Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ray Dean Trembly Obituary

Ray Dean Trembly, 70, of Chariton died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton. He was born Thursday, March 2, 1944, in Wayne County, Iowa the son of William Clark and Elsie Merrett Trembly, Sr. Ray graduated from Garden Grove High School with the class of 1962, and later attended college in Springfield, Missouri for office equipment repair. On March 16, 1968, Ray was united in marriage to Judy Palmer in Chariton. Early on he worked for his father doing lawn mower repair and mechanical work on cars. Ray then ran a service station and later worked factory jobs including TentexTile in Granger and Nestaway in Chariton. He retired in 1992. Ray loved to work in his yard and also enjoyed fishing and camping. He enjoyed reading, especially Louis Lemars books and delighted in spending time with his grandchildren, woodworking and model planes. He also enjoyed spoiling his three dogs. Ray is survived by his wife of 46 years: Judy Trembly of Chariton; a daughter: Rania (& Kelly) Snider of Chariton; two grandchildren: Lee and Ann Snider; two sisters: Della Mae (& Junior) Dale of Caldwell, Idaho and Donna (& Duffy) Ziebar of Lowman, Idaho; three brothers: Bill (& Fran) Trembly of Boone, Walter (& Reva) Trembly and Bobby (& Sally) Trembly both of Indianola; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Don Trembly and two sisters: Virginia Street and Linda Mendehaul. Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice in Chariton.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Melzine Flesher Roberts Obituary

 Melzine Roberts, 91 of Chariton passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at her home.
   Melzine was born in Stuart, Iowa to Bruce & Orilda (Gilbert) Flesher on February 20, 1923. Melzine was married to Richard Beane. To this union one daughter was born, Eileen. Melzine and Richard later divorced. On August 10, 1962, Melzine was united in marriage to Donald Roberts in Princeton, Missouri.
   Melzine held many jobs throughout her life, but being a homemaker was what she loved best. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, canning, fishing, mushroom hunting, BINGO, cooking and time spent with her family and friends. Most of all though she loved family and getting together for evenings of card games and coffee or just visiting around the kitchen table. Melzine loved baseball. She spent many years listening to and watching the World Series and recording each pitch and play as they happened. She has records of the World Series that date back to the 1950's. 
   Survivors include her daughter, Eileen M. Graves (Charles C. II) of Chariton; stepdaughter, Judy Church and family of Murray; grandson, Charles Graves III (Jenni) of Chariton; granddaughter, Cheryl Downard (Jeffrey) of Chariton; 11 great grandchildren: Christina (Brett) Jenkins of LaCygne, KS; Andrew Downard of Chariton; Ashley Musick of Chariton; Tiffany Graves of Loveland, CO; Tyler (Danielle) Graves of Chariton; Ashley (Josh) Pease of Southwest City, MO; Chelsea Musick (Justin Van Den Top) of Ames; Aaron Graves of Loveland, CO; Ridge Downard of Corydon; Austin Gee of Chariton; and Alison Gee of Chariton; two great great grandchildren with one more on the way. She is also survived by two siblings: Gayla Joyce Burk of Chariton and Donald Gene Flesher (Cathy) of Moscow, Iowa.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald Roberts and five siblings: Willard Flesher, Willis Flesher, Maxine Brittain, Darline Sedars and Darrell Flesher.
   Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. 
   Interment will be in Humeston Cemetery. 
   Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Leslie "Les" Reed Obituary

   Leslie "Les" Reed age 68, of Pleasantville, Iowa, formerly of Chariton, Iowa, passed away on July 28, 2014 at the Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Creps-Abels Funeral Home in Eldora. Burial will follow at the Radcliffe Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Creps-Abels Funeral Home.
   Les was born in Eldora, Iowa on August 25, 1945 to his parents Ralph and Arlene (Thompson) Reed. He graduated from Steamboat Rock High School and went on to earn his associates degree from AIB College of Business and his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Iowa. Les served his country in the United States Army from 1965 until 1968.
   Les was united in marriage to Renee Madden on June 29, 1973 at Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Together they welcomed two sons into their family. Les worked as the CFO for 3 hospitals during his 40 year career.
   Les served on several Lucas County, Iowa boards as well as on several Grundy County, Missouri boards. He loved his horses as well as his miniature burrows. Les also enjoyed raising St. Bernards. He was a fan of Westerns; he especially loved the films of John Wayne. He loved to travel and was an avid collector of antiques especially Oliver Tractors. His true joy in life came from spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He loved to attend all of his grandkids events.
   Les is survived by his wife Renee, of Pleasantville, IA; mother Arlene of Steamboat Rock, IA; sons Brett (Heather) Reed of Carlisle, IA and Brandon (Angie) Reed of Prairie City, IA; grandchildren Dylan, Emma, Madelyn and Matthew Reed; brothers Kenneth (Linda) Reed and Doug (Treva) Reed and sisters Pam (Ed) Berends and Denise Matlage. He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Reed and brother Roger Reed.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ethyl Irene Smith Obituary

