Monday, February 1, 2016

Donna Janice Sellers Obituary


 


Donna Janice Sellers was born on March 24, 1934 at the family farm in Oakley, IA to Ross and Mildred (Shelton) Welch.  
She was united in marriage to Thomas Sellers on July 23, 1955 in Nashua, IA.  They lived in Des Moines for the first few years before moving to Lucas County, and to this union, three daughters were born: Cindy, Luanne, and Cassie.
After graduating from Chariton High School, Donna worked for Bankers Life in Des Moines, IA and then worked part time at Chariton Floral.  Donna retired from the Hy-Vee Warehouse in 2001.
She was active with both the American Legion Auxiliary and the Donna's Club.
Donna loved spending time outside in her garden tending her flowers.  She always had a beautiful arrangement of Gladiolas, Irises, and Dandelions.  She enjoyed bird watching, as Cardinals, Goldfinches, and Hummingbirds were some of her favorites.  She assisted her daughters with their sewing 4-H projects.  She had an enormous collection of turtle figurines.  She loved to travel throughout the states, with destinations including Alaska, Hawaii, and Ireland.  She was an excellent cook, known for her Angel Food Cake she made from scratch, her homemade Jellies, and her chicken and noodles and dumplings that she made for her grandchildren.
Donna passed away January 29, 2016, at the age of 81 at the Lucas County Health Center in Chariton, IA.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her sister Margaret, and her parents.
She is survived by her children, Cindy Cox of Wilimington, NC, Luanne and Jim Bryant of Kahului, HI, and Cassie and Lance Masters of Chariton, IA.  Her grandchildren, Ian and Tori Hager of Wilimington, NC, Micah Hager of Bellingham, WA, Phillip and Jacob Masters of Chariton, IA.  And her Great-Granddaughter Lyllian Hager.  One sister, Elizabeth Loney of Chariton, IA.  Four brothers, Bill and Janice Welch of Oakley, IA, Jack and Marie Welch of Gilbert, AZ, Bud Welch and Sharon Allen of Chariton, IA, and Mike Welch of Williamson, IA, as well as many nieces , nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Robert (Bob) C. Green Obituary


 Robert C. Green was born September 9, 1942 to Beryl Wesley Green and Izora Hollie (Bear) Green in Iowa City, Iowa. He passed from this life Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Legacy Lodge Hospice located in Chariton, Iowa at the age of 73 years.
Throughout Robert’s growing up years he lived on the family farm in Promise City, Iowa. He graduated from Seymour High School with the Class of 1960. In 1963, Robert was united in marriage to JoAnn Holder in Princeton, Missouri. To this union, one daughter was born, Jackie. Robert served his country as a United States Marine during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in San Diego, California.
Robert had a passion for farming the land. He farmed with Dr. Loren Hermann for over ten years and also helped Tommy Thompson with his farm. Robert served as the Russell Town Marshall between the years 1979-1994 when he retired. Robert enjoyed community musicals on Sundays, dancing, and being outdoors with his cows and calves. He was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church located in Confidence, Iowa and the American Legion Corydon, Iowa chapter. Robert was also the caretaker of the Confidence Cemetery.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Beryl W. and Izora H. (Bear) Green; his first wife, JoAnn Holder and his second wife, Lorene Atwell Green. He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline D. Smith of Phoenix, Arizona; his adopted son, Randy Scott of Tucson, Arizona; his step-son, Jesse Rhodes from Plano, Iowa; his brother, Wesley Green from Promise City, Iowa; his sister, Martha Stufflebeam from Unionville, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, close friends and extended family.




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gregory Charles Clay Obituary


 






Gregory Charles Clay was born August 18, 1951 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Charles and Alma (Scovill) Clay. He passed from this life, Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 64 years.
Greg grew up and attended school in the Chariton area.  He graduated from Chariton High School with the Class of 1969. Following high school, Greg attended the Culinary Arts program through Indian Hills Community College located in Ottumwa, Iowa.
After college, Greg worked as a baker in the Hy-Vee bakery. Then he enlisted in the U.S. Marines in which he served three years for his country. During his time in the military, Greg had the opportunity of spending a year in Japan. His experience in Japan left a lasting impression and he enjoyed the oriental way of life. He also was stationed in San Diego, California and Camp Lejune in North Carolina.
After the military, Greg lived in New Orleans, Sherman, Texas and Milwaukee, where he was employed at a machine shop. He also lived in Des Moines, Iowa where he was a cab driver. In his later years, he moved back to his hometown of Chariton.
Greg was extremely talented at cross-stitch. He made several beautiful pieces for those in his family. In his spare time, he was an avid reader. The books he enjoyed the most were reality based and historical events as he was deeply interested in history. However, he would read about anything and basically had a library at his home.
He had a love for children and enjoyed spending time with his nieces, nephews, and cousins. Greg was considerably a family oriented person. He spent as much time as possible with his family and close friends. One of Greg’s great loves was for his beloved dog, Lucille Marie aka Lucy. Old cars, the British Royals, and preparing food were among his favorite pastime activities.  He also enjoyed a good game of Trivial Pursuit and was dubbed the “King of Trivia”. Greg had a unique personality and saw the world from a new prospective. He was described as having a dry sense of humor and very witty without ever a dull moment in his company. It was stated that he did have a smidgen of what was referred to as “road rage” when driving, but again a very interesting experience riding with him.  He will be dearly missed by those friends and family who were closest to his heart.
Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Mae (Scovill) Clay. He is survived by his father, Charles Clay; his sisters, Jeri Tresnak and Tammy Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, beloved dog, Lucy, cousins and dear friends.

 Robert "Bob"  Wilhite

  Robert "Bob" Wilhite Obituary

Robert “Bob” Wilhite, 85, of Russell, passed away on December 22, 2015 at Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton, Iowa. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will follow at the Confidence Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chariton Grace Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

Robert Clifford Wilhite was born on August 28, 1930 to Earl and Carrie Wilhite in Corwith, Iowa. Bob was one of seven sons born to the couple. He attended country school for six years and then attended Corwith High School. He played basketball during his high school years and graduated in 1948. After graduation, Bob helped his dad on the farm.

On September 29, 1950, Bob was united in marriage to Alice Unger in Russell, Iowa. To this union four children were born: Cathy, Jerry, Terry and Ricky. Bob and Alice lived in Des Moines for the first five years of marriage and moved five times during those years. They then purchased a farm in Wayne County. It was a four room farmhouse without indoor plumbing. Bob and Alice made many improvements to the home over the years.

Bob was a hard worker and held several jobs over the years. He worked at the Arnold Brothers Lumber Yard and Cement Plant in Russell for fourteen years. He was an Egg Plant employee in Russell for Dwight Curtis for a year. In October of 1969, Bob began working at the Hy-Vee Distribution Center in Chariton. His three sons also worked there during their summer breaks to earn money for college. The guys at work would say, “Here comes Bob and his crew." Bob worked for Hy-Vee for twenty nine and half years until his cancer scare. He then retired and spent time mowing yards.

Bob accepted Christ as his Savior on a Monday morning at the end of a row in a cornfield. He heard the gospel the previous night in church, was convicted, and asked his pastor for guidance that Monday. The pastor was the crew leader for the detasslers. Bob and his wife have thoroughly enjoyed attending Grace Baptist in Chariton for the last ten years.

