Friday, June 19, 2015

Connie L Ansley Obituary

Born: Sat., Feb. 2, 1946
Died: Fri., Jun. 19, 2015

Visitation
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 23, 2015

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Wed., Jun. 24, 2015

Connie Louise (Long) Ansley, oldest child of Leland and Geneva Long was born February 2, 1946 at Yocom Hospital at Chariton Iowa. Connie spent her childhood and grew up in Lucas County. 
Connie accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and served him daily. Connie attended Chariton Bible Church as a young girl with her family, in later years attended Grace Baptist Church. 
Connie graduated from Chariton High School in 1964; she went on to work at O’Donnell Nursing Home in Russell, Iowa and the Chariton Manor. 
On July 1, 1968 at the Princeton, Missouri Baptist Church Connie was united in marriage to Olen Medearis. Olen shared within this union his three beautiful children; Debbie, Judy, and Kenny. Connie loved these three as her own. Olen and Connie were then blessed with the birth of their daughter, Marci Sue. Olen and Connie enjoyed riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle all over the countryside. They were joyfully married for 27 years. Olen was called home on May 17th 1996. 
On June 13, 1997 Connie was united in marriage to Edward Ansley in Chariton, Iowa. They spent 16 years enjoying nature at Lazy Days Ranch in Melrose, Iowa. To this union Ed brought a bonus daughter Lynn, whom Connie also loved as her own. Ed preceded Connie in death on September 13, 2013. 
Connie was also preceded in death by her Father, Leland Long, her Brother, Donnie Long and her brother-in-law Gordie Henry. 
Connie is survived by her Mother Geneva Long; sisters Linda Henry, Jeanne (Russ) Johnson, Brenda (John) Collins; brothers Lee (Debi) Long, Ken (Janet) Long, Brian (Connie) Long and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. 
Also survived by her children Marci (Brian) Ruff, Deb (Dan) McGee, Judy Kinsey, Ken (Nasbelle) Medearis. Grandchildren Ammie Ruff, Troy Ruff, Jenci Ruff, Grahm Ruff, Leslie (Kofi) Lawer, Brandon (Lindsay) McGee, Kyle Kinsey, Cole Kinsey, Lacey Medearis. Great grandchildren Steven Thome, Alyssa Thome, Patience Ruff, Raina Ruff, Chandler Bainbridge, Remington Kern, Cortlan Bainbridge, Gibson McGee, Griffin McGee, Kaden Kinsey, Mya Kinsey. 
During the last few months of her life, Connie met Don Crooks and spent quality time together and enjoyed each other’s company. 
“Connie was an amazing, caring, giving, and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Connie was an excellent example of a Christian; she shared the love of Christ with all she met.”

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dorothy Helena Sellers Obituary

Dorothy Helena Sellers was born September 27, 1923 in Russell Iowa to Guy and Roxie (McFarland) Shrader. Dorothy attended school in Russell, Iowa at the Russell Community Schools where she spent her childhood years and graduated. Dorothy attended Simpson College to obtain her teaching certificate. She married Leo M. Sellers in Princeton, Missouri on December 25, 1943. As a newly-wed she taught at the Liberty Township country school and not shortly after, their daughter Linda was born. 
Dorothy enjoyed accomplishing many domestic activities as her role shifted from teacher to house maker. She enjoyed baking, canning goods and sewing her daughter’s outfits all the way to her high-school years. Their home had all the makings of a country life-style raising animals from chickens to the farm cats and dogs. On top of all of the things Dorothy accomplished as a homemaker she loved to garden. She truly took pride in her flowers and had a very large garden to show for it. Giving back to the community Dorothy volunteered time with a Ladies group in the Russell Methodist Church. Dorothy also helped take care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She offered herself up as “second-mom” and loved to do so. 
Dorothy passed from this life on June, 14 2015 at the Lucas County Health Center in Chariton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Cleo Shrader; sister JoAnn Jamieson; sister Rosebud Vincent and infant daughter Sandra Kay. 
She is survived by her husband Leo M. Sellers; daughter Linda (Jack) Christensen of Chariton; grand-daughter Stacie (Kyle) Hardin; great-grandchildren T.J., Dusty and Brett Hardin and great-great- grandson Kasen Hardin, all of Chariton; grand-son Chad (D.J.) Christensen; great-grandchildren Slade and Cassie Christensen, Afton, IA; brother Leslie (Helen) Shrader of Oskaloosa, IA; brother Ted (Janice) Shrader of Springfield, MO.; sister Barb Steinbach; sister-in-law Irene Vincent; sister-in-law Gloria Sellers; of Chariton, IA and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Duane M. Goltry Obituary

