PRISCILLA E. KENNEDY
Priscilla E. Kennedy, 59, of Rogers, Arkansas, died June 24, 2001, at Bates Medical in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born November 12, 1941, in Redding, Iowa, to Dayton and Eunice Shafer Norris.
She was employed in the microfilm department at the WalMart home office.
Survivors include her husband Clarence Kennedy of the home; four daughters, Shonnie Blackburn of Huntsville, Arkansas Lonnie Mc-Allister of Colton, California, Zonnie Seieroe of Rogers, Arkansas and Tonnie Bertini of Newport, Oregon; three brothers, Russell Norris of Kellerton, Iowa, Mike Norris of Union Star, Missouri and LeRoy Norris of Montana; one sister, Patty Ney of Utah; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a son Ronnie, a daughter Vonnie and a grandson Shylbin.
Cremation arrangements were by Burns Funeral Home in Rogers, Arkansas.
DENNIS JACK KING
Dennis Jack King, son of Roy W. and Opal King, was born in Beaconsfield, Iowa, on May 25, 1926, and was raised in Mount Ayr, Iowa. He passed away on June 22, 2001.
He married Patricia Ann Rice of Mount Ayr on May 23, 1947.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 7, 1944 and served in the Pacific area. He was discharged March 6, 1946. He later served on a troop ship during the Korean War. He was a Merchant Marine for several years after WWII and worked at other various jobs until his 25th birthday. At that time, he bought a logging truck and went into business for himself. Thereafter, he enjoyed success as an independent business owner of several other businesses located in Hawaii, Kansas City, Iowa and Oregon until his death.
He also enjoyed being a lifelong member of the Elks Club and the Kona Yacht Club. He was a man of hard work and dedication to his family and friends. He saw life as a never ending opportunity for growth and giving.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Patricia A. King; son Eric D. King of Gallatin, Missouri; daughter Denyse A. King of Salem, Oregon; granddaughters, Jennifer E. King of Portland, Oregon and Melissa E. King of Gallatin, Missouri; grandsons, Matthew E. King of Eugene, Oregon and Cameron E. King of Gallatin, Missouri.
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 30, 2001 at City View Funeral Home. Private interment was at Mount Crest Abbey Mausoleum in Salem, Oregon.
Ralph French died on June 2, 2001, at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center where he had been a resident since November 1997.
Ralph Edmond French was born on November 9, 1904, to Catherine (Shaffer) French and Jesse French in LeRoy, Illinois. He was joined in marriage to Helen Sara Walton on June 4, 1928, in Champaign, Illinois. To this union was born one daughter: Norma LaVern (French) Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walter French and his wife Helen.
Left to mourn his passing are daughter Norma and husband Paul Taylor of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; grandchildren, Deborah and husband Kent Trullinger of Tingley, Iowa, Scott Taylor and wife Trudy of Ames, Iowa, Bryan Taylor and wife Frankie of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Angela (Taylor) Dyke of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughters.
KATHERYN WILKINS RAY
Katheryn Dean Wilkins was born August 9, 1920 at Princeton, Minnesota, the first child of Anna (Otten) and Walter Wilkins. She died Sunday, July 15, 2001 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa from complications due to a brain tumor.
Katheryn spent her childhood in Pease, Minnesota. On December 31, 1957 she was married to Sherburne Leslie Ray at Boston, Massachusetts. They moved to Berlin, New Hampshire where Sherburne was a minister and where their two sons were born, Walter in 1958 and Donald in 1961.
In December of 1965 the family moved to Fort Madison, Iowa. Katheryn worked as a home health aide for the Lee County Health Department, retiring after 20 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Elsie Paul Circle at Kings Daughters and Sons in Fort Madison, and the American Baptist Women's Ministries Circle of the First Baptist Church.
Katheryn was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Anna Wilkins; a stepmother Margaret (Peelgren) Wilkins; and husband Sherburne on February 21, 1985.