Bob was a member of the Russell Baptist Church for fifty years. He wore many hats in the church: Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, Trustee and Clerk. He attended many state and national G.A.R.B. meetings. His faith was very important to him. He was very proud to call two of his brothers Pastor.

Bob and Alice called their farm south of Russell “Hilltop Hollow." For ten years they hosted campouts there. Friends from their church would come every year to gather around the bonfire and every year the crowd would grow.

Bob enjoyed his vacations by going on trips with his friends, Guy and Evelyn Buttz. He had the privilege of visiting all fifty states and most of Canada’s provinces. Lots of wonderful memories were made on their trips.

Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice Wilhite, of Russell; children: Cathy Burkland of Unionville, Jerry Wilhite (Deborah) of Emmaus, PA, and Terry Wilhite (Sharon) of Eldridge; brothers, Merle Wilhite (Darlene) and Don Wilhite, both of Des Moines; sister-in-law, Beverly Wilhite of Britt; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Carrie Wilhite; son, Ricky Robert Wilhite; and brothers: Cecil, Kenneth, Orlan and Jim.

Friday, December 18, 2015

David Henry Cochran


 November 7, 1938 - December 13, 2015 David Henry Cochran, 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 12:07 pm, Sunday, Dec. 13 at his home in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was born Nov. 7, 1938 at home in Oxford, Iowa the son of Albert and Georgiana Cochran.  David graduated from Russell High School, Russell, Iowa in 1957.  On Dec. 21, 1958, he married Glenda Marie Slavens. David considered himself an “old Iowa farm boy”, whose parents took him to the Community Church in Russell, Iowa.  He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior on Aug. 10, 1948 through the testimony of long time friend, Charlie Hawkins.  As a teen he loved preaching, teaching and serving the Lord in small country churches through out Southern Iowa.  During the seven years of attending Cedarville Baptist College, he met and married the love of his life, Glenda and together they had the first of five children and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts major, minoring in Bible and Social Science.  After graduating from college he and the family moved to Crawfordsville where he took a position at Raybestos starting his 40-year leadership career with the company and completing their family with another son. David and his family attend Pleasant View Baptist Church and later Eastside Baptist Church.  During his many years he served the Lord through a variety of roles including, Deacon, Trustee, S.S. teacher, Youth Leader, choir director and song leader all with a servant’s heart.   David and Glenda enjoyed traveling across the United States but especially loved visiting their children and family. David is survived by his wife Glenda, six children, Tamara (Steve) Schopf of Bondurant, Iowa. ; Bruce (Pam) Cochran of Terre Haute, Ind.; Eric (Lori) Cochran of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Shelly (Greg) Hunt of Avon, Ind.; Amy (Edward) Phillips of Roachdale, Ind.; Howard (Beth) Cochran of Crawfordsville, Ind.; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Lauritta Relph; Veva (Jack) Curtis; Jeanette (Marvin) Buckalew David was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Georgiana Cochran; sister, Alberta D’Orville and brother, Leon Cochran. Friends and family may call 3 - 7 pm Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at Eastside Baptist Church, 2000 Traction Road.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 am Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Burial will follow at Linden Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Eastside Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.BurkhartFH.com


Saturday, October 17, 2015

David N Orwig Obituary

David Neal Orwig

David was born December 22, 1940 at his home in rural Pocahontas County, IA to Sylvester John Orwig and Virginia Mae Berglund.  He attended Chariton High School until his senior year when the school district was reorganized and graduated from Russell High School in 1959.  After high school Dave went to work for Hallett Construction in Northern Iowa, earning money to go to college. He attended Northeast Missouri State University where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, graduating in 1965.
Dave met his wife of almost 54 years, Karen Peters and was married on November 22, 1961 at St John Lutheran Church, rural Palmer, IA.  Dave and Karen lived most of their married life in the Russell/Chariton area, where David taught for over 31 years for the Chariton Community Schools.  Dave was a facilitator for continuing education at Indian Hills Community College for several years and loved being an educator, enjoying his students to the fullest.   He and Pat Jennings formed Jen-Wig construction in 1978-80, later selling insurance for Life Investors.  
Dave has always been a farmer/rancher,  raising Red Angus cattle which kept him busy during his retirement years.   His biggest love was his family.
David was a member of First Lutheran Church in Chariton for over 60 years , serving as a church board member, president  and adult Sunday school teacher. He most recently attended Brushy Community Church, near Rathbun Lake.  He was also a member of the CCEA, Red Angus Association, and Farm Bureau and had been a Rotary member, serving as an Ambassador for the District 600 Group Study Exchange Team to Norway.
David passed away Sunday October 11, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society Home Care and Hospice in Ottumwa, IA.  
David is preceded in death by his father Sylvester (Bud), mother Virginia, sister Sandra, son Steven John Orwig and brother-in-law James Peters.
He is survived by his wife Karen, daughter-in-law Joy (children Steele and  Hannah) of Bloomfield, IA, son Mike (Lori, children  Allyson ,Schaefer and Jack) of Indianola, IA, son Mark (Kim, children  Garrett and Grady) of Ottumwa, IA, nephew Jason (Katie, children Morgan and Jensen), brother Leo (Roni) Orwig of Chariton, IA, brother  Dennis/George (Bonnie) Orwig of Chariton, IA , sister Lois/Muffy(Ron) Tonelli of Moravia, IA, brother-in-law Dennis (Mary) Peters of Ankeny, many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Funeral services for David Neal Orwig, 74, will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM at Fielding Funeral Home with visitation Wednesday evening from 6 – 8 PM. Interment will be held in the Chariton Cemetery.  Pallbearers are his 7 grandchildren, with honorary pallbears, Dale Parrish, Kenny Kittle, Carl DeJong, Mike Bishop, Ron Altenhofen,  Morgan Peters and Jensen Peters. Memorials may be directed to Brushy Church, Chariton Public Library and the Good Samaritan Hospice in Ottumwa

The family wishes to thank all for the love, prayers and support they have received.

Gloria L (Borchert) Moore DeWitt Obituary


 Gloria Leta Borchert Moore DeWitt left this earth on October 9, 2015 and rests in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. Those who have gone before and are there to greet   her include her husband, Leonard Moore and second husband Floyd DeWitt; Gloria's mother and father, Florence and Fred Borchert; her brothers, Leland, Paul, Glen, Marvin, Henry, and Edgar; her sisters, Myrtle, Leora, Audrey, and Grace; her sister-in-law, Thelma Borchert; and her brothers-in-law, Jay Smith, Earl Hartz, and Myron Breese.   Gloria's surviving siblings are Ilene Borchert of Des Moines, Larry and Pat Borchert of Indianola, and Joan Breese of Knoxville; and her surviving sisters-in-law, Gladis Kreamer, Betty Tiegland, Marjorie Agan, and Marlene Borchert.

