Friday, November 21, 2014

Marlene Elveta (Ashby) White Obituary

Born: Wed., May 24, 1916
Died: Fri., Nov. 21, 2014

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Nov. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 26, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Marlene Elveta (Ashby) White was born May 24, 1916 to Schuyler and Mae Holder Ashby in rural Lucas County and passed away at Chariton Nursing and Rehab Center on November 21, 2014. 
May 1934, Marlene graduated from Melcher High School after which time she moved to Chariton being employed by local families caring for their homes hoping in time to become a teacher. 
Marlene met Kenneth B. White and on March 6, 1937 were married at the Baptist Parsonage in Chariton and she became a full time homemaker. They began their married life in rural Lucas and Marion counties, a marriage that lasted for 75 years. Two children were born to this marriage, Marlin Eugene in 1939 and Linda Kay in 1941. They settled on a farm in English Twp. in 1947. 
Marlene soon became involved in many activities- her children’s school, 4-H and church activities, and also with Farm Bureau Women, Extension. Marlene was the last charter member of the Better Homes Club. Many hours were spent at the county fair as she was in charge of the food stand, a labor of love for her. She was a 4-H leader for the English Happy Helpers 4-H club and always had a kind word for everyone with never ending patience. 
Working with Kenneth in remodeling their homes as well as doing the same for their family, digging in the dirt with flowers and garden, sewing, working on old furniture, crafting, cooking, and being surrounded by family and friends was Marlene’s life. 
Marlene was a mother to Marlin (Linda) of Chariton, Linda (Bob) Halden of Rotonda West, FL., grandmother to Mark, Tim, Kevin White, Heidi Moore, Jay and Kent Halden, great grandmother to Brian, Andrea,Brett, Tori,Brittany, and Ty White, Brendon and Shaun Eilander, Jillian and Schuyler Moore, Connor and Olivia Halden and great great grandmother to Brandt Kenneth and Norah White. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth White in 2012; her parents, her sister, Lucille Stierwalt. She leaves many nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trelawney Marie Birkenkamp Obituary

   Trelawney Marie Birkenkamp, 54, of Chariton passed away on November 19, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice/Legacy Lodge.
   A Sharing of Memories Service will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends on Saturday prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
   Trelawney was preceded in death by her brother, Brian O'Leary; father, Thomas O'Leary; stepdad, Ernie Bebee; and grandparents, Lowell and Mary Dachenbach.
   She will be greatly missed by her mother, Sharon Bebee; husband, Randy Russell Birkenkamp; children: David Michael (Roberta) Heppler, James Scott Heppler, Jeremy James Birkenkamp, Randi Rachelle (Todd Morrison) Birkenkamp and Josie J (Brent Jones) Birkenkamp; stepdaughters: Misty Marie Birkenkamp, April Ina (Zach) Wamsley and Sasha Renee (James) Lewis; grandchildren: Travis, Kaylee, Colton, Carter, Seth, Jakob, Caden, Cody, Cael, Brooklyn, Tito, Jade and Clay; and siblings: Scott O'Leary and Dawn Fortier.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Guy Buttz Obituary

Born: Wed., Jun. 30, 1926
Died: Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 16, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
10:30 AM Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

