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Elizabeth Griggs 
Elizabeth Griggs, 94, of Washington died Sunday, March 2, 2003 at the M.L. McCreedy Home in Washington following a lenghty illness. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 5, 2003 at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home in Washington with the Rev. Rick Dunn officiating. Interment will take place in the Wellman Cemetery in Wellman, Iowa. Visitation will begin after 12:00 PM Tuesday at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home where the family will be present from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Memorials in memory of Elizabeth have been established to the West Chester United Methodist Church in West Chester or to the M.L McCreddy Home in Washington. 
Elizabeth Griggs was born May 24, 1908 in Wellman, Iowa the daughter of Lauren and Audley (Waite) Fleming. She married Earl Roland Griggs on June 26, 1926 in Wellman, Iowa. Mrs. Griggs was a lifetime resident of Washington County. Elizabeth worked with her husband in Griggs Produce in West Chester from 1930 to 1969. She was also a homemaker. She loved decorating her home, cooking, her family and ceramics. 
Elizabeth is survived by 1 daughter; Jeaniene Dusenbery and husband Kenneth of West Chester, Iowa, 2 granddaughters; Sue Kos and husband Kevin of Kalona, Iowa, Julie Dusenbery of West Chester, Iowa, 4 great grandchildren; Jerica Tracy of Kalona, Iowa, Braden Kos of Kalona, Iowa, Trenton Kos of Kalona, Iowa, and Greta Kos of Kalona, Iowa. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1983, 2 brothers and 1 sister. 

Oscar (Bill) Nordyke 
Oscar Edwin "Bill" Nordyke age 90 of Washington died Monday March 17, 2003 at the United Presbyterian Home following a 3 month illness. 
Funeral Services will be held at the Jones Eden Funeral Home 10:30 AM Wednesday with Rev. Edward Philgreen. Visitation will be held from noon to 9 PM Tuesday with the family being present from 7 to 8 PM. 
Bill was born November 22, 1912 in Leon, Iowa the son of Ernest and Emma E. (VanWinkle) Nordyke. He was married June 22, 1940 to Doris Albeta Matthews in Washington, Iowa He is survived by two daughters Connie Pence and husband Gary and Kathy Wallace and husband Joe both of Washington. There are 3 grandchildren Jennifer Pence Morgan; Joey Wallace and Jill Wallace and 5 great grandchildren; Maggie, Dylan, Jordan, Joshua, and Alexis. He is also survived by a 2 Sister in Laws Maurine Mills and husband Gilbert of Washington and Ina Nordkye of Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Marion Leroy, Wallace Perry and Walter David and 6 sisters, Ethel May McNelley, Edna Pearl Bain, Grace Deloras Sharlow, Dorotha Marie Argo, Wilma Bernice Nordyke and Beulah Fern Davis. 
Bill came to Washington County in 1931 where he worked as a farm hand for the Karl Libe and Milford Anderson families. He was employe as a mechanic for 34 years until his retirement in 1975. After retirment he worked as a custidian at the United Presbyterain Home in Washington for 15 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and past member of the I.O.O. F. Lodge. 
A general memorial has been established. 

June Nicola 
June Palmer Nicola age 73 of Washington died Wednesday evening March 12, 2003 at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa following declining health the past year. 
Celebration of life services will be held 11 Am Monday at the Shiloh Church in rural Kalona, Iowa. Friends may begin calling at the Jones Eden Funeral Home 10 Am Sunday where the family will be present from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 8 PM Sunday. 
June was born November 21, 1929 in Bangor, Maine the daughter of Walter A. Palmer and Mildred Ward Palmer. She married Robert Nichola July 2, 1950 in Washington. June is survived by a daughter Rachel Nicola and husband Dave Stauffer of Washington and son Timothy Nichola of Chicago, Ill. She is also survived by a sister Patricia Creamer and her husband LaRonso of Sorrento, ME and brother William Palmer and his wife Vivian of Brookville, MD. There are also a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death were her parents, husband Bob, November of 2001 and a brother Walter Palmer. 
June graduated from Bangor, Maine High School and attended the University of Iowa from 1948 to 1949. She returned to the University of Iowa after many years and completed her B.A. degree in 1995. 
June was a member of the Shiloh Church in Kaona. She was a member and past president of chapter J. - P.E.O. She was a certified Red Cross diving instructor She served as a board member and past president of the YWCA board, was a member and past president of the Music Boosters as well as S. A. L. (Speciality Advertising Ladies) She was active in many volunteer organizations and enjoyed traveling and her family. 