Gloria was born June 23rd, 1931 at home in the Germantown area near Melcher, Iowa.   Her childhood was shared with 13 brothers and sisters.  She always harbored a love for her childhood church (St. Paul Lutheran Church) at Germantown, and loved to go to their annual celebration. She enjoyed strong family bonds and when questioned about what it was like to have such a large family, she said, “You never had to do anything alone.  You always felt safe because there was always someone to watch out for you.”  The whole family remained close and got together often to eat and play cards. In young adulthood, Gloria shared an apartment in Newton with sisters while they worked their first jobs at Maytag.  She has worked a variety of occupations, including piecework at two different sewing factories, Russell school lunch lady, and in laundry at the Chariton hospital.
 

Gloria married Leonard Moore on January 25, 1952.  They made their home in the Russell, Iowa area near Brown Slough where they farmed and produced 6 kids:  Diane Elaine (Chris) Nelson, Donna Jean Grgurich (Earl Bell), Wayne Lee Moore, Carl Frederick (Julie) Moore, Dale Leonard Moore and Delores Ellen Moore.  They instilled in their children the love of family, respect for others, and a strong work ethic.  
After Leonard passed away, Gloria was fortunate to have found love for a second time.   On June 29, 1985, she married Floyd DeWitt.  For several years they farmed, raising pigs north of Russell.  They sold the farm and moved to Chariton in 2000. Gloria was well known for her pie-baking skills.  She also had a great talent for needlework that included crocheting, embroidery, and quilt-making.  She was featured in the Chariton Leader for having made over 400 quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
Gloria's faith in our Lord was evidenced in her efforts supporting her church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Chariton.  Gloria and Floyd helped start and build this church, which is the first Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Chariton.  She and Floyd attended regularly.
Gloria has 9 grandchildren:  Lindsey (Derek) Gomez, Jason Nelson, Candi (John) Davidson, Jeremy (Brooke) Bellon, Amy (Conrad) Elmore, Cody (Jeni) Moore, Christin Person, Holly Grgurich and Grant Grgurich.  She also has 13 great-grandchildren and 1 more on the way, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Her friends and family will miss her sense of humor and the love she readily shared with all.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Russell William Larson Obituary


 With great sorrow the family of Russell William Larson announces his sudden and unexpected passing at age 54, on September 28, 2015.  He was born on April 9, 1961 in Corydon, Iowa to Gertrude (Holst) and Stanley Larson of rural Wayne County.   He was raised on the family farm in Wayne County, was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at First Lutheran Church in Chariton, and graduated from Russell High School in 1979, as class salutatorian.  

Three months following his high school graduation he enlisted in the Army and made it his career, retiring after 34 years of service with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.  He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree while in the Army.  Russell saw duty in several locations within the United States as well as abroad in Kosovo, Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Korea.

It was during one of his many assignments to Korea that he met his wife, Song Pok Im (Pok).  They were united in marriage on March 28, 1983 in two ceremonies – one in the Korean culture and one in the American culture, followed by a reception in Iowa in July.  Russell liked the area of Korea as was evident with his many choices of duty there.  Following his retirement, he chose to remain in Korea and was employed by Calabre as a senior analyst working as a civilian at Camp Henry, a nearby Army base.  His area of expertise was in logistics.  It was his wish that his remains be interred in Korea.

Russell enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing.  He was a computer whiz; a man of few words - his quiet demeanor was always evident, but he did enjoy a funny joke/comic/story!  For most of his life he was a world away from Iowa, but he kept track of the Hawkeyes and all their sporting endeavors!  He had a strong Christian faith.

Russell is survived by his wife, Pok of Osan, South Korea and numerous Korean in-laws.  Also three sisters, Sarah (Clifford) Kitzman, of Beaman, Linda (Dennis) Senecaut, of Altoona, and Lorraine (Richard) Forkner, of Des Moines, and one brother, Verne of Monument, CO.  Also a niece, Shannon (Shaine) Yates; three nephews, Brett (Leslee) Kitzman, Scott (Tara) Kitzman, Josiah (Shana) Larson; two great nieces, Giselle and Gwyndalin; six great nephews, Lucas, Cassady, Symon, Sammy, Sebastian and Everett; extended family, friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by one brother Harold, his parents, mother and father-in-law, grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Russell’s family would like to thank all those who worked on our behalf to bring us answers; especially Laura with Calibre (Russell’s employer) and Chaplain Simon at Camp Henry in South Korea.

Rest in peace, Russell, you will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held prior to cremation at Camp Henry in Korea on October 1, 2015.  No services will be held in Iowa at this time; memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in his name. 


 A memorial service was held prior to cremation at Camp Henry in Korea on October 1, 2015.  Military honors will be held on November 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery at Adel, IA.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bernard Dean Kells Obituary

Bernard ‘Dean’ Kells


Dean Kells Dean Kells
(May 23, 1927 - Sept. 14, 2015)
Former Powell resident Bernard Dean Kells, 88, who always went by “Dean,” died peacefully on Sept. 14, 2015, in hospice care in Asheville, North Carolina, of complications due to Alzheimer’s.
He was born May 23, 1927, to Ray and Ruth Kells in Russell, Iowa. The family moved to Powell in 1941, where Dean graduated from high school and enjoyed participating in many activities. He played in the PHS band and was elected senior class president.
Dean enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation and served as a paratrooper in the 22nd Airborne Division in World War II, stationed in Japan.
He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stetson University and the University of Florida and began a lifelong career in education at Ocala, Florida. He married Mary Ross Anderson in 1957, and they had two children, Ross and Deanne.
In retirement, they moved to Montreat, North Carolina where they kept a summer cottage in the mountains. They purchased “The Glass House,” and used it as a bed and breakfast retreat center for many conference groups. In 2008, they moved to Highland Farms Senior Community in Black Mountain, North Carolina.   
Throughout his life, Dean enjoyed music, traveling and frequent family reunions with the “Kells Cousins,” who included former Powell residents Dolores Bovee Bleekman, Janet Bovee Burgess and Carol Mathews Bever.
Besides wife Mary and sister Shirley Halleen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, other surviving family members include son Ross and wife Michelle of Edgewood, New Mexico, and daughter Deanne of Black Mountain, North Carolina; five grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date in North Carolina.

Bernard Dean Kells

Obituary
  • "Dear Mary, How well I remember Dean from his LWHS days. My..."
    - Judy Maglio-Williams

