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Thomas Michael Macy
Funeral services for Thomas Michael Macy, 41, of Rochester, Minn. were Nov. 17 at Advent Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, Wis., the Rev. Janis Kinens officiating. Mr. Macy, son of Myron and Patricia Sanders Macy, was born April 4, 1958, in Osceola and drowned Nov. 13, 1999, at a marsh in Jackson, Wis. Memorials may be made to any nature conservation society. 

Peggy Edith Roe Chew
Peggy Edith Roe Chew, daughter of John Martin and Viola Eveline Curtis Roe, was born June 22, 1943, in Lucas County and died Nov. 19, 1999, at the Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She was 56. Services were Nov. 23 in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola.
Memorials may be made to a fund to be established for the Dermatology Department at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. 

Ruth Nadine Howell
Ruth Nadine Howell, daughter of Elbert Edward and Edith Arlene Souders Reynolds, was born May 28, 1928, in Osceola and died Nov. 21, 1999, of cancer at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was 71. Funeral services were Nov. 24 at the United Methodist Church in New Virginia, the Rev. Skip Rushing and the Rev. Raymond Wicks officiating. Services will also be held Nov. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Bridgeport,Texas, the Rev. Johnny Irish officiating. Interment will be in East Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport. Memorials may be made to the New Virginia Library, New Virginia Rescue or the United Methodist Church in New Virginia.

Newton ‘Newt’ Ellis Watkins
Newton “Newt” Ellis Watkins, son of Wood and Lena Brinkman Watkins, was born Jan. 18, 1910, in Bakersfield, Calif. and died Nov. 17, 1999, of a heart ailment at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 89. A graveside memorial service officiated by Pastor Duane Lauer and burial of the cremains was Nov. 22 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. 

Marvin Leroy Loomis
Marvin Leroy Loomis, son of Loren and Marvel Hensen Loomis, was born May 3, 1946, in New Virginia and died Oct. 27, 1999, at his home in Trinity, Texas. He was 53. Memorial services were Nov. 23, the Rev. Skip Rushing of New Virginia officiating. Honorary bearers were Robert Hagan, Todd Hagan, Jay Jorgensen, Robert Morrison, Alan Ranker, Keith Wickett and Roger Ranker. Interment of the cremains was in New Virginia Cemetery. Memorials may be made to New Virginia Fire and Rescue.

Marney L. Allen
A memorial service for Marney L. Allen was held Nov. 11, 1999, at the First United Methodist Church in Beaverton, Ore. He was 80. Memorials may be to the permanent endowment fund of the First United Methodist Church in Beaverton.

Lois Mc Allister
Lois Virginia McAllister, daughter of Arthur M. and Maude Elizabeth Propst Neveln, was born July 22, 1926, in New Virginia and died Nov. 16, 1999, at her daughter’s home in Pleasant Valley, Mo. She was 73. Funeral services were Nov. 20, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Iva ‘Pearl’ Mc Harg
Iva Pearl McHarg, daughter of Walter and Jessie Downey Barnes, was born June 7, 1911, in Lorimor and died Nov. 18, 1999, of heart failure at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 88. Funeral services were Nov. 20, the Rev. Bill Kerns officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. Memorials may be made to the Osceola Girl Scouts.

Christopher Axiotis
Christopher George Axiotis, son of Penny Howell and Randy Axiotis, was born Jan. 24, 1983, in Mason City and died Nov. 16, 1999, in Osceola. He was 16. Funeral services were Nov. 19 in Mason City, the Rev. Bill Poland of Wesley United Methodist Church officiating. Cremation followed the service. Memorials may be made to the Chris Axiotis Memorial Fund.

Florence M. Searl
Florence M. Searl, daughter of Jesse and Odess Deeder Palmer, was born Jan. 18, 1908, in Monango, N.D. and died Nov. 17, 1999, of a heart ailment at Care Center South in Winterset. She was 91. Funeral services were Nov. 22 at Collins Funeral Home in Winterset, Pastor John Shaull officiating. Interment was in Barney Cemetery in Madison County.

Harry ‘Junior’ Wilson
Harry Wilson Jr., son of Harris Ervin and Minnie Rose Fry Wilson, was born Jan. 12, 1927, in rural Grand River and died Nov. 19, 1999, at his home in rural Grand River. He was 72. Funeral services were Nov. 22 in Leon, the Rev. Terry Roberts officiating. Interment was in Munyon Cemetery near Grand River. 

Esther Eddy Stansell
Esther Elizabeth Eddy Stansell, daughter of James Wilson Eddy and Nellie Ann Critchfield Eddy, was born Dec. 19, 1908, in Osceola and died Nov. 18, 1999, at Broadlawn’s Hospital in Des Moines. She was 90Graveside services were Nov. 24 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating.

MARDA MURPHY 
Funeral services were March 6 [2000] at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola for Marda L. Murphy, 75, of St. Charles who died Feb. 29 in Apache Junction, Ariz. Interment was in the St. Charles Cemetery. 

HELEN IRENE HARSH 
Helen Irene Harsh, daughter of John Oren Wikle and Nellie Goode Wikle Burt, was born Dec. 25, 1905, in Milo and died March 2, 2000, in Osceola. She was 94. 
Funeral services were March 4 at Osceola, the Rev. Neville Clayton officiating. Interment was in the New Virginia Cemetery. 
Memorials may be given in Mrs. Harsh’s name to the Osceola Public Library. 

JOSHUA O’LEARY 
Memorial services were held March 6 [2000] at McCalley Funeral Home in Adel for Joshua Mark O’Leary, 19, of Adel who died there March 3. Burial of the cremains will be in Spruce Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Minn. 

JESSE THOMAS BURGUS 
Jesse Thomas Burgus, son of Charles and Grace Turner Burgus, was born May 8, 1917, at his parents’ home in Madison Township in Clarke County and died March 4, 2000, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 82. 
Memorial services were March 7 at Osceola, Pastor Marty Burgus officiating. 
Interment of the cremains was in Murray Cemetery. Military rites were by William-Lochrie Post No. 405 American Legion Murray. 

