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.

Kim (Schumann) Sellers Obituary

Kimberly 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.

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stephen W. Richard Obituary

Stephen W Richard was taken home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2017. Steve was born in Corydon, Iowa on January 26, 1951 to Theran (Dick) and Jean Richard. The youngest of three brothers, Steve lived most of his life in Lucas county (Chariton, Russell). Steve was not able to finish high school due to a car accident that hospitalized him for months and then follow-up medical procedures for years. He graduated from Indian Hills Welding School and had various welding jobs including Johnson Machine Works, and H&R Welding. His real desire was to drive a truck and he did for many years before having to quit for health reasons. He grew up (country cruising) driving the country roads, with dad and it made such an impression on him that the desire lasted his entire life. Driving seemed to be the hardest thing for Steve to give up. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards (especially cribbage) and shooting pool. Steve loved family and friends and he had many. His door was always open. His children say their dad never gave up on them even through their turbulent years. They called, he was there. They even admit that he probably enabled them, but Steve always said they could never do as much harm as he had done over the years. Through his marriages, Steve had three children Dusty, Jessica, Kelly and eight grand-children Trent, Aaliyah, Maxx, Lucas, Kinnick, Bradley, Joey, Brody. Two step-children Mike White and Denise White. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Charlette Richard (Simmons), grand-son Mason Richard and survived by children Dusty Richard (Nicole), Jessica Richard, Kelly Krutsinger, grand-children, brothers Gary Richard Stockton, IA, Larry Richard Chariton, IA. Steve will be remembered for many things including not sugar coating anything (telling it like he sees it) but the best thing remembered is that he was a loyal friend that didn’t let conflict destroy a friendship.

Funeral Service
June 10, 2017

11:00 AM
Fielding Funeral Home
227 S Grand
Chariton , Iowa 50049

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jarod J. Chester Obituary

Jarod Joseph Chester passed away on May 28, 2017.  He was born on July 20, 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa, the third of five children to Bruce and Kathleen Chester.
 Jarod grew up with his siblings in the Russell and Chariton area, attending school in both districts.  He had a great interest in technology and the sciences.  Conversations with Jarod would often turn at some point to discussing the most recent announcements from NASA or some other new mechanical or computer breakthrough. His intellectual curiosity led him to track the space station in the night sky. He found humor in the Flat Earth Society, discussing topics such as, “Is margarine really only one molecule away from being plastic?” and wearing T-shirts with messages that befuddled people. One of his favorite quotes was by Eleanor Roosevelt; “Great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about events, and small minds talk about people.” He saw no use for gossip.
Jarod loved animals and they responded to his gentle nature. He once nurtured a wounded baby black bird to full health and it would fly back to him from the trees when it was time to be fed.
He greatly enjoyed outdoor activities such as camping, boating, fishing, and riding motorcycles.
Jarod was a dedicated father to his son, Jace, and delighted in taking him on outdoor adventures and teaching him as many things about life that he could. He will be missed for all the little things that made him who he was. He was a cherished son, and brother who was always willing to help out his family members.
For his 16th birthday, Jarod was given an electric guitar by his Aunt Mary Jo and he taught himself how to play. He liked playing so much, he moved on to the acoustic guitar and for several years was fascinated with classical music.
Jarod was a quiet, sensitive soul who didn’t share much with people outside his family and his family loved him beyond words. When we shared stories of our faith in God, Jarod would also talk about his affection for Saint Therese and her example of how to live life. Very definitively he said he knew without any doubt that God was real, there is a Heaven, and he had no fear of death. This gives us all much consolation.
Jarod was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Chester, and his step-grandfather Dennis O’Brien.  He is survived by his son, Jace Chester, and his mother Billie Cole Williams; parents Bruce and Kathleen Chester of Chariton; brothers Tanner Chester and friend Jen Finch, and James Chester, both of Chariton; sisters Tiffany Johnston and husband Jacob of Chariton, and Courtney Chester of Ottumwa; a niece Kelsie Chester, nephews Michael Chester, Peter, Jude, and Xavier Johnston all of Chariton; Grandmother Mary Louise O'Brien of Chariton; Grandparents Joe and Rose O'Reilly of Omaha; Aunts and Uncles include Mary Jo O’Reilly of Omaha, Jim and Jeannie (O’Reilly) Torzala of Kentucky, Phillip O’Reilly of Kansas City, John and Nang O’Reilly of Las Vegas, Rich and Jacque Chester of Chariton, and Starla Atwell and friend Rick Durr of Moravia, and many cousins and friends.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Larry Zern Obituary

Lawrence "Larry"  Zern

Memorial services for Lawrence “Larry” Zern, 69, of Russell, will be Thursday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of Larry’s family.

Larry grew up and lived in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania most of his life. He moved to Iowa in his later years to retire. Larry enjoyed remote control, computers, and electronic systems. He was very creative.

Larry passed away at his home on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Surviving are his children: Ellen (Tommy) Blair and Andrew (Deborah) Zern; 9 grandchildren: Ron, Jesse, Victoria, Dustin, Adriene, Hillary, Laurin, MacKenzie, Hannah, and Avery. Also surviving are his brother, Wayne (Linda) Eyster and niece, Kenda (Harry) Speraw. Preceding him in death were his mother, Martha Eyster; and brother, Kenneth Zern.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Keith Alan Jones Obituary

 Keith Alan Jones
A Celebration of Life for Keith A. Jones, 55, of Russell will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in care of Keith’s family.
 Keith was born July 1, 1961 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to Richard “Dick” Jones and Myrtle (Parsons) Jones. He passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Lucas County Health Center at the age of 55 years.

Keith has worked for Manatt’s Construction, Deflecta Shield, Nestaway, Hy-Vee, Stratford Homes, and Midwest Concrete Coatings. Keith was working at the Lucas County Health Center at the time of his death.

Keith loved all his children. He had a special bond with his grandsons, Waylon Anderson and Taven Cook. Keith enjoyed riding his dirt bikes, his Harley Davidson and traveling to Colorado to spend time with Kip and his family.

