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

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

Tuesday, January 7, 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. 
Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. 

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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Vera Lucille Clanin Obituary

Vera Lucille Clanin  106 Years Old

Tuesday October 9, 1906 - Tuesday September 3, 2013

Vera L. Clanin, 106, passed away at Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center on September 3, 2013.  Vera was born October 9, 1906 southeast of Russell to A.C. and Ada Dixon.  She was the youngest of four children.
Vera attended Victory School, a one-room schoolhouse in Cedar Township from kindergarten through eighth grade.  She then attended and graduated from Russell High School in 1924.  After graduation, Vera taught school at one-room schoolhouses in Cedar and Washington Township.
December 17, 1930, Vera married Wade Clanin.  Vera and Wade ran a service station on the Russell corner for 15 years.  In 1951 they purchased a farm outside of Russell and farmed until Wade retired in 1979.  They then moved to Vera's old home on Smith St. in Russell (that her father had built in 1925) and Vera lived there until she moved to Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center in 2001.
Vera loved to read (especially her Bible), cook and can and to walk.  She was known for her upbeat personality and positive attitude.
She was a former member of the Center Community Church where she taught Sunday School and was the Sunday School superintendent for seven years.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 56 � years, her siblings; Howard Dixon, Hazel Bennett, and Allen Dixon; and her niece, Leanna Wardlow.
Vera is survived by her nieces and nephews; Howard Dixon, Jr. of Bettendorf; Margaret Ann (Bob) Hill of Indianapolis, IN; Clarice (Paul) Smith of Promise City, Emma Lee (Max) Warrick of Davenport and her sister-in-law Hazel Clanin of Russell.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 5, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home Chariton, IA

Service: 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home Chariton, IA

Interment: Russell Cemetery
Russell, IA

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

George Holder III Death

Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, August 29, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home Chariton, IA

Service: 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home Chariton, IA

Interment: Chariton Cemetery
Chariton, IA



George T. Holder III, 70, of Chariton passed away peacefully Monday, August 26, 2013.
He was born September 7, 1942 in Albia, IA to George (Tommy) Holder and Edna (Manley) Holder.
He attended school in Chariton and graduated from Chariton High School in 1960.  Upon graduation he married his Junior High sweetheart, Karen McKee and was blessed with three children,  Angela, Jack & Lisa.
He joined the Chariton Fire Department in 1962 and served as chief from 1967 - 1971.
He was elected as the youngest President of the Iowa Firemen's Association 1974 - 1975, organized and was charter President of the South Central Iowa Firemen's Association. He was the recipient of the 1975 Governor's Award for Fire Service.  He was very active in his community by serving 15 years on the Chariton School Board; 13 years on the Area Education Association; and 27 years on the Chariton Water Board. He also served on the Lucas County Compensation board for 8 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge where he was honored to perform Masonic rites.
He was a partner in the Western Auto Store for 9 years; owner operator of the Dairy Queen for 13 years; also employed by the US Postal Service as a postal carrier and served as Postmaster in Milo, IA and Russell, IA, retiring in 2010.
George's many interests included taking his father and friends to Canada fishing, attending, participating and setting records in several events at the Iowa Firemen's Conventions and helping out at the annual Chariton Firemen's Banquet; duck hunting, golf, attending grandchildren's activities and cross wording.
He most treasured celebrating his 50th Anniversary on an Alaskan cruise.
George was preceded in death by his wife Karen, parents, and sisters JoAnn Holder and Carol McFarland. He is survived by his three children, Angela (Dirk) Rosenberger of Indianola, IA; Jack Holder of Sully, IA; and Lisa (Gus) Carmona of Rye Brook, NY. Grandchildren: Morgan & Clay Rosenberger; Jesse & Laci Holder; and Sarah & Frank Carmona. His mother in-law, Joy McKee of Chariton, IA; sister in-law, Linda (Bob) Allen of Allerton, IA; brother, Joe Holder and several nieces and nephews.
A void will be left in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be sent to the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department, 115 S. Main, Chariton, IA 50049 or Legacy Lodge Hospice, 220 Northwestern Ave, Chariton, IA 50049.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Harriet Lea (Relph) McLarnand Obituary