ADA BERNIECE PHILLIPS 
Ada Berniece Phillips, daughter of William Alexander and Mary Ethel Travis Sawhill, was born Oct. 14, 1907, in Madison County and died June 15, 2000, of congestive heart failure at Winterset Care Center South. She was 92. 
Funeral services were June 19 at the Truro United Methodist Church, Pastor Dennis Shepherd officiating. 
Interment was in Ebenezer Cemetery in Madison County. Memorials may be made to the Truro United Methodist Church for Sunday School education. 

MARY EVELYN HEIN 
Mary Evelyn Hein, daughter of Louie Raymond and Fairy Adel Ramsey Simmerman, was born Aug. 17, 1916, in Knox Township in Clarke County and died June 19, 2000, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in Osceola. She was 83. 
Funeral services were June 22 at Osceola, Pastor J.R. Wheeler of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osceola officiating. 
Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. 

DARRELL DEAN DAVIS 
Darrell Dean Davis, son of Loren and Viola Heston Davis, was born Feb. 17, 1933, in Woodburn and died of cancer June 15, 2000, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 67. 
Funeral services were June 19 at Osceola, the Rev. Carla Hillyer of the Woodburn Christian Church officiating. 
Interment was in Woodburn Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the Woodburn Christian Church or the Herndon-Oehlert Post No. 157 of the American Legion in Woodburn. 

ALICE LA VERNE RANSOM 
Alice LaVerne Ransom, daughter of Murry and Emma Viola Wallis Davis, was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Warren County and died Oct. 18, 2000, in Osceola Nursing and Rehab. She was 88. 
Funeral services were Oct. 23 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Homer Ford of the First Baptist Church in Indianola officiating. Interment was in the Woodburn Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center. 

GARY LEE ROBERTS 
Gary Lee Roberts, son of John and Mamie Moxley Roberts, was born Nov. 16, 1943, in Garden Grove and died Oct. 18, 2000, at his home in Wellington, Kan. He was 56. 
Funeral services were Oct. 21 at the First Assembly of God Church in Wellington, Pastor Charles Taff officiating. Interment was in Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. 
A memorial has been established in Mr. Roberts’ name with the First Assembly of God Church, 326 West Botkin, Wellington, Kansas 67152. 

M. ELLEN FAGEN EDWARDS 
M. Ellen Fagen Edwards, daughter of Albert C. and Nina M. Fagen, was born Feb. 9, 1932, near Dawson and died Oct. 7, 2000, in an Evergreen, Colo. hospital. She was 68. 
No memorials or services are planned. Her ashes will be placed in the areas she loved the most. 

AUDREY MARIE DILLINGER 
Audrey Marie Dillinger, daughter of Jeffrey Dean and Loretta Lynn Lawrence Dillinger, was stillborn, Oct. 18, 2000, at Des Moines General Hospital. 
Funeral services were Oct. 21 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Dennis Shepherd of Truro officiating. 
Interment was in the Peru Cemetery. 

MARY K. ALLEN 
Mary K. Allen, daughter of Harley B. and Elizabeth Marie Horton Martin, was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Osceola and died Oct. 18, 2000, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 86. 
Memorial services were Oct. 21 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Bill Kerns of the Presbyterian Church in Lucas officiating. 
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Development Dept., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, Florida 33136-1494. 

Roger Raymond Haltom 
Roger Raymond Haltom, son of Raymond Haltom and Daleth Weaklend Haltom, was born Feb. 21, 1937, in the Jay Community of Clarke County and died of cancer Oct. 23, 2000, in Arlington. He was 63. 
Funeral services for Mr. Haltom were held Oct. 26 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Interment was in Bethel Chapel Cemetery in Clarke County. 

ELI ‘JACK’ BEASLEY 
Eli “Jack” Beasley, son of Ed and Minnie M. Scholl Beasley, was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Clarke County and died Nov. 23, 2000, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 71. 
Funeral services were Nov. 26 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola,the Rev. Dorsey Derrick of Creston officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery with military graveside services by David Pence Post #69 American Legion in Osceola. 

CECIL EDWARD LEEPS JR. 
Cecil Edward Leeps Jr., son of Cecil Edward and Oma Arnold Leeps, was born Oct. 28, 1931, in Osceola and died Nov. 16, 2000, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 69. 
His body was cremated and no services are planned at this time. 

HELEN ORFIELD 
Helen Orfield, daughter of Clinton Augustus and Nora Belle Guthrie Young, was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Thayer and died Nov. 25, 2000, at Osceola Nursing and Rehab. She was 77. 
Services were Nov. 27 at the United Methodist Church in Murray, the Rev. John Tunnicliff officiating. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Murray. 

W. ELAINE SMITH 
Wilma Elaine Smith, the fifth of 13 children and oldest daughter of James Alexander and Winifred Stubbs Wright, was born July 7, 1913, in Warren Township in Lucas County and died Nov. 20, 2000, at the Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. She was 87. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were Nov. 22 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Don Wright of Creston officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. 

ELMER EDWARD WHITE 
Elmer Edward White, son of Otto and Mary Minerva Clark White, was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Madison County and died of cancer Nov. 17, 2000, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 78. 
Funeral services were Nov. 21 at Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Altoona, the Rev. Ron Hall officiating. Toby and Jane Stalter sang In the Garden, Blessed Assurance and Lord You Have Come to the Lakeshore. 
Memorials may be made to the Capital Heights United Methodist Church in Des Moines. 

