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Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2013, at 12:49 a.m.

Margaret H. Peterson age 94 of rural Red Oak, Iowa

Margaret Helena Carolina Peterson, the daughter of Joseph W. and Mernie E. (Bengtson) Sederquist, was born June 18, 1909 in Grant Township of Montgomery County, Iowa. She died on Thursday, November 20, 2003 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 94 years, 5 months and 3 days.

Margaret was raised on a farm south of Red Oak, graduating from Red Oak High School in l927. She then attended teachers training and taught school for one year. Margaret was united in marriage to Merrill Peterson on December 18, 1929 at Stanton, Iowa. Margaret and Merrill moved to a farm south of Red Oak in l931, living there until recently.

Margaret was a member of Mamrelund Lutheran Church and WELCA of Stanton, Iowa. In her younger years, she was active in Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and PTA. She also was involved in a gardening club. She enjoyed growing all types of flowers on the farm. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Merrill on December 6, 1996 and a 9 year old sister, Doris.

Margaret is survived by two sons; Delaine Peterson and his wife Joan of Sioux City, IA and Carroll Peterson of rural Red Oak, IA; 3 grandchildren, Robert Peterson and wife Kimberly of rural Red Oak, IA, Paul Peterson and wife Susan of Sioux City, IA and Janet Cunningham and special friend Mike Barrett of Norwell, MA; 7 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Ashleigh, Zachary, Michael, Anna, Alexis and Emily; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Franek of Red Oak, IA and Lorene Abbott of Lawson, MO, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 24, 2003 at 10:30 AM At the Mamrelund Lutheran Church Burial in Mamre Cemetery, Stanton, IA Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, Officiating

Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Memorials to Mamrelund Lutheran Church

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at

Elmer C. Anderson age 90 of Stanton, Iowa

Elmer Clarence Anderson, the son of Gust A. and Esther C. (Johnson) Anderson, was born November 30, 1912 in Page County, Iowa. He died on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at the Red Oak Rehab & Care Center in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 90 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Elmer was baptized on January 19, 1913 in Page County, and was then confirmed on June 24, 1928 at Mamrelund Lutheran Church. He was united in marriage to Velta B. Newschwanger on February 14, 1940 in Red Oak. They lived on farms in Red Oak and Stanton areas until moving into Stanton in l950. Elmer and Velta moved to acreage just north of Stanton in l960. Elmer farmed and in l951 started working for the Burlington Northern Railroad, working for 24 years and retiring in l975. Elmer was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for 15 years, joining Mamrelund Lutheran Church in l951, where his membership was held until his death. Elmer became a resident of Red Oak Rehab & Care Center in July of 2002. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife on May 28, 1990, a brother and 2 sisters.

Elmer is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Clara Anderson of Stanton, Iowa and Mrs. Lillian Mercer of Red Oak, Iowa, nieces; Mrs. Maxine Nelson of Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Marveline Isaacson of Stanton, Iowa and Esther Abbott of Atlantic, Iowa, nephew; Glen Benskin and wife Betty of Red Oak, Iowa, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews; along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 11:00 AM At Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home Burial in the Mamre Cemetery, Stanton Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli, Officiating

Open Viewing at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home

Memorials to Mamrelund Lutheran Church or Stanton Fire Department

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Funeral services for Don Schipper were held Saturday, November 1, 2003 at the Ritchie Funeral Home with the Pastor Leland Lerose officiating. Internment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 were held in the Athelstan Cemetery.

Don Lamont Schipper was born July 28, 1916, in Belleville, KS, to Vernon and Angie Trueblood Schipper. He died October 27, 2003 at the Clearview Nursing Home in Clearfield, IA.

Don's family moved to Villisca when he was four years old. He grew up in Villisca, graduating in 1935.

In 1931, at the age of 15, Don joined the National Guard. In 1941, he enlisted in the United State Army and was assigned to the 34th Division. After training in Ireland and England, he shipped out for North Africa, landing in Algiers, where he served as personal body guard for General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Don went through several battles and campaigns with "The Red Bull Division" in France and Germany. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and received several decorations and citations. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Don was united in marriage to Blanchie Smith on February 26, 1954 in Kansas City, KS, where they raised their children. Don drove an auto transport for 30 years, delivering new cars to dealerships.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Teamsters Union and the VFW and Am Vets.

Don was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Loren (Bud). He is survived by wife Blanchie, of Villisca; son Eugene and wife Jeanie of Villisca and their son Harold and family of Red Oak; a daughter Deloris and husband Scott and their son Gordon and family, all of Bedford; their daughter Misti and family of Corpus Christi, TX; Marni and family of Marshfield, MO, and their son Dustin and family of Shawnee, OK; a daughter Diana and husband Lynn and their daughters Jeana and Jamie and families, all of Vermillion, OH; a daughter Deborah Kay and husband Doug, and their sons Robbie, Ryan and TJ, their daughter Jennifer and family, all of Kansas City, KS; two sisters-in-law, Mary Smith of Lincoln, NE, and Bertie Schipper of Detroit, MI; along with many nieces and nephews. Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford was in charge of arrangements.


