Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bernard Blubaugh Obituary

 Bernard E. BlubaughBernard Eugene Blubaugh, 79 of Valeria, died Friday, November 17, 2017, at Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen, Texas from complications of acute leukemia. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Janice (Reynolds) Blubaugh; daughters, Cindy Blubaugh, Kathy (Pete Bowen) Hale, and Lisa Blubaugh; grandchildren, Trevor (Lyndsay) Neuendorf, Courtney Neuendorf, Blake (Kelsey) Hale, Natalie Hale and Brian Blubaugh; sister, Sharon Blubaugh; brothers, Leo (Pat) Blubaugh, Robert (Mariann) Blubaugh, and James (Judy) Blubaugh as well as several nieces, nephew and a whole lot of friends. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Teresa Ann (Blubaugh) Neuendorf.
Bernard was born to Fred and Agnes Blubaugh in Melrose, Iowa. He attended Russel High School and then following graduation served for four years in the United States Air Force. After serving his country, he married his high school sweetheart, Janice. They raised their family in Valeria, Iowa and after 30 year retired from Maytag.
Bernard always loved to brag to everyone about his children and grandchildren. He also loved helping local farmers, finding any excuse he could to go to Hy-Vee to gab with everyone and giving his friends a hard time. Summers he and Janice spent as much time as possible camping at state parks and loved camping at the Iowa State Fair. The last 14 winters, they spent in San Benito, Texas at Fun-n-Sun RV Resort, where they were involved in many different activities.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colfax. Burial with Military Rites will take place at McKeever Cemetery. The family will greet friends on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family and condolences may be left for them at

Friday, November 10, 2017

Richard "Bud" Cromer Obituary Lee “Buddy” Cromer was born on March 10, 1934 to Harry Paul Cromer and Myrtle Helen (Arnold) Cromer in Chariton, Iowa.  Richard passed from this life, November 6, 2017 at the Circle of Friends Legacy Lodge located in Chariton at the age of 83 years.
Buddy grew up and attending school in the Chariton area. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1951 through 1955. He had met and married Marilyn Shuey, to this union six children were born, David, Dennis, Margie, Steven and twin boys, Ronald and Donald. January 2, 1982, Richard was joined in marriage to Twyla Malone and they resided in Chariton, Iowa. After the military, Buddy attended college for his Heating and Cooling certificate. He worked as a HVAC specialist at various establishments. Buddy was last employed with the Hy-Vee pharmacy as a medical delivery person, which he enjoyed very much as it kept him busy during his retirement.
In Buddy’s spare time, he took pleasure in woodworking, fishing, playing cards and playing board games with friends and family members.  Buddy was an avid mushroom hunter and would look forward to mushroom season each year. He appreciated going for lunch at the sale barn, tinkering with vacuums and other small motor contraptions, and shopping trips to Wal-mart were among his favorite past-times.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Cromer and Helen (Arnold) Cox; his sisters, Betty, June Duree, and Janice Burrell; and his uncle, Harly Davidson.
He is survived by his wife, Twyla Cromer of Chariton, IA; his children, David (Terri) Cromer of Mitchellville, IA, Dennis Cromer of Maine, Margie (Joe) Gorecki of Newton, IA, Steven (Michelle) Cromer of Des Moines, IA, Ronald (Kathy) Cromer of Chariton, IA, Donald (Debbie) Cromer of Lucas, IA; his brother, Tommy Charles Cromer; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A private family interment will take place in the Chariton Cemetery. A Celebration of Life dinner will be Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 1:00- 5:00 p.m., held in the Chariton Community Center next to the high school

Monday, October 23, 2017

Shirley Ann Dixon Obituary


Shirley Ann Dixon, 83, of Lakewood, CO, passed into eternity at home, in the presence of loving family members Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 2:20 PM. She passed in comfort and peace looking up to heaven through her skylight as if God Himself said, “Shirley, it is time to come home.”
She was born to the late Kenneth and Theo Woods, Nov. 14, 1934 in Russell, IA. She attended Russell Elementary and High School through the 9th grade. Shirley married Floyd Dixon in 1950, and they lived together in Russell, IA, before relocating to Lakewood, CO in 1978.
Shirley worked as secretarial assistant to her husband in his many contracting endeavors and as restaurant owner/manager for several years in both IA and CO.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Floyd Dixon, 2 sons, Richard Dixon and Brad Dixon of Lakewood, CO and grandson (whom she raised) Joshua Dixon of McKinney, TX. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Theo Woods, sister Alene Smith and granddaughter Angel Olsen.
A memorial/visitation will be held at the Belmar Church gymnasium at 460 S Kipling St, Lakewood, CO, Sunday October 22, 2017 3-5 PM. Drinks and food provided.
A memorial/visitation will be held in Russell, IA in summer 2018 details will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers and in recognition of her Post-Polio Syndrome, please send donations to Easter Seals.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Harold Lord, Sr. Obituary