Harriett Lea Relph McLarnand was born on October 22, 1938 to Walter and Edna Relph.  She was born in the same house as her father.  She passed away on August 12, 2013.
She graduated from Russell High School in 1956.
Harriett worked at an insurance company in Des Moines.
She married Howard Lee Hull on April 20, 1957 at the First Baptist Church in Russell.  To this union they had two daughters, Barbara Jolene and Janice Kay.  In December 1965, her husband, Howard, was killed in a truck accident.  Harriett married Albert E. McLarnand, Jr. on February 14, 1968 at the Baptist Church in Chariton.  To this union they had a son, Patrick Albert.  They made their home on a farm south of Milo, Iowa, where she helped Albert farm for 45 years and during this time she worked for Merediths Publishing in Des Moines for 15 years.
Harriett enjoyed cooking, gardening and watching birds that would feed at her multiple bird feeders.  She loved to travel with Albert to the surrounding states.
Harriett was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard L. Hull; parents, Walter & Edna Relph; daughter, Barbara J. Hull Topp; grandson, James Andrew Gaytan; brother, Roger D. Relph; and sister, Rose Marie Dachenbach.
She is survived by her husband, Albert E. McLarnand, Jr. of Milo; daughter, Janice K. (Hull) Gaytan (Raul) of Omaha; son, Patrick A. McLarnand (Denise) of Milo; grandchildren, Cristal M. (Gaytan) Hernandez (Jesus); Joshua R. Gaytan (Rosie); Cassandra L. Gaytan, Zach Baker McLarnand, Barbara Jo McLarnand, Kelton Topp and Julian Topp; great-grandchildren, Anissa Leon (Hernandez), Daniela Hernandez, and Alexander James Gaytan; brother, Donald Gordon Relph (Marylou); sister-in-laws, Frances (Hull) Sullivan (Robert) and Pauline (Hull) Murray (James) and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no funeral service.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Harold Stanley Larson Obituary


Visitation: 12-2 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013
Fielding Funeral Homes   Chariton, IA

Service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24, 2013
Fielding Funeral Homes   Chariton, IA

Interment: Russell Cemetery   Russell, IA  

Friday, July 26, 2013

Donald E. Overholtzer, Jr. Obituary

Visitation: 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home  Chariton, IA

Service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013
Fielding Funeral Home  Chariton, IA
Interment: Russell Cemetery  Russell, IA

Donald E. Overholtzer, Jr. passed away in his home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.
Don was born Sept 8, 1946 in Kansas City, MO to Donald and Ethel (Cain) Overholtzer, Sr.
He proudly served his country by joining the Airforce at the age of 17.  As part of his service, he completed a tour in Vietnam.  His comment to this was "A lot of people said Vietnam was a wasted war, but there were plenty of children in Vietnam that didn't deserve what was going on."
He moved to his current home in rural Russell, Iowa after marrying his wife, Jana in 2004.  Together they enjoyed traveling and spending time in their quiet country home.  Don retired from the VA Medical Center in Des Moines in 2008.
He will be remembered by those who knew him for loving to pull practical jokes and his true loyalty to friends and family.  Don could always be counted on for a warm smile and comforting words.
He loved his Kansas City Chiefs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and he loved to fish.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Jana; daughter Dawn (Nick) Lefler of Ankeny; step-children Dusty Richard of Des Moines, and Jessica Richard of Russell.  Grandchildren Spencer Reed of Iowa City, Trent Richard of Clive; Lucas Richard of Russell, Aaliyah Richard of Chariton, Kinnick Ensley of Des Moines, Sisters, Rita (Dennis) Hesseltine of Adel and Gloria Bender of Texas.  Brother-in-law Dennis (Marilyn) Masters of Nashville, TN; Sister-in-law Valerie (David) Dunn of Oklahoma City, OK; Dee (Brian) Snodgrass of Knoxville, Iowa; Father-in-law Rodney (Marilyn) Masters of Chariton, Iowa.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Eleaine E. McCullough Obituary

