loved woodworking and raising sheep but most of all he loved his Bible and what it stood for. He was always honest and fair in his dealings, sometimes too trusting, but never complaining.

The summer of 1960 was the beginning of family vacations. They started with a Rambler, then a tent, then a pickup camper. Marion loved to go, whether close by or far away. They traveled to 46 of the lower 48 states during the one or two week summer vacations over the years along with a trip to the Stampede in Calgary (Marion’s request). Daughter Nancy did most of the driving as her parents grew older.

Marion and Grace celebrated their Golden Wedding by renewing their vows at First Baptist December 26, 1993. They celebrated their 64th anniversary on Christmas Day 2007 with the family.

He is survived by his daughter Nancy Moss and fiancé Virgil Arns, son Jim, grand-daughter Melissa Allen (Vince) Poush, great granddaughter Jamie Allen (Dillon) Maple, great grandsons Tanner Poush and Blake Poush, sister-in-law Thelma Calhoun Hoover, nieces Doris (Dick) Mahin Algren, Roseann (Gary) Calhoun Miller, Shirley (Mike) Calhoun Moon, Carol (Roger) Calhoun Kendall and nephews Duane Mahin, Ron (Charlotte) Calhoun, Richard (Pam) Calhoun, Leon (Cindy) Calhoun, Karl Calhoun,

He is preceded in death by his wife Grace on March 5, 2008, brother Keith (Thelma), twin sister Mildred (Irvin) Mahin, son-in-law Curtis Moss, twin grandson’s Richard and Robert Allen, niece Rhoda (Don) Calhoun Bruhl, nephew Rex Calhoun.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Harry Tanner Obituary

Where does one begin to tell the story of a man who has lived 99 years? William Harry Tanner started his long life in Kellerton Iowa, born at home to Fred and Jessie (Sissle) Tanner. Times were certainly different than they are now, a man was a gentleman, he took care of his family which meant his wife, children,
siblings anyone else that need help. Dad married our mom Glendoris Shelton on December 24, 1940 they celebrated 72 years of marriage together before mom passed, times were hard in the early years but they were happy. They had four children; Judith, Wanda, Raelynn and Kevin. Dad and Mom were members of
the Christian Church and shared their love and faith in God which they taught their children.
After retiring from Armstrong Tire in Des Moines he moved his family to Apache Junction Arizona, he enjoyed tinkering around his garage and could make or fix anything.
Dad always had a story to tell, I especially remember one about a young boy 14 years old that he saw along the road on his way home from work, he was sitting on a suit case crying, his parents had died and had no place to live. Art Willard lived with them until he graduated high school and then joined the army. There
was always room for anyone that needed a place to stay or needed a hot meal.
Dad saw so many firsts in his life; he would tell about school letting out when an airplane flew over, the first car his dad bought, the first time his mother came home with all her hair cut off (apparently, that wasn't the thing to do), indoor plumbing, electric lights, radio, and TV. Listening to him was like reading a history book with details that you couldn't learn in school.
Being the oldest of 7 children, there was always work to be done to help out his parents on the farm. He spoke of hitching the horses to the plow and turn the field to plant, hauling water, cutting wood to cook and heat with. The way they stored their garden crops in a cave or dried pumpkins, onions and anything else in
the attic. His brother Rex and him would go hunting every day, he would say "we didn't have a Hy-Vee to go get our meat so we had to hunt to survive". Those we the good old day, he would say and laugh.
There were many passions dad had other than his family and gardening was one, he always grew more than we could can and use, but there was always someone that he could give the excess to. I don't know how many people would come and pick rhubarb from his massive patch, he really enjoyed sharing and helping
others. Fishing was the other passion, if you mention fishing and he was gone! Him and mom would take a lunch and sit all day fishing. He could tell what tree was by looking at the leaves or bark, when he heard a bird sing he knew what kind it was, he was our dad he knew everything!
As dad got older 90 or so, his fishing stopped and the garden got smaller, he never thought of himself as old maybe that is why lived such a long life. My dad was my best friend and I will miss him terribly, we shared so much. we would sit and talk for hours. We would share the first Robin we would see, or geese
flying north and he would share his prediction of what the coming weather would be. We always made a trip to Ellis greenhouse in the Spring and would discuss what verity we would try this year in the garden. I will miss out road trips and he would tell me that weeds are just a wild flower that no one likes.
Harry was proceeded in death by his parents Fred and Jessie, his wife Glendoris, all of his siblings, a daughter Judith Diane Porter, Judith's husband Levi, one Grandson David Glover. He will be greatly missed by his son Kevin (Susan) Tanner, his daughters Wanda (Teddy) Reed and Raelynn (Scott) Luehring,
many, many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial can be made to Chariton Christian Church Disciples of Christ or Circle of Life Hospice.
1 THESSALONIANS Chapter 5 verse 14-18

