Doris L. Lawson- October 3, 2017

Doris L. Lawson- October 3, 2017

Doris L. Lawson, 92, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born on August 6, 1925 near Troy, Iowa to Clarence and Grace Robbins Jones. She married Donald Lawson on December 11, 1954 in Bloomfield. Donald passed away on February 7, 1998.

Doris attended the Troy High School and graduated in 1942. She then moved to Bloomfield and worked as a cook at the Royal Café for several years. When she married Donald, they moved to a farm south of Monterey and raised their family. She was a member of the Monterey Christian Church and the Welcome Neighbors Club. She enjoyed family gatherings, reading, and cooking.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary (Wes Potter) Lawson of Bloomfield; three sons, Bill (Sherrie) Lawson, Bob (Vickey) Lawson, Larry Lawson all of rural Bloomfield; two granddaughters, Amanda (Kyle) Payne, Ashton Lawson; great-granddaughter, Addison Payne; brother-in-law, Ronald (Letha) Lawson; sister-in-law, Doris V. Lawson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Ralph, Max, Rex, and Hunter Jones; and two infant sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Reg Higgenbottom officiating. Burial will be at the Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Bloomfield Care Center Activity Fund.


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Judy Lee Ball- September  30, 2017

Judy Lee Ball- September  30, 2017

Judy Lee Ball, 69, of Fairfield, Iowa and former resident of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away September 30, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born October 17, 1947 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Everett Raymond and Evelyn Dimmitt Garber. She graduated from Cardinal High School and married Rex Ball a few months later on September 30, 1967 in Eldon, Iowa. The day of her passing was their 50th wedding anniversary.

Judy was an outgoing person who never met a stranger. She enjoyed playing Bingo, watching car racing, and going to casinos. She also liked going to garage sales, flea markets, and the Old Threshers Reunion in Mt. Pleasant. Above all else, she loved spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a member of the Faith Christian Outreach Church in Mt. Pleasant.

She is survived by her husband, Rex Ball of Fairfield; son, Jimmy (Martha) Ball of Bloomfield; daughter, Paula (Tim) Otis of Anderson, Indiana; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Mike Garber of Bloomfield, Lavern Garber of Eldon, Iowa; special friends and caretakers, Jeff and Sheri Nelson of Fairfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Shannon McMurry; and a brother, Harold Garber.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastors Monte Knudsen and Dave Schooley officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service and burial of the cremated remains will be at the Compentine Cemetery in Wapello County, Iowa at a later date. A memorial has been established to the family. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.

 

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Larry Joe Walker - September 25, 2017

Larry Joe Walker - September 25, 2017

Larry Joe Walker, 81, of Floris, Iowa passed away September 25, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. He was born May 11, 1936 in Davis County, Iowa to Guy and Georgia Fouts Walker. He married Wanda Archer on March 29, 1959 at the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Wanda passed away on December 1, 2016. While Wanda was sick at area nursing homes, Larry visited her every day and would spend as much time as he could with her.

Larry worked as an over-the-road truck driver and also drove a school bus for Davis County Schools for 23 years. He loved being outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, and shooting guns. He was an avid black powder enthusiast participating in area shoots and rendezvous with several friends. In his quiet time, Larry enjoyed reading books and listening to music. He served in the United States Army and spent time in Korea and Germany during the 1950’s.

He is survived by a brother, T.J. Walker of Victor, Colorado; nine nieces, and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two nieces.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Heath Jarvis officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Davis County Historical Society.


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Steven "Fuzz" Williams - August 28, 2017

Steven "Fuzz" Williams - August 28, 2017

Steven Ray “Fuzz” Williams, 57, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on August 28, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born November 27, 1959 in Bloomfield to Darrell R. and Ethel M. Webb Williams.

Steven was a farmer and a long-haul truck driver. He really enjoyed being out on the road and seeing different parts of the United States and Canada. He was blessed with the “Gift of Gab” and could talk to anyone about anything. He enjoyed meeting new people and eating. He was a member of the Mark Baptist Church.

He is survived by three children, Jake (Marianna) Williams of Bloomfield and Burbank, California, Kala (Dusty) Mulder of Bloomfield, Nathan (Ashley) Williams of Ottumwa; five grandchildren; three siblings, Twylla (Rick) Theisen of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Linda Scott of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Craig Williams of Bloomfield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Cremation will follow visitation and burial of the cremated remains will be at the IOOF Cemetery at a later date. A memorial has been established to the Williams Memorial FFA Award.

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Georgia Wells - August 25, 2017

Georgia Wells - August 25, 2017

Georgia Ann Wells, 85, of Ottumwa, Iowa and former resident of Pulaski, Iowa passed away with her family by her side on August 25, 2017 at the Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa. She was born on October 14, 1931 in Pulaski, Iowa to Samuel S. and Ocie E. Burnaugh Stevig. Georgia graduated from Pulaski High School in 1949 and married the love of her life, Joe Dean Wells, a few years later on January 7, 1951. The couple raised four children on a farm near Pulaski and lived there until retiring and moving to Ottumwa in 2003. Joe passed away on November 22, 2009.

Georgia loved being outdoors and working on the farm. She participated in every aspect of the farm whether it be driving a tractor, mowing the lawn, herding livestock, or tending to a garden where she grew vegetables and flowers. She became a Master Gardner and excelled at growing Gladiolus flowers. Georgia was also excellent in the kitchen with her specialty being cinnamon rolls or lime pickles that she would share with her family and friends. While living in Pulaski she was a member of the Tri-R Club and served on the Davis County Extension Council for many years.

After moving to Ottumwa, Georgia kept busy by making new friends, playing pitch, doing crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles. The many jigsaw puzzles her and her friends completed were sold with the money going for humanitarian purposes. Georgia touched a lot of lives and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by four children, Dennis and Tony of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sharon Moritz of Northwood, Iowa, Don and Sue of Nevada, Iowa, Daryl and Rahni of Chicago, Illinois; four grandchildren, Alicia Wells, Mason Wells, Karl and Alicia Moritz, Clayton Moritz; great-granddaughter, Kallie Moritz, the newest love of her life; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Viola Sporer, Marjorie Trachsel, Rebecca Sinkey; and two brothers, John and Lloyd Stevig.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the Pulaski Cemetery. Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 4-6:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Kolten Fountain- August 19, 2017

Kolten Fountain- August 19, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Kolten Alec Fountain, 22, announces his passing on August 19, 2017 at his home in Ottumwa. He was born June 7, 1995 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Laurie Fountain and Mike Ferrell. Kolten graduated from Ottumwa High School in 2014 and attended Indian Hills where he graduated from the Welding Program. He had attended The Bridge Church in Ottumwa.

Kolten loved being around his family and friends. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. Kolten would drop everything if someone called and needed him. He was always looking after his family, friends, and elderly neighbors. He was loving, loyal, and a fun person to be around. Kolten had a smile for everyone who crossed his path. He enjoyed fishing, lifting weights, and cheering for Iowa State and the St. Louis Cardinals. He will be forever missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother, Laurie Fountain of Ottumwa; father, Mike (Stephanie) Ferrell of Ottumwa; sisters, Kaelee Fountain of Oskaloosa, Ava Ferrell of Ottumwa; brother, Bode Ferrell of Ottumwa; grandparents, Mary Fountain of Ames, Dennis and Joyce Ferrell of Ottumwa, Linda Ferrell of Ottumwa; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Fountain and great-grandmother, Marjorie Pottorff.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Marty Schmidt officiating. Burial will be at the Fountain Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to his family. Online condolence may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.

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Larry Wardlow- August 15, 2017

Larry Wardlow- August 15, 2017

Larry Duane Wardlow, 73, lifelong resident of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born April 16, 1944, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Edsil Wray and Anna Viola Cook Wardlow. He was a graduate of Davis County High School, class of 1963. For a few years during the late 60’s-70’s he worked for Darrell Kerby putting up grain bins. He spent the past 17 years in a nursing home facility. He was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church.

He is survived by a brother, Bradley (Carol Matkovich) Wardlow of Centerville, Iowa; three sisters, Vicki (Doran) Houk of Bloomfield, Anita Trout of Des Moines, Iowa, Teresa (Danny) Porter of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Four nieces; six nephews; and a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents; five uncles; and seven aunts.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Rev. Jim Wakelin officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church or to his family.

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Gerald Bolin- July 25, 2017

Gerald Bolin- July 25, 2017

Gerald Bolin, 72, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on July 25, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was born November 15, 1944 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Jesse Lowell and Nina Edith Wilson Bolin. He married Lois Jean Rogers on September 2, 1966 in Bloomfield.

Gerald was an outdoorsman and family man. He loved to take the family on trips camping, water skiing, kayaking, visiting amusement parks, and other various outdoor activities. He also enjoyed watching Professional Bull Riding in Des Moines, Iowa and Springfield, Missouri as-well-as on television. Although Gerald enjoyed his free time, he also really enjoyed working on the farm raising cattle and working in the hay fields. He also worked in the maintenance department at Everco in Ottumwa for over 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Bolin; son, Marty (Becky) Bolin of Bloomfield; two daughters, Marla (Tim) Hale of Floris, Iowa, Marcy (Eddie) Jones of Bloomfield; “Grandpa’s Pals,” Brittany Derby, Brooke Derby, Jalen Bolin, Skylar, Courtney, and Marissa Jones; a great-granddaughter, Kallie; five step-grandchildren, Chelsie, Andrea, Zach (Courtney) Hale, Kierstin Martin, Meredith Strunk; three step-great-grandchildren, Leland, Jenson, Rhett; two sisters, Betty (Eldon) Spurgeon of Eldon, Iowa, Benita Gideon of Ottumwa, Iowa; loving dog, Buddy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Brenda Price, Bondeena Sample; and a nephew, Ronnie Rysdam.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating. Burial will be at the Sherman Chapel Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to HCI Hospice Care Services. Online condolences may be left at www.waglerfuneralhome.com.

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Sara Harris- July 19, 2017

Sara Harris- July 19, 2017

Sara Harris, 84, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away July 19, 2017 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She was born October 12, 1932 in Centerville, Iowa to George O’Toole and Velma Temple Lawson. She married Willis Cleon Harris on March 16, 1950. He preceded her in death on September 6, 2016. Sara worked at Bruce’s Furniture for many years as-well-as working for a flower shop, Quik Time in Drakesville, and as a Bookkeeper for area farmers. She was a member of the West Grove United Methodist Church.

Sara was an outgoing person who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She liked going to Casinos, playing BINGO, taking care of her flowers, and going to the Farmer’s Market in Bloomfield. She also like going to the Davis County Fair and the Iowa State Fair.

She is survived by her daughter, Janice (Larry Robinson) Dove of Centerville, Iowa; son, Rick (Pam) Harris of Bloomfield; six grandchildren, Ginger (Jason) Burgin, Gidget (Scott) Arnold, Haley Chance, Charlie (Erin) Harris, Travis (Kristi) Harris, Roxanne (Adam) Harris; twelve great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Helen Harris of Bloomfield; Siblings, Bill (Nancy) O’Toole, Betty Smith; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Wayne Adair; and special friends Jerry and Sharon Padget, Dale and Jackie White.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Georgia Adair; great-grandson, Zachary Barber; and father-in-law, Willis Harris.

Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 2-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Open visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial of the cremated remains will be at the West Grove Cemetery at a later date. A memorial has been established to her family.

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Cheryl Fleming- July 13, 2017

Cheryl Fleming- July 13, 2017

Cheryl Lynn Fleming, 65, of Pulaski, Iowa passed away July 13, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. Cheryl was born a true Virgo, September 19, 1951 to Milton and Mary (Queisner) Heiser. Her parents moved their family to Pulaski when she was in the 8th grade. She attended Davis County High School, graduating with the class of 1969. Upon graduation she attended school at Wichita State University. Shortly after college she was united in marriage to Michael Fleming on September 8, 1973 in Bloomfield, Iowa. The two began their wedded life working together for Cheryl’s father at the Pulaski Elevator. Together they became the loving parents to two children, Wray and Samantha. As she began her life as a mother she also began working for the United States Postal Service as a Postal Clerk in the Bloomfield office. She remained there until her retirement in 2014. In her retirement she managed to master the game of solitaire and enjoyed bringing stacks of books home from the library to read. She liked to can vegetables from the garden that she and Michael cared for. Cheryl was an avid mushroom hunter and always enjoyed a good round of golf as well as being the president of the Current River Canoers Association, Pulaski Chapter.
Cheryl is survived by her husband, Michael of Pulaski, Iowa; her children, Wray Fleming of Pulaski, Samantha (Victor) Tira of Denver, Colorado; her mother and step-father, Mary (Melvin) Land; two brothers, David (Connie) Heiser and Fred Heiser, as well as many extended family and friends.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Milton Heiser and two sisters, Jo Ellen Ebeling and Amy Cassimatis.
As were Cheryl’s wishes her body has been cremated. Celebration of Life Services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Sonny Smyser officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017 with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Memorial contributions in her honor may be directed to the family.

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Doug Boyd - June 30, 2017

Doug Boyd - June 30, 2017

Douglas Hunter Boyd Sr., 63, of Milton, Iowa passed away June 30, 2017 at the Iowa City VA Hospital. He was born July 28, 1953 in Keosauqua, Iowa to Francis Harold and Hazel Azalea Hunter Boyd. He married Shirley Lenox in May of 1976 in Milton, Iowa. They were divorced. He married Linette Widmar in May of 1989 in Ottumwa, Iowa. They were divorced.

Doug served in the United States Army as a member of the Military Police. After serving time in Korea, he returned to Iowa and worked for the Ottumwa Police Department. He was a policeman for over 20 years. In his free time, he enjoyed Hunting, fishing, cooking, and being outdoors. During the summer months he loved to spend time at Leech Lake in Minnesota. He was a member of the NRA and the Iowa State Police Association.

He is survived by his mother, Hazel Boyd of Milton, Iowa; three daughters, Bridgette (Jason) Lough of Bloomfield, Amanda Boyd of Reinbeck, Iowa, Natasha (Eric Hootman) Boyd of Bloomfield; two sons, Douglas Boyd Jr., Robert (Cheyanne Randall) Boyd both of Ottumwa, Iowa; eleven grandchildren, Jenna, Jordan, Jalee Lough, Trevor Koellner, Zane Scott, Karson Spurgeon, Lane Boyd, Jacob and Paul Hootman, Kaydence and Wyatt Boyd; brother, JR (Mary) Boyd; three sisters, Myra (Ross) Madden, Teresa (Bob) Cole, Tamara Van Pelt; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Milton Christian Church with Pastor Kevin Mote officiating. Burial will be at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton. Military rites will be preformed by Russell-Strait Post #483 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 3-5:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A memorial has been established to the Hunter’s Education Program.

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Joe Sayre- June 25, 2017

Joe Sayre- June 25, 2017

Joe Elmer Sayre, 83, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away June 25, 2017 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, Missouri. He was born July 20, 1933 in Green City, Missouri to Arthur Clarence and Dortha Lavelle Daniels Sayre. He married Carol Kinney on June 24, 1956 in Scotland County, Missouri. Carol passed away on January 10, 2003.

Joe was a mechanic for Vaughn Motor Company and Bloomfield Ford, retiring in 1999 after 43 years. He was a mechanic at heart always tinkering with cars, tractors, and lawn mowers. In his free-time he enjoyed fishing and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. Joe served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Barker United Methodist Church in Scotland County, Missouri.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Philip) Gaffney of Milton, Iowa; three sons, Randy (Dolores) Sayre of Downing, Missouri, Danny (Connie) Sayre of Elkland, Missouri, Rick (Teresa) Sayre of Unionville, Iowa; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Clarence (Rosalie) Kinney.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Charles and Ed Sayre; and mother-and-father-in-law, Ray and Nelda Kinney.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Barker United Methodist Church in Scotland County, Missouri with Pastor Dave Evans officiating. Burial will be at the Barker Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A memorial has been established to the Downing Appreciation Days.