Pauline (Polly) Kueneman 
Alice Pauline (Polly) Kueneman,age 75, of Washington died Thursday March 27, 2003 at the University of Iowa Hospital following a brief illness. 
Funeral Mass will be held 2:30 PM Monday at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Riverside, Iowa. Visitation will be held at the Jones Eden Funeral Home in Washington from 10:00 AM until 9 PM Sunday where the family will be present after 2 PM Sunday. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 PM Sunday evening at the funeral home. 
Polly was born May 2, 1927 in Wellman, Iowa the daughter of Ray C. and Birdina (Vowk) Miller. She married Harold Kueneman January 21, 1948 in Riverside, Iowa. Polly is survived by 3 sons; Murray Kueneman of Washington; Gary and wife Dorothea Kueneman of Kalona and Richard Kueneman of San Francisco, CA. A sister Edith Simmering and husband Don of Washington also survives. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold in August of 2002 and 2 brothers. 
Polly was a homemaker and owned and operated with her husband, Harold's Standard Service, in Ainsworth for over 30 years. She also worked at the Washington Care Center for a number of years. She was a member of the Friendship Club in Washington and enjoyed cooking, baking and her family. Pauline graduated from Washington High School in 1946.

Mary A. Hahn 
Mary A. Hahn, 93, of Washington died Monday, March 31, 2003 at the Washington County Hospital following a lenghty illness. 
Graveside services will be held 1:30 PM Thursday, April 3, 2003 at the Crawfordsville Cemetery in Crawfordsville. Interment will take place in the Crawfordsville Cemetery. Friends may begin calling at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home after 12:00 PM on Wednesday. A memorial in memory of Mary has been established to the United Church of Crawfordsville. 
Mary was born on October 6, 1909 in Crawfordsville, Iowa the daughter of William and Magdaline (Zimmer) Eisele. She graduated from Crawfordsville High School. On August 8, 1936 she married Alvin Hahn in Monmouth, Illinois. Mary worked for the Burlington Ordinance Plant and at McClerry Cummings Company for many years. She also drove a gravel truck for the family business. Mary was a resident of Washington, Iowa since 1975. She was a member of the United Church of Crawfordsville. 
Mrs. Hahn is survived by 1 sister; Edna Custer of Washington, Iowa. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1975, 4 brothers, and 1 sister. 

Jesse Lloyd Stout 
JESSE LLOYD STOUT, age 85, died peacefully, at the home of his son Stephen, on Monday, April 7th. He was surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Jesse's life will be Friday, April 11th at 10:00 AM at the Jones Eden Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Boyd officiating. His grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers. Visitation will begin noon Thursday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 - 7:00 PM Thursday. There will be a Rebekah Lodge service at the funeral home at 7:00 PM Thursday. Memorials may be made to the ODD Fellows Eye Care. 
Jesse was born July 21, 1917 to Jesse Thomas and Daisy McGee Wallace. His mother died in childbirth and he was adopted by Taylor and Glennie Goodman Stout. He spent his childhood on a farm Northeast of Brighton, Iowa. He attended country school and graduated from Brighton High School. He later attended Parson's College in Fairfield, Iowa. 
He married Bonnie Louise Elmore on March 11, 1939 in Freeport, Illinois. They raised their three sons, Lloyd, Douglas and Stephen on the family farm in the Havre Community, where he tended to the land for 42 years. In the winter months he also drove semi. Most recently he drove for Burke Cleaners in Washington, Iowa. 
Jesse was very active in the ODD Fellows Encampment Number 6 in Fairfield, Iowa. He joined the lodge in 1945. He held many local and state level offices. He was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge, joining in 1978 and attending meetings faithfully. 
He is survived by his three sons; Lloyd Stout and wife Luz Stella of Denham Springs, Louisiana, Douglas Stout and wife Hannah Sue, and Stephen Stout and wife Diana of Washington, Iowa. Jesse is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Fred Stout of Baton Rouge, LA; Angie Stout, Bonnie and Keith Williams and Jimmy and Shana Stout all of Denham Springs, LA; Craig Stout of Iowa City, IA.; Jason Stout and Calista Stout, Matthew Stout, Charity and Robert Gathright all of Washington, IA; Spec 4 David S. Lewis currently serving in Iraq and Sgt. Dominique Lewis of Beaufort, South Carolina. Six great grandchildren - Breanna Stout of Denham Springs, LA; Kyle, Reagan, Zacary Stout and Tyler and Trevion Gathright all of Washington, IA. One sister, Vermiella Jarvis and husband Carl of Washington, IA; brother-in-law - Roy Rogers and sister-in-law - Maxine Ledger both of Fairfield, IA and sister-in-law - LaVern Wallace of Muscatine. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bonnie in 1986, and a grandson Martin Stout in 1976. 