Survivors include two sons, Walter Dean (wife Angie) Ray and daughter Iliana of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Donald Arche (wife Veronica) Ray and son Wendell of Maloy, Iowa; one brother George (wife Naomi) Wilkins of Foreston, Minnesota; two sisters, Wilma (husband Edward) Mickelson of Cambridge, Minnesota, and Dorothy (husband Dick) Erickson of St. Paul, Minnesota; one stepbrother Maurice "Bud" (wife Linda) Peelgren of California; one stepsister Mavis Branch of Franklin, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001 at Barr Memorial Chapel, Fort Madison, with Reverend Tom Sandum officiating.
Katheryn will be laid to rest in the Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison.
LILLIAN LOU SKINNER
Lillian Lou Skinner, daughter of Lewis and Hazel V. (Baker) Adams was born on June 16, 1923, in Worth county, Missouri. She passed away on July 7, 2001 at the Elm Heights/Parkcrest Care Center in Shenandoah, Iowa.
Lillian grew up in Worth county, Missouri and Ringgold county, Iowa area and received her education in the Ringgold county school system, graduating from the Benton, Iowa high school. She came to Shenandoah in the 1940s to work at the Henry Field offices where she was employed for many years. On June 24, 1948, she was united in marriage to Willard Skinner in Red Oak, Iowa. She enjoyed traveling, camping and gardening.
Preceding Lillian in death were her parents, one sister and two brothers.
Lillian is survived by her husband Willard Skinner of Shenandoah; three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Adkisson of Diagonal, Iowa, Mrs. Genevieve Page of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Mrs. Joseph Swietlik and her husband of Mount Ayr; three brothers, Raleigh Adams and his wife Leola of Mount Ayr, Doyle Adams and his wife Renabell of Knoxville, Iowa and Delbert Adams of Creston, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Lillian was a member of the First Christian Church of Shenandoah and a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Nishna Valley Saddle Club of Shenandoah.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 11, 2001, at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home, Shenandoah with words of comfort by Reverend Roger Madden. Organist was Margaret Woods and soloist was Reverend Marcia Gilbert-Campbell. Casket bearers were David Skinner, Merrill Skinner, Chad Looper, Jack Regnerus, Jerry Scharp and Robert Thomason. Honorary bearers were Cecil Flynn, Russell Flynn, Willard Flynn, Bill Scharp and Roy Thomason.
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Shenandoah.
CHARLES V. WEIGEL, JR.
Charles V. Weigel, Jr., 63, of Madisonville, Tennessee, died of emphysema June 28, 2001 at Sweetwater Hosptial. Graveside services were July 3, 2001 at Elkhart Cemetery in Elkhart, Iowa.
Charles was born in Elkhart, Iowa on January 12, 1938 to Charles and Cora (Robinett) Weigel. He attended elementary school there until the family moved to Ellston in the early 1950s. He attended high school in Ellston and later entered the Navy. After returning home from the Navy, he attended meat cutting school in Toledo, Ohio. His lifelong career was meat cutting and he retired from Safeway Corp. in Tucson, Arizona.
Charles lived in the Des Moines area, Gainesville, Florida and many years in Tucson, Arizona before moving to Madisonville, Tennessee three and a half years ago to be close to his children and grandchildren.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed boating, camping, riding his motorcycle and fishing. Due to back problems, he had to give up his boating and motorcycle riding. His true passion was fishing. For many years after retiring from Safeway, he volunteered at a campground at Roosevelt Lake in Arizona.
Charles is survived by two sons, John and wife Theresa, of Gainesville, Florida, Charles III and wife Kenya of Madisonville, Tennessee; a daughter, Jo Ann Eddy and husband Harry of Salt Springs, Florida; seven grandchildren; his mother, Cora Weigel of Carlisle Care Center; a sister, Kathy Baker and husband Terry of Windsor, Colorado; and four brothers, Richard and wife Norma of Des Moines, Paul of Ellston, Tom and wife Ruby of Van Wert and Dan and wife Pam of New Virginia.