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Dr. Alan Gravett- June 8, 2017

Dr. Alan Gravett- June 8, 2017

Dr. Alan W. Gravett, 60, of Ottumwa, Iowa went into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 8th, 2017. Alan was born on November 27, 1956 in El Paso, Texas to Doran and Roberta Owens Gravett. He married Donna Barbara Susan Smith on April 27, 1991.

Alan graduated from Davis County High School in 1975. He went on to get his medical degree at the University of Iowa and received board certification in emergency medicine. He also had degrees in occupational and sports medicine.

Alan was a fun and loving man, husband, father, son, and brother. He started a cattle farm operation in Davis County and helped raise five beautiful children in Illinois while dedicating his life to, with all his heart, taking care of his family and others.

He was kind, funny, and helpful to everyone and held a passion for learning, football, forestry, and world history.

Alan worked as a physician in various emergency rooms across Illinois, Iowa, and northern Missouri, saving countless lives throughout his career. He was diligently researching in hopes of finding new treatments for cancer.

He is preceded in death by his father, Doran Gravett.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; five children, Amber, Cody, Nick, Dylan, and Abby; mother, Roberta; brother, Brian (Debbie) Gravett; two sisters, Lynn (Pete) Roers, Renee (Michael) Michaud; three brothers-in-law, Allen (Wendy) Smith, Michael (Sue) Smith, John Smith; three sisters-in-law, Lori (Steven) Kennedy, Sandy Smith, Marian (Gary) Lagerstrom; niece Kasey Heldrich; and two nephews, Andrew and Joseph Heldrich.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Mike Evans officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the Sunset View Cemetery near Moulton, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to any animal shelter or Tenco Industries.

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Treva Cox-May 20, 2017

Treva Cox-May 20, 2017

Treva Cox, 65, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 20, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born January 10, 1952 near Belknap, Iowa to LaVerne and Mildred Marie Bolin Baker. She married Richard Cox on June 28, 2011 in Lancaster, Missouri.

Treva worked at the Davis County Hospital from 1982 - 1995. She started in the kitchen and eventually moved to the respiratory therapy department. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, canning, and being on the family farm. When she was younger she attended Christ’s Church in Bloomfield.

She is survived by her husband; brother, Tracy (Joan) Baker of Ottumwa; three sisters, Tamra Deevers, Trudy (Robert) Major both of Albia, Iowa, Tess (Jon) Moore of Humphreys, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Graveside services with burial of the cremated remains will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Drakesville Cemetery in Drakesville, Iowa. Rev. Donna Olinger will officiate. No visitation is planned.

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Dorothy D. Pirtle- May 13, 2017

Dorothy D. Pirtle- May 13, 2017

Dorothy D. Pirtle, 93, of Moberly, Missouri and former resident of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 13, 2017 at her home. She was born September 19, 1923 in Moulton, Iowa to Otis and Ella Mae Randolph Davis. She married Carl Pirtle on August 16, 1941 in Kirksville, Missouri. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and was always proud of the jewelry he spoiled her with. Carl passed away on October 20, 2009.

Dorothy and her twin sister, Doris, were the best of friends and were always together. They shared a special bond that will be reunited in heaven as Doris has been waiting for Dorothy since December 5, 2014. Dorothy will greet her sister with a smile, painted fingernails, and probably a Diet Coke or R.C. Cola in hand, just like in life.

She is survived by a son, Jerry Pirtle of Moberly, Missouri; daughter, Janice (Cliff) Bierwagen of Gilbert, Arizona; four grandchildren, Rhonda Wright, Peggy Taylor, Kimberly Wegner, Christopher Wegner; three great-grandchildren, Ashley Peterson, Megan Wright, and Riley Zinnert; and a great-great-grandson on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers; and two sisters.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Rev. Jack Knox officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 10-11:15 a.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church.

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Esther Smith- May 13, 2017

Esther Smith- May 13, 2017

Esther Lorene Smith, 99, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 13, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born June 18, 1917 in Bladensburg, Iowa to Jay Benjamin and Jennie Garber Reno. She married Henry Clay Smith on December 6, 1940 in Lancaster, Missouri. He preceded her in death on June 8, 1968.

Esther worked in housekeeping at the Davis County Hospital for 20 years, retiring in 1980. While active in the community she was involved with the American Legion Auxiliary in Bloomfield and the Floris Christian Church. She was a lifetime resident of Davis County.

She is survived by a daughter, Carrie (Mike) Crane of Selma, Iowa; son, Kelley (Launa) Smith of Long Grove, Illinois; three grandchildren, Greg (Arlynne) Smith of Palatine, Illinois, Mark (Eunyi) Smith of Huntington Woods, Michigan, Becky (Steve) Storckman of Round Lake, Illinois; five great-grandchildren, Claire and Holly Smith, Evan Smith, Charlotte and Kurt Storckman; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; and a sister.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Floris Fire Department or the American Legion Avenue of Flags.

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Iva Dell Roberts- May 11, 2017

Iva Dell Roberts- May 11, 2017

Iva Dell Roberts, 85, of Troy, Iowa passed away May 11, 2017 at her home. She was born March 14, 1932 in Van Buren County, Iowa to Leo H. and Clara A. Zeitler Law. She married Earl “Hickory” Roberts on April 1, 1950 in Centerville, Iowa. The couple ran the Troy Store together from 1978 – 1990. Earl passed away on the same day 22 years ago, May 11, 1995.

Iva Dell lived in the Troy area all of her life. She loved to visit with people and enjoyed a fun argument when she thought she was right. If anyone had a question about Troy history, Iva Dell was the person to ask. She loved living on the farm and was one of the hardest working women you could ever meet. While she was away from work, she enjoyed being outside fishing, mowing the grass, listening to the birds, and working with cattle. She also enjoyed making afghans, doing jigsaw puzzles, and watching soap operas and old westerns. Iva Dell loved her kids dearly and was happy to spend time with all of them. She will be greatly missed and dearly remembered.

She is survived by three children, Dennis Roberts of Eldon, Iowa, Mike (Danita) Roberts of Bloomfield, Carol (Dewey) Coatney of Troy; five grandchildren, Thomas Roberts, Jenni Roberts, Alissa (Joey) Swarts, Troy Roberts, Trisha (Casey) Keim; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lillian Ritz of Bloomfield, Lovetta Jarvis of Troy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Jerry Lee Roberts; infant brother, Richard Law; and a close friend, Bill Jones.

Graveside services with burial of the cremated remains will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Troy Cemetery with Rev. Donna Olinger officiating. Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A memorial has been established to the Troy Methodist Church.

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Larry Collins- May 6, 2017

Larry Collins- May 6, 2017

Larry Allan Collins, 77, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 6, 2017 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. He was born September 26, 1939 in Springfield, Illinois to James and Martha Montgomery Collins. He married Karol Kimball September 18, 1965 in Bloomfield. Karol passed away January 22, 2015.

Larry served in the United States Navy after graduating from high school in Illinois. After the Navy, he worked for the City of Ottumwa for a few years before getting hired at John Deere Ottumwa Works. He would later transfer to the Waterloo John Deere Plant until his retirement in 1986. After retiring, he owned and operated the “Collins Café” with his wife for 10 years. The café was located in the Ballingall Hotel in Ottumwa.

Larry enjoyed early morning coffee with his “Coffee Club.” He also enjoyed going out to eat with friends, fishing, spending time with family, and swinging by the Can-Dough Redemption Center in Ottumwa to pester his daughter, Leanna.

He is survived by his twin daughters, Leanna (Amy Vanderburg) Collins of Ottumwa, Deanna Collins of Bloomfield; two grandchildren, Joe (Shell) Collins, Jenna Ellis; eight great-grandchildren, Passion Matia Collins, Autionna Kay Collins, Savyon Cordova, Kynnick Ellis, Jeff Whiten, Mike Whiten, Haley Vanderburg, Mya Vanderburg; several nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Sandra Harvey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Givonni Reye Cordova; two brothers, Mike and Jim Collins; and a sister, Linda Huff.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Charles Courtney officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion performing graveside military rites. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to his family.

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Blanche Cantrell- May 6, 2017

Blanche Cantrell- May 6, 2017

Blanche LaRue Cantrell, 98, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 6, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born March 20, 1919 near Lake Wapello in Davis County, Iowa to Eli Jr. and Ara Ann Bridgeman Smith. She met Walter Max Cantrell while he was working at the C.C. Camp at Lake Wapello and the couple married on July 10, 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa. Walter passed away on December 21, 1989.

Blanche was an excellent cook and always made sure that guests would never leave the house hungry. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family, and listening to Elvis Pressley. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her.

She is survived by eight children, Kenneth (Barbara) Cantrell of Drakesville, Iowa, Beverly (Russell) Forsythe, Paul Dean (Connie) Cantrell both of Bloomfield, Donald (Merry) Cantrell of Illinois City, Illinois, Lonnie (Renee) Cantrell of Oelwein, Iowa, Phillip (Donna) Cantrell of Fruitland, Iowa, Bonnie (Fred) Pittman of Newton, Iowa, Rollie (Nancy) Cantrell of Marion, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a niece, Freda Huff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter-in-law, Shari Forsythe; two brothers, Alva Smith, infant Rosco Smith; and five sisters, Ruth Doll, Elsie Coop, Ora Smith, Beaulah Smith, and infant Virgie Smith.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Russell Harris officiating. Burial will be at the Taylor Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established to the Taylor Cemetery.

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Irene Hougland- May 6, 2017

Irene Hougland- May 6, 2017

Eva Irene Hougland, 79, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 6, 2017 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. She was born December 17, 1937 in Bloomfield to Fernando and Dorothy Van Horn Tharp. She married Robert Hougland on January 16, 1954 in Bloomfield. He passed away on May 31, 2011.

Irene worked as a CNA at the Davis County Hospital for 21 years. In her free time, she enjoyed being around her family and playing poker with her friends. Her favorite variation of poker was Peek-a-Boo Poker.

She is survived by three sons, Robert (Kris) Hougland Jr., Raymond (Linda) Hougland both of Bloomfield, Rick (Debbie) Hougland of Auburn, Georgia; three daughters, Cheri (Steve) Spurgeon of Moulton, Iowa, Becky (Bill) Lunsford of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Sheila (Phil) McClure of Floris, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Dick) Meyers of Iberia, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two grandchildren, Jerry Hougland, Jackie Spurgeon; four brothers, Donald, Richard, Charles, and Jerry Tharp; and three sisters, Helen Ritz, Mary Pickens and infant Hazel Marie Tharp.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the South Bloomfield Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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Sharon Eakins- May 3, 2017

Sharon Eakins- May 3, 2017

Sharon “Pokey” Eakins, 46, of Ottumwa, Iowa went to be with the Lord on May 3, 2017. She was born May 21, 1970 in Iowa City to George Jr. and Pauline Rhoads Post. She married John Eakins on June 8, 2007 at Christ’s Church in Ottumwa.

Sharon graduated from the nursing program at Indian Hills in 2012 and was employed at the Halcyon House in Washington, Iowa. She was currently working towards becoming a nurse practitioner through courses offered by Walden University. Her long-term goal was to serve others on medical mission trips to Jamaica. Sharon was a very giving person with a big heart. She was a member of Christ’s Church in Ottumwa, the Christian Motorcycle Association, and the Patriot Guard. She loved to tinker around with things and was a huge Green Bay Packers fan.

She is survived by her husband, John Eakins of Ottumwa; four daughters, Ashlee Post, Nichole Hipshur both of Ottumwa, Crystal Noble of Louisville, Mississippi, Mary Lou-Ann Johnson of Newton, Mississippi; granddaughter, Sarah Johnson; great-granddaughter, Alayna Rue; mother, Pauline Post of Floris, Iowa; two sisters, twin Karen Post, Lora (Mike) Diedrick both of Ottumwa; two brothers, George (Becky) Post III, John Post both of Ottumwa; numerous nieces and nephews; and her pride-and-joy-dog, Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her father; infant sister, Kimberly Post; and a great-niece, Donna Irene Rose Jean Rachford.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Floris Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Christ’s Church in Ottumwa.

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Edna Christene Bell- April 29, 2017

Edna Christene Bell- April 29, 2017

Edna Christene Bell, 83, of Ottumwa, Iowa and former resident of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 29, 2017 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. She was born June 20, 1933 in Union Township in Davis County, Iowa to Ira Ellison and Grace Ellen Thomas Reisch. She married Robert Bell on June 10, 1951 in Davis County, Iowa. He passed away on May 24, 2013. Christene worked as secretary of plant operations at the Ottumwa Hospital for 32 years. She was a member of Christ’s Church in Ottumwa.

Christene loved all kinds of music, especially Blue Grass. She could play the piano, guitar, and banjo and would often do so for her family. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, growing flowers, and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed helping older folks in the community, often times at her own expense. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Donald (Joy) Bell of Bloomfield; three daughters, Linda Hawkins of Fort Madison, Iowa, Shari (Dave) Rupe, Rose (Charles) Bean both of Ottumwa; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Hewitt, Alta (Larry) Swindler both of Bloomfield; and several nieces and nephews, six of whom she considered her honorary children, Kathy, Kenny, Roy Gene, Richard, Jim, and John.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Robert Lee Bell; and a sister, Beulah Marie Reisch.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Christ’s Church in Ottumwa.

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Lois Fitzgerald- April 26, 2017

Lois Fitzgerald- April 26, 2017

Lois Jean Fitzgerald, 90, of Iowa City, Iowa passed away on April 26, 2017 with her family by her side at Legacy Pointe Assisted Living. She was born June 9, 1926 in Davis County, Iowa to Vernette A. and Elsie Mae Blackwell Altheide. She married Robert Fitzgerald on September 27, 1941. He passed away on September 2, 2012.

Lois lived most of her adult life in Davenport, Iowa. While raising six children she worked part-time in youth baseball. After her children were grown, Lois joined the staff of JC Penny where she worked for over 19 years as head of the drapery department. She retired in 1994.

Her hobbies included working with youth baseball, playing Bingo, following Iowa Hawkeye Women’s Basketball, doing word puzzles, and reading. She especially enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and attending their activities.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Jan) Fitzgerald of Windemere, Florida, Gordon (Jerrie) Fitzgerald of Houma, Louisiana, Connie Brandon of Ballwin, Missouri, Douglas (Peggy) Fitzgerald of Iowa City, Michael (Ann) Fitzgerald of Des Moines, David (Marianne) Fitzgerald of Mt. Sinai, New York; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis (Dewitt) Shelton of Bloomfield, Iowa, Marlene Cook of Ottumwa, Iowa; and a brother, Don (Dee) Altheide of Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Carol Fitzgerald; and a brother, Richard Altheide.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Steve Altheide and Randall Fitzgerald officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 4-6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Stiles Christian Church.

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Evelyn Spurgeon- April 5, 2017

Evelyn Spurgeon- April 5, 2017

Evelyn Fern Spurgeon, 91, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 5, 2017 in Ottumwa. She was born June 9, 1925 in Davis County, Iowa to John and Hattie Faye Dixon Hanna. She married Vernon T. Spurgeon on January 19, 1941 in Bloomfield. He passed away on February 16, 2005. Evelyn was a talented artist and painter. She worked in Urbandale, Iowa for 15 years painting the faces of mannequins and also sold over 100 paintings throughout her life. She also enjoyed showing her paintings at the Davis County Art Show. She was active in church and had been attending the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

She is survived by a son, Stuart Spurgeon of Toledo, Oregon; two daughters, LaVetta Schmied of Boynton Beach, Florida, Franrica Payne of Ottumwa, Iowa; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Elmer Ashby; husband; granddaughter, Casey Schmied; two sisters, Dorothea Friend, Edna Latta; and a daughter-in-law, Christina Dolores Spurgeon.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Tom Shipley officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Bloomfield Tabernacle Church.