Keith is survived by his children: Janetta Cook of Chariton, Maggie Jones of Clive, Kody (Lexi) Jones of Chariton, and Kaylie Jones of Chariton. Along with special friend Vicki Walker of Humeston; parents: Dick and Mert Jones of Chariton; siblings: Pam (David) Raymie of Knoxville, Kevin (Donna) Jones of Knoxville, Kurt Jones of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Ken Jones of Corydon, Kip (Kelly) Jones of Arvada, CO; two grandsons: Waylon Anderson and Taven Cook; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, relatives, and friends.

Preceding Keith in death were his grandparents; sister-in-law, Vicki Jones; and nephew, Jeremy DeVore.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daniel (D.J.) Johnson

Daniel "DJ" Johnson
Daniel “DJ” Johnson, 54, was healed of cancer on April 11, 2017 as he graduated to his heavenly home and his eternal reward.

Dan's Celebration of Life will be held at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia, Iowa on Thursday, April 20th. Please join us to reminisce from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.; family will receive friends at 6:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. and a dessert reception will follow.
Dan valiantly fought cancer for 15 months; his faith never wavering.
His life epitomized 2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Dan was born on December 24, 1962 to Dale & Mary Lou Johnson in Russell. Dan was a proud graduate of Russell High School in 1981. He spoke fondly of his teammates and classmates.
Dan was married on April 12, 2003 to Roxanne Peterson. He was a most devoted husband and an ideal father to Gabrielle.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Dale & Mary Lou Johnson; brother, James; and sister, Rebecca Franck.
Dan is survived by his wife of 14 years, Roxanne, of Russell; his daughter, Gabrielle, of Pella; his sisters, Esther Clarke, of Fort Dodge and, Rose (Gary) Kline, of Chariton; brothers-in-law: Fred Franck, of Newton, Steve (Denise) Peterson, of Windsor Heights, Jeff (Gloria) Peterson, of Chaska, MN, and David (Robin) Peterson, of Cave Creek, AZ; father/mother-in-law, Don and Amy Peterson, of Sun City West, AZ; uncle, Larry May, of Palencia, CA; 8 nieces and 5 nephews.

Dan delighted in his 30+ years driving a truck for Hy-Vee. His “brothers” from Hy-Vee stood by him throughout life’s battles, including cancer. Dan was an active member of the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene (Moravia). He faithfully served as an Usher, a member of the Church Board and an Adult Sunday School Teacher. His church and church family brought him immense joy as he served his Savior, Jesus Christ.

In those too infrequent times of leisure, Dan looked forward to camping and boating at Lake Rathbun with his family and friends as well as working on his stable of 1972 Chevys.

Pallbearers are Jim Baker, Galen Black, Tom Carpenter, Matt Fritz, Chad Masters, Clint Porterfield, Dan Reynolds, Radley Seuferer, and Marshal Schlutz. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Holmes, Bryan Rowland, and Bruce Smith.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Alice Joy Wilhite Obituary

 Alice  Joy Wilhite
Services for Alice Joy Wilhite will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Interment will follow at the Confidence Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chariton Grace Baptist Church Missionary Fund.

Alice Joy Wilhite was born on October 2, 1930, to Ed and Cora Unger in Corwith, Iowa. Alice was one of four children born to this couple. She attended all 12 grades at the Corwith school graduating at the top of her class. During high school Alice participated in basketball, school plays, and music. After graduation she attended one semester of business school.

On September 29, 1950, Alice was united in marriage to Bob Wilhite at the First Baptist Church in Russell, Iowa. They were married for 65 years until the death of Bob. Bob and Alice lived in Des Moines for the first 5 years of their marriage. During those 5 years Alice worked for the telephone company as an operator. In 1955 they moved to a farm in Wayne County, Iowa.

Because of her childhood during the Great Depression, Alice learned to save everything and use everything twice and save it for the next time...just in case. She sewed clothes for the family and crocheted afghans for those she loved.

Although Alice grew up attending church she didn't trust Christ as her Savior until she was about 32 years of age. She had heard the gospel preached during a Sunday sermon and later that week made the decision to believe and receive the Bible plan of salvation. Even though saved, the battle of the flesh continued. The sharp tongue and pointed pencil were not always used in kindness.

Alongside Bob, Alice instilled a good work ethic in all her children. Cleaning the house, washing the clothes, cooking the meals were all part of her weekly duties. Alice's summer job included tractor driving with a baler and hayrack behind on the steep hills of the farm. She walked through the bean field to pull weeds and cut thistles from the pastures to help while Bob was working his job.

Amidst the work, Alice found time for the fun side of life. She taught her children four part harmony around the piano. Baseballs were hit in the front yard. Basketballs were shot in the hay shed. Bikes were ridden up and down the gravel road. On some clear nights, Alice would take outside any of the children willing for the adventure to search the skies for falling stars.

Alice found time when the children were young to help them memorize many Bible verses and read them Bible stories.

Alice passed from this earth on April 5, 2017, from cancer. She will be greatly missed by her children: Cathy Burkland of Unionville, Iowa, Jerry and Deborah Wilhite of South Africa, and Terry and Sharon Wilhite of Russell, Iowa; sister, Goldie Fett of Nora Springs, Iowa; brother, Jimmy Unger of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. Alice was blessed with many friends, good neighbors, and the church family of Grace Baptist in Chariton. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Cora Unger; husband of 65 years, Bob Wilhite; son, Rick Wilhite; brother, Hugh Unger; and brother-in-law, Bill Fett.