Duane M. Goltry 84, of Russell, Iowa passed away June 4, 2015 at Circle of Life Hospice Legacy Lodge from complications of pneumonia. A visitation with family present will be from 6:00 – 8:00 on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. A celebration of Duane’s life will be held at 1:30 on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Fielding Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Russell Cemetery. 
Duane was born on the Goltry Century Farm east of Russell on February 13, 1931 to Carl Thomas and Stella Mae (Moore) Goltry. Duane’s youth was spent keeping his mother busy with boyhood shenanigans conspired with his Cousin Bob Johnson, attending Victory country school, helping his father and Uncle Wright Goltry raise livestock and work the farm with horses, and graduating from Russell High School in 1950. He proudly served his country in the Air Force from 1952 thru 1956. His occupation during the Korean Conflict was working as an Air Craft Mechanic stationed in Japan. In addition to farming he was employed by the safety and security department at Hy-Vee Wholesale in Chariton, Iowa for 16 years. Duane had a great passion for the Iowa State Fair and was an avid basketball enthusiast, particularly Iowa State. You may have seen Duane driving his 1930 Model A or his pony, Wolfie with his granddaughter Jessica by his side at many parades. 
Duane married Sandra Fogle on November 11, 1956 in Chariton, Iowa. The couple lived on the Goltry homestead where they raised their two daughters and instilled honesty, integrity, work ethics, and pride that have been practiced by their ancestors. Their two daughters, Linda and Lisa cherish how important family was to him. 
Duane is survived by his wife Sandra of Chariton, Iowa; daughters Linda (David) Secor of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lisa (Curtiss) Koenig of Sloan, Iowa; granddaughter Jessica (Brandon Meyer) Koenig of Sloan, Iowa; sister Jean Cooper of Rockford, Illinois; sister-in-law Pat Lindeman of Russell, Iowa; several step-grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, and cousins. 
He was proceeded in death by his parents; infant brother Harold Dean Goltry; brother-in-laws Jim Cooper and Keith Lindeman; nephew Jim T Cooper: and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. 
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Russell (Iowa) Historical Society in Russell, Iowa. 
The family wishes to thank all the medical professionals at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Des Moines, and the Circle of Life Hospice Legacy Lodge who cared and supported Duane and his family this past month.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Burdette L. Thompson Obituary

Burdette L. Thompson, 78 of Des Moines, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Burdette Lee Thompson was born October 15, 1936 in Lucas county near Russell , Iowa to Merwyn L. Thompson and Leona M. (Gilbert) Thompson. Burdette started his school days at Victory School, the same country school his Father and Grandfather Thompson attended. During the third grade his family moved to a farm west of Russell, IA and attended the Russell, IA schools. Burdette graduated from Russell High School in 1955. During high school he was active in music, played the trumpet and participated in many activities. He belonged to Lucas County 4-H and showed dairy cows winning many awards. 

He became a member of the Russell Methodist Church in April 1950. Always active in the church, he taught Sunday school classes and played piano for the church. He enjoyed playing his trumpet in the Russell Marching band and the Town band. He was first encouraged to start playing in the band by his great uncle. He played with the band even after returning from college. 

Burdette attended Iowa Wesleyan College. He returned to Lucas County and was active in many organizations, such as the Young Republicans and the Methodist Church activities. He moved to Chariton in 1958 and was employed by the J.C. Penney Co. Burdette was a member of the Chariton Jaycees, Chariton Masonic lodge #63 and belonged to the York Rite Bodies and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. He played the organ for many Masonic activities. Burdette then joined the P.M. Place stores to become a manager and moved to Centerville for a short time and then on to Ft. Madison before moving to Des Moines in January 1963. He worked for the P.M. Place Co. until 1965 managing their stores. Then he was employed by Zenith, 7-11 Corporations, City of Des Moines as a Trainer for the central Parking systems. In the 80’s he owned and operated Burdette’s Old Market and Grocery. He was always a retail manager, employing and training many people in sales. 