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Christine "Chris" Ann (Johnson) Cloat

January 4, 1942-September 21, 2016
Bartonville, IL - Christine "Chris" Ann Cloat, 74, of Bartonville passed away Wednesday September 21, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born January 4, 1942 in Chariton Iowa to James and Ethel May (Watkins) Johnson, she married Jerry A. Cloat on March 3, 1967, in Peoria. He died September 9, 2010.
She was also preceeded in death by her parents, one son, Brad Aspenson and a grandson, Zachary Cloat.
Surviving  are daughters, Kim (Clay) DeMaster of Mapleton, and Lisa (Todd) Coon of Groveland; a son, Scott (Connie) Cloat of Bartonville; four grandchildren, Ryan (girlfriend, CourtneyPherigo) Davis of Bartonville, Audrey and Sophie Cloat of Bartonville and Cade Coon of Groveland; a sister Pam (Dave) Teno of Melrose, IA; a brother in law and sister in law Ron and Jane Cloat of West Peoria and several nieces and nephews.
Chris worked as a medical secretary for many years and as a cashier at Thompson's Food Basket in Bartonville.
She was an avid sports fan, particularly of NASCAR, the Chicago Bears and Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Chris and Jerry were members of several car clubs, including Lincoln Land Kustoms, Midwest Ford and were founding members of the Fourever Ford Model A Club and Early Ford V-8 Club.
Visitation was from 4-7 pm Monday September 26, 2016 at Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Graveside services were held 10am Tuesdatm September 27, 2016 in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online tributes may be left at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Paul E. Force Obituary

Paul E. Force,89, of Russell, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, October 4, while at Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Paul was born in Osceola, Iowa on June 5, 1927, to Guy and Nora Force.  He grew up in Russel with his sister Irma, who passed away in 1937, and his three brothers: Ardys (Bud), Wendell, and Donald.  He had fond memories of his times at Russell School and enlisted in the Army after graduating in 1945.  Paul spent time in Panama while in the service. 
Paul married Betty Bingaman in 1950.  Together they raised their family in Russell.  They had children: Peggy, Robert, Richard, and Debby.  Upon returning from the Army Paul worked various jobs around Lucas County until 1951, when he joined the US Postal Service.  He spent 16 years working the mail train running between Chicago and Omaha and in 1967 transferred to Postal Service positions in Des Moines.  He retired in 1982.
Paul was very active in the Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Lions Club, and helping anyone who needed it.  Paul and Betty enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren.  Paul and Bill Winsor attended every Iowa State football game for many years.  Betty passed away in 1996.  In 1999 Paul married Alene Smith.  Paul and Alene continued to travel, enjoying their attempt to see every county seat in Iowa.  Alene passed away in 2011.
Along with Betty and Alene, Paul now joins his sister Irma, brothers Ardys and Wendell, and his daughter Peggy.  Left to cherish his memory are sons Robert (Jan) of Cathedral City, CA, Richard of Atlanta, GA, daughter Deb Hawks (Bruce) of Marshalltown, IA, son-in-law Ed Adam of Mills River, NC, eight grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Donald Gene Schumann Obituary