Preceding him in death were his sister, Carol Wolfe; his father, Charles; and his two sets of grandparents.
Hazel Hollinger Toman George, 89, of Diagonal, passed away Sunday morning, July 15, 2001. Hazel Lucille Elston was born February 7, 1912, near Pleasanton, Iowa to Ernest and Vesta Still Elston. Her father passed away in 1920 when she was eight years old. Her mother remarried in 1933 to Lawrence Graves.
Hazel married Oct. 30, 1930 to Miles Hollinger, son of Harold "Harry" and Maude Orey Hollinger. To this union their five children were born. They lived in the Pleasanton and Maloy areas before moving to Diagonal. Miles passed away Nov. 17, 1959. In 1963 she married Victor "Pete" Toman with whom she lived almost 20 happy rewarding years until his death in 1982. She married Art George in 1990 and he passed away in 1996.
Hazel raised her five children with love and going without herself sometimes to make sure they were educated and would have a good start in life. She worked several years for Diagonal businesses. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, bingo and was always ready for a game of cards. She lived on the farm until this last year when she made the decision to move to town beside her daughter, Myrt, who cared for her a great deal the last few years. She was proud of her children and enjoyed their children and grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, Harold "Jock" and wife Hildred of Merrill, Iowa, Robert and wife Marie of Mason City, Iowa, Ernest "George" and wife Marilyn of Omaha, Nebraska; two daughters, Myrt and husband Don Snyder of Diagonal, Iowa and Ginny and husband Kayle "Zim" Zimmerman of Lenox, Iowa; stepson Jim and wife Willetta "Snooks" George of Diagonal; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Meyer of Mason City, Iowa and Sara Foster of Ankeny, Iowa; half-brother, Billy Graves of Des Moines, Iowa and sisters-in-law, Elsie Jones of Trenton, Missouri and Myrt Andrew of Lineville, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, one great-great-grandchild, a young brother and sister, and a half-brother and sister.
Funeral services were held on July 19, 2001 at the United Church of Diagonal with Rev. Karen Garrison officiating. Musicians were Judy Newton and Sherri Wiley. Casketbearers were Dirk Johnson, Travis Zimmerman, Curt Tracy, Bobby Hollinger, Pat George and Dave Contreras.
Hazel was laid to rest in the Bohemian Cemetery near Diagonal.
ERMA IOLA MORRIS
Erma Iola Morris, 92, passed away on July 20, 2001 at the Perry Health Care Center in Perry, Iowa. Erma was born November 12, 1908, to Henry and Alveda (Sanquist) Kruse in Somers, Iowa. On June 18, 1928, she married Edgar D. Morris at Fort Dodge, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Mildred (Morris) Brelsford, Charles, Larry and Eldon.
Erma owned and operated two different restaurants in Diagonal and was head cook for 25 years at the Diagonal Community School before retiring. She enjoyed quilting and playing cards with family and friends.
Survivors include a daughter, Mildred and husband Bob Brelsford and two sons, Charles and wife Virginia and Eldon and wife Elaine, all of Perry, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Edgar in May 1972 and a son Larry in February1987 and three sisters, Edna Bledsaw, Elsie Mills and Helen Neal.
Funeral services were held at the United Church of Diagonal on July 24 with Rev. Karen Garrison officiating. Musicians were Judy Newton, Mary Trullinger and Margaret Bickers.
Casket bearers were Todd Morris, Darren Morris, Fred Brelsford, Shane Brelsford, Derrick Brelsford, J. D. Donald and Kurt McMain. Erma was laid to rest at the Diagonal Cemetery near Diagonal, Iowa.