Harold Lord Sr. of Fairfield, formerly of Melrose, passed away September 19, 2017 at the age of 87.
Services will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will be at Bethel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Harold’s family. 
     Harold Frank Lord Sr. was born May 22, 1930 to George and Cordia Morgan Lord in Fredrick, Iowa. Harold was raised alongside his four sisters. He attended both Frederick and Melrose country schools. 
     In February of 1963, Harold was united in marriage to Frances Wilson. The couple was blessed with six children: Harold Jr., Mirza, Cordia, Angalia, Shelia, and George. 
     Harold was a farm hand, a door to door salesman, and he retired from Maytag after 38 years of employment.
     Harold is survived by his wife, Frances Wilson; daughters: Mirza Lord, Cordia Hunt, Angalia Lord, and Shelia Lord; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sisters, Florence Lord and Ruth Littleton; and many beloved nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his sons, George Lord and Harold Lord Jr.; sisters, Olive Howie and Anna Mae Lord; and his great granddaughter, Lillium May Mead.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kimberly L. Schumann Sellers Obituary Louise (Schumann) Sellers, 53, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 with her family at her side.
Kim was born on November 6, 1963 to Gary Schumann and Joyce (McVey) Schumann at Yocum Hospital in Chariton, Iowa. Kim grew up in the Russell, Iowa area with her parents and her sister Karla. Kim attended the Russell school system, graduating in 1982 with salutatorian honors.
After graduation Kim entered the work force with several part time jobs, including the Hy-Vee distribution center offices. She soon became full time in the human resources department where she later became warehouse payroll coordinator until her retirement on May 5, 2017. During that time Kim met Jay Sellers and they were married on February 14, 1997 in Des Moines, Iowa. Also, at that time, Kim became a loving mother to Wendy, Amanda, and Clint.
Kim lived her entire adult life in the Chariton area. With Jay, they built their home in the country where she loved watching her hummingbirds and deer. She enjoyed her flowers and garden, along with feeding the birds and stray cats. No one was to go hungry! Kim’s greatest enjoyment and love was for her family. She spent most of her time taking care of Jay and the kids. When it came to the grandkids her patience, time, and love was endless! She was a very dedicated, generous, honest, and caring person to all who knew her.
Kim was preceded in death by her father, Gary Schumann. She is survived by her husband, Jay Sellers: three children, Wendy (Ron) Young of Chariton, Amanda (Brad) Jensen of Chariton, and Clint Sellers of North Carolina. Four grandchildren: Brad Young, Bryce Young, Jayden Jensen, and Kenton Jensen. Mother, Joyce Schumann of Russell and sister Karla (Doug) Noah of Chariton.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Donna J. Moore-Grgurich-Bell Obituary

Donna J. Moore-Grgurich-Bell, 61, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center.
Donna was born April 25, 1956 to Leonard Elbert Moore and Gloria Leta (Borchert) Moore- DeWitt in Albia, Iowa. She grew up on the farm south of Russell, Iowa and graduated from Russell High School in 1974. After High School, she attended Des Moines Area Community College then beginning her career at the Iowa Development Economic Authority. During her career, she went through at least four governors, she retired in 2014 after almost 40 years of service.
Donna was a wonderful loving person. She cared about and for a lot of family and friends. She was a person that you knew could get things done. Everyone she met loved her. Donna was most happy when she was with Earl and or Malachi. Donna always loved and supported her children, Holly and Grant, even if she didn’t agree with their decisions. Donna loved to travel with her travel buddy, Dee, especially to Chicago to see Malachi and Holly. Donna was the best mother anyone could ask for and we (Holly and Grant) were lucky to have her in our lives for this short time.
Donna loved going to auctions, garage sales, antiquing, decorating and cooking for the holidays. She always went to her kids ballgames and events, cheering them on. She loved being outdoors and working with the dirt, mushroom hunting, growing tomatoes and flowers.
But Donna loved Home the most. She was a true homebody, enjoying a relaxing nap but spending time with family always came first. Donna loved being a wife to Earl, mother to Holly and Grant, Grandma to Malachi, sister to Diane, Wayne, Carl, Dale and Dee. An Aunt to Lindsay, Candi, Jason, Amy, Jeremy, Cody and Christen. As well as a Niece, cousin and friend to many. There is so much more that could be said about Donna and so many wonderful memories of the times laughing, loving life and showing how beautiful a person she was.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Elbert Moore and Gloria Leta (Borchert) Moore- DeWitt, step-father Floyd DeWitt. Left to cherish her memories are Husband Earl Bell, daughter Holly (Solomon Pete) Grgurich and Grandson Malachi Pete of Chicago, Illinois, son Grant Grgurich of Iconium, sister Diane (Chris) Nelson of Des Moines, brothers Wayne Moore of Purdin, MO., Carl (Julie) Moore of Russell, Dale Moore of Chariton and sister Dee Moore of Largo, Florida.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Freda Hornaday Obituary