Donald Gene Schumann to meet his heavenly father September 23, 2016 by his family at Legacy Lodge. Don was born on July 11, 1935, and was the oldest child of Albert and Hazel (Hull)
Schumann. Don graduated from Derby High School in May of 1953. He married Carmen Dorsey of Chariton on December 28, 1973. They were blessed with five children, Dixie, Darla, Todd, Tony and Tonya.
Upon graduation Don worked for Wright Tree Service. He was later employed by Chariton Auto, City Auto and Napa for over 50 years. He also worked for several years at the' Hy-Vee warehouse. Don was a member of the Russell Fire Department for fourteen years during which he acted as Chief for four years as well as Treasurer. Later he served on the Humeston Golf Course Board for four years and the Brushy Church Board for three years.
Don enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his family always came first. Don loved to tell stories about how it was as a child and how to make something out of nothing; he could fix anything. Don's hobbies included, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping and going to music festivals with friends.
Don leaves behind to cherish his loving memory his wife of forty-two years, Carmen; daughters, Dixie (Ed) Bandy, Darla (Dave) Hulseberg, and Tonya (Scott) Brink; sons, Todd (Lisa) Schumann and Tony (Samantha) Schumann; three sisters, Joyce (Fred) Throckmorton, Janet (Garry) Throckmorton, and Judy(Lyle) Dorsey; one brother, OD (Bud) Schumann; sisters-in-law, Joyce Schumann and Carolyn Schumann; eighteen grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Hazel Schumann; father and mother-in-law, Olen and Irene Dorsey; sister, Jewel Schumann; brothers, Hubert Schumann and Gary Schumann; granddaughter, Courtney Schumann; and sister-in-law, Linda Schumann.
Don was a special man whose generosity, kindness and humor will be truly missed by his many friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to Brushy Church, Legacy Lodge or Humeston Golf Course.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Robert "Bob" Sims Obituary

Robert "Bob" E. SimsRobert "Bob" E. Sims passed away at Legacy Lodge in Chariton on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the age of 86 following a gradual decline. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service.

Robert "Bob" E. Sims was born June 29, 1930 in Marysville, Iowa, the first child of Charles Wesley Sims and Eulice Davis Sims. Bob spent the majority of his early years in Marysville, graduating in 1948 from Lovilia High School. On July 2, 1949 he married Gwendolyn Jean Martin in Hamilton, Iowa. To this union were born three children. Steven Marcus, Toni Lynn and Michael Dean. During the early years of their marriage Bob was the office manager for Combs Outdoor Advertising. In the late 60's, when that business was sold, he bought the southern tier of that company and continued in outdoor advertising as Y-Knot, Inc. During his work years Bob participated in various community activities, including Jaycees and Eagle Scouts.

Bob and Gwen spent their entire married lives in Lucas County, first in Chariton and later in rural Russell. They were truly a team, whether building or remodeling their homes, raising their family, or exploring their world together. Their retirement years found them traveling the United States in their conversion van, visiting relatives and interesting places. Bob was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt and fish, with many annual fishing trips, first to Minnesota and more recently to Missouri. He loved to share his catch with friends almost as much as he enjoyed catching fish. An avid gun enthusiast, he spent many hours reloading his own ammunition and attending shooting events around the mid-west.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Gwen, his parents, sisters Betty Sims and Mary Lou Bingaman, mother and father-in-law Verla and Hazel Martin, brothers-in-law Richard Bingaman, John Wilson and Richard Bauman, and sister-in-law Arlene Wilson. He is survived by his children, Steve (Linda) Sims of West Des Moines, Toni (Jerry) Vogler of Wichita, KS, Mike (Vicki) Sims of Russell; special friend Darlene Arnold of Chariton, 5 grandchildren Jane (Kevin) Cragun of Stillwater OK, Matt Vogler of Wichita, KS, Lindsey (Michael) Deatsch of Oklahoma City, OK, Michelle (Michael) Swainey and Bobby Stanford of Chariton; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Barbara Bauman of Cabool, MO, sister-in-law Geraldine (Larry) Ethell of Milo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A quiet man who lived his daily life by the Golden Rule, Bob will be truly missed by his many friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Russell Sportsmen's Club.


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Marilyn Clayton

Marilyn Clayton, age 85, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Brooklyn Community Estates. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:30 p.m., Monday, September 12, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Brooklyn. She will be laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, next to her beloved husband and daughter. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. There will be a luncheon in the church fellowship hall beginning at 12:00 p.m., prior to the service on Monday, September 12, 2016.
Marilyn is survived by her children R.M. “Rusty” (Jeanne) Clayton, Jr., of Brooklyn, Gerald W. “Jody” of Brooklyn, James G. Sr. (Sandy) Clayton, of Brooklyn, Kathaleen M (Jim) Snoeberger, of Delphi, IN, Joel Clayton and Sandy Dobson, of Brooklyn, and Annette M (Carl) Marshall, of Chariton; twenty grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and a sister Janet Manatt Pilcher.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max and daughter Mari Lynn at birth, six siblings Mary Ellen Christen, G.J. “Junie” Manatt, Merlin Manatt, Clair Manatt, Anita Manatt and Judy Sueppel.
Marilyn Ann Manatt was born June 17, 1931, in Grinnell, the daughter of Gerald “G.W.” and Margaret Brotherson Manatt.  She attended and graduated from the Brooklyn Schools.  Marilyn was united in marriage to Russell Max Clayton and was married for 50 wonderful years.  They were in love their whole adult life, spending much of their free time living life and making friends.  They would always bring food or something to many people in need or who suffered the loss of someone.  They enjoyed traveling to Texas in the winter and hanging out with their friends.  Marilyn had a passion for collecting, from Beanie Babies to glassware and jewelry.  She loved to cook and bake and would always ask you to stay for the meal she had ready, whether you were family, old friends or strangers who happened by.