KELLS,
BERNARD DEAN, 88
Ocala - Bernard Dean Kells, who always went by 'Dean,' died peacefully on September 14, 2015. Dean was born May 23, 1927, to Ray and Ruth Kells, in Russell, Iowa. Eight years later, he welcomed a baby sister, Shirley (Halleen, Sioux Falls, SD). The family moved to Gainesville, Florida, mostly to help relieve Dean's childhood asthma, and then relocated to Powell, Wyoming, where Dean graduated from high school as student body president. He enlisted in the army in 1944 and served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne division in World War II, stationed in Japan.
Upon his return, Dean decided to take advantage of the G.I. bill and traveled via motorcycle to DeLand, Florida, where he received a Music Education degree from Stetson University in 1957. That same year, he married Mary Ross Anderson and began a lifelong career in education with his first job as the band director at Lake Weir High School in Weirsdale, Florida, where he and Mary started their family. After receiving his Masters from Stetson University, Dean became principal of Weirsdale Elementary School. Then, in 1967, he moved the family to Gainesville, FL, so he could pursue another advanced degree-Specialist in Education from the University of Florida-which would allow him to gain access to county level jobs. He began as Curriculum Director of Marion County Schools in Ocala, Florida, in 1968, and eventually enjoyed a long career as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. He marshalled many important new programs through the Marion County Schools, including full integration, state testing, and computerization, always with compassion and an astute perception of the possible ramifications for students, families, and staff.
Throughout these years, Dean and Mary were very active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida, where they had an especially big impact on youth. Dean was the director of the Youth Choirs, and he and Mary directed the Youth Group for many years. Dean was also an Elder in the church and often used his quiet, faith-based gifts to guide important programs such as stewardship.
Upon retiring from the Marion County Schools in 1986, Dean was not nearly done with work. Before long, he and Mary became co-directors of the Presbyterian Church's Montgomery Conference Center in Keystone Heights, Florida. Together, they helped the center expand significantly before Dean retired for a second time.
After a brief return to Ocala, Dean and Mary purchased 'The Glass House,' a bed and breakfast in Montreat, North Carolina, that allowed them to provide affordable lodging during the summers to Presbyterian groups coming to the Montreat Conference Center. Dean and Mary enjoyed this opportunity until 2008 when they moved to Highland Farms in Black Mountain.
Throughout his life, Dean enjoyed music, traveling (especially to Ireland), frequent family reunions with the 'Kells Kousins,' and finding opportunities to quietly and generously help the less fortunate. During the past few years, he was a member of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.
Besides wife, Mary and sister Shirley, other surviving family members include son Ross, married to Michelle (Edgewood, NM) and daughter Deanne (Black Mountain, NC); grandsons Jacob Kells (Sonoma, CA) and Bruce Wallace (Winston-Salem, NC); granddaughters Risha Kells Broom, married to Prell (Lake Jackson, TX), Hallee Kells (Albuquerque, NM), and Kellsi Wallace (San Diego, CA); and great-granddaughters Bailey and Anna Michelle Broom.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com
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Bernard Dean Kells

Obituary
  • "Dear Mary, How well I remember Dean from his LWHS days. My..."
    - Judy Maglio-Williams

KELLS,
BERNARD DEAN, 88
Ocala - Bernard Dean Kells, who always went by 'Dean,' died peacefully on September 14, 2015. Dean was born May 23, 1927, to Ray and Ruth Kells, in Russell, Iowa. Eight years later, he welcomed a baby sister, Shirley (Halleen, Sioux Falls, SD). The family moved to Gainesville, Florida, mostly to help relieve Dean's childhood asthma, and then relocated to Powell, Wyoming, where Dean graduated from high school as student body president. He enlisted in the army in 1944 and served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne division in World War II, stationed in Japan.
Upon his return, Dean decided to take advantage of the G.I. bill and traveled via motorcycle to DeLand, Florida, where he received a Music Education degree from Stetson University in 1957. That same year, he married Mary Ross Anderson and began a lifelong career in education with his first job as the band director at Lake Weir High School in Weirsdale, Florida, where he and Mary started their family. After receiving his Masters from Stetson University, Dean became principal of Weirsdale Elementary School. Then, in 1967, he moved the family to Gainesville, FL, so he could pursue another advanced degree-Specialist in Education from the University of Florida-which would allow him to gain access to county level jobs. He began as Curriculum Director of Marion County Schools in Ocala, Florida, in 1968, and eventually enjoyed a long career as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. He marshalled many important new programs through the Marion County Schools, including full integration, state testing, and computerization, always with compassion and an astute perception of the possible ramifications for students, families, and staff.
Throughout these years, Dean and Mary were very active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida, where they had an especially big impact on youth. Dean was the director of the Youth Choirs, and he and Mary directed the Youth Group for many years. Dean was also an Elder in the church and often used his quiet, faith-based gifts to guide important programs such as stewardship.
Upon retiring from the Marion County Schools in 1986, Dean was not nearly done with work. Before long, he and Mary became co-directors of the Presbyterian Church's Montgomery Conference Center in Keystone Heights, Florida. Together, they helped the center expand significantly before Dean retired for a second time.
After a brief return to Ocala, Dean and Mary purchased 'The Glass House,' a bed and breakfast in Montreat, North Carolina, that allowed them to provide affordable lodging during the summers to Presbyterian groups coming to the Montreat Conference Center. Dean and Mary enjoyed this opportunity until 2008 when they moved to Highland Farms in Black Mountain.
Throughout his life, Dean enjoyed music, traveling (especially to Ireland), frequent family reunions with the 'Kells Kousins,' and finding opportunities to quietly and generously help the less fortunate. During the past few years, he was a member of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.
Besides wife, Mary and sister Shirley, other surviving family members include son Ross, married to Michelle (Edgewood, NM) and daughter Deanne (Black Mountain, NC); grandsons Jacob Kells (Sonoma, CA) and Bruce Wallace (Winston-Salem, NC); granddaughters Risha Kells Broom, married to Prell (Lake Jackson, TX), Hallee Kells (Albuquerque, NM), and Kellsi Wallace (San Diego, CA); and great-granddaughters Bailey and Anna Michelle Broom.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com
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Bernard Dean Kells

Obituary
  • "Dear Mary, How well I remember Dean from his LWHS days. My..."
    - Judy Maglio-Williams

KELLS,
BERNARD DEAN, 88
Ocala - Bernard Dean Kells, who always went by 'Dean,' died peacefully on September 14, 2015. Dean was born May 23, 1927, to Ray and Ruth Kells, in Russell, Iowa. Eight years later, he welcomed a baby sister, Shirley (Halleen, Sioux Falls, SD). The family moved to Gainesville, Florida, mostly to help relieve Dean's childhood asthma, and then relocated to Powell, Wyoming, where Dean graduated from high school as student body president. He enlisted in the army in 1944 and served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne division in World War II, stationed in Japan.
Upon his return, Dean decided to take advantage of the G.I. bill and traveled via motorcycle to DeLand, Florida, where he received a Music Education degree from Stetson University in 1957. That same year, he married Mary Ross Anderson and began a lifelong career in education with his first job as the band director at Lake Weir High School in Weirsdale, Florida, where he and Mary started their family. After receiving his Masters from Stetson University, Dean became principal of Weirsdale Elementary School. Then, in 1967, he moved the family to Gainesville, FL, so he could pursue another advanced degree-Specialist in Education from the University of Florida-which would allow him to gain access to county level jobs. He began as Curriculum Director of Marion County Schools in Ocala, Florida, in 1968, and eventually enjoyed a long career as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. He marshalled many important new programs through the Marion County Schools, including full integration, state testing, and computerization, always with compassion and an astute perception of the possible ramifications for students, families, and staff.
Throughout these years, Dean and Mary were very active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida, where they had an especially big impact on youth. Dean was the director of the Youth Choirs, and he and Mary directed the Youth Group for many years. Dean was also an Elder in the church and often used his quiet, faith-based gifts to guide important programs such as stewardship.
Upon retiring from the Marion County Schools in 1986, Dean was not nearly done with work. Before long, he and Mary became co-directors of the Presbyterian Church's Montgomery Conference Center in Keystone Heights, Florida. Together, they helped the center expand significantly before Dean retired for a second time.
After a brief return to Ocala, Dean and Mary purchased 'The Glass House,' a bed and breakfast in Montreat, North Carolina, that allowed them to provide affordable lodging during the summers to Presbyterian groups coming to the Montreat Conference Center. Dean and Mary enjoyed this opportunity until 2008 when they moved to Highland Farms in Black Mountain.
Throughout his life, Dean enjoyed music, traveling (especially to Ireland), frequent family reunions with the 'Kells Kousins,' and finding opportunities to quietly and generously help the less fortunate. During the past few years, he was a member of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.
Besides wife, Mary and sister Shirley, other surviving family members include son Ross, married to Michelle (Edgewood, NM) and daughter Deanne (Black Mountain, NC); grandsons Jacob Kells (Sonoma, CA) and Bruce Wallace (Winston-Salem, NC); granddaughters Risha Kells Broom, married to Prell (Lake Jackson, TX), Hallee Kells (Albuquerque, NM), and Kellsi Wallace (San Diego, CA); and great-granddaughters Bailey and Anna Michelle Broom.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Harwood Home for Funerals. www.harwoodhomeforfunerals.com
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Obituary for Earl Dean Swartzwelter