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Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton
914 Roland Ave
Chariton, IA, US, 50049

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Pierschbacher Funeral Homes - Chariton
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Chariton, IA, US, 50049

Monday, January 30, 2017

Charles Clay Obituary

February 1, 2017
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Fielding Funeral Home
Chariton , Iowa

February 1, 2017
3:00 PM
Fielding Funeral Home
Chariton , Iowa

February 1, 2017

Charles Sawyer Clay, 93, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon, Iowa. Charles was born the first son of Leslie Logan and Sarah Marie (Sawyer) Clay on June 1, 1923 at home north of Gilman, Iowa. He was welcomed by three sisters, Donna, Doris and Jean. The family was later completed with the addition of two brothers, Leslie “Fritz” and Richard. He was raised in the Gilman area and attended country school for 8 years before attending and graduating from Gilman High School in 1940 at the age of 16.
In January 1943, he was one of the first group of 19-year old’s drafted into the army from Marshall County. He served his country faithfully as a medic until his discharge in 1945. He was very grateful that he was given the opportunity to join the Honor Flight in 2009. Charles was a true patriot, displaying our country’s flag proudly on a daily basis.
Charles met Alma May Scovill on a blind date and they were later married on January 14, 1950. To this union were born Jeri Lynne, Gregory Charles and Tamara Sue.
Charles attended Junior College in Marshalltown and the Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls on the G.I Bill. He taught in Melbourne, Radcliffe, Russell and Chariton, many different courses later specializing in Drivers Education. He was also the Transportation Director for the buses in Chariton for many years.
Charles’ family was his life. He was blessed with a large family who considered him their rock, always putting others first before himself. Charles enjoyed fishing, “tinkering” in the garage, listening to country music, having a large collection of albums, tapes and CD’s, and was an old car admirer and channel surfing. He most enjoyed tormenting the grandchildren. Also sharing trivia and basking in the sun “soaking up Vitamin D” he would say. Charles had a very dry sense of humor.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents, wife Alma, son Greg and siblings Donna Lawrence, Doris Walker, Jean Simpson, Leslie “Fritz” Clay and Richard Clay. Charles is survived by his daughters Jeri Tresnak of Chariton, Tammy Johnson and husband Don of Corydon, grandchildren Kari, Lisa, Lori, Tara, Sarah. Logan, Gabe, Taylor and Brandi. Great grandchildren Daniel, Jami, Alex, Douglas, Christopher, Jeffrey, Makala, Paisley, Pryce, Dane, Corryn, Camden, Parker, Jaxton, Carver, Channing, Adam, April and Luke. Great-great grandchildren Phoenix, Maddy, Lucas, Sean, Angelynne, Ava, Wesley and Marissa.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Loretta A (Eastvold) Bequeaith Obituary

September 13, 1943 ~ January 24, 2017 (age 73)

February 4, 2017
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church-Chariton
Chariton, Iowa

February 4, 2017
11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church-Chariton
Chariton, Iowa

February 4, 2017
Russell Cemetery
Russell, Iowa

Loretta Ann Bequeaith, 73, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at the Lucas County Hospital in Chariton, Iowa. Loretta was born September 13, 1943 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada to Stirling Randolf Eastvold and Frances Frame (Scott) Eastvold, she was the middle of three children. Loretta resided in Moose Jaw until moving to eastern Iowa with her family around the age of 8 years old.
Loretta moved after graduation to Davenport, Iowa where she met the love of her life Richard Bequeaith and they were married on October 21, 1962 in Calamus, Iowa. They were blessed with a son Richard Scott.
Loretta loved to shop, having a great sense for fashion and coordinating styles and colors. She was always dressed meticulously. She did not enjoy cooking and said “The way to a women’s heart was a good restaurant, especially Red Lobster”. She claimed the only reason she had a kitchen was it came with the house.
Loretta was very kind hearted, loyal and would help anyone. She often spoke her mind and never saw a stranger.
Loretta was preceded in death by her father and mother and step mother Gertrude McCune. Left to cherish her memories are husband Richard, Son Richard Scott (Jacque) of Davenport, Iowa, grandson Steven Ohland of Colorado, whom she always had a close relationship with, her brother Stirling (Caryle) Eastvold of Dewitt, Iowa, sister Kary (Roger) Blunk of Russell, Iowa and many more extended family and friends.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ronald Tonelli Obituary
Ron Tonelli, age 68 of Moravia, Iowa, passed away, Friday, January 20, 2017 at his home, under the service of Good Samaritan Hospice.
He was born on August 25, 1948 in Polk County, Iowa, the son of Charlie and Harriett (Epps) Tonelli. Ron graduated from Valley West Des Moines High School in 1966. 
Ron was united in marriage to Lois "Muffy" Orwig in Russell, Iowa, on April 17, 1977. Ron and Muffy would have celebrated forty years of marriage in April of this year. 
He entered the United States Army on May 13, 1968. Serving his country faithfully during Vietnam war era. Ron was honorably discharged from the service in December of 1969.
Ron owned and operated Tonelli Construction in Lucas County for over twenty years. 
In his able years he had several hobbies, including hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Gardening was his passion, and he enjoyed growing, and helping can the vegetables he grew. It was also very important to him to share with others from his garden’s surplus. 
Anyone who knew Ron knew how important his small dogs were to him. Whether riding with him on the lawn mower in his lap, in his easy chair with him, or in his bed, they were always close by. 
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Lois "Muffy" Tonelli of Moravia, Iowa; two aughters, Virginia "Ginny" (Matt) Barrette of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Elizabeth Tonelli of Ankeny, Iowa; two grandchildren, Hayden Hoxmeier and Camila Barrette. He is also survived by several siblings, as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and a host of other family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and several siblings. 
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Good Samaritan Hospice in Ottumwa and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Dayton Leo Kendall Obituary

