E. Faye Sickels

June 18, 2018

Eva Faye (Jeter) Sickels was born August 17, 1930 to Fred Elmer and Cordia (Jones) Jeter near Hatfield, Missouri.  Faye was educated in rural schools around Hatfield, Missouri. On October 26, 1947 Faye was united in marriage to Don Allen Sickels ...

John R. Waters

June 14, 2018


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John Raymond Waters was born October 9, 1941 in Winterset, Iowa to Burt L. Waters and Georgia Fay (Pace) Waters.  After high school John joined the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War. After his time in the service he returned home t...

Rod Stark

June 16, 2018

Rodney Gene Stark, son of Dale E & Helen (Van Dyke) Stark, was born May 1, 1945 at the Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa. In 1963, Rod graduated from Grand Valley Community School in Kellerton, Iowa. He furthered his education at the Uni...

James M. Newton

June 13, 2018


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James M. Newton, 102 ½, of Marion, passed away peacefully at home under hospice care on June 13, 2018. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 20...

Ron Mobley

June 5, 2018

Ronald Lee Mobley, youngest son of Burl & Martena (Vanderpluym) Mobley, was born on February 28, 1951 at Creston Communtiy Hospital.  Ron was welcomed into the family by his older brother, Glee.  Ron spent his childhood on the family farm near ...

Donna Benegas

June 6, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Donna Benegas announces her passing at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center after a brief illness, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the age of 88 years. Donna had resided for the last 10 years at the Maple Ridge ...

Jason Conn

May 21, 2018

Jason Matthew Conn was born January 3, 1979 in Omaha, Nebraska to Dale Larry Conn and Diane Kay (Dittman) Conn. He was welcomed home by his sister, Angela Marie. The family lived in Pacific Junction, Henderson, Leon, and Los Lunas, New Mexico. Jason ...

Roena F. Dredge

June 1, 2018

Roena Faye (Reynolds) Dredge was born May 15, 1932 to Merle and Gladys (McCarty) Reynolds. She was united in marriage to Junior Dredge on July 31, 1948. To this union four children were born Duane Allen, Donna June, Dawnette Jean and Dan Arion. ...

Lois Johnson

June 1, 2018

Lois Johnson was born at home, in Ringgold County, Iowa, on September 25, 1933. She was one of 12 children born to Omer “Casey” and Jenny (Kinder) Holtzman. Lois grew up at Mount Ayr and she attended Mount Ayr High School. On September 21, 195...

Shirley Saltzman

May 31, 2018

Shirley Marie (Evans) Saltzman was born Thursday February 20, 1936 to Roland Keith Evans (Slim) and Ruth Elizabeth Hathaway in a little house, 403 N Harrison Street, in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Shirley went to school in Mount Ayr, Iowa and graduated from ...

Bonnie Johnston

May 26, 2018

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

Jerry Mathany

May 25, 2018

Jerry LeoVern Mathany, son of Francis Leonard & Lula LaVern (Ellison) Mathany, was born July 30, 1935 at the family home near Beaconsfield, Iowa. Jerry grew up on a farm and was always a farmer.  Jerry was one of eleven children. He was a car...

Valerie Fletchall

May 6, 2018

Valerie Kay (Karr) Fletchall was born May 4, 1968 in Mount Ayr to Corwin Dwight Karr, Sr. and Shirley Sue (Sickels) Karr.  Her family lived in Mount Ayr a short time before moving to the farm near Caledonia.  Valeria graduated from Mount Ayr High S...

Herman Craft

May 8, 2018


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

Dan Minnick

April 29, 2018


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Dan A. Minnick, son of Lee & Iva (Main) Minnick, was born at home, southwest of Diagonal, Iowa, on November 11, 1942. Dan attended and graduated from Mount Ayr High School with the class of 1963. Dan answered the call of the draft board and enter...

Tami Case

April 26, 2018

Tami Sue (Swank) Case was born September 1, 1969 in Mount Ayr to Leonard and Charlotte (Combs) Swank. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1988. After school Tami married Darrel Case and they had a son Joshua Brandon Case. They made their...

Curt Jones

April 19, 2018


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Alan Curtis Jones was born to William & Hazel (Hullinger) Jones on the family farm in rural Tingley on August 20, 1941. Welcoming him home were older siblings, Lloyd, Robert, David, Mary, Mildred & Margaret. Curt later helped welcome siblings...

Eva Knapp

April 20, 2018

Eva Winifred (Saville) Knapp was born December 19, 1927, to Archie Leland Saville and Zanita Margaret (Fullerton) Saville in Redding, Iowa. She graduated from Redding High School in 1945. Eva attended Teacher’s College in Maryville and taught in co...

Andy Johnston

April 6, 2018

Horace A. Johnston, “Andy,” age 77, died on Friday, April 6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. Andy was born in Diagonal, IA on August 10, 1940, to Robert & Floretta Johnston, but was largely raised by his grandparents, Horace & Martha Johnston, w...

Rev. Pamela J. Farren

April 8, 2018

Pamela Jean (McIntire) Farren lived with the intention of leaving a legacy from the date of her birth, January 26, 1951, until she drew her last breath on April 8, 2018. She was born and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from East High Schoo...

Blanche Swope

April 14, 2018

Blanche LaVerne Wilcox, only daughter born to Hugh & Audrey Mae (Merckling)Wilcox, was born December 18, 1938 at Raymondville, Texas County, Missouri. Blanche went to school in Grant City, Missouri. On September 17, 1955, she married Dean A. A...

Donna Marie Johnson

April 17, 2018

  Donna Marie (Tindle) Johnson, daughter of Sarah Mae (Parker) and James Wyant Tindle was born June 19, 1926 on the family farm Northwest of Diagonal.  Donna Marie attended country school then went to High School in Diagonal and graduated in...

Jim Routh

April 14, 2018

James  Jeffrey  (Big Jim) Routh,  the only son of Francis Aaron and Velda  Eleanor (Chandler ) Routh, was born October 12, 1957, and departed this life on April 14, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim was baptized into the Clearfield...

Mac Cross

April 13, 2018


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Mac Elbert Cross, son of Ames R. and Elberta R. (McKinstry) Cross, “was born at a very young age” on September 28, 1941 in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Mac graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1960.  Mac enjoyed camping and riding his horse, Sparkle, on t...

Donna M. Stewart-Gray

April 10, 2018

Donna Marie Freemyer was born March 29, 1928 to Bill and Opal Freemyer in Grant City, Missouri. She passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 after suffering a long battle with Alzhiemer’s Disease at the age of 90, surrounded by her family. Donna a...