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Shirley Barker- April 2, 2017

Shirley Barker- April 2, 2017

Shirley E. Barker, 81, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 2, 2017 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born August 4, 1935 in Davis County, Iowa to Arthur Fenton Jr. and Lucille Rupe Fenton. She married Leon Barker on September 28, 1952 at the Bloomfield Christian Church. Leon passed away on June 12, 1992.

Shirley worked as a teacher’s aide for Sieda Head Start for nine years, ran an in-home daycare for 20 years, and then worked at the Cattle Palace in Bloomfield for almost two years. She was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Ron (Sandy) Barker of Columbia, Missouri, Roger (Karen) Barker of Osage Beach, Missouri; three grandchildren, Ryan (Jenny) Barker of Columbia, Missouri, Lauren Barker of Osage Beach, Keeley (Mark) Welsh of Davenport, Iowa; two great-grandchildren, Spencer Welsh, Nolan Welsh; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two granddaughters, Stephanie Barker, Mindy Barker.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date at the Troy Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church.

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Stephen Clark- March 19, 2017

Stephen Clark- March 19, 2017

Stephen Allen Clark, 61, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 19, 2017 at his home. He was born September 7, 1955 in Bloomfield, Iowa to Donald Lee and Martha Mae Bales Clark. He graduated from Davis County High School in 1973. He married Cindy Robertson on September 12, 1998 at Lake Wapello.

Steve worked for Hormel in Ottumwa for many years and also served as a union steward. After Hormel, he owned and operated Clark S.A.W. Mill with his brother, Warren. Steve spent the last nine years working for John Deere in Ottumwa.

Steve enjoyed many activities in life; calf roping, hunting, fishing, playing baseball and fastpitch softball, and trap shooting. He was also a baseball coach and coached high school basketball for Davis County with his good friend, Nick Pace. He was a Pittsburg Steelers, Atlanta Braves, and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He was a member of the Izaak Walton League in Bloomfield.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Clark; two daughters, Crystal (Justin) Hopkins of Bloomfield, Mindy (TJ) Stalker of Creston, Iowa; three step-sons, Jamie (Penny) Collier of Brighton, Iowa, Jason (Lisa) Collier, Nathan (Nikki) Thordarson both of Bloomfield; 13 grandchildren; mother, Martha (Al Clark) Clark of Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Lynn Clark of Bloomfield; brother, Michael (Teri) Clark of Eldon; two nieces; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Warren Clark.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Floris Cemetery in Floris. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to his family.

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Ina LaVelle Gleason- March 17, 2017

Ina LaVelle Gleason- March 17, 2017

Ina LaVelle Gleason, 104, of Bloomfield, Iowa went to be with the Lord on March 17, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. She was born on July 8, 1912 in Bloomfield, Iowa to Harley Gordner and Nellie Stogdill Edwards. She was united in marriage on March 14, 1931 to King Grant Gleason and they spent 53 happy years together until he passed away on January 26, 1984.

LaVelle was a housewife who belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodge #1. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking, gardening, and fishing. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family.

She is survived by a son, Keith (Sherri Sinclair) Gleason of Bloomfield; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Billy Gleason; daughter, Barbara Rominger; son-in-law, Joe Rominger; grandson, Billy Joe Rominger; and three sisters, Dorothy Gibson, Velma Black, and Lucille Munn.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Kramer Smith officiating. Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery in West Grove. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 3-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.

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Richard Blew- March 15, 2017

Richard Blew- March 15, 2017

Richard Blew, 70, of Ottumwa, Iowa passed away March 15, 2017 at the Iowa City VA Hospital. He was born March 9, 1947 in Wapello County, Iowa to Chastle and Helen Donaldson Blew. He married Rita Morrisette, she passed away in 2004.

Richard served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He was a farmer and worked for the City of Ottumwa for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, riding motorcycles, country western dancing, and dressing up as Santa Claus for area nursing homes.

He is survived by a brother, Roger Blew of Glenwood, Missouri and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Richard’s wish was to be cremated. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to his family. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.

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Carol Downing- March 12, 2017

Carol Downing- March 12, 2017

Carol Downing, 76, of Drakesville, Iowa passed away March 12, 2017 at her home. She was born December 17, 1940 in Carlinville, Illinois to Carl and Freda Broers Brueggeman. She married Darrell Downing August 11, 1973 in Edwardsville, Illinois.

As a young woman, Carol taught children of military service personnel in Germany and Japan for the Department of Defense. She then taught in Illinois and Iowa for 49 years, the last 10 for Moulton-Udell Schools.

Carol and Darrell moved to the farm in Davis County 18 years ago. With enthusiasm, she became part of the community by joining many organizations and helping with the Drakesville Reunion. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Orleans Church of Christ.

Carol could fill a room with her warmth just by walking it. She never met a stranger and had an adventurous nature throughout her life. She also had great affection and fondness for the many dogs, cats, and horses around the farm.

She is survived by her husband and three brothers, Jim (Whiff) Brueggeman of Sterling, Virginia, Raymond Brueggeman of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Barry (Cheryl) Brueggeman of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sibling.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jerry Weller officiating. Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with Eastern Star services at 5:00 p.m. followed by family visitation until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Orleans Church of Christ and the Drakesville Cemetery.

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Nadine Richmond- March 10, 2017

Nadine Richmond- March 10, 2017

Mavis Nadine Richmond, 76, of Moulton, Iowa passed away March 10, 2017 at her home. She was born June 21, 1940 in Davis County, Iowa to Ralph C. and Wilma M. Starr Mitchell. She married Henry Louis Richmond September 5, 1969 in Lubbock, Texas. He passed away August 11, 2009. Nadine was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three daughters, Renee Larson of Bloomfield, Iowa, Denee Almy of Moulton, Lauretta (Miles) Johnston of Vancouver, Washington; son, Joel (Carrie) Richmond of Blakesburg, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Carl Larson, Floyd (Amy) Larson, Robert (Sarah) Howard, Lawrence (Laura) Howard, Telina (Casey) Almy, Jason Almy, Randie Richmond, Ryan Richmond, Adeline Johnston, Clara Johnston; 12 great-grandchildren, Daniel, Caitlin, Christa, Little Lawrence, Callie, Jacob, Christopher, Noah, Cassandra, Baby Casey, Maggie, Megan; brother, Gerald (Fern) Mitchell; sister-in-law, Jean Mitchell; and nieces and nephews, Cody, Jessie, and Teresa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, James Mitchell; and three nephews, Danny Mitchell, Sammy Mitchell, and Junior Jarvis.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. The family will be present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. that evening.

To allow time for family members to travel to Iowa, graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Burgher Cemetery in Davis County with Bill Eakins officiating. Following graveside services, a meal will be held at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

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Frances Rees- March 3, 2017

Frances Rees- March 3, 2017

Frances Rees, 72, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society - Ottumwa. She was born on February 12, 1945 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Bernie and Audrey Goodson Rees. She lived most of her life in Bloomfield but spent a few years living with her sister, Zilpha Dunlavy, in Oklahoma. Frances was "Aunt Francie" to most of us. She was the light of all family gatherings and a joy to be around. Her amazing ability to be joyful in any situation was an example for us all. Her smile was so beautiful and she used it to make anyone around her smile too. Francie left us with many precious memories and our lives were enriched greatly because of her. She will be loved forever!

She is survived by her sister, Zilpha Dunlavy of Blakesburg, Iowa; nieces, Debbie Kulbeth and family of Olustee, Oklahoma, Julia Bennett and family of Bloomfield, Iowa, Deborah Lynne Dillow and family in Oregon, Laura McDonald and family of Blakesburg, Kelly Smith and family of Blakesburg; nephew Blake Roberts and family of Blair, Oklahoma; many great nieces and nephews; cousins; friends; and many that call her "Aunt Francie!"

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother in-law, Charles Dunlavy; and many relatives and friends that awaited her in Heaven.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Bethel Cemetery in Davis County with several family members officiating. No visitation is planned.

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Sue Guiter- February 27, 2017

Sue Guiter- February 27, 2017

Susan Guiter, 57, of Downing, Missouri and former resident of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away February 27, 2017 at her home. She was born August 29, 1959 in Skagit Valley, Washington to Robert and Idella Joy Baxter Black. She married Reggie Guiter August 26, 1987 in Durango, Colorado. He passed away March 17, 2007. Sue worked for Davis County Schools in the Special Education Department and as a substitute teacher, retiring after 20 years of service. She was a member of VFW Auxiliary #775 and the Bloomfield United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a special friend, Randy Duncan of Downing, Missouri; three sons, Zack Guiter, Mike (Sherri) Guiter both of Bloomfield, Iowa, Eric Duncan of Cottonwood, Arizona; daughter, Nicki (Nathan) Sayre of Downing, Missouri; six grandchildren, Clay and Cami Guiter, Carson, Carmella, and Logan Guiter, Emilee Sayre; brother, Mike Baxter Sr. of Ottumwa, Iowa; and two sisters, Myra (Russ) Ness of Centerville, Iowa, Marilyn (Tim) Ratliff of Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Robert Black Jr.; and sister, Laura Laumeyer.

A graveside celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Rev. Tim Frasher officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow services. No visitation is planned. A memorial has been established to the Bloomfield United Methodist Church Youth Group to assist with mission trips.

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Olen Jarvis- February 16, 2017

Olen Jarvis- February 16, 2017

Olen Granvil Jarvis, 76, of Milton, Iowa passed away February 16, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born August 16, 1940 in Davis County, Iowa to James Isaac and Irene Larue Arnold Jarvis. He married Thelma Louise Dinges on July 9, 1964 in Oakland, California. Thelma passed away April 6, 1990. Olen served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He then worked as a welder for Cedar Rapids Steel until 1982 when he took a position at a plastic factory where he worked until retirement. Olen had lived in Milton for several years.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen Jarvis of Agency, Iowa; two brothers, Otto and Otis Jarvis both of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren, Jessie, Cody, Felicia, and Summer; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Olen Jarvis Jr.; daughter, Irene Jarvis; four brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Bill Eakins officiating. Burial with military rites will be at the Troy Cemetery in Troy, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the family.
 

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Wilma Gay- February 11, 2017

Wilma Gay- February 11, 2017

Wilma Jane Gay, 93, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away February 11, 2017 at Ridgewood Special Care in Ottumwa. She was born July 8, 1923 in Wapello County, Iowa to Ernest and Emma Simmons Blew. She married Edwin Gay on June 6, 1942 in Lancaster, Missouri. Edwin passed away on December 1, 1985. Wilma was a farm wife.

She is survived by a son, Edwin (Linda) Gay Jr. of Tumtum, Washington; daughter, Darlene (Charles) Scott of Ottumwa, Iowa; four grandchildren, John Wesley Gay, Randy Scott, Linda Scott, Edwin Gay II; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Chastle, Van, and Darrell Blew; and six sisters, Norma Jean Swaim, Doris Stogdill, Marlene Pilcher, Joleen Brookhart, Beatrice Cormeny, and Seletha Wilbanks.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Marvin Martin officiating. Burial will be at the Dunnville Cemetery in Davis County, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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Lorene Simmons- February 10, 2017

Lorene Simmons- February 10, 2017

Birdie Lorene Simmons, 96, of Drakesville, Iowa passed away February 10, 2017 in her home with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. She was born September 11, 1920 in Washington, Iowa to Byrd Thomas and Ida Whiteside Piper. She married Donald McKinley “Max” Simmons on December 23, 1937 in Lancaster, Missouri. To this union three children were born; Donald LaVerne, Donna Lorene, and Ronald Marion. Max passed away on July 2, 1971.

Lorene was a homemaker, farmer, and combination truck drivers’ wife. She knew what it meant to take care of her family and also the farm chores. After Max passed away, she worked at the West Elementary School in Bloomfield as a kitchen and lunchroom worker, retiring in 1986. Lorene loved to travel, read books, watch funny television shows, and spend time with her family. She was a member of the Drakesville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three children, Donald (Janice) Simmons of Marshalltown, Iowa, Donna (Gary) Eaves of Drakesville, Ronald Simmons of Drakesville; four grandchildren, Julie Simmons of Ames, Iowa, Kathy Simmons of Urbana, Illinois, Brock (Jennifer) Simmons of Blakesburg, Iowa, Blake (Kaleigh) Simmons of Drakesville; four great-grandchildren, Douglas Pepe, Joshua (Angel) Pepe both of Ames, Iowa, Kobe Simmons of Drakesville, Jaxon Simmons of Blakesburg; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Fred, Charlie, and Paul Piper; sister, Irene Fisk; and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery in Drakesville, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 4-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Drakesville Old Soldiers and Settlers Reunion and the Drakesville United Methodist Church.

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Ralph "Rick" Snow-February 7, 2017

Ralph "Rick" Snow-February 7, 2017

Ralph Richard “Rick” Snow, 70, of Corydon, Iowa passed away February 7, 2017 at his home. He was born January 8, 1947 in Kirksville, Missouri to Ralph Junior and Dorothy Marguerite Rouse Snow. He married JoAnna Sue Ayer on July 7, 1969. Rick served in the U.S. Army for 2 years and spent most of his life as a self-employed mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnna; five sons, Rick Lee Snow of Anamosa, Billy (Anita) Snow of Ottumwa, Bobby Snow, Tommy Snow both of Corydon, Ronny (Shannon) Snow of Allerton, Iowa; daughter, Christina (Kevin) Snow of Allerton; four grandchildren, Kelsie, Hope, Star, and Richard; four brothers, Kenny, Jerry, Ivan, and Lessley; four sisters, Rita, Carolyn, Connie, Shirley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Herbert Gene, Norman, and Roy.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Rick Fiedler officiating. Burial will be at the Snow Family Cemetery in Davis County. Military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion. Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to his family.

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Benny Howk- January 20, 2017

Benny Howk- January 20, 2017

Benny Harrison Howk, 74, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away January 20, 2017 at his home. He was born May 15, 1942 in Cleveland Township near Belknap in Davis County, Iowa to Harold Moses and Iva Mae Huffman Howk. He was a 1961 graduate of Davis County High School. On June 22, 1962, he married Patricia Joan Coop at the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Benny worked for many area farmers, Duffield’s DX, Miller’s DX, Joe’s Sinclair, and then owned his own business, Ben’s DX. Benny and Pat opened the first Sears Merchant Catalog Store in Bloomfield in 1971. He then owned the True Value Store in Bloomfield for 32 years, retiring in 2004. While not working, Benny enjoyed being on the farm and camping. He attended the Ottumwa Baptist Temple.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Howk; three children, Michael (Leah) Howk, Deborah (Tim) Batterson both of Bloomfield, Melissa (Dennis) Hayes of Fort Belvoir, Virginia; 14 grandchildren, Alyssa and Deni Hayes, Emily, Katie, Adam, and Benjamin Batterson, Rachel Hayes, Noah Batterson, Rebekah Hayes, Luke, Sarah, Justus, Titus, and Hope Batterson; three sisters, LaRue (Joe) Heaton of Kirksville, Missouri, Sharon (Kevin) Blasi, Vicki (Mark) Shively both of Bloomfield, Iowa; three brothers, Tom (Judy) Howk, Harry (Brenda) Howk both of Bloomfield, Dick Howk of West Grove, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Jackie Ray Howk; and three sisters, Betty Sammons Ames, Sandra Luko, and Linda Blasi.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Travis Decker officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties, Ottumwa Baptist Temple Printing Ministry, or the Davis County Genealogical Society.