Dayton Leo Kendall
Dayton Leo Kendall, husband of 55 glorious years, dad, grandfather and friend joined his daughter and Jesus on Saturday, January 7, 2017. This inspirational man was born on November 20, 1935 to Neal and Lilly (Wright) Kendall of Russell. He was the youngest, by 9 years, of five siblings, Geraldine (Atkinson), Juanita (Miller), Dean and Donald Kendall. He graduated from Russell High School in 1954 where he was known for singing and traveling in a quartet.
After high school he worked construction in Iowa City, on a dude ranch in New York and traveled the country with his friend Larry Linville. He was drafted into the army before returning to Iowa where he worked as a sales rep for the Gambles store.
He married his beautiful wife Linda, on January 7, 1962. They had two children, Dee and Larry Kendall. He hunted coons with his not-so-great coon dogs, camped on the river, sang and played guitar for the Roadrunners, enjoyed cold beer and great company. He was always helping in the community for the Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.
They raised sheep and cattle on the farm, much to the disappointment of his kids. He loved business and he and Linda bought the local Gambles Hardware Store in 1982. He was thrilled when his son came to him with a business plan to install computer cables, he not only supported that endeavor but owned half of Midwest Computer Cable. He named and helped start Quiktron and was always there to help or at least to drink coffee and talk with the employees. When Larry needed help with Muddy Outdoors, he ran the pallet jack to get those containers unloaded in under 90 minutes. Always being directed by Linda. He taught himself to play the mandolin in retirement and could pick with the best of them. He never stopped enjoying the outdoors and took Mule rides almost daily.
He leaves his wife Linda, son Larry, his wife G and their three children, Gage, Lainy & Jack to carry on in his absence.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Pastor Richard Grimes officiating. Burial will follow services at Osborn Cemetery in Lovilia.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Dayton’s family present 6 to 7:30 p.m. to greet friends and family.
Memorials may be made out to Osborn Cemetery.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lois Faye (Pearson) Vogler Obituary

December 29, 1929 ~ December 27, 2016 (age 86)

May 27, 201710:00 AM
Chariton Cemetery
Chariton, Iowa

Lois Faye (Pearson) Vogler passed away at the age of 86, December 27, 2016 at the Circle of Life Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa. Lois was born December 29, 1929 in Promise City, Iowa in Wayne County to Lewie Melville Pearson and Marie Valentine (Stonebraker) Pearson. Lois had two sisters Twila and Rose, they grew up on a farm in Lucas County. Lois rode her horse 2 miles to a country grade school on Rabbit Ridge and went to Chariton High School. She attended May Church as a young girl and was baptized at the First Baptist Church when she was 16 years old. Lois married George Edward Downard April 12, 1947 and they had four children, Linda Marie, Lewie Dean, Richard Lee and Mary Coleen. Lois and George moved to Russell, Iowa in 1950 to raise their four children. George drove a semi-truck for Russell Produce. George and Lois enjoyed having card parties with their friends in Russell. Lois worked at the O’Donalds Nursing Home from 1961 to 1972. Lois married Vernon Vogler in 1966. She worked at the Mill Pond Inn in Russell and Lucas County Public Home Health for 16 years. She retired in 1992 because of her health. Lois had lived in Russell for 52 years. She moved to Autumn Park Apartments in Chariton. Lois was a hardworking person, she never left her work undone. She instilled good values in her children and always told them to save their money. After she retired Lois had time to sew quilts for her family, read books and cook, making the best peanut brittle and pecan cream pie. You never left Lois’s home hungry. Lois also loved playing with her grandchildren. Lois is preceded in death by her parents Lewie and Marie Pearson, daughter Linda McKee, son-in-law AD McKee, sister Twila and brother-in-law Gene Spiker, sister Rose and brother-in-law John Heston. Left to cherish her memories are son Lewie Downard of Sarasota, FL, son Richard Downard from Clinton, IN., daughter Coleen Downard of Chariton. Three grandchildren Sheri (Tim) Shore, Tiffany Mason (Cory Gallup) and Coty (Kat) Downard. Six Great-Grandchildren Trinity (Nathan), Tyler, Tressa, Dylan, Carver and Odin. Two Great-Great-Grandchildren Blane and Bristel. Sister-in-law Mary Ellen (Cleo) Moody of Terre Haute, IN.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Gerald Foutch Obituary

MASON CITY — Hogan-Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel

Gerald Foutch, 89, of Mason City, passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 12, at the Nora Springs Care Center.
Family suggests memorial contributions be sent to North Iowa Humane Society. In lieu of flowers, condolences may be directed to the family.
Celebration of life to be announced at a later date.
He was born in Russell, Iowa, on Jan. 24, 1927. Gerald graduated from Russell High school and was known to play piano at school event. He was married to Arlene Mumford on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
Gerald was an owner and operator of several independent businesses in Mason City and Clear Lake. As a licensed pilot, he enjoyed many years of aviation, travel and retirement in Arizona. His greatest moments were spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gerald, over the years, especially enjoyed his pet dog Biggie and cat Mindy. Living family members who cherish his memory are his Wife, Arlene, Craig (Kathy), Dee (Russell), and Gary.
Proud Grandfather of Tyler (Kris), Jessica and Kara (Tavis). Beloved Great-Granddaughters Sophia
and Lydia.
He was preceded in death by his Father Harry, Mother Merial, Brothers Lloyd, Donald and Dean. Hogan-Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 Third St. S.E., Mason City. 641-423- 2372,

Thursday, November 17, 2016

John Rash Obituary

John Faris Rash was born to Howard J. and Florence S. (Faris) Rash at home on May 18, 1928 in Zearing, Iowa. John was one of six children.
John attended and graduated high school in Union, Iowa. During that time he gathered many friends and memories playing basketball and baseball. 
John met the love of his life in school and married Margaret C. Hager on August 6, 1950. This union was blessed with six children Douglas, Dwight, Daryl, Darla, Donavon and DaLene.
John spent his life on the farm we he instilled a work ethic in his children. He would only go to town twice a year, once to the cattleman’s banquet and once to the W.W.F wrestling match. 
Upon retiring he enjoyed fishing, going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, which continued onto his great-grandchildren’s events. He also became a great socializer splitting his time between the Chariton Feed and Grain “The Gossip Shop” and the Eastridge Animal Clinic.
John also enjoyed his professional sporting events. He didn’t care who won or lost he just wanted a good game. 
Time apart was not meant to be as one month to the day of losing his wife of 66 years they were reunited for eternity.
Preceding John in death are his parents, wife Margaret, son Donavon, grandsons Robert and Matthew, siblings Dave, Ruth and Margaret. Left to cherish his memory are his children Douglas of Chariton, Iowa, Dwight (Janet) of Kearney, NE, Daryl (Dixie) of Avoca, Iowa, Darla (Doug Adrian) of Russell, Iowa, DaLene (Mark) Kahler of Cambridge, Iowa, brother Joe Rash of Union, Iowa and sister Milicent “Ann” Woodward of Conrad, Iowa. As well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Marion Allen Obituary