Ruthella VanGilder Williams died October 16, 2003, at her home in Hayward, CA. She was born October 24, 1914 near Villisca, IA, to John Lee and Aletha Findley VanGilder.

Ruthella was raised in and around Villisca and went to Villisca High School for several years.

She was united in marriage to Lyle G. Williams on March 5, 1933, during their years in Villisca, the couple lived on several different farms and moved into Villisca where they owned a gas station on the edge of town. They moved to California in 1953.

Ruthella was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, in 1988; her sister Florence Wallace in 2003; and her brother-in-law Brock Williams in 2003.

Ruthella is survived by seven children. Sons Lyle Duane Williams, Santa Maria, CA; Marlin Williams, Fremont, CA; Joe T. Williams, Sunnyvale, CA; and James Lee Williams, Burlingame, CA. Daughters Ameila Ann Leever, Fremont, CA; Mabel C. Krueger, Redwood City, CA; and Julia M. Webber, Scottsdale, AZ. And 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.


Funeral services for Galen F. Russell of Clarinda, IA, were held Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor Alvin Trusty officiating. Burial was at the Braddyville Cemetery, Braddyville, Iowa.

Galen Frank Russell was born January 26, 1913, at Elmo, Missouri, to Joseph Leonard Russell and Nellie Estella (Yaple) Russell. He died November 9, 2003, at Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda.

Galen was raised on the farm and went to White Chapel country school and graduated from Elmo High School in 1930. He farmed with his father, other area farmers, and worked at the Clarinda Mental Health Institute before being drafted into the United States army serving in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines from March 1942 to November 7, 1945.

Galen was united in marriage to Jennie Louise Hardee on July 20, 1942. Before retiring to Clarinda in 1985, the couple farmed near Shambaugh, Iowa; Parnell, Missouri; and Villisca, Iowa where they lived for thirty years.

Galen loved nature and enjoyed hunting pheasant and quail, ran a trap line as a boy, and did some fishing. Galen belonged to Calvary Baptist Church in Clarinda, Iowa actively participating in all activities there. He enjoyed traveling the United States to attend reunions with his second family, the 387th quartermasters.

Galen was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Nell Russell; brothers, Raymond Russell, Lee Russell, Emmett Russell. And sisters, Marjorie Gear and Lola Jean Burns; brothers-in-law, Earl Snodderly, Arthur Kenning and Dorman Milligan; and sisters-in-law, Beverly Hardee and Ella Russell. Galen is survived by his wife, Jennie Louise Russell of Clarinda; his children: Dr. Roderick R. Russell of Window Rock, AZ; and Gayle Strickland and her husband Robert P. Strickland of Oakland, IA. His grandchildren, Jenna Kristine Strickland and her husband Adam P. Schlismann of Omaha, NE; his two sisters, Helen Snodderly of Clearmont, MO, and Mary Ethel Kenning of Mesa, AZ. And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Baptist Church, Clarinda, Iowa. Walker-Merrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RUBY O. SORENSEN of Bethesda area.

Ruby O. Sorensen, the daughter of Albert and Mary (Gordon) Warnaca, was born February 27, 1914 in Massena, Iowa. She died on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital in Red Oak, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 7 months and 24 days.

She grew up on a farm near the Morton Mills Union Church. She was united in marriage to Walter Sorensen on September 11, 1929 at Maryville, Missouri. They farmed 7 ? miles east of Essex on the Bethesda road for 58 years and raised four sons. After moving off the farm, Ruby and Walter lived in Villisca. Walter died on February 18, 1997. Ruby spent a short time in the Villisca Good Samaritan Center and the Stanton Care Center. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son Merle of Stanton, five brothers and two sisters.

Ruby is survived by three sons; Marvin Sorensen of Red Oak, Iowa, Melvin Sorensen and wife Darlene of Mead, Nebraska and Mahlon Sorensen and wife Kathy of Casper, Wyoming; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 27, 2003 at 10:30 A.M. At the Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery Rev. Albert Baker, Officiating

Memorials to Essex Library or Villisca Senior Citizens Center

Visitation with the family present at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at

Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Memorial services for Bradley James Wallick will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Faith Church in Indianola, IA. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Indianola.

Bradley James Wallick was born July 30, 1960, and died September 30, 2003. He was the son of Jim Wallick of Villisca and Roberta (Wallick) Lucas of Hartford, IA.