Rita Werts Coffman Obituary



 October 19, 1931-May 7, 2016

 Lorita (Rita) Mae Werts Coffman, daughter of Richard Robert Werts and Lorita Colette Smith Werts, was born October 19, 1931 in Chariton, Lucas County, IA. She passed away on May 7, 2016 in Springfield, MO.  She was 84 years of age.

     She was raised on a farm near Russell, IA in Lucas County. Upon graduating from Russell High School, she graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA with a major in home economics. Later in life, she attended graduate school at Missouri State University.

     She was employed with Crosley-Bendix in Cincinnati, OH, where she tested Crosley refrigerators, ranges and dishwashers in their engineering & research development laboratories.

     Her career was continued in Kansas City, MO at the Midwest Research Institute (MRI) and at Niven-Russell Research Associates, where she did laboratory research for Maytag and Folgers. She was later employed as a substitute teacher at Rogersville, MO. She was also an active partner in a family rental business.

     She married Paul Robert Coffman on August 19, 1956.  To this marriage, three daughters were born.  Rita continued to work, while Paul attended law school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

     The couple moved to Carthage, MO, where Paul began his law practice. They moved to Joplin for a short time and then to Springfield in 1960.

     As a mother, she played an active role in her daughters’ activities, nurturing their musical training and made many of their clothes.

     Her hobbies included bridge, reading, investments, bird watching and genealogy.  As a member of the Rachel Donelson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she became interested in family history and participated in the publication of two family genealogy books.
She was a fitness enthusiast, loved the outdoors and walking the neighborhood sidewalks. She participated in several local runs, including the hilly Wilson Creek 10K.

     She was known for her involvement in the community, serving as a volunteer for the Cox Hospital Auxiliary for 36 years; as a Sunday School teacher and choir member at Wesley United Methodist Church; and as a Camp Fire Girls Leader.

     Survivors include cherished companion, James P. Gray of Springfield, MO; daughters Colette Lorita Coffman of New York City, NY; Catherine Grace Coffman of St. Louis, MO; Carolyn Marie Coffman Fox and her husband Gary Winckel of Valdosta, GA; grandchildren Hannah Elizabeth Fox, David Louis Fox, Jr. and John Paul Fox; brother Donald Eugene Werts, his wife Heidy Pan Werts of Brea, CA; sister-in-law Betty Hedegard Werts of Elkhart, IN and four nieces and one nephew.

     Preceding Rita in death were her husband Paul Robert Coffman of Springfield, MO; father and mother, Richard Robert Werts and Colette Lorita Smith Werts of Russell, IA; and brother Wayne Eldon Werts of South Bend, IN.

     A graveside service for the family will be held at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Richard Martin Obituary