Ethel Irene Smith of Chariton, Iowa, died on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Circle of Life Hospice and Legacy Lodge in Chariton, Iowa. She was 97 years young. Ethel was born on February 28, 1917 in Marion County, Iowa. In 1937 she married Gerald (Jerry) Hugh Smith, and together they had four children. She will be greatly missed. 

Ethel was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Jerry, in 1991; son-in-law, Kenneth Irving in 1994; father, Andrew Offenburger in 1936; mother, Ritta Ann (Karn) in1972; brothers Delmar Frederick (1905) and Perry Raymond (1973); sister Birdie Faye (1910); brother Orde Andrew (1983); sister Bertha Mae (DeWitt) (1988); and brothers Richard Lee (1919), and Elmer Glenn (1995).

She is survived by daughters, N. Arlene Irving of Kissimmee, Florida and Beth Ann (Richard) Carpenter of Chariton, Iowa; sons Floyd D. Smith of Swisher, Iowa and Edward M. (Marlene) Smith of Phoenix, Arizona; ten grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

Ethel was a refreshing positive thinker; she always found a way to see the goodness in everyone and was always ready to help family and friends in need. She is remembered most for dedicating her life to her family. She particularly enjoyed cooking--for a single visitor or scores of people who visited over the holidays and special events--and was proud to be called, "Grandma Noodles", in recognition of her distinctive and delicious home-cooked buttery noodles with beef sauce. After losing Jerry, Ethel enjoyed going to music "jams" and continued to dance, gardening in her earlier years and was an expert in her craft of crocheting afghans. She was also a dedicated diarist and meticulously kept a daily diary since the late sixties, which settled many family trivia questions throughout the years.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Pierschbacher Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm followed by a memorial service. The family will conduct a private burial at the Chariton cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Chariton, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, Ethel requested that memorial donations be made to "The Ethel and Jerry Smith Foundation", Circle of Life Hospice and Legacy Lodge, P.O. Box 569, 220 Northwestern Avenue, Chariton, Iowa 50049.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jerald Fenton Obituary

Died: Wed., Jul. 23, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

    Frederick Jerald Fenton, 88 years old was born to Earl and Exie Hammond Fenton in rural Lucas County near Russell, Iowa. Jerald was born in a heavy snowstorm, in those days the doctors came to the home. 
   Jerald attended Greenville Country School in Washington Township in southeast Lucas County and lived in a one mile radius area all his life. When the country schools reorganized, the Greenville school was moved into Russell for the Kindergarten classroom, his daughter Carol attended the first class to be held in Russell. 
   Jerald started farming at an early age, farming first with horses when helping his dad with the farming. He started raising Angus cattle at a young age and always enjoyed early spring when the first baby calves arrived. Jerald always looked forward to this time of year and even got his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy the new baby calves. Later in life, Jerald bought the farm where he was born. Farming was a way of life for Jerald, once a farmer always a farmer. Jerald was a member of the Chariton River Baptist Church (Brushy) of Plano, Iowa. He accepted Christ and was baptized in 1940. 
   Jerald met the love of his life, Wanda Marie Sweeden and was married at the church by Rev. Leroy Sparks on October 13, 1945. To this union three loving children were born: Jerald Stephen, Connie Sue and Carol Ann. For a few years, Jerald and Wanda took their camper to Arizona for a few months in the winter and spent time visiting with family and friends. When summer came, they camped at the Iowa State Fair for over 35 years, having many overnight guests. Jerald’s first and foremost love was for his family, children and grandchildren. He was very proud of all his children, grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Jerald always loved seeing his great -grandchildren, they made him smile.  
   He was a man of few words, but you always knew what he meant or felt. He was always there to help, answer your questions or give you advice when needed. 
   Jerald was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dwight and sister-in-law Ethel Fenton, five brother-in-laws, Ernest, Ross, Lynn, Richard and Tony Sweeden and three nephews Bob and Larry Mullinix and Jerry Jones and nieces Sherry Peters and Billie Jo Zoch. Left to cherish Jerald’s memory is his wife Wanda of almost 69 years, son Stephen (Michele) of Chariton, daughters: Connie (Rick) McKinley of Russell and Carol (Eric) Ziel of Boone. Grandchildren: Eric (Tawn) Fenton of Denver, Jason (Dia) Fenton of Urbandale, Heather (Mike) Kautz of Chariton, Susan (Alex) Oliver of Oakland, Erica (Brent) Conklin of Huntington Beach, California, Jennifer (Patrick) Graham of Ames. Great-Grandchildren: Morgan, Reece and Piper Conklin of Huntington Beach, California, Kellen Oliver of Oakland, and Cameron, Kaylee and Kendyl Kautz of Chariton. Sister-in-law’s Sue (Phil) Jones of Paw Paw, Michigan, Rosalie (Jim) Mullinix of Albia, Dorothy Sweeden of Arthur, and Ingna Sweeden of Odebolt, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. 
    Memorials may be made to Brushy Community Church or Brushy Cemetery, Plano, IA

