Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jerald Fenton Obituary

Born: Sat., Mar. 27, 1926
Died: Wed., Jul. 23, 2014

Visitation5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

   Frederick Jerald Fenton, 88 years old was born to Earl and Exie Hammond Fenton in rural Lucas County near Russell, Iowa. Jerald was born in a heavy snowstorm, in those days the doctors came to the home.    Jerald attended Greenville Country School in Washington Township in southeast Lucas County and lived in a one mile radius area all his life. When the country schools reorganized, the Greenville school was moved into Russell for the Kindergarten classroom, his daughter Carol attended the first class to be held in Russell.     Jerald started farming at an early age, farming first with horses when helping his dad with the farming. He started raising Angus cattle at a young age and always enjoyed early spring when the first baby calves arrived. Jerald always looked forward to this time of year and even got his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy the new baby calves. 
   Later in life, Jerald bought the farm where he was born. Farming was a way of life for Jerald, once a farmer always a farmer. Jerald was a member of the Chariton River Baptist Church (Brushy) of Plano, Iowa. He accepted Christ and was baptized in 1940. 
    Jerald met the love of his life, Wanda Marie Sweeden and was married at the church by Rev. Leroy Sparks on October 13, 1945. To this union three loving children were born: Jerald Stephen, Connie Sue and Carol Ann. For a few years, Jerald and Wanda took their camper to Arizona for a few months in the winter and spent time visiting with family and friends. When summer came, they camped at the Iowa State Fair for over 35 years, having many overnight guests. Jerald’s first and foremost love was for his family, children and grandchildren. He was very proud of all his children, grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Jerald always loved seeing his great -grandchildren, they made him smile.  
   He was a man of few words, but you always knew what he meant or felt. He was always there to help, answer your questions or give you advice when needed. 
   Jerald was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dwight and sister-in-law Ethel Fenton, five brother-in-laws, Ernest, Ross, Lynn, Richard and Tony Sweeden and three nephews Bob and Larry Mullinix and Jerry Jones and nieces Sherry Peters and Billie Jo Zoch. 
   Left to cherish Jerald’s memory is his wife Wanda of almost 69 years, son Stephen (Michele) of Chariton, daughters: Connie (Rick) McKinley of Russell and Carol (Eric) Ziel of Boone. Grandchildren: Eric (Tawn) Fenton of Denver, Jason (Dia) Fenton of Urbandale, Heather (Mike) Kautz of Chariton, Susan (Alex) Oliver of Oakland, Erica (Brent) Conklin of Huntington Beach, California, Jennifer (Patrick) Graham of Ames. Great-Grandchildren: Morgan, Reece and Piper Conklin of Huntington Beach, California, Kellen Oliver of Oakland, and Cameron, Kaylee and Kendyl Kautz of Chariton. Sister-in-law’s Sue (Phil) Jones of Paw Paw, Michigan, Rosalie (Jim) Mullinix of Albia, Dorothy Sweeden of Arthur, and Ingna Sweeden of Odebolt, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
    Memorials may be made to Brushy Community Church or Brushy Cemetery, Plano, IA

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lowell D. Sims Death

Born: Wed., Oct. 16, 1929
Died: Mon., Jul. 21, 2014

Visitation
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: First Baptist Church

Funeral Service
2:30 PM Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: First Baptist Church