Marion J. Allen
Services for Marion Allen, 96, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service on Wednesday. Interment will be at the Chariton Cemetery.
Memorials in Marion's memory may be made to HCI of Knoxville, an Animal Rescue League of your choosing, or the First Baptist Church in Chariton.
Marion James Allen, 96, formerly from Russell and Chariton, Iowa went to be with his Heavenly Father November 12, 2016 at the Accura Nursing Home in Knoxville where he was a resident. Marion was born July 14, 1920 in Monroe County, Iowa on the farm of his parents, Charles and Ruth (Cessna) Allen.
As a child he attended Sunday School at Hayden Chapel near the family home. Later he became a believer, was baptized, and became a member of the Christian Church in Albia, Iowa .He was a member of 4-H and showed his prized white face steer at the Iowa State Fair in 1939. He played the trombone in the Albia High School Marching Band.
On Christmas Day, December 25, 1943, he married Thelma Grace Calhoun whom he had met the first day they entered Albia High School, the Class of ’39. To this union a daughter Nancy Kaye and a son James Gene were born.
In 1951, they moved to a farm in Lucas County. In about 1954, they became members of the First Baptist Church in Chariton, Iowa. Marion was quite active. Marion and Maxine Randall taught the 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class for nearly twenty years. He and Grace were the leaders for high school youth fellowship along with Telfer Epp for nearly twenty years. He also served as a deacon many years. 
In August 2003, Marion and Grace moved to Chariton to the little yellow house. After Grace passed away in 2008, he purchased a three wheeled recumbent bicycle which he drove all around town. In August 2011, Marion moved to North Ridge Assisted Living in Chariton. From there he moved to the Accura Nursing Home in Knoxville in May 2015.
Marion was a farmer and loved his garden but still had a full time job also (including on the line at Morrell Meat Packing, John Deere, and Solar Aircraft, as a bookkeeper at Russell Produce and the Coop in Chariton, as a bus driver for Russell School, and in maintenance at the Hy-Vee offices in Chariton). He loved woodworking and raising sheep but most of all he loved his Bible and what it stood for. He was always honest and fair in his dealings, sometimes too trusting, but never complaining.
The summer of 1960 was the beginning of family vacations. They started with a Rambler, then a tent, then a pickup camper. Marion loved to go, whether close by or far away. They traveled to 46 of the lower 48 states during the one or two week summer vacations over the years along with a trip to the Stampede in Calgary (Marion’s request). Daughter Nancy did most of the driving as her parents grew older.
Marion and Grace celebrated their Golden Wedding by renewing their vows at First Baptist December 26, 1993. They celebrated their 64th anniversary on Christmas Day 2007 with the family.
He is survived by his daughter Nancy Moss and fiancé Virgil Arns, son Jim, grand-daughter Melissa Allen (Vince) Poush, great granddaughter Jamie Allen (Dillon) Maple, great grandsons Tanner Poush and Blake Poush, sister-in-law Thelma Calhoun Hoover, nieces Doris (Dick) Mahin Algren, Roseann (Gary) Calhoun Miller, Shirley (Mike) Calhoun Moon, Carol (Roger) Calhoun Kendall and nephews Duane Mahin, Ron (Charlotte) Calhoun, Richard (Pam) Calhoun, Leon (Cindy) Calhoun, Karl Calhoun,
He is preceded in death by his wife Grace on March 5, 2008, brother Keith (Thelma), twin sister Mildred (Irvin) Mahin, son-in-law Curtis Moss, twin grandson’s Richard and Robert Allen, niece Rhoda (Don) Calhoun Bruhl, nephew Rex Calhoun.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Harry Tanner Obituary

Where does one begin to tell the story of a man who has lived 99 years? William Harry Tanner started his long life in Kellerton Iowa, born at home to Fred and Jessie (Sissle) Tanner. Times were certainly different than they are now, a man was a gentleman, he took care of his family which meant his wife, children, siblings anyone else that need help. Dad married our mom Glendoris Shelton on December 24, 1940 they celebrated 72 years of marriage together before mom passed, times were hard in the early years but they were happy. They had four children; Judith, Wanda, Raelynn and Kevin. Dad and Mom were members of the Christian Church and shared their love and faith in God which they taught their children.
After retiring from Armstrong Tire in Des Moines he moved his family to Apache Junction Arizona, he enjoyed tinkering around his garage and could make or fix anything. 
Dad always had a story to tell, I especially remember one about a young boy 14 years old that he saw along the road on his way home from work, he was sitting on a suit case crying, his parents had died and had no place to live. Art Willard lived with them until he graduated high school and then joined the army. There was always room for anyone that needed a place to stay or needed a hot meal.
Dad saw so many firsts in his life; he would tell about school letting out when an airplane flew over, the first car his dad bought, the first time his mother came home with all her hair cut off (apparently, that wasn't the thing to do), indoor plumbing, electric lights, radio, and TV. Listening to him was like reading a history book with details that you couldn't learn in school. 
Being the oldest of 7 children, there was always work to be done to help out his parents on the farm. He spoke of hitching the horses to the plow and turn the field to plant, hauling water, cutting wood to cook and heat with. The way they stored their garden crops in a cave or dried pumpkins, onions and anything else in
the attic. His brother Rex and him would go hunting every day, he would say "we didn't have a Hy-Vee to go get our meat so we had to hunt to survive". Those we the good old day, he would say and laugh.
There were many passions dad had other than his family and gardening was one, he always grew more than we could can and use, but there was always someone that he could give the excess to. I don't know how many people would come and pick rhubarb from his massive patch, he really enjoyed sharing and helping
others. Fishing was the other passion, if you mention fishing and he was gone! Him and mom would take a lunch and sit all day fishing. He could tell what tree was by looking at the leaves or bark, when he heard a bird sing he knew what kind it was, he was our dad he knew everything!
As dad got older 90 or so, his fishing stopped and the garden got smaller, he never thought of himself as old maybe that is why lived such a long life. My dad was my best friend and I will miss him terribly, we shared so much. we would sit and talk for hours. We would share the first Robin we would see, or geese flying north and he would share his prediction of what the coming weather would be. We always made a trip to Ellis greenhouse in the Spring and would discuss what verity we would try this year in the garden. I will miss out road trips and he would tell me that weeds are just a wild flower that no one likes.
Harry was proceeded in death by his parents Fred and Jessie, his wife Glendoris, all of his siblings, a daughter Judith Diane Porter, Judith's husband Levi, one Grandson David Glover. He will be greatly missed by his son Kevin (Susan) Tanner, his daughters Wanda (Teddy) Reed and Raelynn (Scott) Luehring, many, many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial can be made to Chariton Christian Church Disciples of Christ or Circle of Life Hospice. 
1 THESSALONIANS Chapter 5 verse 14-18 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Christine "Chris" Ann (Johnson) Cloat