Dean was a member of the Russell High School Class of 1953

September 22, 1934    September 06, 2014

On September 6, 2014, Earl "Dean" Swartzwelter passed away after a valiant 12 year struggle with cancer. Dean died just shy of his September 22nd birthday of which he would have been 80 years old. Dean's incredible life journey began with his birth in Chariton, Iowa in 1934. He was born to Eva Louise (Post) and was supported in his upbringing by Eva's loving family - Harley & Berta Post. He attended Russell High School where he played basketball in high school and sang in the Russell Quartet. He served in the U.S. Army from April 1954 to February 1957. Dean attended and graduated from the U.S. Army School of Finance. After leaving the Army, Dean attended Drake University in Des Moines Iowa on the GI Bill. In the midst of his university experiences he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Dean met and married Nancy Jo Namanny on September 10, 1960. They would have been married 54 years this September 10th. He graduated Drake with a B.S. Degree in 1961. Daughter Deborah Ann (Dean) was born May 17, 1961. Dean spirited away his young family to Michigan when he accepted a job at The Ford Motor Company. Dean's life blossomed with the birth of Dawn Lynn (Danlovich) in 1964 and finally Scott Russell in 1971. Dean's passion for giving of himself and time was expressed in many civic ways: The Church, Youth Education via The Presidency of The Plymouth - Canton School Board, Drake Alumni Board to mention but a few. Ford Motor Company sent the entire family to London, England in 1973. Dean retired from The Ford Motor Company in January 1995 after 34 years. He and Nancy spent many great years back and forth between Whispering Pines, Pinckney Michigan and Eagle Creek, Naples Florida. When in Naples, Dean was active on the Condo Association Board, and he and Nancy enjoyed golf, bocce ball, cards and the Wesley United Methodist Church. Dean is survived by his wife Nancy and his children Deborah (Jeffrey) Dean, Dawn (Dan) Danlovich, Scott (Stacey) Swartzwelter and four grandchildren: Alyssa and Tyler Dean and C.J. and John Swartzwelter.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Max L. Yoakum Obituary


 Max L. Yoakum
 Max L. Yoakum, 86 of Russell, passed away September 24, 2015 at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, September 28, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to any animal rescue league, Legacy Lodge-Chariton, or the Alzheimer's Research Mayo Clinic.

Max Lowell Yoakum was born August 29, 1929 to Morris Oakley and Anna Jane Brown Yoakum in Newton, Iowa. His earthly life ended on September 24, 2015 in Chariton, Iowa, at the Legacy Lodge. Max spent his early years in the Newton and Colfax areas.

Max was united in marriage to Marilyn Walde on April 10th, 1965. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Max was a mechanic most of his life working for Brightwell's and Gearhart auto. He and his partner eventually owned Windsor Auto. In later years he drove a school bus for St. Theresa's School and the Russell school. Earlier jobs included Maytag in Newton and Solar Aircraft.

Max loved both his family and the outdoors. They bought land south of Russell in 1974 so his city kids and grandchildren could share his love of nature on the weekends. He shared with them his passions for fishing and hunting, and rock and coin collecting. They built a home on the land in 1995 and moved permanently from Des Moines to the country in 2000.

Max is survived by Marilyn and children: Andrea Lundberg, Amy Yoakum(Mike Havlik), Andy Yoakum (Kimberly) and Phillip Hawthorne. Also six grandchildren: Zach Nelson (Jenna), Kayleigh Jones (Kade), Cody Lundberg, Max Havlik, Torin and Deklin Yoakum, and four great-grandchildren: Madden, Emerie, Beckham and Falyn. Max is also survived by sister-in-law LaDonna Yoakum and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Marvin and Harold, and sisters Martha and Lila.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Phillip Messamer Obituary


 Philip Howard Messamer, of rural Russell, Iowa, died peacefully in his sleep early Sunday morning, September 20, 2015, at the family farm, aged 94 years, 10 months, and 16 days. His son Jerry and daughter-in-law Carol and son Tom were with him when he passed. He had been in declining health for some time.

Philip was born November 4, 1920 to T.R. and Beulah (Zellers) Messamer, in Dallas County, Iowa, the 9th of 14 children, of whom 10 survived  to adulthood.

He grew up in Dallas County, except for a year in Osceola. He spent a year working in Alaska during Word War II. With money saved from that work, he bought 80 acres in Washington Township in Dallas County and began farming. He graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL and became an electrician working many years for Fitz Electric of Dallas Center.

On June 27, 1947 he married Phyllis Marie Cotten at the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren in Dallas County. Her parents were Dudley and Lucy (Ellis) Cotten also of Dallas County. Phyllis died in 1997 just a few months before their 50th wedding anniversary.

Five children were born to Philip and Phyllis in Dallas County. In 1956 they bought a larger farm in Lucas County, and moved there that spring. The 3 youngest children were born while there. In the late ‘80s they moved back to Dallas County, and lived in Adel until Phyllis died. Philip then moved back to the farm in Lucas County. He was a farmer/electrician for most of his life.

He and Phyllis attended Panther Creek Church of the Brethren in rural Adel, of which he was a birthright member, and Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, when they lived in Dallas County. They attended Bethel EUB Church in rural Russell and Church of the Nazarene in Knoxville, when they lived in Lucas County.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 11 brothers and sisters, his wife, a great-granddaughter, and 5 nephews and nieces.