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Freda Lucille Hornaday, 88, passed away on August 1, 2017 at the Trinity Center at Luther Park in Des Moines. Freda was born on February 11, 1929 in Udell, Iowa to the late William and Mary (Petefish) Gorden. After graduating Udell High School in 1947, Freda married Milford Hornaday on January 30, 1949 and to this union, seven children were born.

Freda was a loving mother and wife as well as a devoted homemaker. She enjoyed leading 4-H with her husband, quilting, playing the piano and organ for her church, cooking, playing her violin, gardening and canning, reading and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also assisted the Girl Scouts with a uniform exchange and enjoyed animals.

Freda is survived by her son, Steven Hornaday of Sumter, South Carolina; daughters: Janice (Dean) Anderson of New Virginia, Iowa, Barbara (Bill) Haggard of Port Byron, Illinois, Ruth Ewing of Patterson, Iowa and Rita Hornaday of Hampton, Illinois; grandchildren: Mike Haggard, Jason (Brenda) Anderson, Jenny (Brian) Peterson, Adam (Meghan) Ewing and Drew, Alex and Jordan Hanson; eight great grandchildren: Kylee and Konner Haggard, Jacob Hanson, Allison, Abbie and Austin Peterson and Bridgette and Dylan Ewing. She is also survived by her sister, Eunice Martinson of Perry, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milford in 2011, daughters: Kathryn and Julie Hornaday; grandsons: Ricky Haggard and Christopher Senn and her great granddaughter, Brenna Haggard.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Thomas Funeral Home in Centerville. A visitation will be held one hour prior to services from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Interment will immediately follow the service at Fairview Cemetery in Unionville, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Fairview Cemetery and online condolences may be shared at

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fred R. Dixon Obituary

mug— Fred Ray Dixon of Russellville passed into eternal rest with our Lord on July 20, 2017, at Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home. Fred was born to Guy Walter and Lillie Audrey Ruble Dixon on Jan. 30, 1936, in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Fred had been a resident of Russellville since 1971. He provided for his family as a local building contractor.

He was a member of Journey Church of Russellville. Fred spent the last two years as a resident of Deerview Nursing Center in Ola. In addition to his parents, Fred is preceded in death by a son, Bill Dixon; two grandchildren, Josh Dixon and Heather Dixon; a sister, Betty Cross; brother-in-law, Carl Cross; a nephew, Patrick Cross; also, a brother-in-law, James Andrews.

Survivors include wife, Lana Dixon of Russellville; a sister, Jacqueline Andrews; a brother and sister-in-law, Floyd Dixon and wife Shirley Dixon; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Raymond Pyner of Corydon, Iowa; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Lois Dixon of Chariton, Iowa; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sheryl Dixon of Lucas, Iowa; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Alan Atcheson of Olathe, Kan.; a daughter, Beverly Teague of Midland, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Pam Teague of Russellville; 23 grandkids and their spouses, John Buttz, James Buttz, Lori Buttz, Lisa Buttz, Ryan Pyner, Rebecca Escobar, Melissa Dixon, Mary Goben, Tommy Jessen, Andy Jessen, Peter Crane, Matt Dixon, Misty Schiltz, Mitch Dixon, Jodi Gray, Jen Balla, Nikki Wiggins, Ashley Ford, Cassidy Dixon, Brandon Selman, Caleb Selman, Dylan Teague, Victoria Teague; and 33 great-grandkids.

