Cliff Wagner left this life on earth to be with his family and friends who were waiting for him in heaven. He left us on Monday evening, November 1, 2004 at about 8 p.m. after being admitted to the V. A. Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas on Thursday evening of October 28, 2004.
Cliff and his lovely wife, Marge Wagner have been residents of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas since 1979. They moved here from Minnesota to retire and to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law, Suzie and Steve Miller, and their son Tom Wagner.
Clifford B. Wagner was the 4th of 12 children born to Blasius and Carrie Wagner of Marshfield, Wisconsin. He was born on May 31, 1920. He was a retired industrial engineer in the heating and air conditioning business. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Army and had been an active member of the Fairfield Bay V. F. W. Post 4513 for 25 years.
He was a member of the Fairfield Bay Methodist Church, a member of Indian Hills Golf Club and helped at the Fairfield Bay Animal Protection League. Cliff loved to golf, play cards at the V.F.W., shoot pool and most of all he liked helping people whenever they needed something fixed or done. All who knew him will miss him and he will be baiting to help us when it is our turn to ascend into heaven.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Marge Wagner of Fairfield Bay, Cliff's son Tom Wagner of Fairfield Bay and Tom's wife Barbara Wagner and their daughters Jennifer Wagner, Katie Riggs, Erin born and Tracey Grier; Cliff's daughter (Toms twin sister) Suzie Miller and Suzie's husband Steve Miller and their sons Nick Miller and C. W. Miller from Big Fork, Montana; Cliff's two brothers, Jerry Wagner of Marshfield, Wisconsin and Bill Wagner from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; and Cliff's two sisters, Betty Lanoue from Marshfield, Wisconsin and Carol Cherf from Merced, California.
A memorial service was held at the Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Bonda Moyer officiating. A reception was held at the Fairfield Bay V.F.W. Post 4513 on November 7 at 2 p.m. Thank you all for attending and your support to the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairfield Bay Animal Protection League, 350 Old Quarry Road, Fairfield Bay, and Arkansas, 72088, 501-884-6417. Arrangements were made by Roller McNutt Funeral Home.
J. Dean Jorgensen
J. Dean Jorgensen of Fairfield Bay passed away on November 11, 2004 from complications of Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.
He was born December 25, 1915 in Ceylon, MN and is survived by his wife, June of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, son, Roger and wife Barbara of Omaha, NE, daughter, Lois of Fairfield Bay, a grandson and granddaughter of Omaha, NE and 3 great grandchildren.
Dean was an expert equestrian owning 2 beautiful riding horses, earned a private pilot license, and was a Mason, Elk, Shriner, Honorary 4-H and FFA Member.
He was Vice President of Industrial Board, Secretary then President of Nipco Power Company Managers Association of Iowa. He also served as a member of Missouri Basin Inter-Agency Commission for 4 years at the will of Iowa's Governor Ray. He also took over manager ship of 2 telephone companies, merging them into one successful Farmer's Mutual Company, becoming its President in 1957 along with Manager of REC Utility in Harlan, Iowa.
In 1960 and 1961 was Secretary of Iowa Power Use Committee, was a 6 year Board member of Fairfield Bay Community Club, a director of Arkansas Rural Electric Coop. of Little Rock, and Board member of Petit Jean Electric Coop. in Clinton for 10 years.
In 1942 he was honored by Mutual of Omaha for saving the life of a fellow lineman, while both working on a "hot phone wire" after worker was electrocuted.
He was called to serve his country in the U.S. Navy in 1943 as Electrician's Mate on repair ship going into Japan for duty.
He was an avid and experienced hunter and fisherman, and served on the Golf Advisory Committee of Indian Hills Golf Club of Fairfield Bay enjoying golf with friends. Dean and friend, Shriner Ray Allen, were the designers and instigators of the first Shriner's Golf-A-Rama at Fairfield Bay, which evolved into instant successful money making project for the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Tennessee.
Memorials may be made to Fairfield Bay First United Methodist Church on Dave Creek Parkway at Fairfield Bay, or to Ed Leamon Park, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.