Friday, July 18, 2014

Charles Matthew Conway Obituary

Born: Tue., Apr. 30, 1940
Died: Fri., Jul. 18, 2014

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 20, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Charles Matthew Conway was born on April 30, 1940 in Melrose, Iowa to Henry Edward Conway and Mary Gertrude Carmody Conway. Charles was the second of nine children. He grew up on a farm south of Melrose near Iconium, Iowa. He and his siblings got into many adventures on the farm. His mother Mary often saved the children from their own mischief including being chased by a bull and providing shovels to the children to unbury his brother from a corn crib. He attended country school until 8th grade and graduated from Melrose High School in 1957.
He attended Indian Hills and obtained an associates degree. He also worked on the Highway Commission in western Iowa near Omaha. He worked for Kaiser Ke-Wash, a fertilizer plant in Melrose. His true love in life was farming. He enjoyed planting and harvesting crops and driving tractors.
In October of 1966 Charles was set up on a blind date with Susan Paula Harness. They spent the evening dining and dancing. This would lead to many more dates dancing at Rathbun, and eating at the Pale Moon in Centerville. Four months later Charles proposed in February 1967, and the couple was married on July 15, 1967. They resided in Albia, Belle Plaine, and Chariton before having children. They moved to Melrose to start a family. Charles and Susan raised four children Vincent (Vince) Charles, Shannon Marie, Sean Edward, and Megan Mae.
The family moved from Melrose to Chariton in the Fall of 1977 so that Charles could be closer to work. Charles worked for the Hy-Vee Food Store for 33 years. Charles was a shift manager and HBC aisle manager. Many Chariton residents remember working with Charles as teenagers. He was not the typical smile in every aisle, but Charles could strike up a conversation with any customer. Customers knew him by name, and he said they lined up many carts deep for him to check them out. He retired from Hy-Vee in the Fall of 2000 to return to his true calling-farming. His brother Pat and R.D. Curran kept him busy in the Fall and Spring of each year. He always enjoyed driving tractors, and in retirement restored two tractors- a John Deere, and an Oliver. He was a member of the Chariton River Valley Antique Power Association Tractor Club and loved going on tractor rides and participating in parades. He looked forward to the Melrose 4th of July parade, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Des Moines.
Charles enjoyed taking road trips with his friends Sam Voss and Fred Peterson, and his brothers Pat and Jimmy. He enjoyed wheeling and dealing cars, tractors, lawn mowers, basically anything with a motor. He always came home with an interesting story from these “adventures”. 
Family was very important to Charles. He always had a billfold full of pictures to show off. Although they were usually slightly outdated photographs, his family was honored that he kept them close. He traveled to his granddaughters special events such as county fairs, academic awards ceremonies, and sporting events. Everybody knew who Grandpa Charlie was at these events.
Charles passed away on July 18, 2014 at Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton at the age of 74. Services will be held on Monday July 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church in Melrose. Family will receive friends on Sunday July 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be made to the family.
Charles will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Susan; his children: Vince (Judy) Conway of Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Shannon (Jeff) Hafner of Panora, Iowa; Sean (Jenni) Conway of Windsor Heights; and Megan Conway of Chariton; his grandchildren: Regina, Brenna, Emma, Aubry, Alex and Marco; his siblings: Marge Moore of Clive; Jimmy (Evelyn) Conway of Des Moines; Mary Kay (Jim) Flahive of Omaha; Martha Kuhl of Urbandale; Patrick (Denise) Conway of Russell; Marilyn Thielenhaus of West Des Moines; Mark (Patty) Conway of Urbandale; and Diane Conway of Clive; and many nieces, nephews, Conway and Carmody aunts, uncles, and cousins, good friends, and his beloved beagle Hazel.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mary Conway; Conway and Carmody aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his beloved cocker spaniel/lab Muriel.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nick Konrad Memorial