Burdette participated in many organizations after moving to Des Moines. He became a member of the Grace Methodist Church and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet singing in America Inc. Burdette sang with the Des Moines chorus for over 25 years. He served as president of all chapters in the State of Iowa for over five years, and then served as Vice President of the organization in the seven state area of the Central States. He traveled as an officer, but found time to be the producer of their show at KRNT Theater for over ten years. 

He served for many years as a member of the Special Events Committee of the Iowa State Fair. He was master of ceremonies welcoming many musical groups and performers to the stage at the Bill Riley Talent Show. Burdette has enjoyed genealogy as a hobby for 50 years. In 1964, he was one of the 15 charter members in Iowa who founded the Iowa State Genealogical Society serving as the Vice President. He traveled extensively searching for his family heritage in several states and libraries before the use of the Internet. In the Lucas County section he has donated many articles of the Lucas County families. 

Burdette enjoyed people and kept in contact with many people across the country. He enjoyed music and teaching country line dancing throughout the Midwest. He had a great love for American history, especially about Iowa. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and parents, uncle Lester Gilbert of Colorado; aunt Marjorie Gilbert of Colorado; uncle Carl Post of Houstonm and uncle Cleo Thompson (Wilma) of Chariton, IA. 

Burdette is survived by his brother Dwight M Thompson and wife Helen of Chariton, IA, sister Lois A. Reynolds and husband George of Centerville, IA. Nephews and Nieces, Michael Thompson and wife Laura of Oak Park , IL, Emma and Cecilia Thompson; Brenda (Thompson) Nuckles and Husband Jeff of White Sands Missile Range, NM; Chelsea Stonehouse, Courtney Stonehouse and Jordan Nuckles; Teresa (Thompson) Quick of Des Moines, IA, Mackenzie, Olivia and Emily Quick; Shirley (Reynolds) Sloan and husband Don of Kansas City, MO; Richard Reynolds and wife Amanda of Centerville, IA and Jared Reynolds; Aunt Thelma Post of Houston, TX; cousins Beth Hammack (Jim) of Oklahoma City, OK; Kathleen Gilbert Macmillian (Stuart) of Denver, CO and Kent Gilbert (Beth) of Castle Rock, CO; Eva Decker of Chariton, IA; Jim Thompson of Illinois and many other cousins. 

Burdette never knew a stranger and was always thinking of others. He gave from the heart to all his family and friends. He loved his family dearly and loved family gatherings and sharing wonderful memories of family history. He will always be with us in heart! We love you!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Virginia Morgan Obituary

Virginia Morgan age 89 of Russell passed away on Thursday May 14, 2015. She was born on July 11th 1925 in Atchison, Kansas. She was married to Robert Morgan in 1947. To this union one daughter Peggy was born.
In her younger years she was involved in many local and county activities, having served on several boards. She was a long time member of Faith United Methodist Church in Russell and gave freely of her time in volunteer work.
She worked alongside her husband Bob in various businesses for over 35 years.
Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and had many friends of all ages.
Survivors include her beloved daughter Peggy, 3 grandchildren- tracy young, buck and Rod Conway, 5 great grandchildren- Dee, Mashala, Tristan, Morgan, and Cash.
Virginia is preceded in death by her husband Bob of 68 years whom passed away in Jan. 2015.
At Virginia’s request her body was cremated. Visitation will be from 10:30-11:30 on Monday May 18th, 2015 at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Private graveside services will follow visitation at Russell Cemetery with Emery McDonald officiating.
Memorials may be given to Legacy Lodge in Chariton, IA.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ivan Gail McCullough Obituary

Ivan Gail McCullough, born February 25, 1931 in Garden Grove, IA, was the son of William “Guy” & Maude Hill McCullough. He passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Legacy Lodge in Chariton, IA at the age of 84 years.

Ivan married Eleaine Evelyn Johnson of Leon, IA in 1950. They were parents of eight children: Arnan Gail, Allan Lynn, Calvin Lee, Jennine Kay, Kevin Guy, Galen Lyle, Maureen “Mo” Rose and Coleen Lois.

Ivan and Eleaine moved to Russell, IA, in 1954 where Ivan worked for Russell Produce Company. In 1964, they purchased an insurance agency from Walter and Mona Coop and together they operated McCullough Insurance Agency until it was sold in 1985. Ivan began his United States Postal Service career in 1965. He carried mail on a Russell rural route for 35 years, retiring in 2001.