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Margaret Williams- January 18, 2017

Margaret Williams- January 18, 2017

Margaret Faye Williams, 78, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away January 18, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born November 15, 1938 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Walter and Helen Carruthers Williams.

Margaret’s wish was to be cremated and burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date.

Victor McClure- January 10, 2017

Victor McClure- January 10, 2017

Victor Arnold McClure, 91, of Floris, Iowa passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. He was born June 14, 1925 in Wapello County, Iowa to Clyde D. and Millie Huffman McClure. He was a proud WWII veteran and after serving in the U.S. Navy, he married Leona Marie Talley on November 30, 1947. Leona passed away on October 27, 2013. Victor was a hard worker and held many different jobs throughout his lifetime. He will be remembered by many for his lightheartedness, positive attitude, and his many “War Stories.” He was a member of the Floris Baptist Church, Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield, and the Oddfellows Lodge in Eldon, Iowa.

The family wishes to extend thanks to the staff and caregivers at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa for their care over the last three-and-a-half years. Victor called it “Home” and enjoyed joking with the staff who cared for him.

Left to tell his many stories are three children, Vicki Berardi of West Des Moines, Iowa, Phil (Sheila) McClure, Greg McClure both of Floris, Iowa; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Patty Pearson of Eldon, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Connie (Larry) Birdsall of Ankeny, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 66 years, Leona; great-grandson, Dominic Clark; four brothers, Gail, Wallace, Fred, and Wayne McClure; a sister, Janice Chickering; and a son-in-law, Romeo Berardi.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Gordon Hawkins officiating. Burial with graveside military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 American Legion will be at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ottumwa, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Floris Baptist Church and Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa.

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Clifford " Lonnie" Benge Jr- January 6, 2017

Clifford " Lonnie" Benge Jr- January 6, 2017

Clifford Leon “Lonnie” Benge Jr., 74, of Floris, Iowa passed away January 6, 2017 at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. He was born December 11, 1942 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Clifford Leon and Neva Brooks Benge Sr. He served in the United States Navy during Vietnam and worked as an over-the-road truck driver for many years. He married Judy Dickson on May 14, 1976 in Lancaster, Missouri. In his free time, Lonnie liked to go hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. He also enjoyed working on old cars and derby cars.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Benge of Floris; four sons, Jim, Darian, Robert, and Max Benge; five daughters, Andrea, Debbie, Julie, Amy, and Tammy; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four brothers, Larry, Bill, Tony, and Jim Benge; and three sisters, Cathy, Sue, and Jenifer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Larry Benge Jr.

Lonnie’s wish was to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Tommy Jacobs- January 2, 2017

Tommy Jacobs- January 2, 2017

Tommy Michael Jacobs, 59, of Bloomfield, Iowa went to be with his Lord on January 2, 2017. He was born June 1, 1957 in Bloomfield, Iowa to Don and Darlene Jacobs. He had several jobs during and after graduating from Davis County High School in 1975. However, he found his calling while working as an in-home aide for the elderly. He attended Indian Hills Community College and became an LPN. Tommy worked at the Bloomfield Care Center and for ResCare before sustaining an injury that cut his career short.

Unlike many in the nursing profession, Tom’s nurse found him to be a model patient, brave and never complaining. He suffered with cancer for several years and fought a brave fight. He was a loving and giving person, who will be greatly missed. Tommy enjoyed growing flowers, cooking, wildlife, rocks and birds of all kind.

He is survived by his parents, Don and Darlene Jacobs of Bloomfield, Iowa; two sisters, Dianne Stein of Marionville, Missouri, and Maggie Arnold of Bloomfield, Iowa; a brother, Chris Jacobs of Bloomfield, Iowa; three nephews, one niece, three great-nieces, and three great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; brother, David Wayne Jacobs and brother, Donald James Jacobs.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bloomfield with Pastor Tom Shipley officiating. A memorial has been established to Hospice of Davis and Wapello Counties and the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.

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Charlie Rupe- Nov. 28th, 2016

Charlie Rupe- Nov. 28th, 2016

Charles Alfred “Charlie” Rupe, 85, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on November 28, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born June 15, 1931 in Newton, Iowa to Arlando and Lucille Miller Rupe. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1949 and served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. He married Laverda Wilkinson on August 22, 1952 in Troy, Iowa. They were later divorced. He married Peggy Gutru on June 7, 1986 in Bloomfield. He worked as a salesman for Sidles in Centerville, Iowa for many years.

Charlie was a member of Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion for 63 years. He served as Commander from 2011-2013 and earned the Veteran of the Year Award in 2011. He was a charter member of the Bloomfield Optimist Club and earned the Friend of Youth Award in 2001. He was active in Little League Baseball as a coach, manager, and umpire. He served as district administrator at the local and state level of Little League. Charlie was also involved with Davis County High School Athletics, running the clock for many years for football games and as a referee for basketball games. His involvement with the High School earned him the Governor’s Volunteer Award in 1997. He was also awarded the 1997 Davis County Citizen of the Year Award. Charlie was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Rupe; two sons, Stanley (Julie) Rupe of Corydon, Iowa, Stuart Rupe of Keosauqua, Iowa; daughter, Sheri (Gary) Sprouse of Bloomfield; step-daughter, Heidi (Scott) Newlon of Blue Springs, Missouri; six grandchildren, Shane (Jessica) Rupe, Rashawn (Bo) Irons, Chance (Amber) Rupe, Tanner (Karessa) Rupe, Zachary (Amber) Sprouse, Alyssa (Greg) Nelson; step-granddaughter, Kynser Newlon; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roger Rupe, Gerald Rupe both of Bloomfield; and two sisters, Karen (Jim) Caraccio of West Des Moines, Iowa, Shirley Sines of Washington, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ivan and Eugene Rupe; and three sisters, Charlotte Rupe, Darlene Fry, Marilyn Shepard.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Donna Olinger officiating. Burial with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the American Legion Avenue of Flags and Davis County Little League.

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Carole Raskie- Nov. 19th, 2016

Carole Raskie- Nov. 19th, 2016

Carole Lynn Raskie, 60, of Drakesville, Iowa passed away November 19, 2016 at the Ottumwa Hospice House. She was born June 14, 1956 in Moorestown, New Jersey to Cornelius Neil and Henrietta Yesko Cook. She married Greg Raskie in January 1988 in Drakesville. Carole worked as a bartender at Ray’s Longbranch in Drakesville, as a manager for Dollar General in Centerville and Bloomfield, and later as a manager for U.S. Cellular in Bloomfield. She was an active member of the Drakesville United Methodist Church helping with Youth Group and other church activities. Carole was also a den mother for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for many years. In her free time, she loved being with her grandchildren, crocheting, and playing softball when she was younger.

She is survived by her husband; three sons, Chris (Melissa) Meeth of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Cliff Meeth of Bloomfield, Zach (Nicole) Raskie of Bloomfield; daughter, Abby Raskie of Bloomfield; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Joann (Russ) Harris of Bloomfield, Irma (Frank) Rios of Liberty, New York, Ruth (Dave) Brown of N. Carolina; and a brother, Ray (Lisa) Cook of Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the Drakesville United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Frasher officiating. Burial will be at the Taylor Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa. Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A memorial has been established to her family.

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Dorothy Blackwell- Nov. 17th 2016

Dorothy Blackwell- Nov. 17th 2016

Dorothy Marie Blackwell, 99, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away November 17, 2016 at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was born May 29, 1917 in Davis County, Iowa to Clem and Carrie Martin York. She married Grant W. Blackwell on October 29, 1964 in Scotland County, Missouri. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1979. Dorothy was a member of the Barker United Methodist Church and was active with the United Methodist Women, the Davis County Historical Society, and the Welcome Center in Bloomfield.

She is survived by a son, Bob (Linda Raines) Blackwell of Ottumwa, Iowa; four daughters, Sandy (Phil Herteen) McCarthy of Milton, Iowa, Joan Hicks of Henderson, Nevada, Linda Cohrt of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Nancy (Rollie) Cantrell of Marion, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children, Donald, John, and Beverly Pitman; grandson, Eric Cohrt; four brothers, Sylvester, Max, Joe, and Dickie York; two sisters, Gladys Vaught, Beulah Stockham; sons-in-law, Vince McCarthy, Darwin Cohrt; and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Blackwell.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Barker Cemetery in Scotland County, Missouri. The family will be present to greet friends on Tuesday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield before proceeding to the cemetery for services. Memorials have been established to the North Barker Cemetery Association and Hospice of Mahaska County.

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Robert Maize- November 8th, 2016

Robert Maize- November 8th, 2016

Robert W. Maize, 84, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away November 8, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. He was born March 21, 1932 to Earl H. and Bertha B. Horn Maize on what is now Route C northeast of Lancaster, Missouri. He attended rural schools in Schuyler County, Missouri and finished his elementary and high school education at Lancaster High School. He later attended Parsons College and Indian Hills Community College. Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and for 12 years in the Army Reserves.

Robert married Lois Henry on February 17, 1952 in Bloomfield. To that union, three children were born; Michael Dennis, Douglas Stephen, and Christina Renee. The couple later divorced. On December 23, 1977, he married Marilyn Kunzman in Ottumwa, Iowa. They were later divorced.

Robert worked for John Morell and Company, Prudential Insurance Company, Maize Precision Building and Remodeling, and Diamond Cabinets. Over the last eight years he worked at Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and served in the positions of House Committee Member, Bingo Chairman, Honor Guard Commander, Finance Officer, and Commander.

He is survived by his son, Douglas (Lisa) Maize of Ottumwa; daughter, Christina (Rusty) Silone of Ottumwa; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur Eugene (Dorothy) Maize of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister, Doris Kinion of Ankeny, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Dennis Maize; granddaughter, Jancine Maize; sister Lona Tripp; and a nephew, Rodney Kinion.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor R.J. Montis officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 6-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the IOOF Cemetery Avenue of Flags.

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JoAnn Gilfillan Miller - October 30, 2016

JoAnn Gilfillan Miller - October 30, 2016

JoAnn Gilfillan “Joy” Miller, 75, of Fremont, Iowa and former resident of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully with the sun shining on her face and her children by her side on October 30, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. She was born February 27, 1941 in Davis County, Iowa to Bill George and Mabel Francis Dills Laughridge Gilfillan. She married Gerald Lee Miller on September 7, 1963 in Lancaster, Missouri. He passed away on July 9, 2007.

JoAnn led a wonderful and active life. She was a Rainbow Girl in her youth and stayed active in organizations in adulthood serving in T.T.T., P.E.O., and Order of the Eastern Star. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, William (Becky) Miller of Fremont, Iowa; daughter, Cynthia Miller of Lawrence, Kansas; four grandchildren, Christian Gipple, Matthew Miller, Jillian LeAnn Miller, Dakota Cairns; and a great-granddaughter, Malia Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Her wish was to be cremated and services will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established to her family.

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Beverly Scott- October 29th 2016

Beverly Scott- October 29th 2016

Beverly Ann Scott, 78, of Unionville, Iowa passed away October 29, 2016 at the Monroe County Hospital and Clinics in Albia, Iowa. She was born December 31, 1937 in Blakesburg, Iowa to Charles Ivan and Edith Laura Williams Woods. She married Gerald Devere Scott May 28, 1955 in Davis County, Iowa. He preceded her in death July 26, 1988. She later married Charlie Johnson.

Beverly worked in Home Health Care in Davis, Appanoose, Wapello, and Monroe Counties. She loved her job and worked until she was 73 years old. While not working, she enjoyed sewing and quilting, watching Wheel of Fortune, and drinking Pepsi. She will be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Rodney (Teresa) Scott of Unionville, Iowa; two daughters, Becky Knott of Ottumwa, Iowa, Laura (Jim) Molle of Unionville; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (George) Shiltz of Centerville, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald Devere Scott; daughter, Sharon Kay Scott; great-grandson, Joseph McVeigh; four brothers, Jerry, Rollie, Don, and Raymond Woods; and three sisters, Marge Schwartz, Betty Smith, Darlene Wollums.

Beverly’s wish was to be cremated. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. No service is planned. Burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date at the Taylor Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa. A memorial has been established to the Taylor Cemetery.

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Cindy Lou Strawhacker - October 26, 2016

Cindy Lou Strawhacker - October 26, 2016

Cindy Lou Strawhacker, 63, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away October 26, 2016 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born April 21, 1953 in Muscatine, Iowa to Roy Elburn and Emma “Daisy” May Bailey Stawhacker. She graduated from Davis County High School in 1971. Cindy was a dietician at the Bloomfield Care Center for 27 years. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and going way overboard at Christmas time. She also collected teddy bears and liked to watch the Food Network, old fashioned scary movies, and Christmas movies. Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Thomas Strawhacker of Fairfield, Iowa; two grandchildren, Michael Strawhacker, Madison Strawhacker; five sisters, Dixie (Mike) Garmon, Terry Appenzeller, Candy Thaxton all of Bloomfield, Iowa, Carla Strawhacker of Burlington, Iowa, Debra (Carlan) Frymoyer of Pulaski, Iowa; brother, Douglas Strawhacker of Vienna, Illinois; four step-brothers, Frank “Sonny” Rupe, Dean Rupe, Danny (Patty) Rupe, Dave (Shari) Rupe all of Ottumwa; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-fathers, Tom Prevo Jr., Frank Rupe; brother, Steven Strawhacker; daughter-in-law, Beth Strawhacker; two sisters-in-law, Juansetta Rupe, Brenda Rupe; and a brother-in-law, David Thaxton.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the family present to greet friends from 2-4:00 p.m. Cremation will follow the visitation and no service is planned. A memorial has been established for her grandchildren’s college education.

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Margery Bridgman - October 21, 2016

Margery Bridgman - October 21, 2016

Margery Bridgman, 91, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away October 21, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born October 23, 1924 in Hollybush, Wales to John and Marjory Llewellyn Thomas. She was a WWII bride, marrying Oris Wayne Bridgman on June 4, 1945 in Malvern, England. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1996. Margery worked as a cook at the Davis County Hospital for 32 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church and Rebekah Lodge #1 of Bloomfield. In her free time, Margery enjoyed knitting and watching the Chicago Cubs. She also loved all animals, especially cats, dogs, and cardinal birds.

She is survived by two brothers, Lyn Thomas of Cardiff, Wales, Ivor Thomas of Liverpool, England; a sister, Rachel Burns of Cardiff, Wales; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Shirley Tucker of Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Rebecca Poulton, Margaret Millard, an infant sister; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jim Wakelin officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday with friends gathering from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Bloomfield Care Center Activity Fund and the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa. 
 

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Betty Hilbert - October 5, 2016

Betty Hilbert - October 5, 2016

Betty Jean Murray Hilbert, 91, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center with family by her side. She was born May 18, 1925 in Maitland, Missouri to Guy Raymond and Gladys Marie Murray. Betty most enjoyed serving others, which she proved from childhood well into her later years of life. She was married in St. Joseph, Missouri to Lawrence Hilbert of Skidmore, Missouri on August 25, 1945. Together they raised four sons. In her younger years, Betty enjoyed entertaining in her home and making lifelong connections including the connection she had made with her best friend Eula Dean. Betty was a particular woman, her house was always spotless and her hair and makeup always perfect. Especially that signature pink lipstick. Betty was an amazing cook that loved to serve anyone every chance she got. What She loved the most was spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She also loved spending the weekends at garage and estate sales with Lawrence trying to find the best deals. Betty will be remembered most by her infectious laugh and sweet spirit.

Betty is survived by four sons, Larry (Betty) Hilbert of Salina, Kansas, Ricky (Carrie) Hilbert of Mound City, Missouri, Roger Hilbert of Bennett, Colorado, John (Becky) Hilbert of Bloomfield; twelve grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Lawrence; three sisters, Mary, Hope, and Maxine; and two brothers, Jack and Bill.