He is survived by his 8 children - Steven (Donald Beck) of Michigan City, Indiana, Nicholas (Karen) of Oskaloosa, Timothy (Julia) of Burlington, Jerry (Carol) living at the family farm, William (Kristen) of rural Russell, Cynthia (Thomas) Phillips of rural Lacona, Thomas (Colleen) of Independence Kentucky, and Rebecca of Des Moines; a sister Jessie Blomquist of Greenfield; a brother Charles of Avon, Indiana; sisters-in-law Norma Hubbard of Adel, Bernadine Cotten of Altoona, Naomi Chandler of Lucas, Mary (Ted) Coppock of Des Moines, & brother-in-law Dean (Donna) Cotten of Dexter; 17 grandchildren - Gina (Alex) Nielsen, Marcus Messamer, Jason Messamer, Margaret (Daniel) Rigg, Sarah (Joshua) Broward, Elizabeth (Michael) Palmer, Abygail Messamer, Theresa Messamer, Lucas (Erikah) Messamer, Leah Messamer, Candace (Brian) Hatch, Nicole Messamer, Charles (Kelly) Phillips, Troy (Rachel) Phillips, Chad Rekers, Amber Messamer, & Nathan (Dani) Sheibley; 16 great-grandchildren - Emma & John David Broward, Elliana & Henry Palmer, Liam Messamer, Mason, Jaxson, & Lucille Hatch, Mary (Leo) Galey, Ben Alfred, & Amelia Phillips, Ariela, Kiya, Thomas, & Trenton Phillips, Nathan Sheibley, Jr.; cousins Grace Gilmer of Adel, Donna Heiny of Modesto CA, and Robert Messamer of Phoenix AZ; 41 nephews and nieces, and many other relatives and friends.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who taught us not to sweat the small stuff, to accept people for who they are, to help others and not expect anything in return, the meaning of hard work, and that nothing is more important than family. He will be greatly missed.
A Lunch will be held after services in Adel at the Panther Creek Church.
Memorials may be directed to the Panther Creek Cemete
ry 



Visitation
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 23, 2015
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Sep. 24, 2015
Location: Panther Creek Church


Funeral Service
11:00 AM Thu., Sep. 24, 2015
Location: Panther Creek Church



Monday, September 21, 2015

Dorothy Eileen Wright Obituary


Eileen Wright

Dorothy Eileen Wright, 95, of Chariton, passed away the afternoon of September 19, 2015 at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Russell Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.
Memorials may be made to Legacy Lodge or the Columbus Elementary School Library.

Eileen was born July 31, 1920 in Lucas County to Guy and Zella Parker. Eileen married Carl Henry Wright on March 15, 1941. The couple then made their home in Russell, where they raised their daughters, Dawn and Sherry.

Eileen taught elementary school, mostly kindergarten, for 38 years; including 21 in Chariton, 14 in Russell, and 3 in rural schools. Teaching was her passion, and her enthusiasm for education was always evident. After her retirement she enjoyed going to Elderhostel educational conferences held all over the United States.

Eileen always told kind, and often times humorous, stories about her former students. She loved it when former students would say to her, “You were my kindergarten teacher.”

She and Carl loved taking fishing trips to Minnesota and to the Mississippi River on a pontoon boat with their dear friends. They planted “master” gardens together. Eileen volunteered with community projects, church activities, and mentoring in schools. She enjoyed taking many trips to Sherry and Max’s in Port Huron, Michigan.

Eileen enjoyed growing flowers and was always excited to show her projects in the open class at the Russell Homecoming and the Lucas County Fair. She often times earned purple and/or blue ribbons.


She loved to shop, especially for her grandchildren. Eileen also enjoyed giving “surprise gifts” to her friends. Eileen looked forward to cooking family meals, even allowing her family to choose the menu!

Eileen is survived by her daughters, Dawn Beaty (Mike) of Russell and Sherry Haas of Chariton; brother, Bob Parker of Chariton; 3 grandchildren: Jeff Johnson (Shellie), Brian Beaty (Felicia), and Nicki Paige (Corey); and 9 great grandchildren: Broc Johnson, Brodey Johnson, Jordana Johnson Carpenter, Kelcii Johnson, Macey Beaty, Mikenzy Beaty, Blayne Beaty, Kasyn Paige, and Kynzlee Paige. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Henry Wright; her parents; sister-in-law, Arlene Parker; son-in-law, Max Haas; and nephew, Edward Parker. 

Arlene "Abby" Jeanette Deney Obituary






Arlene "Abby" Jeanette Deney, 81, of Russell passed away on September 16, 2015. Arlene was born August 17, 1934 and was adopted by Earl and Fern Williams at three days old.

She attended Chariton High School until she met Wayne Snider and they married in November, 1951. To this union, five children were born: Randy, Mark, Kelly, Cherie and Terri. Wayne and Arlene were married for thirty years. In 1983, Arlene married Gerald "Joe" Deney until his death in 2000.

As a young girl, Arlene found pleasure in showing horses with her dad until his passing when she was at the young age of 14. She would tell fond stories of growing up and spending time at the two businesses her family owned in town, Williams Furniture Store and the White Swan Restaurant.

Arlene had a love for all animals particularly horses. She and Joe cherished riding their Palomino, Blondie and their Arabian, Dino, in local parades. They liked to spend time at horse sales and taking Sunday afternoon drives. She also enjoyed the Knoxville races and going to the Iowa Speedway with her sons. Although, she did not really like to cook , she did make the best gravy, meatloaf, and fudge that none of her family could seem to match. Her family also looked forward to her oyster dressing that was only made during the holidays.

Arlene liked being outdoors. She was a very hard worker with a feisty independent, strong willed personality and would definitely speak her mind. Her goal was to maintain her independence and continue to live on her acreage. Unfortunately, circumstances changed with her health and she resided at the Corydon Nursing and Rehab since 2013 where she kept the days very active for the nursing staff.

Arlene worked various jobs throughout her life. These included being a teacher's assistant at Head Start, CNA at the County Home, Auburn Manor and Chariton Nursing and Rehab. The job that she enjoyed most was working for the VA Hospital in Knoxville for 20 years until her retirement. She made many friends during her time there. She gained a great feeling of accomplishment to be able to assist the veterans in her role.

Although, Arlene has been unable to ride her horses or drive her ponies for many years. It is comforting to know that she is now in Heaven with her pick of the most magnificent horses and the grandest of stables. She is now free to ride as fast as she can whenever her heart desires.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joe; her sister Lois Deming; her son, Randy Snider; and infant granddaughter, Alexa McCurdy.

Left to honor her memory are her children, Mark Snider of Chariton, Kelly (Rania) Snider of Chariton, Cherie Albertson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Terri (Mike) McCurdy of Russell, daughter-in-law Donnell Snider of Chariton, as well as her grandchildren, Amanda Snider, Lee Snider, Ann Snider, Julian Albertson, Shawn Albertson, Samantha McCurdy, Stephen McCurdy and Kourtney Nichols, and great-grandson Carson McCurdy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lucas County Humane Society.
                              