Keith B. Williams 
Keith B. Williams, age 72, died April 1, 2003 at the M. L. McCreedy Home following a lenghty illness. 
Services will be held 4:00 PM Sunday, April 6, 2003 at the Jones Eden Funeral Home. The family will be present to receive friends from 2:00 - 4:00 PM on Sunday. Interment will take place at Elm Grove Cemetery at a later date. Memorials have been established to the M.L. McCreedy Home in Washington. 
Keith was born October 6, 1930 in Sigourney, Iowa the son of Keith B. and Ruth (Adkins) Williams Sr. He graduated from Washington High School and attended Washington Junior College. Keith was an independent insurance agent for 20 years before retiring in 1992. In his earlier years, he worked for Jewel Tea Company for 17 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church, the Odd Fellows, Kiwanis Club, and the Washington Jaycee Club in his younger years, and the Washington Golf and Country Club. He was an avid fisherman and golfer. 
He married Audra O'Connor July 2, 1949 in Washington. He is survived by his wife Audra of Washington and children; Michael Williams and wife Diane, Fulton, MO; Jeanne Boardman, Glamis, CA; Mary Hall and husband Leonard, Rockville, MD; and Joe Williams and wife Brenda, Collierville, TN. There are 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Gene Williams and wife Connie of Mendota, Ill and sister Pat Goff and husband Brad of Washington, Ia. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dave one month ago. 

Helen Watkins 
Helen Freda Watkins, 95, of 400 East Tyler Street Washington, Iowa died Monday, April 7, 2003 at the M.L. McCreedy Home in Washington after declining in health the past 3 years. 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, April 10, 2003 at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home. Interment will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 PM on Wednesday where the family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Wednesday evening. Memorials have been established in memory of Helen to either the First Christian Church in Washington or to a General Memorial Fund. 
Helen was born November 26, 1907 in Washington, Iowa the daughter of Charles Guy and Bessie May (Beaty) Tucker. She attended school in Washington and graduated from Washington High School in 1926. On September 1, 1926 she married Harry W. Watkins at the First Christian Church in Washington. Helen was a homemaker and worked for Wolf Greenhouse in Washington for many years. She was a lifetime resident of Washington, Iowa. 
Helen is survived by 1 daughter; Barbara Stalder and husband Richard of Washington, Iowa, granddaughter; Connie Johnson & husband Mitchell of Irmo, South Carolina, grandson; Mark Stalder of Washington, Iowa, grandson; Matthew Stalder & wife Betsy of Washington, Iowa, great granddaughters; Marshel and Madison Stalder of Washington, Iowa, great grandsons; Micah and Joshua Johnson of Irmo, South Carolina, and great granddaughter; Kaitlyn Stalder of Washington, Iowa. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1956, 1 son; Robert William in 1930 and 1 daughter; Dorothy Marie in 1951. 