Eunice Cooper 
Eunice Cooper, daughter of Clarence and Cora Dennis Rhone, was born Feb. 21, 1914, in Lorimor and died April 7, 2001, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. She was 87. 
She was educated in the Lorimor schools before moving to Des Moines where she attended Catell Elementary School and Amos Hiatt Junior High School and graduated from East High School. She attended college in McPherson, Kan. and graduated from 4C’s Business College in Des Moines. 
She married Clarence Everett Cooper on July 3, 1940, in Shenandoah. The couple became the parents of three children. 
A homemaker she was a day worker and briefly worked at Osceola Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 
She was a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church in Osceola. 
Mrs. Cooper was an avid reader and loved to embroider and quilt. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great joy. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1979; three brothers, Curtis Cloyd, Marion and Elmer Rhone; a sister, Claracy Rhone; a sister-in-law, Margaret Rhone and brothers-in-law, Ernest Bubb and Vern Wilson. 
Mrs. Rhone is survived by two sons, David Cooper of Osceola and Don Cooper and his wife, Mona Cooper, of Adel; a daughter, Diann Cooper of West Des Moines; two grandchildren, Michelle Hammerberg and her husband, William Hammerberg, and Michael Cooper and his wife, Michelle Cooper, all of Des Moines; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vera Bubb of Astoria, Ill. and Ula Wilson of Boulder, Colo.; other relatives and a host of friends. 
Funeral services were April 10 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Ted Welch and Pastor George Neal officiating. Organist Laurie McKinney accompanied soloist Steve Porter as he sang Mrs. Cooper’s favorite hymns, Amazing Grace and Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. 
Casket bearers were Jerry Bubb, Ronald Dean Eckart, Dick Rhone, Richard Graves, Wayne Holden and Bill Dutton. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola. 

Lois M. Miller 
Lois M. Miller was born on Sept. 13, 1921, in Woodburn to Harry R. and Elsie Ann Danner Heston and died April 7, 2001, of complications of heart surgery at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. She was 79. 
She graduated from Norwood High School in 1940 and went to work as a waitress. She was lifetime resident of Lucas and Clarke Counties. 
She married Everett Eugene Miller on Oct. 3, 1947, in Chariton and they became the parents of four children. Mr. and Mrs. Miller farmed south of Murray for 14 years before they moved to town. 
Mrs. Miller worked for the Osceola Police Department as a dispatcher for 10 years and another 10 years for the Clarke County Homemaker Service. 
She was a member of the Lucas Presbyterian Church and the Murray Busy Neighbor Club. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Ross Heston; sister, Norma Lancaster; two brothers-in-law, Frank Lancaster and Mike Sylvara; father-in-law, Clarence Miller and nephew, Bobby Sylvara. 
Mrs. Miller is survived by a son, Wayne Miller and his wife, Sharon Miller, of Odessa, Texas; three daughters, Mary A. Marvin and Connie Penick and her husband, Jim Penick, of Osceola and Susan and Ron Adams of Oakland; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Sylvara of Kansas City, Mo. and Minnie Schultz and her husband, Will Schultz, of Des Moines; a brother John Heston and his wife, Rose Heston, of Derby; an uncle, Jim Danner of Derby; longtime friend, Mildred Chew, of Murray; several nieces and nephews and their families. 
Funeral services for Mrs. Miller were April 10 at Samuelson Funeral Home in Osceola, Pastor Marty Burgus officiating. Organist Virginia Reynolds played the musical selections, The Rose, Tears in Heaven and Beyond the Sunset. 
Casket bearers were Jim Penick, Ron Adams, Bill Marvin, Andy Heston, Herman Danner and Gene Smith. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola. 

Carl Thomas Seibert 
Carl Thomas Seibert, son of Wilferd and Helen Guthrie Seibert, was born Sept. 24, 1954, in Oskaloosa and died April 9, 2001, in Wayne County. He was 46. 
Mr. Seibert worked for the Norfolk-Western Railroad in Moberly, Mo. for more than 20 years. He moved to Wayne County two years ago and worked at Power Logistics in Osceola. 
He enjoyed the outdoors and especially hunting, fishing and trapping. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father. 
Mr. Seibert is survived by his mother and stepfather, Fred and Helen Goodwin of Flagler; a daughter, Carly Seibert of Centerville; a stepson and two stepdaughters; four brothers, Rex Seibert, Kyle Goodwin and Kevin Goodwin, all of Knoxville and Mike Kincaid of Moulton; seven sisters, Jeanne Fincher of Moulton, Brette Bird of New Port Richey, Fla. Sidinia Goodwin of Knoxville, Kathy Lamphier of Oskaloosa, Jane Andrews of Marshalltown, Jackie Appler of DeWitt and Jo Ellen Bingaman of Dodge Center, Minn; and many other relatives and friends. 
A celebration of the life for Carl Thomas Seibert will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Evans-McCleery Funeral Home in Knoxville, Pastor Jane Shroyer officiating. Pastor Shroyer will sing I Know a Man. 
Casket bearers are Kyle Goodwin, Kevin Goodwin, Dave Dwiggans, Eric Johnson, Buddy Wright and Mike Kincaid. Honorary bearers are Joey Fincher, Adam Fincher, Greg Fincher, Tim Fincher and Frank Bird. Interment will be in the Eureka Cemetery at Harvey. 