Eleaine E. McCullough, 81, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Russell, Iowa passed away July 22, 2013 at Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Eleaine Evelyn Johnson, born March 8, 1932, in Leon, Iowa was the daughter of George Johnson and Nellie B. Gatton Johnson.  After graduating from Leon High School, Eleaine married Ivan Gail McCullough of Garden Grove, May 25, 1950.  They were the parents of eight children: Arnan Gail, Allan Lynn, Calvin Lee, Jennine Kay, Kevin Guy, Galen Lyle, Maureen Rose and Coleen Lois.
Ivan and Eleaine moved to Russell, Iowa in 1954, where Ivan had employment.
In 1964, they purchased the insurance agency from Walter and Mona Coop and together they operated McCullough Insurance Agency until it was sold in 1985.  Ivan and Eleaine were divorced in 1988.
Along with being a licensed insurance agent, Eleaine also operated a bookkeeping and tax service from the office and continued a bookkeeping service in her home after the insurance business was sold.
Eleaine was assistant city clerk for Russell for a number of years.  She also worked more than 16 years as a bookkeeper for C&C Custom Cycle of Russell.  After already retiring three times, she began working again as the Lucas City Clerk for two years.  And then she provided home health care for Dale and Katie Relph for more than four years.  
Eleaine was married to Phillip Shenefield in 1988, and moved to the Shenefield farm.  Then divorced, she moved back to Russell in 1996, where she was able to buy her own home and live where she was happy and content.  She changed her name back to McCullough following her divorce.
Eleaine was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oskaloosa.
She was involved as a volunteer for many years with the Girl Scouts, her church and the American Cancer Society, as well as school activities for the entire 26 years her children attended Russell Community School, she rarely missed any activities her children were involved in.
She enjoyed writing the Russell News Column for the Chariton Newspapers for a number of years.  Usually each column included personal writing on many different subjects.  She was hired in 1999 by the Chariton Newspapers as editor, a full-time job she continued for five years.  Following retirement from the newspaper, she continued to freelance for the newspaper until July 31, 2007.
Eleaine was an avid reader, enjoyed picture and word puzzles, playing the organ and sewing.
She had many large flower gardens with hundreds of different flowers, trees, and shrubs filling about an acre of space.  She was happiest working outside with the flowers and most days made a circle around the house and yard to enjoy whatever flowers were blooming at that time.
She was a collector  Her house was filled with angels, butterflies and books that lined the walls.  She also put together many scrapbooks - filled with an assortment of items which interested her.
Eleaine made her home with her daughter Coleen and Steve in Oskaloosa, Iowa moving with them in 2009.  The three of them created a happy home with much conversation and laughter.  They created a beautiful garden at this home, where like in Russell, Eleaine, when she was able, made daily trips circling the yard and garden.
Preceding her in death were her sons, Allan McCullough and Calvin McCullough; parents, George and Nellie Johnson, an infant brother, Eugene; a half-brother, Robert Adair and his wife, Dorothy; and two nephews Brian and Mark Adair and Mark's son.
Surviving are her children: Arnan McCullough of Wichita, KS; Jennine and Steve Rex of Enumclaw, WA; Kevin and Cindi McCullough of Russell; Galen and Pam McCullough of Chariton; Mo White of Chariton and Coleen McCullough and her husband Steve Coffey of Oskaloosa, IA.  Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren: Kimberly and Adam McCullough of Colorado; Morgan McCullough of Des Moines; Megan and Michael Arnold of Russell; Danielle, Michelle and Alissa McCullough of Hayden, ID; Dan Jacob of Oregon; Kurt and Toni McCullough of Chariton; Cody McCullough of Russell; Jeff and Emily McCullough of Chariton; Brett and Tori White of Chariton; four step-grandchildren; eight great grandchildren:  Graden, Cutler, Kyzer and Elsie Arnold of Russell; Alexander and Ian Jacob of Keokuk, IA; and Mila and Sophia McCullough of Chariton; four step-great-grandchildren; sister, Lanelle and Kenneth Herron of Chariton; and five nephews and their families.  She is also survived by Morgan and Megan's mother and dear friend, Denise and her husband, Pat Conway, and best friends, Marilyn and Butch Evans of Russell.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton with Rev. C.J. Latham of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ officiating.
As was her wish, her body has been cremated and private inurnment of her ashes will be held later.
Memorials may be made to the Chariton Public Library.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Caryl Henry Bond Obituary

Caryl H. Bond, 88, of Davenport passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Kahl Home. Funeral
services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, July 20, 2013 in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will
be from 5-7 pm on Friday, July19 at the mortuary. Burial will be in Oakdale Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Bond was born August 25, 1924 in Russell, Iowa, the son of Guy and Mary (Hall) Bond. He
served in the U.S. Army Occupational Forces in Japan. On December 31, 1951 he married Norma Jones in Davenport. She preceded him in death on December 18, 2008.
He was a sixty-five year member of Laborer's International Union of North America, Local 309.
His hobbies included raising horses and home maintenance and construction.
Survivors include his children: Charles Bartel, Suzan Bartel, Karen Bartel, Joanne Bond-Troup, Jo Lynn Dumoulin, and Carlene Sarlette; fifteen grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and twelve great-great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.