Doris Eash 
Doris P. Eash, age 91, of Washington, died Friday August 22, 2003 at the Washington County Hospital. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Hodson & Rev. Sheryl Campbell officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00- 2:00 on Monday. Interment will be at the Wellman Cemetery in Wellman, Iowa. 
Doris was born May 25, 1912 in Alberta, Canada. She received normal training for two years while in high school and one year at Coe College. She was united in marriage to Stanley Monroe Eash on November 19, 1932. She and Stanley lived in Wellman for a short time, then moved to a farm north of Wellman for approximately seven years and then to Maple Crest Farm No. 2. 
Doris owned and operated the Town and Country Gift Store in Wellman for 14 years. After Stanley retired from farming, they lived in Wellman. Doris moved to Washington in 1995. 
Doris's activities included girls 4-H leader for many years, church choir, ALC Federated Club, volunteer work at Veterans Hospital in Iowa City and University Hospital in Iowa City. Her special interests and hobbies included golf, music, gardening and hand work. Doris was a receptionist at the Jones Funeral Home for ten years. 
While in Wellman Doris was very active in the Asbury Methodist Church and headed up many Turkey dinners. She later belonged to the Washington United Methodist Church. 
Doris is survived by a son James Eash and wife Evelyn of Washington, IA; a daughter Patricia Hagen and husband Alan of Waverly, IA; 6 grandchildren and 10 great granchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1980, 3 sisters and one brother.

Adam Gartner 
Adam John Gartner, 49, of Washington died suddenly following a decline in health for the past few years on Saturday, September 6, 2003 at his residence. 
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, September 9, 2003 at Louis & Sandra Wilson's residence; 1616 Sixth Avenue North in Wellman, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to Peggy Gartner at 317 North Iowa Avenue in Washington. 
Adam was born October 16, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of John and Joann (Johnson) Gartner. He was raised and attended school in Omaha, Nebraska. On April 7, 1990 he married Peggy Wilson in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Adam and Peggy lived in Council Bluffs, Arizona and later West Branch before moving to Washington. He was employed as an orderly at nursing homes and care facilities in many communities. Adam enjoyed arts and crafts, he had a love of animals and was loved by his family. 
Mr. Gartner is survived by his wife; Peggy Gartner of Washington, Iowa, father; John Gartner of Lexington, Nebraska, 2 brothers, mother and father in law; Louis and Sandra Wilson of Wellman, Iowa and sister in law Ann Smith. 
He was preceded in death by his mother. 

Ellen Fenn 
Ellen Rebecca Fenn, 94, of Washington died Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Halcyon House Health Care Center in Washington. 
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home in Washington with the Pastor Brett Best officiating. Interment will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 PM Monday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM prior to services on Tuesday. A General Memorial has been established in memory of Ellen. 
Ellen was born December 15, 1908 in Henry County, Iowa the daughter of Jesse and Sarah (Peterson) Mills. Mrs. Fenn was reared in the Quaker Faith. She received her Normal Training Teacher's Certificate in Mount Pleasant, Iowa High School and taught country school prior to her marriage. On December 3, 1929 she married Prior L. Fenn in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. She and her husband lived in Keokuk for three years before settling in Washington in early 1933. In 1945 she and her husband opened the Massey-Harris farm machinery business in Washington and together they operated the business until 1962 when they sold the business to their two sons. In 1965 she and her husband moved to a farm East of Washington. She was a free lance writer and photographer. Her first book of poetry - "A Star Rushed By" was published in 1963. Photos from her dark room coupled with her ease of words gained her national attention. She was a charter member of the Iowa City Branch of the American League of American Pen Women and a charter member of the local group of poetry writers "The Word Weavers." She was also a member of the Log Cabin Questers #455 of Washington County. She served as a columnist for three years for the Iowa Retail Equipment Associations monthly period publication. Mrs. Fenn held membership in served as State President of Composers and Authors of America; a chapter president of Iowa City Branch of American Pen Women; and president of the local Word Weavers. She was included in the London "Two Thousand Women of Achievement" in 1972. In 1974 she published the book "Cooking With Ellen" and Cornbread and Calico in 1978. She was a member of the American Society of Writers in 1981. More than 200 publications have used words from her pen and photos from her camera. 
She is survived by 1 son; Kenneth Fenn of Washington, Iowa, 1 daughter; Marolyn Schumacher of Beloit, Wisconsin, 9 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 1 brother; Gilbert Mills of Washington and many nieces and nephews. 
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1985, 1 son; Terry, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. 