Graveside services with burial of the cremated remains will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Maitland Cemetery in Maitland, Missouri. Pastor Gary Axtell will officiate. A luncheon will be served after the service at the American Legion Hall in Maitland. A memorial has been established to the Maitland Cemetery.

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Judy Hawkins - October 5, 2016

Judy Hawkins - October 5, 2016

Judith Ann “Judy” Hawkins, 74, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away October 5, 2016 at her home. She was born September 21, 1942 in Davis County, Iowa to Larval F. and Cora Elizabeth Ritz Hawkins. She married John Latimer on November 26, 1961, and they were later divorced. She married Jerry Hawkins on December 30, 1978 in West Grove, Iowa. She loved her Lord and was an active member of the West Grove Methodist Church for over 35 years. Judy and Jerry went on over 20 lay missions to churches throughout the Midwest and really enjoyed worshipping with people. She was a giving person with a kind smile and was always willing to help other people. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing and playing bridge.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Hawkins; daughter, Justine (Scott) Black of Oskaloosa, Iowa; two sons, Joel Latimer of Bloomfield, John Hawkins of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and two grandchildren, Colten Latimer of Bloomfield, Alexis Hawkins of Iowa City.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Hawkins.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016 with the family present to greet friends from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Cremation will follow the visitation. Graveside memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Pastor Shari Squires officiating. Memorials have been established to the West Grove Methodist Church and Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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Donna Rachford September 10, 2016

Donna Rachford September 10, 2016

Donna Irene Rose Jean Rachford, four-week-old daughter of Austin Ray Rachford and Clorenda Grace Babcock, died on September 10, 2016 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa. Donna was born August 2, 2016. She was a sweet baby and will be forever in the hearts of her family.

She is survived by her parents, Austin and Clorenda of Ottumwa; brother, Payton Rachford; grandparents, George III and Becky Post, Richard and Sherry Babcock all of Ottumwa; two great-grandfathers, Franklin Rupe Jr. of Ottumwa, Keith Dowell of Cantril, Iowa; great-grandmother, Pauline Post of Bloomfield; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, George Post Jr.; two great-grandmothers, Donna Haskell Dowell, Juanetta Rupe; and great-grandparents, Cleon and Aurora Babcock.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastors Dan Smith and Nathan Cranson officiating. Burial will be at the Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour, Iowa. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. A memorial has been established to her family.
 

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Cleon Harris - September 6, 2016

Cleon Harris - September 6, 2016

Willis Cleon Harris, 85, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away September 6, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital. He was born July 21, 1931 in West Grove, Iowa to Willis Clayton and Helen Bernice Carr Harris. He married Sara Ann O’Toole on March 16, 1950 in Centerville, Iowa. Cleon was a farmer and also worked in road construction as a heavy machine operator with Operating Engineers Local #234. He also maintained the racetracks at the Bloomfield and Eldon Raceways for many years, earning the nickname, “Trackman.”

Cleon and Sara raised fox hounds for many years and would take them to shows and on coyote hunts throughout the Midwest. For 15 years he coached his son’s fast pitch softball team. Cleon also enjoyed shooting pool and trap shooting. He was a member of the West Grove United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Harris of Bloomfield; daughter, Janice (Larry Robinson) Dove of Centerville, Iowa; son, Rick (Pam) Harris of Bloomfield; six grandchildren, Ginger (Jason Burgin) Barber, Gidget (Scott) Arnold, Haley Chance, Charlie (Erin) Harris, Travis (Kristi) Harris, Roxanne (Adam) Harris; twelve great-grandchildren; and mother, Helen Harris of Bloomfield.

He was preceded in death by his father and great-grandson, Zachary Barber.

Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5-7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Open visitation will begin Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial of the cremated remains will be at the West Grove Cemetery at a later date. Memorials have been established to the West Grove United Methodist Church and the West Grove Park.


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Christine White - 08/30/16

Christine White - 08/30/16

Christine Lorraine French White, 89, of Moulton, Iowa died Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville, Iowa. She was born March 14, 1927 in Stiles, Iowa to Lowell Levi and Lenna Agusta Stookesberry French. She married Carl McKinley “Skeeter” White on April 21, 1946. He preceded her in death on March 8, 1989. Christine worked for her parents at the Mark Store and Produce. She later worked for Gould’s and Leon’s Grocery Stores and she retired from the dietary department of Davis County Hospital in 1989. Christine was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church, Mark Stitch and Chatter Club, Eight Queen’s Card Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by three daughters, Kay Lawson of Moulton, Iowa, Connie Burgher of Moulton, Iowa, Debra (Mike) Lemley of Drakesville, Iowa; a son, Stuart (Ellen) White of Garland, Texas; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Wayne French; and grandson-in-law, Mark Garretson.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church and HCI Hospice Care Services.

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Edna Magill - August 23, 2016

Edna Magill - August 23, 2016

Edna Estella Magill, 97, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on August 23, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born July 20, 1919 in Brock, Missouri to John William and Ida Estella Faulk Merritt. She married Alva Magill and the couple lived on a farm while raising three children. Edna was hard working and helped with the daily chores that come with owning numerous cows, pigs, horses, and 5000 chickens in addition to growing corn and soybeans. In the mid-1960’s, Edna and Alva moved to Bloomfield where they purchased the Bloomfield Greenhouse and Flower Shop and would run those businesses for many years. Alva passed away on March 9, 1988.

Edna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and loved her community.

She is survived by her three children, Doug (Pat) Magill of Redondo Beach, California, Marylynn Magill of Riverside, California, Marvin (Celeste) Magill of Huntsville, Alabama; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a niece Carol (Jim) Tollerson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Mary Belle Wenstrom, Elizabeth Lee, Muriel Kleyla; and two brothers, John Merritt, Robert Arden.

Edna’s wish was to be cremated and a private service with burial of the cremated remains was on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton, Iowa.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Edna Magill please visit our Sympathy Store.Edna Estella Magill, 97, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on August 23, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born July 20, 1919 in Brock, Missouri to John William and Ida Estella Faulk Merritt. She married Alva Magill and the couple lived on a farm while raising three children. Edna was hard working and helped with the daily chores that come with owning numerous cows, pigs, horses, and 5000 chickens in addition to growing corn and soybeans. In the mid-1960’s, Edna and Alva moved to Bloomfield where they purchased the Bloomfield Greenhouse and Flower Shop and would run those businesses for many years. Alva passed away on March 9, 1988.

Edna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and loved her community.

She is survived by her three children, Doug (Pat) Magill of Redondo Beach, California, Marylynn Magill of Riverside, California, Marvin (Celeste) Magill of Huntsville, Alabama; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a niece Carol (Jim) Tollerson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Mary Belle Wenstrom, Elizabeth Lee, Muriel Kleyla; and two brothers, John Merritt, Robert Arden.

Edna’s wish was to be cremated and a private service with burial of the cremated remains was on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton, Iowa.

 

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Bernice Lister - August 24, 2016

Bernice Lister - August 24, 2016

Bernice Evelyn Lister, 100, of Stiles, Iowa passed away August 24, 2016 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born August 3, 1916 in Scotland County, Missouri to Rolla Emmor and Blanche Shook Spees. On November 8, 1935 she was united in marriage to Keith Lister at the home of Pastor Arthur Stookesberry near Bloomfield. Keith passed away on April 16, 1990. Bernice was a homemaker, farmer, and had lived in the Stiles area since 1935. She was a member of the Barker United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and was a charter member of the Stiles C. and C Club. Bernice was always willing to help her neighbors in any way that she could. She loved spending holidays and special occasions with her family, often making her homemade ice cream. Time with her family was very important. She enjoyed gardening, walking, quilting, working on the farm, and had been a volunteer at the Davis County Welcome Center and the Davis County Hospital.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Hull of Stiles; granddaughter, Paula (Tim Farley) Knight of Memphis, Missouri; two great-grandchildren, Tait Marie Knight, Matthew Knight; and a great-great-granddaughter, Freya Ann Knight.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother, Edna Spees; husband; brother, Vern Spees; and three sisters, Dorothy Followwill, Ruby Purvis, and Clella Marie Garrett.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016 at the Barker United Methodist Church with Pastors Dee Wiley and Kramer Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Barker Cemetery in Scotland County, Missouri. Visitation will be on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Memorials have been established to the Barker United Methodist Church and Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

 

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Tonya Cain - 08/10/16

Tonya Cain - 08/10/16

Tonya Cain, 51, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away August 10, 2016 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born December 21, 1964 in San Diego, California to Lee Roy and Geraldine Maria Keasling Cain. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bloomfield and was employed by 1st Resources.

She is survived by a son, Joshua Cain; two brothers, William (Sandra) Cain, Eric (Kari) Cain; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tonya’s wish was to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Opal Anderson - 08/09/16

Opal Anderson - 08/09/16

Opal Frances Anderson, 93, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away August 9, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital. She was born November 20, 1922 in Davis County, Iowa to Clifton and Mary Stevig Duffield. She married Edward Anderson on April 22, 1946 in Chicago. He preceded her in death on May 18, 2005. Opal was a Registered Nurse, working at hospitals in Maquoketa, Iowa; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Bloomfield, Iowa; and El Dorado, Arkansas. After retirement, Opal and Edward enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, reading and crocheting. Opal was a member of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church and former member of the Chautauqua Club.

She is survived by her three sons, Robert “Andy” (Anna) Anderson of Adel, Iowa, Bruce Anderson of Bloomfield, Iowa, Barry (Janice) Anderson of Haslet, Texas; daughter, Barbara Williams of Bloomfield; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Madalyn Marker of Brenton, Washington, Pauline Breese of Snohomish, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Billy Anderson; two brothers; and five sisters.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the Troy Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Friends of the Bloomfield Public Library and the Bloomfield Senior Center.

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Elaine Wilcox - 07/31/16

Elaine Wilcox - 07/31/16

Gladys Elaine Wilcox, 86, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away July 31, 2016 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. She was born September 13, 1929 to John H. W. and Gertie Howk Johnson and was raised in southwest Wapello County. Elaine attended Center School and graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1946. She attended Iowa Success School and worked at Ottumwa Mercantile. Elaine later worked at the Davis County Hospital and served as secretary at the Bloomfield Christian Church for 15 years.

On August 6, 1950, Elaine married Wendell Wilcox at the Ash Grove Church. The couple would have celebrated their 66th anniversary this week. They spent several years in the Air Force with Elaine returning to Ottumwa while Wendell served in the Korean War. They farmed in Wapello and Davis County for many years before retiring and moving to Bloomfield. 

Elaine was an avid gardener, quilter, and loved music. She also volunteered at the Hospital Auxiliary, served as a 4-H leader, taught Sunday School and was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Ottumwa. Her special love was spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Julie (Rodney) Jackson of Somerset, Virginia, Rowene (Alan) White of Bloomfield, Richard Wilcox of Bloomfield, Colleen (Glenn) Reph of Seattle, Washington; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Ed Mathews officiating. Burial will be at the Drakesville Cemetery in Drakesville, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Care Center Activity Fund, and the Bible Baptist Church in Ottumwa.

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Isabel Boatman - 07/29/16

Isabel Boatman - 07/29/16

Marie Isabel Boatman, 99, (5 months short of 100) died July 29, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital. She was born on December 27, 1916 to John T. and Elizabeth Ernst Barker. She married Jack Boatman on December 25, 1938 in Kahoka, Missouri.

Isabel taught school in Davis County for 50 plus years, beginning in a rural one room school house until she completed her career teaching 5th grade mathematics at the Davis County Elementary. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Bloomfield United Methodist Church, Davis County AARP, Church Women United, Business and Professional Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, and a former member of the Bloomfield Country Club. She enjoyed gardening, working crossword puzzles, traveling, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by four sons, Dr. Dennis (Kathy) Boatman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dr. Douglas (Jean) Boatman of Solon, Iowa, Michael Boatman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jack L. Boatman of Bloomfield, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Boatman; and brother, Harley Barker.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016 at the Bloomfield United Methodist Church with Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial will be at the Troy Cemetery in Troy, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Bloomfield United Methodist Church and the Davis County Dollars For Scholars Program.

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Thomas Williams - 07/24/16

Thomas Williams - 07/24/16

Thomas Robert Williams, 81, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away July 24, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. He was born September 3, 1934 in Esto, Florida to Dewey and Florene Blackburn Williams. He married Elizabeth Randall on April 21, 1960 in Paris Island, South Carolina. The couple raised four children and were married for 27 years.

Tom served in the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed to Korea, twice to Vietnam, and earned the rank, Gunnery Sergeant. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he was a plumber and pipefitter. He eventually retired to Iowa to be with family. He enjoyed camping, fishing with his brothers in Florida, and spending time with his family. He was especially proud to serve in the military for many years.

He is survived by his son, Rob (Brenda) Williams of Bloomfield; three daughters, Melody Williams of Ottumwa, April (Jody) Polk of Bleiblerville, Texas, Amy Williams of Elmaton, Texas; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Williams of Columbus, Georgia, Russell (Gail) Williams of Phoenix City, Alabama; sister, Bonnie Ruth (Mac) McKay of Columbus, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joseph, Dick, and Ray Williams; and two sisters, Era Jean Trester, Annie Myrle Justice.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Baer Cemetery north of Drakesville, Iowa. Military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion. No visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Reed-Whisler Post #78 American Legion.
 

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Bobby Speer - 07/21/16

Bobby Speer - 07/21/16

Bobby Dean Speer, 80, of Pulaski, Iowa went to meet the Lord on July 21, 2016. He was born July 27, 1935 in Bloomfield, Iowa to George Holland and Eulah Ritz Speer. He married Carol Doss on February 22, 1964 at the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Scotland County, Missouri. To this marriage four children were born; Deborah, Denise, Deana, and Kelly.

Bobby attended Davis County High School and served in the United States Army. Most of his adult life he worked as a meat cutter at the Bloomfield Locker. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and gardening at the family farm, and was an avid sports fan. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Speer; three daughters, Deborah (Mikel) Hoskin of Keosauqua, Iowa, Denise (Michael Finneran) of Bloomfield, Iowa, Deana (Joel) Ausan of Ankeny, Iowa; brother, Bill (Kay) Speer of Bloomfield; sister, Shirley (Max) Rupe of Omaha; four grandchildren, Fallon, Ashley, Caleb, Ella; and three great-grandchildren, Hayden, Aden, and Addyson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Kelly Speer; and two grandsons, Ryan and Nathan Huffman.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Tom Shipley officiating. Burial with graveside military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

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Lester Perry - 07/19/16

Lester Perry - 07/19/16

Lester Donald Perry, 89, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away July 19, 2016 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born March 20, 1927 in Ottumwa, Iowa to James Everett and Ethel Mae Wiseman Perry. He served in the United States Army for eleven years, working in the medical department. Of the eleven years, he spent nine in Germany.

On April 6, 1958 he married Louise Stufflebeam in Davis County. To this union three children were born. He worked for Dickey Transport of Packwood, Iowa for many years as an over-the-road truck driver. He later worked and retired from the Davis County Law Center where he was a police dispatcher for many years.

Lester was a member of the East End Pentecostal Church in Ottumwa where he played the bass guitar and sang bass for many years with others in the church. He was a member of the Christian Motorcycles Association and rode motorcycles from the time he was 15 years old until his last wreck in 2008, at the age of 81. Lester was also a member of Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Perry; son, Donald (Tammy) Perry of Clear Lake, Iowa; daughter, Cheryl Roulet of Drakesville, Iowa; twelve grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marlin Perry; son-in-law, Pete Roulet; great-granddaughter, Katherine Perry; three brothers, Howard, Hubert, and Walter Perry; and a sister, Donna Padget.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Ronald Mosier officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will be at the Taylor Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa. Graveside military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the East End Pentecostal Church in Ottumwa and to the Coffee Club, a local group that contributes money each month to help local kids with school lunches and warm clothing during the winter.