Brad is survived by his mother and stepfather, Roberta and Wayne Lucas; his father and stepmother, Jim and Diane Wallick; his sister, Jami Fridley, nephew Wade Fridley, nieces Jenna and Whitney Fridley; brother, Justin Wallick; stepsisters, Teresa Gray and husband Daniel, Debbie Gray and husband Gary, Bonnie Berggren and husband Doug, Linda Dawson, Diane Sneller and Kathleen Nickkel; stepbrothers David Waldron and Gene Lucas; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Funeral services for Joe Samuel Copelin of Villisca were held Monday, October 13, 2003 at the Rose Hill Church in Clarinda with Charles Mayer and Albert Baker officiating. Burial was at the Arlington Cemetery, Villisca. Joe Samuel Copelin was born March 2, 1929, near Guss, IA, to John David and Effie May (Noble) Copelin. He died Wednesday morning, October 8, 2003 at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, following an extended illness.

Joe attended Frog Pond elementary school and graduated Villisca High School. He was married to Millicent Crussell, July 27, 1952 at Rose Hill Church, Hepburn, IA.

Joe was a farmer and also school bus manager for Villisca School system. He was a member of Rose Hill Church, Hepburn, and the Advent Christian Church, Villisca. Joe has served as Rose Hill's church treasurer, building trustee and usher, Rose Hill Church Society president, and Rose Hill Cemetery Association president and treasurer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; twin infant brothers Darwin and Delbert; sister, Ruth Speed; and brothers-in-law Delbert Johnson and Kenneth Speed.

He is survived by his wife, Millicent of Villisca; daughter, Denise Copelin, Villisca; sisters, Lila Johnson of Red Oak, IA, and Mary Speed, Huxley, IA; and in-laws Cleo and Walter Mowry of Shenandoah, IA, Frankie and Woody Nicholas of Coral Gables, Fl, and Clemmeth and Pauline Crussell, Clarinda, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials are suggested to Heifer Project, Advent Christian Church or Goldenrod Manor Nursing Home, Clarinda.

Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel of Clarinda was in charge of arrangements.


David Leroy Hedstrom was born January 6, 1939 in Villisca, Iowa. David was the son of Marion and Florence (VanGilder) Hedstrom. He lived in Villisca and attended Villisca public schools with the class of 1957. David died April 6, 2003 in Knoxville, Iowa. Services were held at the Chapel of Faith with the Rev. John Long officiating. His cremains were returned to the Strand Cemetery for private family burial on October 1st, 2003. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and both of his parents. He is survived by his sister, Ellen Emory of Knoxville, five nieces and nephews, an aunt, Esther Hedstrom of Villisca, and cousins, Susie Enarson and Harold Hedstrom, also of Villisca.


John Martin Olson was called home to be with the Lord on October 7, 2003, at the age of 61 years, 2 months and 6 days, following a courageous battle with cancer. During his journey on earth, John rejoiced in life with a caring spirit and lively sense of humor.

John was born to Martin Arthur Olson and Aina M. Carlson Olson on August 2, 1942 in Red Oak, Iowa. He grew up on farms in the Stanton area, graduating from Stanton High School in l960. John Olson and Carla Faye Edie became one in marriage at the Stanton Covenant Church on August 4, l962 and this union was blessed with three children, Jeffrey, Douglas and Cheri. Along with working on the family farm north of Stanton, John took an electronics course from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago and he used that training to service small electrical equipment and do industrial wiring.

In 1978 John and Carla felt called by God to serve as managers of Twin Lakes Bible Camp at Manson, Iowa, where they ministered until l982. The family then moved to Pomeroy, Iowa, where John did commission sales and was self-employed in roofing and electrical work. In l990 they returned to Stanton where John "spread warmth" as an employee of the Black Propane Company. John delighted in being part of a gospel quartet with his brothers, Paul, Philip and David, and also expressed his strong faith in God through leading an adult Sunday School class, serving in many church leadership positions, being a church and community choir member and choir director, and sharing the good news of the scriptures from the pulpit on various occasions.

One of John's childhood dreams became a reality when, as a young man, he achieved a private pilotís license and enthusiastically flew small aircraft as a hobby for many years. John was active in the community and was a member of the school board, Optimist Club, Chamber of Commerce, Red Oak Toastmasters, served as mayor of Stanton for six years, and was honored to be the recipient of the "Ole" award in 2002.

John was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Aina Olson. John will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather by his devoted wife Carla; treasured children Jeff and his wife Wendy of Overland Park, KS; Doug and his wife Patty of Cheyenne, WY; Cheri Lass and her husband Tim of Urbandale, IA; cherished grandchildren Courtney, Matthew, Christopher, Nathan, Abigail, Sarah, David, Andrew John and Jacob; brother; Paul and wife Harriett, Philip and wife Norma, David and wife Frances all of Villisca, IA; nieces, nephews and other beloved family and friends.

May God bless his memory and gives strength to those who mourn.

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