Charles Omer McVey
Charles Omer McVey, son of Jacob Izaire and Sarah Lucinda Lamb McVey, was born Jan. 31, 1904, in Leslie and died July 13, 2001, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 97. 
He grew up in Clarke County and married Cora Merle Kimmel on Sept. 10, 1922, in Leon. They couple became the parents of 11 children, Eldon, Charles Jr., Darlene, Norma, Phyllis, Darrell, Robert, Carmen, Gary, Max and Truman. 
Mr. McVey was a farmer and plumbing contractor. He worked on his own and also for other companies including C & H plumbing and Heating and Herman Dorman. 
He made toys as a hobby during World War II. One of his favorites was a farm wagon that he made using great detail. He also bought houses and remodeled them to sell. 
Mr. McVey lived in Clarke, Warren and Polk counties and returned to Osceola in 1995. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Cora in 1998; eight brothers, John, Elza, Carl, Herman, Sam, Pearl, Clyde and Gerald; five sisters, Inez, Agnes, Golda, Almeda and an infant sister; an infant granddaughter, Carol Jean Stubbs; three great-grandchildren, Malia Stubbs, Jason Miller and Michael McVey; four sons-in-law, Bill Blair Jr., Edwin Garner, Max Harlan and Leonard Stubbs Jr. and two daughters-in-law, Faye McVey and LaVonne McVey. 
Mr. McVey is survived by seven sons, Charles McVey and his wife, Dorothy McVey, Darrell McVey and his wife, Joan McVey and Gary McVey and his wife, Ilene McVey, all of Osceola, Robert McVey and his wife, Clare McVey, of Mount Ayr, Max McVey and his wife, Pamla McVey of Indianola, Eldon McVey of Arlington, Texas and Truman McVey and his wife, Lori McVey, of Redlands, Calif.; four daughters, Darlene Harlan of Osceola, Carmen Neer and her husband, Dean Neer, of Lucas, Phyllis Welcher and her husband, Wayne Welcher, of Des Moines and Norma Burr and her husband, Merrill Burr, of Shenandoah; 56 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Georgie Green of Osceola and Violet McVey of Weldon; other relatives and a host of friends. 
Funeral services were July 16 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, the Rev. Damon Hall of Waverly officiated. Pennie Gonseth, organist, accompanied soloist, Ronda Lowry. Musical selections were Shall We Gather at the River and When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. 
Casket bearers were Roger McVey, Martin McVey, Galen McVey, Steve Garner, Rickey Stubbs, Randal McVey, Dennis Blair, Kendal McVey, Kevin Neer, Steve McVey, Aaron McVey, Jeremey Neer, Jason Neer, Gary Neer, Scott McVey, John McVey, Jeff McVey, Daniel McVey, Scott McVey, Sheldon McVey, Shaun McVey, Marty Neer, James Neer, Michael Garner, Roger Garner, Roland Garner, Jeff Welcher and Ricky McVey. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarke County Ambulance or Clarke County Hospital-Nursing Unit. 

Kenneth Allen Orfield 
Kenneth Allen Orfield, son of William Albert and Nola Fae Allen Orfield, was born Aug. 4, 1943, in Osceola and died of cancer July 14, 2001, at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 57. 
He was a lifetime resident of Murray and a graduate of Murray High School. 
Mr. Orfield worked in the custodial department of Dekko Automotive Technolo-gies for 27 years. 
He was a big baseball fan and loved watching his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. 
Mr. Orfield was baptized into Christ on May 3, 2001 at the Osceola Church of Christ. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Paul Orfield; brothers-in-law, Michael Stevens, Fred Lewis and Lawrence Perry and sisters-in-law, Helen Orfield and Peggy Orfield. 
Mr. Orfield is survived by three sisters, Karen Stevens of Des Moines, Helen Lewis of Creston and Dorothy Wake and her husband, Raymond Wake, of Thayer; two brothers, Clarence Orfield of Murray and Wayne Orfield and his wife, Lorna Orfield, of Indianola; several nieces and nephews; other relatives; many co-workers and friends. 
Funeral services were July 18 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Doug Hamilton of the Osceola Church of Christ officiated. Congregational hymns were The Old Rugged Cross and How Great Thou Art. 
Casket bearers were Vince Stevens, Russ Flaherty, Bill Killebrew, Roscoe Imhoff, Osa Foltz and Rollin Daly. Interment was in Murray Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to the Osceola Church of Christ Building Fund or the Murray School Special Education Program. 

Orville Smith 
Orville Smith , son of Henry Murphy and Nellie Hammer Smith, was born March 27, 1909, near Linn Creek, Mo. and died July 15, 2001, at his home in Fontanelle. He was 92. 
His parents moved to Iowa when he was young and he attended school in Altoona and New Howe in Des Moines. 
Mr. Smith married Wilma Elaine Wright on Aug. 14, 1931, in Osceola. The couple became the parents of one son, Melvin William. 
He lived in Osceola before he moved to Atlantic where he lived most of his life. He moved to Fontanelle in 1988 
He worked as a mechanic and foreman for the Iowa State Highway Commission. He received special recognition for forty years of service from the Highway Commission when he retired in 1974. 
Mr. Smith was a member of the Weekend Rough N It Camping Club in Atlantic. He liked camping and fishing and was an avid story teller. 
He and his wife fellowshipped with the First Congregational Church in Fontanelle. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Elaine, in 2000 and an infant brother, Ralph, in 1906. 
Mr. Smith is survived by his son, Melvin Smith and his wife, Vinita Smith, of Fontanelle; four granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; cousins, Audra Robins of Weldon, Gary Robins of Murray and Terry Robins of Osceola; other relatives and friends. 
Visitation will be after 9 a.m. July 20 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola with family present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on July 21 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, the Rev. Donald Wright of Creston officiating. 
Casket bearers will be Doug Bremer, Steve Petersen, Allen Friday, John Pottebaum, Shane Petersen, Scott Petersen, Spencer Petersen, Jason Bremer and Eric Friday. 

Lois Edna Umsted 
Lois Edna Umsted, daughter of Lewis E. and Edith Margurite Greene Orwan, was born April 23, 1908, at Lorimor and died July 10, 2001, at Kavanagh House in West Des Moines. She was 93. 
She received her education in the Dayton schools and graduated from Dayton High School. 
She married Clyde LeValley Umsted on April 7, 1927, in Fort Dodge. The couple became the parents of five children. They moved to a farm near Truro in 1940, where they were very active in the community. 
Mrs. Umsted was a member of the Model Chapter No. 174 Order of the Eastern Star in St. Charles, the Past Matron’s Club, the United Methodist Church in Truro, the United Methodist Women’s Club and the United Methodist Women’s Guild. 
Mrs. and Mr. Umsted moved from the farm into Truro in 1976. Mr.Umsted died in 1993 and she moved to West Des Moines in 1994. She lived at Sterling House in Des Moines for a year and then at Fountain West in Des Moines for a year before just recently moving to Kavanagh House. 
She will always be remembered for her fantastic cooking, her sense of humor and her devotion to her family. 
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her son, Donald Umsted; a great-great-granddaughter, Amalya; a brother Bill Orwan and a sister, Betty Lou Orwan. 
Mrs. Umsted is survived by four daughters, Marilyn Miller and her husband, Norman Miller, Alice Meek and her husband, Jerry Meek, all of West Des Moines, Joan Starr and her husband, Donald Starr, of Des Moines and Jane McCarty and her husband, Dennis McCarty, of Winter Haven, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Catherine Cooper of Winterset and Jean Silverthorn of Earlham; a brother, Frank Orwan of Cherokee Village, Ark.; other relatives and a host of friends. 
Funeral services were July 13 at Kale Funeral Home in Truro, the Rev. Dennis Shepherd of Truro officiated. Doris Johnson, organist, accompanied vocalists, Wendy Thorson and Aaron Miller as they sang How Great Thou Art and Just a Closer Walk with Thee. 
Casket bearers were Brett Cole, Jim Tough, David O’Brien, Adam McCarty, Mike Fugate and Stephen Miller. Interment was in Young Cemetery in Truro. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in Truro or Hospice of Central Iowa. 