Lowell went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2014. He was born to Pearl Boozell Sims and Harley Nelson Sims on October 16, 1929 in Russell, Iowa and graduated from Russell High School in 1948. He received a degree in Economics from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War, serving overseas. Lowell married his high school sweetheart, Arlene Ellis, on July 8th, 1951 and they were blessed with 63 incredible years together. They had two children, Gary and Diana. Lowell was the Assistant Superintendent of the Burlington Northern Railroad (Ottumwa Division) and was transferred to several cities in the Midwest spending most of his working career in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1983, after 30 years, they retired to Florida; however, he always considered Russell his home. He was an active member of the 1st Baptist Church in Florida and in Russell and enjoyed his church related activities. He loved the Lord, reading his bible and helping with bible study. Lowell had a personality that would spark up the room. He was a practical joker with a great sense of humor. He had a generous heart and a passion for living life to its fullest. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His fondest memories were his family trips to South Dakota, traveling on the Amtrak train with Arlene, exploring Florida and spending time on the farm. He looked forward to hunting morel mushrooms with his kids and grandkids, fishing, hunting, playing cards and driving his old tractors. Every project around the house was a scientific experiment requiring duct tape, used parts from old mowers, copper wire and W-D 40 to make it work. Many of the experimental projects are still in process. Lowell had his own sense of style. He was the master of finding things he didn’t need at garage sales and could never pass up bargains on the other things he didn’t need today, but might need tomorrow. Grandpa Lowell was adored by his grandkids. They looked forward to visiting him at the farm and in Florida. Every day was an adventure. He was a wonderful husband, a great father, an extra special grandpa and good friend to all. His love of family and friend will long be remembered. We will miss him greatly. Lowell was preceded in death by his son, Gary Sims, his grandson, Ryan Sims, his brothers, Hobart and Harold Sims, his sister Juanita Wells, and his parents. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; his daughter, Diana (Jim) Willits of Windsor Heights, Iowa; his daughter-in-law, Becky Sims of West Des Moines, Iowa; and his four grandchildren: Courtney Willits, Ashley Willits, Nick Sims and Zach Sims.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Floyd DeWitt Obituary

Born: Tue., Dec. 30, 1924
Died: Fri., Jul. 4, 2014

Visitation
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 06, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
11:00 AM Mon., Jul. 07, 2014
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church

   Floyd Russell Dewitt, son of Lulu Inez Jewell Dewitt and William Arthur Dewitt, was born on December 30, 1924 in Albia, Iowa. He passed away on July 4, 2014 at the Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center at the age of 89 years old. He was the last living of his siblings who were LaVonne, Esther, Genevieve, Carl and Dale (Bobby). 
   He attended and graduated from Russell Community School. His favorite activity was basketball and his love of sports continued as an avid fan of the “Iowa Hawkeyes”. Floyd grew up on a farm and spent his entire working life on a farm north of Russell. He treasured all of his years on the farm where he harbored a deep love of the land and the animals in his care. He went from using a team of horses to his Allis Chalmers tractors. 
   Floyd remained a bachelor until the age of sixty when he was swept off his feet by Gloria Moore. They married on June 29, 1985. They just celebrated their 29th anniversary. The challenge of marrying a wife with six kids proved to be a source of great joy to him. He stepped into the role of father, grandfather, and even great-grandfather. His grandkids all share memories of learning to drive the tractor and being pulled around in the little red wagon. Then one day he made us get out and pull him in the little red wagon. They will remember building a haunted house in the basement and very many more childhood memories. 
   A very special part of his life was Trinity Lutheran Church where he and Gloria helped start the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Chariton, Iowa. His love of God was deep. Floyd lived a full happy life and we will miss him. 
   He leaves behind his wife, Gloria and the six kids, Diane (Chris) Nelson of Des Moines, IA, Donna (Earl Bell) Grgurich of Iconium, IA, Wayne Moore of Purdin, Missouri, Carl (Julie) Moore of Russell, IA, Dale Moore of Knoxville, IA, and Dee Moore of Des Moines, IA; his grandkids, Jason Nelson, Candi and John Davidson, Lindsay and Derek Gomez, Holly Grgurich, Grant Grgurich, Jeremy and Brooke Bellon, Amy and Conrad Elmore, Cody and Jeni Moore, Christin Person and Scottie; thirteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ralph Alfred Shore Obituary