Samuel (Sam) Irvan Hesseltine 
Samuel "Sam" Irvan Hesseltine, son of Aaron & Toni Hesseltine, age 3 1/2, died suddenly at his home following an accident. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, September 8, 2003 at the United Presbyterian Church in Washington with the Rev. Ron McMenamin and the Rev. Rick Zickefoose officiating. Friends may begin calling at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM Sunday afternoon where the family will be present from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday afternoon. A general memorial fund has been established in memory of Sam. 
Sam was born on December 30, 1999 in Iowa City, Iowa. He is survived by his parents; Aaron and Toni of Washington, and 1 brother; Carter. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother; Dorothy Winchip and paternal grandparents Lyle & Carol Hesseltine all of Washington. His great grandparents include; Irvan & Frieda Hesseltine of Brighton, Iowa, Lucille Schnepel of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Walter & Mildred Horning of Washington, Iowa. Sam is also survived by several aunts, uncles and counsins and special friends Jake & Mindy Miller. 

Maxine R. Goodin 
Maxine R. Goodin, 83, of Cumming, Georgia formerly of Washington, Iowa died Sunday, July 27, 2003 in Cumming, Georgia. 
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington with the Rev. Richard Boyd officiating. 
Maxine is survived by 4 children; Clyta Norton of Cumming, GA, Robert Goodin of Bondurant, IA, Janet Cook of Howard, CO and Jeanette Chappel of Howard, CO, 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; Chester Goodin. 

Charles R. "Chuck" Gibson 
Chuck R. Gibson, age 74, of Washington, passed away Friday July 25, 2003 following a sudden illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2003 at the United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Boyd officiating. Visitation will begin 9:00 AM Monday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive freinds from 2:00 - 3:30 and from 6:30 - 8:30 on Monday. Interment with military honors will take place at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa. 
Chuck was born on July 24, 1929 in Keosauqua, Iowa to Roy N. and Mildred (White) Gibson. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1947. He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. On December 22, 1957 he was united in marriage to Janice Ann Statler at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. 
Survivors include his wife Janice of Washington, IA; Son Richard P. Gibson and wife Elisabeth of Knoxville, IA and their children Maggie and Grace; Daughter Teri Copler and husband Steve of Vinton, IA and their son Ryan; Son Russell Gibson and wife Andrea of Hampton, IA and their children Elias and Kian; mother-in-law Mildred Statler of West Chester, IA; 3 sister-in-laws and 2 brother-in-laws. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, 4 siblings - Richard Nolan Gibson, Thelma VanDyke, Glenn Gibson, and Betty Griffiths and father-in-law - L.P. "Mutt" Statler. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Kiwanis AM'ers, Lending Hands, or Community Senior Center. 

Florence Laurene Knapp 
Florence Laurene Knapp, age 89, of Washington, passed away Friday - July 25, 2003 at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington following a lengthy illness. Funeral Services will be held Monday July 28, 2003 at the Jones Eden Funeral Home in Washington with the Rev. Richard Boyd officiating. Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM Sunday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Burial will take place at the South English Cemetery in South English, Iowa. A general memorial has been established. 
Laurene was born on June 13, 1014 in South English, Iowa to John Roy and Mary Isabelle (Campbell) Knapp. She attended high school in Des Moines, Iowa graduating in 1932. She later attended Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines, Iowa. 
Laurene is survived by a sister - Euncie Jung of Charles City, IA and a brother - Robert Whitsitt of Rockford, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters - Leona Bailey and Lota Knapp. 
She worked as a Secretary for the Iowa State Health Department for 42 years until her retirement in 1980. She received the Henry Albert Memorial Award for recognition of outstanding service in Public Health in 1971. 
Laurene was a member of the First Christian Church where she was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship. 