While a Russell resident Ivan served terms as a city councilman and as mayor. He served as chairman of the of the Rathbun Regional Planning Commission, participating in the 1971 dedication of Rathbun Lake with Richard Nixon being the keynote speaker. In 1973 he was named the Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year for Lucas County. Ivan was a member of the Russell Faith United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Russell Lion’s Club.

Ivan acquired a couple of donkeys after he moved to Russell and began a long-time hobby of raising mules. He broke and sold many riding and jumping mules. After retirement from carrying mail, Ivan bought a van to haul several of his Amish friends to and from their work sites and appointments.

Preceding Ivan in death were sons Allan McCullough and Calvin McCullough, parents Guy and Maude McCullough, sisters and brothers-in-law Emily Eileen (Gerald) Smith, Lois Maude (Leroy) Orfield and Freda Gieula (George) Morgan; and brother-in-law Kenneth Herron.

Surviving are children, Arnan (Joanie) McCullough of Russell, Jennine (Steve) Rex of Enumclaw, WA, Kevin (Cindi) McCullough of Russell, Galen (Pam) McCullough of Chariton, Mo White of Chariton, Coleen (Steve Coffey) McCullough of Oskaloosa, IA and daughters-in-law Lois Jeffries of Russell and Leah McCullough of Hayden, ID.

Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren: Kimberly (Dylan) Erhart of Steamboat Springs, CO, Adam McCullough of Fort Collins, CO, Morgan McCullough of Chicago, Il, Megan (Mike) Arnold of Russell, Danielle (Travis) Miller of Rathdrum, ID, Michelle McCullough of Roundup, MT, Alissa McCullough of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Dan (Dea) Jacob of Eugene, OR, Kurt (Toni) McCullough of Chariton, Cody McCullough of Russell, Jeff McCullough of Grimes, IA, Emily McCullough of West Des Moines, IA, Brett White of Chariton and Tori White of Chariton; fourteen great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law LaNelle Herron of Chariton.

Memorials may be made to Homestead of Chariton, the assisted living center at which Ivan spent his last six months, or a charity of your choice. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Josephine Reed Obituary

Born: Sun., Feb. 25, 1917

Died: Thu., Apr. 16, 2015

Graveside Service

10:30 AM Fri., Apr. 24, 2015
Location: Russell Cemetery



F. Josephine (Ford) Reed, 98, of Austin, TX. daughter of Dennis B. Ford and Sarah Catherine (Lodge) Ford died April 16, 2015. A graveside service will be held Friday. April 24. 2015 at 10:30 am at the Russell cemetery. 
Jo was born February 25, 1917 in Russell, IA, and graduated from Russell High School in 1934. She received her Bachelors Degree from Drake University. She taught school in many Iowa schools and also worked for Principal Financial. 
Jo married James I. Reed in August of 1938. They were married 61 years and had one son. (Andy) Laurel R. Reed who lives with his wife, Marvel in Ruidoso, NM. She was preceeded in death by her husband. parents, sisters, Phyllis Debok and Carmen Ford, brother. Ivan Ford . 
She is survived by her son and daughter in law, 3 grand children and 9 great grandchildren.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lois L. Werts Obituary