January 4, 1942-September 21, 2016

Bartonville, IL - Christine "Chris" Ann Cloat, 74, of Bartonville passed away Wednesday September 21, 2016 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born January 4, 1942 in Chariton Iowa to James and Ethel May (Watkins) Johnson, she married Jerry A. Cloat on March 3, 1967, in Peoria. He died September 9, 2010.
She was also preceeded in death by her parents, one son, Brad Aspenson and a grandson, Zachary Cloat.
Surviving are daughters, Kim (Clay) DeMaster of Mapleton, and Lisa (Todd) Coon of Groveland; a son, Scott (Connie) Cloat of Bartonville; four grandchildren, Ryan (girlfriend, CourtneyPherigo) Davis of Bartonville, Audrey and Sophie Cloat of Bartonville and Cade Coon of Groveland; a sister Pam (Dave) Teno of Melrose, IA; a brother in law and sister in law Ron and Jane Cloat of West Peoria and several nieces and nephews.
Chris worked as a medical secretary for many years and as a cashier at Thompson's Food Basket in Bartonville.
She was an avid sports fan, particularly of NASCAR, the Chicago Bears and Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Chris and Jerry were members of several car clubs, including Lincoln Land Kustoms, Midwest Ford and were founding members of the Fourever Ford Model A Club and Early Ford V-8 Club.
Visitation was from 4-7 pm Monday September 26, 2016 at Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Graveside services were held 10am Tuesdatm September 27, 2016 in Lutheran Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Online tributes may be left at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Paul E. Force Obituary

Paul E. Force,89, of Russell, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, October 4, while at Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Paul was born in Osceola, Iowa on June 5, 1927, to Guy and Nora Force. He grew up in Russel with his sister Irma, who passed away in 1937, and his three brothers: Ardys (Bud), Wendell, and Donald. He had fond memories of his times at Russell School and enlisted in the Army after graduating in 1945. Paul spent time in Panama while in the service. 
Paul married Betty Bingaman in 1950. Together they raised their family in Russell. They had children: Peggy, Robert, Richard, and Debby. Upon returning from the Army Paul worked various jobs around Lucas County until 1951, when he joined the US Postal Service. He spent 16 years working the mail train running between Chicago and Omaha and in 1967 transferred to Postal Service positions in Des Moines. He retired in 1982.
Paul was very active in the Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Lions Club, and helping anyone who needed it. Paul and Betty enjoyed traveling to visit their children and grandchildren. Paul and Bill Winsor attended every Iowa State football game for many years. Betty passed away in 1996. In 1999 Paul married Alene Smith. Paul and Alene continued to travel, enjoying their attempt to see every county seat in Iowa. Alene passed away in 2011.
Along with Betty and Alene, Paul now joins his sister Irma, brothers Ardys and Wendell, and his daughter Peggy. Left to cherish his memory are sons Robert (Jan) of Cathedral City, CA, Richard of Atlanta, GA, daughter Deb Hawks (Bruce) of Marshalltown, IA, son-in-law Ed Adam of Mills River, NC, eight grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Donald Gene Schumann Obituary

Donald Gene Schumann to meet his heavenly father September 23, 2016 by his family at Legacy Lodge. Don was born on July 11, 1935, and was the oldest child of Albert and Hazel (Hull) Schumann. Don graduated from Derby High School in May of 1953. He married Carmen Dorsey of Chariton on December 28, 1973. They were blessed with five children, Dixie, Darla, Todd, Tony and Tonya.
Upon graduation Don worked for Wright Tree Service. He was later employed by Chariton Auto, City Auto and Napa for over 50 years. He also worked for several years at the' Hy-Vee warehouse. Don was a member of the Russell Fire Department for fourteen years during which he acted as Chief for four years as well as Treasurer. Later he served on the Humeston Golf Course Board for four years and the Brushy Church Board for three years.
Don enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his family always came first. Don loved to tell stories about how it was as a child and how to make something out of nothing; he could fix anything. Don's hobbies included, hunting, fishing, golfing, camping and going to music festivals with friends.
Don leaves behind to cherish his loving memory his wife of forty-two years, Carmen; daughters, Dixie (Ed) Bandy, Darla (Dave) Hulseberg, and Tonya (Scott) Brink; sons, Todd (Lisa) Schumann and Tony (Samantha) Schumann; three sisters, Joyce (Fred) Throckmorton, Janet (Garry) Throckmorton, and Judy(Lyle) Dorsey; one brother, OD (Bud) Schumann; sisters-in-law, Joyce Schumann and Carolyn Schumann; eighteen grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Hazel Schumann; father and mother-in-law, Olen and Irene Dorsey; sister, Jewel Schumann; brothers, Hubert Schumann and Gary Schumann; granddaughter, Courtney Schumann; and sister-in-law, Linda Schumann.
Don was a special man whose generosity, kindness and humor will be truly missed by his many friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to Brushy Church, Legacy Lodge or Humeston Golf Course.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Robert "Bob" Sims Obituary

