Area Obituaries

ALICE MAE JOHNSTON
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Funeral services for Alice Mae Johnston were held Monday, November 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Interment was held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Visitation will be at Cummings Funeral Home in Bedford on Sunday, November 10 from 2-4 p.m. Instead of flowers, the family requests…

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JEAN MARIE WALTERS
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Jean Marie (Rusk) Walters, 79, passed away peacefully at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Sunday, November 10, 2019. She was born May 18, 1940. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, children, Kelly Liddell and Kevin Walters, and her husband of 59 years, Keith. Survivors include daughter, Kristy (Wayne) Heffner of North…

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CHARLES WILLIAM HOGUE
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Charles William Hogue, 92, of Toledo, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at his home in Toledo under the care of his family and Iowa River Hospice. Funeral Services were held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with Pastor John Christianson officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in…

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HELEN ELAINE BOYER
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Helen Elaine Boyer, daughter of Raymond Arthur and Cleta Eugence (Mathis) Keller was born July 21, 1934 in Harrison County, MO. Also born of this union was her sister, LaVon. The family moved to Diagonal where she lived for two years. They then moved to Lotts Creek and lived with her grandparents, Vern and Floy…

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MARY LOU PENNEBAKER
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Mary Lou (Bryson) Hymbaugh Pennebaker, of Mount Ayr, IA, passed away on October 18, 2019 at Clearview Nursing Home. Mary Lou is preceded in death by her parents Mabel and James Bryson; grandparents; husband, George Roland “Doc” Pennebaker; son-in-law, Kent R. Lowman; and step-son, Dr. Gary Pennebaker. She is survived by her children James (Deb)…

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DONALD LEE STRINGHAM
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Donald Lee Stringham was born June 10, 1941 at home in Mount Ayr, IA to Ernest Milton Stringham and Colene Fentress (Vance) Stringham. Donnie grew up with Curtis Ray. He went to school in Mount Ayr up to his first day of his senior year and got expelled for driving his 1941 Chevy Coupe car…

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RICHARD LEE BELL
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Richard Lee Bell, 75, of the Hillsboro and Houghton communities passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at his home. Richard was born on February 27, 1944, in Mount Ayr, IA the son of Harold Raymond and Pauline Long Bell. In his youth he was a member of the Baptist Youth Fellowship in Delphos, IA…

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HAROLD DAVID SANDAGE
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Harold David “Sandy” Sandage, 89, of Ottumwa, passed away on October 4, 2019 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa. He was born to Orville G. and Cora Parman Sandage July 27, 1930 in Mount Ayr, IA. There, he spent his childhood, attended Mount Ayr schools graduating in 1948. On April 9, 1950, Harold married his…

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ALICE MARIE DILLENBURG
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Alice Marie (Rinner) Dillenburg, daughter of Lawrence and Nellie (McMillion) Rinner, was born August 14, 1936 at Ellston, IA. She graduated from Ellston High School in 1954. Alice excelled at basketball and was the star forward for the team. The girls basketball team made it to state tournament play but unfortunately, Alice was not able…

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WILLIAM FRANK BENDER
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William Frank Bender, 87, passed away September 14, 2019 at the Central Iowa VA Hospital in Des Moines. Services for Bill was Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle. A visitation was prior to the service at 9:00 a.m. Interment with military honors was after the service at…

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JACK RAY TAYLOR
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Jack Ray Taylor was born December 23, 1937 on the family farm at Diagonal, IA to Clifford and Lorabel (Cornelison) Taylor. Jack attended country school at Lincoln #7 and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1956. He then attended Creston Junior College graduating with a two-year degree. After college he worked for Watson Brothers in…

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DARYL MAX WILSON
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Our father, Daryl Max Wilson, was received into the arms of our Lord on Friday, September 6, 2019. We rejoice in our memories of our loving father, wonderful husband, special grandpa and great grandpa and loyal friend. He was the kindest, most devoted and generous man. Daryl Max Wilson passed in Pearland, TX after a…

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