Norris Eugene Baker, son of Sherman and Gerna (Boles) Baker, was born August 10, 1920 on his parents' farm east of Grand River, Iowa in Decatur county and passed away July 23, 2001 at Clearview Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 80 years.
Eugene graduated from Grand River high school in 1938.
On December 26, 1941 he was united in marriage to Mary Margaret Boord. To this union four daughters, Bonnie, Peggy, Shirley and Julie and two sons, Roger and Brian were born.
Eugene and Mary lived and worked on their farm south of Grand River until 1956 when they moved into Grand River, Iowa. He operated an implement dealership for a couple of years and then did seasonal farm work and road construction.
In 1985 Eugene and Mary moved to Creston, Iowa where they continued to grow a large garden. Eugene enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents.
His is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Baker of Mount Ayr; six children: Bonnie Pearson and husband Mel of Des Moines, Iowa, Peggy Bedier and husband Lloyd of Ellston, Iowa; Shirley Gottschalk and husband Gordon of Naples, Florida, Julie Noftsger and husband Morris of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Roger Baker and wife Jill of Waverly, Iowa and Brian Baker and wife Kelly of Belton, Missouri; 16 grandchildren: Mark and Pam Pearson; Brenda Greenland, Jeff Bedier and Kristy Jarred; Jill, Gwen and Ross Gottschalk; Matt and Ben Noftsger; Joe, Julie and Jon Baker; and Wendy Clark, Brian Jr. and Kurtis Baker; four great-grandchildren: Austin Greenland; Tanner Bedier; and Ashley and Levi Jarred; his brother, Keith Baker and sister Pauline Andrew and husband Giffin, all of Grand River, Iowa and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 27, 2001 at Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa with Pastor Rick Hawkins officiating. Musical selections were "Families Can Be Together Forever," performed by Kelly, Wendy, Brian Jr. and Kurtis Baker and "Peace in the Valley," performed by Charletta Durrell.
Casket bearers were Barry Baker, Brian Baker, Monte Baker, Roger Baker, Bernell Boles and Loren Parkhurst.
Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery near Grand River, Iowa. Memorials may be given to the Grand River United Methodist Church.
DONNA MAE CAMPBELL
Donna Mae (Paxton) Campbell was born March 19, 1946 on a farm north of Shannon City, Union county, Iowa. She passed away at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa, on July 26, 2001.
Her parents were Elsie Harriote (McCracken) and James Floyd "Bud" Paxton. She was the youngest of four children, which included two sisters and a brother.
Donna attended elementary school in Shannon City and graduated high school at East Union Community high school, Lorimor, Iowa in 1965.
Donna was united in marriage to Dennis Glenn Campbell on June 3, 1966 at Grant City, Missouri. The union was blessed with two sons: Brian Clinton, born October 24, 1975, and Shaun Michael, born September 11, 1978.
Donna was employed at Place's in Mount Ayr, Grant City Manufacturing of Mount Ayr, O'Bryan Brothers Manufacturing of Leon, and Osceola Food of Osceola.
She enjoyed spending her time with family, gardening and designing and making her own clothing.
Donna is survived by her husband Dennis; two sons, Brian and partner Laura Vasser, and Shaun and friend Carolyn Evers of Ames, Iowa; sisters, Neoma Emma and husband Al Davis of Creston, Iowa and Anna Marie and husband James Green of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and brother James Floyd Paxton of Shannon City.
She was preceded in death by her father in 1963 and mother in 1992.
Donna will be sorely missed by her husband and sons, brothers and sisters, mother and father-in-law Glenn and Helen Campbell of Mount Ayr, brother and sisters-in-law Gary and Jean Campbell and family of Leon, Sheryl and Robert Smith and family of Dextor, Minnesota, Susan and Jerry Schaeffer and family of Creston, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and will be joyfully remembered by all.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 30, 2001 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr with Rick Hawkins officiating. Musicians were Ginny Eighmy and John Allen with selections "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and "Hymn of Promise."