Miscellaneous Polk County, Iowa Obituaries
(contributed by Lola Angell)



August 9, 2002  Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
Harold R. Fischer, 74, of Beaverdale Estates died of complications of a 
stroke Thursday at Mercy Medical Center.  Services will be at 3 p.m. 
Saturday at Westover Funeral  Home, with burial at Masonic Cemetery. 
Mr. Fischer was born in Des Moines and had lived in the Des Moines area 
most of his life.  He was a retired welding inspector with John Deere 
Des Moines Works in  Ankeny, a Navy veteran of World War II and a member 
of Daylight Masonic Lodge 660.  He enjoyed gardening, camping an playing 
cribbage.  He is survived by three daughters, Bonnie L. Burt, Virginia 
Johnson, Lauri Long, and a son, Perry A., all of Des Moines; a sister 
Gloria Betts of Kansas City, Kan., a brother, Richard “Bud” of Ankeny; 
three sisters, Sharon Hilding of Ankeny, Connie Todd of Indianola and 
Vivian Whitaker of Polk City; eight grandchildren and six 
great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice.  The 
family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Hersel J. Smith

The Des Moines Register Saturday,September 24, 1988
Hersel J. Smith, 81, of 3028 Scott Ave. died of Parkinson’s diseaase 
Thursday  at Mercy Medical Center.  Services will be at 1 p.m. today at 
Hamilton’s Funeral  Home.  Burial will be in Avon Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born in Harvey (Iowa) and lived in Des Moines most of his 
life.  He retired from the Iowa Liquor Commission and was a member of 
Union Park Christian Church and the East High Boosters Club.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie; a daughter, Lola Jane Angell of Rock 
Creek Lake; two sons, Hersel Wayne of Urbandale and Ronald Lee of Des 
Moines; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call until service time at the funeral home.  Memorial 
contributions may be made to the East High Boosters Club.
(From the funeral leaflet:  Pallbeares: Todd Smith, Scott Gifford; Ted 
Smith; Kelmer Hall; Tim Berry and Harold Fischer.  Honrary Pallbeares: 
Stanley Wyant; George Nail; Bud Fischer; Clarence Smith; Ike Wyant; Dale 
Wilson; Leslie Wilson; Bill Hall; Howard Smith and Larry Smith)

Isaac Gibson

The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa
"Services for Isaac Gibson, 89, of 3039 E. 
Walnut St., who died Sunday at home, will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 
Hamilton's Funeral Home.  Burial will be in a cemetery at Mercer, MO. 
Mr. Gibson, a retired farmer, was born in Mercer and lived in Des Moines 
40 years.  He was a member of Fair Haven Baptist Church, near Mercer. 
Surviving are a son Thomas J. (note: should be T.) of Ankeny; five 
daughters, Mrs. Lela Wilson, Mrs. Lena Berry, Mrs. Margaret Fischer and 
Mrs. Mae Smith, all of Des Moines, and Mrs. Emma Wyant of Leon; 22 
grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
(Date of death: 5 Dec 1965)

Lena B. Berry

Headline: Obituaries
Publication Date: March 07, 1999
Source: The Des Moines Register
Lena B. Berry, 98, of Parkridge Nursing and Rehabilitation 
Center, 4755 Parkridge Ave., Pleasant Hill, died of a respiratory 
ailment there Friday, March 5th. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 
Hamilton's Funeral Home. Burial will be at Avon Cemetery. Mrs. Berry, a 
homemaker, was born in Mercer, Mo., and and moved to Pleasant Hill one 
year ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church and Daughters of Union 
Veterans. Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Hansen, and a son, 
Tim , both of Johnston; two sisters, Emma Wyant and Mae Smith, both of 
Pleasant Hill; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a 
great-great-grandchild.The family will receive friends one hour prior to 
services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mary Forbes Angell

Death notice in Newark Evening News Dec. 12, 1945: “ANGELL - Mary 
Forbes, on December 10,1945, at her home, 127 Harrison avenue, 
Westfield, N.J., beloved wife of Windield T. Angell, mother of Mrs. John 
G. Conrad;  Private First Class  Douglas Forbes and Bruce K. Angell. 
Service at Gray’s Funeral Home, 318 East Broad street, Westfield, on 
Wednesday evening, December 12, at 8:15 o’clock.”

Winfield T. Angell

Obit: "Westfield, New Jersey - Winfield T. Angell, 70, of 440 First St. 
died at home yesterday, (Sept. 7, 1964) following a long illness.  He 
was born in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and prior to coming here 36 years 
ago, he resided in New York City.  Mr. Angell retired in 1961 after 
serving 32 years with Sears Roebuck Company.  He was graduated from 
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and was a member of the Stamp Club of 
Westfield.  Mr. Angell is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Schuster 
Angell; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia A. conrad of Bismarck, N.D.; two sons, 
Bruce also of Bismarck and Douglas of Pleasant Valley Conn. and two 
grandchildren. (This is an error, he had 11 grandchildren)  Funeral 
services will be in Gray's tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.  Interment will be in 
Restland Memorial, East Hanover, Rev. Frederick L. Van Steen, formar 
pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Plainfield will officiate."