Born: Sat., Mar. 31, 1928
Died: Fri., Feb. 13, 2015

Visitation
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 17, 2015
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
10:00 AM Wed., Feb. 18, 2015
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Lois LuVina (LaFavre) Werts, daughter of Trace Glenn LaFavre and Ethel LuVina Kleinbeck was born March 31, 1928, at Yocum Hospital in Chariton, IA. She passed away on February 13, 2015, at the Corydon Nursing and Rehab Center in Corydon, IA, at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 14 days. 
Lois graduated from Chariton High School in 1946. She taught country school for three years until she married Burdette Harvey Werts on June 20, 1948, at A Little Bit O’ Heaven in Davenport, IA. Lois and Burdette’s most proud moment was the birth of Brent Lee in 1954. When Brent was young, she worked for 8+ years at Woolworths in Chariton. Shortly after, Lois left Woolworths to become a full time homemaker for her husband, son and eventual grandkids. She stayed in the Chariton and Russell area her entire adult life. She was a member of the Russell Methodist Church, Millerton United Methodist Church, and Pythian Sisters group. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Evelyn LaFavre and husband, Russell Mikesell; in-laws, Harvey Roger and Artie Olive Werts; sister-in-law, Wilma Strait and husband William; brother-in-laws, Dean Werts and wife Ruth, Roger Werts and Dale Werts. 
Survivors include her husband of 66 years; son Brent and Judy Werts of Russell; grandchildren, Jana (Ryan) Rogness of Urbandale, IA, Brad Werts (girlfriend, Bridget Johnson) of Corydon, IA, Jayma (James) Sims of Burlington, IA, Brian Werts (fiancĂ©e Lauren Schenk) of Dekalb, IL; great grandchildren, Evan and Leona Rogness, Bryant and Braden Werts, and Juliana Sims. 
Lois showed her creativity through many areas including crafts, woodworking, painting, and sewing. Thirteen years were spent making many wedding and special occasion cakes. She enjoyed gardening and yard work and was known for keeping a clean house. Lois was a very giving person and took great pride in her grandchildren and their activities. Burdette and Lois spent 27 years traveling to Edinburg, TX, to Citrus Mobile Park from December to March. They also enjoyed going to Rathbun Country Music Theater for 35 years.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Juanita "Nita" F. (Grove) Chamberlain

Born: Fri., Dec. 29, 1933
Died: Mon., Feb. 2, 2015

Visitation
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 07, 2015

Funeral Service
2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 07, 2015

Juanita Fern Chamberlain, daughter of Robert Roy Grove and Lois Allene (Trimble) Grove was born on December 29, 1933 in Corydon, IA. She passed away February 2, 2015 at the Legacy Lodge Hospice at the age of 81. 

Nita attended schools in Millerton and Seymour, IA and graduated from Corydon High School in 1952. She married Sgt. Billy E. Clark on February 13, 1954 in Waynesville, MO. To this union four children were born: Robert Eugene, Cynthia Lynn, William Patrick and Terri Jo. 

Nita was baptized at the Methodist Church in Russell, IA. On January 30, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard Royce Chamberlain. Three more children: Gary Raymond, John Richard and Steven Royce blessed this family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert Allen; oldest son, Robert Eugene (Bobby), July 31, 1989, and son, John Richard Chamberlain, January 4, 2014; husband Richard, September 2, 1996; a niece, Donna Sue Askren; her brother-in-law, James Askren; and her grandparents. 

She is survived by her children: Cynthia Lynn Clark of Des Moines, IA, William Patrick (Terry Ann) Clark of Monroe, IA, Terri Jo Clark of Chariton, IA, Gary Chamberlain of Waukee, IA, and Steven Royce Chamberlain of Chariton; twelve grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Duane) Stoll of Des Moines, Nancy Askren of Chariton and Delores Curtis of Chariton; brothers, Charles (Joyce) Grove of Florida, and Larry Grove of Perry, IA; also many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including special longtime friends Jan Graves and Barb Ruepke.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Elwyn Eugene Mason Obituary


Born: Wed., Oct. 2, 1929
Died: Sat., Jan. 24, 2015

Visitation6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 30, 2015
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service10:30 AM Sat., Jan. 31, 2015
Location: Faith United Methodist Church-Russell