   Ralph Alfred Shore was born June 16, 1937 in Russell, Iowa the son of Alfred and Eva Shore. 
   He was raised in Chariton and as a young man, Ralph worked at a mink farm. He later worked for Big Ben Coal Mine and would serve his country in the National Guard. Ralph’s career with the City of Chariton began in 1971, he worked in the Parks and Maintenance Departments for 28 years, retiring in 1999. On July 19, 1986 he was united in marriage to Jane DeHeer in Chariton. Four years ago the couple moved to Knoxville. 
   In his spare time, Ralph enjoyed playing cards and dominos. His greatest joy was being outside, taking care of the yard and garden or just enjoying the weather. 
   Ralph passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines, at the age of 76 years. 
   He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Mary Blackburn, Georgia Sharp, May Cope and Bob Shore. 
   Those left to mourn his passing include his wife, Jane; children: Tina Gray of Webster City, Nancy Shore of Centerville, Rick Shore, Sr. (Patti) of New Providence, Tim Shore (Sheri) of Russell and Jamie Shore of Grand Junction; step-children: Glenda Nicholiason of Chariton, Sherry Shutt (Doug) of Grand Junction, Evey Carter of North Carolina and Wesley Carter of Knoxville; siblings: Dorothy Garrington of Chariton and Ronnie Shore (Betty) of Lawrence, Kansas and many grand and great-grandchildren and other family members and friends. 
   Graveside services for Ralph Shore, age 76 of Knoxville, and formerly of Chariton, will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ruckman Cemetery. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 
   Everyone is invited to a Potluck after the services at the park next to their home in Knoxville. Online condolences may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

James W. Cooper, Jr. Obituary

  James W. Cooper, Jr. 89, passed away December 20, 2013, in his home at Emeritus Senior Living in Rockford, IL. He was born on February 5, 1924, in Corning IA, the second of seven children to James and Charlotte (Teal) Cooper. He grew up on a farm outside of Newton, IA, attended Armstrong Country School through the eighth grade and went on to graduate from Newton High School. Jim worked for the Newton Coal Co. before enlisting in the Navy where he spent 22 months in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He returned to Russell, IA after being discharged from the Navy, where he met and married the love of his life, Aletha Jean Goltry, on May 28, 1949. Jim worked for the Veterans Association until 1952, when he began farming. In the fall of 1954, his son, James Thomas was born. 
  He was elected Lucas County Soil District Commissioner in 1958, serving for 5 terms for a total of 30 years. During his time as Commissioner, he worked to procure a meal site and transportation for Lucas County senior citizens as well as paving the road from Russell to the Wayne County line. He was a member of the American Legion where he served in all offices of the Charlie Clark Post #308 and in 1964, he was elected District Commander of the 5th District. Jim was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1968, serving for 13 years. In 1983 he was elected State Representative from District 67 and served 3 terms. Jim was also a member of; Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, ZA-GA-ZIG Shrine, Iowa Order of the Odd Fellows, Lions Club, Farm Bureau and Russell Faith United Methodist Church.
  Jim and Jean were avid campers, joining the Red Haw Campers in 1980, and enjoyed all the good times they had spending many winters in Arizona. Jim loved playing his guitar and singing Blue Grass.
Survived by his wife, Jean Cooper; granddaughter, Evin Cooper; sisters, Bonnie Gerry and Mary Jo (Johnny) Polo; host of nieces and nephews.
  Jim was preceded in death by his son, James Thomas, brother's Larry, Robert, and John and sister Lilian.
  A service will be held in the spring at the Russell Faith United Methodist Church. May 3rd Services were held at the Russell Faith United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m.  A luncheon for friends and family followed the services.  In lieu of flowers, the family requested that any memorial to Jim be given to either the Russell Faith United Methodist Church or the Russell Legion post 308.  The Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wyoma Del Etter Duckworth Obituary

Wyoma Del Etter was born on February 15, 1920 daughter of Edith and Asa Etter. She passed from this life Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Lucas County Health Center located in Chariton, Iowa at the age of 94 years. Wyoma attended country schools and went on to graduate from Russell High School. On December 25th 1937, she was united in marriage to Walter Ward Duckworth. To this union were three children were born, son Paul, who died in infancy, son Alan (Sandy) of rural Chariton and daughter Sharel (David) Jurgens also of rural Chariton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Asa Etter; her husband, Ward Duckworth; her brothers, Robert, Bruce, and William; her sisters, Dora, Betty, and Helen. She is survived by her children, Sharel (Dave) Jurgens and Alan (Sandy) Duckworth; her sisters, Lucille Duckworth and Pat Blubaugh; five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and many friends. Her special joy was in giving her hand-made quilts and afghans to family and friends. She will be sorely missed.