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Marie Hunt - 07/09/16

Marie Hunt - 07/09/16

Marie Hunt, 98, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away July 9, 2016 at the Ottumwa Hospice House. She was born April 9, 1918 in Chariton County, Missouri to James Everett and Rodica Carson Linebaugh. She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1936. On March 7, 1940 she married Charles Leroy “Roy” Hunt in Ottumwa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 20, 2014. Marie and Roy owned and operated the Coast To Coast store and the Hunt Apartments in Bloomfield. She enjoyed square dancing and was a member of “Dudes & Dolls” and the “Kalico Klickers” dance clubs. She also enjoyed swimming, water skiing, boating, and gardening. Marie and Roy traveled south for winter, spending 34 years between Florida, Texas, and Arizona. She was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Joy Bramschreiber of Bloomfield, Kay (Michael) Evitts of West Des Moines, Iowa; six grandchildren, Marc Shirley of Eddyville, Iowa, Derrick Shirley of Chicago, Brian (Shelley) Bramschreiber of Bloomfield, April (Mike) Gruver of Pella, Iowa, Monica (Steve) Childs of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Robert (Bethany) Evitts of Urbandale, Iowa; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Linda Barnett; grandson, Kevin Shirley; son-in-law, Don Bramschreiber; sister, Ruth Thompson; and three brothers, James, Lee, and Arnold Linebaugh.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Sara Galindo officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church.

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Betty Miller - 07/05/16

Betty Miller - 07/05/16

Betty Frances Miller, 93, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away July 5, 2016 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. She was born February 21, 1923 in Bloomfield to Vint Dewitt and Floe Mae Francis York. After graduating from Bloomfield High School she worked for Vaughn Motor Co. of Bloomfield as a secretary and bookkeeper. On March 16, 1957 she married Loyd Miller at the Bloomfield Christian Church. The couple owned a farm and Betty became a farm wife and homemaker. She was an active member of the Bloomfield Christian Church, helping on the memorial committee, making meals for various gatherings, and as a member and past president of Disciples Women’s Fellowship. In her free time, Betty enjoyed reading, gardening, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball teams. She also enjoyed cooking for her family.

She is survived by her husband, Loyd Miller of Bloomfield; son, Mark L. Miller of Bloomfield; daughter, Mary (Jeff) Snook of Bloomfield; two grandsons, Joseph Hootman of Waterloo, Iowa, Adam (Jessica) Hootman of Bloomfield; two great-grandchildren, Rhett Hootman, Remi Hootman; and five nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Wayne and Kenneth York.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Bloomfield Christian Church with Rev. Sara Galindo officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church and Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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George Stuart Lynch - 06/30/16

George Stuart Lynch - 06/30/16

George Stuart “Stu” Lynch, 86, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away June 30, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born on February 7, 1930 in Moulton, Iowa to George Daniel and Alberta V. Gorman Lynch. He graduated from Moulton High School in 1948. George married Lois Marie Albertson on June 23, 1956 and the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last week.

George worked as a locomotive engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad for over 40 years and was associated with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the United Transportation Union. He also raised cattle for many years. George loved playing the guitar and playing with his Australian Shepherd, Jack. In addition, he loved to spend time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He attended the Dunnville Baptist Church for over 50 years.

George is survived by his wife, Lois Lynch; daughter, Rhonda Thomas of Nashville, Tennessee; two sons, Rick (Susan) Lynch, Rod (Stephanie) Lynch both of Bloomfield; eight grandchildren, Amanda Thomas of Muscatine, Iowa, Cassie (Ryan) Northup, Lincoln (Josie) Lynch, Lexis Lynch, Lydia Lynch, Lauren Lynch, Kelly Lynch and Alex Lynch all of Bloomfield; Six great-grandchildren, Mercedes Northup, Mac Northup, Landon Lynch, Jerret Lynch all of Bloomfield, Xander Martz, Jaime Gomez both of Muscatine; brother, Larry (Nancy) Lynch of Bloomfield; brother-in-law, Dan (Rebecca) Stansberry of Bettendorf, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Darlene Stansberry.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Dunnville Baptist Church in Davis County with Pastor Marvin Martin officiating. Burial will be at the Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Davis County Fair.

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I. Cliff Foster - 06/29/16

I. Cliff Foster - 06/29/16

I. Cliff Foster, 89, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away June 29, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. He was born February 6, 1927 in Davis County to Leo C. and Lelia Leyda Foster. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1945. Cliff married Mary Jane Hubbartt on October 5, 1952 in Bloomfield. He owned Hubbartt Insurance on the Bloomfield Square for many years, farmed, raised sheep and cattle, and served as a director of senior housing in Bloomfield since its inception. Cliff was a big supporter of the Davis County Fair and never missed a year since he first attended in 1927. He also never missed a class reunion. He enjoyed reading, gardening and canning. Cliff was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Foster; daughter, Lynn (Steve) Bly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Curtis (Amy) May, Melea May, David (Brooke) May, Shari (Nic) Greiner, Amy (George) Walton, Scott Bly, Holly Bly; two great-grandchildren, Braden May, Evelyn Walton; sister, Alice Thomas of Denver, Colorado; and a son-in-law, Larry (Bev) May.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon May; two grandchildren, Laura May, Kevin Bly; two sisters, Myra Beth Foster, Ruth Vineyard; and a brother, Donald Foster.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Sara Galindo officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Davis County Fair Board and the Bloomfield Christian Church.

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Fay Harris - 06/17/16

Fay Harris - 06/17/16

Fay Nerice Harris, 91, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away June 17, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born October 6, 1924 in West Grove, Iowa to William Marion and Nannie Elizabeth Johnson Robinson. She married Roy Virgil Harris on March 9, 1946 in Bloomfield. He passed away on October 31, 2003.

Fay worked with her husband as a farmer for many years, was a babysitter, and worked the voting sites on election days. She was a talented musician, teaching herself to play the guitar, fiddle, piano, and Harmonica without the ability to read sheet music. She also enjoyed gardening and was a great cook. Fay loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and will be missed by them all.

She is survived by two sons, Ron (Fran) Harris of West Grove, Iowa, Richard Harris of Bloomfield, Iowa; two daughters, Marcia (Tom) Bear of Bloomfield, Connie (Tom) Opiekun of Ottumwa, Iowa; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a sister-in-law, Marguerite Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great-granddaughter, Mariah Marshall; two brothers, Ross Robinson, William Robinson; and a sister, Phyllis Irene Robinson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Russell Harris officiating. Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the West Grove Park.

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John Schooley - 06/14/16

John Schooley - 06/14/16

John Wayne Schooley, 44, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away June 14, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital. He was born July 25, 1971 in Bloomfield to Wayne and Laurie Laing Schooley. He married Cheri Boyer on December 5, 1993 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were later divorced. John worked at Schooley Farms alongside his parents and brother. He was a family man and loved spending time with his children. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, deer hunting, and pheasant hunting. John also enjoyed football; coaching for the Davis County Youth Football Program for several years and cheering on his beloved Kansas City Chiefs. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ Keosauqua Restoration Branch where he served as deacon from 1990-1992.

He is survived by two sons, Eli (Chelsie Reed) Schooley of Ottumwa, Iowa, James (Mercedes Marshall) Schooley of Selma, Iowa; daughter, Samantha Schooley of Ottumwa; grandson, Maverick Wayne Schooley; sister, Holly (Todd) Milford of Independence, Missouri; brother, Luke (Fawn) Schooley of Bloomfield; grandparents, Arthur and Carmen Schooley of Wayland, Iowa, Rosemary Laing of Washington, Iowa; niece, Fallon Rayne Milford; two nephews, Peyton Layne Schooley, Landon William Schooley; and several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James K. Laing; and an aunt, Ramona Schooley.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with David Drummond and Sherman Phipps officiating. Open visitation will be from 12-8:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the services. A memorial has been established to the Davis County Youth Football Program.

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Dorothy Grace Black - 06/07/16

Dorothy Grace Black - 06/07/16

Dorothy Grace Black, 92, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away June 7, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born April 14, 1924 in Birmingham, Iowa to Marion Francis and Eulalia Adaline Ford Mishler. She married Goldson “Bud” Black on April 7, 1941 in Ottumwa, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 27, 1986. The couple lived in several places until 1947 when they purchased a home north of Floris, Iowa and lived there until moving to Bloomfield in 1979. Dorothy was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking for her family. She loved animals and always had a little dog around the house. She also enjoyed horses and going horseback riding. Dorothy loved to help other people and would do anything she could to help other people. She was a member of the Stiles Christian Church.

She is survived by several nieces; nephews; and good friends, Kramer and Dorothy Smith of Stiles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Robert and David Mishler; three half-brothers, Donald and Glen Mishler, Perry Gilbert; and a half-sister, Cleta Mishler.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Kramer Smith officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Stiles Christian Church.

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Denzyl L. Harbour - 05/30/16

Denzyl L. Harbour - 05/30/16

Denzyl L. Harbour, 94, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 30, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born November 21, 1921 to Thomas Joel and Beryle Lockman Harbour near Belknap in Davis County, Iowa. His early years were spent in one-room rural schools in Colorado and Davis County. He attended Bloomfield High School where he met his future wife, Nancy Dixon of rural Moulton, Iowa. The couple were married in Lancaster, Missouri on April 17, 1947 and lived in western Davis County raising a daughter, Dena Sue and a son, Dennis. Nancy passed away on March 30, 2007 just two weeks shy of their 60-year-anniversary.

After graduating from High School in 1940, Denzyl taught at Hamm Rural School and then was drafted in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. He would serve in the southern United States, England, northern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and “The Battle of the Bulge.” He drove a service truck and, with a small crew, installed communication systems in the 3rd and 5th armored front line tanks and armored carriers. He was honorably discharge on his 24th birthday.

In January 1946, he started working for Dain Manufacturing Company which would later become John Deere Ottumwa Works. After working for 41 years, he retired from the Field Test Department and was the last of the Dain employees to retire. While working for John Deere he helped develop experimental farm machinery of all types for various field and crop conditions.

Denzyl was a Scout Master of Troop 91 in Bloomfield for several years and helped with various camping trips and other activities including two trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

He is survived by a son, Dennis (Julie) Harbour of Bloomfield; daughter, Dena Sue Harbour of Bloomfield; six grandchildren, Travis (Jayne) Hartman, Tara (Tom) Schlieper, Lindsey (David) Essary, Amy (Clinton) Urnez, Joshua Reed, Elizabeth Emmerich; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Wila Harter of Bloomfield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Dwight Harbour.

Graveside services with scattering of the cremated remains will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Harbour Cemetery in Davis County with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion. A memorial has been established to the Davis County Historical Society.

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Donald Eakins - 05/27/16

Donald Eakins - 05/27/16

Donald Lloyd Eakins, 88, of Drakesville, Iowa passed away May 27, 2016 at the Ottumwa Hospice House. He was born March 11, 1928 at the family house in Davis County to Harry and Lucile Rudd Eakins. He attended grade school in Davis County and graduated from Bloomfield High School. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending 21 months in Japan. Don worked for Morrell’s in Ottumwa for 21 years and after Morrell’s closed, worked with his father on the farm raising livestock and crops.

He married Jo Ann Miers in April 1952. To that marriage two children were born, Cheryl and Charles. They were later divorced. On March 11, 1969 he married Marieta Morrison Thompson. This marriage added a step-son in Don’s life, Charles Thompson.

Don loved to go deer hunting with his friends, square dancing, and playing cards. In his youth he enjoyed fast automobiles.

He is survived by his wife, Marieta Eakins of Drakesville; son, Charles (Debra) Eakins of Chula Vista, California; daughter, Cheryl Brownell also of Chula Vista; two granddaughters, Anna Eakins of Chula Vista, California, Danielle (John) Kennedy of Jasper, Georgia; two grandsons, Tyler Brownell of Carmichael, California, Jesse (Jennifer) Thompson of Conyers, Georgia; three great-grandchildren, Landon, Brody, and Emorye; and a sister, Margaret Turner of Carlisle, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dean Eakins; and step-son, Charles Thompson.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. Burial with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion will be at the Taylor Cemetery in Appanoose County, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Taylor Cemetery, Ottumwa Hospice House, and Look to the Stars Cancer Foundation.

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Colleen Gilfillan - 05/27/16

Colleen Gilfillan - 05/27/16

Colleen Mae Gilfillan, 85, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 27, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was the second child of Paul and Venus Walker Willcoxson, born in Davis County, Iowa on December 3, 1930. Colleen was a member of the Bloomfield High School Class of '49. She married J. Dean Baughman in 1948, they divorced in 1960. She was remarried to Dr. H.J. Gilfillan, on June 2, 1962, until his death in April 1988.

A life-long resident of Davis County, Colleen was a member of Bloomfield Christian Church, the Century Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed entertaining family on long visits to Iowa and she leaves a large needle point legacy with her family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Jerry D. Baughman and his spouse Brad Lentz, of Iowa City, Iowa; step-grandson, Jeff (Sandy) Gilfillan of St. Louis, Missouri; three sisters, Betty Lee (A.J."Chic") Mascetta of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Joan Stoker, Connie Phillis both of Waterloo, Iowa; brother Robert (Shirley) Willcoxson of Bloomfield; and sister-in-law, Cathy Willcoxson of Apache Junction, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Donald Willcoxson; sister, Linda Good; and her step-son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Norris and Marilyn Jane Gilfillan.

Colleen's cremains will be interned at the IOOF Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Immediately following the burial, a celebration of Colleen’s life will be held at Mulberry Place in Bloomfield.

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Ronald Gordon - 05/12/16

Ronald Gordon - 05/12/16

Ronald Lee Gordon, 71, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 12, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa. He was born March 3, 1945 in Galesburg, Illinois to George Arthur and Cecil Bair Gordon. He was raised in North Henderson, Illinois and graduated from Alexis High School in Alexis, Illinois in 1963. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Jason based out of San Diego. The U.S.S. Jason was deployed to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

When Ron returned home from Vietnam, he attended the Elkhart Institute of Technology in Elkhart, Indiana and graduated as a Laboratory Technologist in 1972. He would work as a lab tech at St. John’s Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, the Davis County Hospital and Gilfillan Clinic both in Bloomfield, and the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Missouri.

In 1980, Ron joined the HHC 224th Engineer Battalion National Guard out of Fairfield, Iowa. He served as the Supply Sargent for Headquarter Company. The 224th was deployed to Vilseck, Germany in support of the 8th Infantry Mechanized during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Ron was a Vietnam War and Desert Storm Veteran.

He married Christine Boyle in 1970 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville, Iowa. The couple had two children together, Matthew Samuel Gordon and Molly Kate Gordon. They were divorced in 1993.

Ron is survived by his children, Matt (Tara) Gordon of Greentop, Missouri, Molly Gordon of Bloomfield; four grandchildren, Tyler Gordon of Auburn, Alabama, Ireland Gordon of Greentop, Missouri, Alexander Dunkin, Brayton Dunkin both of Bloomfield; two sisters, Joan (Bob) Hunt, Barbara Roseberry both of Galesburg, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Agnes Pruessing; and two brothers, Thomas and Donald Gordon.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Tim Frasher officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial with military honors will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, Iowa.