Gene A. Smith
Gene A. Smith, 64 years old of Jesup, IA. Died Saturday, November 13, 2004 at Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo, IA. He was born July 12, 1940 in Waterloo, IA. the son of William Arthur Smith and Mary Ellen (Lawless) Smith. On April 23, 1960 he was united in marriage to Gladys Harriet Biretz in Waterloo, IA. She preceded him in death on October 22, 1999. Gene was a member of St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Jesup and had worked 47 years as a mason.
Mr. Smith is survived by 1 daughter, Loretta (Steve) Havlik of Jesup, IA., 2 sons, Alan (Brenda) Smith and Rodney (Alice) Smith, both of Fairfield Bay, AR., 8 grandchildren, 4 brothers, William (Mikki) Smith, Jr. of Waterloo, IA., Ernest Smith of Minneapolis, MN., LeRoy (Luann) Smith of Waterloo, IA., Gale (Cheryl) Smith of Waterloo, IA. 4 sisters, Phyllis (Mike) Herbsleb of Rowley, IA. Vicky (John) Rich of Finchford, IA. Billie (Richard) Hundley of Cedar Falls, IA. and Betty Powell of Illinois. In addition to his wife, Gladys, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA., with Fr. Donald R. Bruggeman as celebrant. Music was by Monica Bengston, organist and the St. Athanasius Choir. Honorary casket bearers were Jesse Havlik, Dalton Smith, Cody Smith, Austin Smith, Tiffany Smith, Halsey Havlik. Casket bearers were Adam Biretz, Tony Smith, Bill Smith, Ben Smith, Justin Smith, Jason Hundley and Michael Smith.
Graveside burial service will be Friday, November 19, 2004 at Woodland Memorial Cemetery, Edgemont, AR.
Friends may call after 3 p.m. Monday the White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA. where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Monday. The casket will also be open for an hour before services Tuesday at the church.
Herbert Dean Geisler
Herbert Dean Geisler was born April 8, 1926, the son of a farmer, in Indiana. He married and was the proud father of one daughter, Sharon.
He proudly served his country during WWII as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He shared this love in retirement, building radio controlled airplanes as a member of the FFB LAFFS Club.
Prior to retirement, Herb owned the Alaskan Air Conditioning business in Albuquerque, New Mexico and served many years as Manager-Engineer for the Albuquerque Public Schools. When he first visited Greers Ferry Lake in 1994, as a fisherman, he vowed to move to Fairfield Bay and he and his wife Betty arrived in May, 1994. Herb lived ten years here, enjoying the love and friendship of the people in this beautiful place of God.
A memorial service was held at Faith Lutheran Church, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.
Donald D. Warring
Donald D. Warring, departed this life November 22, 2004. Born January 2, l932, he was the youngest of four brothers. Surviving him is Christian M. Warring, Thomas Warring of Smithville, Mo. And Gene Warring of Fairfield Bay, AR. He married Darlene Murphy Warring in l950. The union produced two sons, Donald D. Warring of Paola, Kansas and Dickie D. Warring of Pagosa Springs, Colo. Two grandsons, Jay Michael and Kegan Warring, one step-granddaughter, Kelee were the pride of his life. The Warring family moved from Smithville, Mo. to Bonner Springs, Kansas where they lived for 33 years. Mr. Warring was Commercial Underwriting Regional Manager of the Farmers Insurance Group and worked for that company for 38 years. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Fairfield Bay where they have lived for l5 years. Don was a Methodist, avid golfer, and initiated the Friday Newcomers Group. Memorial services are pending. Memorial gifts may be made to the IHC Beautification fund, the Methodist Church or the Arteban House and Meditation Gardens.