GERALD SCHOOLEY KARNS
Gerald S. Karns, son of Sherman Richard Karns and Tracy Cordelia Schooley, was born Jan. 25, 1907, in Woodland Township in Decatur County. The sixth of 12 children,, Mr. Karns died July 25, 2001, at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center in Osceola. He was 94. 
He married Marie Pace on May 12, 1933, in Salina Kan. The couple became the parents of three daughters, Helen “Corky”, Vallie and Maryla. 
His roadwork career began at age 12 in Decatur Count when he worked for $4 a day and furnished his own team of horses. He worked for the Iowa Highway Commission in Leon for 10 years. He became a dragline operator in 1934. Mr. and Mrs. Karns moved Creston in 1939 and lived there for 14 years before moving to Osceola 19 years ago to make their home. For more than 43 years he served in 37 different counties in Iowa before retiring. 
He was a 66-year Mason and member of the Grand River Lodge No. 78 AF &AM in Leon. Mr. Karns was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola and lived his life by the Ten Commandments. 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years on June 30, 1983; his parents; two sisters, Dorothy Ziegler and Macil Hedlund; seven brothers, Dwight, Dale Clayton, Glen, Vern, Lloyd and Morris; a son-in-law, Jay Pearcy and a grandson James (Jim) Harold Percy. 
Mr. Karns is survived by his three daughters, Helen C. Holden and her husband, Richard Holden, of San Antonio, Texas, Vallie K. Pearcy of Osceola and Maryla R. Hart and her husband Dale Hart, of Osceola; two sisters, Lucille Kosmickie of Martin, S.D. and Eloise Reynolds of Leon; six grandchildren, Richard C. Holden Jr. and his wife, Luann Holden and John Dale Holden and longtime friend, Linda Fuller, of San Antonio, Texas, Michael ”G”. Holden and his wife, Rachele Holden, of Jacksonville, Fla., Deanna Hart Cobb and her husband, John Cobb, of Lake Forest, Calif., Ryan Hart and his wife, Peggy Hart, of Fort Binning, Ga., and Daniel Jay Pearcy of Osceola; 11 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; nieces; nephews, other relatives and friends. 

WALTER ‘CASEY’ JONES
Walter Ronald Jones, the third of nine children, was born December 8, 1927, in Van Wert to David and Lillian Jones. He died July 27, 2001, in the Clarke County Hospital at Osceola. He was 73. 
He lived most of his life in Van Wert. He married Viva McKee of Grand River on Aug. 6, 1948. They became the parents of five children. The marriage ended in 1967. He had a very close friendship with Ramona Huss of Des Moines from 1968 until his death. 
Mr. Jones had a busy, productive life. He served in the armed forces and worked for 31 years for John Deere Ankeny Works. He was active in the Firefighter unit of the Shrine and built and maintained a home in Van Wert. As important as his work was to him he took time for play. He enjoyed many hours of boating and water skiing when he was younger. 
The two loves of his life were his garden and his family. He was justifiably proud of his garden and its produce which he shared and showed off generously. He enjoyed family gatherings with his brothers and sisters and their families and with his daughters and their families. 
Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, Worth Jones; a nephew, Wendell Jones Jr. and a brother-in-law, Glen VanDyke. 
Mr. Jones is survived by his two daughters, Linda Rex and her husband, David Rex, and Joyce Wood and her husband, Al Wood, of Newton; three sons, Eugene Jones of Redding, Calif., Richard Jones of Los Angeles, Calif. and Wayne Jones and his wife, Charlotte Jones, of Cornelius, Ore.; two brothers, Warren Jones of Des Moines and Wendell Jones and his wife, Charlotte Jones, of Van Wert; five sisters, Wynette Van Dyke of Osceola, Winona Crawford and her husband, John Crawford, of Indianola, Wanda Jones of Overland Park, Kan., Willene Arthur and her husband, Lawrie Arthur, of Parkville, Mo., Wilda Kay Kent and her husband, James Robert Kent, of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Viola Jones of Van Wert; former wife, Viva Jones of Newton; special friend, Ramona Huss of Pleasant Hill; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of friends. 
A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Van Wert Assembly of God in VanWert with Pastor James Black of Newton officiating. Mr. Jones’ expressed wish was donations be made to the Assembly of God Church in lieu of flowers. The cremains will be buried in the Van Wert Cemetery. 

LYLE DALE REASONER
Lyle Dale Reasoner of Grand River, son of Floyd George and Gladys Viola Long Reasoner, was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Union County and died July 28, 2001, in the Clarke County Hospital at Osceola. He was 77. 
He graduated from Thayer Community High School. After graduation Mr. Reasoner worked for the CB&Q Railroad out of Creston. He later transferred to Kansas City where he continued to work for the railroad through Western Union Telegraph Service. 
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from December 1948 until he was discharged in September 1951. He returned to the Murray Grand River area where he farmed. 
He married Bonnie Bell Jackson in 1952 in Osceola. 
Mr. Reasoner was a member of the Hopeville United Methodist Church, a former member of the Grand River and later Murray American Legion, Creston Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Creston Eagles. 
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1989; a brother, Robert Reasoner in March 1981; a sister-in-law, Frances Reasoner and a brother-in-law, John James. 
Mr. Reasoner is survived by four brothers, Olin Reasoner and his wife, LaViece Reasoner, of Murray; Keith Reasoner and his wife, Donna Reasoner, of Hamilton, Va., L.W. John Reasoner of Sheridan, Wyo. and Don Reasoner and his wife, Deloris Reasoner, of Osceola; a sister, Avis James of Osceola; a sister-in-law, Frankie Cochran and her husband, Johnnie Cochran, of Broken Bow, Okla.; many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were Aug.1 at the Hopeville United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Burial was in the Hopeville Cemetery with military rites by the Theodore J. Martens Post No. 1797, VFW of Creston. Arrangements were by Powers Funeral Home in Afton. 
Memorial contirbutions may be made in Mr. Reasoner’s name to the Hopeville United Methodist Church. 