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

David Wayne Glover Obituary

 

 David Wayne Glover was born on April 3, 1959 to Judith Diane (Tanner) Glover and Dwight Glover in Knoxville, Iowa.  David spent most of his childhood living with his grandparents Harry and Glendoris Tanner.  So, their children Rae Lynn and Kevin Tanner were considered his sister and brother.  David attended high school at both Apache Junction and Russell Community High School.  In January of 1978 he met the woman who would become his best friend and wife, Cindy Jo Simmons.  On December 30th 1978 they were wed in Russell, Iowa at the Methodist church, the day included a blizzard in which  half the guest could not come leaving enough cake to feed an army.   David, the loving husband, made the best of it and showed all the love he could. To their marriage,3 children were born, Chad David in October 1979, Cory Richard August 1982 and Kyla Dawn January of 1985. In fall of 1982 he decided to try a new skill in life as an over the road truck driver.  Not only did he love it but, he met a lot of great friends along the way.  Driving was not a job to David, it was a life style.  Which he made a life for  years, ending his carrier driving for Hy-Vee Inc., which he loved. David enjoyed the outdoors working on his yard, fishing, camping, and helping Kevin working in the garage or on his race cars. He enjoyed riding his bike with Kevin, Gene, Dusty, and Pat Farrell. He loved anything with four wheels that made left turns, as family jokes, he loved Nascar.   Also, he enjoyed his yearly remodels he would do one room at a time.  Most of all David loved spending time with his family.  He adored each one of his grandchildren and enjoyed going to football games baseball whatever he could find time to do.  He will always and forever love his grandkids MyKenzie, Landon, Konner, Grace, Karter Kaeden, Gemma, and Jeremia. No matter if David was having a bad day or not, they brought out his one of  a kind smile because of his love for them.  Most of all, he loved his wife of 36 years Cindy Jo Glover.  She meant the world to him.  David was called up to drive a Large Car in sky on the morning of September 13th 2015.  Even though he is gone he will never be forgotten as he has touched everyone's life in a special way no matter who has met him.  David is survived by his wife of 36 years Cindy Jo Glover, sons Chad, Cory, and Daughter Kyla all of Carlisle.  Grandkids Mykenzie, Landon, Konner,Grace, Karter, Kaeden, Gemma, and Jeremiah. Brothers; Quint Porter of Leon, Iowa and Shawn Porter of Washington State. Survived by many nieces and nephews. David is proceeded in death by his mom Judith, Step-dad Levi, grandmother Glendoris and mother in law Madonna Simmons

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Gayla Arlene Buckalew Pierschbacher Obituary

Gayla Arlene Buckalew Pierschbacher, the daughter of Willard Marvin (Bud) and Lura Arlene Davis Buckalew was born October 8, 1938 near Russell, IA. She passed away September 13, 2015, at the Chariton Nursing and Rehab. Center at the age of 76 years. 

Gayla spent her childhood North of Chariton on a farm. She attended elementary school at Zion 
and Stanley Schools and graduated from Chariton High School in 1957. Gayla was baptized at an early age and a member of the Whitebreast Christian Union Church. Gayla was united in marriage to Gerald (Jerry) Eugene Pierschbacher on May 30, 1957. 

After their marriage they lived in Chariton. She was employed at Iowa Southern Utilities, Iowa State Extension Service and Levis Insurance Agency. Also, she and Jerry were Nikken Distributors for several years and travelled extensively. After she was no longer able to live at home, she moved into the Chariton Nursing & Rehab Center. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Bud and Arlene Buckalew, infant brother Homer Doyle, Father/Mother- in-law, Enos and Jenny Pierschbacher, Sister-in-law Hilda Pierschbacher 
and brother in law Paul Pierschbacher. 

Gayla is survived by her husband Jerry of 58 years, of Chariton, Sister Evelyn (Ed)Hull of Chariton and brother Marvin (Jeannette) Buckalew of Russell. Brothers-in-law Bill (Barbara)Pierschbacher, Leo Pierschbacher and Sisters-in- law Joyce (Don) Anderson and Mary Jane (Jack) Langford as well as several nieces and nephews. Gayla was passionate about her pets and enjoyed boating on Red Rock Lake, Lake Rathbun and gardening. 

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Velda "Tootie" Anne Carpenter Norton

Velda “Tootie” Anne Norton, 90, of Newton, and formerly of Chariton, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015 at the Nelson Manor Care Center in Newton, IA. As were Velda’s wishes, her body has been cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fielding Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Russell Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in her honor to the American Legion Auxiliary or the Lucas County Public Health. 

Velda “Tootie” Anne Norton was born August 9, 1925 in Russell, IA to Hollie and Candacy Harding Carpenter. She attended grade school in Russell and the rest of her schooling in Chariton. When she was fifteen she left school and married the love of her life, Dale Norton in Princeton, MO. Dale was in the service, and the first few years of their marriage were spent traveling until he left for WWII. Upon Dales return they settled in Chariton. Velda became a loving mother to four daughters, Kandy, Sharry, Kathy, and Peggy. During the girls’ early years she was a stay at home mother and homemaker. As the children got older she returned to the work force. She worked at Regal, Steiner Jewelry, and Fisher’s Greenhouse. Velda cherished her job as mother to her daughters but also enjoyed the time she spent working outside the home. In her spare time she loved to collect items such as ceramic chickens and Betty Boop memorabilia. She was known for her green thumb, and put it to work in her garden, often canning what she had grown. People always knew where they stood with Velda. She was not afraid to share what was on her mind or her thoughts on a given situation. No matter what life brought her way, her family always came first. Velda was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed by those left here to share her story. 

Velda was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dale Norton; a daughter, Sharry Belcher; three brothers, Bill, Lee, and Lyle “Red” Carpenter, and one grandson, Patrick Ober. 

Left to honor her memory are her three daughters, Kandy (Bill) Hardie of Chariton, Kathy Batterson (Gary Bingham) of Newton, and Peggy Wickstrom of McPherson, KS; one brother, Bernie (Cindi) Carpenter, as well as seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many extended family and friends, including a best friend and aunt Retha Burgett.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Kathy Orman Death

Kathy Orman
Died: Fri., Sep. 4, 2015

Visitation
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 09, 2015

Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Visitation for Kathy Orman, 78 will be held 10-12 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at the Fielding Funeral Home. There will be a private family interment.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ruth Marcella Roach Obituary

Ruth M. Roach
Born: Sat., Jun. 27, 1914
Died: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015

Celebration of Life  1:30 PM Sat., Aug. 29, 2015

Location: Fielding Funeral Home 

Ruth Marcella Roach was born to Thomas and Minnie (Smith) Roach on their farm near Albia, Iowa on June 27, 1914. To welcome her was two sisters, Evelyn and Virginia and a brother Edmond. When Ruth was five their family sold their farm and purchased a farm in Lucas County, Iowa, near Russell. After moving another brother William (Jake) was born. Ruth graduated from the 8th grade at the Brown School in Cedar Township. She then attended and graduated from the Russell High school. She began teaching school. She was then married and later to this marriage, a daughter, Mary Kay was born.

Later divorced, Ruth continued her college education through night school, summer schools and Saturdays, while continuing to teach. Through the years of teaching, Ruth attended summer schools and gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Drake University and a Master’s Degree in Education at Kirksville University in Kirksville, Missouri. Ruth and daughter Mary Kay resided with Ruth’s parents Thomas and Minnie Roach. After 43 years of teaching, Ruth retired and enjoyed her piano playing and writing poetry and living on the home farm with her parents and Mary Kay. She loved music, poetry and traveling. 

The last few years, she moved in with her sister, Evelyn Lewis. Ruth and Evelyn soon moved to Chariton to live at Northridge Living Center. However, Evelyn’s health made is necessary for her to be moved to the Corydon Nursing Home, while Ruth continued on at Northridge. Shortly after Ruth’s health’s needs were met at Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center where she resided for 8 years. 