Funeral Service
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014

Visitation
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Wed., Apr. 30, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lova Devee Storm Obituary

Lova Devee Storm was born in Wayne County, Iowa on February 19, 1923. She was the daughter of Lester and Floy (Guthrie) Thatcher. Lova departed this life on April 5, 2014 at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center in Knoxville, Iowa, at the age of 91 years.
Lova grew to womanhood in Russell, Iowa and graduated from Russell High School, class of 1941.
On November 23, 1947 Lova married Charles Lloyd Storm in Russell, Iowa. They shared over 66 years of marriage together before Charles’ passing in December of 2013.
Baptized at an early age at the Russell Baptist Church, after her marriage she and Charles joined the Church of the Nazarene and was an active lifelong church member.
Although Lova and Charles had no children of their own, they were a constant influence in the lives of their many nieces and nephews. Lova was a devout woman and truly enjoyed working in her church helping with whatever needed done. Lova enjoyed sewing and craftwork. Lova loved babies and many received quilts and afghans made by her loving hands. Lova enjoyed cooking and taking food to many church gatherings and family dinners.
She is preceded in death by her husband of sixty-six years Charles, her parents, her brother Leo and a nephew Mark Thatcher.
Lova leaves to mourn her passing a sister-in-law Bonnie Thatcher, brother-in-law Floyd Storm and wife Della, sister-in-law Joanne Davidson, and sister-in-law Guyletha Storm all of Chariton, sister-in-law Connie Storm and sister-in-law Cleo Storm both of Knoxville; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Lova will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 9th at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.
Lova’s service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Church of the Nazarene of Knoxville, with Pastor Greg E. McClain officiating. Lova’s family will be present one hour prior to service time.
She will be missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene of Knoxville. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home is assisting Lova’s family with services.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Betty R. Johnson Obituary

Betty R. Johnson passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2013, at the age of 88 in her home at Emeritus Senior Living in Rockford, Illinois. She was born on March 19, 1926, in Osceola, Iowa, the second of two daughters of Oscar and Mamie (McKnight) Marquis. She grew up on a farm in Osceola, Iowa, and later moved with her parents her junior year of high school to a farm outside Chariton, Iowa. She graduated from Chariton High School with the class of 1944. After high school she worked at Crozier’s Store where she met Edwin Johnson. They were married at her parent’s home on September 10, 1947, by Reverend Archie Beals and moved to a farm outside of Russell, Iowa. They farmed for over 30 years and were blessed with two children--daughter Martha and son Duane. They retired and moved to Chariton, Iowa, in 1984 but faithfully attended First Baptist Church of Russell throughout their married life. Betty was widowed in September 2002 and moved to Rockford in July of 2011 to be near her daughter and son-in-law. Betty is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Brenda Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; grandson and wife, Alex and Sadie Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska; granddaughter Jenna Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; daughter and son-in-law Martha and Don Johnson of Belvidere, Illinois. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edwin, and sister Glida Marquis Palmer. Services were held Saturday, March 29 at 10:30 am at the Fielding Funeral home with Pastor Russell Harris officiating. Interment was in the Chariton Cemetery.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Williston "Bill" Morse Jr.