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Hazel Stogdill Shively - 05/06/16

Hazel Stogdill Shively - 05/06/16

Hazel Marie Stogdill Shively, 84, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 6, 2016 at her home. She was born September 23, 1931 in Davis County, Iowa to Francis Marion and Martha Jane Bowman Stogdill. She married Ronnie Lewis Shively on March 25, 1952 in Hannibal, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1991. Hazel and her husband operated the Shively Dairy Farm and she remained active on the farm until she was 70 years old. She was a member of the Mark Baptist Church and loved to read her Bible. In her free-time she enjoyed doing word search puzzles, gardening, planting flowers, and playing the piano. Hazel loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she referred to each one as “Sweety.”

She is survived by four children, Rhonda Shively of Bloomfield, Mark (Vicki) Shively of Bloomfield, Julie (Jon) Rice of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sheila (Gary) Rudd of Bloomfield; eight grandchildren, Misti (Stu) Picton, Justin (Brandy) Shively, Jill (Dave) Sakalosky, Jon Rice III, Jason (Kellie) Rice, Maddison (Javier Ixba) Rudd, Stephen Rudd, Ethan Rudd; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Verlin Stogdill of Flint, Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; granddaughter, Mindi Shively; five sisters, Alta Graves, Helen Smothers, Opal York, Alvina Middleton, Eula Parson; and two infant brothers.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Mark Baptist Church in Davis County. Pastor Gary Axtell will be officiating. Burial will be at the Coatesville Cemetery in Coatesville, Missouri. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Memorials have been established to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties and the Mark Baptist Church.

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Robert Newton - 05/04/16

Robert Newton - 05/04/16

Robert Lee Newton, 80, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 4, 2016 at his home. He was born January 18, 1936 in Chaffee, Missouri to Pat and Mary Ann Romine Newton. He married Doris Hougland March 4, 1957 in Benton, Missouri. Robert served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. After the Army, he worked as a salesman for Hamilton – Murrell’s and later in insurance. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed bowling, playing cards, going to casinos with his wife, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and going to grandchildren’s sporting events. He had attended the Barker United Methodist Church in Scotland County, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Newton; two daughters, Anna Darr of Bloomfield, Teresa (Jeff) Lamb of Indianola, Iowa; three sons, Robert (Faith) Newton of Bloomfield, James (Karen) Newton of Ottumwa, Iowa, Phillip (Brenda) Newton of Bloomfield; eleven grandchildren, Michael (Susan) Haskell, Matthew (Joann) Haskell, Lillian (Terry) McCarty, Baxter (Brittany) Newton, Victoria Newton, Vanessa Newton, Olivia (Josh) Hewitt, Adam (Laura) Newton, Brian Clark, Kyle (Daylan) Clark, Dillon Lamb; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth (Sharon) Shaver of Des Moines, Iowa, Elmer (Becky Ray) McKloskey of Clanton, Alabama; and two sisters, Sandy (Donnie) Rompot of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mary Fountain of Ames, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Landon Eugene Newton; and a brother, LeRoy Shaver.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Dee Wiley officiating. Burial with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion will be at the Barker Cemetery in Scotland County, Missouri. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 667 and Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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Joyce Prather - 05/03/16

Joyce Prather - 05/03/16

Joyce Mae Prather, 90, of Moulton, Iowa passed away May 3, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born September 10, 1925 in San Luis Obispo, California to Raymond Scott and Lottie Kimbrough Jespersen. She married Walter Lester Prather Jr. on November 18, 1943 in San Luis Obispo. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1986.

Joyce grew up in California, lived in Texas for a few years while Walter was in the military, and then moved back to California. She was a housewife and worked as a clerk for the State of California for many years, retiring in 1979. Soon after retirement, Walter and Joyce moved to Iowa to be close to grandchildren.

Joyce attended church at the Orleans Church of Christ near Moulton, and also The Church in Ottumwa. She enjoyed working in her yard, playing the piano, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and attending local sporting events.

She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Susan Jacobs) Prather of Rohnert Park, California, Ruth (Marion) Payne of Marion, Iowa, Nancy (Ray) Fine of Moulton, Iowa; six grandchildren, Nathaniel (Angel) Payne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rachel (Rock) Powell of Marion, Iowa, Aaron (Joanna) Payne of Webb City, Missouri, Rebecca Payne of Waterloo, Iowa, Scott (Stasia) Fine of Cedar Rapids, Lynette (Todd) Van Scoy of West Burlington, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Isaac and AnnaLee Payne, Zoe, Katie, and Ethan Powell; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ethan and Austin Van Scoy.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Gary Cradic officiating. Burial will be at the Sunset View Cemetery near Moulton, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Davis County 1st Responders and the Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch.

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Joe Woolard - 05/02/16

Joe Woolard - 05/02/16

Joe Dean Woolard, 78, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away May 2, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born November 5, 1937 in Bloomfield to Paul and Gladys Paris Woolard. He lived his entire life in Davis County except for one year in Hillsboro, Oregon. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1955. On December 24, 1955 he married Janet Long at the Ash Grove Christian Church.

Joe served in the United States Army from November 7, 1955 to September 19, 1957. He received the American Legion Veteran of the Year Award in 2014. He was a member of Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion for nine years.

Upon his return from the Army to Bloomfield, Joe became involved in helping the young people through his involvement as a manager and coach of Little League for 25 years. He worked the clock and scoreboard for 50 years at the Davis County High School football games. He also did this for basketball and wrestling for more than 15 years as well as helping with track meets for better than 48 years.

Joe was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church. He enjoyed watching Iowa Hawkeye athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. He worked for the City of Bloomfield for 42 years.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Woolard; son, Brad (Kristi) Woolard; grandson, Nathan Woolard; and brother, Jack (Beverly) Woolard.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jack Knox officiating. Burial with military rites performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion will be at the IOOF cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church and the Bloomfield Country Club.

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Jeanine Wilfawn - 04/30/16

Jeanine Wilfawn - 04/30/16

Jeanine Ella Wilfawn, 86, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 30, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital. She was born April 27, 1930 in Troy, Iowa to Chester Earl and Lucy Starner Harman. She married Ralph Wilfawn May 18, 1946 in Ottumwa, Iowa. He preceded her in death August 20, 2006.

Jeanine worked at the Davis County Courthouse for 28 years as Deputy Clerk of District Court, Deputy County Treasurer, Deputy County Auditor, and County Auditor. Her joy in life was being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and spending time with her family and friends. Jeanine and Ralph enjoyed many years of camping, fishing, and traveling together. They never met a stranger in all their travels. They also spent many enjoyable hours at sporting events for their three sons. Jeanine could often times be found at her sewing machine making quilts or in the yard with her rock garden, flowers, and playful dog, Brandi.

She is survived by three sons, Melvin (Linda) Wilfawn of Fairfield, Iowa, Mike (Vicki) Wilfawn of Kansas City, Missouri, Mark (Marla) Wilfawn of Bloomfield; nine grandchildren, Erika (Chuck) Coulter, Corrie (Mitchell) Sorrels, Chad (Robin) Wilfawn, Jason (Angie) Wilfawn, Jacki (Nick) Nabor, Drew Wilfawn, Blake Wilfawn, Connor Wilfawn, Stephyn Wilfawn; and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucy Prevo; step-father, Jeff Prevo; great-granddaughter, Maiya Nabor; and a brother, Melvin Harman.

Graveside services with burial of the cremated remains will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Pastor Charles Courtney officiating. No visitation is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties and the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa.

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Gary Foster - 04/28/16

Gary Foster - 04/28/16

Gary L. Foster, 72, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 28, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born May 16, 1943 in Ottumwa, Iowa to James Loyd and Helen M. Henderson Foster. He graduated from Davis County High School with the class of 1961. On September 3, 1965, he married Sandra K. Evans at the Monterey Christian Church. Gary was a life-long farmer on the home place in Davis County and served as a trustee of the Fabius Township. He enjoyed going to farm shows, NASCAR, Ford Tractors, visiting with neighbors, and taking Sunday drives.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra Foster; mother-in-law, Lois Evans of Bloomfield; brother-in-law, Steven (Karen) Evans of Rosehill, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sharon (Randy) Leedom of Eddyville, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gay Anna Bailey; and father-in-law, Kyle Evans.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Gary Axtell officiating. Burial will be at the Hopkins Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Apostolic Christian Faith Church in Monterey, Iowa.

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Lela Mae Downing - 04-25-16

Lela Mae Downing - 04-25-16

Lela Mae Downing, 78, of Batavia, Iowa passed away April 25, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society – Ottumwa. She was born December 19, 1937 in Davis County, Iowa to Lewis and Lottie Alice Doll Albright. She married Charlie Dean Downing on October 29, 1955 in Bloomfield. Charlie passed away February 24, 2011. Lela Mae was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Pat) Carlson of Georgia, Rosa Harter of Batavia; three sons, Kevin Downing of Batavia, James (Lisa) Downing of Fairfield, William Downing of Indianapolis, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jesse Albright of Washington, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Richard Waynne Mallinger; daughter, Linda Sue Downing; two grandchildren, Shanne and Jerrime Mallinger; three brothers, Jerry, Earl, and Murrel Albright; sister, Mary Lou Stewart; and grandmother, Rosa Tulk.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Tim Frasher officiating. Scattering of the cremated remains will take place at a later date. A memorial has been established to the family.

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LaVern Jarr - 04-23-16

LaVern Jarr - 04-23-16

LaVern Jarr, 87, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 23, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born October 2, 1928 in Moscow, Iowa to Clarence and Ruth Wilhelme Jarr. He married Virginia Ritter October 23, 1964 in Kirksville, Missouri. LaVern owned Jarr’s Plumbing and Heating. He was a member of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church and the Gold Wing Motorcycle Club. LaVern enjoyed going out to eat with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Jarr; son, John (Wava) Jarr of Fairfield, Iowa; daughter, Diana Donald of Muscatine, Iowa; two granddaughters, Belinda Jarr of Fairfield, Keily Donald of Muscatine; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Leanna Richardson of Pulaski, Iowa, Donna Eblen of Osceola, Iowa; six step-granddaughters, Lisa Wimerbrener, Danice Montgomery both of Osceola, Robin, Tammy, and Teresa Richardson all of Pulaski, Cleona Dillavou of Kirksville, Missouri; a step-grandson, Nodin Eblen of Osceola; eleven step-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Loraine Skipton of Wilton, Iowa, Romana Welk of West Liberty, Iowa, and Junita (Charles) Wagg of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two granddaughters, Bettina Jarr-Harris, Evelyn Ball; two brothers, Harlan and Donald Jarr; three sisters, Odetta Freeborn, Leona Fowler, Roberta Jarr; and a son-in-law, Dennis Donald.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Tim Frasher officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A memorial has been established to his family.

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George Hopkins - 04/16/16
George Hopkins, 80, of rural Unionville, Iowa passed away April 16, 2016 at the family farm. He was born at that same family farm on March 1, 1936 to William Theophilus McKinley and Zelma Mae Smith Hopkins. He married Elvona Grosvenor on April 21, 1957 in Ottumwa, Iowa. George was a farmer, raising cattle and crops and also worked in construction as a union laborer. He was a 50+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Masonic Lodge. He was an avid supporter of the Republican Party and had attended the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

He is survived by his wife, Elvona Hopkins; four children, Stephen Hopkins of Unionville, Iowa, George Brian Theophilus (Laurie) Hopkins Jr. of Floris, Iowa, Brenda Leah Hopkins of Unionville, Timothy Alan Grosvenor (Whendie Mae Tantoy) Hopkins of Unionville; seven grandchildren, Preston Hopkins of Ottumwa, Iowa, Samatha Hopkins of Oxford, Iowa, Shannon Olivia (Jason) Spurgeon of Moulton, Iowa, DeAnna Michelle (Tyler) Shanahan of Centerville, Iowa, Tori Michelle Hopkins of Ottumwa, Andreana Carel Hopkins of Unionville, Elvona Alexandria Hopkins of Unionville; six great-grandchildren, Brennon Roger, Brendon George, and Danica Shannon Spurgeon, Brayden and Brantley Shanahan, Ava Shepherd; and six sisters, Miriam Hougland of Ottumwa, Marlene (Dr. John) Frich of Morgantown, West Virginia, Patricia (Bob) Hubbartt of Arroyo Grande, California, Joyce Grosvenor of Moravia, Iowa, Lois Houser of Elkhart, Indiana, and Linda (Glen) Holm of Humeston, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Stephen, Robert, and John Hopkins; and two sisters, Evelyn Scott and Mary Lou Thomas.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield with Pastor Matt Froah officiating. Burial will be at the family farm in the George Hopkins Family Cemetery. Masonic services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. A memorial has been established to the George Hopkins Family Cemetery.

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Diana Smith Lawson - 04/16/16

Diana Smith Lawson - 04/16/16

Diana Lynn Smith Lawson, 59, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away April 16, 2016 at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield. She was born October 24, 1956 in Bloomfield, Iowa to Guy Eugene and Mary Elizabeth Gibson Smith. Diana worked at the Bloomfield Care Center for 20+ years and later as an in-home caregiver. She loved spending time with her family and keeping in touch with her nieces and nephews on Facebook. She also enjoyed playing cards and dominoes. Diana was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church.

She is survived by five siblings, Keith (Kay) Smith of Bloomfield, Barry (Doris) Smith of Clive, Iowa, Marcia (Jerry) Lippert of Coralville, Iowa, Michael (Shirley) Smith of Bloomfield, Pam (Jim) Davison of Bloomfield; an aunt, Esther Smith of Floris, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Estellene McClurg, Carolyn Ensminger, Florence Roberts, Ronald Smith, and Sheryl Smith in infancy.

Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 2-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Private burial of the cremated remains will be held at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. A memorial has been established to the Davis County Hospital Foundation.

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Norman J Hansen - 04/09/16

Norman J Hansen - 04/09/16

Norman J. Hansen, age 88, of Unionville, Iowa, the son of Fritz and Ruby (Dimig) Hansen was born May 22, 1927 in Atlantic, Iowa. He passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Ottumwa Hospice, in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Norman served his country during World War II in the United States Army. He received his education from Iowa State University where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in forestry.

He is survived by a niece, Constance Deller and a nephew, Mark Hansen, both from California.

Norman will be buried in a private service at Mounts Cemetery, near his home in Davis County.

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Ruth Benge - 04/04/16

Ruth Benge - 04/04/16

Ruth Ellen Benge, 100, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away on April 3, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born March 19, 1916 in Davis County, Iowa to John and Bessie Beard Harris. She married Clifford Raymond Benge on July 20, 1935 in Lancaster, Missouri. He preceded her in death on February 12, 1975. Ruth worked as a cook at various restaurants in Bloomfield and was also a driver for the Amish in Davis County. She was a very hard working, caring, and loving person; always making sure the needs of others were met before thinking of herself. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, crocheting, and watching baseball. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was a member of the West Grove United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Darlene (Carl) Ritz of Bloomfield, Donna Jean Burdett of Ottumwa, Iowa, Nadine Day of Bloomfield; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 43 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Fay Harris.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Carl, Lowell, Roy, and Homer Harris; and two sisters, Mildred Foster and Helen Johnson.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Dave Albert officiating. Burial will be at the West Grove Cemetery in West Grove, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the Bloomfield Care Center Activity Fund or Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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Camden Paul Allen, infant son of Derek and Lacey Allen was stillborn March 31, 2016 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

He is survived by his parents, Derek Wayne and Lacey Jayne Beebe Allen of rural Bloomfield, Iowa; brother, Mason Simmons at home; grandparents, Julie Waterman of Burlington, Iowa, Jody Allen of Bloomfield, Dennis Allen of Bloomfield; great-grandparents, Bill and Ava Waterman of Farmington, Iowa, Charlene Allen of Bloomfield, Carol Grinstead of Floris; two aunts, Kara Beebe of Donaldson, Iowa, Alisha Allen of Bloomfield; and an uncle, Chris (Miranda) Beebe of Troy, Iowa.

Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Rev. John D. Boatman officiating. A memorial has been established to the family.

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Craig Barker - 3/26/16

Craig Barker - 3/26/16

Craig Curtis Barker, 59, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 26, 2016 at the Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa. He was born June 1, 1956 in Bloomfield to Charles Lowell and Wilma Jean Davis Barker. He married Nancy Rysdam on September 3, 1976 in Lancaster, Missouri. Craig worked with Keane Thummel Trucking driving step deck trailers. He was a driver for 40 years and the last eight years he was a driving partner with his wife. The couple have been all over the United States and Canada while working together. While not on the road, Craig loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed his Harley Davidson, watching NASCAR, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Barker of Bloomfield; two sons, Trent (Wendy) Barker of Floris, Iowa, Cory (Paige) Barker of Marietta, Oklahoma; two daughters, Melissa (Greg) McCall of Bloomfield, Katie (Brad Wagoner) Garmon of Floris; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Barker, Clark Barker, David Barker; and four sisters, Sherry Ryan, Sheryl Wilcox, Sona Rooshanfekr, and Stephanie Pardo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Gordon Hawkins officiating. Burial will be at the Floris Cemetery in Floris, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to his family.

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Jack Jeffrey - 3/24/16

Jack Jeffrey - 3/24/16

John Welford “Jack” Jeffrey, 79, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 24, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born May 15, 1936 in Williston, North Dakota to John David and Gladys Etta Dolliver Jeffrey. He served in the United States Navy for 20 years. Jack loved motorcycles, new vehicles, and was quite a talker. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage.

He is survived by a sister, Mary Lou Thordarson Nichols of Bloomfield; two nieces, Leslie Thordarson (Steve) Dlugosch of Spencer, Iowa, Kay Thordarson Wright of Bloomfield; three nephews, Jeffrey (Sharon) Thordarson, David (Sherri) Thordarson both of Bloomfield, Carl Thordarson of Ottumwa, Iowa; seven great nephews and nieces; and nine great great nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, DeWan (James) Lee; two nephews, Paul Thordarson, David Wright; and a brother-in-law, Edmund Thordarson.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Graveside services with military rites will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.

A memorial has been established to the McCreery Cancer Center at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

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Phyllis Starks - 3/22/16

Phyllis Starks - 3/22/16

Phyllis Starks, 78, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 22, 2016 at her home. She was born April 15, 1937 in Putnam County, Missouri to James and Naomi Hanes Hatfield. She married Charles Edwin Cormeny and they were later divorced. She married Gordon Starks and he preceded her in death. Phyllis was a homemaker and had been living with her daughter, Judi Tomlin, for several years.

A graveside service with burial of the cremated remains will be held at a later date at the Mt. Herman Cemetery near Chariton, Missouri.

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H.O. Moore - 3/21/16

H.O. Moore - 3/21/16

al Owen “H.O.” Moore, 53, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 21, 2016 at the Keosauqua Health Center in Keosauqua, Iowa. He was born December 3, 1962 in Davis County, Iowa to Dwight Owen and Ginger Topaz Mustard Moore. H.O. graduated from Fox Valley High School and joined the Army Reserves, serving for 6 years. After graduating from the Indian Hills Aviation Mechanic Program, he moved to Parsippany, New Jersey where he worked in railroad construction for ten years. After moving back to Iowa, he worked at Barker Wire and drove a milk truck. In his spare time, H.O. enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was also a big movie buff and loved the television show, Gunsmoke. H.O. was a member of the Moulton Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother, Ginger Moore of Milton, Iowa; two sisters, Jodie (Steve) Pierce of Douds, Iowa, Lisa (Stuart) Grim of Ames, Iowa; two brothers, Jon (Tess) Moore of Humphreys, Missouri, Brad Moore of Bloomfield; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Rodney Owen Moore.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Minister Kevin Mote officiating. Burial will be at the Pulaski Cemetery in Pulaski, Iowa. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In Lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Bloomfield D.A.R.E. Program and the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa.

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Dwight Lawson - 3/15/16

Dwight Lawson - 3/15/16

Dwight Lawson, 82, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 15, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born February 9, 1934 in Monterey, Iowa to Flavy and Verna Small Lawson. He married Carolyn Johnson on September 25, 1954 in Davis County, Iowa. Carolyn passed away earlier this year on February 23. Dwight was a farmer; raising livestock, growing crops, and shearing sheep. He also worked on fixing televisions, radios, and other electronics. He was a hard worker who always stayed busy. Dwight loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Teresa Lawson of Ottumwa, Iowa; two sons, Dean Lawson and Eddy Lawson both of Bloomfield, Iowa; three grandchildren, Jessica Lawson of Bloomfield, Samantha Lawson of Yale, Iowa, and Taylor Lawson of Ottumwa; brother, DeWayne (Sheryl) Lawson of Bloomfield; sister, Myrna Kay (Bob) Tompkins of Centerville, Iowa; Uncle, Ronald (Letha) Lawson of Bloomfield; mother-in-law, Margaret Johnson of Bloomfield, sister-in-law, Diane (Dennis) Wright of Ames, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the Washington Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the family.

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Cynthia Kay Vogel - 3/10/16

Cynthia Kay Vogel - 3/10/16

Cynthia Kay Vogel, 63, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa passed away March 10, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was born April 23, 1952 in Iowa City to Keith H. and Ethel Cowan Dunton. She married Leon Vogel on June 18, 1977 in Thornburg, Iowa. Cynthia taught 1st Grade in Eddyville, Iowa for several years. She raised her two sons and worked on the family farm and then resumed teaching at the Davis County Elementary School. While at Davis County she taught preschool, 3rd Grade, and was currently teaching Title 1 Math. She was a member of the Davis County Education Association, Iowa State Education Association and was Co-President of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was also a member of the Bloomfield United Methodist Church. Cynthia enjoyed watching sports and rooting for the U.N.I. Panthers, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Davis County Mustangs. She loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Nana.”

She is survived by her husband, Leon Vogel; two sons, Todd (Heidi Inman) Vogel, Troy (Theryn) Vogel both of Bloomfield; three grandchildren, Grayci, Quincey, and Londyn Vogel; aunt, Margaret Ann Shirlaw of San Diego; two cousins, Bob (Deb) Cowan of Maple Grove, Minnesota, Lyn (Jerry) Alford of San Diego; father-in-law, Stanley Vogel of Sigourney, Iowa; Bret and Amy Conover and their daughter, Lucy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and mother-in-law, Irene Vogel.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Tim Frasher officiating. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Davis County Elementary School.

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Larry "Snuffy" Johnson - 3/2/16

Larry "Snuffy" Johnson - 3/2/16

Larry “Snuffy” Johnson, 72, of Tiffin, Iowa passed away March 2, 2016 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He was born July 1, 1943 in Coatsville, Missouri to Olin “Swede” and Freda Jean Moore Johnson. He graduated from Milton High School and joined the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he played in the Elite Marching Band performing for the President of the United States. He was very musical and could play any instrument. In 1967, he married Evelyn Yvonne Bunner in Kirksville, Missouri. She passed away April 7, 2015. Larry had been a police officer in St. Louis, Kirksville, and the Chief of Police in Montezuma, Iowa, before retiring.

Larry’s wish was to be cremated and burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date at the Troy Cemetery in Troy, Iowa.

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Eric Hartman - 2/29/16

Eric Hartman - 2/29/16

Eric Edward Hartman, 30, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa died February 29, 2016 at his home. He was born July 31, 1985 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Kenneth Edward and Teresa Ann Bailey Hartman. He married Dorothy Fay DeHeer April 7, 2006 in Centerville, Iowa. Eric worked for Kauffman Building for ten years and rode bulls in Rodeos from 2003-2007. He was a member of the United Rodeo Association, Iowa Rodeo Cowboys Association and Bullriders of America. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. More than anything, Eric loved spending time with his children. He was also a member of the Bethlehem Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Brayden Hartman; daughter, Alexis Hobbs; mother, Teresa (Bruce Ladely) of Bloomfield; father, Kenneth (Dianna) Hartman of Drakesville, Iowa; two sisters, Laura (Eric) Dabney of Lancaster, Missouri, Melissa (Howard Ludington) Hartman of Bloomfield; brother, Trinity Hartman of Bloomfield; step sister, Kelly (Gary) Caldwell of Newton, Iowa; three step-brothers, Brian (Mary) Utoft of Chandler, Arizona, Mark (Toni) Utoft of St. Charles, Illinois, Ben Utoft of Batavia, Iowa; grandmother, Gloria Bailey of Floris, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, John Bailey, Wilson Hartman; and great-grandmother, Lydia Heath.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Richard Friend officiating. Burial will be at the Hartman Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to his children. 

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Carolyn Lawson - 2/23/16

Carolyn Lawson - 2/23/16

Carolyn May Lawson, 79, of rural Bloomfield, Iowa died February 23, 2016. She was born May 1, 1936 in Davis County, Iowa to Kenneth Paul and Margaret Maurine Barkley Johnson. She married Dwight Lawson on September 25, 1954 in Davis County, Iowa. Carolyn had worked as a secretary in the Administration Building for Davis County Schools and the newspaper office in Lancaster, Missouri. She was also a farm wife and decorated cakes. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, oil painting, gardening, and canning. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren. Carolyn was a member of the Monterey Christian Church.

She is survived by her mother, Margaret Johnson of Bloomfield; husband, Dwight Lawson; two daughters, Beverly Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Teresa Lawson of Ottumwa, Iowa; two sons, Dean Lawson and Eddy Lawson both of Bloomfield, Iowa; three grandchildren, Jessica Lawson of Bloomfield, Samantha Lawson of Yale, Iowa, and Taylor Lawson of Ottumwa; sister, Diane (Dennis) Wright of Ames, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, David and Gale Johnson.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Pastor Jack Knox officiating. Burial will be at the Washington Cemetery in Davis County. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with the family present to greet friends from 3-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to her family.

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Shirley Schumaker - 2/19/16

Shirley Schumaker - 2/19/16

Shirley Lee Schumaker, 83, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away February 19, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. She was born August 17, 1932 in Davis County, Iowa to O.D. “Pete” and Bernice Alice Fountain Archer. She married Paul Dwight Wintermote on February 24, 1952 in Davis County, they were later divorced. She married H. Earl Schumaker in 1977 in Las Vegas. Earl passed away on September 22, 1991. She was a bookkeeper for Bimco in Bloomfield for many years, retiring in 1977. Shirley and Earl started the Best Western Motel and Restaurant in Bloomfield, which is the present-day Southfork. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and writing poems. Shirley loved family gatherings and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three daughters, Dana (Barry) Day, Paula (Tony) Houston both of Bloomfield, Brenda (Kevin) Jarvis of Ottumwa; son, Doug (Dawn) Wintermote of Bloomfield; son-in-law, Kenneth Roulet of Bloomfield; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pat Foster of West Des Moines, Wanda (Larry) Walker of Floris; step-daughter, Marsha Rooney of Florida; two step-sons, Gordon (Ellen) Schumaker of Bloomfield, Greg (Bonny) Schumaker of Nebraska; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Rhonda Roulet; grandson, Joshua Jarvis; a step-son, Garry Schumaker; and a step-daughter, Melody Jurgens.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with her grandson, Pastor Heath Jarvis, officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow services at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield. No visitation is planned. A memorial has been established to the Bloomfield Christian Church.

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Donnel Berryman - 2/19/16

Donnel Berryman - 2/19/16

Donnel Berryman, 86, of Pulaski, Iowa passed away February 19, 2016 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa. He was born June 22, 1929 in Birmingham, Iowa to Steve and Alvina Peplow Berryman. He married Virginia Augspurger June 25, 1950 at the Pulaski Mennonite Church. A 1947 graduate of Pulaski High School, he worked on the family farm with his father. In addition to farming, he worked for Augspurger Gas in Pulaski and was a fieldman for A.S.C.S. for many years. Donnel was a member and trustee of the Pulaski Mennonite Church where he served the Lord he loved. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia; four children, Connie (Bob) Cagle of Bolivar, Missouri, Garry (Rebecca) Berryman of Scottsdale, Arizona, Doug (Patty) Berryman, Kent (Kathy) Berryman both of Bloomfield; seven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four older sisters.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Pulaski Mennonite Church with Pastor Darrell Zook officiating. Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be at the Pulaski Cemetery in Pulaski. Memorials have been established to the Pulaski Mennonite Church and Hospice of Wapello and Davis Counties.

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Eleanor Dunsmoor - 2/19/16

Eleanor Dunsmoor - 2/19/16

Eleanor S. Dunsmoor, 95, of Ottumwa, Iowa died on February 19, 2016 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center. She was born December 12, 1920 in Villisca, Iowa to Verd and Hilda Louise Windhorst Schantz. She married Thomas B. Dunsmoor June 22, 1940 in Marshalltown, Iowa. He preceded her in death on May 21, 1994.

Tom and Eleanor traveled extensively, following his quest for education and the teaching and administrative positions he held in Hartley, Bloomfield, Wellsburg and Greene, Iowa. Eleanor and Tom retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1980. She continued to live in Arkansas after Tom’s death, until moving to Ottumwa in October of 2015, to be closer to her family. She was a member of the Bella Vista United Methodist Church and Chapter BR PEO in Bella Vista.

Eleanor is survived by two daughters, Vicki (Randy) Meyer of Long Prairie, Minnesota, Lisa (Richard) Wagler of Bloomfield, Iowa; five grandchildren, Joshua (Heather) Hemming of Poway, California, Cassie Hemming of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Adam (Dr. Laura Madeline Wiseman) Wagler of Lincoln, Nebraska, Michael Wagler of Ankeny, Iowa, Ellie (Winston) Stewart of Des Moines, Iowa; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Fred W. Schantz; and a sister, Fern Eggers.

Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the IOOF Cemetery in Bloomfield with Pastor Tim Frasher officiating. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. A memorial, in lieu of flowers, has been established to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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William Dwight Downing - 2/13/16

William Dwight Downing - 2/13/16

William Dwight “Bill” Downing, 85, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away February 13, 2016 at the Bloomfield Care Center. He was born February 16, 1930 west of Troy, Iowa to Irvin Dwight “Hap” and Beulah Vera Wilkinson Downing. He married Donna Barker on September 20, 1953 at the Bloomfield Christian Church. Donna passed away January 2, 2015. The couple lived on a farm northwest of Troy, Iowa for 48 years, where they raised three children. Bill loved working on the farm, raising livestock and crops. Every Spring he looked forward to the smell of earth being turned over during planting. Aside from farming, he also worked at Chain and Cable in Fairfield for 17 years. He enjoyed spending winters with his wife in Donna, Texas, camping in their RV. Other interests included boating, traveling, moving dirt around in his bulldozer, and his two dogs, Bear and Katie. Above everything else was his love for his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was proud to serve his country and years later would start the Troy Avenue of Flags at the Troy Cemetery to honor his fellow veterans. He spent countless hours putting out flags, taking them down, and maintaining them in between times of display.

He is survived by his two daughters, Kris (Bob) Hougland, Lori (Mike) Lawson both of Bloomfield; son, Don (Denise) Downing of Ottumwa; eight grandchildren, Jason (Melissa) Hougland, Jessica Hougland, Troy (Katie) Downing, Karie Downing, Alison Downing, Erin (Matt) Gorman, Cody Sickels, Shalayla Sickels; five great-grandchildren, Chase and Alexis Hougland, Justyn Hale, Chloe and Ethan Umphress; and his brother, Richard (Sara) Downing of Hannibal, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion at the funeral home at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday with family visitation following until 7:00 p.m. Cremation will follow the visitation and burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date at the Troy Cemetery. Memorials have been established to the Troy Avenue of Flags and Good Samaritan Hospice.

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