PHILLIP PAUL WHITE
Phillip Paul White, youngest son of Celester Paul and Gladys Eve Shundlemire White, was born March 30, 1932, and died July 13, 2001, at his home in Council Bluffs. He was 69. 
While growing up he lived and attended schools in New Virginia and Osceola. As a teenager, he worked at the old Lyric Theater running the projectors to help his mother and pay for his own clothes and school expenses. 
After graduating from Osceola High School at 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He trained at the Great Lakes U.S. Naval Training Center in Illinois. From Dec. 14, 1951, to Dec. 18, 1959, he was on active duty with the Navy. He was on inactive duty until 1963. Mr. White was very proud of being in the Navy and serving his country. 
While he was in the Navy he served aboard the U.S.S. Ellyson, DMS-19 from April 5,1952, to October 1954. The ships home port was Charleston, S.C. In October 1954 the Ellyson was one of three ships the United States gave to Japan. He transferred to the U.S.S. Gainard DD 706 from October 1954 to 1959. This ship was a 2200 ton destroyer. Its home port was Newport Rhode Island. While he was in the Navy he was on two world tours and was involved in several Korean conflicts and occupations. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Occupation Service Medal. 
After retiring from the Navy, Mr. White worked at Wilson Packing Company in Omaha, Neb. for a number of years and then worked at Campbell Soup until he retired. 
He married Lenora Bellows and lived in Council Bluffs. 
Mr. White loved to hunt and fish. His hobby was collecting fishing rods and reels. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; infant brothers and a sister, Merle, Harry, James and Fernella; his wife; two brothers, Calvin A. White and Celester Clyde White; a sister-in-law, Sophia Bell Deemer White; a nephew, Jimmie White; nieces, Gladys Emma Jean White and Phylis Lu Jean White and great-niece Randi White. 
Surviving Mr. White are his nephews, Joseph White and his wife, Sue White, of Omaha, Neb., Michael L. White and his wife, Barbara White of Council Bluffs, Randall E. White and his wife, Wanda White, of Florence, Ala. and Jeffrey P. White and his wife, Christina White of Red Oak, Texas; nieces Kathy Mesick of Omaha, Neb. and Betty Lou White of Arizona; a sister-in-law, Lucille White of Red Oak, Texas ; great-snieces and nephews as well as a host of friends. 
Graveside services were July 17 in Memorial Park Cemetery at Council Bluffs. The Rev. Gary Hollers of Southside Christian Church officiated. 
McCurdy Funeral Home of Council Bluffs was in charge of arrangements. 

RICHARD W. SLOAN
Richard Wesley Sloan, son of Lishe Perkins Sloan and Jessie Ada Dean Sloan, was born March 9, 1917, at Murray and died July 30, 2001, at the Osceola Nursing and Rehab Center from complications from diabetes. He was 84. 
He spent his youth in Murray and attended the Murray school. 
Mr. Sloan married Mable Irene Wolfe on May 5, 1940, at the Christian Church parsonage in Winterset. The couple had four children, Mary, JoAnn, Barbara and Donna. After their marriage they lived in Murray until 1942 when they moved to Des Moines. They moved to Osceola in 1948. 
He was a truck driver for the E. I. Sargeant Quarries until he retired in 1979. After retirement he continued to operate his Sloan Sharpening Service until he retired from this business in March. 
Mr. Sloan enjoyed anything with wheels on it. He enjoyed being home with his family, playing cards and making a drive around town. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Osceola. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Barbara Jean in 1975; brother-in-law, Bart Funkhouser; sister, Mary Funkhouser; brother-in-law, Leo Wolfe and sister-in-law, Marie Craig. 
Mr. Sloan is survived by his wife, Mabel Sloan of Osceola; three daughters, Mary Schwartz and her husband, Lou Schwartz, of Kansas City, Mo., JoAnn Stubbar and her husband, Larry Stubbar, of Marion, Donna Sloan of Osceola; three grandchildren, Jeff Schwartz of Kansas City, Linda Klein and her husband, Steve Klein, of Marion, Brian West and companion, Josie Johnston, of Des Moines; four great-grandchildren, Brandina Klein of Marion, Brittany West, Patricia Johnston, Dominique Johnston, all of Des Moines; five stepgrandchildren, Darla, Cindy, Eleanor, Jeff and Sue; three nieces, Rita Doyle and her husband, Mike Doyle, Connie Preston and her husband, Stan Preston, Sandra Bisbee and her husband, Tom Bisbee, and their families as well as other relatives and friends. 
Memorial services were held at Kale Funeral Home Aug. 1 with the Rev. Phil Coe officiating. Music was provided by organist Loretta Carper who accompanied Emil Rinderspacher who sang The Old Rugged Cross and In The Garden. Interment of cremains was in the Murray Cemetery. 