Williston "Bill" Morse Jr., 98, of Corydon formerly of Russell passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center.
Bill was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska the only child to Williston Morse Sr. and his wife Etta (Giesman) Morse. He attended country school as a child that was lighted with kerosene lamps and heated with a potbellied stove. Bill graduated from high school in Table Rock, Nebraska in 1933. Bill was united in marriage to Mabel Mertes on October 12, 1940. Due to the severe drought and depression in the Midwest, he and Mable moved to California where he was employed at Kaiser Shipyard. While working at the shipyard, Bill enrolled in night school to study arc welding. 
After 10 years in California, they returned back to the Midwest where Bill became employed by Solar Aircraft in Des Moines. He helped pioneer the welding of titanium. Bill became about one of a dozen welders in the United States that was certified by the Air Force to weld titanium. Bill and Mabel would later buy a farm in the Chariton area. He finished his working career at Johnson Machine Works in Chariton, retiring in the early 1980's. Bill enjoyed raising cattle and a large garden. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and attending fairs of all kind from local to state to world fairs. Bill was a past member of the Russell Lions Club and the Allerton Harvest Time Church. He enjoyed his time at the church activities. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Mable Morse and his parents.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton with Rev. Ronald Wallace officiating. Interment will be in Chariton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center. Condolences may be shared at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com

Howard Kenneth Hollingshead, Jr. Obituary

Howard Kenneth Hollingshead Jr., 93, of Monroe, Ohio, died Sunday, March 16, 2014. Born to Howard and Gladys (nee: Stanger) Hollingshead, Sr. on August 26, 1920 in Russell, IA. Howard worked in Sales for Cooper Industries for 30 years and retired in 1985. He was a loving husband, father, and patriot.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, David Hollingshead and one sister, Mary Yocom.

Howard is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley (nee: Like) Hollingshead of Monroe, four children, Larry (Lynne) Hollingshead of Lebanon, Margaret Hollingshead of Regina, Saskatchewan, Mark (Donna) Hollingshead of St. Peters, MO and Paul Hollingshead of Longmont, CO, one brother, Richard (Betty) Hollingshead of San Louis Obispo, CA, one sister, Barbara Palan of Chicago, IL, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2 PM at the Mount Pleasant Chapel in Monroe. Arrangements made by Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.hoskinsfh.com.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Connie Lynn Long Hundley Obituary

Connie Lynn Long Hundley was born November 15, 1966 to Charles and Betty Hundley in Grinnell, Iowa. She passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in her home located in Chariton, Iowa at the age of forty-seven years.
Connie was blessed with her son, Joshua Eugene Hundley, on May 3, 1985. He became her whole world. Connie was extremely proud of her role as a mother to her child. Also, she loved being a daughter, a sister, an aunt and friend as she came from a tight knit family. She was both of her brothers biggest fan in all their racing adventures. She would be the first one there to cheer them on to the finish line!! She loved spending time with all of her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed watching wrestling and would never miss an episode of "The Young and Restless" soap opera.
The most important aspect of Connie's life was all of her family. She enjoyed every minute spending time with them. If she hadn't seen someone for a while, she would want to catch up and know every detail of what was going on in their life. Connie would be the first person to help someone in their time of need. She was compassionate and could find a friend in just about anyone.
Connie was preceded in death by her father, Charles Hundley; her uncle, Jerry Moore, her aunt, Jan Moore and her uncle, Dean Hundley.
She will be greatly missed by her son, Joshua Hundley of Chariton, Iowa; her mother, Betty Hundley (Martin Conrad) of Russell, Iowa; her brothers, Donnie (Mindy) Hundley of Chariton, Iowa and Gary (Desiree) Hundley of Russell, Iowa; her aunt, Joanne Rankin of Russell, Iowa. Also mourning her passing are her nieces and nephews, Cody, Kaitie, Clayton, Shyanna, Paige, one great nephew, Caeden, and a host of family and friends.
Visitation: One hour prior to service
Fielding Funeral Home, Chariton, IA
Service: 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 10, 2014
Fielding Funeral Home, Chariton, IA
Interment: Private Interment

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Nicholas Gabriel Brady Obituary

Nicholas Gabriel Brady
Friday March 26, 1993 - Friday December 20, 2013

Visitation: 2-4 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2013
Fielding Funeral Homes, Chariton, IA

Service: 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 23, 2013
Fielding Funeral Homes, Chariton, IA