Dwight Murray 
Dwight S. Murray, age 80, of Washington died Monday - July 28, 2003 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Washington with the Pastor Brett Best officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Thursday July 31st and from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM on Friday August 1st. There will be a Masonic Lodge service at the Jones Eden Funeral Home at 6:30 Friday evening at the Jones Eden Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7:00 - 8:30 Friday Evening. Interment with military honors will take place at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa. Memorials have been established to the Masonic Lodge #26 or the First Baptist Church. 
Dwight was born April 2, 1923 in Dundee, Iowa to James S. and Bessie (Mason) Murray. He was raised and educated in Lamont, Iowa. During World War II he served in the United States Army taking part in the liberation of the Phillipines on Luzon Island. 
We worked for the Maintenance Department of the Highway Commission as an assistant maintenance engineer from 1966 until his retirement in 1985. 
Dwight was active in Masonry having served as head of all Washington Masonic Bodies, Eastern Star and White Shrine. He was a Shriner. He served as secretary of Washington Lodge # 26 for thrity two years beginning in 1968 - 1997. 
Survivors include his wife Emma of Washington, IA; Son Stanley D. Murray and wife Deborah of Washington, IA; Step daughter Betty Shelton & husband Don of Creston, IA; Stepson Merle & wife Charlotte of El Paso, TX; Step daughter Berdena Hiatt & husband James of Des Moines, IA; Stepson James Bonebright & wife Cheryl of Danville, IL; Step daughter Linda Witthoft and husband James of Ainsworth, IA; 2 grandchildren; 21 step grandchildren; many step great grandchildren; sister Arlene Phillips of Delhi, IA; and Sister Berna Deane Benton & husband Harold of Oelwein, Iowa.

Conrad Daniel Luers 
Conrad Daniel Luers, 4, of Sharpsville, Indiana died Sunday, August 3, 2003 at his home in Sharpsville following a two and a half year battle with cancer. 
Private family services will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2003 at the Stout & Son Funeral Home in Russiaville, Indiana with the Rev. Jeff Harlow & the Rev. Bob Patterson officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Private family committal services will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at the Oak Ridge Cemtery in rural Washington, Iowa. The Jones - Eden Funeral Home in Washington is assisting with the local arrangements. Memorials in memory of Conrad have been established to the St. Vincents Children Center or to the Give Kids The World Association. 
Conrad is survived by his parents; Daniel J. and April C. (Crowley) Luers of Sharpsville, IN, paternal grandparents; R. Dean & Rose Mary Luers of Brighton, Iowa, maternal grandparents; Coy "Pete" & Judy Crowley of Nashport, OH, serveral aunts, uncles and cousins, and his best friend; his dog, Eli. 
Conrad fought a courageous battle with cancer for over two and half years. Leaving behind a family filled with love and wonderful memories, of his short life here on earth. 

Richard Allen (Dick) Nihart 
Richard Allen (Dick) Nihart, age 78, passed away on Wednesday September3, 2003, after a long struggle with failing health. He had been living for the past two years near his youngest daughter in the Des Moines area. Following a recent hospitalization, he moved to hospice care at Kavanagh House. 
Born December 11, 1924 and raised in the Mt. Pleasant area, Mr. Nihart was the son of John Dale Nihart and Neva Lucy Isles. He married Mary Lou Stacy on December 19, 1948 and began his life long love of farming near Brighton. A successful farmer, he received numerous Farm Service Awards, including Master Corn Grower, and took great pride in his cattle. As a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, he was well known for raising, breeding, and showing quarter horses, including AQHA champions. He later judged horse shows in the area. Ever ambitious, Mr. Nihart also worked as an insurance agent and served for many years on the Board for the Jefferson County Mutual Insurance Agency. 
Large of heart, Mr. Nihart often helped family and friends and believed strongly in community service. He was active in the United Methodist Church in Brighton, where he served as a lay leader and Sunday school teacher, and later in the United Methodist Church in Washington. A fifty-year Mason, he was involved for many years in Eastern Star and KAABA Shrine of Davenport. He was also a member of the Lions Club in Brighton. Mr. Nihart spent considerable time as a Board member for the Midwest Old Threshers. In later years, he loved to ride his own McCormick Deering antique tractor in local parades. His loyalty, spirit, and jovial nature will be sorely missed, especially by his daughters, Mary Ann Nihart of Pacifica, California and Karen Thompson of Ankeny. 
After retiring from the farm in Brighton, Mr. Nihart lived in Washington. He is survived by his two daughters, his sister Mrs. James (Martha) Albers of Trenton, and three grandchildren: Eric, Christopher and Megan Thompson and half brother John Nihart, Lincoln, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his wife, his sister (Neva Pauline Jeffrey) and brother (Robert Ellis Nihart). 
Funeral services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Washington, Iowa at 2:00 PM Saturday September 6 with the Rev. Mark Young officiating. Interment will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Brighton, Iowa. Visitation will begin noon Friday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7:00- 9:00 Friday evening. There will be a Masonic Lodge Service at the Jones Eden Funeral Home beginning 7:00 pm Friday Evening. Memorials have been established for the United Methodist Church and Hospice of Iowa. 