   Guy L. Buttz, 88, of Russell went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
   Guy was born to Homer and Julia (Kern) Buttz on June 30, 1926 in Confidence, Iowa. He lived near Confidence all his school years. On August 30, 1946, Guy was united in marriage to Evelyn LaFavre. They began their marriage by digging potatoes in North Dakota. To this union were born two children: Linda and Doyle.
   Guy loved to fish and hunt and would take trips all over with his family and friends in search of that big catch. There were trips to Alaska with Doyle and friends, trips with the grandkids to Washington Island, Puerto Rico, Mississippi, California and Canada. Guy also spent many opening weekends of deer season with family and friends rehashing tales from previous years and making a game plan for the upcoming drive.
   Guy loved his family and friends and spent his whole life helping and doing for others. He was known far and wide as Grandpa Guy. He was always around to give advice on how better to do something and then would fix things when you did it all wrong. He had a knack for fixing and building things and worked building four trailer parks in Ames and Huxley. While in Ames, Guy hauled snow for the city of Ames and even took tickets at Iowa State football games.
   Guy and Evelyn loved to travel and they traveled to almost every state...camping along the way. He spent several weekends over the years rodeoing with the grandsons and was their biggest fan. He had some of the best spots for mushroom hunting and would only trust a few close family members with the location of his secret spots. Guy could also be seen around Russell and Corydon and other local parades driving his model T. He was a survivor....He made it through rolling a tractor, flipping a skid loader, several car wrecks, a stroke, a ditch caving in, and a broken neck. A little bit of stubborn helped with this too. In his later years, he enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife from the window in his home and watching Iowa State Football on T.V.
   Guy was quite the early riser. He would get up early and tinker around in the garage, always just loud enough to ensure each of the kids would wake up to assist him in whatever project he was working on. 
   Guy was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church in Confidence. He was a long-standing deacon and trustee at the church and spent numerous hours working on the church and adjacent park. He was also dedicated to the Forest Lake Bible Camp in Ottumwa using his many talents, cutting wood and building an RV park.
   Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Buttz of Russell, daughter Linda Johnson of Russell, son Doyle Buttz of Russell, three sisters: Velma Petty of Newton, Vera Peterson of Chariton, Donna (Tom) Beal of Curlew, Washington, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Guy is preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Julia Buttz, brother Leroy Buttz, brother-in-law Dale Peterson and son-in-law Don Johnson.
   Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday November 17, 2014 at the Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa with Pastor Alva Skiles and Donna Beal officiating. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, November 16 at the funeral home. Interment was held in the Confidence Cemetery following services. Memorials may be made to New Providence Baptist Church in Confidence, Iowa or the Legacy Lodge Hospice House in Chariton, Iowa.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Opal G. (Briggs) Lankford Obituary

Died: Mon., Nov. 10, 2014

Visitation:  12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, Thu., Nov. 13, 2014
Location: Williams Funeral Home

Funeral Service:  1:30 PM Thu., Nov. 13, 2014

   Opal G. (Briggs) Lankford, 87 formerly of Chariton, IA, passed away Monday at her residence in Knoxville, IA. Opal, wife of the late Leonard Thompson and Robert D. Lankford, is survived by two sons: Terry L. Thompson and Mary (Shriver) of Knoxville, Robert D. Lankford, Jr. and Hazel Schakel of Plano, IA; 9 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 
   A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, in Knoxville, IA. Burial will follow in the Gosport Cemetery near Melcher, IA. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the Williams Funeral Home. 
   Memorial contributions may be designated for the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, IA. Arrangements by Williams Funeral Home.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Evrin “Angie” (McDonald) Cox Obituary

   Evrin “Angie” (McDonald) Cox, second child of William Everett & Marie Estaleen (Agan) McDonald, was born Jan. 26, 1938 in Lucas County Iowa. Angie passed from this life on 11/9/2014 at the age of 76. 
   Angie attended grade school at Pleasant Valley Rural School, and graduated from Chariton High School May 24th, 1956. 
   On May 24th, 1956, Angie was united in marriage to Roger Dean Cackler of Chariton, IA. To this union two daughters and one son were born. On February 24, 1962, Angie was united in marriage to Galen Lawrence Frey of Winterset, IA. To this union one son and one daughter were born 
   Angie married Donald Dean Cox of Chariton on January 19, 1995. Angie and Don spent most of their married life in Nevada, and Arizona. 
   Angie worked various jobs during her lifetime. She loved to cook and sew. Angie owned and operated the Family Table Restaurant in Osceola, IA for several years. She loved the restaurant business, and made many life-long friendships there. 
   Angie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Walton and Wyatt, and by son-in-law Larry Burns. She is survived by her husband Don, and her children, Vicki Burns of Pleasant Hill, Sandy (David) Hoadley of Osceola, Curt Cackler(Teresa) of Des Moines, Rick Frey of Des Moines, and Rhonda Carpenter of Chariton. Angie is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Other survivors include her sister Avon (Dave) Feisel of Chariton, Sisters-in law, Sally McDonald of Albia, and Dolly McDonald of Arizona, many nieces and nephews, and a host of other family. 
   Private family services were held for Angie on Nov. 11th 2014, at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. Burial followed at Gullion Cemetery near Attica, IA. Pastor Dennis St. Lawrence presided at the services. 
   Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pat Rickard Obituary