Joyce M. Winters
Joyce M. Winters, age 70, of Fairfield Bay, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at home after a long illness. She was born June 20, 1934, the daughter of the late Fred and Mabelle Lebermann of Rock Island, Illinois. Surviving are her husband of forty-three years, William G. Winters; one brother, Kenneth Lebermann and wife, Nancy; a niece, Ann Hevrdejs of Bella Vista, AR; and a nephew, Keith Lebermann of Downingtown, PA. She was a high school business education teacher and year book sponsor for thirty-four years before retiring and moving to Fairfield Bay in 1990. She was a 1955 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Visitation will be held at 2:30 on Saturday, November 27, at Woodland Memorial Park Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 3:00 P.M. with Rev. Larry Davidson officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home, Inc.
Lucy Francis Cates
Lucy Francis Cates, age 86, of Shirley, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2004, at Ozark Health Nursing Center in Clinton, Arkansas. Born in North Dakota on July 4, 1918, she was the daughter of the late George W. Bliss and Effie Pierce Bliss. Mrs. Cates had been a resident of Shirley most of her life, and she was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of the Shirley Community Church. Her husband, Ben H. Cates, preceded her in death on June 21, 1989. Mrs. Cates was also preceded in death by one stepson, Harold Leonard Cates; one stepdaughter, Mary Faye Reese; four brothers; two sisters; and three grandchildren. She is survived by two sons, David Cates and Robert Blizzard, five daughters, Virginia Cates, Marcia Girdler, Lilly Harmon, Helen Blizzard Johnson, and Oleeta Goodnight McElroy, one brother, George Bliss, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Cates is also survived by other relatives and her many friends. Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 29, at the Woodland Memorial Park Chapel from 4:00-7:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 2:00 P.M. in the Shirley Community Church with Rev. Dean Mays and Rev. Bobby Ward officiating. Interment will follow in the Settlement Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stephen Harmon, Raymond Girdler, Rod Girdler, Raymond Cates, Robert Cates, Buck Cates, and Ulessey B. Haley. Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home, Inc.
F. Roland Leon
F. Roland Leon, born September 28, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York passed on December 4, 2004. All of his young life was spent in Aruba and Curacao, Netherlands, Antilles. He graduated from North Carolina State University. He was married to Aileen (Shippy) Leon on March 20th, who survives. He was an avid golfer at Mountain Ranch Golf Course.
Mrs. Frances H. Hennessey
Mrs. Frances H. Hennessey, age 83, of St. Louis, Missouri, formerly of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, passed away Friday, December 10, 2004, in Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, California. Born in Newark, Ohio, on November 20, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George and Caroline (Paulson) Heim.
Mrs. Hennessey was a homemaker and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at Fairfield Bay. Her husband, Daniel J. Hennessey, II, preceded her in death on July 6, 2003.
She is survived by one son, Daniel J. Hennessey, III, of Little Rock, Arkansas, two daughters, Mary Charles of Glendora, California, and Carolyn Johnson of St. Louis, Missouri, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Hennessey is also survived by other relatives and her many friends.
A wake will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 P.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 17, at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Fr. John Antony, Fr. Thomas W. Keller, and Deacon Frank Zanoff officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409. Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home, Inc.
Bernice Ward, 83 of Shirley, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at the Ozark Nursing Center in Clinton, Arkansas. She and her husband have made their home there since September 20 of this year. She was born on February 19, 1921 in Bee Branch, Arkansas to W.P. and Lizzie (Quattlebaum) Evans. She is preceded in death by her parents and 12 brothers and sisters and a beloved son-in-law Willie Linn.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ellis Ward, of the home, three children Calla Linn of Shirley, Ronnie Ward and wife Jeane of Commerce, Georgia, and Glenda Keenihan and husband Rory of Beebe, Arkansas. She leaves behind eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was a homemaker and a member of the General Baptist Church in Shirley. She will be missed by all.
Services were held Saturday, December 4 at Shirley Community Church with Bobby Ward and Dean May officiating. Interment was at Settlement Cemetery by Roller-McNutt of Clinton. Active Pallbearers included grandsons, Joshua Keenihan, Kenny Linn, Scott Linn, Jeff Caudill, and Jason Skelton, and great grandson Joseph Linn.
Honorary Pallbearers were her nieces and nephews from both sides of the family.
Florence May Haislip
Florence May Haislip, 79 of Shirley, Ark., died at 10:27 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at her home.