Thomas D. Plake 
Thomas D. Plake, 52, of Washington died on Friday, August 29, 2003 at his residence in Washington following a sudden illness. 
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home with the Rev. Gene Carpenter officiating. A General Memorial Fund has been established in memory of Thomas. 
Thomas D. Plake was born August 29, 2003 in Los Angeles, California the son of John Arthur Clinton and Natalie (Duncan) Plake. He grew up in Los Angeles where he graduated from high school. Thomas attended college at California State in Northridge, California. He was a resident of Washington, Iowa for the past 8 years. He was employed by Wilcox - Garland for a short period of time. 
Mr. Plake is survived by 1 sister; Alicia King of Denver, North Carolina. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Merle Dale Warner 
Merle Dale "Fizz" Warner, 86, of Washington died Thursday, August 27, 2003 at the M.L. McCreedy Home in Washington following a brief illness. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, August 30, 2003 at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Hodson officiating. Interment with Military Honors will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:00 PM Friday at the Jones - Eden Funeral Home where the family will be present to receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. A Masonic Lodge Service will be held at 6:30 PM Friday evening at the funeral home. A memorial in memory of Merle has been established to the Shriners Children's Hospital. 
Merle was born April 16, 1917 in Washington, Iowa the son of Rene and Dessi (Work) Warner. He graduated from Washington High School in 1936. 
On December 24, 1940 he married Lucille Lance in Washington, Iowa. 
Merle served in the Army Air Force during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Prior to his military service, Merle owned and operated a service station in the south end of Washington. After his time in the service, he began farming and farmed northeast of Washington all of his life. 
He was active in 4-H as a member and as a leader for many years. Merle served on the Washington on the Washington County Fair Board for many years and recently received the distinction of Honorary Board Member. He became active an active member of the Masonic Lodge # 26 and Masonic Bodies in 1956. Merle belonged to the Scottish Rite and York Rite, KAABA Shrine, Washington County Shrine Club and the Louisa County Shrine Club. Merle was a member of the Hardees Evening Coffee Group, The Washington Saddle Club and was a volunteer in the Horse Department at the Midwest Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant for many years.

Rylie Paige York 
Rylie P. York age 5 months, infant daughter of Jared York and Rachel Schevers died Wednesday August 27, 2003 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday - September 2, 2003 at the Jones Eden Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron McMenamin officiating. Visitation will begin noon Monday at the Jones Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 4:00 - 6:00 PM Monday Evening. Interment will take place in the Elm Grove Cemetery. A general memorial has been established. 
Rylie Paige York was born March 2, 2003 in Iowa City. She is survived by her mother Rachel Schevers of Washington, IA; father Jared York of Washington, IA; Twin Brother Kase York; Grandmother Amy Boileau Stoutner of Washington; Grandfather Kenny Stoutner of Keota; Grandfather Terry York of Washington; and Grandmother Tammy Luscardi of Nevada. Rylie is also survived by many great grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. 
She was preceded in death by a grandfather - Douglas Schevers. 


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