Interment: Garden Grove Cemetery
Garden Grove, IA

Nicholas Gabriel Brady, Age 20
Nic was born in Richland, Washington on March 26, 1993.
He lived there with his mother Penney (Ruth), sister Briauna Farrell and step-father Mike Johnson.
At the age of 8 years old, the family moved back to Chariton where Nic reunited with his father, Mike Cobb.
Nic attended Russell Junior High and Wayne Community High School in Corydon.
After high school, Nic had aspirations to have his own company, called NGB Enterprises, with which he intended to perfect a hydro-electric car.
He was currently working for his step-father Randy Braaksma at R&P Manufacturing as a welder.
He always enjoyed mechanics and working on cars and motorbikes with his good friends.
He recently took up sketching and drawing as a hobby.
He had a profound love of animals and had many beloved pets throughout his life.
His faith was very important to him and he was happy to explain to anyone how important God was in his life.
Nic had a love of life and adventure.
He lived large and in died tragically in an accident on the train tracks east of Chariton.
He was survived by his mother, Penney Braaksma, step-father Randy Braaksma, father Mike Cobb, grandmothers Janet Ruth, Barb Cobb and Pat Braaksma, grandfather Ernie Ruth, sisters Nicole Vought, Lynn Cobb, Briauna Farrell, Lindsey Braaksma, Madison Cobb, Mikaila Cobb, Briley Cobb and brothers Jevon Polo, Sully Cobb and Brayden Cobb.
Also survived by many aunts and uncles, including Aunt Kelley (Ruth) and Uncle Ron Deen, 3 nieces and 3 nephews and many cousins.
Nic was preceded in death Uncle Robbie Ruth.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Charles Lloyd Storm Obituary

Visitation:
Monday, December 23, 2013
1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Church Of The Nazarene
1121 S. Lincoln St.
Knoxville, IA 50138

Service:
Monday, December 23, 2013
2:00 PM
Church OF The Nazarene
1121 S. Lincoln St.
Knoxville, IA 50138

Charles Lloyd Storm the sixth child of Job Henry Storm and Fannie Gladys (Umbenhower) Storm was born in Tipperary, Pleasant Township of Lucas County, Iowa, on February 5, 1923 and departed on this life on December 20, 2013. Charles attended Center Country School and Chariton High School where he graduated in 1943. Charles was a faithful Christian all his life, converted at a young age at the Zion Methodist Church and later joining the Church of the Nazarene. 
On November 23, 1947 Charles married Lova Dedee Thatcher at Russell, Iowa; they celebrated over 66 years together. Charles worked as a farm laborer while he and Lova lived in Russell, Palmyra, Flagler and then settling in Knoxville. Charles then went to work at Armstrong Tire Manufacturing which he retired from in 1977. He enjoyed raising calves and hardly ever missed the cattle auction. Although Charles and Lova had no children of their own, Charles was a guiding force and very influential to his many nieces and nephews whom he loved to tease and joke with. 
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers; Alva, Caryl, Donald, Ronald, David Lavern and four sister; Thelma Fluke, Wanda Hall, Lois Dachenbach and Norma Storm. Charles leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Lova, one brother Floyd Storm, one sister JoAnn Davidson both of Chariton and many nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. 
Charles’ service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013, at the Church of the Nazarene of Knoxville, with Pastor Greg E. McClain officiating. Charles’ family will be present one hour prior to service time. 


Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene of Knoxville. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. The Winfield Funeral Home is assisting Charles’ family with services. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Clayton Blue Obituary

Services for Clayton Blue, 84 of Russell will be Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church in Russell. Family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church in Russell, First Baptist Church in Russell, Russell First Responders, or the Legacy Lodge Hospice House.

Clayton Blue, the eldest of three children of Warren and Audrey Drake Blue was born March 11, 1929. He was born and raised on the Blue Century Farm south of Russell, Iowa where he attended Pleasant Mound Country School. He also attended the rural Center Community Church and later the First Baptist Church in Russell. As a youth he was an avid trapper and hunter becoming a proficient marksman. He graduated from Russell High School with the Class of 1948. Following graduation he was employed at the Gamble Store in Chariton. He later started farming with his father. On December 2, 1950 he was united in marriage to Patricia Wright, his high school sweetheart, at the First Baptist Church in Russell.