Born: Wed., Jul. 18, 1928
Died: Tue., Nov. 4, 2014

Celebration of Life
1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 15, 2014

Location: Fielding Funeral Home

   Patricia Marie Oney Rickard was born July 13, 1928 in Polk County, Iowa. She was the fourth child born to Harvey Oney and Alta Jane (Morris) Oney. Pat died November 4, 2014 at the Southern Hills Specialty Care Center in Osceola, Iowa. 
   Pat married Raymond Rickard, November 15, 1947 in Bentonville, Arkansas. They were married at the home of Mrs. Ginn, a friend of her mother and father. Pat and Raymond were married fifty-seven years prior to Raymond’s death in 2004. No children were born to this union, however, several generations children; relatives, friends, neighbors and school children became a part of the couple’s lives.
   Pat and Raymond farmed their Century farm in English Township of Lucas County. Pat graduated from Chariton High School in 1945, took the Normal Training for a Rural School Teachers and began teaching in 1946. She taught into the 1950’s at several country schools in the area. Prior to her marriage, Pat Oney taught at Hickory Hill-Strahn (Liberty Twp.#1) and Frye (Liberty Twp. #6). After her marriage, she taught at Frye (Liberty Twp.#6), Renfo Center (English Twp.#5) and Center (Washington Twp.#6). She was a gifted and enthusiastic teacher who looked for the individual strengths in each child she taught. At Raymond’s visitation in 2004, many of her former students attented. She was touched deeply by their presense. Pat also worked at the Gross Galesburg Factory and retired from Pamida in Chariton.
   Pat joined the First Presbyterian Church in Chariton, Iowa on August 23, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Rickard; her parents, Alta and Harvey Oney; her sisters: Catherine Peat, Jackie, and Gypsy Jo, who died in infancy; and nephews, Robert Nutt and Harvey Miller. She is survived by nephews, Tony Nutt, Don and Gary Miller, and many nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends and neighbors.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mary E. Dachenbach Obituary

   Mary E. Dachenbach, 95, of Chariton passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Westridge Nursing & Rehab.
   Mary was born to Elmer & Adda (Gookin) Poush on June 9, 1919 in Chariton. She received her education from Chariton High School graduating in 1937. On May 19, 1940, Mary was united in marriage to Lowell Dachenbach. To this union were born three children: Sharon, Lynn and Lee. 
   Mary was a school teacher in the Country Schools in Lucas County for several years. She enjoyed shaping young minds. Later on in her life, Lowell decided to get a job with Firestone in Des Moines and Mary would leave her job as a teacher to stay on the farm and take care of things along with raising their kids, while Lowell went to work. Mary enjoyed being on the farm. She loved the outdoors and everything nature had to offer. Mary looked forward to every spring when she could spend time in her garden.
   Mary was a member of the Knoxville Church of the Nazarene. She taught 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school class for many years with her husband, Lowell. The two did many things for the church; whether it was picking walnuts and selling to raise money for the Alabaster Fund or holding their annual Poor Man's Supper for senior citizen's every fall. Mary enjoyed helping people and her church. She was a big asset to her family and her church and she will be dearly missed by both. 
   Survivors include three children: Sharon Bebee of Des Moines, Lynn Dachenbach (Eileen) of Knoxville, Lee Dachenbach (Pam) of Knoxville, 7 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Dachenbach in 2002, grandson, Bryan O'Leary in 2011, great granddaughter Kayla Thomas in 2010, brother, Rev. Lysle Ellsworth Poush (Elsie) and a sister Evelyn Caris (Robert).
   Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Knoxville Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Greg McClain officiating. Interment will be in Zion Cemetery near Williamson. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Memorials may be given to Knoxville Church of the Nazarene - Alabaster Fund and condolences may be shared at