Robert "Bob" E. SimsRobert "Bob" E. Sims passed away at Legacy Lodge in Chariton on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the age of 86 following a gradual decline. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. 
Robert "Bob" E. Sims was born June 29, 1930 in Marysville, Iowa, the first child of Charles Wesley Sims and Eulice Davis Sims. Bob spent the majority of his early years in Marysville, graduating in 1948 from Lovilia High School. On July 2, 1949 he married Gwendolyn Jean Martin in Hamilton, Iowa. To this union were born three children. Steven Marcus, Toni Lynn and Michael Dean. During the early years of their marriage Bob was the office manager for Combs Outdoor Advertising. In the late 60's, when that business was sold, he bought the southern tier of that company and continued in outdoor advertising as Y-Knot, Inc. During his work years Bob participated in various community activities, including Jaycees and Eagle Scouts.
Bob and Gwen spent their entire married lives in Lucas County, first in Chariton and later in rural Russell. They were truly a team, whether building or remodeling their homes, raising their family, or exploring their world together. Their retirement years found them traveling the United States in their conversion van, visiting relatives and interesting places. Bob was an avid outdoors man who loved to hunt and fish, with many annual fishing trips, first to Minnesota and more recently to Missouri. He loved to share his catch with friends almost as much as he enjoyed catching fish. An avid gun enthusiast, he spent many hours reloading his own ammunition and attending shooting events around the mid-west. 
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Gwen, his parents, sisters Betty Sims and Mary Lou Bingaman, mother and father-in-law Verla and Hazel Martin, brothers-in-law Richard Bingaman, John Wilson and Richard Bauman, and sister-in-law Arlene Wilson. He is survived by his children, Steve (Linda) Sims of West Des Moines, Toni (Jerry) Vogler of Wichita, KS, Mike (Vicki) Sims of Russell; special friend Darlene Arnold of Chariton, 5 grandchildren Jane (Kevin) Cragun of Stillwater OK, Matt Vogler of Wichita, KS, Lindsey (Michael) Deatsch of Oklahoma City, OK, Michelle (Michael) Swainey and Bobby Stanford of Chariton; 5 great-grandchildren; sister Barbara Bauman of Cabool, MO, sister-in-law Geraldine (Larry) Ethell of Milo, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
A quiet man who lived his daily life by the Golden Rule, Bob will be truly missed by his many friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Russell Sportsmen's Club. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Marilyn Clayton Obituary

Marilyn Clayton, age 85, of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at the Brooklyn Community Estates. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:30 p.m., Monday, September 12, 2016, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Brooklyn. She will be laid to rest in the Calvary Cemetery, Brooklyn, next to her beloved husband and daughter. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. There will be a luncheon in the church fellowship hall beginning at 12:00 p.m., prior to the service on Monday, September 12, 2016.
Marilyn is survived by her children R.M. “Rusty” (Jeanne) Clayton, Jr., of Brooklyn, Gerald W. “Jody” of Brooklyn, James G. Sr. (Sandy) Clayton, of Brooklyn, Kathaleen M (Jim) Snoeberger, of Delphi, IN, Joel Clayton and Sandy Dobson, of Brooklyn, and Annette M (Carl) Marshall, of Chariton; twenty grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and a sister Janet Manatt Pilcher.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Max and daughter Mari Lynn at birth, six siblings Mary Ellen Christen, G.J. “Junie” Manatt, Merlin Manatt, Clair Manatt, Anita Manatt and Judy Sueppel.
Marilyn Ann Manatt was born June 17, 1931, in Grinnell, the daughter of Gerald “G.W.” and Margaret Brotherson Manatt.  She attended and graduated from the Brooklyn Schools.  Marilyn was united in marriage to Russell Max Clayton and was married for 50 wonderful years.  They were in love their whole adult life, spending much of their free time living life and making friends.  They would always bring food or something to many people in need or who suffered the loss of someone.  They enjoyed traveling to Texas in the winter and hanging out with their friends.  Marilyn had a passion for collecting, from Beanie Babies to glassware and jewelry.  She loved to cook and bake and would always ask you to stay for the meal she had ready, whether you were family, old friends or strangers who happened by.

Rita Werts Coffman Obituary

October 19, 1931-May 7, 2016

Lorita (Rita) Mae Werts Coffman, daughter of Richard Robert Werts and Lorita Colette Smith Werts, was born October 19, 1931 in Chariton, Lucas County, IA. She passed away on May 7, 2016 in Springfield, MO. She was 84 years of age.
She was raised on a farm near Russell, IA in Lucas County. Upon graduating from Russell High School, she graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA with a major in home economics. Later in life, she attended graduate school at Missouri State University.
She was employed with Crosley-Bendix in Cincinnati, OH, where she tested Crosley refrigerators, ranges and dishwashers in their engineering & research development laboratories.
Her career was continued in Kansas City, MO at the Midwest Research Institute (MRI) and at Niven-Russell Research Associates, where she did laboratory research for Maytag and Folgers. She was later employed as a substitute teacher at Rogersville, MO. She was also an active partner in a family rental business.
She married Paul Robert Coffman on August 19, 1956. To this marriage, three daughters were born. Rita continued to work, while Paul attended law school at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
The couple moved to Carthage, MO, where Paul began his law practice. They moved to Joplin for a short time and then to Springfield in 1960.
As a mother, she played an active role in her daughters’ activities, nurturing their musical training and made many of their clothes.
Her hobbies included bridge, reading, investments, bird watching and genealogy. As a member of the Rachel Donelson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she became interested in family history and participated in the publication of two family genealogy books.
She was a fitness enthusiast, loved the outdoors and walking the neighborhood sidewalks. She participated in several local runs, including the hilly Wilson Creek 10K.
She was known for her involvement in the community, serving as a volunteer for the Cox Hospital Auxiliary for 36 years; as a Sunday School teacher and choir member at Wesley United Methodist Church; and as a Camp Fire Girls Leader.
Survivors include cherished companion, James P. Gray of Springfield, MO; daughters Colette Lorita Coffman of New York City, NY; Catherine Grace Coffman of St. Louis, MO; Carolyn Marie Coffman Fox and her husband Gary Winckel of Valdosta, GA; grandchildren Hannah Elizabeth Fox, David Louis Fox, Jr. and John Paul Fox; brother Donald Eugene Werts, his wife Heidy Pan Werts of Brea, CA; sister-in-law Betty Hedegard Werts of Elkhart, IN and four nieces and one nephew.
Preceding Rita in death were her husband Paul Robert Coffman of Springfield, MO; father and mother, Richard Robert Werts and Colette Lorita Smith Werts of Russell, IA; and brother Wayne Eldon Werts of South Bend, IN.
A graveside service for the family will be held at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Richard Martin Obituary