They lived on a farm east of Russell where they raised their six children. Clayton was an advocate of conservation practices and received an award for achievement in soil conservation from the Chariton Lions Club in 1954. He attended many Farm Progress Shows and State Fairs, as he was always interested in learning new innovations in farming practices. In addition to raising crops and livestock he built a silo and fed cattle.

He was a member of the Russell Sportsman Club for several years. He became interested in flying and acquired his pilot's license and was owner of a Piper Cub plane. He became active in the commodity market and was a general partner in the Iowa Commodity Fund. He also had various business interests and purchased the Maid-Rite Company. While he owned the company he expanded from around 40 stores to 180 stores. 

Clayton was a people person and always enjoyed visiting and having coffee with friends. However his favorite times were spent with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, whom he referred to as his "little rascals". 

Clayton passed away November 28, 2013 at the Legacy Lodge Hospice House in Chariton. In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Gerald Blue; great grandson, Max Daniel Sander; and a brother-in-law Raymond Stevenson.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat Blue; children: Denise (Pat) Conway, Dan (Wendy) Blue, Julie (Mark) Presley, Jana Anthony, Schuyler Blue, and Scarlett (Jason) Summers; 12 grandchildren: Morgan McCullough, Megan (Mike) Arnold, Jeremy (Dana) Blue, Jenny (Scott) McGee, Jamie (Jeremy) Sander, Tyler (Lindsey) Offenburger, April Dyer, Marcus Woods, Alyssa Anthony, Alexa Anthony, Christian Summers, and Kinnick Summers; and 13 great grandchildren: Graden, Cutler, Kyzer, and Elsie Arnold; Lane and Chasen Blue and Ashten (Gehrig) Sinclair; Ryder, Addie, and Bailey McGee; Jacob Sander; Leah and Hudson Offenburger. Also surviving are a sister, Barbara Stevenson; sister-in-law, Suzanne Blue; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wilma Reynolds Death

Wilma Ruth Reynolds
Wednesday April 10, 1918 - Thursday November 7, 2013

Visitation: 4-6 p.m., Sunday, November 10, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home Chariton, IA

Service: 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 11, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home Chariton, IA

Interment: Russell Cemetery
Russell, IA


Wilma Horner Reynolds was born on April 10, 1918 to Effie (Auxier) and Leonard Horner.  She was raised by her loving father near the Lucas/Monroe county line.  Wilma had to take over mothering duties to her two younger brothers at the age of 8.  She always said her dad had a way of making work fun.

She graduated from eighth grade, but loved school so much she worked on her high school studies when she was in her seventies.

Wilma married Lyle Reynolds on August 7, 1935.  To this union were born two daughters who died at birth; a son, Doyle; and two daughters, Donna and Dixie.

Wilma worked hard on the farm and cooking for the hired hands, but you never heard her complain.  She would tell her children - just take one day at a time and count your blessings.  She lived on the family farm north of Russell for 56 years.

At the age of 87 she moved to an apartment at Southgate in Chariton, which she thoroughly enjoyed for four years, and spent the past four years at Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center.

She went to be with her heavenly Father on November 7, 2013 after having wonderful care being given to her at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton.

Her kind and gentle manner will be missed by all who knew her.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, her parents, 2 brothers - Raymond and Richard, 3 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law, 3 nephews and one niece.

Those left to celebrate her life are her 3 children and spouses Doyle and Marilyn (Evans) Reynolds of Russell, Donna and Jim Narber of Grand Island, NE, and Dixie and Steve Dursky of San Antonio, TX.  Grandchildren and their spouses are: Danny & Toni Reynolds, Kelly & Mike Pose, Conn & Karen Narber, Shannon & Vicki Narber, Heidi & Kent Richter, Tiffany & Todd Johnson, Gretchen & Mark Fryar, Amanda & Scott Evershed, Samantha & Eric Nahass, 23 great grandchildren, 4 nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.