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bernadine Leppert Obituary

  Bernadine Leppert, 89, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Thursday, October 30, 2014. She was born January 28, 1925 to the late Clarice and George Riddle in Chariton, Iowa. 
   Bernadine was a member of the First Church of Nazarene. Survivors include her husband, Chuck Leppert; numerous nieces and nephews; close friends, Betty & Pete Paszli. 
   She was predeceased by her parents; daughters, Marilyn Leppert and Diane Leppert; two brothers and one sister. 
   Pallbearers were: Clay Pate, Verlin Anthony, Don Jones, Mickey Wright, Don sanders and Larry Rhodes. Honorary Bearers were nieces and nephews; Pete Paszli and Friendship Sunday School Class. 
  Visitation was held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1st Nazarene Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with Pastor Ken Carney officiating. Arrangements by Hot Springs Funeral Home, Hot Springs, Arkansas. 
  Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Chariton Cemetery in Chariton, Iowa, with Pastor Jon White officiating. Arranged by Fielding Funeral Home. 
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the 1st Church of Nazarene Mission Fund. 
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Cleo Evelyn (Davis) Holmes Obituary

Born: Sat., Nov. 20, 1926
Died: Fri., Oct. 31, 2014

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 04, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
2:00 PM Tue., Nov. 04, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

   Cleo Evelyn Holmes was born at home on November 20, 1926 close to the mining community of Olmitz, and passed away at home on October 31, 2014. 
   Cleo enjoyed traveling and seeing the world, especially her trip to Wales with her sister Arlene and several trips with her son and his family. She loved spending hours assembling puzzles, reading, and embroidering gifts for her grandchildren. Cleo loved the outdoors, and spent a lot of time picking berries, mushrooms, and arrowheads and sitting out at Red Haw on nice days. Cleo passed down her love of cooking to her grandchildren in the form of macaroni, pies, and Christmas candy. 
   Cleo was preceded in death by her parents John Reece and Alma Mae (Etter) Davis, sister Arlene Buckalew, three brothers Homer, Clyde, and Kenneth Davis, her son Richard, and husband Floyd. Cleo is survived by her son William (Bill), granddaughters Heidi (Mike) Gorski, Lacey (John) Burrell, Whitney (Brett) Armstrong, and great-grandchildren Abigale Erwin, Brody Erwin, and Rylee Burell. 
   Services will be held on Tuesday, November 4th at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. The visitation will be at 1:00 PM and the funeral at 2:00 PM. A luncheon at Grace Baptist Church will follow graveside services. Memorials can be made to the Chariton Public Library or the Iowa Department for the Blind.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thelma I. Rafferty Obituary

Born: Sun., May 15, 1921
Died: Thu., Oct. 30, 2014

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Nov. 05, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

Funeral Service
2:00 PM Wed., Nov. 05, 2014
Location: Fielding Funeral Home

   Thelma Irene Raffety, daughter of Robert Nisley and Fern Elizabeth (Roher) Elliott, was born May 15, 1921 in Pleasant Township, Lucas County, Iowa. On April 27, 1943, Thelma married Kenneth Earl Raffety in San Diego, California, where they lived until moving back to the Raffety Family Farm in 1947. They lived on the farm until moving to Chariton, Iowa in 1972. Thelma was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. 
   Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter; siblings: Bob Elliott, Ethel Pierce, Daisie Clark, Beulah Beadle, Mary Ann Gold, Raymond Elliott; and brother-in-laws: Everett Pierce, Dwain Beadle, Robert Hamilton and William Gold. 
She is survived by three sisters: Helen Sims, Beverly (Clyde) Buckalew, and Myrtle Hamilton; three sons: Dean (Judy) Raffety, Michael (Jackie) Raffety, and Roger Raffety; three grandchildren: Deana (Dean) Cook, Darrin (Jackie) Raffety and Sarah (Derek) Sandy; and six great grandchildren. 
   Services for Thelma I. Raffety will be held at the Fielding Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014, with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the Zion Cemetery.