Area Obituaries

RODNEY GENE STARK
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Rodney Gene Stark, son of Dale E. and Helen (Van Dyke) Stark, was born May 1, 1945 at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa. In 1963, Rod graduated from Grand Valley Community School in Kellerton, Iowa. He furthered his education at the Universal Trade School in Omaha, Nebraska. Rod was an auto body repairman…

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DONNA LEE WEBB
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Donna Lee Webb, age 76, of Kellerton, Iowa, the daughter of Carlton Theodore and Veta Evelyn (Baker) Smith, was born April 24, 1942, at Leon, Iowa. She left this life on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Mercy West Hospital in West Des Moines, Iowa. Donna graduated from Leon High School in 1960. She was married…

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RONALD LEE MOBLEY
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Ronald Lee Mobley, youngest son of Burl and Martena (Vanderpluym) Mobley, was born on February 28, 1951 at Creston Community Hospital. Ron was welcomed into the family by his older brother, Glee. Ron spent his childhood on the family farm near Benton, Iowa. He attended Mount Ayr High School and graduated with the class of…

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SHIRLEY MARIE SALTZMAN
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Shirley Marie (Evans) Saltzman was born Thursday, February 20, 1936 to Roland Keith Evans (Slim) and Ruth Elizabeth Hathaway in a little house, 403 N Harrison Street, in Mount Ayr, IA.     Shirley went to school in Mount Ayr, IA and graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1954. She was in Boosters 2-4, FHA…

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ROENA FAYE DREDGE
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Roena Faye (Reynolds) Dredge was born May 15, 1932 to Merle and Gladys (McCarty) Reynolds. She was united in marriage to Junior Dredge on July 31, 1948. To this union four children were born Duane Allen, Donna June, Dawnette Jean and Dan Arion. While living on the farm Roena enjoyed having a large garden and…

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LOIS JOHNSON
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Lois Johnson was born at home, in Ringgold County, IA, on September 25, 1933. She was one of 12 children born to Omer “Casey” and Jenny (Kinder) Holtzman. Lois grew up at Mount Ayr and she attended Mount Ayr High School. On September 21, 1955, Lois married William “Bill” Johnson at Grant City, MO. Lois…

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JASON MATTHEW CONN
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Jason Matthew Conn was born January 3, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska to Dale Larry Conn and Diane Kay (Dittman) Conn. He was welcomed home by his sister, Angela Marie. The family lived in Pacific Junction, Henderson, Leon, and Los Lunas, New Mexico. Jason attended Nishna Valley School and obtained his GED in January of 1997.…

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BONNIE MARIE JOHNTSON
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Bonnie Marie Johnston, daughter of Alva and Marie (Leichliter) Cowell, was born at home in Ringgold County, Iowa on July 20, 1931. Bonnie grew up at Mount Ayr and she graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1949. On March 25, 1951, she was united in marriage to Ronald Johnston at the…

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JERRY LEOVERN MATHANY
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Jerry LeoVern Mathany, son of Francis Leonard and Lula LaVern (Ellison) Mathany, was born July 30, 1935 at the family home near Beaconsfield, Iowa. Jerry grew up on a farm and was always a farmer. Jerry was one of eleven children. He was a caregiver to his younger siblings and helped them as they grew…

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KENNETH DALE PRIEST
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Kenneth Dale Priest was born at home in Lamoni, Iowa on September 2, 1945 to Vern and Marjorie Waddell Priest. He was welcomed home by an older sister, Sharon, whom he loved very much. Dale grew up in the Shannon City area moving to Kellerton in his junior high age. He moved to Mount Ayr…

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VALERIE KAY FLETCHALL
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Valerie Kay (Karr) Fletchall was born May 4, 1968 in Mount Ayr to Corwin Dwight Karr, Sr. and Shirley Sue (Sickels) Karr. Her family lived in Mount Ayr a short time before moving to the farm near Caledonia. Valeria graduated from Mount Ayr High School and later attended SWCC to get her LPN license. Valeria…

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HERMAN F. CRAFT
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Herman F. Craft, son of George and Charlotte (Merriman) Craft, was born September 14, 1952 in Painesville, Ohio. Herman grew up at Painesville and graduated from high school. Herman entered the U.S. Air Force and served his country as a Jet Engine Mechanic. Because of his time in the Air Force, Herman and his family…

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