   A memorial gathering for Nick Konrad will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Chariton.
   We welcome friends, neighbors and former classmates of Nick's to join his family in a celebration of his life at the Parish Center.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Melvin Lee Tubbs Obituary

   Melvin Lee Tubbs was born on May 31, 1952 to Robert and Esther (Cook) Tubbs in Corydon, Iowa. Melvin passed away on July 14th, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. 
   Melvin started school in Corydon along with his siblings, but after losing his father at a young age, he then relocated to Silvis, Illinois, where he graduated in 1970 from United Township East Moline, Illinois. 
   Along with this relocation, he gained a step-father, Carl Richards that you could usually find Melvin standing right next to. That is where he discovered his love of construction and mechanical work. He did interrupt this passion while serving his country from 1972 through 1974 in the Lance Missile Division of the U.S. Army. Upon his return from the service he went back to construction work where he operated many different types of equipment building the highways that we travel today from Illinois to Iowa. The one and only thing that even tempted him to leave this passion was when his son Carl Robert was born in 1983. At that point he decided he needed a job where he was home every day to see that boy grow up. Being a dad was the best thing ever for Melvin, or at least he thought until Carl gave him his first grandchild, Madison this past year. When Melvin decided to park the big equipment he came back to Chariton, where he owned and operated propane tank deliveries here and much of Southern Iowa. In 1986, Melvin changed jobs again to Lucas County Health Center, first in the custodial department, but then to the Head of Purchasing. Melvin took great pride in this position of making sure the hospital was getting the best deal and had what they needed at their fingertips. Melvin retired LCHC in 2010. 
   Even though Melvin spent many hours helping others and different groups and organizations locally after working full time for so many years, he soon yearned for something to fill his time. At this time he began helping when needed with the Briggs Family Farms, where he discovered he missed his calling because he enjoyed farming, and the new companions he found with the Briggs family. Along with this new job, he also joined the Chariton School bus team, where he thoroughly loved transporting the kids, greeting them every day and stumping them with a trivia question to make them “use their brains for more than a hat rack”, as he would say. 
   Whatever Melvin did he gave it his all and wouldn’t hesitate to give a stranger the shirt off of his back, if they needed it. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew him. Melvin held many positions in the Chariton Eagles Club, Pony Express of Iowa and doing many, many fund raisers for Camp Sunnyside. If you crossed paths with Melvin since last September then you would have seen pictures of his second love in life, his grand-daughter. He was such a proud Grandpa and wanted everyone to see his bundle of joy. Melvin will be deeply missed by his son, Carl, Lynn, and grand-daughter, Madison. Also, his siblings that he so enjoyed spending time with, Carla (Mike) Brown of Chariton; David (Annette) Tubbs of Centerville; Richard of Joy, Illinois; J.C. (Shirley) Tubbs of Lexington, Maryland; DeWayne Richards of Odessa, Texas; Roberta Biddle of Emmetsburg, Iowa; Juanita Scott of Clinton, Iowa; and Bev (Brian) Gustafson of Dubois, Wyoming. 
   He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Tubbs; mother, Esther Richards; step-father, Carl Richards; a brother, Guy Tubbs; and a sister, Mary Lou Sunday; and a brother-in-law, David Biddle. Melvin will also be missed by his little furry friend, Katie that he enjoyed so much sharing his home with. Memorials can be made to Pony Express for Camp Sunnyside, or to the family.