Richard Mervin Martin age 87 passed away surrounded by his family on September 2, 2016 at Lucas County Health Center in Chariton, Iowa. Richard was born on June 19, 1929 at home in rural Russell, Iowa. Richard also graduated from Russell High School in 1949. Richard was the youngest of three children.
Richard married Winifred Eva Allen on June 28, 1953 in Monroe, Iowa. From this union three children were born Dennis, Colleen, and Barbara. He was saved and baptized at the Brushy Church and later in life attended services at Chariton Christian Union. He served in the National Guard and was honorably discharged. He went on to become an Automotive Body & Mechanical Technician working in various shops until he opened Martin's Auto Body located in Russell, Iowa. He continued running his own business until his health prevented him from doing so in 1973 at the age of 46. He grew up and spent most of his adult life in Lucas County, Iowa.
Richard enjoyed old cars, studying bible prophecy, and playing Skip-Bo with his family. His children have many fond memories with him growing up. Dennis remembers climbing Seven Falls with his father. Colleen remembers him taking time out of his busy schedule several days in a row to help her sand, paint, and shellac her art project until it was perfect. Barbara remembers as a teenager playing basketball with her father and that he was a great guard.
Richard was preceded in death by his Wife Winifred (Allen) Martin, his brother Merlin Martin, his wife Mildred Martin, his sister Juanita (Martin) Moore, her husband Paul Moore, father Richard A Martin, mother Alma (Printy) Martin, 3 unborn children, and son-in-law Jerry Wright.
Richard leaves behind to cherish his loving memory his son Dennis Martin, daughter-in-law Beverly (Griswold) Martin, their 4 children Michael, David, Matthew and Stephen Martin and 12 great grandchildren; his daughter Colleen (Martin) Gwinn, son-in-law Roger Gwinn, their 2 children Richard Gwinn and April (Gwinn) Brown and 5 great grandchildren; his daughter Barbara (Martin) Wright her children Amy Wright, Melissa (Wright) Connor and Jennifer (Wright) Kannenberg and 6 great grandchildren. Richard was very loving and dedicated to all of his family.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Althea Jean Cooper Obituary

Aletha Jean Cooper, known to all as Jean, passed away July 31, 2016, at the age of 89, in her home at Brookdale Senior Living in Rockford, Illinois.

Jean was born October 12, 1926, in Russell, Iowa to Carl Thomas Goltry and Stella Mae (Moore) Goltry. She grew up on the Goltry Century Farm just east of Russell, Iowa. She spent a lot of time helping her mother Stella in the kitchen on the farm and helping keep her brother and cousins in line. She graduated from Russell High School in 1944.

Jean was a school teacher for over 40 years. She was very passionate about teaching and loved to be around kids. She had her first teaching assignment at Victory country school in Russell, Iowa. She taught at a few other country schools in rural southern Iowa. In fact, school is where she met and then married the love of her life, James “Jim” Cooper on May 28, 1949. They were blessed to celebrate over 64 years together. After they were married, Jean attended Drake University during the summers to obtain her teaching degree and then began teaching in public school.  In the fall of 1954 her son James Thomas was born.

Her longest teaching post was at Van Allen Elementary in Chariton, Iowa, where she taught 3rd and 5th grades from 1965 to 1987. In 1987 she retired from teaching and went to work with her husband at the Iowa State House of Representatives in Des Moines, Iowa while he was serving as Representative for District 67. Jean was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary since 1953, and Russell Faith United Methodist Church.

Jim and Jean were avid campers. They joined the Red Haw Campers in 1980 and enjoyed many camping trips including all the good times they had spent camping and working at the Iowa State Fair. They also enjoyed travelling and spent many winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Survived by daughter-in-law Carolyn Komar, granddaughter Evin (Charles) Thomas, great grandchildren Taya Thomas, Rahmel Thomas and Mason Thomas, sisters-in-law Bonnie Gerry, Mary Jo Polo and Eva Cooper; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband James W. Cooper, son James Thomas Cooper, brother Duane M. Goltry, infant brother Harold D. Goltry; as well as a host of in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Russell Faith United Methodist Church or Russell (Iowa) Historical Society in Russell, Iowa.

The family would like to thank all the medical professionals and staff at Brookdale Senior Living and with Heartland Hospice in Rockford, Illinois who cared for Jean and supported her family during her passing. A very special thank you to Jean’s nieces Lisa Goltry Konig and Linda Goltry Secor for all the time spent visiting her in Rockford, Illinois and especially coming out to be with us during her last days.
Mon., Aug. 08, 2016
Location: Russell Cemetery

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Mon., Aug. 08, 2016
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Clyde LaVerne Hoover Obituary

Clyde LaVerne Hoover 78, passed away at Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa on July 29, 2016. He was born the seventh child of John and Florence Hoover in Lucas County, Iowa September 20, 1937. He lived his life around Lucas county mostly.
He became a really good carpenter built about everything from houses, garages, decks and room additions, and also worked on automobiles in his spare time. When health got going downhill he moved to Russell to be near his brother Ronald Hoover. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him
Surviving are his brothers Ronald (Barbara) Hoover of Russell, Iowa, John (Barbara) Haugland of Solon, Iowa, Doyle (Janet) Hoover of Chariton, Iowa, Kenneth Hoover of Indianola, Iowa. Sisters Vivian Shrader (friend Dan) of Warsaw, Missouri, Betty Bassett of Knoxville, Loretta Calleson (friend Rick) of Derby, Iowa and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clyde is preceded in death by infant son, his parents John and Florence Hoover, brother Keith, sister Sandra, Shirley and his dog Cindy. 