Elwyn Eugene Mason of Russell, Iowa, age 85, born October 2, 1929, went to be with his Heavenly Father on January 24, 2015. Elwyn was the son of Ustel and Tena (Schumann) Mason of Russell. He lived in rural Russell from birth to 1950 and graduated from Russell High School in the class of 1948. Elwyn enlisted in the United States Air Force, September 14, 1950, during the Korean War and was honorably discharged Feb. 25, 1954; his rank was Staff Sergeant and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Occupation Medal Germany. During his service time he served at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Furstenfeldbruck, Germany and Bitburg, Germany.
After his discharge he returned to Russell; in 1954 he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where he was employed by Solar Aircraft Corporation. In 1955, he was employed by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Des Moines. In 1971, the family moved back to the Russell area and built a new home near his parents home. After working 33 years with Goodyear, he retired in 1988. He worked part time at the Russell Oil Company until 2004. He was known, in town, as the best pizza maker around, although he followed the same recipe as did others who worked there.
November 18, 1955, he married Betty Cain, of Van Wert, Iowa, in Des Moines and to this union, two sons were born; Philip in 1957 and Kenneth in 1960. The family became members of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church. Elwyn was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church, a member of the American Legion Charlie Clark Post #308 and was a past member of the Russell Community Club.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Maxine (Mason) Moore of Russell; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wallace (Bud) and Margreet (Marge) Cain of Van Wert, Iowa; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, LuEtta and David Wakefield of Grand River, Iowa.
Elwyn is survived by his loving wife, Betty, Russell, IA; sons, Phil (Shelley) Mason of Diagnal, IA and Ken (Deb) Mason of Russell, IA. Grandchildren, Jaime (Brian) Sabel of Lincoln, NE, Becky (Daren) Jaques of West Des Moines, IA, Ryan Mason of Russell, IA, Robbie (Shayna) Mason of Diagonal, IA and Michael (Emily) Mason of Russell, IA; Great grandchildren, Wynter, Savannah, and Dallas Jaques of West Des Moines, IA, Kaydence and Ryker Mason of Diagonal, IA; Honorary great grandson, Thor Sorensen of Denmark; Nephew, Wallace (Jacqueline) Wakefield of Cibolo, TX, brother-in-law, Bill (Dolores) Moore of West Des Moines, IA; Aunt, Etta Shelton of Lancaster, OH; cousins and a host of friends.

Robert Morgan Obituary

Robert "Bob" Raymond Morgan
Born: Sun., Feb. 8, 1925
Died: Sat., Jan. 24, 2015

Family Visitation
10:30 AM Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Graveside Service
11:30 AM Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Location: Russell Cemetery

Robert Morgan passed away at age 89. He was born February 8, 1925 in Mount Pleasant, IA. He was united in marriage to Virginia Paris in 1947. To this union, one daughter, Peggy was born.

Bob was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He was in business for over 35 years locally with the Russell Produce, Russell Grain Co. and Russell Mall. He was active in many local organizations and still serving as Finance Officer, until 2012, for the American Legion of which he was a lifetime member.

Bob was a great husband, father and grandfather. His generosity to those in need was known to most. He never had any ill will toward anyone and had the friendship of young and old.

At Bob's request, his body was cremated. A gathering of relatives and friends will be on Tuesday morning, January 27, 2015 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Fielding Funeral Home. A burial with Military Rights will be at the Russell Cemetery following the visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Legacy Lodge and the Russell Rescue and Fire Department.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jackie Ray “Jack” Meyer, 81, Obituary

Jackie Ray “Jack” Meyer, 81 of Fredericksburg, VA died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital.

Jack was raised on a farm 4 ½ miles South East of Russell, Iowa, on the Blue Grass Road. He accepted the Lord in his youth while under the ministry of Rev. Archie Beals at the First Baptist Church in Russell. He was active in basketball and the local 4-H club. After graduating from Russell High School in 1951 he joined the Navy and served there for four years during the Korean War as an electronics technician on board the aircraft carrier Shangri-La.

He was a graduate of Iowa State University in Electrical Engineering and served in the Minnesota State legislature from 1967 to 1969. He then became the Director of the Cincinnati Transit Authority for several years before moving to the Washington, DC area to serve on a number of electrical engineering projects as a civilian for the Walter Reed Hospital and the U.S. Navy. At the time of his retirement he was involved in solving electromagnetic interference problems on mine sweepers and guided missile cruisers.

Survivors include his wife, Betsey Ann Meyer, Two daughters, Deborah Meyer Burget (Craig} of Fairmont, W. VA., and Ruth Meyer (Matt Belval) of Vacaville, CA; son Benjamin Franklin Meyer (Michelle) of Evans, GA; two brothers, John Meyer of Chino Valley, AZ, and Robert E. Meyer of Sebring, FL; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Raymond Meyer, and his parents, Raymond E. Meyer and Florence A. Meyer, both of Russell, IA.

The family received friends the evening of Dec. 4, at Covenant Funeral Services, Fredericksburg, VA.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Spotswood Baptist Church in Fredericksburg. Internment was held on Monday, Dec. 8, at the Quantico National Cemetery.