Friday, July 11, 2014

John Peter "Pete" Kassler Obituary

   John Peter ("Pete") Kassler, 81, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2014, at Legacy Lodge Hospice in Chariton, Iowa. 
   John was born December 30, 1932, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Esther Louise (Porter) and Carl Joseph Kassler. John enjoyed his childhood years in the home his mother, a homemaker, and father, proprietor of Marion Electric Company and a WWI veteran, built upon their marriage. 
   John was active in high school football, basketball, track, and softball, as well as all school musical activities at Marion High School. He spoke many times of throwing the winning basket in a close game with a rival team in the WaMac Conference. During his senior year he performed in a clarinet trio which was the only instrumental ensemble entry from Marion High School to earn a Division I rating at state music contest that year. 
   His future wife, Leota, was one of the members of that trio. Upon graduation from high school John attended the University of Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1955 and later received a Master of Music degree from the same institution. John was drafted into the United States Army five days after graduating from college. He was stationed at Fort Holabird in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served in the Counter Intelligence Corps. 
   On September 3, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Leota Marie Hay. Upon John’s discharge from the Army in 1957 he began a thirty-five year career as a public school instrumental music educator, with his first position in Kanawha, Iowa. He also enjoyed tenure in the Winfield -Wyman school system and the Iowa Valley (Marengo) school system. 
   From 1966-1992 he was the High School Band Instructor at Chariton Community High School. Under John's leadership the high school band and its members enjoyed many successes, receiving top ratings at state music contests and record numbers of individual Division I ratings at state solo and ensemble contests. John’s students were consistently selected for the Iowa All State Band and other noted honor bands, and received music scholarships to various colleges and universities. John maintained a summer program that included weekly concerts on the Chariton Court House lawn. Teaching and music were highlights of John's life. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his students, many of whom continue to play and enjoy music, and pursue careers as music educators and professional musicians because of his influence and encouragement. 
   In his later years, John always enjoyed hearing about past students, their lives and their success. For many years John conducted the Aeolian Singers, a choral ensemble that had a long tradition of musical theater productions and concerts of classical choral music. 
   John has also conducted the Chariton United Methodist Adult and Handbell Choirs. In his retirement John enjoyed golfing, playing clarinet in the Russell Town Band and Chariton Community band, the IBARD retired band directors band, and adjudicating Iowa High School Music Association music contests. He also had several private students. 
   He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church. He also volunteered with the SHIIP program and greatly enjoyed helping people with their needs. 
   He is survived by his wife, Leota, daughter Barbara (Michael) Wells of Storm Lake, Iowa; son, David Kassler of Rochester, Minnesota; grandson Benjamin Wells, of Decorah, Iowa; sister, Kay Micheletti of Colorado Springs, Colorado; niece Cindy (Tony) Catanese of Lakewood, Colorado; and nephews James (Marcia) Noxon of Ames, Iowa and Robert Noxon of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Chariton Public Library, the First United Methodist Church, or the Legacy Lodge Hospice House.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ardys Arlene (Ashby) Curtis Obituary

   Ardys Arlene Curtis, 92, died July 9, 2014 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines. 
   Ardys was born January 10, 1922 to George and Edith Ashby at Norwood in Lucas County, Iowa. She grew up on the farm with her parents, three sisters and one brother, attended the Norwood Consolidated School where she met her true love, Vic Curtis. After graduation Vic moved to California and they continued dating by writing letters. Ardys enrolled in nurses’ training at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, graduating in 1942. Once a nurse, always a nurse and her class of 17 were lifelong friends bonded by the experience. She worked at Broadlawns Contagious Hospital for seven months, then made the train trip to San Diego to marry Vic on May 1, 1943.
   In California she worked as an office nurse and dental assistant. Ardys and Vic moved back to Iowa in 1951 and had two children, Susan and Jim. When both were in school, she went back to nursing at the fledgling Planned Parenthood, piloting a home- visit program, and continuing there for 17 years. 
   Ardys treasured people. She had friends young and old, and if she ever met you, she knew your life story and sent you cards and notes for your special occasions. When handwriting became difficult, she kept going with her typewriter. Ardys loved to bake and brightened many people’s day with a box of chocolate chip cookies. Her other specialties were banana bread, lemon poppy seed cake, and orange rolls. Ardys had the patience and ability for intricate crafts. She loved to give gifts and over the years shared many items she made. Ardys and Vic were ballroom dancers, loved traveling, and were true sweethearts and partners throughout their long and happy life together.
   Ardys is survived by daughter Susan (Rick Knight) of Des Moines; son Jim (Gayle) of Chariton; granddaughter Sarah (Joshua Michel) and great-granddaughter Madelynne Grace of Ames; and grandson Joshua of Chariton. She was preceded in death by Vic, her parents, and her siblings, Alice, Marion, and Charlene.
   Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Bloomfield United Methodist Church, 5930 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines. The family will greet friends starting at 12:30 p.m. at the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date. 
   Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be shared between Bloomfield United Methodist Church, and Broadlawns Medical Center Foundation towards Nursing Alumni Projects. 
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