Richard Mervin Martin age 87 passed away surrounded by his family on September 2, 2016 at Lucas County Health Center in Chariton, Iowa. Richard was born on June 19, 1929 at home in rural Russell, Iowa. Richard also graduated from Russell High School in 1949. Richard was the youngest of three children.
Richard married Winifred Eva Allen on June 28, 1953 in Monroe, Iowa. From this union three children were born Dennis, Colleen, and Barbara. He was saved and baptized at the Brushy Church and later in life attended services at Chariton Christian Union. He served in the National Guard and was honorably discharged. He went on to become an Automotive Body & Mechanical Technician working in various shops until he opened Martin's Auto Body located in Russell, Iowa. He continued running his own business until his health prevented him from doing so in 1973 at the age of 46. He grew up and spent most of his adult life in Lucas County, Iowa.
Richard enjoyed old cars, studying bible prophecy, and playing Skip-Bo with his family. His children have many fond memories with him growing up. Dennis remembers climbing Seven Falls with his father. Colleen remembers him taking time out of his busy schedule several days in a row to help her sand, paint, and shellac her art project until it was perfect. Barbara remembers as a teenager playing basketball with her father and that he was a great guard.
Richard was preceded in death by his Wife Winifred (Allen) Martin, his brother Merlin Martin, his wife Mildred Martin, his sister Juanita (Martin) Moore, her husband Paul Moore, father Richard A Martin, mother Alma (Printy) Martin, 3 unborn children, and son-in-law Jerry Wright.
Richard leaves behind to cherish his loving memory his son Dennis Martin, daughter-in-law Beverly (Griswold) Martin, their 4 children Michael, David, Matthew and Stephen Martin and 12 great grandchildren; his daughter Colleen (Martin) Gwinn, son-in-law Roger Gwinn, their 2 children Richard Gwinn and April (Gwinn) Brown and 5 great grandchildren; his daughter Barbara (Martin) Wright her children Amy Wright, Melissa (Wright) Connor and Jennifer (Wright) Kannenberg and 6 great grandchildren. Richard was very loving and dedicated to all of his family.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Althea Jean Cooper Obituary

Aletha Jean Cooper, known to all as Jean, passed away July 31, 2016, at the age of 89, in her home at Brookdale Senior Living in Rockford, Illinois.
Jean was born October 12, 1926, in Russell, Iowa to Carl Thomas Goltry and Stella Mae (Moore) Goltry. She grew up on the Goltry Century Farm just east of Russell, Iowa. She spent a lot of time helping her mother Stella in the kitchen on the farm and helping keep her brother and cousins in line. She graduated from Russell High School in 1944. 
Jean was a school teacher for over 40 years. She was very passionate about teaching and loved to be around kids. She had her first teaching assignment at Victory country school in Russell, Iowa. She taught at a few other country schools in rural southern Iowa. In fact, school is where she met and then married the love of her life, James “Jim” Cooper on May 28, 1949. They were blessed to celebrate over 64 years together. After they were married, Jean attended Drake University during the summers to obtain her teaching degree and then began teaching in public school. In the fall of 1954 her son James Thomas was born.
Her longest teaching post was at Van Allen Elementary in Chariton, Iowa, where she taught 3rd and 5th grades from 1965 to 1987. In 1987 she retired from teaching and went to work with her husband at the Iowa State House of Representatives in Des Moines, Iowa while he was serving as Representative for District 67. Jean was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary since 1953, and Russell Faith United Methodist Church.
Jim and Jean were avid campers. They joined the Red Haw Campers in 1980 and enjoyed many camping trips including all the good times they had spent camping and working at the Iowa State Fair. They also enjoyed travelling and spent many winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Survived by daughter-in-law Carolyn Komar, granddaughter Evin (Charles) Thomas, great grandchildren Taya Thomas, Rahmel Thomas and Mason Thomas, sisters-in-law Bonnie Gerry, Mary Jo Polo and Eva Cooper; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband James W. Cooper, son James Thomas Cooper, brother Duane M. Goltry, infant brother Harold D. Goltry; as well as a host of in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Russell Faith United Methodist Church or Russell (Iowa) Historical Society in Russell, Iowa.
The family would like to thank all the medical professionals and staff at Brookdale Senior Living and with Heartland Hospice in Rockford, Illinois who cared for Jean and supported her family during her passing. A very special thank you to Jean’s nieces Lisa Goltry Konig and Linda Goltry Secor for all the time spent visiting her in Rockford, Illinois and especially coming out to be with us during her last days.

Mon., Aug. 08, 2016

Location: Russell Cemetery

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Mon., Aug. 08, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Clyde LaVerne Hoover Obituary

Clyde LaVerne Hoover 78, passed away at Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa on July 29, 2016. He was born the seventh child of John and Florence Hoover in Lucas County, Iowa September 20, 1937. He lived his life around Lucas county mostly.
He became a really good carpenter built about everything from houses, garages, decks and room additions, and also worked on automobiles in his spare time. When health got going downhill he moved to Russell to be near his brother Ronald Hoover. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him 
Surviving are his brothers Ronald (Barbara) Hoover of Russell, Iowa, John (Barbara) Haugland of Solon, Iowa, Doyle (Janet) Hoover of Chariton, Iowa, Kenneth Hoover of Indianola, Iowa. Sisters Vivian Shrader (friend Dan) of Warsaw, Missouri, Betty Bassett of Knoxville, Loretta Calleson (friend Rick) of Derby, Iowa and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clyde is preceded in death by infant son, his parents John and Florence Hoover, brother Keith, sister Sandra, Shirley and his dog Cindy. 

Clyde LaVerne Hoover
Born: Mon., Sep. 20, 1937

Died: Fri., Jul. 29, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 01, 2016

Funeral Service
1:30 PM Tue., Aug. 02, 2016