Irene Mae Abell
Irene Mae Abell, daughter of William McElroy Sevier and Ella Matilda O’Dell Sevier, was born June 10, 1902, in Union County and died May 26, 2002, at the Afton Care Center. She was 99. 
She was educated in Union County country schools. She married Ernest Ray Abell, on Dec. 25, 1920, in Creston. 
After their marriage, she worked as a homemaker and farmwife. She did extensive gardening. She also did house cleaning and wall papering at homes in Union County. She sold Avon products for many years. Mrs. Abell also worked as the custodian for the Arispe United Methodist Church for 45 years and took many friends and neighbors on errands. 
The couple worked and farmed at a number of places while rearing their family. In 1957, they moved to Arispe. Mr. Abell died on Dec. 11, 1965. She continued to live in their home until she moved to the Afton Care Center in September 2001. 
Mrs. Abell was a member of the Arispe United Methodist Church where she was active with the United Methodist Women, serving in every office and diligently working with the quilting group. 
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were her parents; three daughters, Margaret in infancy, Maxine Jones and Wilma Vanderpluym; three granddaughters; seven brothers, Warren William, Vernard Sevier, Clarence Sevier, Harold Sevier, Lloyd Sevier, Cecil and Eugene Sevier; a sister, Pauline German. 
Mrs. Abell is survived by two sons, Lavel Abell and his wife, Carolyn Abell, of Murray and Bill Abell and his wife, Ferne Abell, of Arispe; a daughter, Carol Perry and her husband, Darrell Perry, of Osceola; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Sevier of Greenfield; a sister, Ruth Graham of Creston and two sisters-in-law, Elnora Sevier of Blue Springs, Mo. and Betty Sevier of Creston. 
Funeral services were May 29 at the Arispe United Methodist Church, the Rev. Lynn Garrison and the Rev. Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery in Creston. Arrangements were by Powers Funeral Home in Creston. A memorial has been established. 

F. Eugene ‘Gene’ Baethke
Floyd Eugene Baethke, known by most as “Gene”, the son of Floyd Wilmer Baethke and Phyllis Jane McCay, was born Dec. 18, 1953, at Sigourney and died May 26, 2002, of cancer at Kavanagh House on 56th Street in Des Moines. He was 48. 
He was raised in Montezuma and received his early education in Montezuma Community Schools where he graduated in 1972. He graduated from William Penn College in 1976 with a degree in education. 
Mr. Baethke married Karen Lynn Fleming on Aug. 3, 1974, in Montezuma. The couple became the parents of two daughters, Jennifer and Brianna. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Baethke moved to New Virginia where he began his teaching and coaching career at Interstate 35 Schools. 
Through the years, he has been very involved in coaching. He started as assistant girls basketball coach and later became head girls basketball coach. He was then the assistant boys basketball coach. Throughout his coaching tenure, he was also the I-35 assistant football coach. Mr. Baethke was currently the head boys basketball coach. 
He was a member of the Iowa State Education Association, National Coaches Association and was involved with the weightlifting program at I-35. He loved sports and enjoyed attending all of the sporting events at the school, especially when his girls were playing. He also liked ESPN and if it could be labeled as a hobby, it was his. 
Preceding him in death were his grandparents; a brother, Phillip and two sisters, Pamela and Janine, all three in infancy. 
Mr. Baethke is survived by his wife, Karen Baethke, of New Virginia; two daughters, Jennifer Baethke of New Virginia and Brianna Baethke of Iowa City; his parents, Floyd and Phyllis Baethke of Montezuma; three brothers, Mark Baethke and his wife, Lizz Baethke, of Urbandale, Larry Baethke and his wife, Denise Baethke, of Williamsburg and Greg Baethke and his wife, Dawnetta Baethke, of Spencer; nieces and nephews, Chad, Autumn and Calvin Baethke of Urbandale, Tyler, Dustyn and Cody Baethke of Williamsburg and Cade, Payton, Carson and Kramer Baethke of Spencer; other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were May 29 at the Interstate 35 High School Gymnasium in Truro, the Rev. Skip Rushing of New Virginia officiating. 
Musicians, Tim and Kelly McKinney and Anne Johnson performed the musical selections Amazing Grace, I Will Remember You and Spirit in the Sky. 
Casket bearers were Dick Sulentic, Tim Bogs, Everett Kephart, Randy Calvert, Jeff Douglas and Brandon Kelly. Honorary bearers were Tyler Baethke, Dustyn Baethke, Cody Baethke, Cade Baethke, Payton Baethke, Carson Baethke, Kramer Baethke, Chad Baethke, Autumn Baethke and Calvin Baethke. Interment was in New Virginia Cemetery. Arrangements were by Kale Funeral Homes-Osceola and Truro. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Kavanagh House, 900-56th in Des Moines or Interstate 35 Little League. 

Vera Gardner
Vera Gardner, 92, of Carlisle died May 16, 2002, of heart failure at the Carlisle Care Center where she had lived for the past 3-1/2 years. 
Mrs. Gardner was born in Mondale. She graduated from Van Wert High School and married Orval Newton Gardner also of Van Wert in 1930 at Ames. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner operated a grocery store in Woodburn for several years before moving to South Gate and Visalia, Calif. in 1955. . 
Mrs. Gardner moved back to Iowa 10 years ago and lived at Crestview Retirement Center in Des Moines before moving to the care center in Carlisle. 
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Kay Johnson. 
Mrs. Gardner is survived by a daughter, Twyla Davis of Carlisle; four sons, Dean Gardner of Clifton, Colo.; Don Gardner of Broken Arrow, Okla., Phillip Gardner of Alexandria, Va. and David Gardner of Castle Rock, Colo.; a sister, Mildred Joy of Willits, Calif. and a brother, Robert Lee of St. Charles. 
A visitation was held at the Richardson Funeral Home in Carlisle for Mrs. Gardner on May 19. Graveside services were May 22 at Rose Hills Cemetery, in Whittier, Calif., the Rev. Randy Gardner officiating. 
Memorial contributions may be made in in Mrs. Gardner’s name to the Woodburn Community Center. 