The family will receive visitors from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Lemley Funeral Service at 1401 N. Church St. in Atkins.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Journey Church in Russellville, officiated by the Pastor Eddie Shaffer and under the direction of Lemley Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home, 220 John Babish Lane, Russellville, AR 72801 or The Russ Bus, PO Box 10231, Russellville, AR 72812.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mary L. Osenbaugh Parks

 Mary Parks Mary L. (Osenbaugh) Parks, 72, Independence, MO passed away on June 25, 2017 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Services will be 2 pm, Friday, June 30 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055; cremation. Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Thursday at the chapel. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Journeyman Class at Christ United Methodist Church, 14506 East 39th St S, Independence, MO 64055.
Mary was born in Centerville, IA Oct. 27, 1944, the first of two children of Raymond and Florence (Davis) Osenbaugh. She graduated from Russell High School in 1962 and earned a B.S. degree from CMSU in 1972. During her career she served as director of Medical Records at Comprehensive Mental Health Services for seventeen years before retiring from Truman Lakewood Hospital in 2010. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as Historian for 2 years. She liked to go to the beach and read a good mystery.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Lawrence “Larry” Parks; son Daniel Parks and wife Carolyn; daughter Elizabeth Holloway and husband Andy; brother Roger Osenbaugh and wife Vicky; grandchildren Sarah and Nathan and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Evelyn Louise Buttz Obituary
Evelyn Louise Buttz, 89, of Russell went to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
Evelyn was born to Kenneth and Opal (Dodds) LaFavre on February 2, 1928 on the family farm south of Russell, Iowa. She attended Russell School and graduated valedictorian in 1946. On August 30, 1946, Evelyn was united in marriage to Guy L. Buttz after they met at a box social. To this union were born two children: Linda and Doyle.
After a honeymoon in North Dakota digging potatoes, Guy and Evelyn returned to southern Iowa to farm where Evelyn tended to the home and family. Evelyn was a tremendous help on the farm where at one time she had over 900 laying hens. In 1963, Guy and Evelyn moved to Ames to start a new venture, a mobile home park. This venture resulted with four mobile home parks in the cities of Ames and Huxley.
In 1975, Guy and Evelyn retired from the mobile home venture and settled back in southern Iowa to return to farming. In the years following, they enjoyed many trips with family and friends. These trips included places like Canada, Mexico, and Alaska.
Evelyn was a faithful member of the New Providence Baptist Church in Confidence. She lived a life of service to others. She helped in any way possible and could be found teaching Sunday School, sending church bulletins, helping with Bible School activities and working to raise money for missionaries across the globe. She is affectionately known as the Missionary Lady for many children who attended Bible School at New Providence Baptist Church over the years.
Evelyn was known for her soft, gentle nature and yet was a tower of strength many who knew her well. Evelyn cared deeply for her friends and family. She would let them know they were in her thoughts and prayers and provide needed encouragement through cards and letters that always seemed to arrive in the mail at just the right time. She maintained lifelong friendships with those in the close knit “birthday bunch” group who met monthly for fellowship and to celebrate milestones.
Evelyn kept busy at her sewing machine. Whether working on a quilt or trying to keep farm clothing patched for Guy and the grandkids it always seemed that something was torn and in need of repair. In the kitchen, Evelyn shined. She could be found either making the world’s best fried chicken, baking the grandchildren’s favorite chocolate and ginger cookies or making one of her famous butterscotch pies which regularly earned top dollar at the church auction.
She spent all the time she could with her grandkids and then with her great grandkids showing them her love for them and her family. Evelyn enjoyed helping the younger generations learn how to make her recipes, preserving foods in the canner, making grape jelly and preparing homemade apple sauce. In her later years, she often referred to herself as a “tough old bird” and enjoyed watching her cats and birds through the big picture window from the comfort of her rocking chair.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Guy, her parents, Kenneth and Opal LaFavre, and son-in-law Don Johnson. Left to cherish memories of her include her daughter Linda Johnson of Russell, son Doyle Buttz of Russell, one sister, Alice Glassinger of Chariton, sister-in-laws, Velma Petty of Newton, Vera Peterson of Chariton, Donna (Tom) Beal of Curlew, Washington, and Louise Buttz of Conroe, TX, along with six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.