An on-line guest book is available at: Covenantfuneralservice.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rilla Fern (Church) Enterline Obituary

Rilla Fern (Church) Enterline was born October 13, 1930. She was called Home January 07, 2015. 
Fern, the daughter of Edgar and Twila (Wolverton) Church, was born in rural Derby, Iowa. She attended school at Cambria and Derby before attending and graduating from AIB with a degree in business. 
Fern married her husband, Boyd Saylor Enterline December 6, 1957, at the Lucas Assembly of God Church. To this union two sons were born: Edgar Eugene and Todd Alan. 
Fern traveled all over the country performing Bible School Programs that included chalk talks, object lessons, and “Rusty Doolittle”. She later pastored for many years at the Lucas Assembly of God church, until she retired in 1994. She and Boyd then attended different churches before settling at Center Community Church in Russell, Iowa, where Fern came out of retirement and pastored until the church closed in November of 2014. She was incredibly proud of the fact that she got to dedicate all six of her grandchildren to the Lord, and also performed three of the grandchildren’s wedding ceremonies. 
Fern will be remembered for many things. Among them, her love of her six grandchildren and their spouses, her great-granddaughter, her ventriloquism, her quirky ways, and of course none could forget her experimental cooking. Some of the best memories of her are her “do a dumb thing days”, her advice and her stories. 
Fern was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Saylor Enterline; her parents Edgar and Twila Church; brothers Edgar Church Jr. and John Franklin Church; and sister Betty Jo Church. 
Fern will be remembered by her family, sons Edgar and wife, Rhonda Enterline, and Todd and wife, Mary Enterline, all of Chariton; grandchildren Rilla Enterline of West Des Moines, Kenny Enterline and wife, Shelby, of Lucas, Joshua Enterline, Tony Enterline and Robin Enterline, all of Chariton, Cody and wife, Tasha Enterline, of Derby; great-granddaughter Alivia Enterline; brother Larry and wife, Barbara Church, of Des Moines; nieces and nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mary Lou Bingaman Obituary

Mary Lou Bingaman, 73, of Chariton passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Mary Lou was born to Charles and Eulice (Davis) Sims on May 8, 1941 in Marysville, Iowa. She attended elementary school in Marysville and graduated from Lovilia High School with the class of 1958. Mary Lou pursued a career in the travel industry, working for several different airlines and a travel agency. She retired in 1995 from American Airlines, where she made many longtime friends. 

Mary Lou was a fun person who enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She enjoyed having lunch with her friends and watching her grandkids sporting events. Friends may have known her as Mary Lou, but she will always be Momma Lou to her grandchildren. Laughter was never too far away when Mary Lou was in the area. Lunch dates with her friends always included laughing and giggling. She enjoyed mowing her yard with her zero turn lawn mower and walking around the farm. 

Survivors include her companion Dean Jones of Chariton, brother, Bob Sims of Russell, sister, Barbara Bauman of Cabool, Missouri and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Bingaman, sister, Betty Ann Sims, sister-in-law, Gwen Sims and a brother-in-law, Richard Bauman. 

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton with Rev. Brent Hanna officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior form 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date in Weller Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Legacy Lodge in Chariton.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mary Madolene (Ballard) Amos Obituary

Born: Fri., Jan. 8, 1932
Died: Thu., Nov. 27, 2014

Private Family Service
Location: Russell Cemetery Born: Fri., Jan. 8, 1932

   Mary Madolene (Ballard) Amos was born January 8, 1932 in Humeston, IA. She left this world on November 27, 2014 to join family and friends in heaven. She was raised on a farm south of Chariton and resided in the Chariton area most of her life. After retirement in 2006; she moved to Des Moines to be closer to family. 
   She held various jobs including healthcare at Chariton Hospital and Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center. She was always working; whether it was inside or outside her home. Mary was a devoted mother and caregiver for her husband and several friends. Her house was always immaculate. She loved to bake and cook to share with others. She also enjoyed her flower gardens and a well kept lawn. 
   She was preceded in death by her parents; Charlie and Velma Ballard, her husband; Walter Amos, her sister; Darlene McFadden, her twin sister; Margaret Boston, brothers; Millard Smith and Skip Hellyer. Children; Judy Thompson, Lorilee Davis, Melvin Dwayne, Mary Louise, and Homer Boston. 
   She is survived by daughter Janice (Robert) Sorrells, Haughton, LA, son Marvin (Kate Worsley) Boston, Sacramento, CA, daughter Marilee Davis, Des Moines, IA, son Leland (Michelle Miller) Davis II, Des Moines, IA, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.