Melissa Jane SMALLEY

"Melissa J. Smalley was born in Richland 
Co., Ill., March 18, 1850 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. 
Charles VanCleve of Blakesburg, Ia., March 8, 1920, aged 69 years, 11 
months, 20 days.  Jan. 3, 1866 she was united in marriage to Timothy 
Gibson and to this union were born 10 children.  Her husband, two sons 
and one daughter preceded her in death.  The surviving children are Mrs. 
R. M. Thomas, Geo,. W. and Mrs. G. A. Roland of Des Moines, Mrs. J. W. 
Laws of Stanton, Ia., Mrs. Chas. VanCleve of Blakesburg, Ia., Isaac of 
Mercer and Mrs. Hattie Whitaker of Los Angeles, Calif.  She is also 
survived by two brothers, Jesse of Ravanna, John of Snyder, Okla., one 
sister, Aunt Harriet Combs of Mercer, 35 grandchildren and 6 great 
grandchildren.  Several years ago she was converted and joined the 
Christian church and was a member of that church when she died.  Funeral 
services were conducted Mar. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Fair haven church by R. 
L. Henry, pastor of the Mercer M. E. Church.  Burial was made at the 
Lowry cemetery."11

Sarah Irena Smith Hall

From the Des Moines Register & Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Irena Hall, 79 of 210 Crocker St. (Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) will 
be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at Hamilton's Funeral Home.  Burial will be in 
Avon cemetery.  Mrs. Hall died of a heart attack Saturday at the home of 
a son, Hersel Smith, 3028 Scott St.  Mrs. Hall was born in Indiana and 
was a Des Moines resident 34 years.  She was a member of the Methodist 
Church at Harvey, where she lived before moving to Des Moines.  Also 
surviving are her husband, Henry; two daughters, Mrs. Sula Nail, Harvey; 
Mrs. Hazel Hall of Des Moines; four other sons, Cleo Smith, Lloyd Smith, 
Percy Smith and Vernon Hall all of Des Moines; a brother Leonard Loonis, 
Glenwood MO.; 30 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Thomas "Tim" Gibson

Headline: Obituaries
Publication Date: September 02, 1995
Source: The Des Moines Register
Page: 5 
Region: Iowa
Obituary: Thomas "Tim" Gibson, 93, of Crown Point, Ind., died of a heart 
ailment Thursday, Aug. 31st at Lutheran Home there. Graveside services 
are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines. Mr. 
Gibson was born in Mercer, Mo., and moved to Indiana 10 years ago from 
Des Moines. He retired as a construction foreman for Iowa State 
University Farm Service. Surviving are his wife, Maisie; a daughter, 
Norma Eugene Teeter of Crown Point; sisters Emma Wyant of Altoona and 
Lena Berry and Mae Smith, both of Des Moines; two grandchildren; and 
three great-grandchildren. Friends may call after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 
Merle Hay Funeral Home in Des Moines. Memorial contributions may be made 
to Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministry in Ankeny.

Timothy Gibson

Obituary of Timothy Gibson.  "Timothy Gibson was born January 16,1846, 
near Oberlin, Ohio.  He moved to Dubuque county, Iowa, in 1850 and a few 
years later to Mercer County, Mo.  For the past few years he has lived 
in Ottumwa and Des Moines, Iowa.  He was married to Melissa J. Smalley, 
January 3, 1867 and to this union a large family of children were born. 
He died at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25, 1914, of heart trouble 
and dropsy.  At the time of this death he was 68 years, 6 months and 
nine days old.  All his life he was an energetic, hard working man.  He 
was especially fond of his help-mate and children and no event gave him 
so much pleasure as to" (balance unreadable)

Timothy Gibson

Obituary for Timothy Gibson "DEATH GALLS TIMOTHY GIBSON.  End Comes to 
Former Mercer Countyan at Des Moines-- Deceased Was a Pioneer of this 
County.  The death of Timothy Gibson, a former well known resident of 
Mercer county, occurred at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, June 25, 1914, 
and the remains, accompanied by relative and friends from Des Moines and 
Ottumwa were brought to Mercer Saturday and laid to rest in the 
Lowry-Snyder Cemetery, four miles east of town.  Timothy Gibson was born 
January 16, 1846 near Oberlin, Ohio.  He moved to Dubuque county, Iowa, 
in 1850, and a few years later to Mercer county, Mo.  For the past few 
years he has lived at Ottumwa and Des Moines, Iowa.  He was married to 
Melissa Smalley January 3, 1867, and to this union a large family of 
children was raised.  At the time of his death he was sixty-eight years, 
six months and nine days old.  All his life he was an energetic, hard 
working man.  He was especially fond of all his children and proud of 
them.  No event gave him so much pleasure as to have all his children 
together at their home.  He was a kind and indulgent husband and father 
and a neighbor to be proud of, always willing and anxious to render any 
service possible to help others along.  He is survived by his wife and 
the following children: Mrs. R. C. Thomas, Ottumwa, Ia., George, Isaac 
and Clint Gibson and Mrs. G. A. Roland, Des Moines, Ia., Mrs. Chas. 
VanCleve, Blakesburg, Ia., Mrs. J. W. Laws, Princeton, Mo., Mrs. Hattie 
Whittaker, Los Angeles Calif., the funeral being attended by all the 
children except Mrs. Whittaker.  He is also survived by one brother, O. 
C. Gibson, of Fallon, Montana, thirty-one grand children and three great 
grand children.  Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church 
at Mercer by Rev. Charles Hickman, at 2 o'clock Saturday after which 
interment was had at the Lowry-Snyder Cemetery, attended by a large 
concourse of relatives and friends.  Truly one of our good old pioneer 
citizens has passed away.

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