Clyde LaVerne Hoover
Born: Mon., Sep. 20, 1937
Died: Fri., Jul. 29, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 01, 2016
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
1:30 PM Tue., Aug. 02, 2016
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mary Nolte Obituary

Mary L. Nolte, 85, passed away July 12, 2016 at Chariton Specialty Care, Care Initiatives in Chariton, Iowa.
Mary Louise (Sellers) Nolte was born September 11, 1930 to Everette and Cora May (Sims) Sellers. She was the only girl, with 6 brothers.
 Mary graduated from Kanawha High School in 1948. She married Bernard Nolte on June 19, 1949.  To this marriage were born 2 daughters, Mary Ann (Nolte) Tupper and June Marie Nolte-Davis.  Mary was a stay at home mom until after June started school. Then, she worked in the school kitchen in Goodell up until the time that it closed.
 Mary is preceded in death by her husband Bernard; parents Everette and Cora; brothers Virgil, Donald, Burdette, Herbert, and Robert; son in law Gerald (Jerry) Edward Tupper; grandsons Gerald Don Tupper Sr., and Christopher Allen Tupper; and great grandson Daniel Owen Tupper.
 She is survived by one brother, Carl Sellers, Gerry, New York, her daughters:  Mary Ann Tupper, Alden, Iowa and June (Buddy) Davis, Humeston, Iowa, grandson Ben (Deb) Tupper, Granddaughter Annie (Dwight Moser) Davis; Great Grandchildren , Kiya (Aaron) Peterson, Hollie,  Kodie, and Jenna Tupper, Chloe Miller, Allison Moser, and C.J. Kint, Gerald Don (Nicole) Tupper Jr., David (Heather) Tupper, Kevin (Jenna) Tupper, Paul (Stacy) Tupper, 16 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Patty Deemer Obituary

Patty L. Deemer, 82, passed away on July 9, 2016 at Legacy Lodge in Chariton. Patty was born
on October 29, 1933 in Afton, Iowa to Marion and Lily Rice Overton
Patty married Clarence "Bud" Deemer on February 1, 1950 in Osceola, IA. They began their
married life on Bud's parent
's farm in Van Wert, Iowa. In 1954 they moved to a farm in Derby.

They lived on two different rented farms in the Derby area before settling on the farm south of
Russell in 1966 where she lived until 2006 when she moved to the town of Russell
Patty and Bud had three children - Shirley, Randy, and Tracy.
Patty was a devoted farm wife, faithful daughter and sister, and a loving mother and grandmother
throughout her life
. If she became friends with someone she was their friend for life and loyal to
the end. She was a born-again Christian and was grounded in her faith and the saving knowledge
of Jesus Christ
She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She enjoyed working in her garden and
flower beds and took a great deal of pride in keeping her yard looking nice. She really missed
her yard work when she was unable to do it in later years
. She took up crocheting as a hobby
and made numerous gifts such as afghans and slippers.
Her family was very important to her. She enjoyed having phone conversations with her
children and other family members. She always enjoyed it when someone came to visit
. She
loved spending time with her grandchildren and was very proud of them. Visits from them were
especially precious to her
. She loved visiting with them and hearing about their daily lives and
perhaps offering a bit of wise advice when needed.
She was referred to affectionately as Aunt Patty by numerous nieces and nephews with some of
them stating she was like a second mother to them
She was a very sweet and special person to all whose lives were touched by her and will be
greatly missed.
Patty is survived by her daughter Shirley (Richard) Sibert of Russell, Iowa; son Tracy (Laura)
Deemer of Lacona
, Iowa; daughter-in-law Cindi (Randy) Deemer; brother Charlie (Pat) Overton
of Baxter, Iowa; grandchildren Shannon Sibert, Desiree (Gary) Hundley
, Darcie (Larry) Russell,

Faith Sibert, Hope Sibert, Sara Sibert, Tyler Deemer, T.J. (Malaya) Deemer, Matt Baldwin,
Dylan Deemer, Kelly (Dave) Pollard and 13 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandkids and
many nieces and nephews
Patty was preceded in death by her father Marion Overton, mother Lily Rice Overton, husband,
Clarence "Bud" Deemer
, sister Donna Houck, and son Randy Deemer.