Harry C. Horton
Harry Clark Horton, son of Jesse LeGrand and Fairie Elizabeth McCarl Horton, was born May 11, 1910, in Franklin Township in Clarke County and died May 23, 2002, at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola. He was 92. 
He attended country school in Franklin Township and graduated from Osceola High School and Osceola Junior College. 
He married Velma Loraine Hoover on Jan. 12, 1931, in Clarke County and they became the parents of three children, Betty, Loraine and Robert. 
Mr. Horton was a teacher in the country schools and worked for the City of Osceola in the wastewater department. He also worked at the Iowa Ordnance Plant and the munitions factory during World War II. He helped build the detonator for the atom bomb. 
After the war Mr. and Mrs. Horton moved to Millard, Neb. where they lived for a number of years and he did construction work. The couple returned to Osceola in 1965 where he owned and operated a mechanic shop, H and V Service. 
Mr. Horton was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Osceola and a member of the Osceola Volunteer Fire Department for many years. His favorite pastimes were fishing and woodworking. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a brother, Edward. 
Mr. Horton is survived by two daughters, Betty Webb and her husband, John Webb, of Osceola and Loraine Brimm and her husband, Richard Brimm, of Weldon; a son, Robert Horton and his wife, Janet Horton, of St. Louis, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester Horton and his wife, Arlene Horton, of Osceola; as well as other relatives and a host of friends. 
Services for Mr. Horton were held May 28 at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Doug Hamilton officiating. Musical selections, by the Church of Christ Singers, were Sweet Bye and Bye and Take My Hand Precious Lord . 
Casket bearers were Jim Brimm, Dan Brimm, Sam Brimm, Tom Nolan II, Mike Gasick , Brandon Brimm and Kooper Brimm. Honorary bearers included Shadoe Miller, Keegan Brimm, Zachary Gasick, Chase Miller, Konner Brimm, Joshua Gasick and Kooper Brimm. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery at Osceola. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Horton’s name to the Church of Christ or the Osceola Volunteer Fire Department. 
Arrangements were made by Kale Funeral Home in Osceola. 

Sally Ann Hunsaker
Sally Ann Hunsaker, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Jamerson Marthini, was born July 30, 1931, in Seattle Wash. She was adoped and raised by William and Hazel Hill in Chicago, Ill. She died May 23, 2002, at her home at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She was 70. 
As a young adult she moved back to the west coast and got to know her natural family. She moved and traveled many places before settling in Iowa in 1988. 
She married Dee Leon Hunsaker in 1974. 
Through out Mrs. Hunsaker’s life she enjoyed car racing motorcycles, crocheting, traveling and the Internet. She also enjoyed working on her family genealogy and investigating different religions. 
She was preceded in death by both sets of parents; her husand on Dec. 21, 2001, and many of her brothers and sisters. 
Surviving are her three children, John Hill and his wife, Mary Paul, of Colchester, Vt.; Lisa Ward and her husband, Mike Ward, of Grand River and Mike Owens and his wife, Jennifer Owens, of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Shawn Hill and his wife, Sheri Hill, Christopher Hill and his wife, Heather Hill, all of South Burlington, Vt., Britanee Ward and Mike Ward of Grand River and Sean Owens of Phoenix; two great-granddaughters; two brothers; two sisters; and other relatives and friends. 
Services were graveside May 28 in Greenlawn Cemetery at Afton, Pastor Dwayne Henrichs officiating. Casket bearers were Wayne Barnes, Ron Brown, Jesse Henrichs, Matt Henrichs, Mike Marshall and Jeff Ward. 
Arrangements were by Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home at Leon. 

Robert Reed Sponsler
Robert Reed Sponsler, son of Francis Reed and Madge Almeda Spencer Sponsler, was born on Oct. 17, 1925, in Wayne County and died May 8, 2002, at the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon. 
He graduated from Humeston High School in1943. 
Mr. Sponsler married Muriel Ilene DeVore on July 24, 1950, at the Christian Church parsonage at Chariton. They became the parents of four children, Kathryn, David, Kristin and Doyce. 
He started farming at a young age. Farming was something he liked and work that needed to be done after his father’s early death. He continued until his own retirement with great attention to detail and the love of his occupation. 
Mr. Sponsler was an advocate of soil conservation. After retirement his green thumb was directed to his garden where he grew abundant fruits for family and friends. He liked his garden and flowers, birds, reading and collecting bells. 
He was baptized into the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church with his wife. 
Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Alice Wells and a brother, James Sponsler. 
Mr. Sponsler is survived by his wife of Humeston; two daughters, Kathy Heckman and her husband, Glenn Heckman, of Osceola and Kristin Sponsler of Denver, Colo. ; two sons, David Sponsler and his wife, Patty Sponsler, of Chariton and Doyce Sponsler and his wife, Diana Sponsler, of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two brothers, John Sponsler and and his wife, Virginia Sponsler, of Lakeville, Minn. and Joe Sponsler and his wife, Phyllis Sponsler, of Atlantic; a stepsister, Mary Ann Storm and her husband, Keith Storm, of Chariton; sisters-in-law, Virginia Sponsler of Humeston and June Halferty of Numa; brothers-in-law, Bill Wells and his wife, Choral Wells, of Eustis, Fla., Rex DeVore and his wife, Sue DeVore, of Williamson and Paul DeVore and his wife, Dorothy DeVore, of Russell; aunts, Margaret Throckmorton of Chariton and Mildred Stevenson of Story City; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were May 14 at the Humeston Christian United Methodist Church, the Rev. Joan White officiating. Burial was in Humeston Cemetery. 

Kenneth ‘Nicky’ Turlock
Kenneth “Nicky” Turlock, 41, of Corning died May 21, 2002, in Adams County. Services were May 25 in Oak Hill Cemetery at Corning with the Rev. Ken Rummer of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Memorials may be given in his name. 
He was born April 3, 1961, in San Francisco. He moved to Las Vagas when he was 10 and moved to Iowa in 1991. 
He worked for Fansteel Wellman Dynamics in Creston since 1998 as a lead man. 
He loved music and playing tennis and was an avid morel mushroom hunter. 
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Danielle Turlock who died at age 10 on Feb. 14, 2000. 
Mr. Turlock is survived by his mother, Lynn W. Shepherd of Lorimor; fiance, Simone Skowronek of Corning; three children, Aaron Turlock, 10, and Tayler Turlock, 8, both of Corning and Brice Turlock, eight months, of Murray.


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