In addition to her interest in music Ruth was for many years a member of the Federations of Wildlife and the National Audubon Society and contributed to both when possible. 

Memorials may be left in Ruth's honor to Chariton Nursing and Rehab.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Vinice Floy Goben Obituary

Vinice Floy (James) Goben, daughter of Effie Ruth (Grimes) and Walter Howard James, was born at home on April 16, 1923 in Pleasant Township, Lucas Co, Iowa. She was the second of nine children. Vinice died on August 22, 2015, at the Circle of Life Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton, Iowa, at the age of 92 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Vinice was raised in Russell graduating from Russell High School in 1941. Following high school she was employed at Garden of Italy Restaurant, Des Moines. She received her teaching certificate from Simpson College and taught school in Lucas and Warren Counties from 1942-45.

Vinice and Edward Rolland Goben were acquainted while working at the NYA Shop in Chariton in 1941. They were married on July 7, 1943, in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, by Judge E. Tucker. Vinice followed Ed while he was stationed in U.S. Army to Washington, Louisiana and Texas.
After the war, the couple lived in Waterloo for a short time before settling in Lucas where they raised three daughters: Sheryl Floy, Carol Sue, and Cindy Lou. An infant son was stillborn.
In retirement, they lived in Branson, Missouri for twenty years. The couple returned to Lucas County in 2005, leaving behind many special friends, due to Vinice's health concerns.

Vinice was active in her childrens' lives in the Lucas school, 4-H, and the Lucas Presbyterian Church. She and Ed enjoyed camping, volunteering for the John L. Lewis Museum in Lucas, participating in the Chariton Valley Archery Club, Chariton C.B. Club and traveling to trapping conventions throughout the Midwest.

Vinice was preceded in death by her stillborn son; her parents; sisters, Cleva Barnes and Ida Lewis; and brother, Ralph James. Left behind are her husband, Ed Goben; daughters: Sheryl (Bruce) Taylor, Carol (Barry) Foust, and Cindy (Joe) Sellers; five grandchildren: Robin (David) Keeton, Amanda (Eddie) Rosado, Aaron (Jacci) Taylor, Alison (Bill) Evans, and Katie (Austin) Fiala; twelve great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha (Gary) Weber of Woodward and Rose (Kenneth) Sytsma of Knoxville; brothers: Arden James of Knoxville, Lyle (Wanda) James of Knoxville, and Lloyd James of Des Moines; sister-in-law, Carmen Goben of Woodburn; brother-in-law, Jack Lewis of Indianola; and very special nieces, nephews and old friends.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in the Goshen Cemetery near Derby where Vinice will be laid to rest beside her infant son. Loran Whitlatch, hospice volunteer, will lead the graveside service. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.

Memorial funds received by family will be directed to the Goshen Cemetery signage fund, the Lucas Presbyterian Church and Circle of Life Hospice/Legacy Lodge in Chariton. 




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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Carl G. Riley Obituary

Carl was born in Russell, Iowa on February 4, 1929. Carl moved to San Francisco with his mother Margaret VanNise as a young boy at the beginning of the depression. Carl grew up in California and when of age he joined the Navy. Shortly after his time serving in the Navy Carl found himself back in Iowa and met his future wife. Marilyn Veenstra married Carl Riley on November 30, 2015. To this union three children were born John, Carl and Terry. Carl drove in the trucking industry for 35 years for different employers. Fond family memories were made when the Riley’s would go traveling in their RV. Some of the places they enjoyed most were Florida, Texas and New England. Carl had a funny sense of humor. He liked to garden and enjoyed fishing. Carl and Marilyn spent their retired days wintering in Texas and also attended the Presbyterian Church in Chariton. 
Carl was preceded in death by his mother; son Carl and daughter Terry; siblings: Helen, Nel, Gail and Tom; infant siblings: Margaret and Dale. 
Left to honor Carl’s memory are his wife Marilyn, son John; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mildred Lucile (Cook) Long

Mildred Lucile (Cook) Long 
10/25/1925 – 08/13/2015
Mildred, also affectionately known as “Cookie” or “Millie”, was born in Lucas Co, IA, on Oct. 25, 1925, the third child of Mary Malissa (Smith) and Tillman Leroy Cook. They lived NW of Chariton, where Mildred’s father farmed for the land owner. Mildred went to country school through the 2nd grade when they moved into Chariton, where she attended Columbus School and Alma Clay School. 

Mildred was in the 8th grade when she met her future husband: Russell M. Long; they were married several years later, in Princeton, MO, March 14, 1942. WWII separated them shortly after their marriage, when Russ went into the Army and then went overseas. Mildred lived with his mother for a time while he was away. 
Later she shared an apt. with her friend Edna, as they followed their Army buddy husbands. Mildred and Edna both worked to keep busy and earn some money. They remained life-long friends. After the war, Mildred & Russ lived in Co., and then moved back to IA., where their four children were born and raised: Judi, Sandy, Connie, and Steve. 

Mildred & Russ attended church when they were invited to worship with some friends. They joined the First Baptist Church in Chariton, and their faith in Jesus became very important to them as they attended church and Sunday school with their family. Both Mildred and Russ taught Sunday school classes for many years. Even though they later moved to Russell, they continued driving to Chariton for church services and activities for many years. Later they joined the First Baptist Church in Russell, where they remained active members until his death in 1996. They were married almost 54 years. In April, 2001, Mildred moved to WI to make her home with daughter Connie and her husband, Leon Cochran. She entered nursing home care in Pepin in 2011, where she was “promoted to Glory”, as one pastor liked to say, on August 13, 2015. 

Mildred’s many homemaking skills included cooking, reading, sewing, crocheting, flower and vegetable gardening. These skills served her well as she raised her family. She and Russ both worked hard to make a good home and provide for the family they loved so much. They willingly shared their home with his mother, her father, their nephew, at various times. Mildred learned new skills while in WI, as she helped in the church office where Connie was the office administrator. She loved helping at home, too, and spending time with her granddaughters and friends. 

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and husband; sisters: Mabel Edwards, Lila Capehart, Marge Beaman; brother: Jack Cook, granddaughter Lori Swarthout, and son in law, Leon Cochran. 

She is survived by daughters: Judi (Jerry Huseman), Sandy (Bob Brown), Connie Cochran, son, Steve (Kellie) Long, grandchildren: Teri Swarthout (Steve Huwe), Tracey (Scott) Johnson, Suzanne (Barrett) Hanson, Kristina (Kenny) Vakoc, Jodie (Lynn) Seifert, Jennifer (David) Alsum, Julie (Philip) Stegemann, step-grandson, Chris (Hannah) Querrey, great-grandchildren: Lacey Geer, Paige Johnson, Lily and Kaylee Stegemann, step-great-grandchildren: Cheyenne Hanson, Ryan, Emily, and Evan Seifert, Cahde, Callahn, Cohler, and Cahble Querrey, two great-great-grandchildren: Ajay Geer, Shaye Lee Price. 

Mildred is also survived by her sister: Nellie Stackhouse; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. 

Memorials in Mildred’s name may be sent to the Chariton Public Library.