She was born April 14, 1925, at Omaha, Neb. to Frank and Sarah (Haislip) LoBue. She lived in Shirley, Ark., for 52 years.
She worked as a waitress for many years.
She was united in marriage to Samuel James Haislip on Sept. 14, 1939, in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 1990.
She was a lifetime member of the Fairfield V.F.W., a member of the St. Frances Catholic Church, in Fairfield Bay.
Survivors include two sons, Angelo Haislip, and Buddy Haislip both of Shirley; four daughters, Sandra Haislip of Vincennes, Ind., Gail Anderton of Heber Springs, Ark., MaryAnn Dollar of Shirley, and Florence Harriss of Pittsburg; one Godchild, Pat Helms of Ill.; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Anna Morgan of Germantown, Ill.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Anthony Allen Haislip and Samuel James Haislip, Jr.; a sister, Bernadine Frieri; and a brother, Frank 'Sonny' LoBue.
Funeral services were on Dec. 11 at the Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Clinton, Ark., with Bobby Ward officiating. Burial followed in the Eglentine Cemetery in Shirley.
Herbert Geisler was born April 8, 1926, in LaPorte, Ind. He passed away at home, unexpectedly, Nov. 17, 2004, in Fairfield Bay, Ark.
In 1962 he moved from Ind. to Alburguerque, NM where he owned and operated Alaskan Air Conditioning & Service. Mr. Geisler taught refrigeration classes at the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute. He also served as Supervisor of New Construction for Albuquerque Public Schools. Herbert moved to Fairfield Bay, Ark. in 1994 with friend and companion Betty Booth.
Herb served in WWII as an Air Force pilot. He was honorably discharged from duty in 1945. Herb was an avid outdoorsman, whose hobbies included fishing, camping, boating, target shooting and photography. He was also a skilled woodworker. He was a current member of LAFFS, a Fairfield Bay RC flying club.
Herbert is survived by a daughter Sharon Dishuck, son-in-law Steve Dishuck, granddaughter Pamela Dishuck, grandson Brian Dishuck and a great-granddaughter Kayla, all of Castle Rock, Col. Also surviving are a step-son James Johanson, grandchildren Rachel & Chris Johanson, of Albuquerque, a step-daughter Barbara Galush and grandchildren Karen and Cory Galusha of Washington. He is also survived by a brother Robert Geisler, two sisters, Myrtle Abbieht and Ruth Lundry, all of South Bend, Ind.
In 1992 his wife, Ethel Geisler, preceded him in death. Also deceased are his parents Russell and Martha Geisler and a sister Barbara Lema.
A memorial service was held by Betty Booth at Faith Lutheran Church on November 20. Graveside service with military honors was held at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Albuquerque, NM on Nov. 26. Memorial service was also held at the Greene Township Center in South Bend, Ind. on Nov. 27 for family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association.
Dale Logan Jenkins
Dale Logan Jenkins, age 86, of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2004, at Conway Regional Health System in Conway, Arkansas. Born in Highland, Kansas, on March 2, 1918, he was the son of the late Ebbie Logan Jenkins and Flossie Mae (Sparks) Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins had been a resident of Fairfield Bay since 1991. He retired from the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Jenkins was also a retired construction worker. He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W., and he was a Mason. He was a Christian. Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Reichardt) Jenkins of Fairfield Bay; two sons, James Robert Huse of Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Jeffrey Dale Jenkins and wife, Debbie, of Libertyville, Illinois, two daughters, Jackie Wiltfang and husband, Robert, of Oxly, Missouri, and JoAnn Barrett and husband, Elmer, of Burwell, Nebraska, one brother, Gary Tobin and wife, Opal, of Marysville, Kansas, one sister, Judy Mayer and seven grandchildren. Mr. Jenkins is also survived by other relatives and his many friends. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, at 3:00 P.M. at the Olmstead Woodland Chapel at Edgemont with Tom Olmstead and members of the family officiating. A memorial service and interment will be held at Lake Side Cemetery in Libertyville, Illinois. Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home, Inc.